We have you scheduled to be with us at the event on campus from Tuesday, August 2 at 9:00 am through Wednesday, August 3 at noon. We have your flight arriving into LAX on Monday evening. 

When you arrive on Monday, please plan to take an Uber to the Hotel. 

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.


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. 


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 (15 minutes) // interviewed by Jon Hart


TO Nnena

  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?

TO Anthony

  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?

TO David:

  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?


  • Allen & Ayaka Lu: Entrepreneurship and the Economic Gap (15 minutes)

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 
Speakers Catered Lunch // Talbot East 115

2:00 - 2:45 PM -- TALKBACKS


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. 

Breakout I: 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 // Talbot East, 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

3:00 - 3:45 PM -- BREAKOUTS



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.

Breakout II // Students Pre-Register 

  • Venture Formation: Starting from Scratch with Evan Loomis, Nnena Ukuku & Anthony Flynn // Talbot East, 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 // TE, 107

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

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

Venture Formation: Starting from Scratch // SESSION FRAMING
With Evan Loomis, Nnena Ukuku, Anthony Flynn

We’ve all heard people claim “hey, I had that idea” when they see a cool new startup -- perhaps you’ve found yourself saying it. While many people are flush with great ideas, entrepreneurs are the ones who act on an idea. This session will focus on the ever-present “I have an idea: what next?” question. Moving from an idea to creating an organization that others can finance and join you in is one of the most difficult phases, and is often muddy. 

Evan Loomis is a serial entrepreneur who has led the Praxis Business Accelerator the past three years. He is also a mentor for the TechStars Accelerator, and co-author of “Get Backed.” Evan will discuss moving the idea into a concept -- creating the language and story of the organization through a pitch deck.

Nenna Ukuku will bring years of expertise from Silicon Valley -- founding ventures of her own, and helping numerous startups incorporate as a Partner at Venture Gained Legal -- to share wisdom about legal, and investment structuring. 

Anthony Flynn -- founder & CEO of Gifted, and author of The Execution Pipeline -- will share thoughts from his book about how to set goals and milestones to move an idea forward. 

:30 - 6:30 PM
Dinner Available // Cafe Biola
*Optional - you may Uber back to the hotel if you'd rather eat on your own

8:00 PM
Concert: An Evening With The Brilliance // Crowell Auditorium
*Optional - please feel free to Uber to/from the hotel and campus if you need to for the concert


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
Jena Nardella & Dave Blanchard driving speakers

9:00 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. Jena Lee Nardella will be driving you to the airport. Please plan to connect with her as soon as the roundtables are done.