Workmatters Institute

Northwest Arkansas
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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

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

My ultimate goal before WMI was just to accelerate and get results, but that is only one side of what work is.

Dwayne Houston

National Account Executive, Procter & Gamble

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. The merit-based 1st LT John Boyett Memorial Leadership Scholarship, as well as several needs-based scholarships and payment plans, are also 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 16, 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