The 7th annual event presented by Cedarworks, Inc. with host Samford University is coming October 21-22. The founding Lion’s Den group of Birmingham business professionals created the event in 2014 to “Inspire, Educate and Mobilize” people to invest their time, talents, and other resources in the Kingdom through “Business as Mission.”
Other cities followed Birmingham’s lead: Dallas in 2016 and Silicon Valley in 2020.
In 2019, close to 700 watched The Lion’s Den Main Event. 201 Professional Summit Attendees hailed from 11 countries, 76 cities, and 26 states. They participated in a series of plenary sessions on the past, present, and future of BAM, as well as a series of smaller breakout session topics and of course, two great dinners, and a lunch with keynote speaker Greg Lernihan.
The 7th annual event features 3 businesses presenting to hundreds and a Panel of Lions in a pitch competition similar to a “Shark Tank” type experience with a twist.
The Kingdom-focused Panel will look for sharp business minds focused on producing financial, social, environmental, and spiritual results in their chosen endeavors, known as the “quadruple bottom-line”.
Live audience voting will determine the business that best survives The Lion’s Den.
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Thursday, October 22
2:30-5:00pm Exhibit Hall, Networking
4:00-6:00pm The Lion’s Den Main Event
The Lion’s Den established itself as a forum for action-oriented professionals coming from across the country. Because of the real, lasting connections across industries and geographies developed over the years, the Professional Summit was created to extend these positive interactions. Summit Attendees will connect and collaborate around meals, discussion, interviews, and more. Breakout facilitators and panelists offer frontline experiences and specific understanding of the emerging space for Business As Mission and Kingdom-Minded investing.
Tickets are $295 per person with discounts for advanced purchases
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Thursday, October 22
Morning & Afternoon Plenary Sessions
Industry & Issue-Related Breakouts
Small & Large Group Networking
The Lion’s Den Main Event
Wrap Party Dinner
Samford University is a premier nationally ranked Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts and a distinct blend of graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and is regularly recognized among the best Christian universities in the country. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st in Alabama and 3rd in the nation for student engagement, and U.S. News & World Report ranks the university 40th nationally for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Samford enrolls 5,692 students from 47 states and 28 countries in its 10 academic schools, and fields 17 NCAA Division I teams who compete in the Southern Conference.
Samford provides a wonderful backdrop. Parking will be immediately in front of Thursday’s Main Event and easily accessible for attendees on campus. We are grateful to Samford University and the Brock School of Business for hosting The Lion’s Den once again.