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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.




Spring 2022 Programming Guide

Spring 2022 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 Spring 2022 Program Guide to view the full calendar, a Personal Development Guide, and Spring 2022 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.



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 2022 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. 



Lewis Center workshops are single-topic, 90 to 120 minute programs led by industry and academic experts. Workshops offered in Spring 2022 include occur mid-day Friday

Lewis Center Entrepreneur Bootcamp: In this application-based 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! The Lewis Center will run this application-based program again in Fall 2022. Limited seats available! Barrett students can apply here!

Career Preparedness Workshop Series: Created for students by students, the Lewis Center’s Career Preparedness Workshop Series is a 5-part program for students desiring professional development. Learn how to interview, leverage and negotiate job offers, play to your strengths each workshop. Guest speakers include CEOs, entrepreneurs, and business executives sharing their industry experiences & tips and tricks with you.

i.      Resumes & Reputation: Lessons from an Online Reputation Crisis Manager. Cultivate and share your brand! The Resumes & Reputation Workshop will focus on how your brand is perceived by others and cultivating it to represent the best you.

ii.      Professional Polish & Executive Presence: How to be an Unforgettable Job Candidate. Hard to define & easy to spot: improve your ability to inspire confidence and lead others! The Professional Polish & Executive Presence Workshop will focus on 1. what these two key business terms mean, 2. why they matter for your success, 3. how to gain them 4. how to use them for opportunities.

iii.      Job Contract Negotiation Strategies: 5 Ways to Achieve the Win-Win. Understand the do's and don'ts of negotiating and learn it from a pro! The workshop will address negotiation principles in general as well as specific job contract negotiations strategies. Learn to be your own best advocate while also being fair to the people who will be signing your paycheck. Grasp how to look at the whole offer to claim your value with Ann, a skilled negotiator who has closed 179 commercial real estate transactions totaling $5.9 billion in gross proceeds. Lunch provided!

iv.      Job Interviewing 101: The Ultimate Guide to Multiple Job Offers Want to ace your next interview? Learn from an industry expert with years of experience recruiting and retaining top talent. Develop the road map to navigate interviews and best practices for the interview process to help you open more doors.

v.      Play to Your Strengths: What Google Doesn't Tell You About Top Job Skills Develop the leader within you. Unlock your strengths and bridge skill gaps with Juan, a career coach and talent strategist. Learn to be self-aware, work with yourself, and others to lead a promising career.

Other Workshops:

How to Network with Distinguished Lewis Center Speakers


Reconsidering the Social Responsibility of Business


How to Buy a Car Like a Professional Negotiator.


Home Buying 101: An Experts Guide to Buying Your First Home, Simplified


Personal Finance 101: An Undergraduate's Guide to Budgeting, Saving, Debt, Credit & Taxes

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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

Dr. Janelle Kappes, Lewis Center Lecturer 

Dr. Thomas Martin, Lewis Center Faculty Fellow 

Dr. Katherine O’Flaherty, Lewis Center Faculty Fellow

Dennis Ramos Jr., Coordinator, Senior

Dr. Jessica Sturgess, Lewis Center Lecturer

T.W. Lewis Center Upcoming Programs


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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