Day 1: Oct 19
Day 2: Oct 20
Day 3: Oct 21
Day 4: Oct 22
Day 5: Oct 23

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Non-Obvious Thinking: The Mindset You Need to Understand Trends and Anticipate the Future

The future will belong to non-obvious thinkers who see opportunities that others don't. Are you one of them? Learn how to adapt and be more open-minded and resilient, skills you'll need to prepare for whatever comes next. 

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Not Business as Usual: A Conversation with Soledad O’Brien

Journalist, entrepreneur, activist, and television host Soledad O’Brien discusses personal branding, pivoting in life and business, and her need to be politically outspoken. Also, she will share her take on today’s news media and its impact on our society.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Inc. 5000 Town Hall: Insights From the Most Successful Businesses

Join us for a candid conversation on the state of business today. We will discuss steps entrepreneurs and business owners can take to not only survive, but also thrive during the current economic, health, and social crises impacting the country. During this interactive session, hear from seasoned entrepreneurs including a 10-time Inc. 5000 honoree and founders of two of the top female-lead companies in America. Bring your questions, challenges, and solutions. No matter your industry, let’s help one another find new and powerful ways forward.

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Your Next Move: The Future of Retail With Rebecca Minkoff

It's a new world now, and that means new ways of doing business. So Inc., in partnership with Capital One Business, wants to help you figure out Your Next Move. Join Rebecca Minkoff, co-founder and creative director of her namesake company, for a conversation on the future of retail. Learn how to stay positive as a leader right now, how to stay connected with your team and customers, and what new challenges, lessons learned, and opportunities exist that can help drive your business forward. Are you ready for Your Next Move?

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
The Digital Future of Work

Companies’ workforces have never been so far-flung. The pandemic has affected work flow, productivity, and communication. It has also opened up companies to new risks and liabilities. The co-founder and CEO of Box will give actionable advice about managing data security, leadership transparency, and engaging remote workforces.

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Decisions, Decisions: Five Choices for Your Business to Thrive

From disrupting an industry to selling her company and then building it back, billion-dollar dealmaker and self-made entrepreneur Cindy Eckert is well-versed on what it really takes to create and sustain successful business ventures. In this interview, the serial entrepreneur will discuss the importance of being bold, quirky, appreciative, and open to learning in building and growing your business. Eckert will share stories and advice on how to make decisions and moves that matter.

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Mental Wellness for Business Leaders

Is it time to seek the help you are always giving? In this session, learn how to take a more mindful approach to your mental health through self-awareness, self-care, and self-development. The information shared will guide and teach business leaders how to prioritize their mental well-being and tackle the stresses blocking their success.

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Leading in the New Normal

Best-selling author Keith Ferrazzi is critical of the transformations may organizations are going through and tracking the greatest contributors to such transformations. He recently partnered with Harvard Business School, hundreds of executives, entrepreneurs, and other thought-leaders to define what we all need to do to leap forward from this global disruption into a new way to work. Knowing that fortunes will be lost and made over the next 18 months, how do we all take advantage of this critical inflection point to assure we are on the right side of the balance sheet?

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Advocacy & Activism: What People-First Leadership Looks Like Now

In 2020, consumers and employees expect their company to be actively antiracist, mission-driven, and civically engaged. Warby Parker, this year alone, redesigned its in-store experience to focus on employee and consumer health and safety, released a plan for increasing equity in the company, launched company-wide civic-engagement efforts, and pivoted its giving-back platform to distribute personal protective equipment in communities. The company’s co-CEO discusses how to hold yourself accountable to your consumers and employees through communication, sincere internal reform, and outreach.

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
From Court to Company: A Conversation with Maria Sharapova

For years, the tennis legend and Olympic medalist balanced entrepreneurship and her tennis career, launching candy company Sugarpova in 2013. Now, on the heels of her February retirement, Sharapova discusses growing her companies, her strategy as a venture capital investor, and her passion for design— all of which she is currently channeling into new ventures.

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Shark Tales: One-on-One with Daymond John 

From making his apparel line FUBU (“For us, by us”) a multibillion-dollar global brand to providing venture capital and angel funding on ABC’s hit TV show Shark Tank, Daymond John is a self-made businessman who never shies away from an opportunity or speaking his mind. John shares his thoughts on the current issues affecting the country and what businesses can do to help alleviate crisis to move forward.

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
The Art of Living and Leading Right Now

Ryan Holiday wrote a best-selling book on how to turn obstacles into opportunity, something that likely resonates for every single business owner in 2020. Specifically, Holiday—author of several popular books, founder of, podcaster, and public speaker—discusses the dynamics of leadership now and beyond through the lens of his practical philosophy and stoicism insights. If we can live well, we can lead well, and Holiday will break down how to do both, specifically in these challenging times, with Inc. editor-at-large Tom Foster.

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Make Your Business Recession-Proof

Making your business invincible in 2020 is a whole new ballgame. (Remember the adage that bars were recession-proof?) Here to walk you through it are two entrepreneurs who started their businesses during the 2008 recession—Alexa Von Tobel of LearnVest, which was sold for a reported $375 million in 2015, now founder and managing partner at Inspired Capital, and Lucy Deland, co-founder of Paperless Post and now-partner at Inspired. These two seasoned serial entrepreneurs discuss the impact of financial upheaval on launching and scaling a business and how to manage the challenges to survive.

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Morning Health & Wellness: How to Achieve Workplace Wellness in Any Environment

Join clinical therapist, certified yoga instructor, and wellness coach James Woods for an interactive session for those working 9 to 5 (or more) either in-person or at home. Gain insights on stress-relief methods and learn self-care best practices based in yoga, mindfulness, and mental health modalities. If you believe that you have no time to make time for your mental, physical, and emotional wellness, this session is for you. Bring your questions and your whole self to this important conversation.

