Agenda

Day 1: Oct 10
Day 2: Oct 11
Day 3: Oct 12

7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Inc. 5000 Golf Tournament
Start off the Inc. 5000 Conference in full swing with an exciting golf tournament. Play with colleagues or join forces with fellow Inc. 5000 honorees.
Host: Rich Russey, vice president and publisher, Inc.
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Registration Open
Pick up your badge, grab a coffee, and prepare for a day of learning, networking, and celebration.
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Inc. EDU Courses I, II, and III
Inc.edu Courses
Sessions run concurrently, and each is led by a business thought-leader. Light lunch and course materials are included. An additional fee is required to participate.
 
Money: How to Build a Financing Plan to Fuel Your Fast-Growth
Session Leader: Ami Kassar, founder and chief executive, MultiFunding; author, The Growth Dilemma; and columnist, Inc.com
 
Leadership: How to Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be Are you as influential as you think you are?
Session Leader: Stacey Hanke, author, Influence Redefined; and co-author, Yes You Can!
 
Growth: How to Create Rapid Financial Results and Lasting Cultural Change
Session Leader: Steve Baker, vice president, the Great Game of Business; author, Get in the Game and It’s Money It’s People It’s Both
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Inc. 5000 Kickoff Networking Meet Up
Presented by Insperity
Meet and mingle with fellow Inc. 5000 honorees and attendees.
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Inc. Marketplace open
Explore the marketplace. 
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Official Conference Kick-Off 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.
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Inc. Consulting Corner
Presented by Capital One Spark Business
Receive one-on-one advice about and answers to your most pressing business challenges.  Stop by to schedule time with an expert. Appointments are 15 minutes each and first come, first served.

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Morning Workout Activity
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Start off your day with a morning workout with fellow Inc. 5000 honorees and attendees.
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM
Inc. Consulting Corner
Presented by Capital One Spark Business
Receive one-on-one advice about and answers to your most pressing business challenges. Stop by to schedule time with an expert. Appointments are 15 minutes each and first come, first served.
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
On-site Check-in open
Pick up your badge, grab a coffee, and prepare for a day of learning, networking, and celebration.
8:00 AM -
Coffee and Tea in the Inc. Marketplace
8:55 AM - 9:05 AM
Welcome From Inc.
Remarks: Eric Schurenberg, CEO, Mansueto Ventures
9:05 AM - 10:00 AM
How to Harness Your Power
Speaker: Amy Cuddy, co-founder, Citizen Confidence Project; award-winning Harvard lecturer; and author, Presence
10:05 AM - 11:00 AM
How to Disrupt the World
Speakers: Adam Lowry, co-founder, Method Products and Ripple Foods; and Eric Ryan, co-founder, Method Products and Olly
11:05 AM - 11:20 AM
Break in the Inc. Marketplace
 
11:30 AM - 12:05 PM
Master Your Mind and Cut Through the Clutter
Speaker: Jim Kwik, founder, Kwik Learning
12:10 PM - 12:45 PM
Inc. Founders Project
Speakers: Jen Rubio, co-founder, president, and chief brand officer, Away; and Sierra Tishgart, co-founder, Great Jones
Interviewer: Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, senior writer, Inc.; and author, We Are the Nerds
12:50 PM - 1:30 PM
From Baseball to Business: One-on-One with Alex Rodriguez
Speaker: Alex Rodriguez, retired all-star MBL player; and entrepreneur and investor
Interviewer: Eric Schurenberg, CEO, Mansueto Ventures
1:35 PM - 2:05 PM
Meet the Speaker Book Signings in the Inc. Marketplace (free while supplies last)
Amy Cuddy
Michael Dorf
1:35 PM - 2:30 PM
Yes, I want to attend the Inc. Masters Lunch
TBD
1:35 PM - 2:30 PM
Networking Lunch in the Inc. Marketplace
Grab lunch and mingle with your peers, colleagues, and fellow attendees. 
1:35 PM - 5:00 PM
Inc. Consulting Corner
Presented by Capital One Spark Business
Receive one-on-one advice about and answers to your most pressing business challenges. Stop by to schedule time with an expert. Appointments are 15 minutes each and first come, first served.
2:40 PM - 3:55 PM
Breakout Sessions
Interactive workshops and panel sessions designed to challenge your thinking and generate new ideas. Sessions are 75 minutes in length. Seating is first come, first served.
 
1. The Future of HR: How to Drive Performance, Growth, and Profit
Presented by Insperity
Speakers: Elizabeth Gore, president and chairwoman, Alice; Kathy Johnson, SVP of mid-market operations, Insperity and Bret Starr, founder and CEO, Starr Conspiracy
Moderator: Eric Schurenberg, CEO, Mansueto Ventures
 
2. Where's the Money?
Session Leader: Ami Kassar, founder and chief executive, MultiFunding; author, The Growth Dilemma; and columnist, Inc.com
Introduction: Sophie Downes, digital producer, Inc.com
 
3. Founders Project Live! One-on-One with Alexa von Tobel
Host: Alexa von Tobel, founder, LearnVest; and founder and managing partner, Inspired Capital Partners; and author, Financially Fearless and Financially Forward
Speaker: Everett Cook, co-founder and CEO, Rho
Introduction: Kimberly Weisul, editor-at-large, Inc
 
4. How to Scale Intimacy in a Digital World
Speaker: Michael Dorf, founder the Knitting Factory and City Winery; and author, Indulge Your Senses: Scaling Intimacy in a Digital World
Interviewer: Paul Keegan is a contributing writer for Inc.
 
