We have you scheduled to be with us at the event on campus for various events from Tuesday, August 2 at 9 am through Thursday, August 4 at noon.

We have you down as renting a car for your time with us and arriving on your own. 

The Biola campus is located at:
13800 Biola Ave
La Miranda, CA 90639

Enter at the Main Entrance off La Mirada Blvd (Google Maps link here) to University Boulevard. Stop at the Security Checkpoint right inside the gate and ask for instructions to Parking Structure S (which is located on your right side, about 0.5 miles down University Drive). 

Once you park at Structure S, follow signs to Crowell Hall (which is located North, via a street named Chase Way). 

We have you down as not needing lodging for the event. 

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 

Given that talks will be filmed, we suggest a nice & smart-casual dress.

We kindly ask for slides and any specific presentation needs by Tuesday July 26.

Slides should be in 16:9 widescreen in PDF format at the highest resolution. Note slides can be saved as a PDF from PowerPoint or Keynote, which preserves font and image integrity. Please send any decks to Lori: lori@praxislabs.org 


Jon Hart jon@praxislabs.org       612.382.0609// Speaking Details, Content, Pre-Event Logistics
Dylan Thomas   dylan@praxislabs.org    717.669.5920 // Academy Week Logistics
Jeff Wojicki academy@praxislabs.org 574.360.2835 // Academy Week Logistics 

Please submit receipts to jon@praxislabs.org by August 16 and include the mailing address you'd like a check sent to. 

You can view the full week's event schedule here

We have you down as participating in the following sessions.


9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Plenary II: Theology, Culture & Entrepreneurship // Crowell Auditorium

  • The Brilliance: Opening Worship

Section 1, Theology: Vocation, Motives, & Ambition

  • Phoebe Miles: A Theology of Sweat: Entrepreneurship & Hard Work
  • Allison Trowbridge: 22: Lessons on Vocation & Calling
  • Peter Greer: The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good

Reflection Break, feat The Brilliance

Section 2, Culture: Responding to Societal Issues

  • Nnena Ukuku, Anthony Flynn & David Gungor: Race and the Social Fabric (15 minutes) // interviewed by Jon Hart
  • Allen & Ayaka Lu: Entrepreneurship and the Economic Gap



  1. You started a group called Black Founders in Silicon Valley. Can you share with us a bit more about that, and how you see the challenge of diversity in tech connecting to larger racial tension? What is your hope with the group?

  2. You have a background in legal and justice work -- how do your experiences and perspectives from that work shape your current work in the Valley and how you talk to others about all that is going on right now in the culture?


  1. Can you share with us about Gifted Foundation, how it started, and how you see it playing a role in this larger systemic issue, and how access to education plays a key role related to race in society?

  2. Anthony, you gave a talk to our alumni about a year ago on the topic of race relations that really helped people understand the history of this issue in a very personal way. Would you mind sharing a bit more about this?


  1. Artists are increasingly entrepreneurs too...and often have the privilege and responsibility of speaking prophetically to society. How and why have you decided to do this as a white band that features mostly classical instruments?

  2. While there may be attention that is received from writing in this way, I suspect there is also a cost to it. How have you dealt with criticism, especially from Christians? Do you worry about how it might shape your career and impact your own economics?


Section 3, Entrepreneurship: Moving from Insight to Building

  • Dave Blanchard: Design Thinking: Empathy and Rapid Prototyping
  • Kurt Keilhacker: Co-Founders: Finding Great Partners
  • Evan Baehr & Evan Loomis: Fundraising: Building Relationships

2:00 - 2:45 PM -- TALKBACKS
Talkbacks from Plenary I & II // Students Choose On-Site

  • Fundraising & Building Relationships with Evan Baehr & Evan Loomis // TE, PO8

  • Vocation, Motives & Ambition with Phoebe Miles, Allison Trowbridge & Kurt Keilhacker // TE, PO7

  • Entrepreneurship & Culture's Most Significant Challenges with Anthony Flynn, Nnena Ukuku, Allen Lu & Ayaka Lu // Talbot East, 1O7

  • Knowing & Loving the World with Jena Lee Nardella & Scott Kauffmann // TE, 108

  • Spiritual Danger of Doing Good with Peter Greer & Paul Park // TE, 111


Talkbacks give students an opportunity to meet with a main stage speaker and discuss a topic they spoke about more deeply. Students will choose talkbacks on-site after hearing the speakers in the AM Plenary. 

For these, we ask that the Moderator open up the time by welcoming students and introducing themselves (if they haven't already been on a main stage session). From there, they will ask students what questions they have and convene a conversation with the speaker on the topic. 

