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About the T.W. Lewis Center for Personal Development

 

The T.W. Lewis Center for Personal Development (the “Lewis Center”) is a center of Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University. 

The Lewis Center was established in 2019 to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of life. To accomplish this objective, the Lewis Center provides innovative courses, workshops, and an engaging speaker series focused on self-awareness (behaviors, values, strengths), personal values and character development, leadership and entrepreneurship, decision-making and risk-taking, career planning, success and happiness.

The Lewis Center offers in-person programs and services available exclusively for Barrett students at no additional cost beyond tuition and Barrett fees. The innovative Lewis Center courses earn honors credit, up to a total of 6 honors credits of the total 36 honors credits required for graduation. Lewis Center courses are offered on all four ASU campuses.

 

Programming

 

Fall 2021 Programming Guide

Fall 2021 Programming Guide

Through its courses, experiences, speaker series, and workshops, the T. W. Lewis Center for Personal Development educates students about the top personal development skills necessary to succeed in life. Download a copy of the Fall 2021 Programming Guide to view the full calendar, a Personal Development Guide, and Fall 2021 Lewis Center course sections. 

The Personal Development Guide identifies the specific aspects of personal development covered in each of our courses, experiences, speaker series and workshops. The skills represented in this guide are the top skills desired by employers upon graduation, as identified by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Courses

Courses

The T. W. Lewis Center for Personal Development provides real-world courses on self-awareness (behaviors, values, strengths), leadership, career planning, entrepreneurship, success and happiness. These innovative courses earn honors credit, up to a total of 6 honors credits of the total 36 honors credits required for graduation from Barrett. These courses are open to all Barrett students, regardless of campus, year or major. The current course topics are listed below. Click on each course to view the Fall 2021 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 community leaders to campus to speak to and engage with students. Speakers inspire, educate, and share their stories in effort to better prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of life. Speakers cover topics including self-awareness, personal values, personal character development, leadership, decision-making, risk-taking, career planning, success and happiness. Many speakers will also lend their perspective on difficult and important topics such as the role of personal values and character, overcoming adversity and making mistakes, making complex life decisions, and much more. Speaker events and the accompanying food and accommodations are provided at no cost to Barrett students, due to the generous support of the T.W. Lewis Foundation and Barrett, the Honors College. 

Workshops

Workshops

The workshops offered are single-topic, one to two 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 two workshop series offered this semester. These programs have a limited number of seats available.

  • Lewis Center Entrepreneur Bootcamp: Fall 2021 Applications are being accepted until August 18th at 11:59 p.m. Apply early, as seats will be filled on a rolling basis.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 Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos, Financial Manager at LifeManaged. In this series, Thanasi 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! 
  • Leadership Series in partnership with ASU's Leadership, Diplomacy & National Security Lab: In this series, students will learn about Character Driven Leadership including servant leadership, values, ethics, and morals. Most sections will be taught by Lieutenant General Benjamin C. Freakley, Retired U.S. Army, Special Advisor to ASU President for Leadership Initiatives and Ambassador Michael C. Polt, ASU Ambassador-in-Residence. All sessions will occur from 10am-12pm AZ time. Program dates and topics are below:
    • Sept 10: Overview of Character-Driven Leadership and the ASU Leadership, Diplomacy and National Security Lab
    • Sept 24: Values and Ethics
    • Oct 8: Personal and Organizational Leadership
    • Nov 5: Breaking Ice and Breaking Glass: Leading in Uncharted Waters (with special guest Vice Admiral Sandra Stosz, Retired U.S. Coast Guard)
    • Nov 19: Diplomacy First … But Not Alone
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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

 

Ann Atkinson, Executive Director

Danyel Chleborad, Program Coordinator, Sr.

Dr. Janelle Kappes, Lewis Center Lecturer 

Dr. Thomas Martin, Lewis Center Faculty Fellow 

Dr. Katherine O’Flaherty, Lewis Center Faculty Fellow

Dr. Jessica Sturgess, Lewis Center Lecturer

T.W. Lewis Center Upcoming Programs

 
Title Date Time Location
Values and Ethics September 24, 2021 10:00am to 12:00pm Vista Del Sol Community Center 202 / Zoom
The Power of Words by Greg Ragland September 24, 2021 2:00pm to 3:30pm Sage South 141
Building Your Life on Solid Ground by Tom Lewis September 27, 2021 6:30pm to 7:30pm Vista Del Sol Community Center Lobby & Theater / Zoom
Generational Leadership by Michael Davidson September 29, 2021 6:30pm to 7:30pm Vista Del Sol Community Center Lobby & Theater / Zoom
Personal Finance Series: Budgeting October 1, 2021 12:00pm to 1:30pm Sage South 141
Leadership Series: Personal and Organizational Leadership October 8, 2021 10:00am to 12:00pm Vista 202
Personal Finance Series: Investing Strategies & Compound Interest October 15, 2021 12:00pm to 1:30pm Sage South 141
Brand YOU - The Impact of a Powerful Personal Brand by Danielle Feroleto October 18, 2021 6:30pm to 7:30pm Vista Del Sol Community Center Lobby & Theater / Zoom
Run, Forrest, Run! How Free Markets Paved My Improbable Path by Charles Keller October 25, 2021 6:30pm to 7:30pm Vista Del Sol Community Center Lobby & Theater / Zoom
Persistent Imagination by Cathy Hayes October 27, 2021 6:30pm to 7:30pm Vista Del Sol Community Center Lobby & Theater / Zoom

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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. The foundation is now focusing on philanthropy, luxury leasing and sales, and other real estate investments. 

For over 25 years the foundation's principles and values have remained the same. They continue to emphasize integrity, quality and long term relationships with all of their 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 recently concluded her tenure as Honorary Co-Chair of ASU Women and Philanthropy, and is now continuing her dedication to the organization and its mission as a contributing member.

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

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