The Wise Leader Challenge

Get a full scholarship to participate in this 5-Day Challenge that will help you to exercise firm faith to make wise decisions. Featuring faith-based leadership principles and decision-making strategies, to achieve your God-given desires, and more.
"A person has joy in an apt answer, and how delightful is a timely word!"
Proverbs 15:23

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 The Wise Leader Summit

In this special virtual summit, Dr. Firm Faith Watson converse with wise leaders (via recorded virtual interviews) who share their amazing stories and encouraging words of wisdom to help us lead ourselves and others wisely.
"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death." Revelation 12:11

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The Wise Leader Masterclass

This masterclass will provide you with wisdom-packed strategies to plan your success with God, including identifying your authentic offering and reviewing essential coaching skills to lead yourself and others wisely.
"For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?" Luke 14:28

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The FIRM FAITH Leadership Success Accelerator

Imagine achieving true success with God, without sacrificing your well-being or your God-given desires before or after you retire! Take the FIRM FAITH Leadership Success Accelerator and make wise decisions to succeed in your most significant life domains in this season!  

"Where no wise guidance is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety" Proverbs 11:14.

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The Wise Leader
Virtual Conference

This two-day virtual conference will be a safe space for presenters who are passionate about not only sharing leadership strategies but also helping fellow leaders understand The True Source of their wisdom or strategies.

"For promotion and power come from nowhere on earth, but only from God.
He promotes one and deposes another."
 Psalms 75:6-7

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The LOVE Membership
(Lead Others in Virtual Environments)

Imagine developing a firm plan to prepare, promote and present your authentic LOVE offering (i.e., how God is calling you to serve this season) and doing what you planned, even if you currently feel unsure about your calling!

"A plan in the heart of a person is like deep water, but a person of understanding draws it out" Proverbs 20:5.

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TEACH: Design Engaging Experiences for Profound (DEEP) Learning Challenge!

Imagine following a proven path to guide your learners to achieve a desired transformation! Imagine designing engaging experiences for profound learning (Deep Learning), without a teaching degree, even if you plan to teach in a traditional or non-traditional setting.

“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go; I will guide thee with Mine eye." Psalms 32:9

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Take The Write It Now
(WIN) Challenge!

Imagine being a prolific writer who writes consistently to help transform the lives of others? Join this challenge and WIN (Write it Now) in a safe virtual writing space, without losing your focus, while meeting your need for accountability with your writing; even if you don’t feel like a writer!

Write down this vision. Write it clearly on tablets, so that anyone who reads it may run.‚ÄĚ Habakkuk 2:2

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Serve Authentically in Love (SAIL) Academy

Imagine serving in ways that are truly authentic to who you are, without feeling like an imposter; even if you feel you have little to serve! Imagine achieving your God-given desires before and after you retire; Join this academy and SAIL (Serve Authentically in Love) in this season!

‚ÄúAs each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.‚ÄĚ 1 Peter 4:10

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Facilitate Engaged Learning
in Love Masterclass

Imagine facilitating learning in a way that shows students that you genuinely love them and care about their success? Join us in this masterclass to explore practical strategies and scenarios to demonstrate to students that you love and care for them, while inspiring hope for them to have true success.

"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal." I Corinthian 13:1.

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Promoting AI in an Age of Generative AI Masterclass

Join us in this masterclass to get strategies to promote Academic Integrity (AI) in an age of Generative Artificial Intelligence (GAI) to help you and your students succeed. Discover examples and non examples of AI, and get words of wisdom to consider when deciding about when to use GAI.

‚ÄúOne who walks in integrity walks securely, But one who perverts his ways will be found out.‚ÄĚ Proverbs 10:9.

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Top 10 Strategies to Help Students Learn Masterclass

Imagine having strategies that students indicated that they would like their online instructors to do to help them learn successfully? This masterclass will give you those strategies and relate them to time-tested teaching principles face-to-face and online learning. Leave with practical and relevant strategies!

"Teach the wise, and they will become even wiser; teach good people, and they will learn even more." Proverbs 9:9

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Hi, I'm Firm Faith

 As a child, I despised my name. Now, I realize that God has called me to help leaders, like you, exercise firm faith to make wise decisions to achieve true success in your most important life domains, without sacrificing your well-being!

I was blessed to see my name in Isaiah 7:9: "If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all."

In the book, titled A Call to Stand Apart, E. G. White noted, "True success in any line of work is not the result of chance or accident or destiny. It is the outworking of God's providences, the reward of faith and discretion, of virtue and perseverance. Fine mental qualities and a high moral tone are not the result of accident. God gives opportunities; success depends upon the use made of them." p. 56.

I invite you to join me and other wise leaders, and take the FIRM FAITH Leadership Success Accelerator (and other professional development opportunities that are highlighted on this web page) to help you have true success with God in in this season!

