MARCH 8, 2024
Join Denver Institute's annual one-day conference to grow your leadership and professional connections through speakers with real-world experience in integrating faith and business, facilitated dialogue among attendees, and one-of-a-kind networking opportunities.

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Business drives human flourishing like nothing else can. A low and lifeless view of business still creates jobs and economic growth, so imagine what is possible when the human, social, financial, and spiritual capital released through business is directed by a vision of the common good.

Cultivate professional excellence and create lasting impact

Be encouraged and challenged to do business with a redemptive edge for the common good of your workplace, profession, industry, and city.

Build and participate in the community of leaders in business in the Front Range.

Become known for blending professional excellence and love in your company and industry.

It's my homecoming. I'm signing up.

It was truly inspiring and encouraging. Let's seek the flourishing of our workplaces, and Denver as a whole!

THE BASICS

When

Friday, March 8, 2024

8:30am-3pm

Where

Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center

7800 E Tufts Ave, Denver, CO 80237

cost

$225 for an individual ticket

$800 for a half table of 4 tickets (save $100!)

$1600 for a full table of 8 tickets (save $200!)

WHY SHOULD I ATTEND?

Powerful Connections

Connection with others is the foundation for all learning and change, so we hope you leave Business for the Common Good with at least one new relationship and reconnect with someone you already know.

Practical Ideas

We are focused on moving from right thinking about our work to practical action in our work, so we hope you leave Business for the Common Good with at least one new idea that you can implement in your work.

Professional Excellence

Professional excellence by Christians is a witness to the world, so we've designed opportunities for you to learn from and work with other industry experts at Business for the Common Good.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

This year's breakouts will be highly interactive and connect theory to practice. All guests are encouraged to attend one of the Problem Solvers Roundtable For Your Work sessions, which will be offered during both rounds of breakouts.

Problem Solvers Roundtable For Your Work

This workshop-style session will invite you to examine the good, the bad, and the ugly (a.k.a. the broken and the beautiful) in your work. Through facilitated roundtable discussion, you’ll connect with leaders in similar roles or industries to identify practical action you can take to bring life and hope through your work. This session will emphasize the importance of community and collaboration between believers as the foundation for redemptive work.

Building Cultures of Belonging

In spite of significant investment in DEI initiatives over the last decade, organizations still struggle to diversify their workforce. While well-intentioned, this emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion can feel performative, rather than an effective tool to build cultures of belonging at work. What strategies can faithful leaders adopt to help every employee made in the image of God thrive? This breakout will explore biblical principles and best practices for building flourishing, diverse organizations.

From Theory To Practice: Operationalizing Flourishing In & Through Business

Business drives human flourishing like nothing else can. Yet conversations about integrating faith and business can, at times, seem to be about theory or theology rather than practice. In this breakout, we’ll learn from the lived experience of top business leaders who integrate faith into the culture and daily operations of their business. We’ll tackle tough questions about balancing financial performance with impact, operationalizing faith-informed values winsomely, and ways they introduce a faith-informed perspective to a spiritually diverse workforce.

Problem Solvers Roundtable For Your City

Effective business leaders address organizational issues through ideation, experimentation, and thinking outside of conventions. They focus on solutions over problems that will attract and retain talent. In the past few years, our organizations have faced new challenges impacting our employees: prohibitive cost-of-living, mental health issues and isolation, or challenges to organizational culture and productivity connected to remote/hybrid work. In this session, we’ll briefly frame some critical issues impacting business to set you up for reflection and group problem-solving. The goal? Catalyze business ideators bent toward solutions to brainstorm ways that business can create positive impact upon pressing social issues which negatively impact our work.

Stewarding the Third Third of Life

Society portrays the last third of our lives as a time of leisure in which we escape the pressures of work to enjoy the fruits of our labor. But what if the years beyond 55 were not an escape, but a time of deep meaning and purpose? What does it look like to live fully and fruitfully with the freedom this new season brings? This breakout combines biblical principles with the latest research on retirement to guide those who want to steward their “third third” in ways that matter to God and to the world.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Stephen Phelan

Chief Pastoral Officer at Movement Mortgage

Stephen is currently the Chief Pastoral Officer of Movement Mortgage, Ronald Blue Trust, Sovereigns Capital, and all of the Movement affiliates. Stephen grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, and went to school at the University of Virginia where he was an Academic All-American on the football team. He earned a law degree from the University of Virginia and a Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary. Stephen is helping catalyze a movement of God’s love in the marketplace by coaching and consulting other businesses that want to lead from a faith-driven perspective.

Mark Rucker

Former Global VP of Experience Planning & Integration | Walt Disney Company

Mark Rucker spent a fulfilling thirty-two-year career working globally in Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and regionally at the Walt Disney World Company. He moved rapidly through fifteen different roles of increasing responsibility, becoming global Vice President of Experience Planning & Integration, Park Operations, Lodging, and Operations Systems Integration. Today, he's a Board Advisor to the University of Missouri in their school of Hospitality Management and leads men's ministry at Storyline Church in Arvada, CO. He is the author of Over Coffee with the Mouse: Life and Leadership Wisdom from 32 Years at Disney and Beyond.

