SPEAKERS


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Katelyn Beaty

Katelyn is a book author and journalist with 13 years of experience in Christian publishing, currently working as an acquisitions editor for Brazos Press, a division of Baker Books. She is the author of A Woman’s Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home, and the World. For four years, Katelyn led Christianity Today’s print magazine as the managing editor, the magazine’s youngest and first female managing editor. She also co-founded the women’s website Her.meneutics and served as editorial director of This Is Our City, a documentary article and film series hosted by CT. She has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Vox, and other outlets. She lives in Brooklyn and is writing a second book about the power of celebrity in the church. Follow Katelyn on Twitter @KatelynBeaty and learn more at KatelynBeaty.com.Read more...

Dave Blanchard

Dave is Co-Founder and CEO of Praxis, which works to build ventures, community, and content to support Christians in pursuing redemptive entrepreneurship. Since 2011, Praxis has supported over 200 ventures in 43 countries while facilitating over $85 million in grants and investments to these early-stage organizations. Previously, Dave was a Principal Designer at IDEO and founded two companies in music and technology. He has a BA from Babson College, an MBA & MEM from Northwestern, and lives in Manhattan.Read more...

David Eaton

David is Co-Founder and President of Axis. Every year, Axis speaks to 10,000+ students face-to-face and every month Axis’ digital products, like The Culture Translator, equip 210,000+ parents, grandparents, pastors, and teachers. In 2019 Axis helped caring adults start over two million conversations, that they would not have started without Axis, with their 8- to 18-year-olds.
David is the coauthor of Smartphone Sanity and Engaging Your Teens World and he has led partnerships between Axis and: Family Life Today, MOPS, Young Life, Youth for Christ, Focus on the Family, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, the Association of Christian Schools International, Compassion International, Word of Life, Moody Radio, The Colson Center, Care-Net, and many many others. David is married with three children; their family lives in Colorado.
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Matthew Elliott

Matthew has led Oasis International for over two decades and works to empower authentic discipleship by African voices. Trained in economics and biblical studies at Wheaton College, he went on to earn a PhD in New Testament from the University of Aberdeen studying emotion in the Bible. He is the publisher of the ground-breaking Africa Study Bible and author of Faithful Feelings: Rethinking Emotion in the New Testament and Feel: The Power of Listening to Your Heart. Matthew, his wife, and their three children reside in the Chicago area.Read more...

Jon Fortt

Jon is Co-Anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” broadcast live from the New York Stock Exchange. Previously, he was an on-air editor at CNBC’s headquarters and technology correspondent from Silicon Valley, where he covered the companies, start-ups, and trends that are driving innovation in the industry.
He came to CNBC from Fortune magazine, where as a senior writer he covered both large technology companies— such as Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft—and trends, including cloud computing and the smartphone revolution.
Jon wrote and edited at Business 2.0 magazine and the San Jose Mercury News, covering business and technology, and also served in roles outside the business department, covering education, editing local news and developing technology strategy. Jon graduated from DePauw University as a Media Fellow, with a B.A. in English.
Follow Jon Fortt on Twitter @jonfortt. Listen to his podcast, Fortt Knox.
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Dan Haseltine

Dan is the frontman of the bands Jars of Clay and The Hawk In Paris, and he is a three-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter, producer, and writer. In 2004, Dan co-founded Blood:Water Mission, a nonprofit organization that partners with grassroots African organizations for enduring health and dignity, focusing on the HIV/AIDS and water crises.
Dan composed the music for the hit television series about the life of Jesus, The Chosen. He also authored two children’s books: The One, The Only Magnificent Me and Lulu and the Long Walk. Dan lives near Nashville with his wife and two boys.
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Rich McClure

Rich is the former President and CEO of UniGroup, the parent company of United Van Lines, Mayflower Transit and other specialized logistics companies. Rich co-chaired the Ferguson Commission, appointed by the governor of Missouri in November 2014 to study and recommend actions to address the underlying causes of the social unrest in the St. Louis region following the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a police officer. The Commission issued their report “Forward through Ferguson: A Path to Racial Equity” in September 2015.
Early in his career, Rich held public policy positions as chief of staff for then-Governor of Missouri John Ashcroft and in the administration of Governor Jim Thompson of Illinois. He serves as lead director on the board of World Wide Technology, a $11.5 billion privately-held leading provider of technology services, and is on the boards of several other privately-held, founder-led companies. He also serves on the St. Louis boards for Teach for America, Boy Scouts of America, and the United Way. Rich and his wife Sharon have two married children and four grandchildren. In 2011, they were the first husband-and-wife on the CBS show, Undercover Boss, featuring United Van Lines.
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Andrew Peterson

Andrew is a singer-songwriter, an author, and the founder of the Rabbit Room, a ministry dedicated to fostering spiritual formation and Christ-centered community through story, art, and music. He lives in Nashville with his wife and about 80,000 honey bees.

