Fall Executive Forum

CFI’s Fall Executive Forum is an invitation-only event for Christian business leaders who want to build  a Christian legacy in their sector.

The 2019 inaugural forum will be held

Thursday, October 31


Friday, November 1 

at the historic Herrington Inn on the Fox River in Geneva, IL and on campus at Wheaton College. 

Participants will have the opportunity to become CFI Charter Members.

What is CFI?

The Wheaton Center for Faith & Innovation helps Christians pursue their work in the marketplace as an act of discipleship to Jesus Christ. The kingdom of God does not end where the marketplace begins. Jesus Christ is Lord of every area of life, and he calls his followers to vocations in the marketplace as well as the church.

Read more about CFI


Who else will attend the forum?

The Fall Executive Forum is a small, invitation-only gathering for Christian leaders in business and the broader marketplace. Invitations have been extended to:

  • Board members, CEOs, other C-suite members, and VPs in large and medium-sized companies
  • Senior leaders in non-profit organizations or non-government organizations
  • Professors of leading or emerging university-level programs in Faith & Work

What is charter membership?

Participants in the Fall Executive Forum have the opportunity to become CFI Charter Members. These important leaders will contribute their expertise and insight at the startup phase of the CFI launch. In doing so, Charter Members will shape CFI's research and program agendas, strategic goals, and operating models.

Benefits to Charter Members:

  • Opportunity to shape vision for faith and innovation research and practice for Christian business leaders
  • Private invitations to two CFI Fall Executive Forums (November 2019 and November 2020)
  • First look at CFI research outputs
  • Writing and publishing opportunities
  • Enhanced access to the CFI Innovation Lab


Portrait of Ron Johnson, Founder and CEO of EnjoyRon is best known for the work he did as the merchant leader at Target and as the creator of the Apple Retail Stores. During his tenure at Target the company successfully differentiated itself through design and marketing. As an executive team member at Apple, reporting to Steve Jobs, he led the conceptual design and roll out of the Apple retail strategy for 12 years creating the highest productivity retail stores in the world. Apple opened nearly 400 stores under Ron’s guidance and opened stores in 13 countries.

Ron is the founder and CEO of Enjoy, a Menlo Park based company inventing the on-demand Mobile Store. The Enjoy service is free to customers and its current geographic reach serves more customers in the US than Apple does through its retail stores or Amazon does through its fastest, Prime Now, shipping option. Enjoy provides this service for premium companies like AT&T, Google, and Sonos in the US and British Telecom in the UK.

Ron earned his Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University in 1980 and his Master's in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1984.

Ron is an active volunteer at Stanford and currently serves on the Stanford University Board of Trustees, as Vice Chair of the Campaign for Stanford Medicine and spent nine years as a Trustee of Stanford Healthcare including over six years as Vice Chair.

Ron is married to Karen Johnson. The Johnson's reside in Atherton, California and have two children, Elizabeth and Will.

Portrait of David Miller, Director of the Princeton University Faith & Work InitiativeDr. David Miller is on the faculty of Princeton University and serves as Director of the Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative. He was also at Yale University for five years, where he served as the Executive Director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, and taught at both Yale School of Management and Divinity School.  Dr. Miller received his M.Div. and a Ph.D. in ethics from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Prior to his work in the academy, Dr. Miller served as a partner in a London-based, private equity firm that specialized in international investment management, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions. He has also served as senior executive and director of the securities services and global custody division of HSBC Group.

David’s book, God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement (Oxford University Press, 2007), challenges business academics and executives, as well as theologians and clergy to think differently about ethics, faith, and work.

Portrait of Al Powers, Former CEO, NOW Health GroupAfter serving in various leadership roles at NOW Foods over the course of 30 years, Al became the CEO of NOW Health Group in 2005. Under his leadership NOW Foods sustained consistently high domestic and international growth, became the number one brand in the health food channel, created several hundred new jobs, expanded their manufacturing and distribution capabilities, and developed state of the art analytical testing labs to support high quality manufacturing. NOW was also consistently awarded as one of the best companies to work for. 

NOW has a strong commitment to social responsibility by supporting projects working with international communities affected by war, poverty, and disease.  Al and his wife Kim, who is also a veteran of the health food industry, take a personal interest in bringing the benefits of nutrition to those who need it most. For example, they have visited Uganda and Rwanda to investigate opportunities to make nutritional supplements available to projects addressing childhood poverty.

Al received the President's Award for Excellence in Exporting from President George W. Bush on behalf of NOW in 2008, was the recipient of Nutrition Business Journal's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, and was inducted into New Hope’s Hall of Legends in 2015.

Steve Wilhite, Senior Vice President of Energy & Sustainability Services (ESS) for Schneider ElectricSteve joined Schneider Electric in 2011 through its acquisition of Summit Energy where he had been CEO and President since 2001. Since that time, his team has grown to become the largest buyer of energy in the world and currently manages more than $30 billion in energy spend for 4,500+ Schneider Electric clients around the world. Under Steve’s leadership, the ESS team has expanded its scope beyond energy procurement to also deliver sustainability consulting and efficiency-related services to its global client base, in a holistic approach called Active Energy Management.

Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Steve provided consulting services to several Fortune 500 companies that compete in the deregulated retail energy industry. Steve has also held the following positions: Vice President of Marketing and Operations for FPL Energy Services; Vice President of Marketing for Duke-Louis Dreyfus; Manager of Energy Supply for International Paper; and several positions in Marketing and Rates for Florida Power & Light Co.

Steve earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois and a master’s degree from Duke University (Fuqua) in Durham, North Carolina.

Portrait of Hannah Stolze, Professor of Marketing and SCM, and Director of the Wheaton Center for Faith and InnovationDr. Stolze served 6 years in the US Army Reserve in ordnance and later in public relations. With her B.A. from Carthage College in International Political Economics & Mandarin, she managed operations for a packaging importer while completing her MBA.

Stolze earned her PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in logistics and marketing at the University of Tennessee and was on faculty at Florida State University before joining the faculty at Wheaton College. Dr. Stolze has conducted research with over 40 companies and the Dept. of Defense in the areas of supply chain management and social & environmental sustainability.

Dr. Stolze’s forthcoming book on Wisdom Based Business will be released by Harper Collins Christian Publishing/Zondervan following her completion of an MA in Biblical Studies at Wheaton College in Spring 2019. Dr. Stolze lives in St. Charles, IL with her husband, Rich, and children, Jamin and Riley.

Portrait of Dr. Keith L. Johnson, Associate Professor of Theology and Co-Director of the Wheaton Center for Faith and Innovation	Dr. Johnson teaches courses in systematic theology with the goal of helping students connect the best insights of the Christian tradition to their daily life and work. This goal is reflected in his book Theology as Discipleship (IVP Academic, 2015), in which he demonstrates how the study of theology can be an act of faithfulness to Christ and service to the church.

Throughout his time at Wheaton, Keith has been involved in interdisciplinary discussions to help strengthen the relationship between theology, the liberal arts, and the sciences. As an ordained minister, he often speaks and teaches in local churches.

Dr. Johnson currently is writing a theology of innovation that will help Christians in the marketplace relate the disruption of innovation to the grace of God. In addition to this research, his academic work focuses on modern theology with an emphasis on contemporary discussion related to the doctrines of the Trinity, Christology, and salvation. His recent publications include The Essential Karl Barth (Baker Academic, 2019) and the co-edited volume Balm in Gilead: A Theological Dialogue with Marilynne Robinson (IVP Academic, 2019).


Thursday, October 31

4:00 — Hotel check in begins

Herrington Inn & Spa front desk, 15 South River Lane, Geneva, IL 60134 | (630) 208-7433

5:00 - 6:00 pm — Forum registration and reception 

The Pumphouse, Herrington Inn & Spa, Geneva, IL

6:00 pm — Banquet and program (Herrington Inn)

David Miller, Director of the Princeton University Faith and Work Initiative and author of God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement, will discuss the present moment in faith and work and critical opportunities.

Friday, November 1

7:00 am — Breakfast and networking (Herrington Inn)

8:00 am —  Shuttle service to Wheaton College

Shuttle service will be provided to Wheaton College's campus where the balance of the program will take place.

8:45 am —  Welcome and presentations

Hosted by CFI's Director, these sessions will frame the need for CFI and articulate challenges and opportunities for the future of faith and work.

10:40 am —  Wheaton College Chapel

Join the Wheaton College student body for worship and prayer.

12:00 pm —  Lunch

1:00 pm —  Vision casting roundtables and executive talks

Vision casting roundtables will present opportunities for participants to contribute to the CFI vision and the development of research and practices for Christian business leaders. Topics will include human resources, finance, operations, education, marketing, and more.

5:30 pm —  Hors d'oeuvres reception

Join us in the recently opened Wheaton College Welcome Center for farewells and hors d'oeuvres.

7:30 pm —  Ballet 5:8 (optional and complementary; reservation required)

For those who would like to stay late, Julianna Rubio Slager's world premiere of The Space in Between brings the novel The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis to life. Read more about Ballet 5:8  and their performance of The Space in Between.



Photo of The Herrington Inn & Spa overlooking the Fox River in Geneva, IL

The Herrington Inn & Spa | 15 South River Lane, Geneva, IL 60134 | (630) 208-7433

The Fall Executive Forum will convene at the historic Herrington Inn & Spa for dinner and a program on the night of Thursday, October 31. Transportation will be provided the next morning to Wheaton College's campus where the remainder of the program will take place.

Participation in the Fall Executive Forum includes a one-night stay at the Herrington, all meals, and ground transportation from the Herrington to Wheaton College's campus.


Please contact CFI@wheaton.edu or 1 (630) 752-7297 if you have questions or need to modify your registration.