Jim Van Erden June 9, 2013

Presented at:
SCL Conference 2013


In an age too full of video gaming and PC sound bites, intentional and thoughtful explorations of the Big Questions with the students in our lives is essential. New resources are generating encouraging results that can help transform family conversations.


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Jim Van Erden
Jim Van Eerden (2013) is a co-founder of Free Think U ( and serves as its Executive Director and as a member of its Board of Directors. As a Managing Director for a national merchant bank, Jim has had extensive background in brand-building and as an early-stage business architect. In addition to engagements for the 1994 World Cup Organizing committee and the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, Jim has co-founded and helped manage the launch and growth of prominent blended value companies. He has also served as senior counsel for corporate philanthropic projects like Refresh Everything for PepsiCo, and has originated numerous cause-based movements like The Centurions Program for Charles Colson. His portfolio management role has also involved him as Executive Producer for several award-winning feature films including Bobby Jones, The Ultimate Gi and The Perfect Game, and documentaries such as the critically acclaimed Warchild and Running the Sahara. These film projects each carried a philanthropic mission, and raised tens of millions of dollars for charity. He and his wife Rachel and their children live on a family homestead near Greensboro, North Carolina.

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