5. My Biggest F--k Ups and How to Fail Forward
Speakers: David Freedman, co-founder, Freestar; and Jessi Roberts, co-founder and CEO, Cheekys; and author, Backroads Boss Lady
Moderator: Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, senior writer, Inc.; and author, We Are the Nerds
 
6. Deep Dive: Beyond Workplace Bullying
Speaker: Amy Cuddy, co-founder, Citizen Confidence Project; award-winning Harvard lecturer; and author, Presence
Interviewer: Jon Fine, executive director – editorial, Inc.; and author, Your Band Sucks
 
7. Deep Dive: How to Focus and Succeed
Speaker: Jim Kwik, founder, Kwik Learning
Introduction: Burt Helm, editor-at-large, Inc. and Fast Company
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Meet the Speaker Book Signings in the Inc. Marketplace (free while supplies last)
Norm Brodsky, Michael Dorf, Ami Kassar, Alexa von Tobel, Jessi Roberts
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Happy Hour in the Inc. Marketplace
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Cocktails with the Brodsky's: How to Stay Married to the Business (and Each Other)
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
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Dinner Recess
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Inc. 5000 Conference Party
Presented by Capital One Spark Business
Join fellow attendees, speakers, sponsors, and Inc. editorial staff for some well-deserved downtime. The evening will include live entertainment, cold drinks, and delicious food. 
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No, I don't want to attend the Inc. Masters Lunch
TBD

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Morning Workout Activity
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Start off your day with a morning workout with fellow Inc. 5000 honorees and attendees.
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuxedo Rental Pickup
Pick up your Tuxedo rental for the Inc. 5000 Black Tie Gala in Desert Conference Suite 1.
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Registration Opens
Pick up your badge, grab a coffee or tea, and prepare for a day of learning, networking, and celebration.
9:00 AM - 9:05 AM
Welcome From Inc.
Remarks: Jon Fine, executive director – editorial, Inc.; and author, Your Band Sucks
9:10 AM - 10:00 AM
Keep Calm and Become a Unicorn: How to Turn Stress into Profits
Speaker: Michael Acton Smith, co-founder and co-CEO, Calm
Interviewer: Jon Fine, executive director – editorial, Inc.; and author, Your Band Sucks
10:05 AM - 11:15 AM
Are You Indistractable? Live the Life You Choose
Speaker: Nir Eyal, creator, Nir And Far; and author, Hooked and Indistractable
11:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Networking Break in the Inc. Marketplace
Meet your fellow attendees and check out the Inc. Marketplace. 
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Life After Go Daddy: How to Keep Building
Speaker: Bob Parsons, founder, PXG and GoDaddy
Interviewer: Burt Helm, editor-at-large, Inc. and Fast Company
1:05 PM - 2:05 PM
Networking Lunch in the Inc. Marketplace
Grab lunch and mingle with your peers, colleagues, and fellow attendees. 
1:05 PM - 3:00 PM
Inc. Consulting Corner
Presented by Capital One Spark Business
Receive one-on-one advice about and answers to your most pressing business challenges. Stop by to schedule time with an expert. Appointments are 15 minutes each and first come, first served.
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
Meet the Speaker Book Signing in the Inc. Marketplace (free while supplies last)
Nir Eyal
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Breakout Sessions
Breakout Sessions
Interactive workshops and panel sessions designed to challenge your thinking and generate new ideas. Sessions are 75 minutes in length. Seating is first come, first served.
  1. What’s Your Exit Strategy?
    Speakers: Morris Miller, founder, Xenex Disinfection Services; managing partner. Tectonic Ventures; and co-founder, Rackspace; and Lisa Price, founder, Carol’s Daughter; and author, Success Never Smelled So Sweet
    Moderator: Burt Helm, editor-at-large, Inc. and Fast Company
     
  2. Street Smarts: Inc. 5000 Edition
    Speaker: Norm Brodsky, founder, CitiStorage; partner, Black Gold Suites; co-author, Street Smarts; and columnist, Inc.
    Introduction: Jon Fine, executive director – editorial, Inc.; and author, Your Band Sucks
     
  3. Good Growth versus Fast Growth
    Speakers: Bruce Floersheim, founder and CEO, FITT Scientific; Heidi Jannenga, co-founder and president, WebPT; and Sean Standberry, co-founder and CEO, LYFE Marketing
    Moderator: Kimberly Weisul, editor-at-large, Inc
     
  4. Recession Proof Your Business
    Presented by Capital One Spark Business
    Moderator: Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, senior writer, Inc.; and author, We Are the Nerds
     
  5. The Science of Growth: What Your Company Can Learn from America's Surging Cities
    Speakers: Chris Camacho, president and CEO. Greater Phoenix Economic Council; and Dane Stangler, president and chief policy officer, Startup Genome
    Moderator: Cameron Albert-Deitch, staff reporter, Inc.
3:30 PM -
Inc. 5000 program conclude
5:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Inc. 5000 Cocktail Reception
Grab a drink and take some time to relax and reflect before the main event.
7:15 PM -
Black-Tie Gala
It's finally time for the signature event! Here's to the Inc. 5000 honorees. Be among the best and brightest at the elegant Black-Tie Gala, where you'll be acknowledged and celebrated. Cheer on colleagues. Network with fellow honorees. Dance the night away. Festivities include a cocktail reception, dinner, and music. 
Host: Ken Jeong, actor, comedian, and co-star, The Hangover Community, and Crazy Rich Asians