Leadership Summit 2018

Fashion Island Hotel, Newport Beach, CA
Wednesday, May 2, 6 p.m. – Friday, May 4, 11:30 a.m.

You want to see life well. You want to see God’s truth, see yourself realistically, see other people the way God wants you to see them. You want to see the future, see your family more, see your faith lived out Monday to Friday – not just for an hour on Sunday. Leadership Summit is designed to help you do just that.

In Newport Beach, California, you and your spouse and or senior team members can engage in significant conversations that will help you see God, others and yourself in a fresh way.

Join us and bring your spouse, team members or friends at almost half price. We’ll do life together a few minutes from the beach as we ponder a talk, collaborate over a meal, think deeply together, and hopefully even hear from God as we lean into learning at Leadership Summit 2018 in Newport Beach, California.

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Conference space is extremely limited. If you are interested in attending, please call 714-577-8382.

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Our Speakers

Our keynote and breakout presenters will be brief, yet deep and paradigm smashing. They’ll act as your Sherpa guides on the road to seeing things differently. When they’re done, they’ll take your questions and stick around to talk to you. Their wisdom, plus your God given talent and implementation, will equal company change, community change and life change. You’ll begin to see things differently through God’s eyes, not just your eyes, as we lean into learning.

Shaunti Feldhahn Speaker | Analyst & Social Researcher Shaunti graduated from Harvard, met her husband Jeff and started working on Wall Street as an analyst. Today she uses her analytical skills to drive social research that helps you thrive relationally. She’s the best-selling author of more than a dozen research-based books for improving your work and workplace, your marriage, your parenting and even people who drive you nuts! Shaunti delights in blowing up conventional wisdom, and providing those “Aha moments” that leave her audiences saying, “Gee, I guess I have some work to do.” Her books have sold over 2 million copies in 24 languages. She’s making a difference in corporations and individual lives around the world. She is a wife, mother, author, and speaker. We’re thrilled to have her join the Summit!
Dr. Scott Rae Speaker | Theology of Work Dr. Scott Rae loves to connect the Sunday stuff to the Monday stuff. He’s an expert in business ethics, and will help you think about the application of Christian ethics to the marketplace world you live in. He’s the Professor of Christian Ethics at Biola University. He has authored numerous books including Business for the Common Good; Beyond Integrity: A Judeo-Christian Approach to Business Ethics. Scott is an ethics consultant for four Southern California hospitals, Dean of the Faculty at Talbot Seminary, and a contributor to the Theology of Work project.
Dr. Larry Crabb Speaker | Seeing God, Seeing Others Psychologist, Teacher, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur. All of these roles describe Dr. Larry Crabb. He's written over 25 books! He loves helping people see themselves, see each other and see God. He founded New Way Ministries birthed out of a passionate connection that there's a new way to live. New Way helps leaders think about spiritual formation and authentic community to help ignite a revolution in how you live, think and relate.
Matt Canlis Speaker | Living Life at Godspeed Matt Canlis grew up in Seattle, was ordained by the Church of Scotland, and now serves as a parish pastor in Wenatchee, Washington. Together with his brother Brian and friend Danny, he filmed a short documentary, Godspeed, about what ministry in Scotland can teach about the pace of being known. He married his childhood sweetheart, Julie, and is the grateful father of four children.
Mark Canlis Speaker | Developing Your People Mark Canlis grew up in a restaurant family, spending his time living and learning the trade from the inside out. Before officially joining the company in 2003, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, served as a Captain in Air Force Special Operations, and worked in nine restaurants across the country. He met his wife, Anne Marie, while living in Manhattan and working with famed restaurateur Danny Meyer. Mark and his brother now preside over the family restaurant in Seattle. Under his leadership, Canlis has repeatedly been named one of the top restaurants in America, become one of only 13 Relais & Chateau restaurants in the United States, and has been awarded 21 consecutive Wine Spectator Grand Awards. In 2017 the restaurant won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Program. He and his wife reside in Seattle with their three children, three chickens, and a bird dog.
Max McLean Speaker & Entertainer

Awarding-winning actor Max McLean will present an abbreviated version of his acclaimed portrayal of C.S. Lewis Onstage in The Most Reluctant Convert.

