Join us in person for the 2022 Inc. 5000 Conference & Gala in Phoenix!
Join us in person for the 2022 Inc. 5000 Conference & Gala in Phoenix!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

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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.

Activity

10:00 AM - 7:30 PM

Registration Open

Pick up your badge and prepare for a day of learning, networking, and celebration.

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Meet the Editors and Learn How Magazine Stories Are Made
Presented by Capital One Business

Do you wonder how certain companies and their stories make it into the pages of Inc. magazine and on Inc.com? Do you have a story idea you want to share with Inc.’s editorial staff? Do you want to connect with an editor when your company has news in the future? Attendees can sign up for 15-minute sessions to chat one-on-one with Inc. editors about their businesses and story ideas.

DISCLAIMER: Attending this does not guarantee editorial coverage by Inc.

Networking

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Inc. Masters Guided Group Conversation and Connection
Presented by Capital One Business
Featuring Elizabeth Cutler, co-founder, Peoplehood; co-founder, SoulCycle

To join Inc. Masters and gain access to this event, visit masters.inc.com or stop by the Inc. Masters booth in the Inc. Marketplace.

Invitation only for Inc. Masters members

Private Event

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speed Networking for Entrepreneurs
Led by Teneshia Carr, contributing editor, Inc.; founder, creative director, and consultant, Blanc Media

The founder's journey can be lonely. Come expand your network with meaningful interactions at Speed Networking for Entrepreneurs. This reception puts you face-to-face with other founders as a way to go beyond connecting on LinkedIn. After extensive networking, here's where you have to get intentional: At the end of the night, participants should exchange information only with people they are interested in helping and collaborating with in the future.

Networking

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Official Conference Kick-Off Welcome Reception 
Featuring Wayne Brady, producer, actor, and musician, Makin' It Up Productions

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. Plus, catch an exclusive conversation and interactive workshop with actor, producer, and musician Wayne Brady on our Marketplace Stage.

Party

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Meet the Editors and Learn How Magazine Stories are Made
Presented by Capital One Business

Do you wonder how certain companies and their stories make it into the pages of Inc. magazine and on Inc.com? Do you have a story idea you want to share with Inc.’s editorial staff? Do you want to connect with an editor when your company has news in the future? Attendees can sign up for 15-minute sessions to chat one-on-one with Inc. editors about their businesses and story ideas.

DISCLAIMER: Attending this does not guarantee editorial coverage by Inc.

Networking

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Inc. Consulting Corner
Presented by Capital One 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.

Networking

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Capital One Business Private Dinner
Presented by Capital One Business

Join fellow Inc. 5000 honorees, Capital One, and Inc. editorial staff for a lovely evening filled with delightful touches, such as a signature cocktail made with herbs from the garden, a step-and-repeat photo opportunity, a farm-to-table buffet dinner, and curated gifts. 

Private event. Invitation only.

Private Event

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Inc. Masters Cocktail Reception, with Inc. editor-in-chief, Scott Omelianuk
Invitation only for Inc. Masters members.

To join Inc. Masters and gain access to this event, visit masters.inc.com or stop by the Inc. Masters booth in the Inc. Marketplace

Private Event

Thursday, October 20, 2022

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7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Morning Yoga

Start your morning with expert-led group yoga on the lush, green Ballroom Lawn while taking in the picturesque views of the Sonoran mountains. Yoga mats, towels, and water will be provided. All levels are welcome. Please be sure to bring your Conference badge!

Activity

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Inc. Consulting Corner
Presented by Capital One 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.

Networking

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast and Banter: Purposeful Networking to Kickstart the Day
Presented by Capital One Business

Connect with other entrepreneurs and creatives in an intentionally designed communal space over complimentary breakfast. This networking breakfast will focus on in-demand topics such as growth, marketing, and combating inflation. Open to all attendees. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Networking

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Meet the Editors and Learn How Magazine Stories Are Made
Presented by Capital One Business

Do you wonder how certain companies and their stories make it into the pages of Inc. magazine and on Inc.com? Do you have a story idea you want to share with Inc.’s editorial staff? Do you want to connect with an editor when your company has news in the future? Attendees can sign up for 15-minute sessions to chat one-on-one with Inc. editors about their businesses and story ideas.

