Grand Hyatt Denver, Colo.

Business for the Common Good

Friday, Jan. 31 8:30 a.m.

$175

USD/Ticket

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 to thrive? Join Denver Institute for Faith & Work and 300+ leaders from across the nation at “Business for the Common Good,” a one-day event for business leaders passionate about professional excellence and using their gifts and resources for lasting impact.

Presenters

Katherine Leary Alsdorf

Redeemer City to City

Katherine Leary Alsdorf is the founder & former executive director of Redeemer’s Center for Faith & Work and co-author with Tim Keller of Every Good Endeavor. She came to Redeemer in 2002 to establish the Center for Faith & Work and help nurture a meaningful integration between people’s faith and their professional work. Prior to this ministry role at Redeemer, Katherine served 20 years in the high tech industry. In California, she served as CEO of Pensare, Inc., an online management education company, and CEO of One Touch Systems, Inc., a hardware/software products company. Before that, she was president of Private Satellite Network, a communications network and services company in New York City. She also worked in various consulting, sales, and marketing roles, primarily in the technology sector. She received an MBA from The Darden School, University of Virginia, and a BA in Psychology and Education from Wittenberg University. She became a Christian mid-career in NYC through the ministries of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and has taken seminary classes at Regent College in Vancouver. She also serves on the Theology of Work Project Steering Committee.

Robert Doll, CFA

Nuveen

Bob is a senior portfolio manager and chief equity strategist at Nuveen. Bob manages seven portfolios, including large caps and alternatives. He is a highly respected authority on the equities markets among investors, advisors and the media. As the author of widely followed weekly commentaries and annual market predictions, Bob provides ongoing, timely market perspectives. Prior to joining Nuveen, Bob held similar roles at other large asset management firms, including serving as chief equity strategist at BlackRock, president and chief investment officer of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and chief investment officer of Oppenheimer Funds, Inc. Bob received a BS in accounting and a BA in economics from Lehigh University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation from the CFA® Institute.

Aimee Minnich

Impact Foundation

Aimee Minnich serves as Chief Impact Officer and General Counsel of Impact Foundation. Prior to founding Impact Foundation, she served as President and General Counsel for the National Christian Foundation, Heartland, where she designed and implemented the foundation’s Missional Investing Program to allow the investment of donor-advised funds in social impact companies. A recovering attorney, Aimee earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law with honors and a BA in Philosophy, summa cum laude, from Rockhurst University. In addition to “The Profitable Charity,” she's published a boring law article and a study of the metaphysics of salvation. Aimee and her husband Marshall live with their three adorable and high-energy kids and sweet old dog in Kansas city. Aimee loves serving on the boards of two local nonprofits that seek to make the city an even better place.

Bill Kurtz

DSST Public Schools

Bill Kurtz is CEO of DSST Public Schools, a charter school management organization that is opening ten secondary schools on five campuses in Denver. He founded the original DSST campus, a leader in STEM education nationwide, with a 100 percent college acceptance rate for graduates over the last 10 years. Bill was recognized as the 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year by the New Schools Venture Fund at their national summit in Washington D.C. He serves on the Advisory Council of the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education MAT program. Before his career in education, he worked as an investment banker at JP Chase in New York City. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University with a B.A. and earned an M.A. from Columbia University’s Teachers College in educational administration and leadership.

David Park

Greenwood Hospitality Group

David is a Partner at Greenwood Hospitality Group, a company he helped found in 2009 that has over 4,400 hotel rooms under ownership and management. Through 2017, David was responsible for Greenwood's business development, underwriting of investment opportunities, and sourcing of debt and equity capital. From 2015 through 2017, David was also president of PRD Inc., his family's real estate development company in Houston. Before Greenwood, David worked for a variety of ventures focused on real estate investing and development, and also spent a number of years in investment banking.

Rico Munn

Aurora Public Schools

Rico Munn serves as the 16th superintendent of Aurora Public Schools. Prior to joining APS, Munn served in a variety of leadership roles in Colorado’s legal and business communities. In 2012, he was appointed to the Board of Governors for the Colorado State University System by Governor John Hickenlooper and currently serves in this position. In 2002, he was elected to the Colorado State Board of Education where he served until 2007. In addition, he was a member of Governor Bill Ritter’s Cabinet where he served as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education from 2009-2011.Munn is a graduate of Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska, where he received his B.A. in secondary education and was named Student Teacher of the Year in 1993. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. Munn has been married to his wife Kay since 1998, and he is the proud father of two middle school students.

