OCTOBER 1, 2015
10.1.15OCTOBER 1, 2015
Rebecca Minkoff
co-founder and creative director, Rebecca Minkoff LLC
Alli Webb
founder, Drybar
Jessica Herrin
founder and CEO, Stella & Dot Family Brands
Angela Benton
founder and CEO, NewME
Elizabeth McKee Gore
entrepreneur-in-residence, Dell
Shiza Shahid
co-founder, The Malala Fund


Prepare to be inspired by an unprecedented lineup of entrepreneurs, on and off the stage. People such as Drybar’s Alli Webb, Stella & Dot’s Jessica Herrin, Yahoo Food’s Kerry Diamond and Rebecca Minkoff. They’ll share their stories—and lessons learned along the way—about defying the odds and reinventing business.


Surround yourself with more than 200 savvy female business owners with diverse backgrounds, passions, and pursuits for a day of candid conversation, provocative thinking, innovative business ideas, and workable solutions. They’ll have you energized and empowered to build a thriving business and life.


Have your most-pressing business challenges, concerns, and questions addressed in this open forum. You will receive practical advice, feasible solutions, and innovative ideas on how to fund, launch and grow your business from veteran entrepreneurs.



8:00 AM

Networking Coffee Hour

Start your day off right. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy a bite to eat as you meet the amazing people you’ll be learning alongside.

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration Opens

9:00 AM


Special Remarks: Eric Schurenberg, president and editor in chief, Inc.

9:05 AM

Lessons in the Pursuit of Professional Pivots and Personal Passions

Is your life your work or is your work your life? Kerry Diamond has an appetite for following her passions. From food to beauty to fashion, Diamond has just about done it all. This executive-turned-entrepreneur-turned-restaurateur will share her view from the top, which involves juggling several high-profile roles. In this session, discover whether work-life balance is a myth or not and how it can affect your bottom line. Learn how to lead under pressure and make decisions in the best interest of yourself and your brand. And find out how to pivot not just within your company, but also within your professional life. It may seem scary, but it’s doable and can be deliciously satisfying.

Speaker: Kerry Diamond, editor-in-chief, Yahoo Food; co-founder and editorial director, Cherry Bombe; and co-owner, Smith Canteen, Wilma Jean, and Nightingale 9

9:50 AM

How a $70 Million Business Blows Away
the Competition

Alli Webb did the unthinkable: She disrupted an industry and in the process created a market niche for herself and a multimillion-dollar business. In this session, Webb will share just how she monetized the wash-and-blow-dry service into a healthy business model—growing from $1 million to $70 million in five years despite heavy competition, with nearly 50 Drybar shops nationwide and counting. Learn why you shouldn’t fear competition and copycats, how to win by staying true to your vision, and why every client/customer’s happiness must be a group effort.

Speaker: Alli Webb, founder, Drybar

10:30 AM

Networking Break

Take a moment to share your thoughts and ideas from the morning’s sessions. During this time, we encourage you to get to know fellow Inc. Women’s Summit attendees and exchange information and observations. Follow @IncLiveEvents #IncWomen and #OwnIt throughout the event for live coverage.

10:55 AM

The Great Millennial Debate: How to Work and Profit Together

Millennials are not screwed (contrary to the belief of most people of a certain age). While Millennials can—and do—learn from their older contemporaries, this generation can also teach plenty to others, from navigating the ever-changing tech and social landscape to acting on passion not profit to bringing a new set of values, expectations, and skill sets to the workplace. Learn how to better understand them and their unique potential. Find out the truth and the misconceptions about Millennials. These young individuals are part of or are actually leading teams and changing the business landscape. Regardless your age and industry, this is your chance to learn from one another. Speakers: Stacey Ferreira, co-founder and CEO, AdMoar; and co-author, 2 Billion Under 20; Kegan Schouwenburg, co-founder, SOLS; and Rodney Williams, founder and CEO, Lisnr Moderator: Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, senior writer, Inc.

11:45 AM

On the Money: Why It’s Okay to Fail

Speaker: Jessica Mah, founder and CEO, inDinero Interviewer: Kimberly Weisul, editor-at-large, Inc.  

12:25 PM

Inc. Women’s Summit Networking Lunch

Enjoy a delicious meal as you get to know fellow summit attendees at the Inc. Women’s Summit and make lasting connections with potential partners, colleagues, and friends.

1:45 PM

Startups and Scaling Growth: How to Survive the Challenges of Change

Speaker: Angela Benton, founder and CEO, NewME

2:25 PM

More Money, More Problems? Find the Financing
Strategy That Works for You

Whether you need to start your business or expand it, keep the doors open or just get things done, having money is a must. But the challenges in gaining access to and securing capital are multiplied for women entrepreneurs. In this session, discover where to look, whom to ask, and how to get it. Learn how to determine the best backing and the creative financing options for you and your goals. And find out how to leverage the money you do have. No matter what stage your company is in, having sufficient capital and knowing how to spend it properly is a top priority. And with the right tactics and business strategy, both are doable. Speakers: Titi Cole, SVP, head of product management, sales enablement and Bank of America Merchant Services Integration at Bank of America; and Jen Groover, inventor, Butler Bag; founder, Leader Girlz; Global Accelerator Delegate, United Nations Foundation; and author, What If? & Why Not?: Susan Lyne, president, BBG Ventures at AOL; and Jeanne Sullivan, co-founder, StarVest Partners; and chief inspiration officer, Sullivan Adventures Moderator: Kimberly Weisul, editor-at-large, Inc.

3:15 PM

Fashion Designer Rebecca Minkoff on Branding, Technology, and Standing Out

Since founding her fast-growth company with her brother, Uri, Rebecca Minkoff continues to be a woman on several missions, from facing business challenges with the same fierceness she incorporates into her designer clothing and accessories to staying connected with her customer base. Learn the power of brand identity, how to stay relevant in your industry, and why inspiration is closer than you may think. Speaker: Rebecca Minkoff, co-founder and creative director, Rebecca Minkoff LLC

3:55 PM

Networking Break

Take a moment to share your thoughts and ideas from the morning’s sessions. During this time, we encourage you to get to know your fellow Inc. Women’s Summit attendees. Follow @IncLiveEvents and #IncWomen throughout the event for live coverage.

4:20 PM

Social Entrepreneurship and the Triple Bottomline

Speakers: Abrima Erwiah, co-founder, Studio One Eighty Nine; Elizabeth McKee Gore, entrepreneur-in-residence at Dell; and Shiza Shahid, co-founder, The Malala Fund Moderator: Maria Aspan, senior editor, Inc.

5:10 PM

Passions, People and Profits—How to Create a Billion-Dollar Company

Stella & Dot Family Brands is a company that prides itself on allowing its more than 40,000 Independent Business Owners (stylists, designers, and specialists) to work flexibly as they operate social selling businesses featuring the company’s custom jewelry, accessories, and skincare products (earning over $270 million in commissions to date). Listen as founder Jessica Herrin shares how past entrepreneurial efforts and a shift in her priorities reset her business standards. She will also explain why you have to fail your way toward success and why it’s the doing that makes the business, not the contemplating, the fighting, the thinking, or the wondering. Speaker: Jessica Herrin, founder and CEO, Stella & Dot

5:50 PM - 7:15 PM

Networking Cocktail Reception

Spend the final hours of the Inc. Women’s Summit relaxing with your peers and summit speakers. Grab a tasty bite to eat, sip a refreshing drink, and continue to make lasting connections. Share your moments, images and takeaways from the summit via @IncLiveEvents, using the hashtag #IncWomen.



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