A MEDAx-only outing to one of Tucson's most popular new activities. It's golf, next-gen style! No extra cost. Dinner is provided. To take advantage of free transportation, meet at the hotel lobby immediately following the MEDA Pitch Competition. Bus leaves at 5:45 and returns in time for stargazing!Close
MEDAx Lunch & Learn: Impact Investing 101: It's Not Just For The Pros
Investing is no longer just about returns. Increasingly, investors want to see their money make a positive impact in the world. Learn how direct impact investing works, and how average investors & savers can make smart, socially responsible investment decisions of their own. Facilitated by MEDAx committee member Jake King, featuring MEDA staff Katie Turner and Everence staff Dennis LeFevre.Close
MEDAx Lunch & Learn: Impact Investing 101: It's Not Just For The Pros
This special breakfast networking opportunity is designed to connect potential mentors with potential mentees. Learn about the power of mentorship at this facilitated morning breakfast! Space is limited. Advance registration required. More details coming soon.Close
MEDAx Jeep Desert Tour
Designed for MEDAx (under 40) convention participants for no additional cost. Explore the Arizona countryside at full speed during your jeep tour, complete with desert wildlife, the saguaro cactus, and stunning views of the mountain range. Jeeps will pick us up at the hotel lobby at 12:45PM.Close
MEDAx Farewell Hike at Sabino Tram Road
Enjoy a relaxed hike with your new MEDAx friends! Share a Lyft with friends to get to the trailhead. Water and comfortable walking shoes recommended. This is a light hike with multiple stopping points, depending on how far you want to go.Close
Book Club: Books I’ve read so you don’t have to
Rebecca Sutherns, Founder & Principal, Sage Solutions
If you’ve ever stayed away from Book Club because you haven’t read the book or decided not to join because you likely won’t have time to read it, then this session is for you. Rebecca has done the reading for you!
She’ll highlight key takeaways for MEDA leaders from at least five recent titles related to business, development and leadership in the not-for-profit sector. It’s a Book Club designed for those who haven’t read the books!Close
Caring for Details in Ways Others Won’t
Craig Mullet, Vice President of Corporate Care, ProVia Door
A faith-based company, ProVia's leaders and employees are dedicated to serving customers and each other by “caring for details in ways others won't”. The company unifies its employees under a common purpose based on Matthew 5:16: “To let our light shine before others, so that they may see our good works and give glory to our Father who is in heaven.”
ProVia has built a reputation in the building products industry for quality, old-world craftsmanship and personal care for customers, which extends to every part of their culture. Join us to learn more about how ProVia extends the values of their business to the charitable sector and serve needs of the vulnerable, both locally and internationally.Close
Taking the Journey: Leading a Large Organization
Ed Zuercher, Phoenix City Manager
What does leadership look like when you have 15,000 employees and $3 billion budget? How do you communicate values and culture in a large organization where personal interaction with each employee is nearly impossible? What do employees of a diverse service corporation have in common when they don’t create a single, common product?
Hear stories and ask questions about the leadership journey from the chief administrative officer of the 5th largest city in the United States.Close
A Tour of the Enneagram of Personality Types
Jaye Andres, Certified Enneagram Professional & Life Coach
The Enneagram is a system of understanding personality from the standpoint of the core motivations that drive our behaviors. You will learn how powerful that simple statement is and what the “core setup” (motivation) is for each of the Nine Types.
The Enneagram contributes greatly to the compassionate understanding of self and others and to better relationships, both at home and at work. "Close
MEDA’s Contributions to Women’s Economic Empowerment Practice
Dr. Linda Jones, Vice President of Partnerships and Innovation, MEDA
Drawing on MEDA’s recent book publication - Women’s Economic Empowerment: Transforming Systems Through Development Practice – this seminar will discuss MEDA’s contributions to the field of women’s economic empowerment.
From MEDA’s early work in microcredit - to our nascent value chain programming in Pakistan – to our more recent expansion in gender lens investing and access to technology, this seminar will illustrate MEDA’s long-term commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment.Close
The Evolution of MEDA’s Risk Capital Fund
Jerry Quigley, Senior Vice President of Programs, MEDA
Katie Turner, Senior Director of Global Programs, MEDA
Gerald Morrison, Chief Financial Officer, MEDA
Beginning with MEDA’s investment in the Sarona Dairy in Paraguay in 1953, MEDA has become a recognized global leader in impact investing, blended finance and market-based programs that assist millions of people around the world to realize their economic and social aspirations.
