MEDA Convention 2022: Seminars

Join us as we gather virtually together again.

  • Hear how MEDA has helped stem the tide of the worst effects of the pandemic for hardworking people around the globe so that they can fulfill their God-given potential to earn a livelihood.
  • Learn how your support has empowered our clients and partners to lift themselves, their families, and their communities out of poverty.
  • Meet business professionals like you who are guided by their faith and values and know the importance of collaboration to build a global community where all can thrive.
  • Connect what you do locally with MEDA’s global work to create business solutions to poverty.

Day 3: Friday, November 4

Morning Seminars — 10:30-11:30 AM

Business + Faith

Stories of Creative Generosity

Dave Warren: Everence® VP of National Markets

Dave Warren, Everence® VP of National Markets, will host an engaging and dynamic conversation about generosity from our ‘friends of MEDA’ panel. This conversation will connect with each family’s unique approach of why:

  • They commit to share the wealth they have been entrusted
  • It has impacted their lives, their community, and the greater world
  • We should pass it onto future generations with their entrepreneurial spirit of philanthropy

We hope you walk away with the same energy and enthusiasm we have when we engage with these profound individuals. The way they have positioned their wealth to make a positive impact to change the world is quite extraordinary.

Dave Warren
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Business + Faith

Faith During Crisis

Zach Derstine: President, EZ3PL, President, Derstine’s Inc.

Relive the journey with Zach as he recounts the miracles he experienced during COVID. From losing 90% of his customers overnight to pivoting the business becoming an overseas hunger relief supplier to a Christmas party in the White House. This seminar will inspire you with clear evidence of the Lord’s hands at work in the creation of a magnificent story of low valleys and high peaks!

Zach Derstine
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Business Issues

Providing Housing for Low and Middle Income Older Adults

Allon Lefever: Entrepreneur, Business Executive, Professor, Author, and Philanthropist

Evon Bergey: Vice President of Operations/COO, Landis Communities

Most seniors do not have the assets to live in traditional retirement communities. Explore how Landis Communities innovated with community engagement, design strategies, and funding alternatives to develop age-friendly, diverse, affordable, and middle market housing with services in the heart of Lancaster City. The session will highlight innovation, social impact, economic security, and diversity. This model grew from a re-affirmation of the organization’s mission and guiding values and setting of key strategic initiatives. Participants will learn and discuss how the organization set strategic priorities aligned with their vision, mission, and values and how this led to an innovative model designed to solve housing with services for older adults with low and middle income.

What is now Landis Communities began as a small Mennonite retirement community in the early 1960s. Guided by the values of Joy, Compassion, Integrity, Stewardship, and Community, it grew into a large CCRC/Life Plan Community primarily serving the upper quartile of the socio-economic segment. As the board looked at the mission and guiding values, it was clear it wanted to expand to serve a broader socio-economic spectrum and far more diverse residents and clients. The process has been one of thinking creatively and innovatively, to determine ways to do this that are sustainable and continue the deep ties to the organization’s guiding values and Anabaptist roots.

Allon Lefever
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Evon Bergey
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Business Issues

Rising to the Occasion – How to Elevate Women in Business and Why it Matters

Carissa Rempel: Talent Acquisition and Public Relations Specialist, Vidir

North America is facing one of the largest labour shortages in decades. Unemployment is at only 3.6 percent in the US and 4.3% in Canada as of April 2022. The US manufacturing industry alone faces an estimated two-million-worker shortfall over the next decade, and industry executives report that six out of 10 positions are currently unfilled due to a manufacturing skills gap. In Canada women represent 50% of the eligible workforce but only 28% of manufacturing employees. One critical element that can aid in closing the labour gap remains largely untapped – women.

Join Carissa Rempel, Talent Acquisition and Public Relations Specialist for Vidir Solutions, as she shares more about the labour shortage and how elevating women can fill the gaps. Learn about unique strategies, potential blindspots, and stories of success. Learn how your company can rise to the occasion and become a leader in the marketplace and how, as you continue to elevate women, women will continue to elevate your industry.

Carissa Rempel
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International Development

TBA

Dawn Yoder Graber
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Professional Development

Listening’s Role in Effective Leadership

Dawn Yoder Graber: Senior Design Consultant and Executive Coach, Design Group International

This seminar, Listening’s Role in Effective Leadership, will be participatory and engaging and is applicable to business owners, leadership teams, entrepreneurs, board members, faith-based groups, and all types of organizations. We will build understanding of the three core competencies of effective listening including:

  • Listening Actively & Comprehensively
  • Listening Conceptually & Contextually
  • Listening Architecturally

We will use a real case study illustrating the importance of and difference effective listening can make in building a healthy culture of engaged employees resulting in greater success.

