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We gained access to a variety of main and breakout sessions led by industry experts. Our goal was to help faith leaders in business focus on kingdom principles and equip them with the tools and knowledge they need to succeed. 

Main Session Speakers

Jerry Bowyer
Jerry Bowyer is President of Bowyer Research, an economic consulting firm, author of The Maker Versus the Takers: What Jesus Really Said about Social Justice and Economics, as well as a financial journalist and a frequent media commentator and public speaker. He is husband of Susan, a father of seven and grandfather of three…so far.

Alex Acosta

27th Secretary of Labor
Alex Acosta is an American attorney and politician, who served as the 27th United States Secretary of Labor from 2017 to 2019. President Donald Trump nominated Acosta to be Labor Secretary on February 16, 2017, and he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 27, 2017.

Nathan Sheets

CEO of Nature Nate's Honey Co
Nathan Sheets is the CEO of Nature Nates Honey Co. Nathans desire  was to create a company that would be able to provide fair-paying jobs and, ultimately through the sale of honey, be able to make a tangible impact in the lives of others. 

Breakout Session Speakers

Keith Bower

Chair, C12 Greater Houston / Brazos Valley

Bob Pruitt

Senior Counsel, Corporate Affairs,
Alliance Defending Freedom

Todd Stewart

Chairman, Gulf Winds International

Dr. Heather Thielemann

SVP Strategic Innovation and Enrollment, SHSU

Break Out Session Topics

You will be able to chose two breakout sessions to attend. There are four sessions in total to choose from and are listed below: 

Leadership Strategies

Most businesses pursue earthly purposes, with leaders who are well prepared to lead those businesses effectively. But how do you lead a business that is also pursuing heavenly purposes – businesses that prioritize not just profitability, but also spiritual impact? In this session, you will learn how high impact Christian business leaders lead differently. You will learn how they think and act based on God’s purposes and His eternal scorecard.

Workplace-Based Job Training

With every business struggling to find qualified employees, workforce training is one of the great challenges of our time. High schools, colleges and even Chambers of Commerce are responding by making career and workforce education a major priority. How can Christian businesses support and even leverage the workforce training effort? In this session, you will learn how to join the effort and how to blend vocational and spiritual mentorship.

Community Impact Ideas

Our communities are facing growing challenges, often leaving local leaders, agencies and organizations feeling overwhelmed. How can Christian business leaders leverage their businesses as platforms for Kingdom impact? In this session, you will learn a host of practical ideas for community impact – ideas that will bless not only your community, but also your team as they experience the rewards of making a difference in the name of Jesus.

Legal Foundations

We are living in a litigious age. Expressions of religious faith in the public square are considered by many to be not just objectionable, but actionable. How can a business that is seeking to influence people for Christ prepare itself for possible legal challenges? In this session, you will learn what senior business leaders can do right now to lay the foundations for an effective religious liberty defense in the future.