SESSION SPEAKERS

Alex O'Brien | CEO, Cardinal Group Companies
Alex co-founded and leads Cardinal Group Companies’. In 2023, Cardinal Group won one of Glass Door’s Employees’ Choice Award as a Best Place to Work. Prior to founding Cardinal Group, Alex was a supply and logistics officer in the Marine Corps. He is also a board member with Salute Colorado.
Brandon Washington | Lead Pastor, Embassy Christian Bible Church
Brandon leads Embassy Christian Bible Church, a multi-ethnic congregation serving Denver’s Virginia Vale neighborhood. In addition to his pastoral work, he authored "A Burning House: Redeeming American Evangelicalism by Examining Its History, Mission, and Message" and serves as a trustee at Denver Seminary.
Barry Rowan
Barry Rowan is a Harvard Business School graduate who spent his entire career serving in C-Suite roles. He has been instrumental in building and transforming eight businesses, primarily in the technology and communication space, with one selling for $10 billion. His leadership experience spans both private and public companies, including Gogo (the inflight connectivity company), Vonage, Nextel Partners, and Fluke Corporation.
Lakweshia Ewing | CEO/Lead Principle at Unlearn Everything & Live
With over 18 years of experience Lakweshia Ewing has been advising, mentoring, and coaching individuals and organizations through various personal, professional and institutional development experiences. With a passion for living every day to the fullest, Lakweshia Ewing is committed to supporting individuals and organizations around the world as they strive toward their goals. She has impacted thousands of lives with her universal message of “Unlearn Everything and Live.” Lakweshia works to dissect professional and personal life concepts, shift mindsets and create movements that will impact the world forever.
Doug Smith
Doug Smith is the recently retired associate dean in the College of Engineering at CU Boulder where he served as CFO and directed its capital program. He was the faculty advisor for the Deming Center Venture Fund, and was co-founder and sponsor of Catalyze CU, the campus wide business accelerator founded in 2014. He joined CU Boulder in 2013 after retiring from Tetra Tech (TTEK) where he was President of its global A&E business, and Executive VP of the corporation for 8 years. He was President of Black & Veatch’s outside US business and lived in London from 1996 through 2004 and developed businesses and projects in over 50 countries around the globe.
Kate Redden | CFP®, ChFC®, CKA® Regional Director, Partner Merit Financial
Kate Redden is a Financial Advisor/Partner at Merit Financial Advisors. She works one-on-one with clients to help them reach their financial goals using interactive financial planning software and implementing customized investment strategies. Prior to joining the team in 2017, Kate was a Financial Advisor for 16 years at Ronald Blue & Co. (now Ronald Blue Trust), an independent, fee-only wealth management firm based in Atlanta, GA.
Chris Redhage | Co-founder & Partner, Provider Trust / Co-founder & Minority Partner, Nashville SC
Chris is a social entrepreneur at heart who loves the startup world. He founded Provider Trust, a Health care technology company that automates the required OIG exclusion, license, and certification monitoring process for people and vendors; while ensuring they are 100% compliant with State and Federal regulations. Provider Trust’s innovative approach to fraud prevention has redirected millions of dollars from illicit activity to serve underserved communities. Chris is also part-owner of Nashville SC, the city’s MLS soccer team.
Dan Dye | CEO, Ardent Mills
Dan leads Ardent Mills, North America’s leading flour supplier and grain innovator, and an independent joint venture of owners Cargill, Conagra Brands and CHS. Leads an extensive network of more than 35 community flour mills, mixing facilities, bakeries and offices across the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada – to create a values-based culture focused on “Nourishing what’s next.”
Prior to leading Ardent Mills, Dan worked 33 years for Cargill and serves as a board member at the Craig Hospital Foundation.
Dave Runyon | Executive Director, WorkWell
Dave leads WorkWell, a division of Marrow, that empowers forward-thinking business leaders with resources and tools to use their organizations to create a lasting impact on their employees, communities, and clients. He also serves as executive director of City Unite, a nonprofit that helps faith, business, and government leaders unite around common causes in the Denver metro area. Dave helped to start a neighboring movement that has now spread to over 2,500 churches around the country. This experience prompted him to co-author “The Art of Neighboring,” which was published by Baker Books and has sold over 150,000 copies.
Cindy Smith
Cindy Smith is a speaker and trainer for Young Life staff called to serve outside the US. Her specialty is transition and adjustment into another culture. Her clients are Young Life staff serving outside the US or those who are making the adjustment reentering the US culture. Cindy has a Master's degrees in Education and Clinical Social Work.
Brandon Addison | Tin Man Co.
For over a decade, Brandon has been coaching, facilitating, speaking, and specializing in leadership development for high-capacity leaders who want to develop a healthier, more sustainable, and integrated life. He works with Tin Man Co., a company that partners with individuals and organizations to provide coaching, intensives, and leadership cohorts that foster personal transformation and organizational excellence.
Joseph Dominguez | Love Thy Neighbor & Mile High Ministries
Joseph is an innovative practitioner in residential real estate, particularly on issues of housing affordability. His work through Abundant Ground helps churches and businesses with underutilized land explore the feasibility of housing and other on-mission development.

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