Hanna Skandera

Mile High Strategies, LLC

Hanna Skandera serves as the president of Mile High Strategies, LLC, and former Secretary of Education for the State of New Mexico. She also was a Distinguished Teaching Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Daniels Fund. During her time as Secretary of Education, Hanna saw graduation rates improve by 10% statewide and an additional 24,000 students achieve grade level skills in reading and math. But Hanna's bold leadership also created conflict, both within the Department of Education and throughout the state.

Luke Rousch

Sovereign's Capital

Luke co-founded Sovereign’s Capital in 2012 and is a Managing Partner in the firm. While living in Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta from 2013-2016, he opened the fund’s operations in Southeast Asia. Luke is primarily focused on the fund’s healthcare and consumer product investments. Prior to Sovereign’s Capital, Luke had twelve years of experience in global commercialization and business development at both venture-backed and Fortune 500 companies. His areas of industry experience include medical devices, biotechnology, and consumer products. He also co-founded 410 Medical, a device company focused on pediatric trauma, in 2012. Luke graduated summa cum laude from Duke University and later earned his MBA from The Fuqua School of Business. He served as a Board Member with TROSA from 2011-2014, and as Board Vice-Chair with Ten Thousand Villages from 2007-2016. He also co-founded Inklings fellowship groups in Jakarta and Singapore, while living in the region.

Hannah Cumming

Eventide Asset Management

Hannah Cumming serves as Business 360 Program Manager for Eventide. She leads Eventide’s Business 360 research, development, and implementation. Her investment research focuses on the intersection and interaction of business ethics and business strategy, where she works to identify material measures of value creation for stakeholders and their contribution to business success and investment performance. Prior to joining Eventide, Ms. Cumming worked as an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company, where she advised clients on their strategy, M&A, and operations, with a focus on the technology sector. She has also done pro bono work and advising for a number of social-impact and faith-based organizations, with a focus on sustainable development and entrepreneurship. Ms. Cumming holds a B.A. with high honors from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Emanuel Bistrian

European American Investment Group

Emanuel Bistrian is the Founder of European American Investment Group (EAIG) and Founder and CEO of Westfield Development. EAIG is a real estate investment fund in Romania and Westfield Development is an innovative real estate development in Romania. Westfield is revolutionizing the real estate market by merging the comfort of a US suburb with the strong sense of community found in most European cities and it was awarded the "Best New Concept in Romania for 2018". Emanuel is also the President of GiveFirst Foundation which aims to catalyze a strategic generosity movement in Romania and become a source of inspiration to business leaders looking to merge faith and work. Additionally, he serves on multiple boards promoting generosity in Europe. Prior to his work in Romania, Emanuel owned a construction company and invested in real estate in Dallas, TX. This experience proved to be very valuable in real estate development. Emanuel is passionate about innovation and product design. He and his wife Bianca live in Cluj, Romania with their 4 children.

Alan Barnhart

Barnhart Crane & Rigging

Alan came to Christ in high school at a Young Life camp in Colorado. Alan has a boring resume—he has worked for the same company since he was 10 years old and has had the same position since 1986.  Barnhart Crane and Rigging Company is a Heavy Lifting and Heavy Transport company based in Memphis, TN with offices in 20 cities in the US.  By God’s grace,the company has grown an average of 22% per year for 28 years.  Barnhart provides services to heavy industry and construction, focusing on power plants (wind, nuclear, and fossil fuel) and the petrochemical industry. Alan’s fear of affluence caused him to cap his lifestyle.  His passion for missions has taken him to over 50 countries.  The company profits are invested in strategic missions.  Barnhart team members and spouses take part in the decision-making process.  Over 50 team members have traveled internationally in that effort. Alan has an amazing wife, Katherine, and 6 children (28, 25, 23, 21, 18, and 15) and two daughters-in-law. He is active at First Evangelical Church and the Boy Scouts.

Tony Julianelle

Atlas Real Estate

Tony brings more than twenty years of experience in real estate and financial services. As a regional sales manager with Wells Fargo, he directed a 7-state region with 500+ employees. Now, he leads Atlas Real Estate Group, a full-service realty company specializing investment brokerage, property management, and institutional acquisition. The group transacts more than $1 billion in real estate annually and manages more than 3,000 residential units. The company was recognized as one of the best places to work by the Denver Business Journal, which also appointed Tony to its Leadership Trust.