DISCLAIMER: Attending this does not guarantee editorial coverage by Inc.

Networking

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Inc. Marketplace Open

Come visit our sponsors in the marketplace and grab some coffee or tea while you're at it.

Networking

8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Registration Open

Pick up your badge and prepare for a day of learning, networking, and celebration.

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Welcome From Inc.
Speaker: Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief, Inc.

Mainstage

9:12 AM - 9:55 AM

Kind Ambition: Strategies to Give Back While Pushing Ahead
Speaker: Daymond John, founder and CEO, FUBU; star, Shark Tank; author, Powershift
Interviewed by Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief, Inc.

The new breed of entrepreneur is hard-charging but also soft-hearted, giving back as much as forging ahead. If anyone knows that success means greater opportunities to lift up the next generation, it's Daymond John. The longtime Shark is committed to educating kids and says it's key to building self- confidence for the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. But what's the right balance to strike between fiscal and societal responsibility, paying it forward while staying committed to your current business pursuits?

Mainstage

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

The Sky's Not the Limit: Reinventing an Industry for the Better
Speakers: Holly Thaggard, founder, Supergoop!; Amanda Baldwin, CEO, Supergoop!
Moderated by Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, senior writer, Inc.

Supergoop is on a mission to change how the world thinks about sunscreen. And now with Blackstone Growth’s support as a majority investor, the skin care brand can scale its ambitions and expand its reach even more. Join the startup's CEO Amanda Baldwin and founder Holly Thaggard to talk not only about Supergoop's guiding vision and ever-expanding aspirations, but how brands universally can change their industries for the better, creating entirely new categories to conquer if what exists is too limiting.

Mainstage

10:50 AM - 11:35 AM

A Founder's Second Act: Serial Entrepreneurship & Founding Fast-Growth Companies
Speakers: Elizabeth Cutler, co-founder, Peoplehood, and co-founder, SoulCycle; Pooneh Mohajer, co-founder and CEO, tokidoki
Moderated by Diana Ransom, executive editor, Inc.

Every ambitious leader dreams of creating a company that contributes enormous impact, often in a way that changes culture or how an entire industry operates. Yet once a founder finds that level of traction and popularity, what comes next? Learn from serial entrepreneurs Elizabeth Cutler, a co-founder of SoulCycle who stepped away from the company in 2016 and went on to co-found Peoplehood, and Pooneh Mohajer, a co-founder and CEO of global lifestyle brand Toki Doki, which is her third successful company to date. Both leaders share their best tips about perseverance, smart decision making, and accepting setbacks in creating new businesses.

Mainstage

11:35 AM - 12:00 PM

Morning Break in the Inc. Marketplace

Networking

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Finding Opportunity in the Wake of Crisis
Speaker: Steve Case, chairman and CEO, Revolution; co-founder, AOL
Interviewed by Christine Haugney Dare-Bryan, editor-at-large, Inc.

Perhaps best known as an internet pioneer who co-founded AOL, Steve Case runs Revolution, which invests in entrepreneurs at all development stages. Ever optimistic about the power of entrepreneurship, he'll discuss the unique possibilities and opportunities that this challenging moment provides. He will also speak about the biggest lessons he sees entrepreneurs learning as he works with them every day.

Mainstage

12:50 PM - 1:35 PM

A View From a Top Philanthropist and Investor on Backing Worthwhile Efforts
Speaker: Robert F. Smith, founder, chairman, and CEO, Vista Equity Partners
Interviewed by Stephanie Mehta, CEO and chief content officer, Mansueto Ventures

Growing up, Robert Smith watched his parents continually take their limited financial resources and donate them to charities, in the spirit of building a better world. Commitment to philanthropy and equity remains a core value to Smith, the chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, who made a bold move to pay off the student debt of Morehouse College's entire 2019 graduating class. But it has presented him with challenges as well. What are the factors Smith takes into account when deciding where to invest and commit funds? In this fireside chat, he'll offer up a unique perspective on innovation, including keys to identifying and supporting it to greatest effect.

