Studio Loft @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House Denver, CO

Business
for the
Common Good

Thursday, Feb. 01 7:30 a.m.

$150.00

USD/Ticket

What if we measured a company’s impact by more than dollars and cents?

 

For the last 50 years, business leaders have championed the belief that a corporation’s sole responsibility is to maximize shareholder value. Yet this obsessive focus was one of the major factors driving the abuses that nearly destroyed the global economy in 2008.

What if we looked beyond the bottom line to measure the impact of a life, an organization, or an industry more holistically…by how it helps others and our community thrive?

Join Denver Institute for Faith & Work at “Business for the Common Good,” an annual half-day business event for leaders passionate about using their gifts and resources to shape our world. Hear elected officials’ thoughts on the future of Colorado’s economy, be inspired by business leaders whose work is shaping communities across the country, and participate in breakout sessions exploring impact investing, creating a workplace where both men and women thrive, and clarifying your calling in the midst of job transition.

Sponsorships are available for this event!

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Our Guests

Speakers & Panelists

Pete Ochs

Capital III

Pete Ochs is the Founder and Chairman of Capital III, an investment company that owns and operates privately held companies in the US, Honduras, and Mexico. Capital III invests in banking, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, energy, and private education with a geographical focus on the US and Latin America. Ochs graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in business and finance. Recently, he appeared in the documentary Dealmakers, which featured his work starting a manufacturing business inside a maximum-security prison.

Owen Hill

District 10 - El Paso County

State Senator Owen Hill represents the citizens of District 10 in El Paso County and is running for Congress in the upcoming elections. He is a graduate of the Air Force Academy with a doctorate in Economics from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Following his military service, Owen helped manage the global financial operations of Compassion International, a worldwide child-advocacy organization with a budget of more than $700 million that provides relief for children in poverty. Senator Hill also owns his own management consulting company and a small, high-tech construction company.

Alec Garnett

Denver's District 2

State Representative Alec Garnett is a fourth-generation Coloradan with a passion for public policy and service. After earning a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado-Denver, Garnett worked in Congress as a legislative director who influenced the Lilly Ledbetter Act, the Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and the Wall Street Reform Act. He has served as executive director of the Colorado Democratic Party and serves as a State Representative for Denver’s District 2.

Denise Daniels

Seattle Pacific University

Denise Daniels is a professor of management in Seattle Pacific University’s School of Business, Government, and Economics, where she teaches Organizational Behavior, Leadership, and Human Resource Management. She received her doctorate from the University of Washington and currently manages a $1.5 million grant from the Lilly Foundation exploring the integration of faith and work. Dr. Daniels' scholarly interests are primarily in the areas of the meaning of work, Sabbath, leadership, and motivation.

Jason Myhre

Eventide Funds

Jason Myhre serves as the Director of Marketing and Advisory Services for Eventide Funds, a leader in faith-based and socially responsible investing. He is responsible for Eventide’s internal support and service to advisory relationships, overseeing Eventide’s Advisory Services team, including the Product Specialist team. Prior to Eventide, Myhre worked in internal sales and managed key customer relationships for Altec. He holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, and studied architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

John Marsh

Marsh Collective

John Marsh is a visionary and serial entrepreneur, who has been instrumental in rebuilding the small town of Opelika, Alabama. Over the last 25 years, he has been involved in over 30 startup businesses in various industries, including construction, real estate investing, advertising, and hospitality. John and his wife have renovated 90+ residential and 60+ commercial building within 10 blocks of downtown Opelika. Recently, John has guided the development and marketing of multiple restaurant startups that have transformed Opelika’s downtown.

Tim Macready

Christian Super

Tim Macready is Chief Investment Officer at Christian Super, one of Australia’s most well-known ethical investing firms. He developed the fund’s Responsible Investment Approach, which invests in microfinance, social infrastructure, community finance, renewable energy, education, and foster care projects. Previously Tim was an actuarial analyst at Aon Consulting. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Actuarial Studies from Macquarie University, a Master of Divinity from the Australian College of Theology, and is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA).

Jake Weidmann

IAMPETH

Jake Weidmann is a Denver-based artist and certified Master Penman. He holds the unique distinction of being the youngest Master Penman in history and only one of twelve existing Masters today, as determined by the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH). He works in numerous mediums, including line-drawing, calligraphy, and sculpture. Weidmann’s piece “Indivisible” is displayed in the permanent collection at the Crawford Hotel in Denver’s Union Station.

