VeggieTales Creator Phil Vischer to Speak at John Brown University

Siloam Springs, Arkansas (February 15, 2012) — Phil Vischer, creator of “VeggieTales” and “Buck Denver asks…What’s in the Bible?” will speak at John Brown University on Feb. 21 at 10:30 a.m. in the Bill George Arena. The event is part of Leadership Week sponsored by The Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics. The public is invited to attend.

Vischer will discuss the rise and fall of the company he founded, Big Idea Productions, one of the fastest growing companies in the 90’s. The author of Me, Myself & Bob will speak in the JBU chapel about trusting God when it feels like you've lost everything.

Today, almost 50 million VeggieTales videos have been purchased and can be found in one-third of all American homes with young children. Vischer continues his creative involvement with VeggieTales through its current owner. He is also actively developing new ways to integrate faith and storytelling through his new creative shop, Jellyfish Labs. He is also the author of the popular children's books Sidney and Norman and 47 Beavers in the Big Blue Sea. His latest video series “Buck Denver asks…What’s in the Bible?” is designed to walk kids and families through the entire Bible in a theologically sound and kid-friendly way.

Leadership Week at John Brown University was created to challenge students and the community with new ideas about what it means to lead. Previous Leadership Week speakers include Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, TOMS Shoes founder, Blake Mycoskie, Anne Beiler, founder of Aunti Anne’s and Don Valencia, inventor of the Starbucks Frappuccino.

The Soderquist Center is a premier provider of values-based leadership, organizational, and team development for organizations of all sizes, including several Fortune 500 companies.  Located on the campus of John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, the Center was founded in 1998 in honor of Don Soderquist, former COO and Senior Vice-Chairman of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. For more information visit www.soderquist.org.

John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked first among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report and is listed as one of America's Best Colleges by Forbes. JBU enrolls more than 2,100 students from 41 states and 44 countries. JBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.