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A show about industry leaders and the stories behind how faith plays into life at work Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/faithcollides/support

Faith Collides Lux Mundi

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    • 5.0 • 42 Ratings

A show about industry leaders and the stories behind how faith plays into life at work Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/faithcollides/support

    Max Anderson - Venture Fund

    Max Anderson - Venture Fund

    Do you feel like a jack-of-all-trades, but master of none? Has your career taken a very non-linear path, as you bounced back and forth between different callings and passions? If so, you’ll probably resonate deeply with Max Anderson’s story.

    Max is currently the managing partner of Saturn Five, a venture fund in Denver, Colorado. But in the past 20 years, Max has also worked for McKinsey & Company, at Tim Keller’s Redeemer Church in New York City, and for Bridgewater Associates, one of the largest hedge funds in the world.

    He also came up with an idea called “The MBA Oath” that was so popular during his time at Harvard that he gained national attention from news outlets like CNN, NPR, and The New York Times. It’s basically a Hippocratic oath for MBA students who wanted to pledge to conduct themselves with honesty and integrity in the midst of the 2008 global financial crisis.

    Max has accomplished a lot, but it hasn’t always been easy. There were times when he didn’t know whether he should stay in the business world or work in Christian ministry. He was also torn between going to seminary and becoming a pastor, or going to business school and pursuing his MBA. Then, there was the time when Max had to decide, point blank, if he wanted to keep his job or write a book instead.

    None of these decisions were clear cut, but Max Anderson relied on his faith to help him be at peace no matter what he decided. We hope you’ll be encouraged by this episode if you’re not sure what’s next in your career, need help making a big decision, or feel drawn in different directions at the same time.

    By the way, you can subscribe to Max’s weekly newsletter here.

    Special thanks for this episode: Max and Jessica Anderson, Molly Ray, Trae Stephens, Josh Batson and Jen Lazala

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    • 37 min
    Akeel Sachak - Mergers & Acquisitions

    Akeel Sachak - Mergers & Acquisitions

    Akeel Sachak is an investment banker in the United Kingdom, working for Rothschild & Co. He’s been with the company since 1985. Over the past 35 years, Akeel has climbed the ranks from junior analyst to Partner and Global Head of Consumer.

    Over the years, Akeel’s specialty is food and beverage related transactions. He’s helped companies like Coca-Cola, Asahi, and Weetabix through mergers & acquisitions, and strategic and financial advising. He’s had a fulfilling career, made lots of money, and generally been successful in his work.

    But Akeel’s main passion isn’t his job – it’s his Christian faith. Originally raised in a Muslim family, Akeel came to know Jesus at Oxford University after hearing an evangelist speak. Akeel then met his wife Joy at a church. At first, Akeel was timid about sharing his faith at work. But over time, he’s come to see that his job and beliefs can go hand-in-hand. He’s also realized that it was wrong to gather wealth without sharing it with others.

    You may not often hear investment banking and Christianity in the same sentence, but Akeel is used to being different than his peers. Growing up, Akeel was typically one of the only people of color in whatever setting he was in. From his boarding school to early days at Rothschild, Akeel was always in the minority. But even when he experienced racism, Akeel learned to work harder and trust in God by not worrying about things outside of his control.

    Akeel’s biggest challenges have come from balancing his work and family and making sure that he wasn’t investing too much of his time and energy into his career. He’ll share more of how he figured that out, and what he’s learned from the pandemic, on this episode.

    Feel free to let us know how this story has impacted you! Send us your thoughts or feedback via email or in an audio message

    Special thanks for this episode: Akeel and Joy Sachak, Mandy Paulse, Josh Batson, Jenn Lazala

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    Inspired by Akeel Sachak’s story and want to learn more on how he’s applied faith at work, check out the following links:

    Gospel Patrons

    City Lives

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    • 34 min
    Nona Jones - Facebook Community Partnerships

    Nona Jones - Facebook Community Partnerships

    Nona Jones is Head of Faith-Based Partnerships at Facebook. It’s her job to teach faith communities how to stay connected and engaged through social media. As a Christian, Nona loves helping churches across the country do “digital discipleship” while also assisting her husband pastor a church in Florida.

    But Nona’s life wasn’t always so great. Her childhood was filled with loneliness, neglect, and all kinds of abuse: physical, verbal, emotional, and sexual. Nona was so broken by her experiences that she tried to take her own life twice.

    Things turned around when a friend invited Nona to church in the sixth grade. As she experienced unconditional love and acceptance for the first time in her life, Nona began to do better in school, eventually earning a full-ride scholarship to the University of Florida. After initially pursuing a medical degree, she switched to Communications.

    After college, Nona bounced around a few different jobs, first with a broadcasting company, then Nationwide Insurance, and a utility company in Florida. Eventually, she found a job she really loved and saw herself doing for a long time at Pace Center for Girls. But then she heard God say: “this assignment is over.” Nona Jones turned in her resignation without having a new job to go to but being unemployed didn’t last long. She’ll tell more in this episode about the story of getting a random phone call from Facebook and what she does in her role there.

    Nona’s learned from her traumatic past that nothing bad can define us, if we allow God to use it. She’s especially aware of the importance of community and sharing our stories with people we trust. Of course, that’s not easy to do right now as the pandemic continues, but Nona is confident that we can have hope anyway. Her story is one of overcoming an incredibly difficult start in life and not letting brokenness stop her from living out her purpose.

