The Initiative on Faith & Public Life’s 2021 Weekend Honors Program—to be hosted in Chicago in partnership with Wheaton College’s Center for Faith & Innovation—is an intensive seminar on business and entrepreneurship for 25 Christian undergraduates from colleges and universities across the country and world. Unlike a traditional academic seminar, the program will primarily consist of interactive exercises and sessions 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.
Note: This year’s program will also feature a concurrent track for a select group of MBA students. If you are an MBA student and want to learn more about this opportunity, please email your resume and a brief statement of interest to our team at [email protected].
October 29-31, 2021
Lodging, meals, and a travel stipend are all provided.
Preference will be given to students who have not previously participated in a Weekend Honors Program or AEI’s Summer Honors Program.
Application Deadline: September 13, 2021
Selected participants will take part in three interactive tutorials with Brian Brenberg, including: a hands-on group exercise on testing assumptions; 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 Dake. Beyond these sessions, students will have the opportunity to hear from and network with several Christian business leaders from Wheaton College’s network and current MBA students.
Past Guest Speakers Include:
Oye Waddell, Hustle PHX
John Coleman, Invesco, Ltd.
Bethany Jenkins, The Veritas Forum
Keith Johnson, Wheaton College
L. Gregory Jones, Duke Divinity School
John Kingston, Sword & Spoon Group
Andreas Widmer, The Catholic University of America
Contact the Faith & Public Life team at [email protected].
Schedule of events:
Friday, October 29
8:30am Breakfast and Introductions
9:30am Tutorial I, Brian Brenberg
12:30pm Tutorial II, Brian Brenberg
3:30pm Practicum I, Haley Robison Dake
6:30pm Informal Networking Dinner
Saturday, October 30
8:30am Practicum II, Haley Robison Dake
11:30am Tutorial III, Brian Brenberg
2:00pm Site Visit to Local Business
6:30pm Closing Dinner and Discussion
Sunday, October 31
9:00am Breakfast, Prayer, and Wrap-up Discussion
*Note: Agenda is subject to slight modifications.
SPEAKERS AND INSTRUCTORS
- Applicants must be current undergraduates. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors, and to students who have not previously participated in an AEI honors program.
- Applicants must have a recommendation letter submitted on their behalf from a faculty member at their college or university.
- International students are eligible.
- 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 Initiative on Faith & Public Life’s 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 recommendation through an online form which will be emailed to them after the student completes their application.
- Note: MBA students may be accepted into a concurrent program featuring some unique sessions with Brian Brenberg & Haley Robison Dake. To learn more and express interest this opportunity, please email your resume and a brief statement of interest to our team at [email protected]