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AGENDA

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)
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.
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Inc. Day of Service: Military Entrepreneurs Mentoring Fair
Speaker: Norm Brodsky, founder, CitiStorage; partner, Black Gold Suites; co-author, Street Smarts; and columnist, Inc.
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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: Norm Brodsky, founder, CitiStorage; partner, Black Gold Suites; co-author, Street Smarts; and columnist, Inc.; and Damien Patton, founder and CEO, Banjo Welcome remarks: Eric Schurenberg, president and editor in chief, Inc. Media.
1 - 4 p.m.
Inc.edu Courses
(additional fee to participate)
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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.
Session Leader: Les McKeown , president and CEO, Predictable Success; author, Predictable Success, The Synergist, and Do Lead; and columnist, Inc.com.
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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.
Session Leader: Steve Baker, vice president, the Great Game of Business.
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.
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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8 a.m.
Registration opens
8 a.m.
Coffee, Tea, and Networking in the Inc. Marketplace
9 a.m.
Welcome From the President
Remarks: Eric Schurenberg, president and editor in chief, Inc.
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.
10:40 - 11:10 a.m.
Networking Break in the Inc. Marketplace
11:20 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Why Knowing Everything Is Everything
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What do you do when you know what’s happening anywhere in the world? Well, Banjo has built a crystal ball. The company’s founder, Damien Patton, recounts the events that led him to create social media software that knows what is happening all over the globe--immediately. Learn how Banjo’s technology (which Patton leveraged to raise more than $100 million in funding) is positively affecting business practices among industries as diverse as financial services, marketing, insurance, news and media, public health, and beyond. And whether you operate a B2C or B2B, find out just how business intelligence is essential for your company to stay competitive.
Speaker: Damien Patton, founder and CEO, Banjo.
12:05 - 1:05 p.m.
Inc. 5000 Sessions
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.
2:25 - 3:30 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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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.
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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: Dave McKeown, COO and senior consultant, Predictable Success.
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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.
Speakers: Kevin Daum, founder and CEO, TAE International; author, ROAR! and Video Marketing for Dummies; co-author, The 12 Habits of Valuable Employees; and columnist, Inc.com Alex Kenjeev, president, O’Leary Ventures.
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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.
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.
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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.
3:30 - 3:50 p.m.
Networking Break in the Inc. Marketplace
4 - 4:45 p.m.
Inc. 5000 Session
4:55 p.m.
Main Stage Programming 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.
Hosts: Elaine and Norm Brodsky, founding business partners, CitiStorage; and partners, Black Gold Suites
5 p.m.
Networking Happy Hour in the Inc. Marketplace
6 p.m.
Marketplace and Registration close for the day
7 - 10 p.m.
Inc. 5000 Conference Party
Sponsored 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.
DAY 3
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017
8 a.m.
Coffee, Tea, and Networking in the Inc. Marketplace
8 a.m.
Registration and Gala Bracelet Pickup opens
8:55 a.m.
Welcome
9 - 9:50 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
9:55 - 10:30 a.m.
Dollar Shave Club’s Founder on How to Build 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.
11:50 a.m. - 1:05 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.
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.
1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
Inc. Military Entrepreneurs Lunch
(invitation only)
Grab a meal, mingle with attendees, and visit our sponsors in the Inc. Marketplace.
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.
Speaker: Michael Lastoria, co-founder, &pizza; Dan Price, founder and CEO, Gravity Payments
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Ten Times a Charm: 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; Nina Vaca, founder, chairman and CEO, Pinnacle Group
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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 about all things money. Learn 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. 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. Got a question? Bring it.
Speakers: Ami Kassar, founder and chief executive, MultiFunding, and columnist, Inc.com
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How to Create Your Blueprint for Business and Life
Special Remarks: 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
3:35 p.m.
Program concludes
4 p.m.
Registration and Gala Bracelet Pickup closes
5:30 p.m.
Inc. 5000 Cocktail Reception & 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.