Registration is currently closed. However, you can review the bios of the mentors below so that you're ready to make your selections when registration opens at 7:00pm on Tuesday Evening. 


Wednesday Roundtable Mentors
 

Kim Biddle founded Saving Innocence in 2010 to provide rescue and restoration to the thousands of child victims within the United States. While work began overseas in 2003, eradicating human trafficking in partnership with local organizations throughout Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean, Kim's conviction to help children in our own backyard led her to refocus her efforts domestically. Kim has received multiple awards for her pioneering anti-trafficking work, has been featured on ABC and CBS news programs, and advises state officials in the creation of legislation, leading a national movement to restore the cultural value of innocence and human worth.

Dr. Peter Blair hails from the beautiful islands of the Bahamas. His primary identity is that of a follower of Jesus Christ, a son, brother, friend and mentor to leaders. He is a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research and an Assistant Professor at Harvard University, where he serves as the Principal Investigator of the BE-Lab. His group's research in applied micro-economic theory focuses on labor market discrimination and residential segregation along with supply-side issues in higher education. Dr. Blair received his PhD in Applied Economics from the Wharton School, his M.A. in Physics from Harvard University and his BSc in Physics and Mathematics from Duke University. He in an early stage investor in several companies -- one of which was started by a Praxis Fellow (Nebia) and another which invests in early stage companies in Africa (CRE). He currently working with a team of energetic co-founders on a med-tech startup (Live Chair) that focuses on reducing health disparities and promoting wellness.

Andy Crouch is the author of The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place (2017), Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing (2016), Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power (2013) and Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling (2008). Andy was executive editor of Christianity Today from 2012 to 2016 and served the John Templeton Foundation as senior strategist for communication in 2017. He serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. His work and writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Time—and, most importantly, he received a shout-out in Lecrae's 2014 single "Non-Fiction." He lives with his family in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

Brit Gilmore, a native of Detroit, is President of The Giving Keys, a company that exists to employ people transitioning out of homelessness in Los Angeles to make inspirational jewelry and accessories. Each wearer of a Giving Key is meant to embrace the word on their key and pass the key on to a person they feels needs the message more than them. The self-funded company’s products are carried in over 1,400 stores worldwide including Nordstrom, ASOS, and Fred Segal. The Giving Keys has created 80+ jobs for people transitioning out of homelessness. Brit is passionate about job creation for community transformation and using business to build self-esteem and break cycles of poverty. Brit lives in Venice, CA, with her husband, Ryan who worked for TOMS. Brit and Ryan believe social business is the way of the future.

Brett Hagler is a Y Combinator alum, 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur, DRK Entrepreneur, author, speaker and cancer survivor. After reviving a lost Christian faith, Brett took a trip to Haiti and met families living in the type of slums that New Story is now on a mission to transform into thriving communities. That on-ground experience, paired with his background in marketing, sales and formerly as a venture-backed ecommerce founder, connected the dots to create New Story. Brett writes about entrepreneurship, leadership and New Story's journey at www.bretthagler.com/blog and on LinkedIn.

Jon Hart is passionate about serving entrepreneurs and inspiring the next generation to build ventures that matter. Prior to Praxis, he spent seven years at a Fortune 50 Company, where he helped launch a new venture and revive another, gaining operational expertise in customer experience design, organizational leadership and brand management. After catching the entrepreneurial bug, he left the corporate world and has since been Executive Producer of an indie film (The Little Tin Man - 2013) and served as an advisor to a handful of early-stage ventures. Jon is a founding board member of 100cameras, a nonprofit that empowers young people to use photography as a catalyst for change. Jon is an Expert-In-Residence on Storytelling for the Quarter Zero Incubator, and also recently began teaching entrepreneurship as an adjunct at The King's College New York City. He has a B.S. from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Jon currently resides in New York City and is a part of Trinity Grace Church.

David Araya is the President and Co-Founder of HoPe. Originally from Costa Rica, David has experienced the struggles and obstacles Hispanic youth face today. A community leader and motivational speaker, David has spoken at numerous high schools and colleges to motivate, empower and transform the lives of students, and to speak on the power of education and leadership development. David earned a Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Gwinnett College. Charismatic, enthusiastic, and a visionary, David is always looking to give others a reason to smile. David loves God, his wife, his family and the HoPe family.

