Noah's Event Venue Westminster, CO
For Whose Glory?
Thursday, Jun. 15 7:30 a.m.
For Whose Glory: Exploring Faithful Practice in Life, Leadership, & Business
Tensions are a part of growing a business and leading people…How do I build integrity into my business’s culture while still hitting the bottom line? Who am I becoming as an entrepreneur? What impact is my company having on my employees? I know my faith should impact my whole life, but what does it say about HR, management, entrepreneurship, raising capital, or business’s influence on society?
Business leaders from across Colorado joined DIFW for a half-day of learning, discussion, and networking to learn how faith shapes their business practices.
Presenters & Panelists
Max Anderson is an entrepreneur and author. He founded Saturn Five ventures, writes The Weekend Reader, a deep thinker's guide to modern culture, and authored Modern Meditations: Reflections from the Mid-Point of the Second Decade of the Twenty-first Century.
Max co-founded the MBA Oath upon graduating with honors from Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School in 2009. He co-authored a book of the same title, The MBA Oath (Penguin Portfolio) with Peter Escher in 2010. Max has spoken at universities, companies, and not-for-profit organizations across the United States and Europe. His work has been profiled by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, NPR's Weekend Edition, and dozens of other media outlets.
He began his career at McKinsey & Co. in New York City, followed by work with leading organizations across the for-profit and non-profit world including Google, The Charlie Rose Show, Redeemer Presbyterian Church and, most recently, Bridgewater Associates -- where he served in a number of leadership capacities as a member of the firm's senior management cohort and as director of the firm's Investment Associate leadership program.
Michael Coors is the Co-Chief Executive Officer of CoorsTek, and Chief Executive Officer of Outlast Technologies. He currently serves as a manager of 9th Street Investments, a Board Member at Schulze Global Investments, and is on the Board of Directors at Lightning Hybrids, a hydraulic hybrid vehicle company. Prior to joining CoorsTek, Michael was President at a startup ski area in the Colorado Front Range. He joined CoorsTek in 2008 as an R&D Project Manager working on ion-transport membranes and systems, and various technology, operations, and management roles in the company. In 2012 he became CEO of Outlast Technologies, an advanced materials company. In February 2016 Michael was promoted to Co-CEO of CoorsTek, Inc. Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines. He and his wife Charity reside with their three children in Denver, Colorado.
Helen Young Hayes is a 20-year veteran of the financial industry. As the portfolio manager of the Janus Worldwide and Overseas funds, she invested over $40 billion in global and international equities. Conducting detailed country, industry, and company analyses, Helen is regarded as a pioneer in bottom-up international investing. While at Janus, she was the Chief Investment Officer, heading up the 100-person asset management team. Helen has extensive nonprofit experience working with low-income individuals, serving on the boards of Mile High Ministries in Denver, Harlem Educational Activities Fund in New York, and Children of Hope in Kenya. She founded Activate Workforce Solutions to alleviate poverty through creating pathways to employment. Helen graduated with a degree in Economics from Yale University.
John is the Co-Founder and CEO of Maxwell, a marketplace that makes shopping for your mortgage simple, intuitive and human. He has a proven track record in building businesses and executing growth strategies through marketing and engagement, partnerships and effective leadership. John is passionate about disrupting traditional financial services markets by focusing on the consumer experience. John graduated from Taylor University with a BA in International Business and he holds an MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Irma Lockridge joined CoorsTek in 2016. Prior to CoorsTek, Irma served as senior vice president of human resources in several businesses including Newell Rubbermaid, Western Union, TeleTech, and Colorado Casualty/Liberty Mutual Insurance. Additionally, she has held several human resources leadership positions with Archstone and Accenture. Irma holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Russell is currently a Venture Partner with Sovereign’s Capital and his work experience as an attorney and investor spans across Europe, Asia, Africa and the US, with transactional experience spanning 14 different countries. In Hong Kong, Russell led Skadden Arp’s pro bono work on behalf of the Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre, which represented individuals facing persecution in their applications for asylum which were submitted to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. Russell has a JD/MBA from the Wharton School / University of Pennsylvania Law School, and a Bachelor’s in Accounting and Psychology from the University of Southern California, where he played football and was a Rhodes Scholar semi-finalist. Russell and his wife were married in 2013 and live in Los Angeles, California.
