MEDA's Entrepreneurs Conference

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 Entrepreneurs 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.

  • Discover practical ways to grow the health and strength of your organizational culture to align with your desired values.
  • Unpack the personal and corporate value of generosity with specific solutions to unleash your generosity and the generosity of your employees.
  • Develop an action plan for growing and/or sustaining the desired culture for your own family, teams and organizations.

Every organization, every team, and every family has a “culture” that defines and drives its function and its impact and outcomes. What is “culture” – and how does a leader define and assess/understand the culture of his or her organization, team, and family? What are practical ways that a leader can change and grow the health and strength of “culture” to align with the desired values and to provide an environment where people thrive and where the organization, team or family can have maximum impact?

Among the many foundational elements of “culture,” many leaders desire to live generously and seek to create a culture of generosity in their organizations and in their families. Participants will be encouraged and provided opportunity to both understand and assess their own spheres of “culture” and “generosity” – and to develop an action plan for growing and/or sustaining the desired culture for their own family, teams, and organizations.

We will focus on questions such as:

  • What does it mean to live a life of generosity personally?
  • How does a leader create and cultivate a culture of generosity in his or her family, community and organization?
  • What are both practical and creative ways that generosity is lived out and experienced in our personal lives, our families, our organizations and our communities?

Keynote Speaker

2017 Brian BlackBrian Black, Partner & Senior Consultant
North Group Consultants

As 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 is now entering a new season of life with his marriage to Edvige Sardi on November 26, 2016.

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

Business Leader Presenter

Allon LefeverAllon Lefever will share illustrations and stories on the importance of defining and integrating values into your organization’s culture, from his new book, Launching the Entrepreneur Ship.

Allon is president of Lefever Associates, a consulting firm based in Lancaster, PA, specializing in board development, entrepreneur and executive coaching, strategic planning, and mergers and acquisitions. He has been a senior executive in agriculture, manufacturing, and internet companies, has helped start 22 companies and has taken 5 companies public on NASDAQ. In addition, he taught entrepreneurship and directed the EMU MBA program for 5 years and is a former MEDA board chair. In his new book, Launching the Entrepreneur Ship, he emphasizes the importance of becoming a Values-Centered Entrepreneur. Allon is married to Doris Lefever and they have 3 children and 10 grandchildren.