639 West 46th Street (46th & 12th Ave)
11.3.16NOVEMBER 3, 2016
Barbara Corcoran
“Shark” on ABC’s “Shark Tank”
Venus Williams
professional tennis player; founder, EleVen by Venus and VStarr Interiors
Randi Zuckerberg
New York Times Bestselling Author, the founder and CEO, Zuckerberg Media, Editor-in-Chief of Dot Complicated
Lisa Price
founder, Carol's Daughter
Alexa von Tobel
founder and CEO,; New York Times- Bestselling Author, Financially Fearless
Katia Beauchamp
co-founder and CEO, Birchbox
Carolyn Rodz
founder and CEO, Circular Board
Elizabeth McKee Gore
entrepreneur-in-residence, Dell
Melissa Ben-Ishay
President and Chief Product Officer, Baked by Melissa
Jessica O. Matthews
founder and CEO, Uncharted Play
Cindy Whitehead
founder, The Pink Ceiling; co-founder and former CEO, Sprout Pharmaceuticals
Ann Stimmler Johnson
CEO and Co-Founder, Interana


Prepare to be inspired by an unprecedented lineup of entrepreneurs, on and off the stage. Entrepreneurs and business leaders such as Shark Tank‘s Barbara Corcoran, Baked by Melissa’s Melissa Ben-Ishay and Carol’s Daughter founder Lisa Price. 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

Coffee and Networking

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.

9:10 AM

Beyond the Tank: Lessons from Shark Barbara Corcoran

Barbara Corcoran provides money and guidance to the nearly 30 businesses she invests in, so she knows a great opportunity when she sees it. Hear about the highs and lows of her business journey, and learn from this savvy Shark how to position your company to dominate the harsh open waters of enterprise.

Speaker: Barbara Corcoran, co-star, Shark Tank; founder, The Corcoran Group; co-founder, Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners; and author, Shark Tales

10:00 AM

Where’s the Money? How to Find it and Spend it Wisely

No matter what stage your company is in, having sufficient capital is a top priority. In this session, we bring together seasoned entrepreneurs and experts to talk about all things money. Whether you’re bootstrapping or have a venture capitalist lined up, find out how to secure funding as well as spend it wisely.

Speakers: Melissa Ben Ishay, co-founder, president, and chief product officer, Baked by Melissa; Loretta McCarthy, managing partner, Golden Seeds; Tanya Privé, co-founder and CEO, Onevest, CoFoundersLab, and 1000 Angels; Vicki Saunders, founder, SheEO

Moderator: Kimberly Weisul, editor at large, Inc.


10:50 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 throughout the event for live coverage.

11:25 AM

Let’s Talk About Tech

Meet three tech entrepreneurs who know how to scale growth and innovate simultaneously. Discover the ways in which the business landscape is changing (for better and worse) and what you can do to keep up with technology trends and stay ahead of the game. Speakers: Ann Stimmler Johnson, co-founder CEO, Interana; Jessica O. Matthews, founder and CEO, Uncharted Play; and Carolyn Rodz, founder and CEO, Circular Board Moderator: Diana Ransom, senior writer, Inc.

12:15 PM

How to Win in Business and Life

Venus Williams is one of the most accomplished women in the history of tennis. She’s also a serial entrepreneur, a fashion and interior designer, a best-selling author, and an investor. The most amazing part is that Williams is just getting started. This is your opportunity to learn from a champion how to win in business and life. Speaker: Venus Williams, professional tennis player; founder, EleVen and VStarr Interiors; and author, Come to Win

12:55 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.

2:05 PM

How to Build and Grow to Sell

Lisa Price started her homemade fragrance- and bath-product business in her Brooklyn, New York, kitchen, and now Carol’s Daughter is one of the Home Shopping Network’s top beauty brands and a household name. Price will share with us her ingenious business recipe—the strategies, struggles, and successes—that led to her dramatic rise in a highly competitive industry. And she’ll open up about selling her company to cosmetics giant L’Oreal in 2014. Learn the art of the build and the sell. Speaker: Lisa Price, founder, Carol’s Daughter; and author, Success Never Smelled So Sweet Interviewer: Burt Helm, senior writer, Inc.

2:45 PM

Lessons From a Disruptor in Residence

During the depths of the recession in 2009, Alexa von Tobel left business school to start LearnVest, a groundbreaking financial planning company that leverages disruptive planning technology to change the way Americans deal with their finances. Last spring, she sold LearnVest to a leading financial services company in one of the biggest fintech acquisitions of the decade. You might have thought this acquisition would be the end of Alexa, the LearnVest entrepreneur, but it was just the beginning. Here she will discuss her new mission: To instill the energy, philosophy, and talent of an innovative startup into the culture of a 160 year old financial giant. She’ll also share how that project is going and open up about how business owners can innovate at any stage. Speaker: Alexa von Tobel, founder and CEO, LearnVest; and Vice President - Client Experience, Northwestern Mutual Interviewer: Maria Aspan, senior editor, Inc.

3:20 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.

3:55 PM

Future vs Fad: Differentiating Your Business in a Saturated Market

Speaker: Katia Beauchamp, co-founder and CEO, Birchbox Interviewer: Donna Fenn, contributing editor, Inc.; and author, Upstarts

4:15 PM

Politics and Policy

With the election just days away, we’ve brought together a powerful group of all-star entrepreneurs and political personalities for a provocative conversation on politics and policy. The group will take a critical look at the political climate and discuss how the policies of the next administration and Congress will impact both women and entrepreneurship. Also, much of the election has played out on social media, so we’ll explore how technology affects campaigns and whom we vote for. What policies are in place for good “digital citizenship”? What does the future hold? And, most important, what do you need from your next president in order to succeed? Speakers: Elizabeth Gore, entrepreneur-in-residence, Dell; Cindy Whitehead, founder, The Pink Ceiling; co-founder and former CEO, Sprout Pharmaceuticals; and Georgette Mosbacher, president and CEO, Georgette Mosbacher Enterprises; former Chairman and CEO of Borghese; former owner and CEO,  La Prairie Moderator: Randi Zuckerberg, tech mogul and business woman

5:30 PM - 6:30 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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