The Studio Loft at Ellie Caulkins Opera House Denver, CO

Business for the Common Good

Friday, Feb. 01 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

$175

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How do you determine if a business is successful? Is it reflected in a positive balance sheet, gleaming customer reviews, or a charismatic CEO? What if God measured success by a broader standard—by the way businesses help every employee, supplier, consumer, or community they touch thrive?

Join Denver Institute for Faith & Work at “Business for the Common Good,” a half-day event for business leaders passionate about professional excellence and using their gifts and resources for lasting impact. Hear from keynote Jay Jakub, author of Completing Capitalism: Heal Business to Heal the World, corporate executives, innovators, and policy-makers as we explore the intrinsic role business plays in God’s world.

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KEYNOTE

Completing Capitalism: Heal Business to Heal the World

For the last 50 years, business leaders have championed the belief that a corporation’s sole responsibility is to maximize shareholder value. Yet the unbridled pursuit of profit often comes at the expense of employees, consumers, or the environment. What if there was a more complete approach to capitalism--one that delivered superior performance by mobilizing human, social, and natural capital along with financial resources?

Jay Jakub, Senior Director of External Research at Mars, Inc., a multinational food company responsible for iconic brands like M&Ms, Uncle Ben’s, and Wrigley, will share “The Economics of Mutuality” a proven business model that promotes “doing well by doing good, at scale.” Field-tested globally for more than a decade, this model shows that companies investing in their communities, people, and environmental ecosystem, while measuring and managing performance with non-financial indicators, will achieve superior value—including financial performance—even in the short term.

Led by Jay Jakub & Chris Horst

BREAKOUT SEMINARS

LEADERSHIP: "Emotional & Spiritual Health for Executive Leaders"

From the outside, the life of a CEO may seem glamorous with its high-powered meetings, public recognition, and generous salary, but life in the C-Suite may be the loneliest place in the company. CEOs are under intense pressure to drive growth and deliver strong results while satisfying the interests of internal and external stakeholders. Add in an overwhelming workload and the pressure to be present at work and at home and the role takes a toll on the emotion and spiritual health of corporate leaders. What if work didn’t have to feel that way? What if God could use the pressures that threaten to overwhelm to actually deepen your soul? A panel of seasoned executives shares insight gleaned from their own journeys to personal and spiritual health.

Presented by: Business Transitions Group

Led by Brian Gray, Barry Rowan & Greg Leith

WORKPLACE CULTURE: 'Families Valued: Creating Workplaces that Help Families Thrive"

The Christian tradition sees both family life and work as two God-given spheres of human responsibility. Yet many parents experience intense conflict between their work and family life. What would it look like for personal and professional spheres to complement, rather than compete with, each other? Rachel Anderson of the Center for Public Justice, a Christian thinktank shaping public policy, shares research from their recent report on family-friendly workplaces. Learn how common business practices compromise family health and practical ways business leaders can shape the workplace to care for employees on the job and at home.

Led by Rachel Anderson

COMMUNITY IMPACT: Redemptive Real Estate

Can the buying and selling of land and properties be redemptive? What are best opportunities to bring about healing, restoration, and flourishing to our community in the real estate industry? Come hear Jack Kim (KORE Investments), Stan Bullis (Unbridled), and Haroun Cowans (Flyfisher Group) discuss how faith shapes their work of investing in real estate and renovating historic properties to bring hope to communities.

Led by Jeff Haanen, Haroun Cowans, Jack Kim & Stan Bullis

BUSINESS PRACTICE: "Q&A with Jay Jakub"

The Economics of Mutuality sounds like a great idea, but does it really work? Join keynote speaker Jay Jakub for an informal conversation examining case studies and best practices gleaned from his work with billion-dollar global enterprises.

Presented by: National Christian Foundation

Led by Joanna Meyer & Jay Jakub

Contributors

Jeff Haanen

CEO & Executive Director

Jeff Haanen is the Founder of Denver Institute for Faith & Work and the 5280 Fellowship. He contributes to various magazines and publications, including Christianity Today. He has previously served as a school administrator, a pastor and missionary. He holds a B.A. in International Economics and Spanish from Valparaiso University and a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary. Jeff attends Littleton Christian Church with his wife and four daughters. Jeff has written for The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, The Gospel Coalition, and Christianity Today.

Haroun Cowans

Church in the City / The Fly Fisher Group

Haroun is Chief Real Estate Officer for the Firefly Group and Associate Pastor at Church in the City - Beth Abraham. He has almost 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, commercial banker, and financial professional. His work with NAI Shames Makovsky Real Estate has been instrumental in a number of key redevelopment projects in the Five Points neighborhood, including the revitalization of The Rossonian Hotel, Denver's historic jazz club. He has served on the boards of organizations as diverse as Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Denver African American Philanthropist, and the East Denver YMCA.

Jay Jakub

Mars, Inc

Dr. Jay Jakub is the Senior Director of External Research at Mars, Incorporated. Mars is a global Food & Beverage company with 80k associates and >$35bn in annual revenues, known for iconic brands such as M&Ms, Snickers, Mars Bar, Dove chocolate, Pedigree, Whiskas, Caesar’s, Wrigley gum, and Uncle Ben’s Rice. He co-leads the Mutuality Laboratory, which developed the "Economics of Mutuality", a business model & non-monetized metrics to help move companies from a profit maximization model to a holistic value optimization approach across Shared Financial Capital, Social Capital, Human Capital, and Natural Capital. Jay and colleague Bruno Roches collaborated on the book Completing Capitalism: Health Business to Heal the World a rigorous, practical case study for the "Economics of Mutuality." In addition, this growing movement is now taught globally through Oxford University's Saïd Business School. Jay is based in the Mars global headquarters in McLean, Virginia. His doctorate is in Modern History from Oxford University (St. John’s College), he has an M.A. in International Relations & Strategic Studies from the University of Lancaster (UK), and a double-BA in International Relations / Political Science from American University in Washington, DC.

