Workmatters Institute

Equipping early-career professionals to develop a Christ-centered passion for work.
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The Workmatters Institute is a faith and leadership development program for early-career professionals interested in integrating their faith and work. Regardless of industry or sphere, embracing the whole story of God is the key to conquering the practical challenges of growing a career and growing leaders who have eternal impact on the world.

Through three months of weekly classroom training and a year of mentoring provided by an executive leader, the Workmatters Institute provides a unique discipleship and career development experience based on biblical principles. At the intersection of theology, leadership and community, it is 100% spiritual formation and 100% professional development.

Past participants have gone on to create design concepts that empower those who lack privilege, drive initiatives that support the local community, and lead startups built on workplace authenticity.

Theology

Community

Leadership

The Workmatters Institute brings clarity to the purpose of work, and the personal and professional development is mind-boggling. You can never approach your work the same.

Kali Davis

National Account Manager, Harvest Group

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Spiritual Formation

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Professional Development

Alumni Story

Calling Is Intentional

Uncertain about his calling and where God wanted him to be, Nic Taylor spent most of his time as a senior art director at Walmart speeding from one task to the next. Nic took what he learned at the Workmatters Institute and began having “lunch on purpose” with individual coworkers. His intentionality around work and with those he leads helped him realize that God was at work around him all along. This has created lasting impact on his team and how he leads.

Leaders and Mentors

Workmatters Institute draws from a large network of experienced, high-caliber leaders, like Elise Mitchell, Donnie Smith, Shelley Simpson, and Sean Womack, to offer insight through the coursework and teaching and one-to-one mentoring and discipleship.

Elise Mitchel

Elise Mitchel

Three-time CEO, Leadership Strategist, Executive Coach, Author and Speaker

Donnie Smith

Donnie Smith

Former Fortune 500 Company CEO, Executive Coach and Speaker

Sean Womack

Sean Womack

Marketing Executive, Tech Entrepreneur, Innovator and Publisher

Shelley Simpson

Shelley Simpson

Fortune 500 Company Executive, Speaker, Leadership Expert

INVESTING IN THE FUTURE

The Workmatters Institute is supported by generous sponsors who recognize the eternal value of training up a new generation of leaders who drive cultural change across their organizations by honoring God in their work and in how they care for and lead others.

The 1st LT John Boyett Memorial Leadership Scholarship fund was created to honor the values and ideals of John Boyett to the glory of God. This merit-based scholarship goes to deserving professionals who desire in-depth leadership and career development from a faith-based perspective. Information to apply for this or other scholarships can be found on the WMI participants pages.

Launch Workmatters Institute in Your Community

We believe that God desires to redeem and renew all cultures, and that every work of renewal happens at a local level. For 16 years, Workmatters has seen global impact while cultivating deep roots in Northwest Arkansas. We deeply desire to make the Workmatters Institute experience available in other places, joining other influencers in cultivating and stewarding faith-and-work movements in their cities.

The vision for Workmatters Institute is to equip a generation for biblical leadership, confident that leaders who are connected to God’s purposes will transform the marketplace and strengthen the community fabric of their city.

For information on how you can launch a Workmatters Institute, contact Ben Kirksey at bkirksey@workmatters.org.

WMI opens your eyes to the influence you have, with personal examples of how your lifestyle can be a major part of your testimony in real and practical ways.

Will Ford

Executive Vice President of Operations, Westrock Coffee

Cost: $1,000
Start Date: 2/20/2020

The 2020 Workmatters Institute Northwest Arkansas Spring session begins February 20th and ends May 12th. Our program requires a significant investment. The great news is that previous alumni, sponsors and other donors all give back to WMI to offset some of the cost. Total costs exceed $3,000 per person. However, because of the generous support others provide, tuition is $1,000. There are need-based scholarships available. You can apply for this financial assistance in your application.

Date Class Description | Location
Thursday, Feb 20, 6-8pm Spring 2020 Class Kick-off Dinner
Friday 6pm – Saturday 3pm, Feb 28-29 Spring Launch Retreat
Monday, Mar 2, 6-8:30pm WEEK 1 │ THEOLOGY
Monday, Mar 9, 6-8:30pm WEEK 2 | THEOLOGY
Monday, Mar 23, 6-8:30pm WEEK 3 │ THEOLOGY
Monday, Mar 30, 6-8:30pm WEEK 4 │ EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Monday, April 6, 6-8:30pm WEEK 5 │ EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Monday, April 13, 6-8:30pm WEEK 6 │ EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Saturday, April 18, 8am-12pm LEADERSHIP RETREAT: Immunity to Change
Monday, April 20, 6-8:30pm WEEK 7 │ PROCESSING NIGHT
Monday, April 27, 6-8:30pm WEEK 8 │ EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Monday, May 4, 6-8:30pm WEEK 9 │ EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Saturday, May 9, 8am-12pm LEADERSHIP RETREAT: Prayer Retreat
Monday, May 11, 6-8:30pm WEEK 10 │ CLASS PRESENTATIONS: Faith and Work Action Plans
Tuesday, May 12, 6-8pm COMMISSIONING DINNER
Cost: $1,000
Start Date: 2/20/2020

The 2020 Workmatters Institute Little Rock Spring session begins February 20th and ends May 14th. Our program requires a significant investment. The great news is that previous alumni, sponsors and other donors all give back to WMI to offset some of the cost. Total costs exceed $3,000 per person. However, because of the generous support others provide, tuition is $1,000. Financial scholarships and schedule payments plans are available. If you are interested in either of these, please let us know when you fill out your application. For more on the cost and schedule, download the info sheet.

Date Class Description | Location
Thursday, Feb 20, 6-8pm Spring 2020 Class Kick-off Dinner
Friday, Feb 28 – Saturday, Feb 29 LEADERSHIP RETREAT: Spring Launch Retreat
Monday, Mar 2, 6-8:30pm WEEK 1 | THEOLOGY
Monday, Mar 9, 6-8:30pm WEEK 2 | THEOLOGY
Monday, Mar 23, 6-8:30pm WEEK 3 | THEOLOGY
Monday, Mar 30, 6-8:30pm WEEK 4 | EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Monday, April 6, 6-8:30pm WEEK 5 | EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Monday, April 13, 6-8:30pm WEEK 6 | EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Saturday, April 18, 8am-12pm LEADERSHIP RETREAT: Immunity to Change Workshop
Monday, April 20, 6-8:30pm WEEK 7 | EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Monday, April 27, 6-8:30pm WEEK 8 | EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Monday, May 4, 6-8:30pm WEEK 9 | EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Saturday, May 9, 8am-12pm LEADERSHIP RETREAT: Prayer & Processing
Monday, May 11, 6-8:30pm WEEK 10 | PRESENTATIONS: Faith at Work Action Plans
Tuesday, May 12, 6-8pm COMMISSIONING