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Money Rules: Managing Your Personal Finances

Jean Chatzky, financial expert, CEO of, and the longtime financial editor of NBC’s Today Show will discuss your business and your money. Particularly in times of stress (like these), it can be difficult to know where your fiscal priorities should lie.  Chatzky will share strategies for building a resilient financial life and planning for the future all while keeping your business on the rails.

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Limitless: How to Supercharge Your Brain to Learn Faster and Accomplish More

Join brain performance expert and New York Times best-selling author Jim Kwik for a mental upgrade. Kwik will share research, practical advice, and proven tools from his latest book, Limitless: Upgrade Your Brain, Learn Anything Faster, and Unlock Your Exceptional Life. During this talk, learn how to fuel your productivity, tap into boundless motivation, eliminate mental fog, and sharpen your focus. Kwik will provide the blueprint for a mental upgrade by helping you unleash limitless power.

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
How I Did It: The Making of a Chef With David Chang

Like many, Chef David Chang embodies the perennial entrepreneurial virtues: vision, determination, and guts. But Chang’s business recipe is all his own and uniquely satisfying. During this conversation, he discusses both delicious and disastrous moments in his entrepreneurial journey. Learn his about business philosophy and find out why he believes that, as an entrepreneur, failing is just as inevitable as dying.

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Building Beyond Meat 
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
The Future of the Feel Good Revolution

When it comes to the business of blowouts, Drybar founder Alli Web isn't just a big player— she created the industry. Drybar now has more than 100 salons and a line of products. And last year, Webb launched the massage salon Squeeze. Both brands offer a smooth, tech-infused, high-touch customer experience, the main ingredient in creating what she calls the Feel-Good Revolution. And while each of them is facing unique challenges in this time, both are pivoting where needed and thriving. Alli Webb will share how to ready yourself and your business for a post-COVID world.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Are You Okay? The Future of Healthcare

Health care accounted for $3.4 trillion in U.S. spending in 2016. And the entire industry just turned its sights on one thing: telemedicine. From insurance reimbursement to HIPAA-compliant platforms, doctors, nurses, patients, and stakeholders everywhere had to pivot fast in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. But the Pandora’s Box has been opened, and telemedicine is likely to continue to be important in our health care system and even our daily lives. How can your business best take advantage? We’ll discuss this and more.

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
End of Day Meetups in the Marketplace

After programming concludes for the day, stop by our virtual Marketplace to connect with fellow attendees and recap what you’ve learned. Also, don’t forget to have a little fun in the Marketplace while there:

  • Mix and mingle live on camera with fellow honorees
  • Take your Inc. 5000 Red Carpet Photo Exchange business cards with heads of similar-size companies
  • Take a photo and get added to the Inc. Honoree Mosaic
  • Play golf and trivia
  • Win special prizes and collect items in your virtual swag bag

Note: Upon entering the Marketplace, you will be asked to turn on your camera and microphone. This helps facilitate live networking and provides a more enjoyable way to enjoy the experience.

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Morning Health & Wellness: Upgrade Your Mindset—Simple Tools to Enhance Your Quality of Life

Feel overwhelmed and lacking clarity? In this interactive session, learn simple reframing tools to help you purge your mental clutter and build upon a solid mindset foundation. Gain fresh perspectives to help you take bold action, thrive in adversity, stay cool-headed under pressure, recognize your humanness when you slip up, and, most important, enjoy the ride. Bring your questions. And together, let’s thoughtfully discuss some of the mental and physical obstacles you may be facing and what you can do to overcome them.

Nate Johnson helps professionals take big, scary leaps. He specializes in strategy though emotional resilience and mental fortitude rooted in a foundation of Stoicism, Buddhism, and Taoism. Because he is a “corporate refugee” himself, his clients often come to him for help in making the transition from successful corporate life to independent venture or big career shift. When he's not coaching or writing, you’ll likely find this Amazon best-selling author out surfing.

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Beyond Football: Michael Strahan on Building Businesses, Being Optimistic, and Balancing it All
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Best Leadership Advice From Marshall Goldsmith for Right Now
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
The Most Important Capital: Human

Insperity co-founder and CEO Paul Sarvadi will share his business philosophy. Learn why he believes there’s value in understanding your omission, building a positive culture, and taking care of your people. And find out how to avoid even the stickiest HR problems.

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Lessons From a Billion-Dollar-Business Owner
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Where Do We Go From Here? One-on-One With Mark Cuban

As star of the hit television show Shark Tank and owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks team, Cuban has been there, done that, and has the business battle scars to help others. During this conversation, the serial entrepreneur and investor will share his thoughts on a number of relevant and timely topics. Gain advice and answers to the most-pressing business questions related to current challenges business owners are facing.

7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Inc. 5000 Awards Gala

The culmination of this year’s annual event will be our soirée celebrating the Inc. 5000 community with special guest presenters, including NFL Super Bowl Champion and Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan (SMAC Entertainment). From tributes to our Founders Hall of Fame inductees to counting down the top 10 Inc. 5000 honorees, and finally crowning the No. 1 company on our annual list, we’ll highlight these achievements. And large, get your glam on, cue the DJ, and dance.

7:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Inc. 5000 After Party

Cue the DJ and dance, because it’s time to celebrate. Join us immediately following the Inc. 5000 Awards Gala for an after-party unlike any other we have ever thrown before. Our resident music-maker, DJ Kiss, will get the virtual party started by playing your favorite songs, including both new jams and old skool. Throughout the evening, we will be spotlighting guests, allowing them to celebrate from the Mainstage for all to see. So if you want to be featured, bring your signature dance moves and a great sign with your company’s name and number or a positive message and you just might get to show the crowd what community, connection, and celebration means to you.