Breakout Sessions & Speaker Information

2021 Breakout Topics and Speakers

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership with Dr. Ruth Haley Barton


Ruth has been a student, practitioner, and thought leader in Christian spirituality and formation for over 20 years. A seasoned spiritual director, teacher, and retreat leader, Ruth was trained at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and the Loyola University Chicago Institute for Pastoral Studies and holds a doctor of divinity from Northern Seminary. She has served on the pastoral staff of several churches and is the author of numerous books and resources on the spiritual life.



Ministry to Generation Z with Dr. Kara Powell


Kara is the Chief of Leadership Formation at Fuller Seminary, where she also serves as Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute and an Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry. In addition to her roles at Fuller Seminary, Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange and volunteers in student ministries at her home church of Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. She has written countless books and is a highly sought-after youth and family ministry speaker across the country.



Leading Christian Nonprofit Boards with Dr. Gary Hoag and Ereny Monir


Gary received his Ph.D. in New Testament from Trinity College, Bristol, UK. His expertise centers around what the Bible teaches on the handling of money and nonprofit board leadership. He serves as a visiting professor at seven seminaries in four countries. He is a passionate follower of Jesus and an ordained minister and nonprofit leader.


Ereny serves at Global Trust Partners along with Dr. Hoag. She has excelled as a coach, trainer, and counselor driven by a passion for empowering people in their interpersonal and development skills. For over 12 years, she received multiple promotions in the banking sector and worked as a corporate industry head and freelance trainer for the Central Bank, while also serving in nonprofit leadership roles. She got her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Alexandria University and has certifications in emerging leadership, credit analysis, leadership essentials TOT, and more. She has led at global conferences on leadership, coaching, corporate and nonprofit governance, and international accountability. Ereny is a passionate follower of Jesus who is from Egypt and speaks English and Arabic.