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"People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall."


- Thomas Merton

The Sycamore Initiative

The Sycamore Initiative is a masterclass that helps high output leaders and influencers thrive spiritually, emotionally, at home, in friendship and community, and at work. Professional bonds may form organically, but the focus is building honorable, meaningful lives through:

  • real connection with God and peers who share similar struggles and hopes

  • prioritizing integrity and the eulogy virtues (human being vs. human doing)

  • embracing the humble path of downward mobility

  • leveraging influence to help the world's hurts and promote love

  • an individualized plan for living all of life with honor and purpose

Meeting room inside the carriage house of Donald & Betsy Miller

Venue, Schedule, and Cost

Participants will gather once monthly at Donald and Betsy Miller’s Green Hills carriage house, 6-9pm on a Tuesday. Each month will feature a core theme with teaching, interviews, life stories, roundtable talks, and mutual support.


Smaller groups will also connect monthly with Scott and each other. All participants will receive 1:1 coaching and support from Scott.

There will be optional extras throughout including social, enrichment, and service opportunities and a possible getaway including spouses. 2024-2025 participants will be the inaugural class of a connected, citywide network of high output leaders and influencers.

To inquire about cost and other details, please use the Contact form below.

Name and Meaning

The name “Sycamore” is inspired by a public figure in the Bible whose job title began with the word “Chief.” Sensing there must be more to life than chasing power and hitting a number, this man embarked on a search for meaning.


Jesus noticed him perched on a sycamore branch above the crowd, alone and unsettled. Jesus called him by name, entered his home, surrounded him with friends, and inspired him to live honorably and meaningfully​.

Relevant texts include Man's Search for MeaningFrom Strength to Strength, Daring GreatlyThe Road to Character, The Second MountainEvery Good Endeavor, The Voice of the Heartand The Selfless Way of Christ.

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