MEDA's Entrepreneurs Conference 2018

A Weekend of Meaningful Reflection and Challenge

February 8-11, 2018
The Hyatt Regency Sarasota, Sarasota, Florida

Sponsored by  Everence logo

As a Christian family business owner or senior business executive, you have unique concerns:
•    You want to integrate your faith with your business decisions.
•    You want to excel in your industry.
•    You want to maintain work-life balance.
•    You’re eager to connect with others in a similar situation.

MEDA's Entrepreneurs Conference is designed especially for you. Join us for a long weekend of inspiration, networking, and refreshment.

Creating a Culture of Generosity

How would you describe your organizational culture? Organizational culture affects all aspects of a business from employee motivation and turnover to the bottom line. Maintaining a culture aligned with organizational core values is crucial to a vibrant business, and requires an intentional effort. During MEDA's Entrepreneur Conference, we plan to review organizational culture more broadly, before specifically zoning in on the culture of generosity. Join us for this interactive and meaningful discussion on how to establish and maintain culture, as well as what it means to live a life of generosity – individually and corporately.

Keynote Speaker

Brian Black, Partner & Senior Consultant
North Group Consultants

2017 Brian BlackAs a Partner and Senior Consultant with North Group Consultants, Brian brings deep experience with family businesses through his most recent law practice at Gibbel Kraybill & Hess, LLP, where he served as a Partner for seven years. While he doesn’t practice law with North Group, his history of estate planning and family business succession planning, including values-based planning in the context of families and family-owned businesses, enriches his consulting.

At Franklin and Marshall College he earned a B.A. in both Chemistry and English, and received his J.D. at Villanova University School of Law. He first practiced law at Hartman Underhill & Brubaker, LLP, then as a Partner in the law firm James Clark & Black.  Brian also served more than four years as Vice President of Resident Support and Resource Development at Brethren Village, a continuing care retirement community, where he focused on operational and strategic initiatives, management team development and fundraising. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of Lititz Mutual Insurance Company and related companies, and has extensive experience on nonprofit and church-related boards.

Brian's late wife, Laurie, passed away in 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer.  They have four children - Aaron, Daniel, Amanda and Adam.  Brian recently entered a new season of life with his marriage to Edvige Sardi on November 26, 2016.

Brian is an avid reader, bicyclist, swimmer and runner.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, February 8, 2018  
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Registration - The Keys
4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Opening Session with Introductions
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Session with Brian Black
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Dinner - Tropics
Friday, February 9, 2018  
  Breakfast – on your own
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Morning Session with Brian Black - The Keys
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Session with Brian Black, continued
11:30 – 12:00 p.m. MEDA Update
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch - Palm Terrace
  Afternoon Free time
6:45 p.m. til ?

Leave for Dinner at Local Restaurants (meet in Hotel Lobby)
   Reservations for 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 10, 2018  
  Breakfast – on your own
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Morning Session with Brian Black - The Keys
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Morning Session with Brian Black, continued
11:30 – 12:00 p.m. Closing Announcements
  Lunch – on your own
  Afternoon Free time/Golf arranged for those interested (sign up on the registration form)
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Dinner and Program - Tropics
Business Leader Presentation (TBA)
Sunday, February 11, 2018  
  Breakfast – on your own
9:00 a.m. Worship Service - The Keys
10:30 a.m. Conclusion of conference

The Hyatt Regency Sarasota

MEDA's Entrepreneurs Conference 2018 will be held at The Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, Florida. Experience this resort-style hotel in Sarasota, FL just minutes from the spectacular white-sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. With a dramatic bayside setting and modern amenities, this eco-friendly hotel introduces you to the very best that Florida has to offer, from natural wonders to unique culinary surprises and cultural discoveries. You’ll find the perfect blend of a beautiful waterfront setting, welcoming service and the comforts of home at Hyatt Regency Sarasota.

The 2018 Conference rates are:

  • single/double accommodations, $245.00

All reservations must be made by January 15, 2018. Group rates are available 3 days pre- and post-conference dates based on availability.

The booking link below will take you directly to the hotel's online reservation system, allowing you to book rooms for the dates of our event at the discounted group rate. Always available as a second option is their reservations desk, reachable at 941-953-1234. When calling, please be sure to mention the Mennonite Entrepreneurs Conference.

Click here to go to the Hyatt Regency Sarasota online booking site.

Conference Registration

The conference cost includes the cost of sessions, materials, handouts, Thursday dinner, Friday lunch, and Saturday night’s banquet. Greens fees are an additional cost.

$449 USD - Early Bird/First-timer rate
$499 USD - Regular rate after January 15, 2018

Online registration will be available soon.