Banks Benitez is Co-Founder and President of Uncharted, formerly Unreasonable Institute. Uncharted partners with governments, corporations, and foundations, and pull in mentors and funders, to help our entrepreneurs scale to solve worldwide problems.
Jason and his wife Jen have four boys and live in the Whittier neighborhood. Jason has a Masters degree in Theology and has worked as a pastor since 1996. He enjoys the mountains, leadership, reading, and being with his family. His burdens include helping the poor, developing leadership, and world missions. He has lived in Denver long enough to remember when Elitch’s was on 38th Avenue, the Nuggets played at McNichols, and the cash register building was brand new. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of CrossPurpose.
As a dually engaged theologian and business advisor, Drew straddles the worlds of faith and work. Alongside his role as VP of Leadership Partners, he is a business advisor helping clients solve challenging problems at the nexus of risk, strategy, and innovation. He has more than a decade of strategy consulting and executive leadership experience across multiple industries. His career started in the food industry, where he was the Director of Strategy for a top 50 foodservice distributor, helping lead the company through its acquisition by a top five distributor. He then became CEO and led the turnaround of a produce merchandising and distribution company. After that, he was a consultant at Clareo, helping Fortune 500 clients create new growth paths. Drew has a master of divinity degree from Denver Seminary, an MBA from Texas A&M University, and a PhD in religion from the University of Birmingham (UK). He is an adjunct professor of theology at Denver Seminary and author of the forthcoming book, Transforming Enterprise. Drew is an avid traveler (having visited nearly 40 countries) and proud fifth-generation northern Coloradoan where he lives with amazing wife and three kids.
Jeff Haanen is a writer and entrepreneur. He founded Denver Institute for Faith & Work, a community of conveners, teachers and learners offering experiences and educational resources on the gospel, work, and community renewal. He is the author of An Uncommon Guide to Retirement: Finding God’s Purpose for the Next Season of Life and an upcoming two-book series on spiritual formation, vocation, and the working class for Intervarsity Press. He lives with his wife and four daughters in Denver and attends Wellspring Church in Englewood, Colorado.
Keynote & Breakout Sessions
“A unique opportunity to connect with transformational business leaders whose focus is leveraging their influence in the marketplace to glorify God.”
Co-Founder, Operations & Strategy - Never Settle
Leadership : Entrepreneurship : Operations
"Caring for the Souls of Entrepreneurs” – Panel discussion
The life of an entrepreneur can take a toll on founders. The pressure to scale quickly can erode family relationships; money is often a worry, as venture capital is being spent more quickly than customers are acquired; any life beyond work often compete with the start-up community’s pressure to build, scale and “change the world.” On the outside, the world cheers on entrepreneurs as drivers of economic growth; on the inside, it can often feel like a mixture of confusion, uncertainty, exhilaration and crushing defeat. A panel of local and national entrepreneurs share insight gleaned from the frontlines of the business world.
Led by Drew Yancey, Max Anderson, Reilly Flynn, Banks Benitez& John Paasonen
“Good Jobs: A Strategy for Profit & Poverty Alleviation” - Panel Discussion
A good job for a low-income individuals can be the key to overcoming poverty. But giving those with barriers to employment competitive wages, benefits, and opportunities for advancement is usually seen as a charity play that most business owners can’t afford, especially in cost-sensitive industries. What kind of jobs are best at alleviating poverty – and what kind of jobs keep people in poverty? How can companies provide life-transforming work while staying profitable? Can companies create a healthy workplace culture, retain labor, invest in employees – and still provide competitively priced products and services to customers?
Led by Jeff Haanen, Helen Young Hayes, Michael Coors& Jason Janz
“Defining Your Leadership: A Conversation with Steve Reinemund”
Steve Reinemund, former Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, ran one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies, with over $33 billion in annual revenue. Over the span of Reinemund’s career – which spanned the United States Marine Corp to becoming Dean of Wake Forest University’s Business school – he often had to answer difficult questions. How do you shape the culture of a corporation? What does it mean influence both individuals and institutions as a Christian leader?