Max McLean brings the Bible and Christian Classics to life. He is the founder of New York City-based Fellowship for Performing Arts and is an award-winning actor and artistic director. He created the award winning play of C.S. Lewis in The Most Reluctant Convert. Max is the narrator for The Listener’s Bible. His creative work has been cited with distinction by the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal and CNN.

“McLean has a rich stage presence and a MASTERFUL command of timing . . . hugely moving.” Washington Post

Dean Del Sesto Speaker | Personal Branding Building the Brilliant Brand of You for Breakthrough Business Performance
This unconventional talk focuses on all aspects of how a strong executive brand can improve leadership, relational acuity and business performance in all areas inside the company, and with clients, vendors, and stakeholders. Content, cross pollinates powerfully into personal relationships as well.

Dean is Principal and Chief Creative Officer at Breviti – an award winning business branding agency in Laguna Niguel, CA, and is a partner at VeracityColab, a video marketing agency in Aliso Viejo, CA. He is also an author on the topics of personal and business branding and speaks at companies and event venues to help improve individual and corporate performance.
Sebastian Igreti & David Bryden Speakers | Cybersecurity Sebastian Igreti is the President and Co-founder of TechMD, one of Orange County’s leading IT solutions firms. David Bryden is the CFO of TechMD and the founder of SpamSoap, Inc.

Together, they will lead a practical discussion designed to help business leaders navigate today's cybersecurity challenges and avoid sinking like the Titanic. In the last year, over 50% of U.S. businesses were victims of cybercrime. According to the Ponemon Institute, the average cost for SMB businesses to clean up after a cybersecurity breach is $690,000. But what most don't realize is that 80% of breaches are caused by employee negligence and preventable vulnerabilities.
Tim Voorhees Speaker | Zero-Tax Planning Throughout his 39-year career as an estate planning lawyer and investment adviser, Tim’s planning teams have developed thousands of plans that align legal, tax, and financial strategies with the vision and values of wealth holders. These plans have helped clients redirect billions of dollars of tax savings to trusts that generate greater after-tax retirement income, bigger transfers to family members, and larger gifts to favorite charities.
Craig Huey 29 New Trends for Marketing Products & Services Craig Huey, the Founder and President of Creative Direct Marketing Group, is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in direct response marketing. He is the winner of 79 major marketing awards for break-through campaigns for multi-million dollar sales.
Steve Bell Musician His guitar skills were honed in a medium-security penitentiary where his Dad, the prison Chaplain, brought him along. Today he’s a Singer, Songwriter, Storyteller, Teacher, Writer, Troubadour for our time. All these are the iconic Steve Bell. Over a 25-year solo career, he’s purveyor of truth and beauty and a champion of kindness, on a focused mission to “encourage Christian faith and thoughtful living through artful word and song.” His eloquent songs are sung in a charming vocal style, accompanied by rootsy guitar riffs and storytelling prowess that are uniquely his own. Steve has put out 20 albums selling over 300,000 copies. He performs with symphony orchestras to capacity crowds. Bell spreads hope through music to communities in India, Thailand, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Ethiopia, Palestine, Kenya and Guatemala. We welcome Steve Bell back to the Leadership Summit stage!
Nazareth Comedian He’s performed at the Famous Grand Ole Opry. He’s been seen by over 40 million people around the world through live concerts, TV and radio broadcasts. He’s appeared on Comedy Central, ABC, NBC, CBS, and TBN. He’s toured with the Righteous Brothers, The Temptations and worked with B.B. King and Tim Conway. The New York Times raves about his performance! Still, Nazareth insists his biggest credit is that he’s a husband and a father. Now, Comedian Nazareth returns to the Leadership Summit stage. Hooray! Nazareth loves encouraging people through the art of comedy. His loves to see his audience forget their stresses and fears as he performs.