The MEDA Risk Capital Fund (MRCF), a pool of investment assets owned by MEDA, is foundational to furthering our mission. Join us as we review how the MRCF has allowed us to leverage public and private investment funds as well as our vision for the future, including the development of an innovative gender lens investing fund.Close
Generational Transitions: Business Sustainability and Family Flourishing
Sally Derstine, Managing Partner, Delaware Valley Family Business Center, Telford, PA.
Eric Slabach, Director of Culture, Keim Lumber, Charm, Ohio
Jim Smucker, President, Keim Lumber, Charm, Ohio
Generational transitions in business families are naturally complicated and messy. Juggling emotions, estate, ownership, and management transitions often tax the capacity of the strongest families.
This is a story of family resilience and learning through multiple deaths, disabilities, and trauma on an uncharted transition journey.Close
Can anything good come from Big Tech?
Jeremy Showalter, Director, Tech for Social Impact, Microsoft Philanthropies
In the context of ‘Techlash’, can anything good come from Big Tech? In this seminar Jeremy Showalter will share opportunities and trade-offs from 13 years at Microsoft; connecting stories of his own faith journey with a career in big tech, cross-cultural experiences, and recent examples of Microsoft’s work with non-profits through Microsoft Philanthropies.Close
Empowered leadership: Changing self-limiting behaviors
Angie Bastian, 2019 MEDA Keynote Speaker & Founder of BOOMCHICKAPOP.
Dawn Yoder Graber, Process Consultant, Design Group Intl.
We are each uniquely made to effectively influence others but too often find ourselves limiting our leadership ability by practicing repetitive, non-helpful behaviors. What are those behaviors and how can we change so that we, our relationships, and organizations can better benefit from our God-given leadership abilities?
Join us as we identify current research on self-limiting behaviors for both women and men in business leadership and, look at gender discrimination in today’s marketplace and consider how Christian faith is aiding or hindering this reality.Close
Keep your cash: Charitable strategies for maximizing impact
Everence representatives: Nikki Shingle, Dennis LeFevre
MEDA representatives: Bethany Nussbaum, Dean Shoemaker
Does your philanthropy have maximum impact? Learn about creative giving strategies that expand your generosity. Gain insight and ideas on how to prioritize giving as you care for family, navigate business transitions and plan for retirement.Close
How to Use the Enneagram for Professional Development
Jaye Andres, Certified Enneagram Professional & Life Coach
Once you find your Enneagram Type, you will begin to see the truth of the statement, “Wherever you go, there you are.” There is not one area of your life where your “core motivation” doesn’t operate.
Join us as we investigate how type plays a role in conflicts, communication and leadership styles, and team dynamics.Close
Growing from Success and Failure: Learning through MEDA Programs
Jennifer Denomy, Clara Yoon Wilson, Allison Nafziger
This panel discussion will explore MEDA's learning journey: discussing questions like 'why is learning from our projects so important?', 'how do we capture learnings?', and, 'how do we apply and share our learnings?'. Drawing from MEDA programs and experiences, a panel of MEDA staff will engage with seminar participants around the theme of learning and knowledge-sharing with the goal of more inclusive private-sector development.Close
Stories of impact: Myanmar
Larissa Schneider, Project Manager, Global Programs, MEDA
Nyan Linn, Owner, Shan Maw Myae, Myanmar, South East Asia
Meet Lyan Linn, owner of Shan Maw Myae (SMM) in Myanmar, South East Asia. SMM opened in 2001 as a private company for agriculture and livestock products. Most products are organic certified fertilizers, pesticides for agriculture crops, livestock breeding supplement for cattle, pigs and poultry, and most recently production of rice flour and certified organic products that are sold in Citimart, the largest grocery chain in Myanmar.Close
MEDA Paraguay: The search for entrepreneurship that creates opportunity.
Allen Funk, Director of MEDA Paraguay and an entrepreneur
Paraguay has become a country of great opportunity for emerging entrepreneurs. However, these future leaders lack the necessary supports needed to take the next leap.
MEDA Paraguay has been working for twenty-three years to find projects, businesses, and entrepreneurs that will create ripple effects within communities in need in Paraguay with the intention of creating jobs and improving people’s socio-economic situation.
