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.

II. SPEAKING/MENTORING INFORMATION

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. 

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
Dave Blanchard

Talkback and Q&A
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 - 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 - 3:45 PM BREAKOUT II

CALLING & PASSIONS: FINDING YOUR CHERISHED TOPIC (AI)
Scott Kauffmann, Jon Hart, Steve Garber // TE, 108

One of the most important contributions to the church in the last generation is the recapture of the biblical concept of vocation. We understand we are each called by God to pursue certain goals in the world; but how do we actually discern what those goals are? How do we decide what our unique abilities are, and what kinds of jobs and experiences to seek? In this session, we’ll explore practical ideas and exercises designed to point us to wise vocational discernment and action.

Jon Hart has worked with dozens of entrepreneurs on their storytelling and pitch decks, executive produced a film, and is a founding board member of a nonprofit that teaches storytelling through photography. Jon is also “Expert in Residence in Storytelling” at the Catapult Incubator, where he has taught and coached over 200 aspiring entrepreneurs on how to pitch. 

Scott Kauffmann is the Content Lead for Praxis, coaching our Accelerator fellows to write “theology and culture essays” that connect their cherished topics to the ventures they create. Before Praxis he worked at Redeemer City to City, acting as lead editor for Tim Keller and coaching global city church planters. He also spent over twenty years as a mentor and career coach, first with Accenture and then with his private coaching and consulting practice.

Steve Garber has dedicated his life to being a student and teacher of the intersection of faith, vocation, and culture. He’s written two award-winning books sharing experiences and stories of people who have chosen to pursue their vocation over the long haul. From artists to entrepreneurs, he’s worked with top leaders studying how a deepening of their faith helps them form a deep sense of vocation.

4:00 - 4:45 PM BREAKOUT III

AMBITION, STARTUPS, & LIFE MANAGEMENT (CS)
Kurt Keilhacker, Scott Kauffmann // TE, P07

Great entrepreneurs and innovators are notoriously ambitious, but as Christians – striving for virtues like kindness, humility, and gentleness – what are we to do with ambition? How do we relentlessly pursue our vision of how the world might be better with our venture, and yet strike a balance among family, civic, church, and communal responsibilities? Should Christians have more, less, or just different ambition? Is balance even an appropriate way of handling these tensions? We’ll discuss how to foster a healthy, affirmative sense of ambition while also naming the idolatrous forms of it. 

Kurt Keilhacker has been working with world-class entrepreneurs for over twenty years as an investor, and has personally worked with founders who have scaled ventures worth over $1b. Kurt is also notorious for being a voracious learner (he has degrees from Wheaton, the University of Chicago, Stanford, and Harvard), and serves on a number of boards for nonprofits and causes that he cares deeply about. He has a particular gift for working closely with founders in his role as a board chair.

Scott Kauffmann spent nearly two decades working at Accenture, a top management consulting firm, working with dozens of senior executives externally (as a consultant) and internally (as a chief of staff and program director) before joining Tim Keller to work on content and organizational strategy. He helped launch Redeemer City to City, a church planting and leadership development agency that has resourced and helped plant hundreds of churches globally. 

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

5:30PM
SPEAKERS DINNER

*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)
Josh Kwan
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) 

After Dinner, you'll drive mentors back to the Sheraton.

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

1:30-6:00PM
Plenary III – The Startup Journey
Crowell Auditorium

SECTION I // EMERGING FOUNDERS VENTURE TRACK PITCHES

Pee Wee Packs // Hannah Vaccaro
APFYT // Josh Payne
Wahi Ride // Diego De La Hoz
Fathering.Me // Justin Stimpson
Thoughtfull // Nathan Otey
Illuminate International // Jordan Perkins
Restoration Apparel Co. // Michael Mitchell
Gomae // Kenton Jarvie

SECTION II // PRAXIS FELLOW PITCHES & SPOT INTERVIEWS

Goalbook // Daniel Yoo
Gifted // Anthony Flynn
Saving Innocence // Kim Biddle
Human Trafficking Institute // Victor Boutros
Rey Swimwear // Jessica Rey
FreeTextbooks // Jonathan Robinson
May Designs // Micah May
Tegu // Will Haughey
Liberty in North Korea // Hannah Song
The Congregation // Joel Newton

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

8:00-10:00PM
Private Concert – An Evening with Propaganda, The Brilliance, & Friends
Crowell Auditorium

THURSDAY AUGUST 3

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; there will be a shuttle van providing rides to campus from the hotel. 

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 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. 

12:00-2:00PM
Partner School Lunch
Talbot East 114

2:00-5:00PM
Workshop: 
Designing Your Life
Talbot East - Andrews Banquet Room
Dave Evans
Stanford Lecturer & Co-Author, Designing Your Life

5:30PM
Outdoor BBQ Dinner
Sycamore Lawn

7:30PM
Student Idea Pitch Night
Giumarra Courtyard next to the Library

FRIDAY AUGUST 4

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 will be driving speakers to campus.

For those arriving on your own, please arrive on campus by 8:15AM at Crowell Auditorium.

8:20AM // FRIDAY MORNING SPEAKER REHEARSAL
Crowell Auditorium

9:00-12:00PM PLENARY IV: A MANIFESTO FOR THE ACADEMY CLASS
Crowell Auditorium

Identity, Meaning, & Social Impact As a Way Of Life
Allison Trowbridge

The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good
Peter Greer

A Creative Minority
Jon Tyson

Grace Re-Framed: A Call to Action
Dave Evans

Closing & Commissioning
Jon Hart 

12:00PM
Checkout & Lunch
Sigma Hall

 

// DEPARTURE

We have you down as driving other speakers and team members to LAX and returning the rental vehicle at the conclusion of the event.