Tom Pigman has been a facilitator and trainer with Matrix Leadership Institute since 2000 and has worked in community development since 1990.
In Chicago, he founded and directed Family Matters, a teen leadership program and community organizing effort. Tom honed his skills as a facilitator for change within a diverse community of African-Americans, recent Caribbean immigrants, and Latinos. He also worked internationally in community and coalition building in both South America, and Ghana, West Africa, working alongside local leaders and community residents.
Through all of this, Tom developed a passion and heart for Social Justice work that he continues today.
Tom trained with Allies for Change through Doing Our Own Work: Seminars for Anti-Racist White People, as well as the National Coalition Building Institute's Prejudice Reduction Workshop.
He has been involved in the Mosaic Multicultural Foundation Mentoring Retreats led by Michael Meade, Malidoma Some, Jack Kornfield and Luis Rodriguez, bringing men from all walks of life into connection and authentic relationship across deep cultural divides.
Currently, Tom serves on his local Diversity Round Table Action Coalition, facilitating Community Conversation Circles focused on the challenges and possibilities of truly engaging diversity within community life.
Tom and his wife, Anne, often work together, facilitating retreats for organizations utilizing the Matrix model of shared leadership. Tom is currently co-developing Where Pigs Fly Farm, a rural Indiana gathering place, to continue his work of inspiring youth and adults to find and share their gifts and talents.
A member of a training in Chicago in 2000, I am here, standing tall and here to tell you that every moment of my training was a challenge. I found it enlightening, consuming, heart-filled, frustrating, exhilarating, annoying, joyful, terrifying, comforting, irritating, restoring, hysterical, healing and transforming. My experiences ran the gamut of human emotions and experiences, all of which can be summed up in two words: Life Altering. Issues of trust (in self and others), community, tolerance, growth - and more. Yes, ‘life altering‘. Definitely. Would I do it again? In a heartbeat. This time, I‘d enter freely vs. kicking and screaming! As one insightful co-participant said: ‘This program could change the world.‘
— Lois Hobart
Certfied Life Coach