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

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. 

PRAXIS CORE TEAM NOTE: The Event Script is Located Here (includes information about introductions and conversation questions) 

MONDAY JULY 31

3:00PM // PLENARY I SPEAKER REHERSHALS

4:00-7:00PM PLENARY I – REDEMPTIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Crowell Auditorium

Welcome & Praxis Vision
Jon Hart

A Theology of Work & Entrepreneurship
Katherine Leary Alsdorf

Culture Making: Reading & Responding
Andy Crouch

Alternative Imagination (30 minutes)
Dave Blanchard

Talkback and Q&A (25 minutes)
Katherine Leary Alsdorf, Andy Crouch, Dave Blanchard

7:00PM
Dinner & Reception for Speakers & Partner Schools

Talbot East - Conference Room 114

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 for rehearsal. 

8:20AM // PLENARY II SPEAKER REHERSHALS

9:00AM-12:15PM  PLENARY II: THEOLOGY, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Crowell Auditorium

Worship, led by The Brilliance

Section I // Theology: Vocation & Motives

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
Speakers Lunch
Talbot East 114

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Context is shared below the sessions that you are taking part in. Please use this as a guide to prepare some initial thoughts, frameworks, and stories. We encourage mentors to co-facilitate and plan to share 15-20 minutes of total content before opening it up for 20-25 minutes of student Q&A. 

View the full breakout schedule for each hour here. If you are unscheduled for one of the sessions, feel free to take a break, or attend one of the other sessions. 

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM BREAKOUT I  

SILICON VALLEY, TECHNOLOGY, THE GOSPEL & THE FUTURE OF CULTURE (AI)
Kurt Keilhacker, Dave Blanchard // TE, 111

Silicon Valley is so culturally iconic that it's been handed a parody show on HBO, while its primary product – technology – increasingly promises us that we can be god-like (all powerful, all knowing, and omnipresent). What principles sit underneath its ethos? What does its ecosystem promise us? What are its creeds? In this session Dave and Kurt will have a conversation about how the gospel might be a disruptive force for good amidst the prevailing cultural currents. 

Kurt Keilhacker is a founding partner at Elementum Ventures, an early-stage investment fund that partners with great founders with a more integrated approach. Previously, Kurt founded and invested in more than 50 companies across the US and Europe through TechFund Capital. He’s also a student culture and interested in the far-reaching implications of startups that scale. 

Dave Blanchard has spent the past five years building Praxis, working alongside over one-hundred ventures and bringing leading theologians and cultural thinkers into the fold of the organization to both understand the times and to strategize how to respond.

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM BREAKOUT I  

DEVELOPING HIGH-LEVEL MENTORING RELATIONSHIPS (CS)
Anthony Flynn, Dave Blanchard // TE, 107

Mentoring relationships are critical for career success, and this is especially so for entrepreneurs who need to recruit the best advice, funding, and talent to make their venture work. Those who rise to the top have found a way to get the highest level, busiest people to invest their time in them; but how do they do it? This session will focus on getting introductions to great mentors, how to follow up, and be a great mentee to develop a long-term flourishing relationship. 

Anthony Flynn is the Founder and CEO of Gifted – a multi-dimensional mentorship program that finds the best students from low-income neighborhoods and sets them on a different path to break generational poverty. He has spent years learning about and teaching mentorship. He claims to be a product of great mentorship and the opportunities they provide – having defied the odds by rising out of his difficult childhood to graduate at the top of his program in college and land a job with a Fortune 100 company, then going on to lead two NGOs and write a book. Anthony maintains mentoring relationships with CEOs of major corporations, who have helped him, and Gifted, immensely. 

Dave Blanchard has built Praxis through an emphasis on community and mentorship. Not only has Dave’s design of everything Praxis does have an intense focus on mentorship, but he himself if the product of great mentoring relationships. From the pre-launch days, he was able to steward high-level introductions to key leaders and turn them into personal, ongoing relationships that he has maintained over many years and many miles. 

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM BREAKOUT I  

THE IMAGINATION OF THE ENTREPRENEUR: WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM (AI)
Dave Blanchard, Steve Garber // TE, P08

As creatives and entrepreneurs, how do we find great ideas? We know that our imaginations are a creative gift from God, and yet we often find they are more shaped by the culture rather than the gospel. While the idea of supernatural participation in the work of entrepreneurship poses many issues, not least of which is an association with the prosperity gospel, how might we prepare ourselves to receive spiritual wisdom in the generation of ideas? What ways might God use revelation in the mind of the startup founder? We often think of innovation as a new creation from the future, but how might historic, ancient faith can give us an imaginative edge as we look to the future? We’ll tackle these questions in this intriguing discussion that will be both philosophical and practical. 

