Event Details

Date

February 14-15, 2014

Time

Friday 6:00pm - Saturday 6:00pm

Location

Redeemer Presbyterian Church - 150 W 83rd St, New York, NY 10024

ABOUT CONFERENCE

The Believers in Business Conference, in its ninth year, seeks to gather MBA students from across the country to network, fellowship, and learn from relevant leaders on discerning vocational calling and living out Christian faith in the marketplace. Through dynamic teaching, interactive discussions, and engaging dialogue, we will talk about business challenges – whether particular to an industry or more generally as part of life in the marketplace – and how to respond with a faith-based approach.  This year, we are eager to welcome more than 200 attendees this February in New York City, and we hope you will be there to join us in this pursuit of discerning faith and work.

This year, we are pleased to announce our theme, “Not Business As Usual.” This represents our bold calling as Christians to think about our role in an entirely different way that focuses primarily on our relationship with Christ and what brings Him glory through the gifts, talents, and circumstances that He has placed us in.  This year, we want to focus on three key aspects:

  1. Authenticity – It is our intent that this conference is a place where the walls can come down, where people can be open, honest, and transparent.  Our vision is that this conference will be a platform for community building and that people would be able to leave with a renewed sense of purpose coupled with tangible, practical insights.  This will only happen when each of us is willing to be vulnerable, hence this inaugural blog and other forums for sharing.
  2. Community – We believe this conference will be a place where MBA’s, alumni, and business professionals from around the country can connect and fellowship with one another.  It is our goal that we can relay our experiences as Christians with each other, challenge each other, and hold each other accountable.  We encourage you to be intentional about community this year!
  3. Personal Transformation – We pray that participants will experience the power of God, have God provide them with clarity of vision, direction, revelation, wisdom, and encouragement for them to take back to business school and the workplace.  Be prayer and come in expectation to see God work.

HISTORY

Coordinated and hosted by the Yale School of Management Christian Fellowship, the conference is being supported by a Student Advisory Board of students from 13 leading business schools and continues to be supported by InterVarsity’s National MBA Ministry. The 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.

HIGHLIGHTED 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 all of our conference sessions, click here.

Bob Doll

Bob Doll

Chief Equity Strategist and Senior Portfolio Manager, Nuveen Asset Management, LLC

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.

Marc Belton

Marc Belton

Executive VP, Global Strategy, Growth and Marketing Innovation, General Mills

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.

Peter Greer

Peter Greer

CEO, HOPE International

Peter Greer is a Christian advocate for the poor, an author, and the president of HOPE International (HOPE), a global faith-based microfinance organization based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, serving entrepreneurs throughout Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. Greer and his wife, Laurel, have two boys and a girl and live in Landisville, Pennsylvania.
Rev. David H. Kim

Rev. David H. Kim

Executive Director, Pastor, Redeemer's Center for Faith & Work

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.

Rev. Mark Washington

Rev. Mark Washington

National Coordinator for MBA Ministry, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

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 Guzman

Karen Guzman

Director of Women in the Academy & Professions, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

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.

TOPICS

The topics being covered include the following:

Self Focus vs. God Focus. Living a Christ-centered life, at business school and beyond.
Motives in my Life. Reconciling our impure motives with God’s heart.
Spiritual Impact in the Workplace. Bringing Jesus to my cubicle.
Identity in Christ. Understanding and rooting your value in Christ.
Discerning Your Life Vision.  Story discovery, values prioritization, and life mapping workshop.
Rest and Margins. Finding margin in a marginless world.
2014 BIB Conference Online Registration is now closed, but we ARE accepting walk-ins.x

2014 BIB Conference online registration is now closed, but we are accepting walk-in registration only on both Friday and Saturday.

Regular

Student (after Jan 11, 2014)

$139

  • 2-day Conference Access (Speakers, Breakouts)
  • Friday Dinner and Saturday Breakfast and Lunch
  • Alumni and Professional Networking by Industry
  • Conference giveaways

Student (Early Bird)

$99

  • 2-day Conference Access (Speakers, Breakouts)
  • Friday Dinner and Saturday Breakfast and Lunch
  • Alumni and Professional Networking by Industry
  • Conference giveaways
  • Accommodation matching

Professional (Early Bird)

$159

  • 2-day Conference Access (Speakers, Breakouts)
  • Friday Dinner and Saturday Breakfast and Lunch
  • Alumni and Professional Networking by Industry
  • Conference giveaways
  • Accommodation matching
Regular

Professional (after Jan 11, 2014)

$189

  • 2-day Conference Access (Speakers, Breakouts)
  • Friday Dinner and Saturday Breakfast and Lunch
  • Alumni and Professional Networking by Industry
  • Conference giveaways

 

Refund Policy

Severe Weather:  In the event that an individual is unable to attend the conference due to severe weather, the conference is unfortunately unable to refund the conference fee.  Registration can be transferred to another individual without penalty by contacting club-christian@som.yale.edu at least 24 hours in advance.  If the conference is cancelled due to severe weather or because of another reason, attendees will be notified via email.  The conference will make its best efforts to refund the full fee net of transaction costs (~6% of fee) in the event of cancellation.

General Refund Policy:  Registration may be fully refunded net of transaction fees (~6%) through January 11, 2014.  After that date, the conference unfortunately cannot offer refunds due to its inability to recoup some costs.  Registration can be transferred to another individual without penalty by contacting club-christian@som.yale.edu at least 24 hours in advance.

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