Mainstage

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Networking Lunch in the Inc. Marketplace

Networking

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Steve Case Book Signing 
Featuring: Steve Case, chairman and CEO, Revolution; co-founder, AOL

Book Signing

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Principal Private Lunch 
Presented by Principal

During this exclusive event for Inc. 5000 honorees, you’ll be served a complimentary, sit-down lunch and have the opportunity to meet with other dynamic founders to share your wisdom, successes and opportunities for growth.

Private event. Invitation only.

Private Event

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Lunch & Learn: Nine Proven Strategies to Help Your Business
Presented by Insperity
Speaker: Pete Hinojosa, director of thought leadership, Insperity
 

Join this exclusive luncheon where you’ll learn proven competitive advantages and differentiators to help you accelerate your momentum and gain insights that will help your business run better, grow faster, and add to your bottom line from the Insperity’s Director of Thought Leadership Pete Hinojosa. 

Private event. Invitation only.

Private Event

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Inc. Consulting Corner
Presented by Capital One 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.

Networking

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Meet the Editors and Learn How Magazine Stories Are Made
Presented by Capital One Business

Do you wonder how certain companies and their stories make it into the pages of Inc. magazine and on Inc.com? Do you have a story idea you want to share with Inc.’s editorial staff? Do you want to connect with an editor when your company has news in the future? Attendees can sign up for 15-minute sessions to chat one-on-one with Inc. editors about their businesses and story ideas.

DISCLAIMER: Attending this does not guarantee editorial coverage by Inc.

Networking

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

One in a Billion: Lessons From Leaders of Unicorns 
Speakers: Christina Cacioppo, co-founder and CEO, Vanta; Shilpa Patel, chief business and legal officer, Kindbody 
Moderated by Lindsay Blakely, managing editor, Inc.com

Launching a startup that reaches a billion-dollar valuation is the dream of many founders. Hear what it takes to reach that milestone and what happens to a company's trajectory after it becomes a unicorn. 

Breakout

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Funding the New Wave of Diverse Founders
Presented by Principal
Speakers: Beth Wood, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Principal Financial Group; Marianne Markowitz, chief executive officer, First Women’s Bank; Ingrid Thibodeaux
President, Citi Approved Enterprise
Moderated by Teneshia Carr, contributing editor, Inc.; founder, creative director, and consultant, Blanc Media

Building a business is a challenge for almost everyone. Yet women and people of color face even greater disparities in getting access to funding. Despite these challenges, they’ve blazed new trails and are key to the nation’s future economic growth. This breakout session will explore the needs of diverse entrepreneurs and discuss specific strategies to help them nurture stable, growing businesses.

Breakout

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Streaming and Scaling: How Businesses Drive Growth in a Streaming-First World
Presented by Disney Advertising
Speakers: Hannah Chute, media director, Madden Media; Lyle Maltz, co-founder and CEO, Leeway Home; Sylvester "Sly" Phifer, vice president of self-service platform, Disney Advertising
Moderated by Brit Morse, associate editor, Inc.

By combining the sight, sound, and motion of the traditional television experience with the precision, performance, and content of digital, streaming TV creates a high-impact environment that unlocks new opportunities for advertisers to engage with their audiences. Learn how brands, of all sizes, have harnessed the power of streaming and self-service automation to grow their businesses.

Breakout

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

How to Make Governments Work Better For Entrepreneurs
Speaker: Victor Hwang, founder and CEO, Right to Start; founder and CEO, Victor & Company
Interviewed by Christine Haugney Dare-Bryan, editor-at-large, Inc.

In this special breakout interview, Victor W. Hwang – an entrepreneur who has helped over 300 cities, states, and countries strengthen their entrepreneurial environments – talks about how governments fail entrepreneurs and what we can do to change that. Evidence shows that entrepreneurs drive tremendous job growth. They also grow GDP, lift incomes, fight poverty, and drive broader prosperity. However, our economic system often favors large, established corporations. Government can often make it too hard for entrepreneurs starting and growing new businesses. But what can we do to change that? Hwang shares specific ways you can play a role, engage your public leaders, advocate for entrepreneurs, and drive real change.