Join us and learn more about how MEDA Paraguay is working to create opportunities for those who desire to build economic opportunities for themselves, their companies and their communities.Close
Like Father, Like Daughter
Abe Fehr, Founder & President, Uni-fab, Leamington, Ontario
Mary Fehr, Director of Strategic Development, Uni-fab, Leamington, Ontario
Uni-fab was founded by Abe Fehr in 1991, when Mary was only one year old. As she watched the business being built up over the years, she saw the risks and challenges Abe persevered through. Now, twenty-eight years later, Abe is working to mentor Mary - who has decided to follow in her father’s footsteps - into a leadership position for the future.
Learn more about Abe’s journey of starting a business, Mary’s decision to jump on board, and a few of the lessons learned from working together.Close
Spender, Saver, Servant
Lyle Miller, M.Div., Stewardship Consultant, Everence
Many of us have gone through life with a spender’s or saver’s mindset, but are we called to more? Learn how establishing income and asset finish lines can help us take the leap to a radical generosity that lives out God’s vision in the world.
Explore a new money map that focuses on how our money can be used as a potential blessing to the world, consider gospel-centered giving that aligns with our personal ministry calling to create maximum effectiveness in our giving, and investigate three types of gifts; those that help now, those that help later, and those that provide a continuous stream of income.Close
Thinking Outside the (Cash) Box: Showing Christ’s Love in a Small, Family Diner
Doug Schmucker, 3rd Generation Owner, Schmucker’s Restaurant, Toledo, Ohio
Showing the love of Christ as a business owner might appear easy to do if someone has abundant revenue and financial wealth to share with those in need. But is that the only way? What if your business doesn’t bring in the financial resources to do so? Are there other faithful ways to show Christ’s love?
Small business owner Doug Schmucker shares the ways he and his wife, Patty work to show the love of God in their small restaurant. Learn about the possibilities all business owners have, regardless of the size or revenue of their business, to reflect Christ’s love to employees, customers, and the community.Close
Exploring Your Role in Economic Empowerment
Facilitated by: Sarah Payne, Impact Consulting Manager, ASSETS, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Panel Experts: Daniel Fuentes, Sr. Manager of Business Development, Partnerships and Innovation, MEDA
Kimber Lanning, Local First Arizona Founder, Phoenix, Arizona
Andre Vashist, Director of Social Innovation, Toronto’s Pillar Non-profit Network
Engage with a panel of experts discussing local vs. global economic development and how the average person can get involved to leave a positive impact.Close
Creating business solutions to poverty in the face of a changing climate
Dennis Tessier, Senior Programs Manager, Cross Cutting Services, Environment and Climate Change, MEDA
Dr. Pierre Kadet, Senior Director of Programs, West Africa, MEDA
Reports on climate change and biodiversity loss flood our newsfeed daily. On the frontlines, MEDA staff see how climate change impacts our clients’ decisions and how it affects MEDA’s business model.
This seminar will take a client-centric look at the impacts of climate change on market systems and value chains and will tell our clients’ stories to demonstrate that we have agency to combat and adapt to climate change and to protect the earth’s biodiversityClose
Stories of impact: Ukraine
Kamran Abdullayev, Associate Director, Global Programs, MEDA
Steve Hogberg, Project Coordinator, Global Programs, MEDA
Nataliia Sudarkina, Co-founder, ARGO-PATRIOT, Stepanivka, Ukraine
Meet Nataliia Sudarkina co-founder of AGRO-PATRIOT, a firm started in 2008 which specializes in growing Ukrainian garlic. The use of modern drip irrigation techniques, French and Spanish machines, and calibration equipment has helped the business gain a reputation as suppliers of high-quality product in the market. Since 2014 garlic has been successfully exported to Canada, Germany, Poland, Belarus and Moldova. In 2019 the company plans to plant about 200 hectares of garlic.Close
Development & Investment: exploring the current and future MEDA-Sarona partnership
Gregory L. Gaeddert - Co-founder & Principal, B12 Capital Partners, LLC, B12 Real Estate Advisors, LLC
J. Alex Hartzler, Managing Partner, WCI Partners, LP, Chairman, Sarona Asset Management Inc.
Zach Bishop, Managing Director, Special District Group, D.A. Davidson
Serge LeVert-Chiasson, Partner, Managing Director, Impact Investment Advisory & CCO, Sarona Asset Management
MEDA was born as an investment company before growing up to become a non-profit development institution. Following the imperative to go forth and multiply, MEDA had a few children of its own, declaring, “Honey, they look just like us when we were kids.” Parent-child relationships are often loving and challenging at the same time.
Through the story of birthing and coming of age, a handful of MEDA members will explore the MEDA-Sarona relationship, asking how parent and child can best deliver impact in a changing world.Close
Business as a Holy Calling?
