Dallas Baptist University Hosts 7th Annual Lion’s Den DFW Conference

Drayton McLane speaking

Dallas Baptist University welcomed Keynote Speaker Drayton McLane Jr. for the Lion's Den DFW Annual Conference.

For the past seven years, the Lion's Den DFW has held its annual conference where investors and entrepreneurs can connect and collaborate. The Lion's Den DFW's vision is that these connections result in wealth creation that has a meaningful impact for the Kingdom. Dallas Baptist University eagerly hosted this year's conference on campus on Wednesday, April 13th, and Thursday, April 14th.

The conference welcomed Thursday's Keynote Speaker, former CEO of the Houston Astros Baseball Club, Drayton McLane, Jr. McLane is a native Texan, acclaimed businessman, leader, generous philanthropist, and believer. After spending many years working for his father, McLane propelled his family's wholesale grocery business, the McLane Company, into a $19 billion company. McLane served as president and CEO of the McLane Company for thirty years and later became the vice-chairman of Wal-Mart while maintaining his position at his company. He later resigned to devote more time to a parent company consisting of family-owned companies, the McLane Group, which included the Houston Astros until November 2011. McLane is a Baylor University and Michigan State University graduate.

In addition to hearing from McLane, the conference held its annual Diversity Den on Wednesday, the 2022 Lion's Den DFW pitch competition featuring nine kingdom-minded business owners on Thursday, and heard from a number of distinguished guest speakers throughout the event including:

  • Ambassadors Impact Network, Beyond Angels, and Hall Martin
    Investing Alongside Others for Better Returns
  • Stephen Ellsworth
    How to get on Shark Tank
  • Jake Schneider
    Business of Influence
  • Parker Samelson and Kate Gardner
    How Not to Ruin Your Kids: Next Gen Family Office "Ascendants"
  • Dwight Nordstrom
    Kingdom Investment in China
  • Lee Bratcher
    Bitcoin, Blockchain & Beyond
  • Jason Hunsucker
    The Metaverse is a Mission Field
  • Wade Myers
    10 Things Investors are Looking for in Your Pitch

Dallas Baptist University is honored to host this event each year. DBU offers free admission to its students so they may enjoy and learn from like-minded companies and individuals in the world of business.

Written by Emmalie Ellis

Emmalie Ellis writes for the University Communications Department at Dallas Baptist University.