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
For those coming from out of the L.A. area, 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

If you are local to L.A. and would like to stay close to campus but have not yet let us know, please do so by emailing Lori & Jon. 

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. 

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 2

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 // Mica May
Tegu // Will Haughey
Liberty in North Korea // Hannah Song
The Congregation // Joel Newton 

**For a list of questions that will guide your brief interview directly following your talk, click here.

6:00-8:00PM
SPEAKER DINNER // Praxis Fellows, Core Team, & Emerging Founders
Offsite - we will meet right after the Plenary to drive to dinner together - after dinner you will have the option of coming back to campus to see the private concert, or going back to the hotel

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. 

 

 

// DEPARTUREs 

We have your time with us concluding at noon on Thursday after the roundtable sessions. Please check the speaker transport page for individual departure transport and let us know right away if changes need to be made. You are welcome to stay on for lunch in Sigma Hall should you like to join us!