Michael A. Wright, PhD, Board Chairman

Michael Wright, PhD, is a social work trained social entrepreneur residing in Nashville, TN. Wright is Chairperson of MAWMedia Group, LLC, a Nashville-based firm focusing on life coaching, business consulting, and publishing. With innovation as his guiding theme, Wright is also a published author including 7 interactive CDROM. He maintains an active social media presence contributing to online publications like and managing two blogs of his own.

Wright has maintained his macro practice consultancy for more than 18 years. He has logged dozens of professional relationships with public and private entities seeking to increase capacity, evaluate programs, train staff, and grow strategically. Competencies in social entrepreneurship, publishing, and video-based storytelling extend the educational media production and web 2.0 services MAWMedia Group was originally created to produce.

A former MSW program director and Interim BSW program director with 16 years in higher education, Wright has taught a diverse population of students at both the baccalaureate and Master’s degree levels. His administrative talents are evident in curriculum design, faculty development, and program assessment. Since his first teaching experience at the University of South Carolina, Michael has worked to articulate the balance between high standards and student motivation. Along the way, he developed a theory of student development that continues to evolve and guide his product development, research, and consultations.

Wright’s research interests include behavioral health, trauma and resilience, complex adaptive systems, and entrepreneurship. Wright’s work in application of person-in-environment (PIE) and biopsychosocial assessment has led to the exploration of two new models of inquiry: POSE-R and SCME. Both shed light on meaning and perception of the individual toward a model for predicting behavior. The latest incarnation of this theoretical work is called Social Work Next. The model has application in health, global social justice, education, marriage & family, and social enterprise.


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