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EmPathic Institute

"Through empathy, we make meaningful change."

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rowan University where he studied Law and Justice Studies and Sociology. He earned his Masters of Public Administration degree from Florida State University with expertise in Strategic Human Resource Development.


Aaron has taught Sociology for the past 16 years at Mercer County Community College, Rowan College of Burlington County, Rowan University, Rider University, and The College of New Jersey.   He is a volunteer executive for EthicalCoach, an international nonprofit organization that delivers resources and tools to build capacity within NGOs, enabling them to increase their impact and serve more families and children in need all over the world.

Most recently, Aaron trained as an Interim Executive Director with the Support Center of New York. As a Certified Executive Coach, he is available to offer tailored individual and group training.

Aaron is the father of two charming young men Gabriel and Israel.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends.  He also loves to travel and jet ski!

Aaron Chavis, ​​​​​​​Strategic Advisor

Aaron has over 18 years experience in the nonprofit sector as an Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer to some  of the leading organizations in Central New Jersey.

 Emerging Leaders Trainings

 C-Level Executive Retreats

For nonprofit executives and social entrepreneurs.

Who should attend the EmPathic Institute? 

Career-minded professionals seeking increased understanding of 'big picture' management and organizational insight as they position themselves as emerging leaders within their respective companies or industries.


     Select from these suite of customizable tools for your team:

What Our Clients Say

Aaron provided valuable tools, assisted me in seeing alternative ways to deliver needed company directives in a way that my staff may be better able to receive it.”


"Aaron facilitated a conversation with me which encouraged me to unpack my ideas and create specific tasks that will allow this plan to come to fruition."


"The exchange forced me to confront maladaptive patterns of thinking which can impact leadership and building productive alliances with your colleagues and teams."



For C-level executives

Strategic Planning Retreats.

Who should attend the Retreats? CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, board members and other senior level executives with direct responsibility for the mission and overarching culture of the organization.

During the full-day session, take a deep dive into the power dynamics, uncover growth opportunities and walk away with an actionable Strategic Plan to "prioritize or pivot" as needed to position your company for long term sustainbility. 

Facilitated by Aaron Chavis, Certified Executive Coach

The 2018 Nonprofit Talent Management Priorities Survey reached out to more than 350 nonprofit leaders and HR professionals across the country to help determine their concerns regarding talent management, culture and engagement. 

3 Top Ranked Culture & Engagement Priorities:

Your organizational culture & engagement matters.

Influencing Leadership to Prioritize Culture Management                                            

Assessing Organizational Culture

Improving Organizational Culture

Source: http://surveys.nonprofithr.com/2018-talent-survey/