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2019 Values & Capitalism Weekend Honors Program


The 2019 Values & Capitalism Weekend Honors Program, to be hosted in Austin, Texas, is an intensive seminar on business and entrepreneurship for 25 Christian undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the country. Unlike a traditional academic seminar, the program will consist primarily of hands-on exercises and activities that encourage entrepreneurial thinking. It will also provide a unique chance for students to explore questions about personal vocation and calling, as well as the proper role of faith and ethics in business through discussions and high-level networking opportunities.

Austin, TX
November 8-10, 2019
Housing, meals on class days, and travel expenses.

Preference will be given to students who have not previously participated in a V&C Weekend Honors Program or AEI’s Summer Honors Program.

Extended Deadline: September 29, 2019


Lead Instructors:

Brian Brenberg, The King’s College, Executive Vice President and Chair of the program in business and finance

Haley Robison, Kammok, CEO


Additional Program Details:

Participants will take part in three core tutorials with Brian Brenberg, including: a team-oriented problem solving exercise; a Harvard Business School case study examining the prototyping process and the social value and consequences of business; and a discussion about faith, personal identity, and what it means to fail by design. Additionally, students will engage in two practicums on design thinking, business model canvassing, career design, and vocational mapping, led by Haley Robison. Beyond these sessions, students will have the opportunity to hear from several Christian business leaders from the region and participate in site visits to local businesses.


Past Guest Speakers Include:

Patrick Briaud, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

John Coleman, Invesco, Ltd.

Bethany Jenkins, The Veritas Forum

L. Gregory Jones, Duke Divinity School

John Kingston, Sword & Spoon Group

Michael Lindsay, Gordon College

Gregory Thornbury, New York Academy of Art

Oye Waddell, Hustle PHX

Andreas Widmer, The Catholic University of America


Contact the Values & Capitalism team at vandc@aei.org.


Schedule of events:


Friday, November 8

8:30 am        Registration & Breakfast
9:00 am        Welcome and Introductions
9:30 am        Tutorial I, Brian Brenberg
11:30 am      Lunch
12:30 pm      Tutorial II, Brian Brenberg
3:30 pm        Practicum I, Haley Robison
5:30 pm        Break
7:00 pm        Reception & Networking Dinner with Local Business Leaders

Saturday, November 9

8:00 am        Breakfast
8:30 am        Practicum II, Haley Robison
11:00 am      Tutorial III, Brian Brenberg
12:30 pm      Lunch
2:00 pm        Site Visit I
3:30 pm        Site Visit II
6:00 pm        Dinner & Conversation

Sunday, November 10

9:00 am        Breakfast & Closing Discussion
11:00 am      Adjourn


Travel, lodging, and meals:

Participants will be reimbursed for all travel expenses, and will be provided lodging and meals throughout the duration of the program. Students must arrive in Austin on Thursday evening, November 7 and check out of their hotel rooms by 11:00am on Sunday, November 10, but may book travel out of Austin at their convenience.


Brian Brenberg serves as Executive Vice President and Chair of the Program in Business and Finance at The King’s College. Prior to joining the King’s faculty, he worked in the financial services and medical device industries, as well as public policy research and philanthropy. He earned an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Haley Robison serves as the chief executive officer at Kammok, an outdoor adventure gear company. Haley was drawn to Kammok’s vision to “equip and inspire” and believes in the power of well-designed product to enable and encourage life changing experiences. Prior to joining Kammok, Haley worked as a consultant, field instructor, organizational designer, sous chef, and bootcamp instructor. She completed a joint Masters degree in Business and Education from Stanford University and is a graduate of the University of Texas.


  • Applicants must be current undergraduates. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors, and to students who have not previously participated in a V&C honors program.
  • Applicants must have a brief recommendation from a faculty member at their college or university.
  • International students are eligible.

Application Instructions:

  • Applicants must submit a resume, an unofficial transcript, and a personal statement explaining: 1) their interest in business and entrepreneurship (and, if applicable, ways in which that interest is inspired by their faith); 2) their future career aspirations; and 3) why they want to participate in the Values & Capitalism Weekend Honors Program.
  • Applicants must secure a recommendation from a faculty member at their college or university in order to apply. Faculty members must submit their referral through an online form which will be emailed to them after the student completes their application.

Peter Meilaender

The programs sponsored by AEI’s initiative have been an invaluable opportunity to network with other Christian college faculty. Many of us—like me—teach at small colleges, and we have only limited chances to discuss the role of faith in civic life, or the challenges we all face in educating our students, with like-minded colleagues. AEI is really filling a need with its faculty network.

Trisha Posey

AEI’s Initiative on Faith and Public Life has provided opportunities for me and my students to engage in robust cross-disciplinary discussions with economists, policy makers, and scholars. As a result, we are better equipped to engage in our communities to promote the flourishing of all.

Steven McMullen

The Initiative on Faith & Public life is doing essential work. They organize top-notch programming that brings together people of faith to discuss some of the most important questions of our age. The real secret to their success is that their network of academics is an excellent group of careful scholars across disciplines.

Mark Hall

Over the years I’ve sent students to many conferences, but few if any are as rich and challenging as those held by AEI’s Initiative on Faith & Public Life. They challenge my students to think more deeply, seriously, and even Christianly about matters of public concern. I recommend them highly.