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OUR STORY

Imagine a more inclusive society rooted in wisdom and spirituality. Where progress is sparked and sustained through greater empathy. Where we collectively persevere in pursuit of deeper connections with ourselves and the world.

The Applied Wisdom Institute is the seed of that vision.

Born from passion and experience, we aspire to cultivate the next generation of social change-makers with the support of leading faculty, a diverse network and intentionally-designed courses, certificates and seminars.

TURN VISION INTO ACTION. JOIN US TODAY.

Wisdom is

GREATER UNDERSTANDING
AND SOUNDNESS OF ACTION
TO SPARK COMMITTED SERVICE
AND SUSTAINABLE CHANGE

Spirituality is

THE INTERCONNECTIONS
THAT BIND US
THE INNER COMPASSION
THAT MOVES US TO ACTION

Certificate in Spirituality & Social Entrepreneurship

Learn + Apply + Collaborate

Evolve into the leader that your mission needs to thrive. Through mentorship, holistic learning, and in-depth, applied study you’ll master essential strategies and skills to propel your vision forward.

 

May 2, 2018 – Nov. 7, 2018


In-Person & Online

WISDOM SEED GRANT

BUILD A PLAN FOR YOUR VISION. GET THE FUNDING TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.

$2,000+

AWI is dedicated to supporting student-visionaries as they serve their communities and promote social action. The Wisdom Seed Grant is a unique opportunity for certificate participants to receive up to $2,000+ to fund a project developed during the program.

Byron Reeves, PhD

COURSE: EFFECTIVE STORYTELLING THROUGH MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY


Dr. Reeves is the Paul C Edwards Professor of Communication at Stanford University, where he has served since1985. He has spent more than 30 years in academia, notably as the Co-Founder of the Stanford University MediaX Partners Program. Dr. Reeves’ research has an emphasis in emerging media, and has informed projects at IBM, Microsoft, and Hewlett Packard. Dr. Reeves is also an active member of the Silicon Valley startup scene including work with the venture community on new ideas and businesses related to media and technology.


Quintus R. Jett, PhD

COURSE: MEASURING SOCIAL IMPACT: MISSION-BASED DATA EVALUATION AND STRATEGY


Dr. Jett is a Faculty at Rutgers University-Newark. He brings more than 20 years of experience in teaching, research and learning to AWI and has served on the faculty of Rice University, Dartmouth College, and Rutgers University. Dr. Jett is also the founder of the Jett Research Group, a nonprofit that adapts and applies scientific research models for social and management sciences and research.


 

J. Goosby Smith, MBA, PhD

COURSE: APPLIED WISDOM: ETHICAL AND INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT


Dr. J. Goosby Smith is Associate Professor of Management and Leadership at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, in Charleston. She formerly chaired the Academy of Management’s Management Spirituality and Religion Interest Group and currently serves on the Executive Committee of AOM’s Diversity and Inclusion Theme Committee. She is a nationally recognized scholar, consultant and speaker whose calling is “to reduce human pain in organizations.”


Byron Reeves, PhD

COURSE: EFFECTIVE STORYTELLING THROUGH MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY

Dr. Reeves is the Paul C Edwards Professor of Communication at Stanford University, where he has served since1985. He has spent more than 30 years in academia, notably as the Co-Founder of the Stanford University MediaX Partners Program. Dr. Reeves’ research has an emphasis in emerging media, and has informed projects at IBM, Microsoft, and Hewlett Packard. Dr. Reeves is also an active member of the Silicon Valley startup scene including work with the venture community on new ideas and businesses related to media and technology.


Quintus R. Jett, PhD

COURSE: MEASURING SOCIAL IMPACT: MISSION-BASED DATA EVALUATION AND STRATEGY

Dr. Jett is a Faculty at Rutgers University-Newark. He brings more than 20 years of experience in teaching, research and learning to AWI and has served on the faculty of Rice University, Dartmouth College, and Rutgers University. Dr. Jett is also the founder of the Jett Research Group, a nonprofit that adapts and applies scientific research models for social and management sciences and research.


 

J. Goosby Smith, MBA, PhD

COURSE: APPLIED WISDOM: ETHICAL AND INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Dr. J. Goosby Smith is Assistant Provost of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Associate Professor of Management and Leadership at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, in Charleston. She formerly chaired the Academy of Management’s Management Spirituality and Religion Interest Group and currently serves on the Executive Committee of AOM’s Diversity and Inclusion Theme Committee. She is a nationally recognized scholar, consultant and speaker whose calling is “to reduce human pain in organizations.”


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