Michael Dell
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Michael Dell
Founder and CEO, Dell
Marcus Lemonis
star of the CNBC television show The Profit
Kip Tindell
Founder, chairman, and CEO, The Container Store
Dr. Brené Brown
Author, Daring Greatly
Hamdi Ulukaya
Founder and CEO, Chobani
Bob Parsons
founder, GoDaddy
Brandi Temple
Founder and CEO, Lolly Wolly Doodle
Adam Grant
author, Give and Take
Srikumar S. Rao
Creator of Creativity and Personal Mastery course; Author, HAPPINESS
Jennifer Hyman
Co-founder and CEO, Rent The Runway
Dr. Marshall Goldsmith
Executive educator, coach, and author
Norm Brodsky
Columnist, Inc.


The conference is three days of learning, leisure, and connecting with leaders from every corner of American business. With speakers such as Michael Dell, Kip Tindell, and Dr. Brené Brown, you're certain to leave with powerful new perspectives and new momentum for your company's growth.


Meet and mingle with this year's elite group of award winners at a variety of special events, including the Welcome Reception, the Conference Party, the annual Inc. 5000 Golf Tournament, and the prestigious Black-Tie Gala & Awards Ceremony.


After three unforgettable days, you will be fêted at an elegant Black-Tie Gala, beginning with a Champagne Soiree, followed by our prestigious Awards Ceremony and Dinner, where you will be officially acknowledged, and capped with an unforgettable evening of music and dancing.

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Highlighted Events

Wednesday, October 15

6:30 am

Inc. 5000 Golf Tournament

Start the Inc. 5000 Conference off in full swing with an exciting golf tournament at the Wildfire Golf Club, located at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. Play with colleagues, or join forces with fellow Inc. 5000 honorees. Additional fee to participate.

11:00 am

Inc. Day of Service: Military Entrepreneurs Mentoring Fair

Join us as we host our annual mentoring fair designed uniquely for service personnel—active and veteran—as well as military spouses. Conference attendees are welcome to volunteer as mentors for the day, to share experiences with servicemen and -women, and to provide insight on how to successfully start, build, or expand a business.

1:00 pm

INC.EDU Open-Book Management: How to Play (and Profit) from The Great Game of Business

Participants will create a short-term, intensely focused plan designed to rapidly correct a weakness or pursue opportunities within your business. It’s continuous improvement driven down to the floor level of your company. There is a common goal, a scorecard and a reward for winning. This is a highly interactive training session that will give you the skill-set and the tool-set you need to design and apply effective Games within your company. In this fun and interactive workshop, participants learn to develop their own Great Game to…

…keep people focused on a common goal.
…encourage employees to work together and build a winning team.
…create line of sight between team contributions and your company’s strategic goals
…reinforce business and financial literacy training.
…develop an engaged team that drives results and creates wins.

Attendees will leave understanding the fundamentals of The Great Game of Business, and take away the knowledge of how to immediately begin implementing it into their own business and begin driving results.

Additional fee to participate. Limited availability.
Speaker: Steve Baker is the Vice President of The Great Game of Business, Inc.

1:00 pm

INC.EDU Pragmatic Leadership Skills to Move Your Agenda

A good idea is not enough. The difference between a good idea and a successful one is execution. The truth is that moving agendas of any kind depends on your leadership competence. Leadership is about moving an idea to successful implementation and getting results. Of course, getting results is not simply a function of personality, but rather a function of your political competence. Do you have the necessary skills to rally people around your ideas, to anticipate resistance, to mobilize a team, and to overcome inertia and create change? Do you have the capacity to get the buy-in for the purpose of moving agendas forward? The good news is that leadership can be learned. The Bacharach Leadership Group specializes in training executives the learnable skills of political competence. In this hands-on workshop, you will be introduced to the skills of political competence, develop an action plan to master moving agendas ahead, and learn how to strategically put a good idea in place.

Additional fee to participate. Limited availability.