Angela Hurtado is the Vice President and Co-Founder of HoPe. Angela is a social entrepreneur, community leader and motivational speaker. Born in Colombia, Angela is determined to positively impact the lives of others. Angela knows firsthand the struggles many students face to graduate high school and go to college, and strives each day to help students reach their goals. Angela earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Georgia Gwinnett College. Angela loves God, her husband and family and being engaged with her community. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and strives to be the change she wishes to see in the world.


Scott Kauffmann loves to help people, ideas, programs, and organizations grow healthy. His admiration for entrepreneurs blossomed during his eight years as the Vice President of Content and Strategy for Redeemer City to City, a leadership development agency for church planters in global cities, where he served as Tim Keller’s lead editor and content architect. Scott graduated from Rice University and spent 18 years at Accenture in technology, change management, global program management, and innovation. After that, he coached and consulted with nonprofit and business leaders. Just prior to joining Praxis, he led Understory, a software startup focused on interactive content and learning. He served for a decade on the board of Q, a learning community of Christians seeking personal and cultural renewal. Scott lives with his wife and two teenagers in Manhattan, where they attend Redeemer Presbyterian Church.

Jessica Kim is Co-Founder of IanaCare, a community and platform to help caregivers of loved ones with prolonged illnesses navigate this complex journey. As with her other previous two startup ventures, she draws from a core insight and turns it into a business that has a positive impact. Jessica graduated from Brown University and received her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Jessica and her husband, Peter, live in Boston with their three active kids.

Josh Kwan finds joy in building high-impact organizations that create enduring value. He co-founded Praxis while he was the Director of International Giving for the David Weekley Family Foundation, where he divided his time between conducting due diligence on innovative social enterprises and helping portfolio organizations scale their impact; he continues to advise DWFF on grantmaking and impact investing. Josh is a founding board member of Village Schools International, a ministry that has started more than 30 high schools in Africa. He also served on the founding executive committee of the Big Bang Philanthropy Group. Previously, Josh worked as a journalist and was published in The San Jose Mercury News, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and Stanford Social Innovation Review. Josh also co-founded and serves on the board of Carpenters Code. He graduated from Harvard and earned an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. He lives with his family near San Francisco.

Alex Lerza, MA, LMFT, CSAT is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of rTribe. Alex is a national speaker on the issues of technology innovation in mental health, addiction and adolescent wellness. Prior to becoming an LMFT, Alex did campus ministry with InterVarsity at several Bay Area universities including Stanford University. He is a member of the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

Alexander McLean is Founder and Director of African Prisons Project. After witnessing degrading conditions during his gap year travels to East Africa, Alexander dedicated his life to the welfare of prisoners and reform of the justice system in Africa and beyond. He is passionate about justice, having trained as a barrister and sat as magistrate in the UK courts for 10 years. Alexander is a Senior TED Fellow, Ashoka Fellow and UK Young Philanthropist of the Year. He appears in Time magazine’s “30 Under 30 Changing the World” and “Powerlist,” featuring Britain's most influential people of African/African Caribbean heritage.

Joel Newton is CEO of The Congregation, an entertainment company that manages artists, produces content, and cultivates production funds. Joel Co-Founded The Virtual Reality Company, producing content for the emerging platform of VR. Before Newton was an artist manager representing writers and directors. During that time, he was also a producer on two award-winning films. Joel attended the University of Southern California’s film school and is married with four kids.

Nedgine Paul is the Co-Founder & CEO of Anseye Pou Ayiti. Originally from Haiti, Nedgine has led community service and youth development programs within Haitian diaspora communities. She has also held previous roles with Achievement First, the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, WorldTeach, and Partners In Health. A lifelong educator, she has conducted teacher professional development seminars and extensive research about Haiti’s education system. She was named a top global social innovator by Echoing Green, selected for the Forbes list of "30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs,” and a member of the inaugural Obama Foundation Fellowship in 2018. Nedgine earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale College and a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Morgan Perry is an American film producer and director who is passionate about using media to make a tangible difference in the world. She is known for the documentaries SEX+MONEY: A NATIONAL SEARCH FOR HUMAN WORTH (2011) , LIBERATED: THE NEW SEXUAL REVOLUTION (2017, acquired by Netflix), and BEYOND FANTASY (2018, represented by Submarine Entertainment). Motivated by a deep desire to determine how to combat commercial sexual exploitation effectively, Morgan has spent the past twelve years circumnavigating the globe for insights. Her diverse experience in war zones, red light districts, strip clubs, porn expos, inner cities, remote villages and more in over thirty-seven countries and all fifty states have given her a broad understanding of sexual exploitation and a unique perspective on how to address it. Morgan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Media from the University of the Nations and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Communication with a concentration in Public Policy from Regent University.