Speakers should be prepared to share additional insights, ideas, and stories on the topic that did not fit in to the main stage presentation. We invite speakers to share their best stories -- including the hard ones. Where you're able to share the off-the-record, more vulnerable stories, we encourage you to do so, as the students glean much from those types of conversations. 

3:00 - 3:45 PM -- BREAKOUT I 

  • Venture Formation: Starting from Scratch with Evan Loomis, Nnena Ukuku & Anthony Flynn // Talbot East, P08

  • Storytelling for Impact with Allison Trowbridge & Jon Hart // TE, 109

  • The $3M Pivot: Design Thinking Case Study from Outbox to Able with Dave Blanchard & Evan Baehr // TE, 111

  • Working Internationally with Jena Lee Nardella & Paul Park // TE, 107

  • Career Discernment with Kurt Keilhacker and Peter Greer // TE, 108

  • Entrepreneurship & The Church with Scott Kauffmann & Jon Tyson // TE, P07


Breakouts will have between 10-30 students who pre-registered for the specific session you're leading. They are meant to be a deep-dive conversation between the mentors involved. Co-mentors will spend the first 15-25 minutes sharing their best stories, ideas, and frameworks on the topic. If you know specifics about your co-mentors background, a conversational tone where you're sharing the stage and bouncing ideas back & forth / interviewing one another is a great way to lead out.

After that, please open it up to student Q&A for the last 15-20 minutes. The sessions are 45-minutes, and there is a lot of ground to cover in that time, but we do want you to lead out with some content first before changing over to Q&A. 

A short description of the session and mentors expertise on the topic is below each. If you want to read further about your co-mentor, view our 2016 Faculty here.


SESSION FRAMING // Venture Formation: Starting from Scratch
With Evan Loomis, Nnena Ukuku, Anthony Flynn

We’ve all heard people claim “hey, I had that idea” when they see a cool new startup -- perhaps you’ve found yourself saying it. While many people are flush with great ideas, entrepreneurs are the ones who act on an idea. This session will focus on the ever-present “I have an idea: what next?” question. Moving from an idea to creating an organization that others can finance and join you in is one of the most difficult phases, and is often muddy. 

Evan Loomis is a serial entrepreneur who has led the Praxis Business Accelerator the past three years. He is also a mentor for the TechStars Accelerator, and co-author of “Get Backed.” Evan will discuss moving the idea into a concept -- creating the language and story of the organization through a pitch deck.

Nenna Ukuku will bring years of expertise from Silicon Valley -- founding ventures of her own, and helping numerous startups incorporate as a Partner at Venture Gained Legal -- to share wisdom about legal, and investment structuring. 

Anthony Flynn -- founder & CEO of Gifted, and author of The Execution Pipeline -- will share thoughts from his book about how to set goals and milestones to move an idea forward. 

4:00 - 4:45 PM -- BREAKOUT II

  • Media, Arts, & Entrepreneurship with Allison Trowbridge & Jon Hart // TE, 114

  • Your First Hire(s): Founders, Org Culture, & Equity with Kurt Keilhacker & Evan Loomis // TE, P07

  • Ambition, Startups, & Life Management with Evan Baehr & Peter Greer // TE, P08

  • How to Form and Retain High-Level Mentoring Relationships with Jena Lee Nardella & Anthony Flynn // Talbot East, 111

  • Countercultural Entrepreneurship with Dave Blanchard & Bob Caldwell, Jr. // TE, 115

  • Developing a Voice: Impact through Speaking & Writing with Scott Kauffmann & Jon Tyson // TE, 107

How to Form and Retain High-Level Mentoring Relationships
With Jena Lee Nardella and Anthony Flynn

Mentoring relationships are critical for career success, and this is especially so for entrepreneurs who need to recruit the best advice, funding, and talent to make their venture work. Those who rise to the top have found a way to get the highest level, busiest people to invest their time in them; but how do they do it? This session will focus on best practices to getting introductions to great mentors, how to follow up, and be a great mentee to develop a long-term flourishing relationship. 

Jena Nardella founded Blood: Water Mission when she was a senior in college; as she was building it to become a $4m+ organization, she became an expert on building mentoring relationships to invite the advice of others into the young, ambitious organization to help it scale well. Jena will share how she built a mentoring relationship with Gary Haugen -- founder & CEO of International Justice Mission, and one of the most respected and hard to get leaders -- that had an immense impact on her and the organization. 

