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DAY 1
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017
Pre-Conference Activities - 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Additional fees may apply.
7 a.m.
Inc. 5000 Golf Tournament
Host: John Donnelly, chief revenue officer, Inc. Media
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Start the Inc. 5000 Conference off in full swing with an exciting golf tournament. Includes breakfast, lunch, and green fees (club and shoe rental not included). Foursomes will be assigned in a scramble format. Play will be followed by a lunch and award ceremony, where prizes will be awarded to the top foursome, longest drive, closest to the pin, hole in one, etc. (additional fee to participate)
Location: Valley Course
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Registration Opens
Pick up your credentials, conference program, and other goodies. Plus, if you have any questions about the conference, visit the help desk at onsite check-in.
Location: West Foyer
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Inc. Day of Service: Military Entrepreneurs Mentoring Fair
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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 participate as mentors for the day, to share experiences with servicemen and -women, and to provide insight on successfully starting, building, and expanding a business.
Speakers: Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruse, founders, R. Riveter; Norm Brodsky, founder, CitiStorage; partner, Black Gold Suites; co-author, Street Smarts; and columnist, Inc.; and Damien Patton, founder and CEO, Banjo
Interviewer: Jon Fine, executive director - editorial, Inc
Welcome remarks: Eric Schurenberg, president and editor in chief, Inc.
Location: Springs H - K
1 - 4 p.m.
Inc.edu Courses
(additional fee to participate; lunch will be provided)
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The Complexity of Fast Growth—How Not to Be Overwhelmed
You’ve made the Inc. 5000 list. You’re growing, fast. However, with fast growth comes complexity. That complexity usually results in you as the leader of your organization experiencing growing pains. Bottom line: You’ve hit a point in your organization’s growth that calls for a new perspective, a fresh outlook at how you do business, and an updated realignment around your organizational goals. During this highly interactive workshop, learn from business strategist and best-selling author Les McKeown how to build the systems and processes you need to manage your business. Also, find out how to create a roadmap to take your business from break-neck growth to profitable scalability and to overcome once and for all the complexity in your growing business.
Attendees will receive a complimentary book.
Session Leader: Les McKeown, president and CEO, Predictable Success; author, Predictable Success, The Synergist, and Do Lead; and columnist, Inc.com.
Location: Springs A - C
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Open-Book Management: How to Play (and Profit) From the Great Game of Business
Session leader: Steve Baker, vice president, the Great Game of Business
In this interactive course, participants will learn the fundamentals of Jack Stack’s best-selling book The Great Game of Business and how to implement them in their own businesses. In its simplest form, the ultimate goal is to create a “business of business people” who think, act, and feel like owners. Participants will learn to develop their own Great Game to keep their employees focused on a common goal, encourage them to work together and build a winning team, and develop the company-wide engagement needed to drive results and create wins.
Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the book, The Great Game of Business.
Session Leader: Steve Baker, vice president, the Great Game of Business.
Location: Springs D & E
4:15 - 5:30 p.m.
Inc. 5000 Kickoff Networking
Location: West Foyer
4 - 5:30 p.m.
Pre-Conference Session: Engaging the Workforce of the Future
Sponsored by Principal
What does your future workforce look like and what will they want from you? What will it take to engage them and keep them engaged (and productive)? What trends of today are shaping tomorrow? What is the next generation segment that we need to keep our eye out for? How will the changing workforce and retirement landscape impact the way you do business…5, 10 and 20 years down the road? In this session featuring Inc. 5000 business leaders, find out what you should be doing now to keep your employees happy, and how you can prepare for the future. Drinks will follow the discussion.
Speakers: Jerome Gonzalez, owner, president and CEO, J.G. Management Systems; Amy Rosen, co-founder, HowED; Holly Wade, director - research and policy analysis, National Federation of Independent Business; and Amy Friedrich, president of the U.S. Insurance Solutions, Principal Financial Group®
Moderator: Burt Helm, senior contributing writer, Inc.
