Agenda

10.17.18
Day 1
10.18.18
Day 2
10.19.18
Day 3

Day 1: Pre-Conference Activities and Welcome Reception

7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Inc. 5000 Golf Tournament
Start off the Inc. 5000 Conference in full swing with an exciting golf tournament at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Golf Club. Play with colleagues or join forces with fellow Inc. 5000 honorees.
Host: Rich Russey, vice president and publisher, Inc.
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Registration Open
Pick up your badge, grab a coffee, and prepare for a day of learning, networking, and celebration.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Inc. EDU Courses I and II
In these hyper-focused interactive courses, led by expert industry leaders, you'll learn how to take your business to the next level. Sessions run concurrently. A light breakfast is included. 
 
Inc. EDU Course I: How to Drive Accountability and Align Decision-Making
Session Leader: Captain James D. Murphy, founder and CEO, Afterburner
 
Inc. EDU Course II: Family Affair: How to Build a Business That Lasts for Generations
Session Leader: Omar Romman, partner, BanyanGlobal
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Inc. EDU Courses III and IV
In these hyper-focused interactive courses, led by expert industry leaders, you'll learn how to take your business to the next level. Sessions run concurrently. A light lunch is included. 
 
Inc. EDU Course III: People and Profits—How to Go Beyond Open-Book Management
Session Leader: Steve Baker, vice president, The Great Game of Business

Inc. EDU Course IV: The Complexity of Fast Growth—How Not to Be Overwhelmed
Session Leader: Les McKeown, president and CEO, Predictable Success; author, Predictable Success, The Synergist, and Do Lead; columnist, Inc.com
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Inc. 5000 Kickoff Networking Meetup
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 - 7:00 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.

Day 2: Sessions, Happy Hour, and Official Conference Party

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM 
Morning Workout Activity 
Start off your day with a morning workout with fellow Inc. 5000 honorees and attendees.
Powered by Club Pilates
8:00 AM -4:00 PM
Registration Open 
Pick up your badge, grab a coffee, and prepare for a day of learning, networking, and celebration.
8:55 AM - 9:05 AM
Welcome From the CEO
Remarks: Eric Schurenberg, CEO, Inc. and Fast Company.
9:10 AM - 9:30 AM
Mainstage: Opening Keynote
9:35 AM - 10:25 AM
Mainstage: Build the Business (and Life) You Want
Speaker: Bert Jacobs, co-founder and CEO, Life is Good
10:30 AM - 10:55 AM
Networking Break in the Inc. Marketplace
Meet your fellow attendees and check out the Inc. Marketplace.
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Mainstage: Lessons From the Founder of $525 Million Email Empire MailChimp
Speaker: Ben Chestnut, co-founder and CEO, MailChimp
Interviewer: Eric Schurenberg, CEO, Inc. and Fast Company
11:35 AM - 12:05 AM
Mainstage: Never Say Never: How I Sold My Company for a Billion and Why I Bought it Back
Speaker: Cindy Eckert, founder, Sprout Pharmaceuticals; and founder, The Pink Ceiling
Interviewer: Kimberly Weisul, editor-at-large, Inc. 
12:05 AM - 1:15 PM
Mainstage: Dare to Lead: Brave Work and Have Tough Conversations
Speaker: Dr. Brené  Brown, LMSW; research professor, University of Houston; and author, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, and Dare to Lean
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Networking Lunch in the Inc. Marketplace
Grab lunch and mingle with your peers, colleagues, and fellow attendees. 
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
Meet the Speaker Book Signings
Meet the speaker!
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Small-Group Discussions I and II
Thought leader-led conversations tackling timely issues and challenges. 
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Breakout Sessions
Interactive workshops and panel sessions designed to challenge your thinking and generate new ideas.
 
Breakout sessions include:
 
What It Really Takes: Inside the Mind of the Entrepreneur
 
Life is GoodLessons Learned From 25 Years of Good Growth
Speakers: Bert Jacobs, co-founder and CEO, Life is Good; and Lisa Tanzer, president, Life is Good
 
Ask Norm Brodksy Anything: Inc. 5000 Edition
Session Leader: Norm Brodsky, founder, CitiStorage; partner, Black Gold Suites; co-author, Street Smarts; and columnist, Inc.
 
Inc. BrandView Presents: What's Your Exit Strategy?
Presented by Harris Williams & Co.
 
 
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Happy Hour in the Inc. Marketplace
Grab a drink with hundreds of your peers and colleagues. It's a fun and casual way to end the day.
Presented by Chase for Business
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Meet the Speaker Book Signings
Meet the speaker!
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Dinner Recess
Take a little time to yourself to grab some dinner, recharge, and get ready for a night of celebration. 
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Cocktails With the Brodskys and Friends
How to Stay Married to the Business (and Each Other)
Hosts: Elaine and Norm Brodsky, founding business partners, CitiStorage; and partners, Black Gold Suites
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Conference Party
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. 

Day 3: Sessions, Cocktail Reception, and Black-Tie Gala

7:00 Am - 8:00 AM
Morning Workout Activity
Start off your day with a morning workout with fellow Inc. 5000 honorees and attendees.
Powered by Club Pilates
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Registration Opens
Pick up your badge, grab a coffee, and prepare for a day of learning, networking, and celebration.
9:00 AM
Welcome
Remarks: James Ledbetter, editor in chief, Inc. and Inc.com; and author, Unwarranted Influence.
9:05 AM - 9:35 AM
Opening Mainstage Session
9:40 AM - 10:10 AM
Mainstage Session: Hungry for Change: How Culture Makes a Positive and Profitable Impact
Speaker: Ron Shaich, founder and chairman, Panera Bread
10:50 AM -11:20 AM
Networking Break in the Inc. Marketplace
Meet your fellow attendees and check out the Inc. Marketplace. 
10:50 AM - 11:20 AM
Meet the Speaker Book Signings
Meet the speaker!
11:30 AM - 12:05 PM
Mainstage Session
12:15 PM - 1:10 PM
Mainstage: Stay Thirsty: How to Find Redemption, Compassion, and Your Mission
Speaker: Scott Harrison, founder and CEO, charity: water; and author, Thirst
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Networking Lunch in the Inc. Marketplace
Grab lunch and mingle with your peers, colleagues, and fellow attendees. 
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Small-Group Discussions I and II
Thought leader-led conversations tackling timely issues and challenges. 
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Breakout Sessions
Interactive workshops and panel sessions designed to challenge your thinking and generate new ideas.
 
Breakout sessions include:
 
Second Chances: How Helping Others Can Help Your Business
 
The Growth Dilemma: How to Find Your Financing Comfort Zone
Session Leader: Ami Kassar, founder and chief executive, MultiFunding; author, The Growth Dilemma; and columnist, Inc.com
 
Inc. BrandView Presents: How to Engage the Workforce of the Future
Presented by Principal
Moderator: Burt Helm, editor-at-large, Inc.
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Inc. 5000 Cocktail Reception
Grab a drink and take some time to relax and reflect before the main event.
7:00 PM
Black-Tia 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.