2015 Schedule and Panel Descriptions

9:00 am Registration, Cook Auditorium Lobby, Murdough Center, Tuck School

10:00 am Keynote Address – Cook Auditorium

11:30 am • First Set of Panels
A Conversation with Eric Metaxas - Stoneman Classroom»
Grace in A Competitive World | Business - General Motors Classroom»
Inclusion, Exclusion, and Identity - Rosenwald Classroom»

12:40 pm • Lunch – PepsiCo Dining Room, Byrne Hall (open seating)
All Conference attendees are invited to join us for a sandwich lunch in PepsiCo Dining Room or more informally there will be  sandwiches near the classrooms so participants can roam the halls and network. We encourage you to use this time to form relationships with panelists, alumni, and students.

12:40 pm • Book Signing – Stoneman Classroom
Mr. Metaxas will sign books immediately following his 11:30 am interview in Stoneman Classroom (during lunch).  You can bring books with you or purchase books at the conference, near the registration desk between 8:30 am and 12:30 pm.

1:30 pm • X.ado Student Acapella Performance – Stell Hall (just outside dining room)
X.ado is a co-ed Christian a cappella group from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. They sing to the glory of God and joyfully proclaim the good news of Christ through their music!

2:00 pm • Second Set of Panels
Finding What You Want and Realizing What You Need to Leave Behind - Stoneman Classroom»
Life in a Secular World | Business - General Motors Classroom»
Discussion: Out of Plato's Cave - Rosenwald Classroom»

3:15 pm • Third Set of Panels
Roundtable Discussions - PepsiCo Dining Hall, Byrne Hall»

4:30 pm • Networking Mixer – Stell Hall

This 2:1 interview will focus on Mr. Metaxas’ journey as a New York Times best selling author; from his days in Astoria, Queens to growing up in Danbury, Connecticut, to graduating from Yale, to writing humor and children’s books, scripts forVeggie Tales, and everything in between.

Gregg Fairbrothers D’76, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Yale School of Management

Andrew Schuman D’10, Founder, The Apologia and Joint MAR/MBA student at the Divinity School and School of Management at Yale University

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Competition is the key to survival, fitness, and the continuation of a species. But as we’re warned by RCA president, David Sarnoff[1], while competition can bring out the best in products it’s also known to bring out the worst in men. To address the problems of competition, society offers justice as the highest standard. We can think of justice as getting what you deserve, getting what’s fair. As Christians, however, we are called to a much higher standard – grace. We can think of grace as getting what you don’t deserve. In a business world driven by competition and regulated by justice, how do Christians exercise their calling to grace and survive? Covering topics like helping your competitors, firing employees, and grace as a teacher, you will hear many challenging scenarios our panelists actually faced in their careers and explore with each panelist how they thought through how to handle.

[1] Full quote: “Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in men“, David Sarnoff (1891-1971) – first president of RCA, pioneer in consumer television.

Catalina Gorla D’09, Founding COO, Informulary

Jonathan Crane D’71, Former Executive VP, MCI, Inc.
Hans Helmerich D’81, Chairman, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.
Beth Johnston Stephenson D’82, Board of Directors, Opportunity International

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Today’s culture is extraordinarily concerned with the issue of inclusivity. This is equally true on the Dartmouth campus, where initiatives like Improve Dartmouth and Move Dartmouth Forward have focused on improving inclusiveness on campus and in student organizations. More and more, we are concentrated on who feels marginalized in society and how we can minimize a sense of alienation. But at the same time, some worry about a tension between group identity and individuality. What, if anything, does Christianity have to offer in this increasingly complicated question?


Drew Matter TH’14, VP of Manufacturing, FreshAir Sensor Corporation

Marian Noronha, President, Turbocam International
A.T. Tshibaka D’70, T’71, Board Member:  Ecobank Transnational Inc., Citibank Kazakhstan, EWS
Luanne Zurlo D’87, Clinical Professor of Finance, Catholic  University

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In Chapter 11 the writer of The Letter to the Hebrews calls faith “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” and recounts how the faith heroes left their country with a longing for a better one—a heavenly one.  Sorting out what might be God’s purposes is never easy, and living out such a calling is at least as hard.  Nguyen is head of Investments at the University of Connecticut Foundation.  He has MA degrees from Yale (in Religion) and Brown (in Development Studies), an MPA (Economics & Public Policy) from Columbia, an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management, and he is currently finishing an MS at the Dartmouth Institute.  He teaches courses at Brown, University of Buffalo School of Business, The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas, and the University of Connecticut.  His family came to Houston from Viet Nam in the late 1970s, leaving everything behind to find a new life.  Tim says he is “half-Catholic, half-Buddhist.”  We will interview Tim about his life, his sense of mission and social calling, and how to think about what God wants from us—as well as what that might cost.
Gregg Fairbrothers D’76, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Yale School of Management

Tim Nguyen, Director, The University of Connecticut Foundation

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Although some of us may work directly for the church or in support of it, many of us are called to live lives and find employment in so-called ‘secular’ vocations. In this panel we reconsider the distinction drawn between secular and sacred forms of employment and ask how Christians are to think about serving God through their vocation. Is it right to draw a distinction between the secular and sacred? What is our vocation – is it synonymous with our employment? And how do we glorify God through our work – through doing our work well, by being missionaries in our offices, or by some other means?
Charlie Clark D’11, Co-Founder, Fare Forward

Charlie Phillips, Executive Director, The Maclellan Foundation

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During the early centuries of the church, debate raged over whether Christians should study the classic works of Greek and Latin literature. Tertullian emphatically argued in the negative (“What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?”), while Basil the Great saw the Classics as good preparation for understanding the gospel. This debate continues today in churches and schools, including one small Christian liberal arts college where four faculty members resigned to protest their right to teach the Classics as valuable works containing wisdom.   C.S. Lewis once wrote that “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” That idea is based on Plato’s famous “allegory of the cave,” and it embraces the idea that Christianity encourages rigorous intellectual inquiry into many fields, including the Classics. As people of the Book, Christians need to know how to read literature and interpret it well, and Classical works such as Plato’s Republic provide an opportunity to test those skills.  This session will look at the allegory of the cave closely to understand how it relates to Christianity and understanding truth and identity.

Laura Marshall, PhD Student in Classics, The Ohio State University
Lindsay Whaley, Professor of Classics and Linguistics, Dartmouth College
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This year, the 3rd set of panels will be small moderated workshops around tables in PepsiCo Dining Room mixing alumni, students, and all conference participants.  Table numbers will be assigned as you enter the dining hall – and at each table there will be one of our distinguished alumni guiding the discussion.  Each year one of the main pieces of feedback is that the conversations between students and alumni is a highlight of the conference, and is a special part of the Dartmouth ethos of paying it forward.  Join us for this concluding session.
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