Location: Springs H - K
The Inc. 5000 Conference Officially Kicks Off at 5:30 p.m.
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Inc. 5000 Welcome Reception
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This fun and casual soiree is the official kickoff to the Inc. 5000 Conference where you can grab a refreshing cocktail, enjoy an appetizing bite, and mingle.
Location: Springs Ballroom & Patio
7 p.m.
Inc. Marketplace and Registration close for the day
DAY 2
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2017
7 - 8 a.m.
Morning Workout Activity
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Powered by Club Pilates
Costa Mesa, California-based Club Pilates (No. 4 on the Inc. 5000 list) is the fastest-growing fitness franchises in the nation. During the workout, their experts will introduce you to Pilates Mat moves. Mat moves can be replicated anywhere and are applicable to all body types. Each morning, this 60-minute experience will offer a full-body workout and moves will be modified for all ages and fitness levels so that everyone is challenged. Pants or tight shorts are recommended. Space is limited.
Location: The Grove
8 a.m.
Registration opens
Pick up your credentials, conference program, and other goodies. Plus, if you have any questions about the conference, visit the help desk at onsite check-in.
Location: West Foyer
8 a.m.
Coffee, Tea, and Networking in the Inc. Marketplace
Location: Springs Ballroom & Patio
9 - 9:10 a.m.
Welcome From the President
Remarks: Eric Schurenberg, president and editor in chief, Inc. Media
Location: Desert Ballroom
9:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Daring Leadership: The Four Pillars of Courage
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Regardless of their type, size, or mission, organizations are asking the same questions: How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders? How do you embed the value of courage within your company culture? In this keynote, research professor Dr. Brené Brown explores how courage is taught, developed, and measured. She’ll also examine the four foundational skill sets of courage: vulnerability, clarity of values, trust, and rising skills. Learn how to develop behaviors that ladder up to these four pillars of courage. Discover the roles courage and discomfort play in authentic leadership. And find out how fear, blame, and scarcity sabotage our work and our relationships. Gain actionable strategies for leaning into our discomfort and embracing vulnerability as a source of courageous leadership.
Speaker: Dr. Brené Brown, LMSW; research professor, University of Houston; and author, Daring Greatly, The Power of Vulnerability, and Braving the Wilderness.
Location: Desert Ballroom
10:35 - 11:05 a.m.
Networking Break in the Inc. Marketplace
Location: Springs Ballroom & Patio
11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Why Knowing Everything Is Everything
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While time is our most valuable asset, we're all guilty of wasting it. And additional distractions don't help. All around us, billions of live signals silently fly by while some mindless mobile alert steals our attention. How can we spot where the signals are and which ones matter most? Consider how Waze helps you arrive at your destination on time -- and that's just one crowdsourced signal. Now expand that efficiency and impact across billions of other relevant signals. That is Banjo's mission. CEO Damien Patton will explain how Banjo disrupts time. Learn what it really means to know everything in live time.
Speaker: Damien Patton, founder and CEO, Banjo
Interviewer: Jon Fine, executive director - editorial, Inc.
Location: Desert Ballroom
12:05 - 1:05 p.m.
How to Build a Billion Dollar Brand
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Speaker: Brian Smith, founder, Ugg
Location: Desert Ballroom
1:10 - 2:15 p.m.
Networking Lunch in the Inc. Marketplace
Grab a meal, mingle with attendees, and visit our sponsors in the Inc. Marketplace.
Location: Springs Ballroom & Patio
1:10 - 2:15 p.m.
Inc. Military Entrepreneurs Lunch (invitiation only)
Grab a meal, mingle with attendees, and visit our sponsors in the Inc. Marketplace.
Location: Santa Rosa Ballroom
1:45 - 2:15 p.m.
Meet the Speaker Book Signing (books are free while supplies last)
Brian Smith
Location: Springs Ballroom & Patio - Principal Booth #9
2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Real-Time Problem-Solving Sessions
Our interactive sessions are designed to challenge your thinking and generate new ideas. All sessions run concurrently and are 65 minutes in length.
