Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Quakers & Business Conference

For all those who are involved in business or believe that business can be a tool for good in the world, we welcome you to the first meeting of the Quakers & Business (Q&B) Group.  Join Quakers who have a heart and mind for business, and who are interested or are already applying Quaker principles to their work and life.  We will define our mission and goals and begin work on first initiatives. Come to connect with other business people, explore ways to integrate our secular and spiritual selves, and consider how Friends can engage in commerce in a way that inspires good within the Society of Friends and the wider world.

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Where and When

Download the flyer and the agenda.
The Quakers & Business Conference takes place at the California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U) 35 miles south of Pittsburgh, PA, immediately before the FGC Gathering.  The Conference begins Friday June 27 with check-in (4-8 pm) and dinner (6-7 pm). It ends with lunch on Sunday June 29.  Conference registrants may choose to also register for the FGC Gathering which begins Sunday evening.
FGC is arranging for shuttles between campus and the Pittsburgh airport and Amtrak station on June 27 and July 5.  Read more about shuttles. Conference registrants departing June 29 will need to make their own transportation arrangements.


The costs of the conference include conference fee of $80, six pre-Gathering meals -- Friday dinner through Sunday lunch ($49) -- plus housing.  A shared room on campus is $15 per night, which would bring total conference costs to $159.  Single rooms are a bit more, camping is a bit less.

On-campus housing is available to conference registrants regardless of whether they are staying for the FGC Gathering.  A Friend registering for both events will be assigned the same room for both events.  However, a Friend registering only for the Q&B Conference who selects a shared ("double") room, may have to pay the higher price for a single if FGC is unable to identify a roommate.  Single rooms with private bathrooms are only available for Friends registering for the FGC Gathering.

See conference housing prices in the Early Arrival Room Fee table.

Childcare Is Available

If you are bringing children eighth grade or younger to the Gathering, childcare is available for the retreat.  You will only need to pay for housing and meals for your child.  Read more about childcare for pre-Gathering events.

How to Register

Registration opens April 2 and closes June 15. Late fees begin June 1. 

To register for both the Gathering and the Q&B Conference, choose the “Quakers & Business Conference” while completing your Gathering registration form.

If you prefer to register for the Conference without also attending the FGC Gathering you must register by phone.  Please call the Gathering office 215-561-1700 ext 3200 during business hours April 2 - June 10 to register or to make an appointment to register during an evening or weekend.


Send requests for scholarship assistance to the Quakers & Business Coordinators