EVENT SCHEDULE & SPEAKING OUTLINE

Below you will find everything you need to know about your time with us during the 2017 Praxis Academy. If you find information that needs to be updated or have questions, please let us know by replying all to your speaker email. 

I. LOGISTICS

EVENT LOCATION
Biola University
13800 Biola Ave
La Mirada, CA 90639

We will primarily be in Crowell Auditorium (Plenary Sessions) and Talbot East (Breakouts, Roundtables).
For those who need to park, please use Parking Structure S

When you arrive on campus, please contact Meghan Easley: 724.961.9530 or Dylan Thomas: 717.669.5920

LODGING
Lodging is proximate to the Biola campus, and we have booked a room for you during the nights you are scheduled to be at Academy. Your room is pre-paid, simply check in using your name at the front desk.

Sheraton Cerritos Hotel
12725 Center Court Drive South
Cerritos, CA 90703

TRANSPORTATION
You will find all information on transportation between LAX & the hotel and the hotel & Biola University on the speaker transport page.

Please review this to ensure we have the correct information for your ground transportation needs. If you have changes or questions, please email: lori@praxislabs.org 

REIMBURSEMENTS
We are happy to pay all travel related expenses; we simply need receipts for them in order to comply with strict IRS regulations. Please submit receipts to jon@praxislabs.org by August 16 and include the mailing address you'd like a check sent to.

PRAXIS CONTACT LIST
Jon Hart: jon@praxislabs.org | 612.382.0609 // Contact for: Pre-Event Questions & Speaker Content
Dylan Thomas: dylan@praxislabs.org | 717.669.5920 // Contact for: On-Site Logistics
Meghan Easley: meghan@praxislabs.org | 724.961.9530 // Contact for: On-Site Logistics

FILMING
We will be filming the event, and request your permission to do so for your talk; if you haven't sent your signed waiver in yet, please send to lori@praxislabs.org.

DRESS
Given that talks will be filmed, we suggest a nice & smart-casual dress.

II. SPEAKING/MENTORING INFORMATION

SLIDES & AV
We kindly ask for slides and any specific presentation needs by Thursday July 27.

We ask that slides are in 16:9 widescreen format and "saved as" / exported to a PDF file at the highest resolution in order to preserve font and images. Please send decks to Lori: lori@praxislabs.org.

We greatly appreciate your help in reducing the chances of on-site issues by sending any presentation materials or needs by 7/27.

REHEARSAL & GREEN ROOM
For Plenaries, please meet in Crowell Auditorium 45-minutes prior to the start of the session for rehearsal, sound & slide check. This is critical to ensure there are not technical issues during your stage time.

For Breakouts & Roundtables: plan to arrive 10-minutes ahead of the session starts so we can start on time. There will be host team members around to help you with timing. 

SESSIONS FORMAT
Academy includes 3 types of sessions: Plenary, Breakouts, and Roundtables. We've found delivering content in a variety of settings and formats enhances the student learning experience and gives them exposure to an array of experiences and perspectives. This also means timing for our sessions are tight, thus we appreciate your help in preparing content that is succinct and within the allocated time. We intentionally schedule some sessions for a tight timeframe on the main stage, knowing that the topics are best digested in a smaller format. 

Here's an explanation of the session types:

Plenary sessions are on the main stage with the full audience (~200). There are talks, panels, and interviews. 

Breakouts are a deeper-dive on a topic where 2-3 mentors co-facilitate a conversation and engage the audience for Q&A. Sessions are 40 minutes; consider sharing 15-20 minutes of up front content (between all mentors) then inviting audience Q&A. Expect ~20-45 students per session. 

Roundtables are an an informal time for a smaller group to personally engage with mentors and ask questions about the whole of life — from career, life, or startup advice. These are a unique opportunity to share more personal and off-the-record stories (they will not be recorded), if you are comfortable with that. As you might imagine, students value authentic stories (even if they are incomplete) over prepared or canned answers.

