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Expert Series

Each month we invite an industry leader to swing by the office and share what he or she is learning. Sometimes we open up these talks to the public and sometimes we keep it to just our team. Take a look at some of our past speakers. If you want to know when we open up a talk to the public, drop us a line.

James K.A. Smith
Developing a Healthy Imagination
(Public Event)

James K.A. Smith
Philosopher & Author

James is professor of philosophy at Calvin College and has become an engaged public intellectual and cultural critic. An award-winning author and widely-traveled speaker, he has emerged as a thought leader with an unique gift of translation, building bridges between the academy, society, and the church.

James K.A. Smith
Philosopher & Author

James is professor of philosophy at Calvin College and has become an engaged public intellectual and cultural critic. An award-winning author and widely-traveled speaker, he has emerged as a thought leader with an unique gift of translation, building bridges between the academy, society, and the church.

Dr. Steven Garber
Two Economies

Dr. Steven Garber
Consultant & Author

Steve is the principal of The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation & Culture, which is focused on reframing the way people understand life, especially the meaning of vocation and the common good. A consultant to foundations, corporations and educational institutions, he is a teacher of many people in many places.

Dr. Steven Garber
Consultant & Author

Steve is the principal of The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation & Culture, which is focused on reframing the way people understand life, especially the meaning of vocation and the common good. A consultant to foundations, corporations and educational institutions, he is a teacher of many people in many places.

Alissa Wilkinson
Cultural Narratives

Alissa Wilkinson
Critic, Journalist, Professor

Alissa is Christianity Today's critic at large and an assistant professor of English and humanities at The King's College in downtown Manhattan. Her work appears at Vulture, Rolling Stone, RogerEbert.com, Pacific Standard, Books & Culture, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Atlantic, and elsewhere.

Alissa Wilkinson
Critic, Journalist, Professor

Alissa is Christianity Today's critic at large and an assistant professor of English and humanities at The King's College in downtown Manhattan. Her work appears at Vulture, Rolling Stone, RogerEbert.com, Pacific Standard, Books & Culture, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Atlantic, and elsewhere.

Scott Francisco
Systems of Innovation: Regulation, Culture, Market, Technique

Scott Francisco
Designer, Strategist & Systems Thinking Practitioner

Scott is a practicing architectural theorist, designer and strategic consultant with extensive experience in construction, planning, programming and architectural education. He is the founder of Pilot Projects, a design consultancy and incubator in New York City, and teaches at Parsons The New School for Design.

Scott Francisco
Designer, Strategist & Systems Thinking Practitioner

Scott is a practicing architectural theorist, designer and strategic consultant with extensive experience in construction, planning, programming and architectural education. He is the founder of Pilot Projects, a design consultancy and incubator in New York City, and teaches at Parsons The New School for Design.

Fiona Dieffenbacher
5 Present Realities & 5 Future Hopes for Fashion

Fiona Dieffenbacher
BFA Director for Fashion Design, Parsons School of Design

Fiona has served on the Parsons faculty since 2005. She is a proponent of strong research and diverse entry points into the design process itself. Her 2013 book, Fashion Thinking: Creative Approaches to the Design Process, seeks to unmask these varied approaches, enabling students to better understand their own ways of working.

Fiona Dieffenbacher
BFA Director for Fashion Design, Parsons School of Design

Fiona has served on the Parsons faculty since 2005. She is a proponent of strong research and diverse entry points into the design process itself. Her 2013 book, Fashion Thinking: Creative Approaches to the Design Process, seeks to unmask these varied approaches, enabling students to better understand their own ways of working.

Michael Wear
Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America

Michael Wear
Political & Community Strategist, Author

Michael is the founder of Public Square Strategies LLC, and is a leading expert and strategist at the intersection of faith, politics, and American public life. He directed faith outreach for President Obama’s historic 2012 re-election campaign and was also one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history.

Michael Wear
Political & Community Strategist, Author

Michael is the founder of Public Square Strategies LLC, and is a leading expert and strategist at the intersection of faith, politics, and American public life. He directed faith outreach for President Obama’s historic 2012 re-election campaign and was also one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history.

Brian Watkins
Ring Composition & Storytelling

Brian Watkins
Playwright

Brian Watkins is a Brooklyn-based playwright whose plays include My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer (a NY Times and TimeOut NY Critics’ Pick), Wyoming, Into The Earth With You, and High Plains. He is a New Dramatists resident playwright, the recipient of a Jerome Foundation/Tofte Lake Emerging Artist Fellowship, and a recipient of the John Osborne Award for the Performing Arts.

Brian Watkins
Playwright

Brian Watkins is a Brooklyn-based playwright whose plays include My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer (a NY Times and TimeOutNY Critics’ Pick), Wyoming, Into The Earth With You, and High Plains. He is a New Dramatists resident playwright, the recipient of a Jerome Foundation/Tofte Lake Emerging Artist Fellowship, and a recipient of the John Osborne Award for the Performing Arts.

Dave Blanchard
An Alternative Imagination

Dave Blanchard
Startup Strategist

Dave is passionate about bringing new ideas to life to have a positive impact on society. He is the CEO and co-founder of Praxis, an education-oriented venture group focused on equipping and resourcing faith-motivated entrepreneurs. Prior to co-founding Praxis, Dave was a Principal Business Designer at IDEO, an innovation consultancy.

Dave Blanchard
Startup Strategist

Dave is passionate about bringing new ideas to life to have a positive impact on society. He is the CEO and co-founder of Praxis, an education-oriented venture group focused on equipping and resourcing faith-motivated entrepreneurs. Prior to co-founding Praxis, Dave was a Principal Business Designer at IDEO, an innovation consultancy.

Kyle Westaway
Profit & Purpose

Kyle Westaway
Social Enterprise Attorney

Kyle writes on social entrepreneurship, innovation and startups. He is the Managing Partner of Westaway, a boutique law firm counseling social entrepreneurs. He is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where he co-teaches a course on social entrepreneurship. Kyle curates the Weekend Briefing, a weekly email on innovation and society.

Kyle Westaway
Social Enterprise Attorney

Kyle writes on social entrepreneurship, innovation and startups. He is the Managing Partner of Westaway, a boutique law firm counseling social entrepreneurs. He is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School where he co-teaches a course on social entrepreneurship. Kyle curates the Weekend Briefing, a weekly email on innovation and society.

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