Workmatters Institute

Little Rock
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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.




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


Spiritual Formation


Professional Development

Alumni Story

Calling Is Intentional

Burt Hicks had been searching for a long time about how to contextualize work within “the big picture – in the context of my faith journey.” Workmatters Institute gave Burt the opportunity to tackle questions of spiritual growth and career growth in community with other early-career professionals. Burt is the Director, Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer & General Counsel at Encore Bank in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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

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 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. The merit-based 1st LT John Boyett Memorial Leadership Scholarship, as well as several needs-based scholarships and payment plans, are also 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