We have you scheduled to be with us at the event on campus from Tuesday, August 2 at 9 am through Wednesday, August 3 at noon. 

We have you down as arriving via flight AA183, at 10:10 am on Monday August 1. We have you down as renting a car and driving yourself to/from the events on campus. 

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, sharing a bunk bed room with Evan Loomis. 

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 doubt you'll have trouble with this, but Loomis might need your help. 

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 

*NOTE: we have your deck for the Main Stage presentation, please let us know if you need anything for breakouts. 


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. You're more than welcome to join for any sessions before you're officially scheduled to start on Tuesday morning. 


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

  • The Brilliance: 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
  • Kurt Keilhacker: Co-Founders: Finding Great Partners
  • Evan Baehr & Evan Loomis: Fundraising: Building Relationships (15 minutes)

12:00 - 1:15 PM   
Future Founders Cohort: Private Lunch with Evan Baehr // Talbot East 114
*this is an informal time to meet with the Future Founders and share more of your vocational journey -- what's the off-the-record story of Evan Baehr? Biggest lessons you've learned in your life: things to do and not to do. The group will have good questions for you and it will be informal -- so no need to prep other than just be you. 

2:00 - 2:45 PM -- TALKBACKS

Breakout I: Talkbacks from Plenary I & II // Students Choose On-Site

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


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 // 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, 111

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

  • Ambition, Startups, & Life Management with Evan Baehr & Peter Greer // Talbot East, 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. // TE, 108

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

Ambition & Managing Life’s Priorities
With Evan Baehr & Peter Greer

Great entrepreneurs are notoriously ambitious, but as Christians -- striving for virtues like kindness, humility, and gentleness -- what are we to do with ambition? How do we prioritize between our visions of how the world might be better with our venture, and walk the tight-rope between family, civic, church, and communal responsibilities? Should Christians have more, less, or just different ambition? 

Evan Baehr is the co-founder of Able and travels the country speaking on behalf of the company as well as hosting workshops on “Get Backed” -- a book he co-wrote about fundraising for startups. 

Peter Greer has led HOPE International through a major expansion to be a $10m+ organization in over 30 countries -- all while writing multiple books, speaking around the country, and raising kids with his wife Laurel. 

Collectively, we’ll debate how to foster a healthy, affirmative sense of ambition while also naming the idolatrous forms of this—including a bit of self-assessment to detect symptoms of self-deception. 


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

Depart hotel to Biola

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

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. 

Your time with us will conclude at 12 noon on Wednesday. We have you departing on your own and driving to LAX. Thank you for your involvement!