Richard Lackey

World Food Bank

Richard Lackey is the Chairman & CEO of the World Food Bank, which he founded in 2015 as a sustainable solution to hunger and food security issues across the globe. Richard is a career entrepreneur with 30 years of leadership experience in the trading and securities industry, having founded and led companies that were sold to Goldman Sachs and eTrade, serving as the managing director for five successful private funds, and authoring three books on technical analysis and market analysis.

Greg Lernihan

Investor

Greg is the co-founder of Convergint Technologies. Started in a basement in 2001, Convergint is now the world’s second largest electronic security company in the world with sales exceeding $1 billion and employing 4,300 colleagues globally. Passionate about helping others, he instilled a sense of social responsibility in Convergint’s culture through their unique values and beliefs. Prior to starting Convergint Technologies, Greg spent 20 years at Siemens Building Technologies before leaving as Sr. Vice President of North America. Feeling called to lead a more purposeful life, Greg left day-to-day responsibilities at Convergint at the end of 2012. Greg currently serves as a board member for an Impact Engine venture capital fund as well as other several for profit and non-profit boards, all committed to solving social issues. With his personal investments, Greg primarily works with Christian entrepreneurs committed to generating a triple bottom line; spiritual, social and financial results. Married for 36 years to his wife Marybeth, they have three married children and have been blessed with four grandchildren.

Mike McFadden

Ogilvy

As the Executive Vice President of Digital Transformation and Partnerships, Mike focuses on growth and driving the client experience. He believes in the power of collaboration and is inspired by watching global teams come together to solve complex problems. He is passionate about the human-centered approach that Ogilvy uses with its clients and energized by seeing this philosophy weaved throughout our organization and culture. Before working at Ogilvy, Mike founded a vacation rental platform as well as a vacation homes charity organization, which raised more than $500,000 for nonprofits. With more than 20 years of experience in brand strategy, product innovation, consumer technology, and startups, he is ideally suited to help organizations think about digital transformation and customer engagement. Mike has worked across many industries and geographic locations, collaborating with companies such as FedEx, Honeywell, TIAA, DaVita, Diageo, Boeing, Unilever, and American Express. Mike is an active member of the Denver community, being involved in the Downtown Denver Leadership Program, CityUnite, Safe Families for Children, and Denver Community Church. In addition to his community service, he participates in SoDA, an industry association of the finest advertising and marketing companies from around the globe. After pursuing a bachelor’s degree in marketing and entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado Boulder, Mike continued his education, receiving his Master of Business Administration from the University of Oxford. Outside of the office, Mike loves to play golf and is a passionate runner.

Erik Mitisek

Imagine Analytics

Erik Mitisek is the president and founder of Imagine Analytics, a software startup for the commerical insurance industry. Erik has been the Co-Founder of The Commons at Champa, Denver's public campus for entrepreneurship, the Chief Innovation Officer for former governor John Hickenlooper, and the co-founder of Denver Startup Week, now the second largest free gathering for entreprenuers in the United States, with an estimated 20,000 attendees expected between over 350+ events in 2019. He attends Cherry Hills Community Church.

Becker Polverini

PKC Software and Cybersecurity

Becker is the CEO at PKC. Before starting PKC, Becker worked at Microsoft Research, Bridgewater, the Columbia University Intrusion Detection Systems Lab, and building secure communication systems in war zones. He has published research in cybersecurity and machine learning and graduated with a Computer Science degree from Princeton University. Becker sits on the board of Dreams InDeed International and was formerly Chair of the Computer Science Advisory Council at CalState Dominguez Hills.

