AN INC. 5000 SERIES PROGRAM
CHICAGO
CHICAGO
MAY 21

AGENDA

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM
Morning Networking Coffee & Tea

Start your morning off right. Grab a refreshing juice or a hot cup of coffee or tea as you enjoy a deluxe continental breakfast which includes artisanal pastries, handmade granola bars, and seasonal fruit. Also, meet the amazing people you’ll be learning alongside.
 
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Inc. Consulting Corner

We have gathered a team of experts and executive coaches in various areas to offer one-on-one advice about and answers to your most pressing business challenges. Our handpicked team of consultants can tackle questions on these topics and more: finding money, leadership strategies, workplace culture, and scaling growth. Stop by throughout the day to schedule a time to meet with a consultant. Appointments are first come, first served.
9:00 AM
Welcome from Inc.
 
9:15 AM - 9:50 AM
How to Build a Bold Business and Disrupt the World

Adam Lowry disrupted an industry not once but twice. From building a $100 million sustainable home-cleaning products empire to raising $100 million to make dairy-free alternatives using pea protein, Lowry is changing the world one venture at a time. Learn what industry disruption really looks like and how to balance aggressive growth with prudent growth during the process..

Speaker: Adam Lowry, co-founder, Ripple Foods, and co-founder, Method Products
Interviewer: Eric Schurenberg, CEO, Mansueto Ventures
10:00 AM - 10:40 AM
Blow Up Your Industry: How to Really Deal With Fast Growth


“Disruption” may be an overused business term, but some companies do discover opportunities to innovate where it matters most. Meet entrepreneurs at the forefront of redefining their respective industries. Learn how to find simplicity in the complex and why fast growth isn’t always good growth.

 

Speakers: Peter Rahal, co-founder, RXBAR and Insurgent Brands; Aaron Sanandres, co-founder and CEO, UNTUCKit; and Katlin Smith, founder and CEO, Simple Mills
Moderator: Danielle Sacks, executive editor, Inc.

10:45 AM - 11:05 AM

Morning Networking Break

Grab a refreshing drink and light snack as you connect with the Inc. team as well as your fellow conference attendees and speakers.

11:15 AM - 11:55 AM
What’s Your Workplace ROI? It’s All About the Company You Keep
Presented by Insperity

Today’s labor market is tight. And while finding the right talent is a priority for companies, critical job openings often remain unfilled. One of the most overlooked assets in hiring and retaining great employees is the workplace. This conversation explores how improving your workplace and organizational culture can yield remarkable returns, such as being able to attract top talent as well as improving engagement, boosting morale, and enhancing retention rates among your existing team members.
 
Speakers: Mary Massad, division president - employment operations, Insperity; Howard A. Tullman, executive director, Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship, and author, You Can’t Win a Race With Your Mouth; and Grace Zuncic, SVP of people, Chobani
Moderator: Maria Aspan, editor-at-large, Inc.; and author, Startup Money Made Easy
12:00 PM - 12:40 PM
Inc. Founders Project: How to Grow Profits and Make Purposeful Connections 

This year, Inc. honors its 40th anniversary by linking 40 successful entrepreneurs with 40 businesses facing a crossroads. During this conversation, we will introduce you to one of these special pairings: Two entrepreneurs at varying stages of business who are learning from one another. Find out what it means to lead by example; how helping others can organically benefit you; and how to develop strategic relationships that can help take your business to the next level.
 
Speaker: Stephen Lease, co-founder and CEO, Goodr; and Morris Miller, CEO, Xenex Disinfection Services; managing partner, Tectonic Ventures; and co-founder, Rackspace
Moderator: James Ledbetter, editor in chief, Inc. and Inc.com; author, Unwarranted Influence and One Nation Under Gold
 
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Networking Lunch

Enjoy a deliciously satisfying meal as you take this opportunity to make lasting connections with potential partners, colleagues, and friends.
2:00 PM - 2:40 PM
How to Design a Billion-Dollar Business: One-On-One With Kendra Scott
 
Kendra Scott launched her jewelry and lifestyle empire with $500 in 2002. Today, the self-made entrepreneur continues to expand her brand with stores and ancillary products. From bootstrapping to grassroots marketing, hear how Scott designed a billion-dollar business.
 
Speaker: Kendra Scott, designer, founder, and CEO, Kendra Scott LLC
Interviewer: Danielle Sacks, executive editor, Inc.
2:45 PM - 3:25 PM
Competing With Giants: How Small Businesses Solve Big Business Challenges
Presented by Capital One Spark Business
Everyone knows it takes a certain level of resilience and audacity to be an entrepreneur. From leveraging limited resources to creating strategic partnerships, business owners do whatever it takes to drive their companies’ growth. In this session, learn how to get creative at any stage and what it really takes to compete with industry giants.
Speakers: David Collado, co-owner and president, Happy Howie’s; Mike Lenard, founder and CEO, TaKorean; and Christina Stembel, founder and CEO, Farmgirl Flowers
Moderator: Khary Scott, VP of business development - small business card, Capital One
3:30 PM - 3:50 PM
Networking Afternoon Break

Grab a refreshing drink and light snack as you connect with the Inc. team as well as your fellow conference attendees and speakers.
4:00 PM - 4:40 PM
The Sweet(green) Life: How to Handle Profits and Pivots
Sweetgreen salad chain operates from coast to coast, with 93 locations and 4,000 employees, and sales have grown more than 40 percent three years in a row. But, according to its founders, Sweetgreen is just getting started. In this exclusive conversation, learn why the company decided to pivot to tech; and how it plans to use tech to help dominate the future of food. Discover why it’s OK to reimagine ambitions for the greater good (and profitability) of your business.
 
Speaker: Nicolas Jammet, co-founder and chief concept officer, Sweetgreen
Interviewer: Jon Fine, executive director, editorial, Inc.
4:45 PM - 5:25 PM
How to Stay Hungry and Humble in Business
With a network of 19.3 million users who can order from more than 115,000 takeout restaurants in over 2,200 cities, Grubhub is the nation’s leading online and mobile food ordering company. Matt Maloney led the company through five rounds of investment funding, a merger with Seamless, and an initial public offering (GRUB). Maloney opens up about Grubhub’s impressive growth story. Hear why he believes innovation works best when there’s a problem to solve.
Speaker: Matt Maloney, founder and CEO, Grubhub
Interviewer: Eric Schurenberg, CEO, Mansueto Ventures
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Closing Cocktail Reception

Spend the final hours of the Inc. Fast Growth Tour relaxing on the rooftop with Inc. editors, your peers, and our speakers. Enjoy scrumptious hors d'oeuvres, sip a refreshing cocktail or glass of wine, and continue to make lasting connections.