T.W. Lewis Center for Personal Development

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About the T.W. Lewis Center for Personal Development


The T.W. Lewis Center for Personal Development was launched in July 2019 and is housed within Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University.

The Lewis Center provides innovative courses, workshops, and an engaging speaker series - at no additional cost - all designed to help students achieve their personal best both during and after their college experience.




Personal Development Guide

Personal Development Guide

The T.W. Lewis Center for Personal Development has put together a Personal Development Guide that we update for each semester. This guide is a useful comparison of the aspects of personal development that are covered in the courses, experiences, speaker series and workshops offered by the T.W. Lewis Center for Personal Development. The skills represented are the top skills desired by employers upon graduation, as identified by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.



The courses offered in the T.W. Lewis Center for Personal Development are HON courses, and are open to all Barrett students, regardless of campus, year, or major. The current course topics are as follows. Click on each course to view the Fall 2020 sections available for registration.

Students may register for T.W. Lewis Center for Personal Development courses online through the ASU Class Search

Speaker Series

Speaker Series

The Lewis Center speaker series brings dynamic and inspiring industry and/or community leaders to give students a chance to hear from them and have community dialogue. Speakers will share their story to inspire and educate, and many will also lend their perspective on difficult topics such as overcoming adversity, making difficult decisions, making mistakes, and much more. 



The workshops offered are single-topic, one to three hour interactive workshops led by industry and academic experts in areas such as:

  • Personal Development
  • Career Success
  • Financial Literacy
  • Life Skills

The Lewis Center has three workshop series offered this senester. These programs have a limited number of seats available.

  • Lewis Center Entrepreneur BootcampSpring 2021 Applications due on February 1st at 11:59 p.m. In this series, students will learn topics such as design, legalities, customer validation, building a team, managing finances, fundraising, and developing their pitch from prestigious entrepreneurs (for-profit and non-profit sectors). The students will also receive 1:1 mentoring from an entrepreneur during the process! 
  • Personal Finance Series: The Lewis Center is hosting a financial series with Jacob Gold, Certified Financial Planner and adjunct faculty at ASU. In this series, Jacob will break down tough financial concepts into sizeable tidbits of information, with the hopes of increasing your financial literacy and strategic planning for your future! Come ready to interact with others, ask questions, and explore concepts. You can choose to register for as many workshops as you would like! 
  • ATHENA Women's Leadership Workshop Series: In this series, students will learn about how to develop themselves as leaders from the classroom to the boardroom. Watch a video about the program here.
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Our Vision


The vision of the T.W. Lewis Center for Personal Development is to be the leading center in higher education focused on guiding and enabling students to proactively achieve success and happiness; both during and after college.

Staff & Faculty


Danyel Chleborad, Program Coordinator, Sr.

Jacquelyn Lynch, Assistant Director

Scott Kaufmann, Executive Director 

Janelle Kappes, Lewis Center Lecturer 

Jessica Sturgess, Lewis Center Lecturer

Thomas Martin, Lewis Center Faculty Fellow 

Katherine O’Flaherty

T.W. Lewis Center Upcoming Events

Title Date Time Location
Lewis Center – Medical Series: Neurology April 14, 2021 5:00pm to 6:00pm Zoom
Lewis Center – My Career with the FBI April 16, 2021 1:00pm to 2:00pm Zoom
Lewis Center – Buying a Car Like a Professional Negotiator April 16, 2021 2:00pm to 3:00pm Zoom
Lewis Center - Medical Series: Medical Device Research April 19, 2021 5:00pm to 6:00pm Zoom
My Job? Make the Recorder's Office Boring Again April 21, 2021 6:30pm to 7:30pm Zoom


About T.W. Lewis Foundation


The T.W. Lewis Center for Personal Development is made possible by the generous support of The T.W. Lewis Foundation in collaboration with Barrett, The Honors College.

Purpose of T.W. Lewis Foundation

Purpose of T.W. Lewis Foundation

The purpose of the T.W. Lewis Foundation is to improve the quality of life for others by helping people and organizations reach their potential.

History of T.W. Lewis Foundation

History of T.W. Lewis Foundation

In 1984 Tom Lewis joined Trammell Crow Residential as its Regional Partner in the southwest. Based in Phoenix, their primary business was multi-family development and management. In 1986 Tom started Trammell Crow Homes.

In 1991, Tom purchased his partner's interest in Trammell Crow Homes and founded T.W. Lewis Company. For the next 20 years, T.W. Lewis earned a solid reputation for quality and customer satisfaction and was considered by many to be one of the best homebuilding companies in America. T.W. Lewis Company won many prestigious awards, including America's Best Builder in 1998 and the National Housing Quality Gold Awards in 2009. In recognition of the consistent performance of T.W. Lewis, Tom Lewis was the first inductee into the National Housing Quality Hall of Fame. 

In 2012, Tom transitioned out of homebuilding and sold that portion of the business to David Weekley Homes, a large private homebuilding company who shared the values of quality and outstanding customer service. From 2012 thru 2016, T.W. Lewis actively engaged as a partner with David Weekley Homes in Phoenix. We are now focusing on philanthropy, luxury leasing and sales, and other real estate investments. 

For over 25 years our principles and values have remained the same. We continue to emphasize integrity, quality and long term relationships with all of our investments and philanthropy.

About Tom and Jan Lewis

About Tom and Jan Lewis

Tom Lewis is the Founder, Owner and CEO of T.W. Lewis Company, a Phoenix, Arizona based real estate investment company known for its quality and outstanding customer service in the homebuilding industry. T.W. Lewis Company, founded in 1991, has received numerous industry awards including America's Best Builder in 1998 and the National Housing Quality Gold Award in 2009. In addition, in April 2020, Mr. Lewis authored and published, Solid Ground: A Foundation for Winning in Work and in Life.

In 2000, Tom and his wife, Jan, formed the T.W. Lewis Foundation. T.W. Lewis Foundation supports higher education, children and families in need, youth education and a variety of other community charities. T.W. Lewis Foundation has provided college scholarships for over 200 outstanding students to attend some of America's best universities. In 2015, Tom and Jan made a gift to establish the Lewis Honors College at the University of Kentucky, and in 2017 made a gift to establish the T.W. Lewis Center for Personal Development at Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University. 

Tom received his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and is Master's in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a former Chairman of the Arizona Chapter of Young President's Organization and a member of World President's Organization and CEO International.

Jan received her undergraduate degree in education from Ohio University in 1972 and her Master's degree in counseling from Kent State University in 1976. She is an active community volunteer and is on the Board of Directors of Desert Botanical Garden, Florence Crittenton and Barrow Neurological Foundation Women's Board. She is also the current Honorary Co-Chair of ASU Women and Philanthropy.

Tom and his wife, Jan, live in Paradise Valley, Arizona and have three grown sons. 

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