Jonathan Robinson is the founder of FreeTextbooks in Birmingham, Alabama. FTB brings the competitiveness of online textbook pricing to campus with same-day delivery. And, 25% of textbooks are totally free. One of Deloitte's 500 fastest growing companies of 2017, FTB works with 1,000 student reps across the country to build an on-campus sales & logistics infrastructure that covers 50 campuses, drives 100,000+ books sold, and saves students over $3.5m annually. Jonathan & his wife Meredith have two kids, 3 and 1.5, and another on the way.

John Russell is a seasoned entrepreneur with expertise business development, event management and sales strategy. He is currently co-founder and partner in Webconnex LLC, a unique software development company in the growing online payments market. John has over 20 years of start-up experience and has worked on successful programs with brands such as Google, Pepsi, McDonalds, Scion, Verizon, Sirius Satellite Radio, Mazda and others. Mr. Russell was listed as one of the top ten industry pioneers of all time and has been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as the New York Times, the Orange County Register and the Boston Globe. Prior to Webconnex, he founded several other successful companies including Action Media which was sold to Apprise Media in 2006. Russell works remotely from a home office in Newport Beach where you’ll find him in boardshorts and a tshirt until well after lunch.

 

Session 1

// Breakout sessions

Holy Ambition: Balancing Audacious Dreams and a Humble Posture
with Jessica Kim, Terry Looper, and Dave Blanchard

How ambitious should we be as Christians? How does holy ambition look different from worldly ambition? In a culture that celebrates heroic entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, these are essential questions for the redemptive entrepreneur. Led by Jessica Kim, a 3-time entrepreneur who has raised capital from some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley; Terry Looper, an entrepreneur from Houston who has built Texon -- a 9-figure venture in the oil and gas business that has been recognized as one of the “Best Private Companies to Work For”; and Dave Blanchard, a serial entrepreneur who has built Praxis, worked with hundreds of redemptive entrepreneurs, and worked at IDEO. 

Careers in Film & Entertainment
with Joel Newton

This career oriented session will be similar to a roundtable, but with a specific focus on narrative, short, and feature films -- as well as general advice about Hollywood and the entertainment industry. Led by Joel Newton, who has faithfully served in Hollywood for nearly 20 years, from being an agent, to multiple-time producer, executive producer, investor, and founder of two film related ventures (including The Virtual Reality Co., which produced The Martian VR experience, and has Steven Spielberg as an advisor and future director).

Documentary Filmmaking & Advocacy Work: Career Spotlight
with Morgan Perry, facilitated by Meghan Easley

This career oriented session will be similar to a roundtable, but with a specific focus on the world of Documentary Filmmaking and on using it as a means to tell stories about specific issues that we feel called to advocate for. Morgan Perry, who has produced numerous documentaries, will share lessons learned over the course of her career and give advice for those seeking to do similar work. 

Note, this will session issue agnostic and share best practices for this work regardless of which issues/problems you are passionate about storytelling for. Morgan will be in another conversation with Kim Biddle that is more broadly about the issue of Human Trafficking in another session.  
 

SESSION 1

// Roundtables

Kim Biddle
Peter Blair
Andy Crouch
Brit Gilmore
Brett Hagler
Jon Hart
David Araya & Angela Hurtado
Scott Kauffmann
Josh Kwan
Alex Lerza
Alexander McLean
Nedgine Paul
Jonathan Robinson
John Russell

Session 2

// Breakout sessions

 

Hiring, Sales, & Business Operations: Redemptive Spotlight
with Dave Blanchard and Terry Looper

This redemptive-spotlight session will focus on Business Operations. What does it look like to push towards the redemptive edge in everyday operations -- whether you are the founder or an employee? From hiring/firing, compensation, sales, supply chain, ownership structure and beyond -- how might we embody gospel-virtues like grace, forgiveness, generosity, justice and patience in the everyday? 

