Each year, we invite Praxis Academy Alumni to host a Preview Event on your campus or in your city. The goal is threefold:
1/ To help you convene and begin to build local community amidst those interested in Redemptive Entrepreneurship and Innovation
2/ To spur you and the community towards thoughtful discussions on how you can be redemptive agents of change through your work
3/ To help those interested in applying to the Academy better understand what it’s about and for you to get to know potential applicants to nominate
Andy Crouch // Culture
Andy Crouch challenges us to cultivate and create culture through restoration and sacrifice. Andy is the author of The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place (2017), Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing (2016), Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power (2013) and Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling (2008). He serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. His work and writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Time—and, most importantly, he received a shout-out in Lecrae's 2014 single "Non-Fiction." He lives with his family in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
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Jessica Rey // Rey Swimwear
Jessica Rey is Founder of Rey Swimwear. She was raised in California, where she graduated from CSUF with her BA in Business. Immediately upon graduation, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her MBA at Loyola Marymount University. While finishing her MBA, she landed a series regular role on Power Rangers: Wild Force and continues to make guest appearances on television. Jessica is co-author of Decent Exposure. A true mom-preneur, Jessica runs Rey Swimwear while raising her three beautiful children with her husband.
Brett Hagler // New Story
Brett Hagler is a Y Combinator alum, 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur, DRK Entrepreneur, author, speaker and cancer survivor. After reviving a lost Christian faith, Brett took a trip to Haiti and met families living in the type of slums that New Story is now on a mission to transform into thriving communities. That on-ground experience, paired with his background in marketing, sales and formerly as a venture-backed ecommerce founder, connected the dots to create New Story. Brett writes about entrepreneurship, leadership and New Story's journey at www.bretthagler.com/blog and on LinkedIn.
HOST A Preview EVENT
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN HOSTING
1/ Find a room that has video capabilities and a large enough space (students have hosted in a classroom, campus ministry space, or in a home)
2/ Decide on a Date/Time (select a date that will work best for the students between Feb. 1st - Mar. 15th)
3/ Sign up to be a Host
Once you do that, we’ll create a custom website, RSVP form, and flyer for your event. From there, you:
4/ Invite friends and get them to RSVP (we’ll provide a flyer and RSVP website)
5/ Order food for the event (*food is optional, but if you get 12 RSVP’s, we’ll provide $100 in funding to buy food)
6/ Host the 60-minute event, which is a combination of local content/discussions, showing the Preview Video, and sharing about your Academy experience.
SAMPLE EVENT AGENDA (*can be hosted at any time of the day)
7:00 - 7:15pm* Arrivals, Mingling, and Food
7:15 - 7:20pm Welcome and Introduction of the Preview Event (led by Local Host)
7:20 - 8:05pm Academy Preview Video and Discussion (45 minute video, with time for discussion questions led by Local Host)
8:05 - 8:15pm Share your Academy Testimonial (Why you went, how it’s affected your life/career/etc.), Q&A, and How to Apply