III. YOUR EVENT SCHEDULE


View the full week's event schedule here and meet the mentors here. Please note the below schedule only includes the times we have you down as having specific mentorship/speaking responsibilities. You're more than welcome to attend before or stay after your official mentoring times. 

TUESDAY AUGUST 1

BREAKFAST OPTIONS
- Given the varying morning routines for those staying at the Sheraton, we've opted to let you choose your own breakfast options that are available in the hotel lobby (sit-down or quick-serve). Keep your receipts and submit for reimbursement after the event.

8:00AM // TRANSPORTATION FROM SHERATON TO BIOLA
For those needing a ride, please meet in the lobby by 8:00AM; Scott Kauffmann, Dave Blanchard, and/or Josh Kwan will be driving speakers to campus.

For those arriving on your own, please arrive on campus by 8:20AM and come to the Crowell Auditorium. 

9:00AM-12:15PM
Plenary II – Theology - Culture - Entrepreneurship
Crowell Auditorium

Worship, led by The Brilliance

SECTION I // THEOLOGY: VOCATION, MOTIVES, & AMBITION

Implication & Responsibility // Talk, 15 minutes
Steven Garber

Lessons From an Ambitious Plan to Change the World // Talk, 15 minutes
Jena Lee Nardella

Reflection on Motives & Calling

SECTION II // CULTURE: READING & RESPONDING

Cultural I.Q. // Talk, 15 minutes
David Bailey

Love: The Alpha & Omega of Startups // Talk, 15 minutes
Jessica Kim

A Conversation on Race, Gender, and the Social Fabric of Society // Panel, 15 minutes
Jessica Kim, Christy Vines & Anthony Flynn

SECTION III // ENTREPRENEURSHIP: MOVING FROM INSIGHT TO BUILDING

Design Thinking: Empathy & Rapid Prototyping // Talk, 15 minutes
Jessica Munro

Co-Founders & Building Your Team // Conversation, 15 minutes
Kurt Keilhacker and Dave Blanchard

Fundraising & Building Relationships // Conversation, 15 minutes
Josh Kwan and Jessica Kim

12:15-1:15PM
Lunch
Cafe Biola

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM BREAKOUT I  

DEVELOPING A VOICE: IMPACT THROUGH SPEAKING & WRITING (DFR) 
Scott Kauffmann, David Bailey // TE, 113

Whether you're an entrepreneur, looking to work at a startup, or just interviewing for a job, there is endless talk about the need to 'build your brand' or 'platform.' As followers of Christ with an ambition to be a positive force for good in the world, how can we approach this part of our vocation with integrity? This session will discuss how to make an impact through speaking, writing, and thought leadership – as well as give practical tips on how to start developing your voice.

Scott Kauffmann is the Content Lead for Praxis, overseeing the Praxis Course and Praxis Journal. He mentors all our Accelerator fellows in developing their pitches and “theology and culture essays” that connect their values to the ventures they create. Before Praxis he worked at with Tim Keller at Redeemer, acting as content strategist and lead editor, helping Dr. Keller to grow his impact around the urban church, culture, and the gospel.  

David Bailey is the founder of Arrabon, a ministry that helps churches and organizations live out the biblical vision of community and reconciliation through training, consulting, and implementation support. As a professional musician, worship leader, trainer, speaker, and author, David has extensive experience in shaping and communicating ideas that matter.

3:00 PM - 3:45PM BREAKOUT II  

MAKING THE LEAP IN A SERVICE OR FREELANCE BUSINESS
David Bailey, Jessica Munro // TE, 111

According to a large-scale freelancing study conducted in 2016, 35% of the US workforce is now made up of freelancers. The vast majority of these are service businesses, which primarily require human capital to produce. While our minds may automatically think of gig-economy platforms like Uber, 99designs, or eLance – what happens when we have something unique to offer the world and are considering branching out on our own? Whether it’s speaking/teaching, photography, film, design, consulting, or any number of other options, how does one decide if they should make the leap to go full time? What are the upsides and downsides? How might one use this unique moment in history to be able to do multiple things and maximize their time (and is that even a good idea?!). This session will be led by two veterans who have launched out on their own with a service business.