Jesus Sampedro

Global Leadership Consulting

Dr. Jesus Sampedro is founder and president of Global Leadership Consulting, a leadership training, coaching, and consulting firm. He speaks around the world on the integration of leadership, management, and spirituality related topics. He is a certified and licensed leadership coach-trainer at Lifeforming Leadership Coaching (USA) for Latin America. Jesus has authored and co-authored various books, including the recent marketplace devotional Inspiracion para Liderar (2019), LIDER Exceptional COACH Transformacional (2019), New Thinking on Leadership (2013, Kohan-Page, UK), Visionary Leadership (2013), A Leadership Framework for Transformation (2008), and Character: The Leader's Key Performance Indicator (2011). Jesus has taught leadership and business at Regent University, Mid America Christian University - MACU (USA), IESA, and UC (Venezuela). He was also a director at the Carabobo State's Executive Chamber. Jesus is part of the Christian Business and Marketplace Connection ministry (CBMC International) and serves as chairman of the Latin American ExCom. He is a founding member of the WEA Council for Business & Theology. He serves as assistant pastor at "Iglesia Comunidades Cristianas de Venezuela." Jesus holds a doctorate in strategic leadership (DSL) and an MBA from Regent University (USA). He is married to Gaby, a worship leader and an award-winning Christian singer. They have two girls and live in Venezuela.

Dale Scott

CrossPurpose

Dale came to CrossPurpose in April 2018, bringing a degree in business and over 12 years of experience in retail banking, finance, and investment to his role as the Senior Development Officer, in which he works to raise funds for the organization and invite community leaders into deeper generosity. Sharing a background similar to many of the neighbors we serve, Dale is grateful for the opportunity to shift generational narratives, both in his own family and the greater CrossPurpose family. When he is not at work, Dale enjoys spending time with his wife and four kids, hosting dinners, being outdoors, playing sports, and cheering for the Denver Broncos.

Lisa Pratt Slayton

Tamim Partners, LLC

Lisa is the Founding Partner and CEO of Tamim Partners LLC. Previously Lisa served at the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation for 13 years, the last 6 as President and Chief Executive Officer. While at PLF, Lisa has designed and launched the Leaders Collaborative and delivered organizational development consulting, training, and executive coaching services to a wide variety of organizations. Lisa currently is a Board Director for Made to Flourish and Leadership Foundations where she additionally serves as a Senior Innovation Fellow for the CCIC. She also recently became a certified coach for Designing Your Life, a powerful process for discerning calling using design thinking principles. She is passionate about great books, excellent wine and beautiful shoes. A small community on the coast of Maine is her place of renewal and restoration. Lisa attended Mount Holyoke College and Bakke Graduate University (M.A., Social and Civic Entrepreneurship). Residing in the Pittsburgh metro area, she has been married to Roger for 38 years, has one adult son, Zachary; two beloved Labradors, Thea and Grace; and is a member of Memorial Park Church, an Evangelical Presbyterian Congregation.

Renise Walker

Colorado Workforce Development Council

Renise leads the execution of industry-led collaboration and strategy for the Colorado Workforce Development Council Office. In her role, she enjoys working with a committed team of consultants to engage and support forward-thinking businesses to innovate best practices that meet business objectives while contributing to the well being of their communities. Renise serves as the staff point of contact for the Sectors Steering Committee, Industry Intermediaries Consortium, and the BEL Commission. With over a decade of experience in managing social change initiatives, Renise believes strongly that addressing large-scale social challenges requires a willingness to break down silos and collaborate across traditional boundaries. Prior to joining the CWDC in 2015, Renise led the backbone efforts of a collective impact initiative working to advance affordable housing, workforce development, and economic mobility for underserved populations in the nation’s capital. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and a master’s in public administration from the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. As a proud third-generation Coloradan, Renise cares deeply about the future of Colorado and creating and sustaining opportunity for Colorado residents.

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Sessions

Work is a Way to Love Our Neighbors - Keynote

What is the meaning of work? While contemporary culture prizes self-fulfillment and advancement, could work itself be a way to love our neighbors? How could reframing our vision for work transform our companies, cities, and culture? How might this journey change our own hearts and lives?

Presenter:
Katherine Leary Alsdorf; Co-Author, "Every Good Endeavor;" Vice President Faith and Work, Redeemer City to City

Wholehearted Leadership

In a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world, business leaders often become disintegrated, fragmented and disconnected from their core identity and most meaningful relationships. But what if the gospel offered a path to more wholehearted living and leadership? What if clarity about God’s call and the friendship He offers could alleviate the stress we feel in business? More than a technique or program to be followed, this seminar will offer a holistic look at factors that build emotional, spiritual, and relational health.