Breakout

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

How to Design a Productive Post-Pandemic Office
Sponsored by Vari
Speakers: Nooshin Behroyan, founder and CEO, Paxon Energy & Infrastructure Services; Jason McCann, co-founder and CEO, Vari; Jeff Wuest, CEO, SynFiny Advisors
Moderated by Diana Ransom, executive editor, Inc.

Covid altered the business landscape in profound ways, as companies turned to remote work more than ever before to keep afloat. Now, whether opting to stay remote, maintain a hybrid model, or return to largely in-person workforces, what are leading companies doing to reimagine the office of the future so that it's good for business and employee-friendly? This panel will highlight the key ways of moving forward with an office setup that strikes the right balance.

Breakout

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Listen Deeply, Talk Freely: A Guided Group Conversation with Peoplehood
Presented by Capital One Business
Speaker: Juliana Estrella, Peoplehood guide

What if there were a safe space for supportive, free-form dialogue in a group setting that also allowed participants to benefit and grow personally? That's what this special session in Capital One Business's Unbreakout Room aims to do for our accomplished and hard-driving business leaders. Facilitators from the groundbreaking startup Peoplehood will lead a guided group conversation that fosters mindfulness, combats burnout, and supports wellness.

Breakout

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

How Managing Mental Wellness Makes for Better Business
Speakers: Matt Cohen, founder and managing partner, Ripple Ventures; Omar Dawood, president, BetterUp Care; Zoila Darton, founder and creative director, WORD Creative
Moderated by Lindsay Blakely, managing editor, Inc.com

Mental wellness might be the most underestimated key to entrepreneurial success. But, with constant pressure to produce, lead, and avoid missteps, startup founders and CEOs find their mental wellness is often strained. What is the role of VCs who back these companies, and what new tools can entrepreneurs try to avoid anxiety, burnout, and struggling with their mental health?

Breakout

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Sustaining Fast Growth in an Ever-Changing Environment
Speakers: Geetesh Goyal, co-founder and CEO, Human Bees; Cherie Kloss, founder and former CEO, SnapNurse ; Jacob Pechenik, co-founder and CEO, Lettuce Grow
Moderated by Diana Ransom, executive editor, Inc.

Hear from leaders of startups about what it takes to grow fast in a way that's smart and deliberate. What are the tips to follow to avoid becoming too big too soon, yet not letting competitors overtake you?

Breakout

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: Tips for Teams to Work Better Together, Even When Apart
Presented by Post-it® Brand
Speaker: Heather Green, global vice president, Post-it Brand and Scotch Brand
Interviewed by Tom Foster, editor-at-large, Inc.

In the early days of the lockdown, businesses of all sizes worried how A teams -- spread out in remote locales -- would work together and if they even could collaborate to an acceptable level. Where there’s a will, though, there’s often a way, and workforces found flexible, imaginative and skillful solutions to the collaboration conundrum. Many of these tools and tactics are capable of leading to lasting changes in how we work. Heather Green, global vice president for Post-it Brand, shares some of the team-building exercises her company has used to keep employees connected and engaged.

Breakout

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Strategies for Better Employee Attraction, Engagement, and Retention
Presented by Insperity
Speakers: Pete Hinojosa, director of thought leadership, Insperity; Katherine Rubino, partner and chair of life sciences practice group, Caldwell
Moderated by Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, senior writer, Inc.

The Great Resignation fundamentally shifted the power dynamic, as employees dissatisfied with their roles or companies suddenly felt emboldened to leave them behind. What can employers do to ensure that company culture and work conditions are fulfilling enough to keep staff in place and engaged? This panel, featuring industry leaders, will provide creative and practical ways to attract and retain top talent.

Breakout

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Appealing to Top Talent in a Competitive Market
Presented by JobsOhio
Speakers: John Sherwood, talent strategy manager, JobsOhio; Emily Linch, human resources director, Beam Benefits; Cindi Harper, vice president, human resources, talent planning & acquisition, Intel Corporation
Moderated by Brit Morse, associate editor, Inc.

There are currently more than 11 million open jobs in the U.S. That means candidates, especially top-tier job seekers, hold more power than ever when job hunting. How can business leaders attract the best talent in such a competitive environment? This expert panel will explore what employers can do to attract more of the right candidates.

