11.3.16NOVEMBER 3, 2016
NYC
SEPTEMBER 25TH
CIPRIANI 42ND STREET, NYC
#INCWOMEN
2017 HIGHLIGHTED SPEAKERS
Sara Blakely
founder and CEO of Spanx
Kevin O'Leary
founder, O’Leary Financial Group; and co-star, Shark Tank
Angela Benton
founder and CEO, NewMe Accelerator; and author, Revival
Marla Malcolm Beck
FOUNDER AND CEO OF BLUEMERCURY
Jenny Fleiss
co-founder, Rent the Runway; and co-founder and CEO, Code 8
Jen Rubio
CO-FOUNDER, AWAY
Carol Sankar
founder, The Confidence Factor for Women in Leadership; author, The Chronicles
Alexa von Tobel
founder and CEO, LearnVest.com; chief digital officer, Northwestern Mutual; New York Times- Bestselling Author, Financially Fearless
Donna Flagg
founder, Lastics & Lastics Body
Polina Raygorodskaya
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, WANDERU
Whitney Johnson
founder and CEO, WLJ Advisors; and author, Disrupt Yourself
Erica Dhawan
founder and CEO, Cotential; and co-author, Get Big Things Done
WHY ATTEND

GET INSPIRED.

Prepare to be inspired by an unprecedented lineup of entrepreneurs, on and off the stage. They’ll share their stories—and lessons learned along the way—about defying the odds and reinventing business their own way.

GET EMPOWERED.

Surround yourself with savvy female business leaders with diverse backgrounds, passions, and pursuits for a day of dynamic exchanges and innovative business ideas. They’ll have you energized and empowered to build a thriving business and life.

GET EQUIPPED.

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.

AGENDA

MONDAY
SEPTEMBER 25TH

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8:00 AM - 8:50 AM

Networking Breakfast

Start your morning off right. Grab a refreshing mimosa or a hot cup of coffee or tea as you enjoy a deluxe continental breakfast. Also, meet the amazing people you’ll be learning alongside.

8:00 AM

Registration Opens

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM

Inc. Consulting Corner

A team of experts and executive coaches in various areas are here to offer one-on-one advice and answers your most pressing business challenges. The handpicked team of consultants will tackle questions on these topics and more: finding money, personal disruption, effective team-building, negotiation, work-life balance, leadership strategies, and scaling growth. Stop by throughout the day to schedule a time to meet with a consultant. Appointments are first come, first served.

8:55 AM - 9:05 AM

Welcome

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

9:10 AM - 9:55 AM

How to Build a Billion Dollar Business: A Conversation with
Spanx Founder Sara Blakely

In building her undergarments company, Sara Blakely discovered firsthand how tough it is for entrepreneurs to fit in. Blakely will bare all as she describes her incredible journey as both an inventor and a businesswoman. Also, find out what’s next for her billion-dollar business empire. Learn from this industry game-changer how to stay relevant as you grow; why it’s a must to trust your gut; and what it really takes to build a brand that people love.

Sara Blakely, founder and CEO, Spanx
Interviewer: Eric Schurenberg, president and editor in chief, Inc.

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Money Matters: How to Find It, Spend It Wisely, and Manage
it as an Entrepreneur

No matter what stage your company is in, having sufficient capital is a top priority. But the challenges in gaining access to and securing capital are multiplied for women entrepreneurs. And once you get the funds you need, the next step is determining how best to use them. Whether you’re bootstrapping or have a venture capitalist lined up, learn from our all-star panel of entrepreneurs and experts savvy ways to maximize your money to accomplish your business goals.

Speakers: Diane Harris, personal finance and financial wellness consultant; former editor in chief, Money; Polina Raygorodskaya, co-founder and CEO, Wanderu; and Jen Rubio, co-founder, Away Moderator: Maria Aspan, senior editor, Inc.  

10:50 AM - 11:20 AM

Morning Networking Break

Grab a refreshing drink and light snack as you connect with Inc. editors as well as your fellow summit attendees and speakers.

10:50 AM - 11:20 AM

Inc. Consulting Corner

A team of experts and executive coaches in various areas are here to offer one-on-one advice and answers your most pressing business challenges. The handpicked team of consultants will tackle questions on these topics and more: finding money, personal disruption, effective team-building, negotiation, work-life balance, leadership strategies, and scaling growth. Stop by throughout the day to schedule a time to meet with a consultant. Appointments are first come, first served.

11:25 AM - 11:55 AM

The Challenges of Change and How to Make Moves that Matter

Marla Malcolm Beck is an entrepreneur who is unlikely to miss a trend. She can’t afford to. Marla and her husband, Barry, founders of the Washington, D.C.-based beauty retail chain Bluemercury, remain at the helm of a thriving multimillion-dollar glam business, which they recently sold to Macy’s. Learn how to stay true to your mission while keeping up with trends, taking risks, and making moves that matter.

Marla Malcolm Beck, founder and CEO, Bluemercury, Inc.
Interviewer: Kimberly Weisul, editor at large, Inc.

