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The Believers in Business (BiB) Conference, in its eleventh year, is the largest student-run national conference that equips and encourages Christian MBA students and graduates 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 others. On February 19-20, 2016, we will welcome more than 280 attendees from all across the country to Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. It will be an amazing time of discerning faith and work.
This year's theme is INSPIRED TO CHANGE. As Christian MBAs, we face both opportunities and challenges in finding our faith in our calling and using it to continuously change our spaces for the better. We hope the 2016 BiB Conference will help guide us on this journey by exploring the following topics:
Change in yourself
Change in your school/work
Change in your industry
Change in your community/world
Join us and other Christian MBA's as we discuss our role in business and how we can be CHANGE AGENTS FOR GOD.
2016 keynote speakers
We are continuing to update our Speakers page. Check back often!
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 35 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.
Emily Liggett is the CEO of NovaTorque, a venture-backed company in Fremont CA commercializing high-efficiency electric motors. An engineer by training, Emily’s career has been in technology, both in established and start-up companies. Emily joined DuPont after receiving a chemical engineering degree from Purdue University where she enjoyed research, manufacturing, strategic planning, and customer technical support. She then attended Stanford University, earning an MSMSE and MBA. After graduate school, Emily joined Raychem, a high-growth materials science company, completing assignments in sales and marketing, operations, and general management, including GM of Raychem Telecommunications in North Carolina, CEO of Elo TouchSystems, and Managing Director of Tyco Ventures (after Raychem was acquired by Tyco). Emily served as CEO of Capstone Turbine in Chatsworth CA (NASDAQ: CPST) and CEO of Apexon, a supply chain analytics software company, before joining NovaTorque in 2009.
Emily has traveled extensively, living in Switzerland, Australia, and Belgium. She has served on the board of directors of TouchPanel Systems in Tokyo, Textronics Corporation in Wilmington DE, Immersion Corporation in San Jose CA (NASDAQ: IMMR), MTS Systems in Minneapolis MN (NASDAQ: MTSI) and UCT (NASDAQ:UCTT), as well as Today’s Youth Matters, a non profit. She has served as a deacon, an elder, and as Director of Family Ministries at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. She married her college sweetheart David, another Indiana farm kid. Trained as a veterinarian, Dave now teaches science in under-resourced schools, and both Dave and Emily are deeply involved with youth. They have four adult children.
Casey is the co-founder and CEO of MBAs Across America, a national movement of MBAs and entrepreneurs working together to revitalize America. He began his career in economic policy and government innovation at the Center for American Progress and has worked as a strategist with startup social ventures such as The Future Project, as well as companies like The Neiman Marcus Group. A native Texan, Casey received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Political Science from Yale College, where he was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship. He has been featured on MSNBC, in the New York Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, and other national and international media outlets.
Casey's Creative Mornings speech is one of the most popular in the series' history, and his Harvard Business School commencement speech went viral and landed him on the cover of Fast Company, which also named him one of the “Most Creative People in Business.” Casey serves on the advisory boards of the Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project, NPR’s Generation Listen, and has emerged as an influential voice on the awakening that is changing business and society — making purpose the new bottom line in our lives and work.
We are continuing to make updates to the agenda. Check back often!
Friday, February 19, 2016
5:30p - 6:30p Open Dinner & Registration
6:45p - 7:00p Welcome
7:00p - 7:30p Worship Service
7:30p - 8:00p Keynote Address
8:00p - 8:30p Keynote Address: Emily Liggett
8:30p - 9:00p Fireside Chat w/ Emily Liggett
9:00p - 10:00p Community Time
Saturday, February 20, 2016
8:30a - 9:30a Breakfast
9:30a - 10:00a Welcome & Worship Service
10:00a - 11:00a Keynote Address
11:00a - 12:00p School Fellowship Bible Study
12:00p - 12:30p Reflection Time
12:30p - 1:30p Affinity Lunches
1:30p - 3:00p Industry Panels
3:00p - 3:30p Break
3:30p - 4:15p Keynote Address
4:15p - 5:00p Fireside Chat: Casey & Brittan
5:00p - 5:30p Worship Service
5:30p - 6:00p Closing and Commissioning
Redeemer Presbyterian Church
150 W 83rd Street (btw. Amsterdam Ave & Columbus Ave)
New York, NY 10024
LODGING - Special pricing available for limited time and applies to the nights of 2/19 and 2/20
- Standard Queen or King $159/night + tax
- Standard Double $189/night + tax
- 800.509.7598 - reference the Believers in Business room block
- Group Code: BBCF16
- Book by 1/20/16
- Deluxe Queen $169/night + tax
- Deluxe Double $189/night + tax
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- Group Code: BIB2016
- Book by 1/8/16
About the Organization
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 Student 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.
Mission Statement: To educate, encourage, and empower Christian believers to pursue their calling in business.
Vision: To be the largest student-run national conference that equips and encourages Christian MBA students and professionals to live for the glory of God in the workplace
2016 Conference Leadership Team
Student Advisory Board
Anthony Patterson, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, MBA 2016
I came to call Jesus my Lord and Savior towards the end of my undergraduate years. The call was clear: to come out of the ways of the world and seek His kingdom. Before starting business school, I felt that the Lord was preparing me to be a missionary. After a short-term mission trip in South America, I heard the message, “where you are is where the mission field is.” From then, I’ve come to understand and live out the phrase, “business as missions.”
Brittan Berry, Yale School of Management, MBA 2016
I have been fortunate to know God since I can remember. I think as an MBA and as someone that is soon to be working full-time again, I have an obligation as a believer to consistently put others first. But, if you think about good business, consistently focusing on your customer usually reaps the best results, and so a Christian-oriented view on work is a great asset!