Speaker: Samuel B. Bacharach, co-founder, Bacharach Leadership Group; professor, Cornell University’s ILR School; author, Get Them on Your Side and Keep Them on Your Side; and columnist, Inc.com


3:00 pm

Pre-conference Session: What Keeps Entrepreneurs Up At Night? 10 Things to Tackle Now So You Won’t Have to Worry Later

Sponsored by The Principal Financial Group®

All day, every day you have a lot on your mind. And if it’s not about business, it’s about your personal life. In this special session, experienced presenters from the Principal Financial Group° will provide tips and resources to help ease your mind. They’ll share best practices they’ve seen used at successful privately-held companies in a variety of areas, including business valuation and growth, business protection, and succession planning. They’ll also talk about how to recruit and retain top executive and employee talent, how to incorporate health and wellness programs into your company and the importance of balancing your business and personal finances. This conversation will provide insights on what works, what doesn’t, and what opportunities  to watch for.

Session Leaders: Steve Parrish, national advanced solutions director, Principal Financial Group; and Jerry Ripperger, vice president of consulting, Principal Financial Group

4:00 pm

Networking With Purpose

At this networking event, you’ll create meaningful connections with your entrepreneurial peers that will enhance the content and discussions throughout the Conference.

Hosted by the Inc. Small Giants Community.

4:00 pm

Married to the Business (and Each Other): Cocktails with the Brodskys

Hosts: Elaine and Norm Brodsky, founding business partners, CitiStorage; partners, Black Gold Suites

5:00 pm

Welcome and Exclusive Opening Session: Are You a Giver or a Taker?

For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. At work, most people operate as takers, matchers, or givers. Using his own pioneering research, best-selling author Adam Grant will explain these three styles and how each has a surprising impact on success. Find out which style best represents you and why Grant believes that professional and personal achievement is based on making others around you successful and happy.

Speaker: Adam Grant, professor, The Wharton School of Business; author, Give and Take

6:00 pm

Inc. 5000 Welcome Reception

Opening night is all about breaking the ice. Grab a cocktail and a few appetizers and mingle with the leaders of the most dynamic companies in America at the Inc. 5000’s kickoff welcome reception.

6:00 pm

Ask Norm Brodsky Anything

Thursday, October 16

11:45 am

Lessons from the Business Turnaround King

Speaker: Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO, Camping World; CEO and president, Good Sam Enterprises; and star of the CNBC television show The Profit

12:15 pm

Inc. 5000 Networking Lunch

Grab a bite and exchange contact information and sharp observations about what it means to run a company with other leaders of fast-growing companies in your industry and region.  Make lasting connections with potential partners, colleagues, and friends.

5:30 pm

Networking Happy Hour

Get the party started! The first Conference day wraps up with Happy Hour. Grab a cocktail and mingle with hundreds of your peers and colleagues. It’s fun, it’s casual, and it’s the perfect way to end the day.

6:00 pm

Meet the Editors Networking Dinner

Keep the introductions and conversations flowing at the Inc. 5000 Meet the Editors Networking Dinner. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and mingle with Inc. editors and fellow conference attendees. Additional fee to participate.

8:00 pm

Conference Party: Arabian Nights

Join fellow conference attendees, speakers, and sponsors for some well-deserved downtime. Enjoy an evening of live entertainment, cold drinks, and delicious food!

Sponsored by Ink from Chase

Friday, October 17

1:00 pm

Inc. 5000 Networking Lunch

Grab a bite and exchange contact information and sharp observations about what it means to run a company with other leaders of fast-growing companies in your industry and region.  Make lasting connections with potential partners, colleagues, and friends.

5:30 pm

Inc. 500|5000 Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by the Principal Financial Group®

7:30 pm

Inc. 500|5000 Black-Tie Gala & Awards Ceremony

Sponsored by the Principal Financial Group®
Here’s to the 2014 Inc. 500|5000 Honorees! Enjoy an evening of celebration, complete with cocktails, a memorable presentation, and a four-course gourmet meal.


AdColony #444
BalancePoint #3726
Boardroom Salons
Grammarly #344
Benztown #983
OnDeck #660
InSync Training
The Rocket
Company #602
The PI Company
Pyxl #1345
Victory Marketing
Agency #1179
Walker Sands
7 World Trade Center
New York, NY 10007
This event is by invitation only. Seating is limited. Advance registration is required. All registrations screened.
Sponsorships and exhibit displays are available for the Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony. To reserve your space, contact Keri Hammer of Inc. sales, at khammer@inc.com.