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
We have you down as finding your own hotel or staying with relatives. Please let us know if we can do anything to help on this front! 

TRANSPORTATION
We have you down as renting your own car for the event and traveling on your own to/from events. Parking on the Biola campus is free, and you should park in Structure S as noted above. 

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.

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 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  

DESIGN THINKING: CREATING SOMETHING PEOPLE WANT  
Jessica Munro // TE, P08

Design Thinking has become one of the most revered tools for successful entrepreneurs and innovators – and rightfully so. Creating something that people want is no accident; look behind the scenes of the most innovative companies and you’ll find design methodology and processes that emphasize finding problems and pain points of their customers, and a process to identify which problems their company might actually be able to solve. Solving problems is at the heart of the redemptive entrepreneur’s calling. In this session, we'll take a deep dive on two key areas: needfinding and opportunity identification. 

Jessica Munro has worked at the world-famous design consultancy IDEO, co-taught with IDEO founder David Kelley (who effectively invented the design thinking methodology), teaches courses on Design Thinking at Stanford, and launched her own consultancy, Entrepreneurs by Design. She’ll bring her expertise to bear in leading this interactive session. 

 

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

A CONVERSATION FOR WOMEN IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP WITH WOMEN LEADING THE WAY
Christy Vines, Jena Lee Nardella, Jessica Kim, Jessica Munro // TE, 107 

While the past number of years have brought about more opportunities for female entrepreneurs and innovators, we have also seen serious allegations of sexual harassment in prominent technology startups and evidence of gender discrimination related to raising capital, showing us how far we have yet to go. Female leaders continue to face particular challenges – whether founder or employee, single or married, children or not, etc. – as they navigate the challenge of making it all work. This solution-oriented session is led by female entrepreneurs and spiritually wise change-makers who will share lessons and approaches to authentic leadership.

Christy Vines’ expertise lies at the intersection of religion and national security, global gender issues, and foreign policy. She was previously the executive director of the Center for Women, Faith & Leadership at the Institute for Global Engagement. Her experience advocating for women’s issues globally will bring a range and depth to this discussion. 

Jessica Kim is a serial entrepreneur who has held the simultaneous titles of founder, CEO, wife, and mother – including dealing with the pressure to raise series-A financing for her startup while pregnant. Her stories of achievements and setbacks will help contribute to a robust discussion. 

Jessica Munro balances being a founder and mother with the unique compounding challenge of being the wife of an entrepreneur. Additionally, she will bring a perspective from her experience working in prominent organizations (IDEO, Stanford). 

Jena Lee Nardella will help facilitate the conversation and share her own experiences, including founding and scaling Blood:Water Mission to become a multi-million dollar nonprofit, and growing her own family with her husband James (they welcomed their second child just a few months ago). 

5:30PM - 7:00PM
Speaker Dinner (Optional)
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. 

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
Crowell Hall (Outdoor Plaza) 

// DEPARTURE

Your intense 30-hours with us concludes after Roundtables on Wednesday at 12pm. You're welcome to stay for a speakers lunch we'll have at Crowell Hall, hang with students at Cafe Biola, or jet out! Thanks so much for being with us!