David Bailey is the founder of Arrabon, which has become a full-fledged organization with multiple employees who train, consult, speak, and create. David speaks and consults around the country in wide variety of environments. He started Arrabon after a lengthy vocational stage as a professional musician.

Jessica Munro has has over a decade of experience leading design work for Fortune 500 companies and startups alike; working at IDEO eventually led her to teach at Stanford, and to launch Entrepreneurs by Design.

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM BREAKOUT III

DIVERSITY AND DESIGNING CULTURAL I.Q. INTO YOUR VENTURE (DFR) 
David Bailey, Anthony Flynn, Josh Kwan // TE, 111

We live in an increasingly diverse world, yet in many ways we’re becoming more divided and polarized – and even leaders who want to be agents of reconciliation feel ill-equipped to do so. At the same time, in the business community there has been a movement centered on how organizations and communities can become healthier, more innovative, and more resilient when they take advantage of many forms of diversity. In this session, David and Anthony will build on David’s main stage talk to help us navigate the very real tensions of these two narratives – call them the “conflict / reconciliation narrative” and the “strategic diversity narrative.” As people of God working within organizations, how do we operate faithfully in this environment? What are practical and tangible steps that one can take to address issues of race and diversity in a way that engages rather than polarizes? We’ll discuss these and more in this important breakout for leaders of all backgrounds wanting to build their cultural I.Q.

David Bailey is the founder of Arrabon and spends his time speaking, coaching, and advising companies, churches, and nonprofits on developing the cultural intelligence and reconciliation practices to be a “foretaste of heaven” on earth. He continues to live out these practices though his and his family's commitment to a diverse, multi-ethnic neighborhood, intentional community, and church plant in Richmond, VA. He also founded and leads Urban Doxology, which helps build bridges through music that crosses boundaries in ethnicity, race, and class.

Anthony Flynn is the founder of Gifted, which works with low income and minority communities to build future marketplace leaders through a series of programs and skill building workshops from high school through college. Anthony has also worked at Fortune 100 companies and has seen how they leverage (or fail to take advantage of) opportunities for enriching their organizations through the development of diverse perspectives in the workforce.

Josh Kwan is the co-founder of Praxis and has worked with a diverse set of leaders across their portfolio of 100+ ventures, a handful of whom are working on issues related to race and reconciliation.

 

5:30PM - 7:00PM
Speaker Dinner - after the breakouts, speakers will have transportation to an optional off-site dinner. 

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 2

BREAKFAST OPTIONS
- Given the varying morning routines for those staying at the Sheraton, we've opted to let you choose your own breakfast options that are available in the hotel lobby (sit-down or quick-serve). Keep your receipts and submit for reimbursement after the event.

8:00AM // TRANSPORTATION FROM SHERATON TO BIOLA
For those needing a ride, please meet in the lobby by 8:00AM; Scott Kauffmann, Dave Blanchard, and/or Josh Kwan will be driving speakers to campus.

For those arriving on your own, please arrive on campus by 8:40AM at Talbot East, Andrews Banquet Room. 

7:30-8:30AM
Breakfast Available
Cafe Biola

9:00AM
Morning Worship
Talbot East - Plaza Level, Outdoor Courtyard

9:15AM-12:00PM ROUNDTABLES
Talbot East, Andrews Banquet room & Plaza Level Classrooms

ROUNDTABLE 1: 40-minutes
ROUNDTABLE 2: 40-minutes
ROUNDTABLE 3: 40-minutes


For each roundtable session, you will connect with a rotating group of 6-14 students and answer their questions across the whole of life. You do not need to prepare specific content for these sessions, rather just be yourself and be prepared to answer their questions and give advice by sharing your knowledge though stories, anecdotes, and critical decisions you've made as a leader. 

12:00-1:15PM
Lunch Available
Cafe Biola

 

DEPARTURE //
We have your time with us concluding after the morning roundtables on Wednesday. You have an option of hanging out at the event for as long as you'd like, taking a car back to LAX with other speakers who are flying out, or arranging your own transportation to where you are heading to next.