February 20-21, 2015
Friday 6:00pm - Saturday 6:00pm
Redeemer Presbyterian Church - 150 W 83rd St, New York, NY 10024
10th Annual Believers in Business Conference 2015
The Believers in Business Conference, in its tenth year, is the largest student-run national conference that equips and encourages MBA students and graduates who are Christians to live out their lives and careers for the glory of God. It does so by providing a forum for honest discussion on opportunities, challenges and strategies for following Christ in the marketplace in ways that help them grow in their relationship with the Lord and impact their spheres of influence. On February 20-21, 2015, we will welcome more than 200 attendees from all across the country to Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. We hope you will be there to join us in this pursuit of discerning faith and work.
What’s new for 2015?
The theme for the 2015 BiB Conference is “Transformation.” As students, we have often heard that the MBA will transform us into better leaders and business people, but as Christians, we yearn to understand how God intends to transform us in this phase of life. We hope the 2015 BiB Conference will help guide us on this journey by exploring the following topics:
Hosted by a coalition of Christian MBA students from top business schools in the US
The Believers in Business conference was founded in 2006 by former Yale professor David W. Miller, along with a group of Yale School of Management students, and was initially called the “Yale Christian MBA Business Conference.” Since then, BiB has expanded to include students from other MBA programs as well. Today, BiB is run by a Strategic Advisory Board comprising students from 16 MBA programs across the United States and is blessed by the steadfast support of InterVarsity’s National MBA Ministry.
featuring keynote and pastoral speakers
Our speakers are Christian leaders within their own spheres of influence – both in the business and faith realms.
To view the full list of speakers and bios for 2014 BiB, click here.
Phil Bunge, Assistant Brand Manager on Old Spice, Procter & Gamble
Kevon Saber, Sr. Director of Mobile, Dave Ramsey
Cathie Wood, Portfolio Manager, Global Thematic Strategies
Phil Oh, Senior Advisor – Strategy, Collaboration & Innovation, World Vision International
Marcia Larson, Social Media and Corporate Communications, The Wall Street Journal
Korey Lee, Co-Founder and CIO, SumAll
John Picchiotti, COO Brokerage Services, NAI Hiffman
Marion Hayes, Ministry Trainer, Global Awakening
Yao Hua Ooi, Principal, AQR Capital Management
Katherine Leary Alsdorf, Senior Fellow, Redeemer’s City to City
Dave Blanchard, Co-Founder & President, Praxis
Bob Doll is Chief Equity Strategist and Senior Portfolio Manager at Nuveen Asset Management. 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 Asset Management, 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 OppenheimerFunds, Inc. He has 33 years of portfolio management experience, received a B.S. in Accounting and a B.A. in Economics from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His position, reputation and outspoken faith open doors for him to witness to colleagues and speak to Christian MBA students about the integration of faith and work.
As executive vice president, Global Strategy, Growth and Marketing Innovation, Marc Belton provides vision and leadership of several important areas for General Mills. They include overall responsibility for the company’s Global Strategy; analysis, development and pursuit of future growth opportunities, including acquisitions; and leadership of the General Mills global marketing functions, including Gcom, Consumer Insights, Centralized Customer Marketing, and the company’s strategic health and wellness initiatives.
David oversees all the ministries of the Center for Faith & Work as Executive Director and is the Pastor of Faith and Work of Redeemer. Prior to this role, David served as the Director of the Gotham Fellowship, developing and teaching its intensive curriculum while providing spiritual direction. Prior to joining CFW in 2007, David was a Chaplain at Princeton University, where he also served as the Founder and Executive Director of Manna Christian Fellowship for over 12 years. Although David has lived in New York since 2010, he grew up in the Philadelphia area. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary, and his Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Currently, he is pursuing his D.Min. at Fuller Theological Seminary in the area of faith and culture. David has a passion for making the gospel real to life, especially in the context of work. He’s written a devotional book that connects the narrative of Scripture to our lives today: Glimpses of a Greater Glory: A Devotional through the Storyline of the Bible. He’s also the author of 20 and Something: Have the Time of Your Life (and Figure it All Out Too). David lives with his wife, Jane, near Bryant Park.
Mark Washington supports over a dozen MBA staff and multiple national and international projects, including the Believers in Business Conference as Advisor. Additionally, he has served as campus staff for nine years at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. Formerly, he was an Associate Dean at North Park Theological Seminary. He is ordained in The Evangelical Covenant Church. At North Park, Mark earned a special dual degree: MA in Theological Studies and MBA. Prior to graduate studies, Mark was a counselor to severely emotionally disturbed teenage gang boys. During graduate school, he founded a microenterprise organization in Gary, IN before he knew that the term “microenterprise” existed. He enjoys travel, cultures, ping pong, and board games (and doesn’t mind losing Settlers of Catan to his children).
Karen serves as Director of Women in the Academy & Professions with InterVarsity’s Graduate & Faculty Ministries. Except for some years taken off to raise children, she has spent her adult life in and around IVCF. An entrepreneur at heart, she planted the grad fellowship at Michigan State and the MBA fellowship at Georgia Tech. She loves to use her gifts of hospitality and teaching to create a welcome place for people to connect with God and with each other. Currently, she is bringing women in graduate school and beyond together to encourage, support and mentor one another to live fully into the call of God on their lives as they navigate the challenges of academia and the professional world. Karen lives in Marietta, GA with her husband and three teenage boys. She loves dark chocolate, good coffee, the Avett Brothers and British TV.