Wendy Knowles

Winner, Harry & Lily Rutte Award for Spirituality in the Workplace, 2015

  • Consultant and facilitator
  • Master of Religion and Theology

Grace Filled or Grace Felled?

Spirituality in the Workplace, Orientalism at Work, and Values as a Model for Engagement

The winner of this year’s Harry and Lily Rutte Award for Spirituality in the Workplace is Wendy Knowles, with her paper, “Grace Filled or Grace Felled? Spirituality in the Workplace, Orientalism at Work, and Values as a Model for Engagement.”

The paper examines the challenges in executing spirituality in the workplace, the concept of Orientalism, the effect these concepts may have on the power balance within workplaces, and proposes that a values-oriented model may alleviate the impact by removing negative connotations.

Raj Kapahi, CEO of Wicker Emporium, has described Wendy as, “fearless and extremely driven.” Upon meeting Wendy, one’s first impression is that she doesn’t miss much, and tends to be thoughtful about what she observes.

Ms. Knowles is a student in the Master of Religion and Theology program at Saint Mary’s. She also holds a business degree from Ryerson University. Professionally, she is a consultant and facilitator in the area of leadership excellence and organization transformation with her own practice, Knowles Consulting. Her path to business coaching was an indirect one, as she emerged from a background of IT sales and marketing.

Wendy is certified to deliver the Barrett Values leading edge culture change assessments and transformation programs, and her familiarity with this system informs her paper.

Learn more about Wendy Knowles

Wendy Knowles-Grace Filled or Grace Felled (Download PDF)