We have you scheduled to be with us at the event on campus from Monday, August 1 at noon through Tuesday, August 2 at 6:00 pm. 


Jena is going to be renting a car to drive you both out to Biola. You'll have some LAX time, unf. as she lands 2 hours after you. 

If you'd like to find a coffee shop nearby (i.e. Playa Provisions, is one of the restaurants we go to for the L.A. event has a really cool coffee spot during the day and is a 10 min cab ride / close where it won't be out of the way for Jena to pick you up before heading to Biola)  -- you can do that too. 

Please coordinate this directly with Jena if you decide to leave LAX, per the email introduction. 

Jena's Flight: SWA 417, 11:25 AM
Jon's Flight: Virgin 1930, 9:34 AM


You'll be at the Sheraton Cerritos, and have an early (6:30am flight) so just take an Uber and send us the bill. 

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

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 (40 minutes)
  • 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

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.


You are un-scheduled for the AM Plenary, but more than welcome to attend; it's from 9:00am - 12:00pm at Crowell Hall Auditorium. If you opt not to come, please plan to Uber from the Sheraton to Campus. If you plan to come, please connect with Dave B. or Jena for transport. 

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

2:00 - 2:45 PM
Plenary Talkbacks // Jon T. 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. The 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 off of one another is a great way to share your deep insights. 

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, P07

  • 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 // Talbot East, 115

Entrepreneurship & The Church
With Jon Tyson & Scott Kauffmann

We've all heard the statistics and narrative of how millennials (and everyone) are leaving the church. More than ever, the church has to consider a wide variety of models outside of the traditional Sunday morning service. In this session -- led by two of the foremost thinkers in the space -- we'll discuss the implications of the questions around the church and entrepreneurship (and if we should even be asking them). 

Jon Tyson is the founding pastor of Trinity Grace Church in New York City, which has grown from a group of people who moved to the city to plant a church, to over 10 parishes across 3 Boroughs. Jon is also the founder of City Collective -- a church planting and mentorship organization that seeks to see cities flourish in direct correlation with their churches -- and the Center for City Renewal, which convenes deep conversations on justice, civility, faith and culture in our pluralistic society. Jon is entrepreneurial and innovative at his core, and also works closely with dozens of Praxis Fellows. 

Scott Kauffmann is a former Vice President at Redeemer City to City -- a leading global church planting organization based out of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. He spent years engaged in global strategy for planting urban churches, studying and implementing different models. 

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. // TE, 108

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

Developing a Voice: Impact through Speaking & Writing
With Scott Kauffmann and Jon Tyson

Whether you're an entrepreneur, looking to work at a startup, or just interviewing for a job, there is endless talk about the need to 'build your brand' or 'platform'. What are we to make of it as followers of Christ, who have an ambition to be a thought leader or be a positive force for good in the world? This session will both discuss the concept of making an impact through speaking, writing, and thought leadership -- as well as give practical tips on how to start. 

Scott Kauffmann led Content Labs at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, where he helped Tim Keller become a major voice in society around the urban church, culture, and the gospel -- including multiple New York Times best selling books. Scott is also a longtime board member at Q -- where he helps them think about how Christians can thoughtfully engage in the most difficult topics of our time.  

Jon Tyson is a thought leader on entrepreneurship and the church, and theology of work. He is a foremost synthesizer of ideas -- both in speaking and writing. Jon has been invited to speak around the globe, has authored one book and is working on his second. He has also worked alongside dozens of entrepreneurs in the Praxis Business Accelerator -- helping them think deeply about their theology, and how to winsomely communicate it to the broader culture. 

:30 - 6:30 PM
Dinner Available // Cafe Biola

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


Your time with us concludes after your final breakout Tuesday afternoon. There is a concert Tuesday evening at 8:00pm with The Brilliance you're welcome to attend, but not required at. We have you down as departing campus on your own, via an Uber to get to LAX for your flight on Wednesday morning.