Schedule & Breakouts

Below you will find the Partners Worldwide International Summit schedule & Breakouts.

You’ll see a key below that depicts “tracks” for attendees, as well as color-coded squares for each Breakout. Learn more about the four tracks here.

Thursday, 18

Registration opens

Welcome, Introductions, & Devotions

The origins of business are in Genesis—with God making it very clear that business is a holy calling and that characteristics of entrepreneurship are from the very nature of God. Doug Seebeck, President and Founder of Partners Worldwide, provides new insights and affirms business as a ministry.

Keynote #1 – Business & Ministry

Pastor Samuel Reeves will share his story of bringing church and business together in the rebuilding of Liberia. Come to gain insights from his experience as the founder and president of LEAD (Liberia Entrepreneurial and Asset Development) during Liberia’s growth and challenges of the last decade.  Find inspiration from Pastor Reeves’ vision for business as ministry as a foundation for Liberia’s future.


Breakout Session #1 Options:
Business & Social Enterprise

There is a growing movement of businesses focused on addressing the social needs in society, including alleviation of poverty. Come hear about the latest corporate approaches, investment trends, and examples of social enterprise business models from JoAnn Flett, Program Director of the MBA in Social Impact at Eastern University.

Business & Empathy

Major companies rely on empathy as critical to doing business. But, empathy isn’t simply about being nice or courteous—it’s about anticipating the needs of people at a deeper level. Becoming customer-centric in this way doesn’t have to require lots of money or sophisticated algorithms. It requires listening, patience, and the willingness to challenge existing norms. What does this look like in the context of local neighborhoods and communities in the U.S. and around the world? Join Ethan Daly, Partners Worldwide U.S. Region Facilitator, for this lively dialogue.

Business & Training

Business training is a critical part of creating jobs and ending poverty. Partners Worldwide has pioneered a global training team and curriculum that impacts thousands of businesses each year. Come hear from some of our network’s passionate and talented trainers, and gain best practices for how to equip entrepreneurs for success!

The Cross-Cultural Team

Kau Hanmantgad, Head of Operations for Breakthrough in Bangalore, India, is an international leader in team building and collaboration, having consulted with Fortune 500 companies across the globe. In this interactive workshop, Kau will explore the premise of how creating safe spaces of communication and trust is the game-changer to cross cultural collaboration.

Hello PW

Are you new to Partners Worldwide? Want to learn what it’s all about? Join us for “Hello PW” to hear who we are, why we are, what we do, where we work, and how you can get involved!

Lunch & Network Exhibits
Interview: Nathan Bond

What makes for a successful startup? In this interview, Nathan Bond looks back on the days when he and his wife, Anna, started Rifle Paper Co. He reflects on critical moments and decisions in the unlikely story of a traditional card and paper company that grew to a $22 million enterprise in the midst of the digital age.

Panel Discussion #1:
Business & Shalom

Hear from leaders working through their business and marketplace relationships to lead positive community impact. They lead businesses and institutions seeking to bring about shalom with God, self, others, and creation. Panelists: Ana Leticia Tejeda Soto, Diaconia Nacional; Paul Ubwa, Pleasure Travels; Pastor Binu Thampy, New India Church of God.


Breakout Session #2 Options:
Business & Faith

Join this breakout to go deeper in Partners Worldwide’s spiritual foundations and to hear how entrepreneurs around the globe are living out their faith both in and through business. Learn how businesses are dealing with corruption, applying multiple bottom lines, and being the salt and light in their everyday relationships in the marketplace. Breakout leaders: Doug Seebeck and Bob Vryhof.

Business & Innovation

This workshop provides a rare opportunity to dialogue with Nathan Bond, co-founder and CEO of Rifle Paper Co,. Nathan will answer questions on the trials and joys of entrepreneurship, calling on the experience of he and his wife, Anna, Chief Creative Director, who grew a $22 Million card business in the midst of the digital age.

Business & Coaching

How do you mentor and coach emerging businesspeople, and do it really well? While mentoring and coaching can be challenging things to perfect, effective coaching skills can be learned and improved. This breakout, led by Jon Taylor, Executive Director of Coaching Mission International, will explore how to mentor and coach from a Biblical perspective.

PW Access to Capital

Join us as we discuss an ecosystem of approaches to providing affordable capital to unleash entrepreneurs. Hear about innovations and lessons learned from practitioners who use group lending models, providers of micro and SME loans, and impact investors in bigger businesses. Gain insights on how to manage risk in difficult environments and sustain the impact of your investments in entrepreneurs who are ending poverty.