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How to Perfect Your Pitch
Entrepreneurs should know how to pitch, persuade, and present their ideas. Our seasoned experts will guide you in preparing a worthwhile pitch. From perfecting your pitch to mastering your message, gain highly structured feedback and advice about your delivery in real time so that you can take yourself and your company to the next level.
Session Leader: Alex Kenjeev, president, O’Leary Ventures.
Introduction: Kimberly Weisul, editor at large, Inc.
Location: Desert 3 & 4
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How to Scale Your Business in Uncertain Times
Most entrepreneurs are seeking unlimited growth. But is fast growth always good? Not necessarily. During this session, find out why fast growth doesn’t always correlate with quality growth. Learn specific, inspired advice and a proven approach to drive your organization forward. Also, discover what strategies and processes you will need to grow your company faster, and find out the key secrets to sustain such growth over the long term.
Session Leader: Les McKeown, president and CEO, Predictable Success; author, Predictable Success, The Synergist, and Do Lead; and columnist, Inc.com.
Introduction: Jeff Bercovici, San Francisco bureau chief, Inc.
Location: Springs A & C
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Social Media: Strategies for Any Business or Budget
Today, social media is do or die for most entrepreneurs. During this workshop, you will learn how determine the right digital strategy for your needs and your budget, how to recognize trends, and how to better utilize social media and distribute content. This workshop explains best practices, how to engage media and other influencers, how to allocate your budgets, and how strategic social media investment can guarantee a boost to your bottom line. Walk away from this interactive workshop with tactics to help you effectively use social media so that you spend your money and time wisely.
Session Leader: Shama Hyder, founder and CEO, The Marketing Zen Group; and author, The Zen of Social Media Marketing
Introduction: Stephanie Meyers, associate director of strategy and social media, Inc.
Location: Deser 1 & 2
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Where's the Money? How to Find and Secure Capital and Spend It Wisely
No matter what stage your company is in, having sufficient capital is nonnegotiable. In this interactive session, we bring together seasoned entrepreneurs and experts to talk with owners of small and medium sized businesses about all things money. Discover best practices on securing financing and get insider information on where to look for funding and how to best position your business to get access. Also, learn about entrepreneurial lifecycles and how to determine your business’ prospect for growth. Whether you’re aiming to fearlessly bootstrap or to scale your business, find out how to secure or raise funding and how to spend it wisely. Uncover methods to succeed in the midst of growth dilemmas such as these and more. Got a question? Bring it.
Session Leader: Ami Kassar, founder and chief executive, MultiFunding, and columnist, Inc.com
Introduction: Sonya Mann, reporter, Inc.
Location: Desert 5 & 6
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Inc. BrandView Presents: Anatomy of an Exit
Sponsored by Harris Williams & Co.
The eventual sale of your business should be the biggest deal of your lifetime, but just one in five businesses put up for sale gets sold. Even fewer realize their full value. This session will discuss growing, protecting, and eventually exiting your business. Find out how companies are valued by acquirers and what factors can increase (or decrease) the valuation through the exit process. Learn best practices on how to identify strengths and weaknesses before, during, and after an exit.
Speakers: Jason Bass, managing director, Transportation & Logistics Group, Harris Williams & Co.;
Moderator: Jim Schleckser, CEO and managing partner, the CEO Project; and columnist, Inc.com
Location: Desert 5 & 6
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How to Rise Strong: The Reckoning, the Rumble, and the Revolution
If we’re brave enough often enough, we will sometimes fall. Rising strong after a setback, disappointment, or failure is how we cultivate wholeheartedness in our lives. This complementary workshop to Dr. Brené Brown’s earlier keynote explores the critical role emotion plays in resetting after a fall and the connections between emotion, thought, and behavior. Find out how offloading emotion moves us away from our values and corrodes culture. Learn the power of storytelling and the dangers of confabulations and conspiracies. Also, discover the three elements of the rising-strong process and develop actionable strategies for overcoming a setback so that we can live, love, and lead with greater courage.