This session is great for both those who seek to work in the business world and those who are starting a venture. 

Brand & Marketing: Redemptive Spotlight
with Brit Gilmore and Brett Hagler

This redemptive-spotlight session will focus on Brands and Marketing. What are the redemptive possibilities of a brand? How might we use marketing in fresh ways to embody the good, the true, and the beautiful? Brit Gilmore will share lessons learned in building The Giving Keys, where their empowerment message runs throughout the every aspect of the company. Brett Hagler will share lessons in building New Story, a nonprofit that is on the leading edge of brand and storytelling (something nonprofits are almost never recognized for). 

This session is great for both those who seek to work in the business world and those who are starting a venture. 

Human Trafficking: Issue Spotlight
with Kim Biddle and Morgan Perry; moderated by Mary Elizabeth Goodell This issue-spotlight session will focus on the issue of modern day slavery and Human Trafficking. Led by Kim Biddle, founder of Saving Innocence, who has over a decade of experience in anti-trafficking both domestically and internationally as a Founder, consultant, advocate, and speaker. And Morgan Perry, who became exposed to the issue while a college student and has dedicated her life to this work -- primarily as a documentary filmmaker with Kairos Media, Exodus Cry and Lot 3 Productions. Kim and Morgan have traveled the world and know many of the ins and outs of the work. They will share their experiences, lessons learned, and advice for those who are interested in getting involved in the fight against human trafficking. 
 

Session 2

// Roundtables

Peter Blair
Andy Crouch
Jon Hart
David Araya & Angela Hurtado
Jessica Kim
Josh Kwan
Scott Kauffmann
Alex Lerza
Alexander McLean
Joel Newton
Nedgine Paul
Jonathan Robinson
John Russell

Session 3

// Breakout sessions

 

Mental & Emotional Health of the High Achiever
with Jonathan Robinson, Alex Lerza and Kim Biddle

This conversational session will focus on a topic that is increasingly important to bring out into the open. While social media and our image-driven culture tell us we need to have it all together (because, hey look: everyone else does!), statistics suggest that anxiety, depression, and suicide are at all-time highs. This is often especially so for high achievers who want to make a big impact on the world, and those whose hearts break at the injustices they see. Led by Jonathan Robinson, a tech entrepreneur who is passionate about pushing back on the temptations of comparison and milestone idolatry that lead to anxiety; Alex Lerza, another tech entrepreneur whose background includes a Master’s degree in and running his own practice as a counselor; and Kim Biddle, who also has a Master’s in Social Work and has worked with victims of human trafficking and seen some of the worst of humanity - and had to learn how to be emotionally and mentally healthy in that process. 

Content & Writing for Impact
with Andy Crouch and Scott Kauffmann

This career-spotlight session will focus on Content and Writing. What are ways that someone interested in content and writing be redemptive in their career? What career pathways exist? What are best practices to be winsome creators that tell stories of the good, true and beautiful? Led by Andy Crouch, who has authored numerous award-winning books and was executive editor of Christianity Today prior to joining Praxis full time; and Scott Kauffmann, who served as Tim Keller’s “secret weapon” on content -- both in strategy and editing -- and now does the same for Praxis. 

Ambition: Balancing Audacious Dreams and a Humble Posture
with Brett Hagler, Terry Looper, and Dave Blanchard

How ambitious should we be as Christians? How does holy ambition look different from worldly ambition? In a culture that celebrates heroic entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, these are essential questions for the redemptive entrepreneur. Led by Brett Hagler, a Y-Combinator alumni and Forbes 30 under 30, who has been working with some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley; Terry Looper, an entrepreneur from Houston who has built Texon -- a 9-figure venture in the oil and gas business that has been recognized as one of the “Best Private Companies to Work For”; and Dave Blanchard, a serial entrepreneur who has built Praxis, worked with hundreds of redemptive entrepreneurs, and worked at IDEO. 

Session 3

// Roundtables

Peter Blair
Brit Gilmore
Jon Hart
David Araya & Angela Hurtado
Jessica Kim
Josh Kwan
Alexander McLean
Joel Newton
Nedgine Paul
Morgan Perry
John Russell