The Williams Institute

aka TWI   |   Scottsdale, AZ   |  www.ethics-TWI.org

Mission

TWI assists organizations and agencies in building stronger ethical cultures through empowering individuals and developing ethical leaders. TWI's mission is to help young people and adults Judge what is right, Care deeply about what is right, and Do what is right. We do this though training, personal and organizational ethical competency assessments, and research that develop ethical decision making and communication skills in individuals and organizations. These encourage ethical leadership and grow ethical cultures at work, community and home. TWI focuses on encouraging personal responsibility, calling forth and supporting the processes of ethical thought and decision making within each of us as individuals that, collectively, lead to an ethical community.

Ruling year info

1994

Principal Officer

Dr. David Braaten

Main address

6615 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 250

Scottsdale, AZ 85250 USA

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EIN

86-0743467

NTEE code info

Leadership Development (W70)

Nonprofit Management (S50)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

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TWI Annual High School Ethics Essay Contest

Annually, since 1994, juniors and seniors at participating high schools are challenged with a topical ethics question that encourages critical thinking and ethical awareness. Through a rigorous 3-step vetting process, a winning junior and senior essay is selected at each high school.  Each winner receives a $500 cash scholarship and the teacher of each winning student receives a $100 honorarium.  This year, 2,580 students from 13 schools submitted essays and $7,500 in scholarships will be awarded.  Four statewide winners are selected and receive additional scholarship awards.

Through this program, teachers have the mechanism to address ethical issues in their classrooms and students will be made more aware of ethical issues and that they have some personal responsibility to address the concerns they identify.

Population(s) Served

Ethics is about people and their relationships. This training focuses on the ethical awareness, tools and skills important for making better, more consistent, ethical decisions in the "gray zones" of professional life not covered by rules and codes. This builds mutual trust and respect. They are relevant for personal life, as well. Successful ethics programs must live in the "hearts, minds and actions" of employees (ERC). Ownership of personal responsibility and accountability are essential for building ethical cultures and promoting ethical relationships, living in the hearts, minds, and actions of people.

WI is building stronger ethical cultures in government and business though ethical decision making training. Recent focus has been on personnel in Probation and Parole; Community Corrections; Public Safety; Federal, State, County and Municipal courts; pretrial services; and other agencies.  Focus of this training is to provide the knowledge, skills and tools to empower greater personal responsibility for ethical decision making.  Programs are 3-day, 1-day or 1/2-day in length.

Population(s) Served

TWI promotes the development of great ethical leaders though its three leadership programs. These each empower ethical decision making by integrating it into the strategic role of leaders (What leaders do) and the tactical role of leadership (How leaders do it), i.e. the practical skills necessary to better communicate as leaders.

Population(s) Served

Ethics is about people and relationships. Communicating ethically and effectively with others is a process that involves valuing self and others, asking, listening, understanding self and others, empowering and serving. This training provides tools and skills for individuals to better communicate in each part of this process. This process, with its tools and skills, has shown to transform relationships and build mutual trust and respect--promoting ethical cultures.

Population(s) Served

A successful pilot program, introduced through ASU fraternity leaders, to provide the knowledge. tools and skills to develop and encourage stronger ethical student leadership. This pilot is the starting point for developing programs for University Residential Life to reshape the roles and responsibilities for student community assistants in terms of ethical leadership for their residential halls. Based on the principles, knowledge skills and tools from TWI's ethical decision making, leadership, and communication training programs, this program explores the nature of leadership and making ethical decision in the job and in life. One goal is to own that who I want to be as a person and as a leaderer in life, begins now.

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The Williams Institute

Board of directors
as of 02/26/2015
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dan Schweiker

China Mist Brands

Term: 2010 - 2012

Mary Kay Kickels

Community College President, Retired

Michael Andrews

Andrews & Associates, LLC

Dan Schweiker

China Mist Brands

Larry Guddis

DelfiPartners, LLC

David Braaten

The Williams Institute

Jodi Deros

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