We will use Liberating Structures for individual and small group discussion. These structures promote equity of voice and offer group discernment opportunities to help each other determine action steps to become more effective listeners and how listening applies to our leadership situations.

The 2022 book Listening, Helping, Learning: The Core Competencies of Process Consulting by Mark L. Vincent, PhD, EDC, the founder of Design Group International and the Society for Process Consulting and facilitator of Maestro-Level Leaders will be referenced in the seminar and available for purchase.

Dawn Yoder Graber
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Day 3: Friday, November 4

Afternoon Seminars — 2:30-3:30PM

Business + Faith

Feeding More People without Growing More Food

Tina Quiring: Treasurer, Southwestern Ontario Gleaners

This seminar focuses on the injustice of food waste. We destroy billions of pounds of perfectly edible vegetables, while millions go hungry. One solution to reduce hunger is by gleaning unmarketable produce and distributing it to people in need world wide.

Multiple gleaning operations have been established in North America and are making an impact on the hunger crisis. Not only does gleaning make an impact on hunger, but it also reduces methane gas emissions from food waste. By everyone doing their part, together we become a powerful force for good in this world, making the difference between life and death for millions of people.

Tina Quiring
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Business + Faith

Sustainability: The integration of business and faith-based values

Elaine Shantz: President and CEO, Fairview Parkwood Communities

Fairview Parkwood Communities (FPC) is a faith-based not-for-profit organization comprised of two sites. With 75 years’ experience of serving seniors in a campus model of care, the Board and Senior Leadership team reflected on the future and redefined the vision, mission and values to ensure the organization was sustainable and poised for growth.

The Board and Senior Leadership embraced a business model, clearly defining what not-for profit really meant, then integrated it with its five values: faith, kindness, truth, excellence and accountability. This provided the focus and foundation for a strategy to build capacity.

The seminar will look at where the organization is at today, three years later, making decisions that are right for both business sustainability and relieving poverty among older adults, guided by their new strategic plan, Unleashing Capacity – including a new affordable housing project.

Elaine Shantz
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Business Issues

Poverty and Climate Change—Double the Work, or Double the Return

Brent Alderfer: Founder and CEO, Community Energy

Brent Alderfer
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Business Issues

Bitcoin, Crypto, and What is Money Anyway?

Jeremy Showalter: VP Product, Swan Bitcoin

This seminar will be a brief overview of the history of money, the emerging digital alternative of Bitcoin, and clarity on industry buzzwords. We’ll also cover opportunities for entrepreneurs and small businesses and why investment leaders like Fidelity and Paul Tutor Jones are bullish.

If you bring your phone, we may be introducing everyone to Bitcoin during the session. I will wrap up with my top book and podcast recommendations for further exploration, and leave time for Q&A.

Jeremy Showalter
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International Development

Unlocking the Potential of Youth Entrepreneurship in the Global South

Nadia Guerch (Facilitator): Sr. Regional Director, LEAP, MEDA

Pilar Martinez: Founder and Director, Cosecha Partners

Alloysius Attah: CEO and Co-Founder, FarmerLine

Agriculture is central to rural development and poverty alleviation. If there is no future for youth in agriculture, then there is no future. That’s why thirty percent of MEDA’s goal to create decent work for 500,000 people by 2030 is aimed directly at encouraging youth to enter the sector.

But there are some significant challenges that need to be addressed. Join MEDA staff and partners for this panel discussion about engaging youth in agriculture and the investment in technology, finance, and training needed to ensure their success.

Nadia Guerch
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Pilar Martinez
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Alloysius Attah
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Professional Development

TBA

Dawn Yoder Graber
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Day 3: Friday, November 4

Evening Seminars — 4-5PM

Business + Faith

Tenacious Solidarity: Risk-taking as part of renewal

Bruce Campbell-Janz: Chief Development Officer, Mennonite World Conference

Sunoko Lin: Pastor, Maranatha Christian Fellowship, volunteer Treasurer, MWC, Chief Financial Officer, TRACE Worldwide Corporation

The Anabaptist movement is nearing its 500th birthday in 2025. The radical reformers involved in the birth of the Anabaptist movement were passionate and risk-taking people who had a zeal for God’s vision for the world. Over the centuries, Anabaptism has been shaped and reshaped by waves of renewal. What shape does renewal take in this particular global moment and what is the role of the church – and Christ followers – at this time of reshaping?

