Susan Sperry

Susan Sperry is the Regional Director, Greater Chicago Area at World Relief  in the western suburbs of Chicago, an organization that provides vital services and partners with churches to help create welcoming communities where refugees and immigrants can thrive. She believes that positive social change can emerge out of the intersection of design, leadership, and people development, and enjoys coaching leaders and teams as they navigate the human side of change.

Susan has served at World Relief since 2001, mobilizing hundreds of volunteers and churches to engage in local ministry and overseeing the resettlement of thousands of refugees in Chicago’s western suburbs. She has her MS in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University, and her undergraduate degree from Wheaton College. Susan is an active member of New Community Covenant Church-Bronzeville in Chicago.

Dennae Pierre

Dennae Pierre is executive director of The Surge (Phoenix) Network, a movement of local churches partnered together to put Jesus on display in Arizona. Dennae has been involved in church planting, community development, and started a non-profit that serves birth mothers whose children are in the foster care system. She is a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and serves on the North American Leadership Team for City to City. Dennae is married to Vermon and they have four children: Marcel, Mya, Judah, and Jovanna!

Bethany Hoang

Advisor

IJM Institute at International Justice Mission

On the board of The Human Trafficking Institute

Bethany Hoang is an author, speaker and consultant with a driving passion to see followers of Jesus across the globe to live the connection between justice and spiritual formation. She serves as Advisor for IJM’s Institute for Biblical Justice after leading the Institute as founding director for a decade. Bethany has been profiled for her leadership in the justice movement by Christianity Today (one of “50 Women To Watch”), Outreach! and Relevant magazines, the White House, and organizations such as Catalyst, Q Ideas, Urbana, Lausanne, and Ideation.

Bethany’s publications include a devotional resource Deepening the Soul for Justice (IVP, 2012) and the forthcoming book The Justice Calling: Where Passion Meets Perseverance with coauthor Kristen Deede Johnson (Baker, 2015), in addition to essays, articles, and biblical notes/commentary.

Bethany holds a B.A. in Religion and History from Miami University of Ohio, and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, where she received the distinguished Fellowship in Theology. Born and raised on the East Coast, she now lives with her husband, three kids, and a puppy in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Passionate about the connection between justice and spiritual formation.

Chuck Thomas

With a string of notable accomplishments, Chuck Thomas is a recognized expert in business marketing and communications.   He is a strategic thinker, team motivator and hands-on creative. Through ads, public relations, events, licensed properties, direct mail, technology, music and film, Thomas has generated more than 32 billion audience impressions, helped raise hundreds of millions in sales, funding and contributions, and driven millions of people engage clients at their websites.

During studies at Eastman School of Music, Chuck Thomas learned to harness diversity and complexity as a jazz composer to create an emotional, moving experience. With that understanding and his strategic mind, Mr. Thomas reapplied that learning to help companies powerfully connect their vision with their market. The results have been imaginative and compelling brand initiatives for some of the nation’s fastest growing companies.

You have probably seen his work as Thomas has accumulated over 32 billion career audience impressions building brands for the world’s best-known companies.

Thomas is a noted expert and speaker in the field of creative branding. He successfully registered and trademarked The VALCORT Creative Branding Process®, a simple way to create successful new products, build loyal customers, and increase profitability.  He has consulted with CEOs and marketing professionals from healthcare, financial services, technology, communications, manufacturing industries to create branding strategies and award winning, innovative executions.

Thomas learned his craft as an independent creative and brand strategist for the Chicago advertising community working with top agency clients including McDonalds, United Air Lines, Frito-Lay, Toyota, 7-Up, AT&T, Kraft, Anheueser Busch, Hasbro, General Mills and others.   He won numerous awards for his work and was nationally known for creating innovative digital sampling for commercial music soundtracks.

Thomas is a strategic marketer, and helped shape and execute the 10 year repositioning and communications plan, rebranding the 100 year old, $20 million non-profit called Wiley House to national and international prominence as KidsPeace, The Center for Kids Overcoming Crisis, now topping $110 million.  In the course of executing this plan, he developed more than 30 strategic initiatives to establish KidsPeace as the undisputed world leader in children’s counseling services.

Thomas is the recipient of the national “KidsVoice Award” for his extensive public work giving voice to America’s children, and in 1999 was the recipient of three Telly Awards, three Houston International Film Festival Silver Stars, The 1999 WebAward, and New York Festivals Awards for outstanding achievement.  He has also received a Chicago Advertising Association Addy, a Golden Trumpet from the Publicity Club of Chicago, multiple Gold awards from The Houston Film Festival, a RIAA Certified Gold Record, plus awards from The Globals, The U.S. International Film and Video Festival, The Mercury Awards, and The HMR Awards

Earl Carr

Managing Director at Momentum Advisors

Earl Carr’s mandate is to develop the firm’s cross-border wealth management practice, and to build the firm’s international brand. Earl joined Momentum in 2014 from Morgan Stanley, where he was a Vice President in the Institute for Sustainable Investing.  Prior to Morgan Stanley, Earl was a Vice President of commercial banking at HSBC. He has also worked for McKinsey & Company and the Council on Foreign Relations. Earl has spent 8 years studying, living, and working in Asia, primarily: Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, and Taiwan. Earl has been quoted in The McKinsey Quarterly, Financial Planning Magazine, The South China Morning Post, and numerous other publications.

Earl is actively involved at The Council on Foreign Relations and is a member of The National Committee on United States-China Relations (NCUSCR). He is Chair of the Board of Trustees at Trinity Baptist Church. Mr. Carr is also an Adjunct Professor at New York University.

Earl received his Bachelor's degree in International Relations from The College of William & Mary and holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from American University. He has also studied at Beijing Normal University in China, and International Christian University in Tokyo. He is fluent in Mandarin (Chinese), and also conversant in Japanese, Cantonese (Chinese), Spanish, and Arabic.



Eunice Kang

Eunice Kang is a #1 best-selling children’s author and president of Mighty Fortress Press, an independent book publishing company.  

“Mama, What If?” is the first book of “A Mama & Me Book” series for early readers geared toward children aged 1-6 years old. She is currently working on the second book of the series about the fruits of the Spirit and is passionate about providing more books with a focus on Christian education.

A Los Angeles native, Eunice is also an adjunct professor at El Camino College and lives in Torrance, California with her husband and two children.


Austin Graff

Austin Graff leads talent marketing, brand, and social media at The Washington Post. He is also a contributing writer about parenting and travel. Austin started his career leading social media and celebrity relations for International Justice Mission (IJM), the world's largest anti-trafficking organization. He went onto the for-profit sector leading digital and influencer marketing for Coca-Cola’s Honest Tea brand, America's #1 organic bottled iced tea company. After growing up in Russia and Kazakhstan, Austin returned to the USA for university. He proudly lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, daughter, and two roommates.