Breakout

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Investors' Advice for Raising Funds and Visibility
Speakers: Marlon Nichols, co-founder and managing general partner, MaC Venture Capital; Rachel Rodgers, CEO, Hello Seven; Nina Vaca, chairman and CEO, Pinnacle Group
Moderated by Christine Haugney Dare-Bryan, editor-at-large, Inc.

Standing out to venture capitalists, who are subjected to constant funding pleas, is no simple feat. A panel of investors, with an array of expertise and backgrounds, give their dos and don'ts about pitching, the desired timing to seek outside money, and what comes next for (and beyond) VC.

Breakout

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Self-Care for Jetsetters: Spa Sessions with a Dash of Leadership Advice
Presented by Capital One Business
Speaker: Marianna Hewitt, co-founder and CEO, Summer Fridays
Interviewed by Teneshia Carr, contributing editor, Inc.; founder, creative director, and consultant, Blanc Media

Mini spa treatments, networking, and cocktails mix poolside at this unique gathering for a select group of female founders, courtesy of Capital One Business. A pioneering founder of skin care line Summer Fridays, Marianna Hewitt will share the story of developing her brand and the hard-fought lessons she learned along the way. Attendees will be able unwind, reconnect over light bites, and leave with some curated spa gifts. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Activity

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Conscious Coupling: Thriving as a Pair in Life and Work
Speakers: Devanie Gutierrez and Jack Smith, FortunaBMC

For more than 15 years, Devanie Gutierrez and Jack Smith have been together professionally as well as personally. Blending both worlds is often seen as a recipe for disaster, but how have they kept their partnership intact? And when the couple consists of a founder and supportive spouse, with different professional aspirations, is there a way to find value in an unbalanced power dynamic for both parties? This engaging 30-minute moderated conversation —- exploring the friction as well as the support that’s inherent in these complex relationships — will also feature ample opportunities for audience participation.

Breakout

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Happy Hour in the Inc. Marketplace

Grab a drink and mingle with the leaders of the most dynamic companies in America.

Networking

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

JobsOhio Private Dinner
Presented by JobsOhio

Join your fellow Inc. 5000 honorees for a cocktail session followed by an exclusive networking dinner.

Private event. Invitation only.

Private Event

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Inc. 5000 Conference Party
Presented by Capital One Business

Join fellow attendees, speakers, sponsors, and Inc. editorial staff for some well-deserved downtime. The evening will include live entertainment, drinks, and delicious food.

Party

Friday, October 21, 2022

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7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Morning Yoga

Start your morning with expert-led group yoga on the lush, green Ballroom Lawn while taking in the picturesque views of the Sonoran mountains. Yoga mats, towels, and water will be provided. All levels are welcome. Please be sure to bring your Conference badge!

Activity

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast and Banter: Purposeful Networking to Kickstart the Day
Presented by Capital One Business

Connect with other entrepreneurs and creatives in an intentionally designed communal space over complimentary breakfast. This networking breakfast will focus on in-demand topics such as growth, marketing, and combating inflation. Open to all attendees. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Networking

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Five-Time Honorees Breakfast
Presented by Insperity

Join us for a breakfast exclusively for Honorees who have made the Inc. 5000 list 5x or more! Meet your peers and share your secrets of the trade on how to make this list multiple times.

Private event. Invitation only.

Private Event

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Meet the Editors and Learn How Magazine Stories are Made
Presented by Capital One Business

Do you wonder how certain companies and their stories make it into the pages of Inc. magazine and on Inc.com? Do you have a story idea you want to share with Inc.’s editorial staff? Do you want to connect with an editor when your company has news in the future? Attendees can sign up for 15-minute sessions to chat one-on-one with Inc. editors about their businesses and story ideas.

DISCLAIMER: Attending this does not guarantee editorial coverage by Inc.

Networking

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Inc. Consulting Corner
Presented by Capital One Business

Receive one-on-one advice 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.

Networking

8:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Inc. Marketplace Open

Come visit our sponsors in the Marketplace and grab some coffee or tea while you're at it.

Networking

8:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Registration Open

Pick up your badge and prepare for a day of learning, networking, and celebration.

8:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Gala Bracelet Pickup

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM

Welcome From Inc.

Mainstage

9:10 AM - 9:55 AM

Don't Rely on Outside Disruption: Stay Relevant by Challenging Your Own Company
Speaker: Chip Conley, founder, Modern Elder Academy
Interviewed by Lindsay Blakely, managing editor, Inc.com

Always a bit of a rebel unafraid to start companies that disrupt industries beloved to him, hospitality entrepreneur and Airbnb adviser Chip Conley, who founded the Modern Elder Academy, the world’s first “midlife wisdom school,” talks about resiliency and strategies for companies to stay fresh. In this one-on-one interview, he'll discuss the need for businesses to keep pushing themselves and disrupting from within.

Mainstage

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

What Comes After Launching a Revolutionary Company?
Speaker: Michael Dubin, founder, Dollar Shave Club
Interviewed by Tom Foster, editor-at-large, Inc.

Dollar Shave Club took the world by storm, creating a revolution, improbably, through razors. After founder Michael Dubin sold his company to Unilever in 2017 for $1 billion, he stayed on to shepherd it through its transition before departing mid-pandemic in January 2022. In this one-on-one interview, he talks about his transition and offers advice for how startup leaders can find their footing in an ever-changing world after selling their companies.

Mainstage

10:50 AM - 11:45 AM

Your Next Move: The Ripple Effect of Disruption
Speakers: Cindy Eckert, founder, The Pink Ceiling; Laura Modi, co-founder and CEO, Bobbie
Moderated by Beatrice Dixon, founder and CEO, The Honey Pot Company

Disruption doesn't cause just a single change. It has the power to create a ripple effect that radiates outward and results in full-blown transformation. That ripple effect is something trailblazing self-made entrepreneurs Cindy Eckert and Laura Modi have seen, experienced, and epitomized in their career journeys. Eckert, now the CEO of The Pink Ceiling, previously sold two billion-dollar companies, including the first company to offer the FDA-approved “female Viagra.” Modi is a high-powered former executive at Airbnb and Google who left it all behind to start Bobbie, the only female-founded and mom-led organic infant formula company in the country. Hear both of their inspiring stories and what they've learned about disruption and perseverance.

Mainstage

11:35 AM - 12:00 PM

Morning Break in the Inc. Marketplace

Networking

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

On the Ball When it Comes to Personal Branding
Speakers: Julius Winfield Erving, founder and managing member, Erving Global Opportunity; Phyllis Newhouse, Founder and CEO, Xtreme Solutions and ShoulderUp
Moderated by Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief, Inc.

Before LeBron, Jordan, KD, or Kobe, there was Julius Irving. Affectionately known as Dr. J, he became the dominant basketball player of his era and the face of the NBA to boot. The basketball legend is joined by Phyllis Newhouse, a pioneer in cybersecurity who is also a celebrated veteran, serial entrepreneur, and prior Inc. 5000 honoree. In an age when innovators hold multiple roles and balance numerous identities at one time, how do you show who you are in a way that’s authentic yet credible? These two stars will talk about the lessons they’ve learned about sporting a personal brand that’s inspiring, uncompromising, and effective.

Mainstage

12:50 PM - 1:35 PM

Building a Business Around Inclusivity
Speaker: Jameela Jamil, actor, activist and founder, I Weigh
Interviewed by Stephanie Mehta, CEO and chief content officer, Mansueto Ventures

British actress Jameela Jamil had plenty of avenues she could have pursued to promote her views on social change. Instead she launched a business that aligned with the sense of purpose already embedded deep within her. The resulting company, I Weigh, has made major strides already, including spurring Instagram to change some of its practices on how it addresses topics like dieting, and the acclaimed actress isn't stopping there. In this Main Stage interview, she shares what keeps her motivated and the positive impact she believes creativity can have on business leaders and their business's pursuits.

Mainstage

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Inc. Consulting Corner
Presented by Capital One 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.