Speaker: Dr. Brené Brown, LMSW; research professor, University of Houston; and author, Daring Greatly, The Power of Vulnerability, and Braving the Wilderness
Introduction: Danielle Sacks, senior editor, Inc.
Location: Springs H - K
4 p.m.
Registration closes
4 - 5 p.m.
Happy Hour in the Inc. Marketplace
Location: Springs Ballroom & Patio
4 - 4:30 p.m.
Meet the Speaker Book Signing (books are free while supplies last)
Les McKeown - Inc. booth #3
Location: Inc. Marketplace - Springs Ballroom & Patio
4:15 - 5 p.m.
Inc. Office Hours
Ami Kassar - Inc. booth #3
Location: Inc. Marketplace - Springs Ballroom & Patio
5 p.m.
Marketplace closes for the day
5 - 7 p.m.
Dinner Recess
Take advantage of this free time to have a meal on your own. Enjoy this brief opportunity to relax and ready yourself for an evening of festivities and fun.
5 - 6 p.m.
Cocktails With the Brodskys: How to Stay Married to the Business (and Each Other)
All significant others are invited to be a part of this candid, interactive conversation hosted by serial entrepreneurs Elaine and Norm Brodsky, who are quintessential partners in business and life. Meet and connect with others like you and hear from those who’ve been there, done that, and have the relationship battle scars to prove they have successfully moved beyond the toils and troubles of business.
Cockatils and light refreshments will be served.
Hosts: Elaine and Norm Brodsky, founding business partners, CitiStorage; and partners, Black Gold Suites
Introduction: James Ledbetter, editor Inc. and Inc.com; and author, Unwarranted Influence
Location: Springs D & E
6 p.m.
Marketplace and Registration close for the day
7 - 10 p.m.
Inc. 5000 Conference Party: Desert Holiday
Presented by Chase for Business
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It wouldn’t be the Inc. 5000 conference without the official party! Join fellow attendees, speakers, and sponsors under the palm trees for refreshing drinks, delicious bites, fun activities, and live music. From bocce ball and croquet to pineapple bowling and synchronized swimmers, there are lots to see and do in this outdoor oasis. Come one, come all to this desert holiday.
Location: Springs Pool & The Grove
DAY 3
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017
7 - 8 a.m.
Morning Workout Activity
Powered by Club Pilates
Costa Mesa, California-based Club Pilates (No. 4 on the Inc. 5000 list) is the fastest-growing fitness franchises in the nation. During the workout, their experts will introduce you to Pilates Mat moves. Mat moves can be replicated anywhere and are applicable to all body types. Each morning, this 60-minute experience will offer a full-body workout and moves will be modified for all ages and fitness levels so that everyone is challenged. Pants or tight shorts are recommended. Space is limited.
Location: The Grove
8 a.m.
Coffee, Tea, and Networking in the Inc. Marketplace
Location: Springs Ballroom & Patio
8 - 4 p.m.
Registration and Gala Bracelet Pickup open
Location: West Foyer
8 - 4 p.m.
Tuxedo Rental Pickup open
Location: West Foyer
8:55 a.m.
Welcome
Location: Desert Ballroom
9 - 9:55 a.m.
A View From the Top: Lessons From an American Business Icon
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When Alan Mulally arrived at Ford, the company had suffered a $12.7 billion loss following a downgrade in stock value. Under Mulally’s leadership, which formulated a compelling vision, comprehensive strategy, and a relentless implementation plan, Ford was able to develop a world-class product line and deliver profitable growth for all the company’s stakeholders. Today, Ford is one of the world’s leading automobile companies and the No. 1 automobile brand in the U.S. In this session, Mulally examines strategic and operational leadership and shares his thoughts on teamwork. Discover the ways in which the business landscape is changing (for better and worse) and what you can do to keep up and stay relevant. Learn from one of the world’s greatest business leaders how to explore skills within yourself and others and make them applicable to your industry and/or organization. This visionary will offer a roadmap on how companies can source business innovation and growth.