Christian Theologian Walter Brueggemann refers to God’s commitment to the world as tenacious solidarity (this is how Brueggemann translates the Hebrew term hesed often translated as loving kindness or steadfast love in the Bible). Christians are called to be creatures of solidarity with our neighbors just as God has committed to be in solidarity with us. This tenacious solidarity calls the church to ‘open, dynamic, on-going, risky interaction. . .that is always moving into new circumstances to new crises and new possibilities. What is the role of the Christian in the marketplace at this time of reimagining?

This seminar will explore Mennonite World Conference’s vision of linking Anabaptist-related churches to one another in a worldwide communion (Koinonia) for fellowship, worship, service, and witness. Together, we will explore risky interactions that Christ followers can undertake in the marketplace by integrating their faith into their business practices. As we model Christian values which bring positive impacts to our communities, how does God invite all of us to passionately engage & invest in these risky interactions and new possibilities as together we seek renewal for ourselves and the work of the church? Come and hear stories of dynamic and tenacious interactions happening in the Anabaptist worldwide community of faith and add your stories to this renewal journey as we work together in solidarity.

Bruce Campbell-Janz
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Sunoko Lin
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Business Issues

Contemporary Economic Issues in the United States and Canada

Jim Leaman: Chair, Department of Business and Leadership, EMU

Craig Martin: Director, Redekop School of Business and Program Coordinator, MBA program, CMU

Rising prices and interest rates are pinching pocketbooks, altering plans, and raising concern about the future. This seminar will explore the economic reasons for these recent trajectories, how these trends fit into historical context, and what may come next.

Beginning with an assessment of our current economic condition, which appears near an inflection point, topics will include analysis of supply chain issues, consumer demand in key markets, inflation, jobs and employment, wages, living standards, and business cycles.

The U.S. and Canadian economies: why are they changing, what are the impacts, and what is it leading to?

Jim Leaman
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Craig Martin
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International Development

Shaping Investment in the Global South Through Gender Lens Investing

Jessica Villanueva: Sr Director, Technical Areas of Practice, MEDA

Lindsay Wallace: Sr Vice President, Strategy and Impact, MEDA

MEDA is committed to using gender, diversity, equity, and inclusion to tackle the barriers our clients face in accessing financial markets. Learn more about how gender lens investing is shaping the investment ecosystem in the Global South.

Hear how MEDA is working with lenders to develop financial instruments that are specifically designed for the needs of our clients – especially for women and youth entrepreneurs.

Jessica Villanueva
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Lindsay Wallace
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Professional Development

What is your Brand Communicating?

Madalyn Metzger: Vice President of Marketing, Everence Financial®

Your company’s values are at the core of what you do and, therefore, a fundamental part of your brand. The good news is that consumers are looking for more of that – brands that reflect their personal values and make a positive impact.

But in today’s landscape, it can be challenging to cut through the “clutter” to gain market share and social capital. Join us, as we discuss ways to further differentiate yourself in the market by authentically communicating your brand values.

Madalyn Metzger
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Professional Development

The Connection Between Servant Leadership and Forgiveness

Andrea Flack-Wetherald: Author, Speaker, and Culture Advocate

Servant Leadership is an effective and Christ-centered model for motivating a team around a shared vision and equipping them to do their best work. It’s a tool for building a successful business in alignment with your values. It’s also much easier to resonate with than to actually execute upon.

Even once you’re clear on the WHAT of servant leadership best practices/behavior changes, there’s still the question of how to do those things consistently. Why is it so hard to break old habits you know are stopping the revolutionary culture shift of servant leadership: eg. avoiding or overindulging conflict, chasing shiny objects instead of commiting to a clear vision, struggling to hold high performers accountable, jumping to conclusions instead of asking brave questions, getting caught up in power struggles rather than establishing genuine authority?

How can we more consistently be the servant leaders we mean to be? How can we make our actual behavior
match our very good intentions?

The answer lies in an unexpected place: addressing resentments, limiting beliefs, past templates of poor
leadership, and old wounds big and (especially) small. This is the work of forgiveness, and this seminar will
teach you a new framework and a simple process for making what we often think of as hard, abstract work a
very practical part of your daily routine.

Andrea Flack-Wetherald
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Day 4: Saturday, November 5

Afternoon Seminars — 2:30-3:30 PM

Business + Faith

The Stewardship of Creativity: Reflections on Beauty, Transformation, and Mennonite Entrepreneurs

John Roth: Anabaptism at 500 Project Director, MennoMedia

For decades, Mennonites and other Christians have embraced the language of stewardship as a theological theme. “Stewardship” reminds us that the resources of daily life have been entrusted to us not as possessions but as gifts to be freely shared.

We are accustomed to speaking of the stewardship of our time, talents, money, and land. We have been far
less inclined, however, to use the language of stewardship for the human gift of creativity. Indeed, some parts of our tradition have been quite suspicious of creativity, associating it with unhealthy forms of individualism or as a disruptive source of change that imperils the health of the community.

