Please note that registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable for any reason.
Please note that registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable for any reason.
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.
We are continuing to make updates to the agenda. Check back often!
5:30p - 6:30p Open Dinner & Registration
6:45p - 7:00p Welcome
7:00p - 7:30p Worship Service
7:30p - 8:00p Keynote Address: Andy Mills
8:00p - 8:30p Keynote Address: Emily Liggett
8:30p - 9:00p Fireside Chat w/ Andy Mills & Emily Liggett
9:00p - 10:00p Community Time
8:15a - 9:00a Breakfast
9:15a - 9:45a Welcome & Musical Worship
9:45a - 10:45a Keynote Address: Mo Anderson
10:45a - 11:45a Bible Study: Anna Lee-Winans
11:45a - 12:05p Reflection Time
12:20p - 1:30p Men's and Women's Lunches
1:40p - 3:10p Industry Panels:
• SOCIAL IMPACT
• CORPORATE LEADERSHIP: MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND STRATEGY
3:30p - 4:15p Keynote Address: Bob Doll
4:15p - 5:00p Fireside Chat w/Casey Gerald
5:00p - 5:30p Musical Worship
5:30p - 6:00p Closing and Commissioning: Mark Washington
For speaker backgrounds, please click here:
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
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
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
Christ has been a focus on my life for as long as I can remember. My grandfather was the pastor and my family was very active in the church I grew up in. I've enjoyed the journey of getting to know Christ for myself - like many others who grew up in the church, I struggled for a while to develop my own relationship with God. I truly credit God for everything. I look back on my life and see how God has ordered my steps and put me on the right path to get me to where I am today. I'm excited to continue to follow God as I progress in business and in life!
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
My faith is very important to me. I also know that I will devote a lot of time and energy, over the course of of my life, to work. Getting involved with the Believers in Business Student Advisory Board was the perfect way to help me better understand and practice ways in which I can integrate these two aspects of my life. I look forward to engaging with fellow business school students and the keynote speakers, to hear and to learn ways in which we have all continued to strengthen our relationship with the Lord throughout our careers.
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).