Dan Steiner

Denver Seminary

Dan Steiner Serves as Mentoring Director at Denver Seminary and leads one of Denver Institute's 5280 Fellowship cohorts. With 13 years of ministry experience, he's an expert at leadership development, personal growth, and spiritual formation. He's passionate about equipping people to live their calling in the marketplace or local church. Dan received his BA in Youth Ministry from Western Baptist College (now Corban University) and his MDiv from Denver Seminary.

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.

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.

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The Message

Event Schedule

7:30

Breakfast

8:00

The Future of Colorado's Economy

8:50

Break

9:00

Breakout Session 1

10:15

Break

10:30

Breakout Session 2

11:45 - 12:15

Lunch

12:00

The Value of Art for Business

12:15

Business for the Common Good - Panel

1:15

Closing

Opening Session

The Future of Colorado's Economy

Colorado is experiencing an economic boom. Since 2011, Colorado has created an estimated 400,000 jobs and has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. Yet Colorado’s infrastructure is aging and underfunded; the population boom has caused skyrocketing home prices; and the Association of General Contractors of America says that 85 percent of Colorado companies are having a hard time filling craft positions, like carpenters, concrete workers, and electricians. What are the critical issues facing Colorado’s economy today? What innovative projects should Christians be involved in that can meet our housing, transportation, energy, education, and economic needs? How can Christian business leaders work with elected officials to ensure the economy is serving both white collar and working-class Coloradans?

State politicians Owen Hill (Republican) and Alec Garnett (Democrat) will join us for a conversation addressing Colorado’s economic future from both sides of the aisle.

Led by Jeff Haanen, Owen Hill & Alec Garnett
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Breakout Session Options

Better Together: Building a Workplace Where Both Men & Women Thrive

As recent headlines remind us, men and women often struggle to work together. Whether it’s integrating diverse work styles, navigating sexual tension in the office, or creating equitable opportunities for advancement, we’re still struggling to build workplaces where both men and women thrive.

Should we even care about gender at work? How can the gospel guide the way we relate to each other? Join Dr. Denise Daniels to explore these tensions and identify strategies to maximize the potential of every employee.

Led by Denise Daniels

What’s Right is Also What’s Smart: Investing in Good Business & Healthy Communities

Today 75% of Millennials say impact investing is a priority – and a growing amount of money is being invested in “impact funds.” In 2010 there were 177 impact funds totaling $37 billion; in 2014 that number ballooned to 336 funds and $224 billion. As more interest coalesces on socially responsible investing and “ESG” (environmental, social, and governance) funds, how do we distinguish “impact investing” from everyday investing? Can values-driven investments be as profitable as non-impact funds? Learn how the Christian faith can guide investing in everything from pensions to mutual funds to small businesses.

Led by Tim Macready, Pete Ochs & Jason Myhre

Trusting God with What’s Next: Gaining Clarity about Calling & Job Choice

“What am I called to?” That’s the question it seems many of us are asking. The fact that 70% of Americans are disengaged from their work should be cause for concern. But it should also cause us ask better questions – and seek better answers. Denver Seminary Mentoring Director / 5280 Fellows cohort leader Dan Steiner shares principles to clarify your calling, find purpose in your work, and navigate job transitions.

Led by Dan Steiner

Lunch & Closing Sessions

Interview: The Value of Art for Business

Does the physical environment of a business matter? Walls, color, light, images – many businesses use buildings to communicate their corporate values or mission. Yet are our workplaces beautiful? Should art have a role in businesses and workplaces in Colorado? Can art awaken creativity, innovation, problem-solving, and a sense of deeper purpose in our work?

Led by Jeff Haanen & Jake Weidmann

Panel: Business for the Common Good

Businesses strive to be profitable, but when was the last time you saw a business strive to be redemptive? Can God use business plans, budget reports, and marketing strategies to make a lasting difference in lives and communities? Successful businessmen John Marsh of Marsh Collective and Pete Ochs of Capital III investments share how entrepreneurial imagination and God-given vision led them to launch businesses in unlikely places - behind the walls of the Kansas State Penitentiary and in a small, struggling Alabama town. Professor Denise Daniels will explore essential elements that make any role meaningful - and how business leaders can introduce them into their organizations. Learn how to leverage financial, social, and spiritual capital to shape the people and places you love.

The following videos featuring our panelists provide real-life examples of this work:

The Marsh Collective

Jailhouse Generosity

Led by Pete Ochs, John Marsh & Denise Daniels