Tim Dearborn, Author & Leadership Consultant
Business can be as much Christian ministry as preaching, teaching Sunday School, or volunteering in a food bank. Tragically, the Church has tended to value businesspersons’ volunteer time more than their professional life. Tim Dearborn will talk about the need for businesspersons and their pastors to explore God's purposes for business. He will contribute to a new reformation in our understanding of lay ministry--not lay persons volunteering in church work--but lay persons participating in the coming of God's kingdom in every aspect of life. Business isn't "automatically" a "holy calling." There is a "question mark" attached to the phrase. It can become one when God's multiple purposes in addition to profit and making an income are fulfilled. Businesspersons can work with joy and fulfillment when they know that their work is contributing to other people and all of creation flourishing.Close
Stories of Impact - Ethiopia
MEDA Client: Metasebia Asfaw, Owner, Mountain View Hotel, Lalibela, Ethiopia
Project Representative: Sarah Orleans-Pobee, Senior Project Manager, ESCA, MEDA
Metasebia Asfaw is an entrepreneur from Northern Ethiopia who participated in MEDA’s EMERTA project. He is an expert in the tourism and hospitality industry and the owner of Mountain View Hotel in Lalibela, Ethiopia. Ethiopia’s unique landscape is quickly proving to be a great source of income for the mining industry. Metasebia has partnered with MEDA to expand his gemstone business. He is excited to share his passions as a businessman with fellow entrepreneurs and MEDA supporters at MEDA Convention.
Stories of Impact - Ukraine
MEDA Client: Nataliia Sudarkina, Owner, AGRO-PATRIOT, Stepanivka, Ukraine
Project Representative: Kamran Abdullayev, Associate Director, Global Programs, MEDA
Nataliia Sudarkina is a Ukrainian entrepreneur and business owner of AGRO-PATRIOT, a firm specialized in growing garlic. Nataliya partnered with MEDA’s Ukraine Horticulture Business Development Project (UHBDP). With MEDA’s help garlic has been successfully exported to Canada, Germany, Poland, Belarus and Moldova. In 2019 the company plans to plant about 200 hectares of garlic, and Nataliya cannot wait to share all their future business plans at MEDA Convention!
Stories of Impact – Myanmar
MEDA Client: Nyan Linn, Owner, Shan Maw Myae, Myanmar, South East Asia
Project Representative: Larissa Schneider, Project Manager, Global Programs at MEDA
Nyan Linn is an entrepreneur and business owner in Myanmar. His business, Shan Maw Myae, is a private company for agriculture and livestock products. He sells organic certified fertilizers, pesticides for agriculture crops, livestock breeding supplements, and most recently rice flour that is sold in the largest grocery chain in Myanmar. As a partner in MEDA’s IMOW Myanmar project Nyan Linn is eager to discuss his insights on new market systems and value chains.Close
Accidental Entrepreneurship: The Story of Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP
Angie Bastian, Co-founder of BOOMCHICKAPOP
In 2001, Angie (Miller) Bastian, a Goshen College nursing grad and her husband Dan, a high school social studies teacher purchased a popcorn kettle to make a little extra money for their children’s college education. They never expected to build an international brand, employ over 300 people and eventually sell their company to Conagra Brands. This is the story of their journey. Juggling their day jobs, raising a family and building a business became more than taking a leap. It became a totally unexpected way to build community, concretely express their values and create economic opportunity for more than just their family. Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP is popcorn on a mission.Close
For such a time as this… Let’s leap!
Carol Rose, Co-Pastor, Shalom Mennonite
Text: Esther 4:1-14
Such a time as this...unpredictable tariffs and trade wars, uncertain labor dynamics, high costs for health care…
Such a time as this… Migrants caught at the border, refugees refused entry, unpredictable weather knocking the feet out from under so many…
Esther took great risks to make her place in the royal household. Her plate was quite full with all the considerations and constraints required of one living in proximity to power. When her people came under attack, Mordecai came to her. She was caught tightly between the demands of her two families, faced with a deep considering…
- Who are my people?
- What could I do?
- Is this leap, this risk, one that I can take?
With the elegance, careful detail and strategy of a well thought through business plan, she responded. Shall we?Close
Join us under the stars.
Astronomers from Arizona Star Tours will have telescopes on hand as we experience the wonders of the night sky together in a surreal and scenic setting, uninterrupted by city light pollution.
This is a free event for Convention registrants. Coffee and refreshments will be provided. Frosty treats will also be on hand from our friends at Frost Gelato Food Truck.Close