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. 

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

1:45 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. 

Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your breakout sessions. 

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM BREAKOUT I  

LOVING A BROKEN WORLD: PERSISTENCE IN VOCATION (CS)
Jena Lee Nardella, Steve Garber // TE, 108

In this session, old friends Steve & Jena will have an honest discussion about the challenges of staying committed to the causes God puts on your heart, in the midst of the joys, complexities, and inevitable discouragements that come across your path. They'll answer questions from the room and discuss the concept of continuing to love the world even as you learn more and more about its flaws, brokenness, and deepest injustices. 

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 stay after it, even when their hearts are broken and hands have become weak. 

Jena Lee Nardella co-founded Blood:Water Mission after she met Steve and shared with him her ambitious plan to change the world. Steve introduced Jena to the band Jars of Clay, and they began a journey of starting a grassroots nonprofit to bring access to water to people in remote parts of Africa. Through setback after setback – alongside significant accomplishments – she had to choose whether she would keep after it, even when the work didn’t always love her back. 

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM BREAKOUT I  

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.

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.

Jon Hart is the Academy Lead for Praxis, coaching and mentoring our Emerging Founders, leading the annual Academy Intensive, and our school partnerships. He's passionate about helping the next generation of entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs find their cherished topic and building ventures that matter. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at The King's College New York City, and loves informally coaching people on faith/work integration and living out their passions. 

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 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. 

5:30 PM
Dinner: Steve Garber with the Emerging Founders
Meet at Sycamore Lawn; you will grab a meal and walk to the Talbot East Plaza to re-connect with the Emerging Founders

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

 

// DEPARTURE 

We have your time with us concluding at noon on Thursday after the roundtable sessions. 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 itinerary.