Drawing on examples of renewal and transformation in Anabaptist-Mennonite history—including Mennonite entrepreneurs—this seminar will explore the themes of creativity and beauty as gifts to be stewarded within our churches and businesses.

John Roth
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Business Issues

Women-Owned Lancaster Businesses Making an Impact

Sarah Payne: Impact Consulting Manager, ASSETS

This seminar will focus on women-owned businesses in Lancaster, PA and their contributions to the Lancaster business scene. This seminar will highlight the social and environmental impact created by some amazing women entrepreneurs committed to supporting the community through their businesses, emphasizing that entrepreneurship is one avenue to creating change in a local context.

The discussion will include examples of social and environmental impact as well as testimonials that speak to how a small business can integrate impact into their business model and/or operations.

Sarah Payne
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International Development

A Partnership Approach to Equipping Entrepreneurs

Derek Cameron: Sr. Vice President, Global Programs, MEDA

Helal Ahsan-UI-Haque:  Sr. Director, ESCA Programs, MEDA

The landscape of international development is changing. Partnerships are evolving and linking private sector businesses with social business ventures is becoming common place.

Join MEDA Staff Derek Cameron: Sr. Vice President, Global Programs and Helal Ahsan-UI-Haque: Sr. Director, ESCA Programs, for a deeper dive into our approach to partnerships. Learn more about how they will be used strategically to shape our projects moving forward, and how it will better equip entrepreneurs for success.

Derek Cameron
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Helal Ahsan-UI-Haque
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Professional Development

Change Happens at the Speed of Trust: Harnessing the Power of Impact

Liza Heavener, Chief Operating Officer, NEXUS 

Join this interactive seminar with Liza Heavener, the Chief Operating Officer for NEXUS, the leading global network of next-gen philanthropists, impact investors, and exceptional social entrepreneurs who are united to accelerate social good around the world.

Learn about current trends in philanthropy and impact investing. Dive into innovative solutions to some of the biggest challenges that face the next generation and have an opportunity to get to know other MEDA participants through a guided speed networking session where we will accelerate each other’s passions!

Liza Heavener
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Plenary Sessions

Day 2: Thursday, November 3

7PM — Freedom Hall A

TBA

Dr. JoAnn Flett: Director, Center for FaithfulBusiness, Seattle Pacific University

Dr. JoAnn Flett
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Day 3: Friday, November 4

9-10 AM — Freedom Hall A

Revolutionizing Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Bridging the Finance Gap for Women Entrepreneurs

TBA

Dr. JoAnn Flett
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11:45 AM-1:45 PM — Freedom Hall A

Food Security: Addressing the risks in our global food systems and what it means for entrepreneurs

Pierre Diegane Kadet: Sr. Regional Director, Senegal, WAMENA Region, MEDA

Pilar Martinez: Founder and Director of Cosecha Partners, Nicaragua

Dr. Chime Obodozie: Co-CEO, Chime Foods Ltd., Nigeria

Lawrence Kent: Senior Program Officer, Agriculture Development Team, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Zakaria Issahaku: Technical Specialist, Agricultural Market Systems, MEDA

Hadija Jibiri (Had-i-ja Jib-ear-e): Managing Director and founder of GBRI Business Solutions

The combined effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, civil unrest and war contribute to and compound the global food crisis. With temperatures rising, drought and extreme weather increasing and conflict escalating, every country around the globe has felt the pressures of rising food costs and product shortages. But it is individuals in the Global South who once again find themselves most likely to face the greatest impact of global food insecurity.

These rapidly evolving factors are evidence that regional, resilient, and localized food systems are essential and must be stimulated to protect economies against current volatile global food systems.

Join us as we discuss the issues of food insecurity around the globe and explore the best ways to ensure that everyone is properly fed. Hear from a panel of entrepreneurs and partners who have developed unique solutions to this escalating crisis and learn more about how MEDA’s focus in agri-food market systems is well positioned to address the rising challenges that this crisis continues to create.

Pierre Diegane Kadet
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Pilar Martinez
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Dr. Chime Obodozie
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Lawrence Kent
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Zakaria Issahaku
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Hadija Jibiri
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Day 4: Saturday, November 5

6:30 PM — Freedom Hall A

TBA

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli: Managing Partner of Sahel Capital and Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition Ltd.

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli
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Day 5: Sunday, November 6

9-10:30 AM — Freedom Hall A

Worship Service

Kenneth D. Hochstetler: President and CEO of Everence Financial®️

Kenneth D. Hochstetler
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