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. 

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
Lunch
Cafe Biola

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  

VENTURE CAPITAL & VENTURE PHILANTHROPY: CAREERS, TRENDS AND OPPORTUNITIES (AI)
Josh Kwan, Tom Blaisdell // TE, P07

We’ve all heard the cliche that “money makes the world go round,” and to entrepreneurs this can often be painfully true: the flow of capital can make or break a venture, whether it is a business or a nonprofit. We believe in the large-scale impact of entrepreneurship, which means we need to understand the funding models that drive this kind of impact. Venture Capital and Venture Philanthropy are critical financial components to understand – both from the perspective of those who deploy capital, and of those seeking to secure capital for their ventures.
This session will focus on three aspects of the VC/VP world: 

Careers: How might one chart a course toward VC or VP jobs?

Trends: What is happening in the industry, and what does the future look like? How do current trends shift job prospects, and what kinds of experiences are most valued? How might it shift how investments are made? 

Opportunities: What are best practices for creating opportunities with VCs or VPs to either land a job or an investment?

Josh Kwan spent seven years in high-impact philanthropy, granting over $25m, and has helped broker multi-million dollar capital investments in hybrid models (social enterprises). He will share his expertise on Venture Philanthropy, including current trends and what they are looking for, and what the difference is between traditional non-profit fundraising and this emerging category.

Tom Blaisdell spent 17 years in Venture Capital, most recently as a General Partner at DCM Ventures, where he made dozens of investments and heard thousands of pitches. He will share stories and advice on Venture Capital, from how to build relationships and navigate the muddy waters of connecting with VCs, to charting a career path in the industry. 

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM BREAKOUT II  

IMPACT MODEL & THEORY OF CHANGE: MISSION DRIVEN VENTURES THAT SCALE (DFR)
Josh Kwan // TE, 113

One of the most viewed TED talks of all time is Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why,” in it, he talks about mission driven organizations. We’ve seen a surge in socially conscious, mission-driven brands in both the for-profit (Patagonia, Warby Parker, The Giving Keys, etc.) and not-for-profit (Krochet Kids, Akola) space, and that’s just in the consumer space, lest we forget to mention non-profits like Kiva, HOPE International, charity:water, Pencils of Promise, and on and on. While this is all en-vogue with consumers, how does the organization measure if they are changing anything, rather than just creating another cool brand? What are the metrics and methodologies to creating change? And what about change that scales? In this session we’ll explore frameworks and a theory of change that has tested to work across all types of mission-driven organizations, whether for-profit, social enterprise, or non-profit. We’ll build on exercises in the “From Concept to Scale Section” of your event book. 

Josh Kwan is a co-founder and Partner at Praxis, where he has worked with over 100 organizations who are looking to scale their mission-driven organizations across all legal structures (including hands on help with Krochet Kids and Akola Project).. Previously, he spent 7 years in high-impact philanthropy and granted over $25m to innovative nonprofits. Josh will present a practical and implementable model on how to build a mission-based organization with intentional and scalable impact. 

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.

5:30PM
Speakers Dinner
Mr. V's Bar & Grill (14320 Valley View Ave, La Mirada, CA 90638)

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 

6:00-8:00PM
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. 

12:00-1:15PM
Lunch
Cafe Biola

 

// DEPARTURE 

We have your time with us concluding at noon on Thursday after the roundtable discussions. You are welcome to get lunch with us at Cafe Biola or leave via Lyft if needed. Otherwise, a member of the Praxis team will be able to give you a ride to LAX pending your final travel details.