Speaker: Alan Mulally, former president and CEO, The Ford Motor Company
Location: Desert Ballroom
10 - 10:40 a.m.
Hydration Magic: How the $100 Million-Dollar Brand S'well Did It
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Speaker: Sarah Kauss, founder and CEO, S'well
Introduction: Kimberly Weisul, editor at large, Inc.
Location: Desert Ballroom
10:45 - 11:05 a.m.
Networking break in the Inc. Marketplace
Location: Springs Ballroom & Patio
10:45 - 11:10 p.m.
Meet the Speaker Book Signing (books are free while supplies last)
Norm Brodsky - Inc. booth #3
Shama Hyder - Chase booth #5
Location: Inc. Marketplace - Springs Ballroom & Patio
11:15 - 11:55 a.m.
Dollar Shave Club’s Founder on How to Build (and Sell) a Billion-Dollar Business
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Michael Dubin conjured Dollar Shave Club initially as a way to help a friend’s father offload a surplus supply of razors. The idea was good; the marketing, genius. Propelled by an insanely viral YouTube video, the company took in more than $3.5 million in revenue in 2012. Sales topped $225 million by the time Unilever bought DSC, for a reported $1 billion, in 2016. Dubin will open up about DSC’s, and his own, growing pains. Learn from this industry game-changer the formula for a viral video, how storytelling impacts growth, and why hiring the right people is all about specialization and focus. Plus, find out the most important shifts a company needs to make in becoming a bona-fide big business.
Speaker: Michael Dubin, founder and CEO, Dollar Shave Club.
Interviewer: Kris Frieswick, executive editor, Inc.
Location: Desert Ballroom
12 - 1:10 p.m.
The Power of Broke: Lessons in Business and Life From Daymond John
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From making his apparel line FUBU (“For us, by us”) a multibillion-dollar brand to providing venture capital and angel funding on ABC’s hit TV show Shark Tank, Daymond John is a self-made millionaire and businessman who never shies away from an opportunity. John, also known as the People’s Shark, will share his entrepreneurial insights and personal journey. Learn from this brand-savvy Shark why a lack of capital is no excuse to not achieve your goals and how a hunger for success can become your greatest competitive advantage.
Speaker: Daymond John, founder and CEO, FUBU; CEO, The Shark Group; co-star of ABC’s Shark Tank; and author, The Brand Within and The Power of Broke
Interviewer: Eric Schurenberg, president and editor in chief, Inc.
Location: Desert Ballroom
1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
Networking Lunch in the Inc. Marketplace
Grab a meal, mingle with attendees, and visit our sponsors in the Inc. Marketplace.
Location: Springs Ballroom & Patio
1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
Inc. Military Entrepreneurs: Meet the Editors Lunch (invitation only)
(invitation only)
Location: Santa Rosa Ballroom
2:30 p.m.
Inc. Marketplace closes
2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Real-Time Problem-Solving Sessions
Our interactive sessions are designed to challenge your thinking and generate new ideas. All sessions run concurrently and are 65 minutes in length.
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How to Create and Manage the Best Culture to Scale and Thrive
Getting the most from your team is crucial for continued breakaway business growth. Discover how to unleash (or reignite) your organization’s most powerful hidden natural asset: human creativity and engagement. Learn ingredients for creating a company culture that celebrates diversity, transparency, and oneness, and that values its employees. Find out how to scale culture, what it takes to spur innovation, and why you should never grow just for growth’s sake. Bring your questions and stories of scaling success or growing pains.
Speakers: Michael Lastoria, co-founder, &pizza; Dan Price, founder and CEO, Gravity Payments
Moderator: Danielle Sacks, senior editor, Inc.
Location: Desert 3 & 4
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Lessons from the Badass Bosses of the Inc. 500
For 36 years, Inc. has recognized the fastest-growing private companies in America. It is a privilege (and a hard-fought challenge) to join this elite group of honorees—and it’s damn near impossible to do multiple times. In this exclusive session, we bring together Inc. 500 Hall of Famers who have achieved growth annually at a blurring pace to make the list five or more consecutive years. Learn from these honorees what—as well as who—it really takes to thrive brilliantly and keep the momentum.
