February 23, 2017 : By By Colin Schwager/Liberty University News Service
Last week, 20 Liberty University financial planning students attended the annual Kingdom Advisors Conference in Orlando, Fla., the largest gathering of Christian financial professionals in the nation. The conference took place Feb. 14-17 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.
According to Kurt Cornfield, assistant professor in the School of Business, one in four Liberty financial planning graduates have positions with an organization or individual affiliated with Kingdom Advisors. This is the seventh-straight year Liberty has sent a group to the conference. Of the four colleges that sent student groups this year, Liberty’s was the largest.
Students were given the opportunity to learn from and connect with industry leaders and earn valuable career knowledge from financial planning professionals. Speakers included Bob Doll, senior portfolio manager and chief equity strategist for Nuveen Asset Management and Donald Miller, founder of StoryBrand, a cutting-edge marketing and digital strategy firm. They also heard from ministry leaders Mark Batterson, lead pastor National Community Church (one of America’s most influential and innovative churches) and Lysa TerKeurst, president of Proverbs 31 Ministries.
“I think it really provided a great network of professionals for the students,” said Stacie Rhodes, teaching assistant for the School of Business. “I thought it was an amazing trip and a wonderful opportunity to have a beautiful example of faith integration in a secular aspect. Financial planning is a calling, and they got to reach out to and connect with people at the conference that may flesh out into internships and careers.”
The conference included workshops and breakout sessions focused on specific areas of financial planning, such as return on life investments. Students had face time with professionals during a dessert social and attended a job fair.
Before returning to campus, the students were able to enjoy time exploring Orlando.
“This trip gave me a vision for how God can use me as a financial advisor,” said senior Victoria Rogan. “No matter where I end up going and what type of firm I am employed with, it was a blessing to take hold of the vision of not just becoming a Christian advisor, but becoming a Christian advisor who offers financial advice based on biblical principles.”