Presenters:
David Park, Founder, Supra Solem; Partner, Greenwood Hospitality Group
Lisa Slayton, Founder, Tamim Partners; Former President, Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation

The Challenge and Opportunity of Global Business

Business is the greatest tool to alleviate the world’s poverty. But doing business globally, especially in rapidly changing markets, can be challenging. What are the best models for partnering with African business leaders? When done well, can business bring the good news to Eastern Europe? Is it wise, or even feasible, to do business in a country like Venezuela in the midst of hyperinflation? Is there a way to bring hope through business in times of deep economic crisis? This session will offer a vision for global investment and best practices for partnering with entrepreneurs around the world.

Presenters:
Emanuel Bistrain, CEO, Westfield Development (Romania); CEO, European American Investment Group
Richard Lackey, Chairman, World Food Bank
Dr. Jesus Sampedro, President, Global Leadership Consulting (Venezuela)

The Future of Colorado's Workforce - Lunch Panel

Could businesses in Colorado make a positive, lasting impact on the future of Colorado’s workforce? What specific steps can they take to invest in the high schools and colleges that will produce our future citizens, employees, and leaders?

Presenters:
Bill Kurtz, CEO, DSST Public Schools
Rico Munn, Superintendent, Aurora Public Schools
Hannah Skandera, former Secretary of Education, New Mexico
Renise Walker, Senior Consultant, Colorado Workforce Development Council

Artificial Intelligence: What Every Business Leader Must Know about New Technologies

Today, AI can predict what you will think, feel, see, and do even before you can. With the emergence of artificial intelligence, 5G wireless, and the “internet of things,” technology already shapes our daily lives, but how will it transform business in the years to come? What do Christian business leaders need to know to keep up, and more importantly, understand the moral, spiritual, and cultural implications of these new technologies? Tech expert Becker Polverini will explore the risks of AI and opportunities for it to be used for good.

Presenter:
Becker Polverini, CEO and Founding Partner, PKC Software and Cybersecurity

Selling Christianly

Almost one-ninth of American workers are employed in sales, but as Daniel Pink’s bestselling book (To Sell Is Human) reminds us, whether you are in direct sales, an entrepreneur seeking capital to fund your startup, or an executive functioning as a spokesperson for your company, you are expected to pitch products or ideas. How can the Christian faith inform our response to pain points salespeople commonly face? From the pressure to meet quarterly goals to the challenge of building healthy sales teams, this panel of veteran sales leaders will offer insight to bring biblical hope to any sales role.

Presenters:
Tony Julianelle, President, Atlas Real Estate
Mike McFadden, EVP, Digital Transformation, Ogilvy
Dale Scott, Senior Development Officer, Cross Purpose

Generous Business Practices

What does it mean to be a truly generous business leader? How does this impact our sense of identity and ownership? How much money should we give away, and how much should we keep? Do ancient Old Testament practices like gleaning have relevance for how we think about hiring, investing, and “successful” businesses? What kind of investment returns should we target? This session will consider how a deep sense of generosity transform our culture as well as our hearts.

Presenters:
Alan Barnhart, CEO/President, Barnhart Crane and Rigging Co.
Aimee Minnich, Chief Impact Officer, Impact Foundation

Faith-Driven Investing

Are Christians called to invest differently than the broader world does? How might Jesus approach the variety of investment options in today’s market? What are the greatest opportunities across asset classes to make a return and have significant social and spiritual impact? Join a team of world-class investors to explore ways Christians can exercise influence in the marketplace. We’ll challenge current norms in global investing, consider the impact of concessionary capital, and explore the range of risks and opportunities for faith-driven investors.

Presenters:
Hannah Cumming, Business 360 Program Manager, Eventide Asset Management
Greg Lernihan, Investor INDLU Partners, Turaco; Manager, His Fund
Luke Rousch, Co-Founder and Managing Principal, Sovereign’s Capital

My Life as a Christian, Investor, and Business Leader - Closing Session Interview

With more than 30 years of investing experience, nationally known fund manager Bob Doll moved from being a steady, quiet witness to expressing his faith more visibly and vocally. God brought material and professional success along the way, but his Christian witness was not without cost. In this personal interview, Bob will share lessons God taught him about identity, control, and idolatry, as well as principles that shape his personal and organizational leadership today. We’ll also explore God’s broader purposes for business and its power to love and serve our neighbors.

Presenter:
Bob Doll, Chief Equity Strategist, Nuveen Asset Management; Contributor, CNBC

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