MEDA Convention 2022: Speakers

Keynotes

Thursday, November 3, 2022 — 7:00PM

Dr. JoAnn Flett

Executive Director, Center for Faithful Business Seattle Pacific University

Saturday, November 5, 2022 — 6:30PM

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli

Managing Partner of Sahel Capital and Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition Ltd.

Sunday, November 6, 2022 — 9:00AM

Kenneth D. Hochstetler

President and CEO of Everence®️

Dr. JoAnn Flett

Executive Director, Center for Faithful Business Seattle Pacific University

Thursday, November 3, 2022
7:00PM

JoAnn is a frequent speaker, collaborator, and organizational consultant, teasing out the intersection of faith and business that promotes human flourishing. Her most recent collaborative projects have been with B-Lab, Local First, Sojourners, and Solidarity Capital, who together are envisioning a Sacred Economy.

Prior to joining The Center for Faithful Business (CFB), JoAnn served as the Managing Director of Partners Worldwide (PW) Entrepreneurs, an organization that during the last 25 years, has created and sustained 165,985 jobs (17,987 jobs in 2018-2019).

JoAnn is a frequent speaker, collaborator, and organizational consultant, teasing out the intersection of faith and business that promotes human flourishing. Her most recent collaborative projects have been with B-Lab, Local First, Sojourners, and Solidarity Capital, who together are envisioning a Sacred Economy.

Prior to joining The Center for Faithful Business (CFB), JoAnn served as the Managing Director of Partners Worldwide (PW) Entrepreneurs, an organization that during the last 25 years, has created and sustained 165,985 jobs (17,987 jobs in 2018-2019). PW supports entrepreneurship in 27+ countries across the globe and brings a holistic system of support that involves Business Training, Mentoring and Coaching, Access to Capital, and Advocacy to create flourishing economic environments. More than 9,000 people have completed PW business training curriculum and 66.8% of the entrepreneurs PW champions are women.

JoAnn was a 2019-2020 Fulbright Teaching Scholar to Trinidad and Tobago. Her research interests are B-Corps, Faith and Business, Entrepreneurial Support Organizations, and Leadership Development. She was formerly the board chair of Capital for Good with Geneva Global (a performance philanthropy firm, Switzerland) and Broad Street Ministry, (a non-profit serving the most vulnerable Philadelphians) and was on the Executive Board Member of The Accord Network (120+ faith-based international development agencies in the United States).

JoAnn continues to serve as a Business Advisor to Everence Financial®️ (Philadelphia Initiative), Initiate Australia (a social enterprise in Melbourne, Australia), the Network of Christians in Business, and the US Embassy’s E-Hub in -Trinidad and Tobago.

JoAnn holds a Bachelor of Biblical Studies (Prairie College, Canada), an MBA (Eastern University), and a PhD in Organizational Leadership (Eastern University). Her PhD dissertation is titled Reshaping the Goals of 21st Century Business: A Study of the B-Corporation Movement.

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli

Managing Partner of Sahel Capital and Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition Ltd.

Saturday, November 5, 2022
6:30PM

With roots in Nigeria and the United States (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli is a seasoned entrepreneur and expert on social innovation, African agriculture and nutrition, and youth development. After starting her career in Chicago, New York and Johannesburg, she returned to Nigeria to serve as the pioneer executive director of FATE Foundation, a Nigerian business incubator and accelerator for young entrepreneurs.

In 2002, she established LEAP Africa (Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability & Professionalism),

supporting the development of young African leaders and NIA, which encourages female university students in Nigeria to achieve their highest potential.

Over the past 14 years, Ndidi has focused exclusively on transforming the African agriculture and nutrition landscape. She is the Managing Partner of Sahel Capital and Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition Ltd., which works across West Africa, partnering with a range of public sector organizations to shape agricultural policy, create catalytic ventures, and implement ecosystem solutions. She is also the co-founder of AACE Foods, which sources from over 10,000 farmers and produces a range of packaged food products for local and international markets.

As the founder of Nourishing Africa, a digital home for food and agriculture entrepreneurs operating on the African Continent, Ndidi is supporting entrepreneurs in 37 African countries. Her latest start-up, Changing Narratives Africa is committed to changing global mindsets about Africa by showcasing the Continent’s contributions to the global food ecosystem.

She is a recognized Young Global Leader and a Schwab Social Innovator by the World Economic Forum and received a National Honor from the Nigerian Government. She was listed as one of the 20 Power African Women by Forbes, on the 100 Most Influential Africans List by New African Magazine and received the 2021 HBS Alumni Achievement Awards.

Ndidi is a podcast host for Faith driven Entrepreneurship. She is the author of “Social Innovation in Africa: A Practical Guide for Scaling Impact”, “Food Entrepreneurs in Africa: Scaling Resilient Agriculture Businesses”, and “Working for God in the Marketplace.” She is also a TED Talk speaker. (The role of faith and belief in modern Africa and The future of the food ecosystem — and the power of your plate).

Ndidi serves on the boards of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), AGRA (Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa), Rockefeller Foundation, Nigerian Breweries Plc. (Heineken), Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. India, the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, Royal DSM Sustainability Board, Netherlands, and the African Philanthropy Forum.

Ndidi holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She was a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School and an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow. She is currently the McConnell Visiting Scholar at the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University in Canada.

Kenneth D. Hochstetler

President and CEO of Everence Financial®️

Sunday, November 6, 2022
9:00AM

Ken joined Everence in 2014, following a 22-year career at Univest Corporation in Souderton, Pennsylvania, where he held a variety of executive leadership positions related to advisory services, foundation services, insurance agencies, investments, municipal pensions, asset management services, and retail and commercial banking.

Prior to that, he served at Meridian Bank in various locations across southeastern Pennsylvania, and at the Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) Small Business Development Center. Committed to supporting and enriching community, Ken serves on the Boards of Directors for Greencroft Foundation and Oaklawn Psychiatric and Community Mental Health Center, Goshen.

His past volunteer leadership roles have included serving on the Board of Director for Goshen (Indiana) College, as treasurer of the MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) Board of Directors; co-chair of the Campaign Leadership Council of the North Penn Commons in Lansdale, Pennsylvania; chair of Penn View Christian School, Souderton; chair of the Souderton Industrial Development Authority; chair of the Congregational Leadership Board at Blooming Glen (Pennsylvania) Mennonite Church; and a long-term planning committee member of the Bucks-Mont Coalition for Evangelism in Souderton.

Ken earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in business and computer science from Goshen College, and his Master of Business Administration in finance and management from Lehigh University.He and his wife, Sue, live in Goshen, Indiana, and attend Berkey Avenue Mennonite Church. They enjoy spending time with their two adult children and twin grandsons.

Everence helps individuals, organizations and congregations integrate finances with faith through a national team of advisors and representatives. Everence offers banking, insurance and financial services with community benefits and stewardship education. For more information, visit everence.com.

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