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    Get a copy of Nona’s books from the links below:

    Success from the Inside Out: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PQ4Z88N/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

    From Social Media to Social Ministry: https://www.amazon.com/Social-Media-Ministry-Digital-Discipleship-ebook/dp/B081MZQV78

    Love Nona’s story and want to know more? Feel free to connect with her.

    Nona Jones’ website: https://www.nonajones.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NonaNotNora

    Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/nonanotnora

    Special thanks for this episode: Nona Jones, Antwan Steele, Josh Batson, Jenn Lazala

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    Faith Collides podcast is hosted by Grace Huang from Lux Mundi.  More information: www.lxmundi.com


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    • 31 min
    Peter Demos - Restaurateur

    Peter Demos - Restaurateur

    Peter Demos is a restaurateur and the CEO of Demos Brands, a family business that his father started. He successfully owns and runs multiple restaurants, but his career has had plenty of failure, too.

    Peter started working in his dad’s restaurant before he was even a teenager. He loved the community of “restaurant people,” but was also interested in becoming a lawyer after he saw the proceedings of a court case. During his undergrad years in college, Peter got in over his head with thousands of dollars in credit card debt… until he discovered some practical money management principles that he’s carried with him to this day.

    After law school, Peter started working for a firm in Tennessee, but realized it wasn’t something he wanted to do long-term. And so, things came full circle when he rejoined his dad’s business, taking over the management of the restaurant and eventually buying it from his father.

    All this time, the Christian faith wasn’t a huge part of Peter’s life. He’d gone to a Christian school as a kid, but had terrible memories of being bullied there by his classmates. His wife often asked him to go to church, but Peter’s focus was on making the restaurants successful – and he did that. And then one day, everything changed when Peter made the decision to become a Christian

    Instead of his business increasing in size and scope, a new high end restaurant concept he’d been working on began to fail miserably. Peter questioned why God would allow that to happen, but looking back, he sees how God was teaching him valuable lessons about facing fear, trusting Jesus, and handling failures… all of which have been vitally important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Peter’s life is proof that God’s plans for us are much greater than commercial or career success. If you’d like to hear more of his story, you can check out his new book, Afraid to Trust: One Man’s Journey Into the Love of God.

    Special thanks for this episode: Peter and Kristin Demos, Kristin Nill, Josh Batson, Jenn Lazala

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    • 31 min
    Emma Anderson - Card Payments

    Emma Anderson - Card Payments

    Emma Anderson is Head of Solutions Delivery at Planet, a payments company based in Ireland, that provides services to companies like Starbucks, Adidas and Kate Spade. It’s an industry we don’t often talk about - yet it’s played a vital role in enabling our ability to make online payments and digital transactions.

    Emma had several stops along the way to get to this point, but her original career goal had nothing to do with the payments industry. Her parents were missionaries, and that inspired Emma to pursue being a medical missionary. But Emma struggled to make it through the rigorous and demanding coursework of medical school at the University of Birmingham in the UK. So, she dropped out and started working as a sales and operations coordinator for a heavy machinery company.

    In 2007, Emma was introduced to the endless possibilities in the world of digital payments when she accepted a position at Barclays. And then pivoted to a Senior Marketing Manager role at Visa to promote digital payment products and services to greater Europe.  And eventually took a position with Elavon that involved less travel when she needed to think seriously about starting a family.

    Emma absolutely loved working at Elavon, a subsidiary of U.S. Bank, until some changes shook up the company’s focus on ethical business practices. Knowing the importance of transparency in the financial world, Emma spoke up as a whistleblower at the risk of more losses to the company and ruining her relationship with her boss.

    Honesty is a big part of Emma’s story, so when she was later offered a new job in the UAE around the same time she finally got pregnant, she knew she had to turn it down. After the birth of their first child, Emma then took a position with Planet where she works today.

    Emma’s story is all about the importance of honesty and trusting God when the outcome looks different than what we imagined.



    Special thanks for this episode: Emma and Robin Anderson, Amy Maxson, Jenn Lazala and Josh Batson

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    • 38 min
    BONUS: Trae Stephens- Venture Capital

    BONUS: Trae Stephens- Venture Capital

    Trae Stephens is a partner at Founders Fund, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm with a portfolio that includes Airbnb, SpaceX, and Palantir. Trae is also the chairman and co-founder of Anduril Industries, a rapidly growing US defense technology company with over 350 employees, and a valuation of $1.9 billion.

    In this bonus content, Trae opens up on how he met his wife Michelle, how he learnt about stock options when he moved to big data start-up Palantir after working for the US intelligence, how he had to solidify his faith at Georgetown and how faith continues to impact the way he believes we should be working to make this world a better place.

    Full transcript of the interview story on www.faithcollides.com/traestephens_bonus




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    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

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42 Ratings

42 Ratings

CivillianAlly ,

Love it!

Interesting, diverse guests and great message

Danieltsai002 ,

Roadtrip Joys

My friend Ryan and I listened to this on our way back from Portland. We really enjoyed the auntie Anne pretzel episode! Grace does a fantastic job listening to her guests and asking deep questions. All of the podcasts I’ve listened to so far are so educational and uplifting. God is good and this podcast definitely shows that. Thank you to Grace And Josh Huang :) you guys are amazing for all the work you guys do!

lemmehear ,

Interesting, wide-ranging, up-lifting

Thank you, Faith Collides Team!

These stories are so interesting. I’m loving learning more about various industries, while hearing how the twists and turns in business add up to something deep and lasting.

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