Location: Fashion Island Hotel

All events will be held at the Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach, California.

690 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Hotel Fashion Island Hotel "Indulge in the fashionable side of coastal luxury at Fashion Island Hotel with all the diversions of Fashion Island, Orange County’s iconic open-air shopping, dining and entertainment destination. It’s the centerpiece of Newport Beach and where unforgettable experiences are always in vogue."
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Activities Newport Beach

Newport Beach is home to some of the best beaches in the world. While you're here, make sure to explore some of these activities:

  • Restaurants
  • Shopping
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking

For more activities at Newport Beach, go to visitnewportbeach.com

Shopping Fashion Island

Fashion Island is one of the world's foremost shopping centers. There you can find stores like: Alice + Olivia • Anthropologie • BCBG • Elie Tahari • Joie • Michael Stars • Rebecca Taylor • Splendid • Trina Turk • & more.

For a full directory on stores and restaurants at Fashion Island, click here.

Quick Facts

Who's Invited?

  • CEOs and Business Owners
  • Key Leaders (price discount of $700)
  • Spouses & Friends (price discount of $700)
  • Click here to register


  • We recommend flying into John Wayne / Orange County Airport (SNA)
  • Orange County Airport (SNA) is 10 minutes away from Fashion Island Hotel


  • If flying into Orange County Airport, we recommend using an Uber, Lyft or cab
    (Overnight parking at Fashion Island Hotel is $20/night)




  • Wednesday, May 2:
    • Day Pass 1
      • Dinner
      • Session 1 (6-9 p.m.)
        • Max McLean, Matt Canlis
  • Thursday, May 3:
    • Day Pass 2
      • Breakfast
      • Session 2 (8-9:45 a.m.)
        • Mark Canlis
      • Session 3 (10:15-11:30 a.m.)
        • Dr. Scott B. Rae
      • Lunch
      • Breakout Session 1 (1-2 p.m.)
        • David Bryden, Dean Del Sesto, Shaunti Feldhahn, Tim Voorhees
      • Breakout Session 2 (2:30-3:30 p.m.)
        • Matt Canlis, Shaunti Feldhahn, Craig Huey, Sebastian Igreti
      • Breakout Session 3 (3:45-4:30 p.m.)
        • Hope International, Sedera Health, RightNow Media, The Kurzen Group
    • Day Pass 3
      • Dinner
      • Session 4 (6-9 p.m.)
        • Dr. Larry Crabb
        • Nazareth
  • Friday, May 4:
    • Day Pass 4
      • Breakfast
      • Session 5 (8-9:30 a.m.)
        • Shaunti Feldhahn
      • Session 6 (10-11:30 a.m.)
        • Dr. Larry Crabb

Final Details

Wednesday Evening, May 2

Be sure to get to Fashion Island Hotel between 3:30 p.m and 6 p.m. to check-in and take part in the Networking Reception that begins at 4:30 p.m. Driving directions to the hotel can be found by clicking here.

The Networking Reception is an opportunity for you to connect with participants and engage with our sponsors in the prefunction area of the venue.

The program begins Wednesday night at 6 p.m. with dinner, a performance from Max McLean and an opportunity to hear from Matt Canlis.

When you arrive, just look for the Convene team in red polos if you have any questions.

Calendar of Events

For a full calendar of events, just click here and it'll take you to the calendar.

Is there a dress code?

Dress code for the conference is resort wear and business casual. Wear whatever makes you comfortable, jeans are okay! You may want to opt for something more dressy for the evening dinners.

Transportation to the Event

Lyft, Uber or Taxi are great options to get to the event from the airport or if you are staying off-site.

If flying into Orange County (SNA), Fashion Island Hotel is only 10 minutes away.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Questions? Call 1-877-236-2236 or email info@convenenow.com