Dave Blanchard knows all too well how the culture can change the imagination of what is possible; he’s a serial entrepreneur that has started businesses ranging from sports memorabilia, sandwiches, music & technology, to Praxis. He was also a principal designer at IDEO -- consistently rated as one of the most innovative companies in the world. After starting Praxis, he has been deeply interested in how theology and ancient practices shape the imagination of the entrepreneur. 

Steve Garber has worked at the intersection of faith, vocation, and culture nearly his whole life. From artists to entrepreneurs, he’s worked with top leaders studying how a deepening of their faith helps them form a worldview that can lead to a deep sense of vocation -- and all of these are tied to the imagination and longings of the individual.  In addition, he’s been a part of the Catalyst group at Mars Corp., a think-tank tasked with developing a thesis known as “The Economics of Mutuality” -- and eventually seeing that turn into a business model that drives a multi-billion dollar business. That project garnered the attention of the Said Business School at Oxford University, where they are now doing a joint research study. Steve’s wisdom and own imagination will contribute to a robust discussion. 

5:00PM  //  Mentoring Concludes for the Day: Speakers Meet to Discuss Dinner & Wednesday Morning Plans
Meet at Talbot East 114 for Speaker Debrief

Speakers Dinner (optional) 
*Dave, Scott driving mentors to:
Mr. V's Bar & Grill
14320 Valley View Ave
La Mirada, CA 90638

*we have a standard reservation for Mr. V's -- they do not have a private room; our group will just be seated in a quieter area and ordering off the menu. Dave/Scott will need to pay for this with the Praxis card, as Jon/Meghan/Dylan will not be there. Also, we do not know exactly which speakers will want to go to dinner, so here is the list -- we'll have everyone meet at TE 114 after the breakouts to talk through the evening plans. 

Speakers Likely to Attend: 
Dave Blanchard (driving) 
Scott Kauffmann (driving)
Steve Garber
David Bailey
Kurt Keilhacker
Christy Vines

Speakers Who May Not Attend: 
Tom Blaisdell (may have other meetings / is staying in Irvine) 
Jena Lee Nardella (will be with Haven, but may want to come?)
Anthony Flynn (may be going to dinner with a mentor/friend in the area) 
Jessica Munro (likely going to be with kids & Bart) 

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. 

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 with Praxis Fellows and Emerging Founders
Crowell Hall - Outdoor Patio (near Speaker Green Room) 

1:30 - 6:00 PM:  PLENARY III: STORIES FROM THE STARTUP JOURNEY
Emerging Founder Venture Track Pitches & Praxis Fellows // Crowell Auditorium

SECTION I: Emerging Founders Venture Pitches* 

  • Hannah Vaccaro
  • Josh Payne
  • Diego De La Hoz
  • Justin Stimpson
  • Nathan Otey
  • Jordan Perkins
  • Michael Mitchell
  • Kenton Jarvie

*Order subject to change

SECTION II: Praxis Fellow Startup Stories & Pitches

(View Script here for introduction assignments and questions)

  • Will Haughey
  • Mica May
  • Jonathan Robinson
  • Daniel Yoo
  • Jessica Rey
  • Joel Newton
  • Victor Buotros
  • Kim Biddle
  • Hannah Song

*Order subject to change

6:00-7:45PM  EMERGING FOUNDER & PRAXIS FELLOW DINNER
Emerging Founders, Praxis Fellows and Praxis Core Team // meet at the stage in Crowell immediately following Plenary; we will take group transportation to the dinner, and will be back in time for the concert

12 Sixty Modern Pub & Kitchen
14299 Firestone Blvd
La Mirada, CA 90638

Google Maps Direct Link

DINNER DRIVERS: 
Scott Kauffmann
Jon Hart
Dave Blanchard
Jessica Kim
Teal / Jeff (Host Team Mini-Van)
+ Local Fellows as needed (Joel Newton, Kim Biddle) 

7:45PM
Drive back to campus for Concert / drive to hotel for those who don't want to go to concert

8:00PM
Concert Propaganda, The Brilliance & Friends
Crowell Auditorium
 

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