12:00 PM - 12:35 PM

The Resilience and Revival of You

It isn’t easy being Angela Benton, who met struggle when she became a mother at the age of sixteen, but by 30 she founded NewME, the first accelerator for minority entrepreneurs which helped raise more than $25 million in funding. Then she developed cancer. What happens when you’re forced to reprioritize your life? In this keynote, Angela shares her inspiring story in an effort to help us focus on the rarely examined foundation of a business: You. Dealing with challenges is part of life and business. But your biggest trials can often lead to your most valuable triumphs. Learn how to be resilient; and what it takes to rebuild a better, more sustainable life after personal and professional setbacks. And find out why success isn’t just about industry standards and the status quo. It’s about how you define prosperity, period.

Angela Benton, founder and CEO, NewMe Accelerator; and author, Revival

12:40 PM - 1:55 PM

Networking Lunch

Enjoy a delicious meal as you take this opportunity to make lasting connections with potential partners, colleagues, and friends.

12:40 PM - 1:55 PM

Inc. Consulting Corner

A team of experts and executive coaches in various areas are here to offer one-on-one advice and answers your most pressing business challenges. The handpicked team of consultants will tackle questions on these topics and more: finding money, personal disruption, effective team-building, negotiation, work-life balance, leadership strategies, and scaling growth. Stop by throughout the day to schedule a time to meet with a consultant. Appointments are first come, first served.

1:30 PM - 1:55 PM

Meet the Speaker Book Signing

Angela Benton

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Innovating From Within: Lessons From Disrupters in Residence

Big businesses searching for inspiration, innovation, and startup verve are finding them in a surprising new source: the entrepreneurs whose startups they buy. Meet a special group of owners who got bought out—but didn't sell out. Find out why these bold entrepreneurs decided to make the leap from owner to employee. Learn how to identify the right acquisition partners; how to innovate from within a larger organization; and how to maximize newfound resources while managing growth expectations. Discover just how (and when) to sell your company—and keep it too. Marla Malcolm Beck, founder and CEO, Bluemercury, Inc. Jenny Fleiss, co-founder and CEO, Code Eight; and co-founder, Rent the Runway Alexa von Tobel, founder and CEO LearnVest; and author, Financially Fearless Moderator: Kimberly Weisul, editor at large, Inc.

2:55 PM - 3:55 PM

How to Negotiate and Handle Difficult Conversations
(The Right Way)

Ever had to fire an employee or longstanding customer? When was the last time you negotiated a deal with a client or business partner? In this interactive session, hear time-tested, real-world advice for maximizing effective communication with critical stakeholders in your business, personal, and professional life. Learn how not to allow fear or feelings prevent you from making tough decisions. Find out why confidence is a must-have when asking for anything you want; and how to use the tool of communication effectively. Discover the fundamentals of strategic negotiation and how to handle difficult conversations the right way. Beth Fisher-Yoshida, senior faculty, the Negotiation Institute; and director, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program at Columbia University; and Carol Sankar, founder, the Confidence Factor for Women in Leadership; author, The Chronicles Session Leader: Donna Flagg, founder and president, the Krysalis Group; and author, Surviving Dreaded Conversations

3:55 PM - 4:25 PM

Afternoon Networking Break

Grab a refreshing drink and light snack as you connect with Inc. editors as well as your fellow summit attendees and speakers.

3:55 PM - 4:25 PM

Inc. Consulting Corner

A team of experts and executive coaches in various areas are here to offer one-on-one advice and answers your most pressing business challenges. The handpicked team of consultants will tackle questions on these topics and more: finding money, personal disruption, effective team-building, negotiation, work-life balance, leadership strategies, and scaling growth. Stop by throughout the day to schedule a time to meet with a consultant. Appointments are first come, first served.

3:55 PM - 4:25 PM

Meet the Speaker Book Signing

Angela Benton

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Beyond Shark Tank:Why Women Make Better Leaders

Shark Tank co-star and serial entrepreneur and investor Kevin O’Leary asserts that you have to be tough to build a business empire. He also believes that women make the best leaders. There is research to support this including the fact that O’Leary’s best investments are women-led businesses. In this exclusive session, this self-made millionaire and businessman will share his thoughts on this and more. He will also introduce us to some of his best business deals from the show. These all-star entrepreneurs will share their business journeys and reveal what it’s really like to work with Mr. Wonderful; and explain the successes and challenges of fast (and nationally televised!) growth. Learn the risks and rewards of chasing entrepreneurial ideas and passion pursuits. And find out what it really takes for someone like O’Leary to decide whether to invest in your company and its leaders.

Kevin O’Leary, founder, O’Leary Financial Group; and co-star, Shark Tank ; Donna Khalife, co-captain and COO, Surprise Ride; Sara Margulis, co-founder and CEO, Honeyfund.com; Tracey Noonan, co-founder and CEO, Wicked Good Cupcakes; Moderator: Zoe Henry, staff writer, Inc.  

5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Closing Cocktail Reception

Spend the final hour of the summit relaxing 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.

5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Inc. Consulting Corner

A team of experts and executive coaches in various areas are here to offer one-on-one advice and answers your most pressing business challenges. The handpicked team of consultants will tackle questions on these topics and more: finding money, personal disruption, effective team-building, negotiation, work-life balance, leadership strategies, and scaling growth. Stop by throughout the day to schedule a time to meet with a consultant. Appointments are first come, first served.

6:45 PM

2017 Inc. Women’s Summit concludes

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