Speakers: Tom Gimbel, founder and CEO,LaSalle Network; Behfar Jahanshahi, founder and CEO, Interworks; and Andrew Paradise, founder and CEO, Skillz
Moderator: Jeff Bercovici, San Francisco bureau chief, Inc.
Location: Desert 1 & 2
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Ask Norm Brodsky Anything: Inc. 5000 Edition
Norm Brodsky has seen and done it all. Relying on decades of business experience, know how, and street smarts, Brodsky is here at the Inc. 5000 conference to help you. He will share his stories of setback and accomplishment as well as lessons he’s learned along the way. No problem is too big and no issue is too small for him to tackle in this open forum. Got a question? Bring it.
Session Leader: Norm Brodsky, founder, CitiStorage; partner, Black Gold Suites; co-author, Street Smarts; and columnist, Inc.
Introduction: Kimberly Weisul, editor at large, Inc.
Location: Springs D & E
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Where’s the Money? How to Find and Secure Capital and Spend It Wisely
No matter what stage your company is in, having sufficient capital is nonnegotiable. In this interactive session, we bring together seasoned entrepreneurs and experts to talk with owners of small and medium sized businesses about all things money. Discover best practices on securing financing and get insider information on where to look for funding and how to best position your business to get access. Also, learn about entrepreneurial lifecycles and how to determine your business’ prospect for growth. Whether you’re aiming to fearlessly bootstrap or to scale your business, find out how to secure or raise funding and how to spend it wisely. Uncover methods to succeed in the midst of growth dilemmas such as these and more. Got a question? Bring it.
Session Leader: Ami Kassar, founder and chief executive, MultiFunding, and columnist, Inc.com
Introduction: Sonya Mann, reporter, Inc.
Location: Desert 5 & 6
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Sales & Marketing: How to Grow Your Customers
Research shows that CEOs of small to mid-size companies believe the climate for growth is strong. Leaders of these high-growth businesses have a solid focus on their customers as they implement strategies and execute initiatives to drive advancement through their respective marketing, sales and customer service functions. In this session receive a compelling breakdown of the research on customer growth strategies that CEOs implement. Discover resources and best practices, including systems and technologies, the top-level business leaders leverage to achieve goals on behalf of themselves and their organization.
Session leader: Joe Galvin, chief research officer, Vistage
Introduction: Jon Fine, executive director - editorial, Inc.
Location: Springs D & E
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How to Use the Science of Entrepreneurship to Innovate and Scale
Session leader: Sara Whiffen, chief learning officer, InnerVation Lab
Special Guest: Daymond John, founder and CEO, FUBU; CEO, The Shark Group; co-star of ABC’s Shark Tank; and author, The Brand Within and The Power of Broke
Introduction: Kris Frieswick, executive editor, Inc.
Location: Springs H - K
3:45 p.m.
Inc. 5000 Program concludes
4 p.m.
Registration and Gala Bracelet Pickup closes
Location: West Foyer
4 p.m.
Tuxedo Rental Pickup Closes
Location: West Foyer
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Inc. 5000 Cocktail Reception
Location: West Foyer & Springs Patio
7 p.m.
Inc. 5000 Black-Tie Gala
Sponsored by Principal
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Here’s to the 2017 Inc. 5000 Honorees! Bask in your success as you take your place among other high achievers at the unforgettable Black-Tie Gala, where you’ll walk the red carpet, be acknowledged as a 2017 honoree, and receive your award. After a memorable presentation and gourmet dinner, the party continues with music and dancing.
Hosts: Norm Brodsky, founder CitiStorage; partner, Black Gold Suites; co-author, Street Smarts; and columnist, Inc.; and Eric Schurenberg, president and editor in chief, Inc.
Location: Desert Ballroom