Opportunities to Engage

If you are looking for a place to engage in the work of Partners Worldwide, this is the breakout for you. Hear from the Partners Worldwide Development Team about regional highlights and current opportunities to partner and engage. Discover how you can put your skills and passion to use with our partnerships around the globe.

Closing Remarks

Global Expo Open

Friday, 19

Registration opens


Keynote #2 – Business & Entrepreneurship

Julio Zelaya, best-selling author and global expert in entrepreneurship, brings a wealth of wisdom and a love for biblical business to the PW stage. In his home country of Guatemala, Julio serves as Founder and President of Emprende U (Entrepreneur University). His talk will focus on what you already have in your hands to do business: your drive, talents, resources, and relationships. Even in difficult business environments and challenging times, Julio’s message is that God gives us the puzzle pieces to complete the mission.


Breakout Session #3 Options:
Business & The Hedgehog

What’s your deepest passion? What are you the best at doing? What drives your economic engine? These are the key questions of the Hedgehog Concept (from the bestselling book From Good To Great). In this interactive breakout, we’ll explore these questions from a Biblical perspective, while also assessing your own motivations and gifts for business. The breakout is led by keynote speaker Julio Zelaya.

Business & 'Isms'

Racism, paternalism, and sexism are just a few of the institutional barriers that stop businesses and people from flourishing. Doug Seebeck delves into these barriers and provides 20 years of insight into what we must do in our partnerships to combat them.

The ABCs of Being a BA

A unique aspect of the Partners Worldwide model is our Business Affiliates (BAs), who serve as volunteers and support systems for our local partners. So what is a BA, what exactly do they do, and how can you become a BA? Hear firsthand from some of the dedicated Business Affiliates in our network.

PW Agricultural Showcase

‘No farmers, no future’ – four words that proclaim the centrality of agriculture to human life. Running a successful farming or agribusiness enterprise is a challenge, especially in the developing world. Come celebrate and learn from those who have taken the bold decision to invest in agriculture to create jobs and support livelihoods in their communities. While facing the inherent risks and challenges associated with agriculture, they stand bold to deliver on their calling.

SMEs and Job Creation

People in poverty talk about escaping it by doing one of two things: starting a business and getting a job. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) play a vital role in not only the job creation component of ending poverty, but also as leaders in transforming their communities. Join this dialogue with Roland Hoksbergen and Roxanne Addink de Graaf to discuss the vital role of SMEs in development and how you can support SMEs to build thriving communities.

Business Pitch

“Live from Grand Rapids, it is the Spring GR Business Pitch Competition!” Five business graduates from Spring GR, one of our local Grand Rapids partners, will make a business pitch to launch their businesses to the next stage. You’ll all be voting participants in the results of this pitch event—with rewards for each participant. This local pitch competition will also be your introduction to the Partners Worldwide Global 2020 ‘Pitch to End Poverty’ competition.


Global Expo

Take a trip around the world—Partners Worldwide style. The Global Expo will help you explore each region in which Partners Worldwide works. So whether you’re interested in Southeast Asia or right here in the US, engage with our international staff from each region to talk to you more about how the work of Partners Worldwide manifests itself there. We’ll also have vendor tables from partners within our network, so those of you looking for a sweet treat or some fair-trade coffee, this is your place.

Breakout Session #4 Options:
Starting Lean

How might an entrepreneur identify customer problems, then build and test simple solutions? In this breakout, learn how the extremely popular “Lean Startup” approach can be a practical and powerful tool for businesses in emerging economies.

Business & Advocacy

As we work together to influence the policies and systems necessary for businesses and people to thrive, business-focused advocacy takes center stage. Learn about the practical application of PW’s Advocacy Toolkit and our pilot advocacy work in Honduras, directly from the leaders involved.

Permanent Resilient Institutions

This breakout will focus on building strong leadership and governance for poverty-fighting institutions, as well as generating sustainable, local funding sources. We’ll reflect on lessons learned and stories in our global network, highlighting the current strategy in the Africa region.

Business & Spiritual Metrics

How do we measure the impact of businesspeople through a wholistic, spiritual lens? Exciting new tools are emerging that help us better understand those we serve and the progress being made in their lives and communities. Come to learn from pilot work with story capture methods, shalom surveys, and kingdom-business metric models throughout our global network.

Keynote #3 — Business & The End of Poverty

A summit is a vantage point to see a vista, in our case, a future world without poverty. Pastor Sam Reeves and Doug Seebeck will close our summit with a Spirit-charged blessing and challenge upon businesses, businesspeople and everyone in attendance to go out as agents of change to end poverty through business.

Closing Announcements & Global Expo Open

Schedule and sessions subject to change.