Todd Peterson

Todd serves as the Chairman of Pro Athletes Outreach and the Young Life Foundation, and he is a director on the boards of Passion/Passion City Church, The Gathering, and three private companies. Previously, he was the CEO and Chairman of the Seed Company, a ministry focused on Scripture translation. Todd is a former placekicker in the National Football League, where he played for 13 seasons and held two NFL records and served three terms as a board member of the NFL Players Association. After graduating from the University of Georgia in 1993 as an Academic All-American, Todd was drafted by the New York Giants. He was the Seattle Seahawks’ NFL True Value Man of the Year in 1996 and retired as one of only 34 players who’d scored 1000 points. In 2015 he was inducted into the AIA Hall of Faith, joining the likes of Bart Starr, Anthony Munoz, and Clark Hunt. Todd and his wife Susan make their home in Atlanta and have two children.Read more...

Rosalind Picard

Rosalind is an inventor, engineer, and scientist. She wrote the book Affective Computing that outlines how to give machines the skills of emotional intelligence, which inspired the growing field of Affective Computing. She co-founded two companies that commercialized inventions by her and her team at MIT: Empatica, providing the first AI-smartwatch recognized by the FDA for monitoring seizures, and Affectiva, providing emotion AI software. At MIT, she is a full professor teaching and directing research at the Media Lab, and serves as founding faculty chair for MindHandHeart, MIT’s campus-wide wellbeing initiative. She serves as chief scientist and Chairman for Empatica, where today they are working together with many medical partners to create technology to detect a viral infection before you feel sick. Follow Rosalind on Twitter @RosalindPicard and her MIT website.Read more...

Jemar Tisby

Jemar is the author of the New York Times bestselling book The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism. His writings have been featured on CNN, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The New York Times. He is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Mississippi and the founder and president of The Witness: a Black Christian Collective. Follow Jemar on Twitter @JemarTisby.Read more...

Jon Tyson

Jon is the Lead Pastor of Church of the City New York. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, Jon moved to the United States twenty years ago with a passion to seek and cultivate renewal in the Western Church. He is the author of Rumors of God, Sacred Roots, A Creative Minority, and The Burden is Light. His newest book is Beautiful Resistance. For the last 15 years Jon has lived in Manhattan with his family as a church planter.
Follow Jon on Twitter @jontyson and Instagram jontyson and his church’s website
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Rich Villodas

Rich is the Lead Pastor at New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he graduated from Nyack College and earned a Masters of Divinity degree at Alliance Theological Seminary and later, in 2013, he succeeded Pete Scazzero as lead pastor at New Life, whose multi-ethnic congregation includes people from more than 70 countries. Rich is also part of the writing team for Missio Alliance, exploring issues such as contemplative spirituality, race, emotional health, preaching and the cultural issues that impact the Church. When Rich is not reading, he is cheering on his beloved Mets, Knicks, NY Rangers and Jets teams. Rich is married to Rosie and they have two children. He has a book due for release in Fall of 2020 entitled, The Deeply Formed Life: Five Transformative Values to Root Us in the Way of Jesus. Follow Rich on Twitter @richvillodas and Instagram richvillodas and his church’s website

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Esther Wang

Esther is a Founding Partner of IDinsight, an international nonprofit that is transforming how governments and top nonprofits in countries in Africa and Asia use data and evidence to improve lives. IDinsight seeks to bring the best timely information to bear on optimizing critical programs and strategies seeking to address poverty-related issues.
Esther leads external partnerships for IDinsight. Prior to this role, she was the first Chief Operating Officer from 2014-2019, leading operational growth from 30 to 150 colleagues around the world in over a dozen countries. Prior, Esther was a management consultant with Bain & Company, a co-founder of a social enterprise in the Tibetan Plateau, and co-led several nonprofit organizations. Esther earned joint bachelor’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania’s Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business. She also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School. Esther was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship and an Echoing Green Fellow. Esther spent the last 8 years in Zambia, after opening IDinsight’s first office there. She and her husband, Paul, and their two children have just relocated to the Washington D.C. area.
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Paul Wang

Paul is a Founding Partner at IDinsight, an international nonprofit that is transforming how governments and top nonprofits in countries in Africa and Asia use data and evidence to improve lives. IDinsight seeks to bring the best timely information to bear on optimizing critical programs and strategies seeking to address poverty-related issues.
Paul is a strategic advisor with more than a decade of Africa-based experience, including seven years as IDinsight’s Africa lead. He has led projects in 15 African countries, India, and Southeast Asia. Clients span governments, foundations, NGOs, and social businesses in many sectors including agriculture, health, education, livelihoods, and financial inclusion. Paul previously worked at McKinsey & Company, the World Bank, TechnoServe, TAMTAM – Together Against Malaria, and MIT’s Jameel Poverty Action Lab. Paul holds an MPAID, MBA and BA (economics) from Harvard University. He and his wife, Esther, and their two kids lived in Zambia for the past 8 years and are now based near Washington, D.C.
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