We have you scheduled to be with us at the event on campus from Monday, August 1 at 3 pm through Wednesday, August 3 at noon. We have you down as arriving at 11:25 am on Monday, August 1 via SW417.

We have you down as renting your own car when you arrive. Upon picking up the rental, please text with Scott Kauffmann and Jon Tyson to arrange for their pickup before heading to campus. 

If you're early, you're welcome to check-in to the hotel first, as you won't be needed on campus until 3:00pm.  

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 (30 minutes)
  • Jon Hart: A Vision for the Entrepreneurial Generation
  • The Brilliance: Worship

7:00 PM 
Speakers & Special Guest Reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres // meet in front of Crowell Auditorium after Plenary for transportation to:

Arte Cafe
12741 Towne Center Dr
Cerritos, CA 90703

This is a time for our Special Guests (including Praxis Partner Schools & visiting school faculty) to meet one another and the opening night speakers over an informal reception. 

Dave B., Scott K., Jena N. will have cars going back to the Sheraton after the dinner. 


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 // Interviewed by Jena Lee Nardella (15 minutes)


For Interview sessions on the main stage, the Interviewer will give a brief frame up of the conversation, noting its importance in the context of why we are at the Academy. They share a brief introduction of the panelists, and then start the conversation by teeing up some of the questions prepared in advance. We encourage you to use these as a starting point and connect with your panelists before the interview.

We ask Panelists to have thoughts prepared in advance to help the effectiveness of the discussion. Concise frameworks, ideas, and stories on the topic help students learn with you quickly. We also welcome vulnerability -- sharing both the good and the bad, and recognizing the complexities of trying to do good in the world through entrepreneurship. 


Silicon Valley has brought about major technological advances, but as with any action, there is an equal counter-force. While we may not be able to solve all of the counter-effects of what we create, we should still thoughtfully consider what those implications are. In Silicon Valley, the contrast of the ultra-wealthy and poor is stark. One of the largest gaps exists in East Palo Alto; just a few miles from Facebook, Stanford’s campus, and the linchpin venture capital firms on Sand Hill Road is a neighborhood stricken with poverty. How should we, as followers of Christ -- who spoke vastly about the poor & marginalized -- consider the stark difference between these two communities?


Allen Lu: Intro

Ayaka Lu: Intro


  • Allen & Ayaka, we talk a lot about theology, culture, and creative response. Perhaps you could start by talking a bit about the Biblical vision behind what you do and the challenges you saw in the broader culture that helped emerge the EPA vision?

  • What are your long term hopes for the venture: economic creation, cross-socioeconomic relationships? Share with us what you think Palo Alto looks like inside the frame of the Kingdom of God.

  • Allen, if you’re willing, let’s make this even more personal: how do you deal with the tension of working alongside a celebrity, and then working alongside those in East Palo Alto? I know you both have friends in major tech companies as well, and you participate in some of the big investor meetings in Silicon Valley -- so you’re not isolated from it. What’s that like? What tips do you have on learning to manage this well -- honoring both groups of people and not judging?  

  • Ayaka, you do much of the work with the women in your organization. Can you tell us how working with them has shaped you as a person, instead of you simply ‘helping them’?

  • Finally, we need to be honest with the group...starting this venture has been really hard on you both. Can you share some of the most challenging situations and why and how you continue to persevere?


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

12:00 - 1:15 PM   
Future Founders Cohort: Lunch with Evan Baehr // TE, 114
Speakers Lunch at Talbot East 107

2:00 - 5:30 PM
Breakouts // Talbot East (Rooms throughout TE building, noted next to session as "TE, XX")


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. 

2:00 - 2:45 PM
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 // TE, 1O7

  • Knowing & Loving the World with Jena Lee Nardella; moderated by Scott Kauffmann // Talbot East, 108

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


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 I  // 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 // TE, 111

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

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

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

Working Internationally: Trends, Opportunities, & Challenges
With Jena Lee Nardella & Paul Park

Many young people have a heart and ambition to go ‘to the nations’ and do work internationally. Whether in business or not-for-profits, the challenge of starting a venture or working internationally is filled with well-documented obstacles. So what does a young professional do? What questions should they be asking, and what are steps one can take to determine the why, what, where, and how of going international? 

Jena Lee Nardella -- founder of Blood: Water Mission and Nonprofit Accelerator Lead at Praxis -- will share her journey of starting, and scaling an international NGO from the ripe young age of 22. She has experienced it all: from cultural barriers, to choosing who will do the work at how, to managing teams remotely and having to make difficult family and life decisions as a result of the rigorous travel schedule. 

Paul Park -- Executive Director of First Fruit -- has a passion for International work backed by years of experience, having worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs around the globe. He authors a white paper on global trends and will share about what is happening in the space today and the best opportunities to get involved. 

4:00 - 4:45 PM
BREAKOUT II // 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 // Talbot East, 109

  • 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. 


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 concludes at 12 noon on Wednesday. Thank you for your involvement!



We have you down as driving Nnena Ukuku to the airport, as she has a filght around the same time as you. Please plan to connect with her after the Roundtables to arrange for driving to LAX together.