Plenary Speakers



Belinda Bauman

Belinda Bauman is the founder of One Million Thumbprints, a movement of peacemakers advocating with women in the world’s worst conflict zones. Belinda is also the cofounder of and the visionary behind #SilenceIsNotSpiritual, a campaign calling churches to break the silence on violence against women. Belinda is a speaker and contributor to Newsweek's The Daily BeastRed Tent LivingHuffington Post, and Christianity Today.

Belinda completed a masters in curriculum development at Covenant College, and a certificate in lay trauma counseling from the Seattle School of Theology. She and her husband, Stephan, and their two sons live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Bruce Wydick

Areas of research specialization are in the use of econometric, experimental, and game-theoretic tools to analyze the impact of development programs. Professor Wydick's recent work examines the impact of development programs such as microfinance, child sponsorship, and in-kind donation of children's shoes, wheelchairs for the disabled, and clean wood-burning stoves. Other recent work studies the role of hope and aspirations in escaping poverty traps.

Professor Wydick writes a column on global poverty issues for Christianity Today and is a regular contributor to op-ed columns for San Francisco Bay Area newspapers. His book Games In Economic Development is published by Cambridge University Press, and has just completed his most recent book, Shrewd Samaritan.

Shrewd Samaritan will help develop a framework to better love and care for our neighbors in an age of globalization, when the people in our neighborhoods, or at least those in our potential sphere of influence, has expanded dramatically. Increasingly it will become our global neighbor who takes us out of our comfort zone and challenges us with the needs of a broken world.

Professor Wydick holds research affiliations with the Kellogg Institute of International Studies at the University of Notre Dame and the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the founder and co-director of Mayan Partners, a small non-profit organization working in the western highlands of Guatemala in the areas of education and community development, and he is faculty adviser for the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at USF.


JoAnn Flett is a Program Director of the MBA in Social Impact and Senior Lecturer in Management at Eastern University. JoAnn’s research examines the role of business in society. Business is a dominant social institution of influence and power in our world. Therefore, business that combines social mission and market activities to bring about societal change for ‘people at the base of the pyramid’ (BoP) is a form of business to explore. The fact that the BoP population is mostly to be found in developing countries only resonates with her Caribbean heritage.

Ms. Flett currently serves on the Board of Directors for three organizations: Capital for Good, an organization dedicated to providing resources to collaborators working in health, education, anti-human trafficking, and economic & gender empowerment. Broad Street Ministry—a non-profit dedicated to meeting the needs of the most vulnerable Philadelphians. The Accord Network a member agency for 90+ international development agencies. She also serves in an advisory capacity for Initiate Australia and Everence Financial in Philadelphia. JoAnn has been married for 28 years to Eric Flett (he is a member of Eastern University’s faculty/theology), and the couple has two sons Miles 22, and Elliot, 19.


Jamie Aten

Jamie D. Aten, Ph.D., is a disaster psychologist and disaster ministry expert. He helps others navigate mass, humanitarian, and personal disasters with scientific and spiritual insights. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute and Disaster Ministry Conference and holds the Rech Endowed Chair of Psychology at Wheaton College.

Jamie doesn’t just study disasters—he has survived disasters. He got his start helping others amidst disasters after moving to South Mississippi just six days before Hurricane Katrina struck his community. Eight years later, he was diagnosed with late-stage cancer. Now in remission, Jamie shares his disaster research and cancer story with scientific and spiritual insights, helping others cultivate faith and resilience.

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