What leaders noted about Firm Faith's Work (Unsolicited)

Virtual Course Design Challenge Participant

"I can honestly say that putting your tips and tools into practice made me feel more confident, helped me to stay focused on the objectives, and I am sure it will reflect in students' learning too in a positive way...I already have seen a major improvement in the way I look at handling my courses.

Your name and your talk will always be there in my mind...

Your firm faith principles are also very inspiring….emotional enough to force me to think deeply about life and strong enough to help people stay motivated…
I learned a lot from you both about the course and about life….
hank you so much for all your efforts.  I thoroughly enjoyed being part of your class."

Dr. Mahwish Anjam, Assistant Professor, College of Business, 
Al Ghurair University, Dubai

The Wise Leader Challenge Participant and This Works for Me Virtual Summit Speaker 

"You have always been one of the most innovative and forward-thinking individuals in higher education.
I appreciate what you’ve been doing.
You are a leader.”

Dr. Doyle Friskney, 
Senior Fellow, Academic Affairs, Council on Post
Secondary Education;
Retired Chief Technology Officer, University of Kentucky

This Works for Me
Virtual Summit Speaker

"Please know that what you are doing is of great service to educators. It's an innovative way to produce anytime/anywhere professional development, on demand. It is great to learn from my peers in their areas of expertise, and I thank you for including me in your scaffolded learning community.
I wish you continued success and applaud your work."

Dr. Denise Malloy
Executive Director,
Global SMART Technology Innovation Center, Tennessee State University

Virtual Course Design Challenge Observer

"Thank you for sharing your model of Weekly Challenges with us and allowing us to sit in on your Zoom call. Our Challenges have been going extremely well...Your program model had such an impact on us..."
Dr. Carla Vecchiola,
Director, Hub for Teaching & Learning ResourcesUniversity of

Leadership Coaching Institute Participant

Firm Faith, "You are truly a gift to higher education."

Dr. Debra Ferdinand-James, 
Senior Lecturer, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus

Virtual Course Design Challenge Participant

Thank you for running your Virtual Course Design challenge last summer in a way that was open to the broader academic community. I learned a lot not only from the content that you presented, but also through appreciating the design of the associated Canvas course... 

I also appreciated the meetups you hosted on Zoom to talk through some of the ideas. I enjoyed meeting others from outside my college who were facing the same challenges.

Overall, I feel grateful to have had this structured and supportive environment in which to think through my choices and celebrate everyone’s progress at the end of the session.

I have brought my perspectives from the challenge back to my campus to help my colleagues as they re-designed their courses. I have also since redesigned most of my Canvas course spaces following principles from your [challenge], and I believe that this has helped my students navigate the online spaces of my course even better. 

I intend to keep these design features when we return face-to-face.
Thanks again for making an impact!

Dr. Elizabeth Leininger, 
Assistant Professor, Division of Natural Sciences, New College of Florida

Leadership Coaching and Consultation

"Firm Faith was instrumental in my decision to pursue my passion through entrepreneurship. For the past two years, I have been growing ATTECS, LLC - an independent center for teaching and learning. But, it came about as a result of much deliberation and reflection: "What is your heart's desire?" discussion
with Firm Faith really helped clarify my choice."

Dr. Ella Epshteyn 

Virtual Course Design Challenge and ALIVE Challenge Participant

"Thank you so much for the benefit of your wisdom...
learned so much and shared with others.  The students will benefit from the learning I received from you!
Dr. Arlene Nicholas, Professor, Faculty Fellow, 5-Year Program Coordinator,
Salve University

ALIVE Challenge Participant

"It was extremely helpful to have a conversation with you today. I just left the meeting with the Provost, and they like the approach to the faculty academy.  

I truly enjoyed the learning experience!" [in the Accelerated Leadership in Virtual Environments Challenge]

Dr. Michael Dailey
Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Design, Office of Distance Education, Kentucky State University

About Firm Faith

Dr. Firm Faith Watson currently serves as the Director of the Faculty Development Center at Murray State University. She is a leadership coach and the President and Founder of Firm Faith University, the official sponsor of the Wise Leader Virtual Summit, the Wise Leader Challenge, the Wise Leader Institute the FIRM FAITH Leadership Success Accelerator and the Wise Leader Conference.

She designed and facilitated professional development to serve leaders in the United States and beyond including the Leadership Coaching Institute, the ALIVE - Accelerated Leadership in Virtual Environments Challenge, and the Virtual Course Design Challenge. 
She hosted the freely available This Works for Me Virtual Summit. 

She collaborated with leaders at Murray State University to host the Fall Faculty Summit, New Faculty Orientation, New Faculty Academy, and to lead the university's major transition to online learning during the pandemic.

Dr. Watson¬†may be reached at [email protected].

Yes, I want to join the FIRM FAITH Leadership Success Accelerator 

and achieve true success in my most significant life domains, without sacrificing my well-being
or my God-given desires, before or after I retire!

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