Bernice Fernandes, Pepperdine-Graziadio School of Business and Management, MBA 2016
I gave my life to Christ when I was 11 and ever since then my life has never been the same. I grew up in a missionary and pastor’s home but I wanted to find out faith for my own. I took this challenge and researched to find the one true God, and I found out that Jesus Christ is the Only way, the truth, and the life. He is so faithful and I am so blessed by His work in my life and in the world around me.
Cherice Daniels, Emory University Goizueta Business School, MBA 2016
Peter Wierenga, University of Wisconsin-Madison, MBA 2016
I grew up in a Christian home and spent all of my schooling in Christian education. While this gave my a fantastic base of knowledge about God and how to live, it also made Christianity a very "routine" part of life. It was while doing service projects during high school and college when Christianity became real to me. For me, being a believer in business means having the unique opportunity to advance God's kingdom while working in some of the most influential industries in the world today.
Velvet Arriola, Pepperdine-Graziadio School of Business and Management, MBA 2016
My journey with God started since I can remember. Growing up, I always tried to be involved in church activities, whether it was being an altar server, joining the youth group, or working during the summers at the school church. That is why I jumped to the opportunity of joining Believers in Business. I am glad to be a part of an organization that joins believers from all walks of life in praising the Lord!
Eric Eaton, Harvard Business School, MBA 2016
I grew up going to church, so Christianity was always a strong presence in my life. It wasn’t until I went to college, however, that I truly made my faith my own. It was at that point that my relationship with Jesus really strengthened and, through my studies, my interest in business began. Depending on the industry, being a believer in business can be difficult, and through this conference, I really hope to help people to live out their faith on a daily basis at work.
Lisa Lin, Duke – Fuqua School of Business, MBA 2016
I heard the gospel when I was 9 years old, a big fan of fables and fairy tales. The gospel quickly linked my knowledge about ghosts and heaven together and made them have more sense to me. As I opened my heart to accept God and his words, God enlightened me with the truth of life and guided me to do right things and do things rightly. Now my faith is more than fable and fairy tale. It is the foundation of my life that brings unfading peace and joy to me every day.
Michael Linger, University of Virginia Darden School of Business, MBA 2016
Paul Hogge, University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School, MBA 2016
Paul began his Christian journey after attending a conference called Passion during his freshman year in college. After this conference, God used older mentors to guide Paul through his initial time as a Christ-follower, and it’s been an adventure ever since! Paul has seen firsthand how God uses time spent in the workplace and hopes to learn more about the opportunities within the business community. At the Believers in Business Conference, he looks forward to being encouraged by tangible examples of God using broken vessels for His glory.
Jeff Hu, Yale School of Management, MBA 2016
Charlie Widmer, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, MBA 2016
After coming to faith at an early age, Charlie’s story has been one of learning what it means to be a Christian in different seasons and life chapters. Charlie came to Wharton to explore the topic of “faith and work” generally and try to better understand how his skill set, interests, and faith could fit together in his career and personal life. Professionally, Charlie is passionate about building companies and believes that there is a unique opportunity to bring renewal to the workplace and community by building successful, for-profit businesses.
Sarah Lockridge-Steckel, Yale School of Management, MBA 2016
I made Jesus my Lord and Savior in July 2011. While I grew up watching the faith of my parents and grandparents, I grew away from faith in high school and college. Although I seemed happy and was consumed by work and accomplishments, I know how meaningless life can be without God. As I kept looking for meaning in the world, conversations with a co-worker led me back to Church. I’ve seen how faith can be cultivated in school and work settings, and so I’m passionate about providing opportunities for deep conversation and reflection. God does the work, but I’m thankful to be a vessel for Him to use.
JP Julien, Yale School of Management, MBA 2016
Growing up in a Catholic household, I was blessed to learn about my faith from an early age. My parents took me to church every Sunday, prayer meeting every Wednesday, and spoke about faith on a regular basis. As such, I have been a believer my entire life, although there have been moments when I have questioned my faith. As a business student, it has been increasingly important to me to learn from those that God has placed in my life. I am excited to be a part of the BiB team and look forward to another great conference.
Ben Cao, Stanford Graduate School of Business, MBA 2017
Victor Omoniyi, Cornell University SC Johnson School of Management, MBA 2016
Chris Pletcher, Cornell University SC Johnson School of Management, MBA 2016
Kevin Elliott, Yale School of Management, MBA 2016
I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior around the time I met my wife. At that point, I had called myself a Christian but I did not know what that truly meant. My family wasn’t engaged in the church growing up, so being Christian was more of a label than a way of life. However, Christianity was central to my wife’s (then girlfriend's) life, which prompted me to take my faith in the Lord much more seriously. We began going to church together, which surrounded me with fellow Christians who helped guide me through my own spiritual journey. This was culminated when my wife and I took a trip to Israel earlier this year, where she watched me get baptized in the Jordan River. This has translated in how I view being a believer in business. Had it not been for my wife who was walking in faith, I may not have been prompted to begin my spiritual journey. I strive to exemplify that same commitment and stewardship toward my faith as a leader in the business world.
Mark Washington, National Director of MBA Ministry, InterVarsity
Mark Washington supports over a dozen MBA staff and multiple national and international projects, including advising the annual Christian MBA Conference, Believers in Business. Additionally, he has served as campus staff for a dozen 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 an MBA. Prior to graduate studies, Mark was a counselor to severely emotionally disturbed teenage gang boys. During graduate school, he founded a micro-enterprise organization in Gary, IN before he knew that the term “micro-enterprise” existed. He enjoys travel, cultures, ping pong, and board games (and doesn’t usually mind losing Settlers of Catan to his children).