Gainesville, Hall County, GA

Senior Leadership: The Wisdom Project

The Wisdom Project began in Fall of 2012. The project is a joint collaborative effort between the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce and the Brenau University Center for Lifetime Study. The project itself grew from Visio 2030, which has been assisting the program since it’s humble beginnings. Brenau University has been offering lifelong learning opportunities through the BULLI (Brenau Univesity Learning and Leisure Institute) program for 20 years. The students of the program are the growing senior citizens (50+ or older) population of the Hall County/Gainesville area. The Chamber’s idea for the senior leadership program and the interests and abilities of the BULLI students worked well together to create this program.


What the program allows is for senior citizens of the Wisdom Project to reach out to the community. They are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours in a service project for the community. These projects have ranged from working with the Salvation Army on a daytime program offers classes to improve interpersonal relationships, which develop interviewing skills and personal finance management, to creating a decent program for the Brenau art galleries to creating an independent transportation network for frail, older adults. Because of the vast community project options offer to each Wisdom Project participant, there is no one project that each class works on, but multiple one that graduates collaborate and develop together.


However, in recent years, the ITNLanier Initiative (which is the independent transportation network for older citizens) has become a larger group project for Wisdom graduates as a whole.


Leadership for the Wisdom Project:

·      Phillipa Lewis-Moss City of Gainesville

·      Erika Walker Sage Wave Consulting

·      Larry Preiss Co-Chair of the Wisdom Keepers


Classes are held during the Fall of each year. There are seven meetings in total, which are hed on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month. The classes meet from 10AM – 4PM each session, but more information on classes can be found at


The Fall 2014 Dates:

Thursday, August 14th, 2014 – KICKOFF

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Friday September 26th, 2014

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Friday, November 21st, 2014 - GRADUATION