Breakfast food
Business leadership breakfast

Rise Up Business Leader Breakfast

August 22, 2019

7 to 8:30 a.m.

University of Northwestern

Nazareth Hall Great Room




Creating, cultivating, and maintaining a thriving workplace

Brad Hewitt

Former CEO of Thrivent Financial

Brad Hewitt recently retired as chief executive officer of Thrivent Financial, the country’s largest fraternal benefit society. A Fortune 300 organization, Thrivent leads a nationwide movement of Christians to be wise with money and live generously.

Brad also co-authored the book “Your New Money Mindset – Create a Healthy Relationship with Money", serves as vice chair of the board for Habitat for Humanity International, volunteers as chair for the Itasca Project, and mentors/coaches men through UpWorks.

Julie Sampson

Founder of Innovative Growth LLC

Julie started with Dale Carnegie Training in 1998, specializing in leadership development and worked with the MN franchise’s largest clients. She founded Innovative Growth LLC to help local organizations create thriving cultures, and partnered with Thera Rising Inc. in 2007 to teach employees the skills to better manage workplace conflict and tension. These strategies have been taught across the globe and featured in publications, including: The New York Times, HR Magazine, Harvard Management Update, Oprah Magazine, and MSNBC.

John Deedrick

Senior Executive, Venture Investor, Leadership Coach

John is an experienced senior executive, a venture investor, a thoughtful and value-added board member, a governance expert, a leadership coach and speaker, as well as an early stage company founder and advisor. His career encompasses venture investments in over 50 companies, a board director or board observer role in more than 25 companies, a co-founders role in 20 companies and significant operating roles for multiple businesses.

Come hungry. Leave filled.

Whether you’re a CEO, manager, vice president, or entrepreneur, you’re called to the business of making disciples of Jesus Christ. Rise Up Business Leader Breakfast was created to help you impact your workplace with greater confidence and intentionality.

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Breakfast food

Enjoy a full breakfast.

More than just coffee and bagels, we're delighted to provide you with a hearty, delicious breakfast.

Build community.

We can't do it alone. Network with other faith-filled professionals who can come alongside you as you navigate the ever-changing business landscape together.

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Rise up.

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About University of Northwestern

For over 100 years, students have come to University of Northwestern to learn and pursue the purposes God has for them. Our programs not only prepare students for a career, but also equip them for ministry and leadership throughout life.


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