From our Dream Team:

Judi Neal, Ph.D.

Creating Edgewalker Organizations: The Next Evolution in Applied Wisdom

Judi Neal is an award-winning author, and an internationally recognized scholar, speaker, and consultant.   After receiving her Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Yale University, she became an internal organizational consultant to Honeywell.  She has had a lifelong interest in spirituality and in 1988 Judi began teaching management at the University of New Haven. She focused her research on business leaders who have a strong commitment to their spirituality, and she began studying how they bridged the spiritual world and the material world of business.  That led to her research on people she calls “Edgewalkers.”

Judi is the author of five books on workplace spirituality, and is working on the next two.  She has published widely in academic journals and the popular press.  She has spoken at conferences throughout the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Thailand.  Her clients include Fortune 50 companies as well as small entrepreneurial firms and family businesses.

Judi was the founding director (retired) of the Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas, and CEO of Edgewalkers International. She is on the Board of the “Management, Spirituality and Religion” Interest Group, and is also a board member of the International Association of Management, Spirituality and Religion and the Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion. Along with John Renesch, she founded the International Spirit at Work Awards.  Judi has organized numerous conferences on workplace spirituality including Spirit at Work, and Wisdom at Work conferences, and the forthcoming “Leadership, Education, and Spirituality” conference at the University of Arkansas (May 18-20, 2017).

One of Judi’s deepest spiritual practices is songwriting and singing, and she has produced a CD titled The Journey.

What Judi indicates as takeaways from her presentation.

  • Explore why Edgewalkers are needed in today’s world?
  • Discover new ideas about how you and your organization can live more on the edge.
  • Learn and apply the five Archetypes of Change:  Edgewalkers, Flamekeepers, Hearthtenders, Placeholders, and Guardians.
  • Be inspired by organizations that are consciously implementing workplace spirituality.
  • Gain access to a rich treasure of workplace spirituality resources.

Why Judi is participating in the retreat.

I have been dedicated to supporting the emergence of greater wisdom in the workplace since the 1980’s when I was a member of a spiritual support group of change agents within Honeywell.  I saw the power of prayer, visualization, intention, and a commitment to something greater than ourselves.  Since that time, I have written and spoken about best practices in integrating deeper human and spiritual wisdom in the workplaces.  But it’s not enough to write and speak about what’s going on.  We need to come together in community at conferences like this so that we get a sense that we are each a part of a greater consciousness that is unfolding. It is so affirming to be with like-minded professionals, to share our stories and to inspire one another to go back to our work feeling greater courage to play our part in the transformation that we are wanting to bring about.  I expect that this gathering will have an amplifying effect on each of us as we learn from one another, and I look forward to making new connections.

From Judi’s personal web site:

“Judi Neal, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized author, speaker, coach and consultant who is committed to helping leaders, teams and organizations to be on the leading edge.

  • Is there a high level of creative energy in your organization?
  • Are people embracing and even initiating positive change?
  • Are you retaining your best and brightest?
  • Is there an alignment of values and management philosophy in your top leaders?
  • Do your employees feel a strong sense of inclusion, respect and empowerment?
  • Are customers attracted to your products and services because of your values?
  • Is your organization tapping into the full potential of all members of your workforce?
  • Do your employees have strong cross-cultural skills?
  • Is communication clear and collaborative between different functional areas?
  • Is your organization seen by others as values driven and as a positive exemplar in the business   community?

If not, it is possible that I may be able to help you.” 

Judi’s Books: