May 7, 2017

About PPGJ

  • Mission

Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute seeks to plant seeds of social change through education, training, and community outreach.

  • History

Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute was founded in 2014 with the goal in mind of providing the essential tools and resources for leadership development, social justice advocacy, and public policy advocacy.

  • Leadership Theory- Planting People Growing Justice

Inspired by Dr. Artika Tyner’s research, Planting People Growing Justice focuses on the future of social change and community-building through igniting the leadership within each person.

“Planting people” is an organic process, which yields a great harvest over time. It starts from the ground up as a seed is planted until it takes root. This seed represents resistance against marginalization and oppression in order to further the cause of social justice. The seed also represents a partnership between social change agents and their global communities. Together, they are able to build a shared vision of a just society and engage in community-building. As the seed begins to germinate, community members start to view themselves as leaders with the capacity to address their own challenges and realize their power to resist oppression.  This is an ongoing process of collective engagement, perseverance, teamwork, and diligence. The ultimate result is creating social change which equates to reaping a harvest of justice, fairness, and equity.

  • Impact

Every day, ordinary people make a difference in the world by embracing their moral responsibility to leave the world a better place than how they found it. History has shown us that ordinary people can have an extraordinary impact on the world around them.

PPGJ will help you to: discover your leadership potential and serve as a change agent in the global community. Through workshops and seminars, PPGJ fosters leadership development and facilitates the process of social change.

  • Leadership


Dr. Artika R. Tyner is a passionate educator, author, sought after speaker, and advocate for justice. Dr. Tyner is committed to empowering others to lead within their respective spheres of influence. She is the Founder & CEO of Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute which provides leadership development training and career coaching. She has also developed leadership educational materials for K-12 students, college/graduate students, faith communities and nonprofits. Additionally, Dr. Tyner teaches leadership coursework on ethics, critical reflection, and organizational development. Her research focuses on diversity/inclusion, community development, and civil rights. She has presented her research and conducted leadership training programs both nationally and internationally.