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 Mitchell

Elise Mitchell

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: 9/14/2020   

The 2020 Workmatters Institute Northwest Arkansas Fall session begins September 14th and ends November 30th. 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
Monday, Sept 14, 6-9pm Fall 2020 Class Kick-off and THE FULL STORY OF GOD
Monday, Sept 21, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 2 │ GOD’S STORY AND YOUR WORK
Monday, Sept 28, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 3   |  GOD’S STORY AND THE MARKETPLACE
Monday, Oct 12, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 5 │ EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Monday, Oct 19, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 6 │ EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Monday, Oct 26, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 7 │ EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Monday, Nov 2, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 8 │ EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Monday, Nov 9, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 9 │ EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Monday, Nov 16, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 10 │ EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Monday, Nov 23 – No Class WEEK 11 │ THANKSGIVING BREAK
Monday, Nov 30, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 12 │ FAITH & WORK ACTION PLAN PRESENTATIONS
December 1-10 DEBRIEF: Exit Interviews