Rachel Anderson

Center for Public Justice

Rachel Anderson is a Resident Fellow with the Center for Public Justice, leading the Families Valued project. Her work focuses on work and family policy and faith-based civic engagement. Previously, Rachel was the Director of Faith Affairs at the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and protecting opportunity by ending predatory lending. She developed CRL’s Faith & Credit program, fostering and supporting faith-based advocacy efforts in over 20 states and forming a diverse coalition of religious institutions representing 92 million Americans. Before joining the Center for Responsible Lending, Rachel was the founding Executive Director of the Boston Faith & Justice Network, an innovative social justice organization that bridges liberal and conservative theological divides. Rachel has been an organizing trainer for World Vision, International Justice Mission, and Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation and served as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She is a graduate of Harvard Law and Divinity Schools.

Brian Gray

COO & Director of the 5280 Fellowship

Brian is the COO here at DIFW and also leads our 5280 Fellowship program.  Prior to landing at DIFW, he served in pastoral ministry for thirteen years and at Denver Seminary for four years. His vocation includes moving ideas out into life through relationships and conversation – whether that applies to God, work, the Church, good beer, or Liverpool Football Club. He married way out of his league, and spends most of his free-time being parented by his two daughters.

Jack Kim

Kore Investments, LLC

Jack founded and leads Kore Investments, real estate firm specializing in acquisitions, asset management, and property management.  Its primary investments include office, industrial, retail, multifamily, and shared office space with co-working and executive suites for solo practice professionals and small businesses. Under Jack's leadership, the firm has acquired local and national properties including Denver's iconic "cash register" building (1700 Lincoln/Wells Fargo Building) and the ReMax/HQ building (5075 S. Syracuse St., Greenwood Village). KORE is an acronym that stands for Kingdom Oriented Real Estate.

Joanna Meyer

Director of Events & Sponsorships

Joanna serves as Denver Institute’s Director of Events & Sponsorships and oversees the Women & Vocation Initiative. Prior to coming to the Institute, Joanna worked in global telecom, nonprofit consulting, and campus ministry with Cru. In addition to her work at DIFW, Joanna is associate faculty at Denver Seminary and teaches sewing at Fancy Tiger Crafts. A third-generation Coloradan, she appreciates both the state’s innovative culture and its cowboy roots. She has an MA in Social Entrepreneurship from Bakke Graduate University and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Stan Bullis

Unbridled Solutions

Stand launched Unbridled Solutions, LLC and UnbridledACTS in 2001 with the idea that unbound and engaging experiences bring about transformational change. Two organizations, one mission: to transform environments, messages, people, and communities. We are a growing community of people dedicated to the business of personal and environmental transformation. The Unbridled Solutions team fulfills this mission by developing customized Experience Design [XD] and Experience Management [XM] platforms for corporate events, so that UnbridledACTS can provide caring communities for women and youth in crisis. The profits of one contribute to the purposes of the other. The success of Unbridled Solutions allows us to contribute in excess of $300,000 a year to the UnbridledACTS communities, two in Colorado, and one in Uganda. Stan also owns Unbridled Contractors, a restoration firm that brings many of the Front Range's beloved buildings and communities back to life.

Barry Rowan

Gogo

Barry Rowan spent over thirty years building technology companies across a range of industries and has served as the CFO of three major public companies. He is currently the EVP and CFO of GoGo, an inflight internet provider. Previously Rowan served as EVP, CFO and Chief Administrative Officer for Vonage Corporation, a $900 million internet communications company where he helped lead a successful turnaround of the company. From 2003-2006, Rowan was EVP, CFO and Treasurer of Nextel Partners, which grew from start-up into a Fortune 1000 company. Rowan has been a director for multiple public companies, including ICO Global Communications and ARIS Corporation, has served on the boards of privately held companies, and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Rowan earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School and his B.S. in Business Administration and Chemical Biology summa cum laude from The College of Idaho.

Greg Leith

Convene

Prior to joining Convene, a Christian CEO Peer Advisory Group, Greg served 20 years as a senior executive with The ServiceMaster Company, a multi-national, $9 billion dollar firm engaged in Health Care and Education management as well as franchising. He also worked as a non-profit leader, as Vice President of Arrow Leadership and Director of Leadership Development for Christian Leadership Alliance. Recently, Greg worked as Biola University's Director of Strategic Alliances.            

Chris Horst

HOPE International

Chris Horst is the chief advancement officer at HOPE International, an international microfinance organization that helps people escape poverty. His development staff raise $16 million annually to support HOPE’s mission. He loves to write, having been published in The Denver Post and Christianity Today and co-authored Mission DriftEntrepreneurship for Human Flourishing, and Rooting for Rivals with Peter Greer. In addition to his role at HOPE, he serves on the boards of the Denver Institute for Faith & Work and the Mile High WorkShop.

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