Anthony is the founder and CEO of Gifted --  a multi-dimensional mentorship program that seeks to find the best students from low-income neighborhoods and set them on a different path to break generational poverty. He has spent years learning about, and teaching mentorship. He is a product of great mentorship and opportunities -- having risen out of his upbringing and the entanglements he watched most of his childhood friends be trapped in, to work for major companies and then run two high-impact NGO’s. Anthony maintains mentoring relationships with CEOs of major corporations, who have helped him and Gifted immensely. 


12:00 - 1:30 PM
Praxis Fellows & Core Team Lunch, Rehearsals, & Event Run-Through // Crowell Auditorium Green Room

2:00 - 5:30 PM
Plenary III: Startup Stories with Praxis Fellows // Crowell Auditorium

  • "Founders Track" Entrepreneur: Brooks Powell - Thrive+ 
  • "Founders Track" Entrepreneur: Will Sevrens - Membands
    • Follow Up: Brooks Powell & Will Sevrens // interviewed by Jon Hart
  • Jon Introduces Jessica Kim, Praxis Venture Partner, who will be doing intro's today, and Roundtables tomorrow 
  • The JOYN Story: Melody Murray // Introduced by Jessica Kim
  • The Webconnex Story: John Russell // Introduced by Dave Blanchard
  • The Gifted Story: Anthony Flynn // Introduced by Jon Hart
    • Future Founders Follow-Up: Janet Adeola & Anthony Flynn // interviewed by Jon Hart
  • The Rey Swimwear Story: Jessica Rey // Introduced by Jessica Kim
  • The Axis Story: David Eaton // Introduced by Dave Blanchard


  • Anthony: One of our Praxis mentors, James KA Smith, says that “redemption is the redirection and reorientation of our culture making capacities.” You are certainly someone who has made decisions away from merely financial success and towards impact. With a growing family, how do you balance the need to provide with pursuing your calling?

  • Janet, your path and learning more about your own calling has started to shift dramatically in the last year. How has apprenticing under Anthony helped you better understand how to pursue your shift from studying the sciences to considering a path toward entrepreneurship? 

  • Anthony, we talk a lot about re-shaping cultural narratives through entrepreneurship. How is Gifted doing that? 

  • Janet, knowing you have an interest in being a part of changing cultural narratives, how have you seen that play out this summer, and how has it influenced what you are thinking about starting? 


  • "The Darkside of Entrepreneurship" talk by Will Haughey // introduced by Jon Hart
  • The Akola Project Story: Brittany Underwood // introduced by Dave Blanchard
  • The Save The Storks Story: Joe Baker // Introduced by Jessica Kim
  • The Will Reed Story: Paige Robinson // Introduced by Jon Hart
    • Future Founders Follow-Up: Tanner Dobbs & Paige Robinson // interviewed by Jon Hart
  • The Giving Keys Story: Brit Gilmore // Introduced by Dave Blanchard


  • Business Panel: Jessica Rey, John Russell, Will Haughey // interviewed by Jessica Kim
  • Nonprofit Panel: Anthony Flynn, David Eaton, Joe Baker // interviewed by Dave Blanchard
  • Social Enterprise Panel: Brittany Underwood, Brit Gilmore, Mel Murray // interviewed by Jon Hart



Anthony, you started your career in Fortune 100 companies, and have experienced both business and nonprofits. What are some of the biggest challenges of starting a nonprofit? 

David, one of the keys to a successful Nonprofit is fundraising, which we’ve heard is more about building relationships. How do you do that without coming across as just trying to make friends so you can ask for their money? 

Joe, you are a serial entrepreneur who has a million ideas. How have you balanced chasing new opportunities with building out current ones, and who have you put around you to help give an operational engine to the organization?

Joe & David, in some ways, you are both re-branded versions of a legacy of pro-life and worldview/family related organizations in your hometowns of Colorado Springs. How have you embraced being the small upstart in the room, and how do you think about and interact with some of our parents versions of you?

Anthony, there is a ton of focus right now on innovation and funding in education right now, as well as changes in the undergraduate model and landscape -- how different do things look over the next 10 years from your view? How would you encourage the audience to get involved in the space?

Please let me know if you have further questions. We can't wait to see you soon! 

6:00 PM
Praxis Fellow, Future Founders, & Praxis Team Dinner
Meet in front of Crowell Auditorium after Plenary for transport to: 

Il Garage
11200 Beach Blvd
Stanton, CA 90680


9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Roundtables // Talbot East

Three, 45-minute sessions (9:20, 10:15, 11:10) where 5-10 students engage with a Fellow in a roundtable, open Q&A format covering a variety of topics. Students will register for roundtables after hearing from each Fellow on Wednesday; each Fellow will have a table where they host the session, and there will be no need to prepare specific materials. 

Your time with us will conclude at 12 noon on Thursday. Thank you for your involvement!