We have you scheduled to be with us at the event on campus from Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 5. We have you arriving on Sunday, 7/31 via Delta flight 423, arriving at 3:19 PM.

We have you down as being picked up as part of ground transportation.

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 Sunday and checking out Saturday. 

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. 


2:00 - 2:45 PM
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 // 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

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 // 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, 109

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, 115

  • 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. 


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. 


1:00 - 5:00 PM
Praxis Academy National Council Meeting // Talbot East 114

We have you attending through the conclusion of the event on Friday at 12 noon. Thank you for your involvement!