We have you scheduled to be with us at the event on campus from Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 5. 

We rented you a car at Hertz under your Gold Account for pickup Sunday evening when you arrive, and returning on Friday. 

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). 

PDF of Campus Map Area

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

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


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 

You can view the full week's event schedule here


2:00 PM

Dave B. filming Alternative Imagination short videos 

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 (25 minutes)
  • Barry Corey: Video Greeting
  • Jena Lee Nardella: Knowing the World & Loving the World
  • Jon Hart: A Vision for the Entrepreneurial Generation
  • The Brilliance: Worship


Breakfast // On your own at hotel restaurant or Starbucks

8:15 AM
Meet in Lobby for Transportation to Biola
Jena Nardella & Dave Blanchard driving speakers

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 
  • Allen & Ayaka Lu: Entrepreneurship and the Economic Gap

Section 3, Entrepreneurship: Moving from Insight to Building

  • Dave Blanchard: Design Thinking: Empathy and Rapid Prototyping (15 minutes)
  • Kurt Keilhacker: Co-Founders: Finding Great Partners
  • Evan Baehr & Evan Loomis: Fundraising: Building Relationships

12:00 - 1:15 PM
Speakers Lunch // Talbot East 115

2:00 PM - talkbacks (Dave B. off for this session)


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.

3:00 - 3:45 PM
Breakout II // Students Pre-Register 

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

The $3 million Pivot: A Case Study on Design Thinking from Outbox and Able
With Evan Baehr & Dave Blanchard

Design Thinking has become one of the most revered tools for successful entrepreneurs and innovators. In this session, we'll take a deep dive by sharing a case study where the founders used design thinking to find a new idea. Outbox raised $5m on AngelList and were one of the most talked about startups in Silicon Valley. Just a few months later, they decided to shut down and pivot while they still had $3m in the bank. This session will take you through the journey of a failed idea and how they moved to their next idea, Able -- which was completely different, but has found a major problem to solve in the market. 

Evan Baehr is co-founder of Outbox (now Able), who, with his partner Will Davis, led the pivot. Evan has an MBA from Harvard Business School and is co-author of Get Backed. He will share how his first company, Outbox, went through a major pivot after raising $5m+ and used design thinking to turn it into Able. Evan also brings his enthusiasm for scalable ventures that solve real-world problems and impact the masses.

Dave Blanchard -- founder & CEO of Praxis, MBA/MEM from Northwestern’s Kellogg School, and former principal designer at IDEO -- will share his broad expertise from his years working at world-renowned IDEO, and applying those principles to the 100+ ventures he’s worked with since founding Praxis.

4:00 - 4:45 PM
Breakout III // Students Pre-Register

  • 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 // TE, 109

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

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

Countercultural Entrepreneurship

With Dave Blanchard and Bob Caldwell, Jr. 

Perhaps your vision of what it means to be a “Christian entrepreneur” was shaped by a venture you were excited to find out is led by a fellow believer, or the opposite: it made you cringe. In this session, we’ll discuss how the gospel offers a transformative vision for a different kind of entrepreneurship: one that acts as a winsome witness to the culture. We will examine how the ancient and theological virtues act as a powerful and accessible framework for a strong organizational culture in a pluralistic culture. 

Dave Blanchard -- founder & CEO of Praxis and former principal designer at IDEO -- will share insights he’s gained by working with over 100 Christ-following entrepreneurs doing some of the most cutting edge work around the globe. He will also share frameworks and practical ways to think about this complex topic. 

Bob Caldwell, Jr. -- President of Grace Management Group and board member at both the Greenleaf and Bridgeway Foundations -- will share the story of a scaled business that lives out these principles through a for-profit structure. He is passionate about seeing young people pursue entrepreneurship in a way that can solve major problems and be transformative for communities.

QUESTIONS: Dave interviews Bob

+ Bob, maybe it would be best to start with an overview of your business, family, and history.

+ Bob, one of the most countercultural things you’ve done is not sell the company. How does operating with a long time horizon change what you do on a daily basis?

+ I’ve heard you express that Isiah 58 is an anchor for your work. How does that play itself out?

+ You also have what I would call a strong ‘Theology of Place’ — you’re very involved in the local community. Can you tell us more about that? How do business and philanthropy play a role in that?

5:30 - 6:30 PM
Dinner Available, Cafe Biola

8:00 PM
Concert: An Evening With The Brilliance // Crowell Auditorium


Breakfast // On your own at hotel restaurant or Starbucks

8:15 AM
Meet in Lobby for Transportation to Biola
Jena Nardella & Dave Blanchard driving speakers

9:00 AM
Morning Worship with The Brilliance // Talbot East Plaza

9:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Roundtables // Talbot East

Three, 45-minute sessions (9:20, 10:15, 11:10) where 5-12 students engage with a mentor in a roundtable, open Q&A format covering a variety of topics. Students will register for roundtables after hearing from each mentor on Tuesday; each mentor will have a table where they host the session, and there will be no need to prepare specific materials.

2:00 - 5:30 PM

*Jon/Dave/Jessica to do intros for these

Plenary III: Startup Stories with Praxis Fellows // Crowell Auditorium

Jon introduces the afternoon and the Future Founders - "Founders" Track entrepreneurs, who will share 90 second pitches.

  • "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


  • "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 Flynn, David Eaton, Joe Baker // interviewed by Dave Blanchard

  • 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?

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

Dave, Josh, Jon will be driving to dinner and back to the hotel after. 


Breakfast // On your own at hotel restaurant or Starbucks in lobby

8:15 AM

Meet in Lobby for Transportation to Biola
Jena Nardella & Dave Blanchard driving speakers who need transport

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

(Dave B off for these)

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

1:30 PM
Dave, Josh photo shoot with Elle for magazine // TE, 114

2:00 - 4:00 PM
Design Your Venture Workshop with Dave Blanchard // TE, Andrews Banquet Room

Design Your Venture: The 4 Stages and 6 Elements
Led by Dave Blanchard, Co-Founder & CEO, Praxis

Based off the book “From Concept to Scale: Creating a Gospel Minded Organization,” co-author Dave Blanchard will guide a workshop on the beginning stages of starting a venture. Dave will use the 6 elements and 4 mindsets framework from the book -- that includes Design Thinking principles and examples he will share from his time at IDEO, and building multiple startups himself. 

4:00 - 5:00 PM
Dave joins Praxis Entrepreneurship Council Meeting // Talbot East 115


Breakfast // On your own at hotel restaurant or Starbucks
Please Check-out & Bring Luggage to campus, as you'll depart right after the roundtables to LAX

8:15 AM

Meet in Lobby for Transportation to Biola

9:00 - 11:30 AM
Plenary IV: Closing Thoughts & Farewell // Recital Hall

  • Jon Hart: Week Recap
  • Jessica Kim: Loving Your Neighbor: A Startup Mentality
  • Promod Haque: Entrepreneurship Across All of Life // interviewed by Josh Kwan

Break & Biola Staff Thank You's

  • *Dave to introduce Skye
  • Skye Jethani: Reimagining How Entrepreneurs Relate to God
  • Jon Hart: Commissioning

12:00 PM
Transport to LAX - Dave driving Scott Kauffmann, Jessica Kim