We have you scheduled to be with us at the event on campus from Monday, August 1 at 1 pm through Wednesday, August 3 at 11 am. We do not yet have your final flight details. Please send those to Lori@praxislabs.org as soon as possible.

We have you down as having a rental car for the event.

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). 

Lodging is proximate to the Biola campus, and we have booked a room for you checking in Monday and checking out Wednesday. 

Sheraton Cerritos Hotel
12725 Center Court Drive South
Cerritos, CA 90703

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 

We greatly appreciate your help in reducing the chances of on-site issues by sending any presentation materials or needs by 7/26.


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 

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. 

You can view the full week's event schedule here

We have you down as participating in the following sessions. Please note we'd be happy to answer any questions you might have as you prepare, or introductions to the other speakers you're paired with. If you have a "panel" or "interview" during one of the Plenary Sessions, we will be sending (and posting) more specific questions to you about a week before the event. 

Thanks so much for being with us! We look forward to a great event together. 


4:00 - 7:00 PM    
Plenary I: The Why of Entrepreneurship // Crowell Auditorium -- located in Crowell Hall (note this is not the same as the Crowell School of Business) 

  • Jon Hart: Welcome to the 2016 Academy
  • Jon Tyson: Becoming a Creative Minority
  • Dave Blanchard: An Alternative Imagination
  • Barry Corey: Video Greeting
  • Jena Lee Nardella: Knowing the World & Loving the World
  • Jon Hart: A Vision for the Entrepreneurial Generation

The Brilliance: Worship (10 Minutes)



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

The Brilliance: Opening Worship (12 Minutes)

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 (15 minutes)

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

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

There are many ways to respond when we experience the brokenness of the world. Steve Garber, one of our mentors and a Praxis Scholar, talks about keeping at it when the hurts & pains of the world make us weary. We need words like that in this time, given all that has gone on in our country this year. We hope this panel will help us learn more about how entrepreneurship can be used to participate in the renewal of major societal issues and brokenness.


- Nnena is the founder of Black Founders - a venture she started with some of her peers in Silicon Valley after seeing the lack of a common place to have a conversation on diversity in the startup scene there. She is also a partner at Venture Gained Legal and has worked with dozens of entrepreneurs on their startups.

- Anthony Flynn is the Founder of Gifted Education Foundation which works with low-income, high potential students to give them mentorship and training to get them into college -- but they don’t stop there, as they follow the students all the way through and into the workplace. Anthony has his own story of rising from a disparate situation, being mentored through college and landing a top job right out of college. Many of his peers weren’t as fortunate, and he wanted to be a part of changing that for others.

- David Gungor is a founder of The Brilliance, and as an artist has been implicated in conversations on race & reconciliation. He writes music that offers both a lament, and hope -- speaking directly into difficult conversations about what is going on in the world, and our culture.



  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?



8:00 - 10:00 PM      
Concert: An Evening with The Brilliance // Crowell Auditorium



9:00 - 9:15 AM
Worship with The Brilliance // Talbot East Outdoor Plaza (Weather Permitting, Rain Location = Andrews Banquet Room in Talbot East) 

Your time with us concludes at 11 am on Wednesday, August 3. Thank you for your involvement!