Networking

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Meet the Editors and Learn How Magazine Stories Are Made
Presented by Capital One Business

Do you wonder how certain companies and their stories make it into the pages of Inc. magazine and on Inc.com? Do you have a story idea you want to share with Inc.’s editorial staff? Do you want to connect with an editor when your company has news in the future? Attendees can sign up for 15-minute sessions to chat one-on-one with Inc. editors about their businesses and story ideas.

DISCLAIMER: Attending this does not guarantee editorial coverage by Inc.

Networking

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Networking Lunch in the Inc. Marketplace

Networking

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Not Just a Brand: Creating a Company That's Also a Social Change Movement
Speakers: Gregory Constantine, co-founder and CEO, Air Company; Ben Goodwin, cofounder, CEO, and formulator, OLIPOP; Lindsay McCormick, founder and CEO, Bite
Moderated by Bill Saporito, editor-at-large, Inc.
 

Some revolutionary founders build companies that start with the vision to do more than make money or put products out into the world. What does it take, though, to found a business that's just as invested in a mission or purpose -- whether that's racial equity or healthier portrayals of body image -- as it is in shareholder satisfaction and the bottom line?

Breakout

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Why You Need to Reinvent the Way Your Organization Works
Speaker: Keith Ferrazzi, founder and chairman, Ferrazzi Greenlight
Introduced by Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief, Inc.

It would be easy -- and expected -- to consider the last few years as a disruptive, earth-shifting struggle to merely endure and move past. But entrepreneur and author Keith Ferrazzi suggests thinking of it as a pivotal time to re-engineer entire ways of working and running businesses. The volatility of the pandemic, followed immediately by the volatility of the post-pandemic reality demands it. In this keynote presentation, the founder and chairman of Ferrazzi Greenlight unveils a roadmap -- born out of a 2-year research study -- for the kinds of opportunities entrepreneurs should take advantage of immediately.

Breakout

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Why Building a Diverse Team Can Take Your Company Further
Speakers: Kathryn Finney, founder and managing general partner, Genius Guild; Jenny Just, co-founder and managing partner, PEAK6; Esi Seng, CEO, Tate’s Bake Shop
Moderated by Christine Haugney Dare-Bryan, editor-at-large, Inc.

Creating a company whose team reflects a mix of ideas, backgrounds, genders, and races doesn't usually happen by accident. But aspiring to bring together a diverse, representative assemblage of employees is not just worthwhile -- it's also necessary. This panel will examine the best path forward in making startups -- and the overall startup sector -- more inclusive and inviting.

Breakout

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Inc. Masters Workshop: Make the Most of Publishing on Inc.com
Speaker: Diana Ransom, executive editor, Inc.

Workshop

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Bridging the Skills Gap for Today and Tomorrow
Presented by the SHRM Executive Network
Speakers: Annemarie Schaefer, vice president, research, SHRM Research Institute; Erica McMannes, chief people and community officer, Instant Teams; Madeleine Niebauer, founder and CEO, vChief
Moderated by Brit Morse, associate editor, Inc.

Your company needs new skills to grow in a changing marketplace. But hiring new staff and investing in bringing them up to speed is time-consuming and expensive. That’s why reskilling and upskilling can give business leaders a leg up at a uniquely challenging time. What are the economic and cultural benefits of reskilling and upskilling, and how can companies build these strategies into their DNA so that employee retention remains high and turnover low? This engaging panel will provide practical advice and tangible steps to take.

Breakout

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Gala Cocktail Reception

Grab a drink and take some time to relax and reflect before the main event.

Party

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Gala Bracelet Pickup

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

A Toast To Your Success! 
Presented by Insperity

Join us for a pre-gala champagne reception exclusively for Insperity clients who have made the Inc. 5000 list. Join us for a champagne bar and light bites for an hour before the gala in the room right next door to the main event.

Private event. Invitation only.

Private Event

7:15 PM - 10:30 PM

Inc. 5000 Gala
Co-hosted by Amber Ruffin, host, writer, and executive producer, The Amber Ruffin Show; and Rich Eisen, founder and host, “The Rich Eisen Show”; host, NFL Network

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. Co-hosted by Amber Ruffin, host, writer, and executive producer of The Amber Ruffin Show, and Rich Eisen, founder and host of The Rich Eisen Show and host on the NFL Network.

Party