Jessica Alba is a Golden Globe-nominated actress who is actively involved with charities such as Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, ONE, Habitat for Humanity, Project HOME and more. But, there is one role The California native enjoys above all others: Mom to young daughters Honor and Haven. Alba created The Honest Company to “help moms and to give all children a better, safer start.”
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co-founder and president, The Honest Company
vice president, The Great Game of Business, Inc.
Steve Baker is the Vice President of The Great Game of Business, Inc., a division of employee-owned SRC Holdings Corporation. He also co-wrote the update of the best-selling book, The Great Game of Business 20th Anniversary Edition. Baker spent two decades struggling to help small business owners reach their goals without access to key business metrics. Learning to play the Great Game of Business at SRC changed his life. He also serves on the Board of the National Center for Employee Ownership as well as the Steering Committee for SRC’s Ownership Culture Initiative. Steve is a career marketing and branding professional and is an award-winning designer. He lives in Springfield, Missouri with his family.
senior editor, Inc.
In her role as senior editor of Inc., Lindsay Blakely oversees the website’s and magazine’s tech coverage from Los Angeles. Previously she was a senior editor at CBS Interactive and before that she was a reporter for Business 2.0 magazine.
honorary chairman, Inc. Business Owners Council; founder, CitiStorage; partner, Black Gold Suites; columnist, Inc.; co-author, Street Smarts
“Street Smarts” columnist and senior contributing editor Norm Brodsky is a veteran entrepreneur who has founded and grown six businesses. In 2007 he sold CitiStorage, a document-archive business based in Brooklyn, New York City, for $110 million. His most recent venture is Black Gold Suites, an extended stay hotel in Tioga, North Dakota. Along with Inc. editor-at-large Bo Burlingham, Norm has chronicled his entrepreneurial journey in his “Street Smarts” column in Inc. and in the book The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up.
editor at large, Inc.; author, Small Giants; co-author, The Knack
Besides serving as editor at large for Inc. and authoring Small Giants: Companies That Choose To Be Great Instead of Big, Bo has also written two books with acclaimed businessman Jack Stack. Bo also co-authors with Norm Brodsky the popular monthly column in Inc. called Street Smarts. Bo and Brodsky’s co-wrote the book The Knack, which is also known as Street Smarts: An All-Purpose Tool Kit for Entrepreneurs.
founder and CEO, TAE International; author, ROAR! and Video Marketing For Dummies; columnist, Inc.com
As the author of five books including Amazon No. 1 best-sellers, Video Marketing for Dummies and ROAR!: Get Heard in the Sales and Marketing Jungle, Kevin Daum helps companies communicate in strategic, compelling, and often humorous ways. Daum is an Inc. 500 entrepreneur and Inc.com columnist with a more than $1 billion sales and marketing track record.
founder and CEO, Johnny Cupcakes
Out of the trunk of his beat up ’89 Camry, Johnny Earle turned a simple idea into a multimillion-dollar business using nontraditional methods. Starting his business in 2001, at the age of 19, Earle developed his company without a business plan, start-up loans, investors, wholesaling, or even conventional advertising. Johnny Cupcakes does not sell cupcakes, however; Earle designs his frosting-scented stores as vintage bakeries, displaying limited edition T-shirts inside refrigerators and bakery cases. He managed to launch one of the most recognized independent T-shirt brands in the U.S. and Europe, with retail store locations in Boston, Los Angeles, and London.
deputy editor of business development, Inc.com
Allison Fass is deputy editor, strategy and business development for Inc.com. She has been with the media company since 2011. A longtime business journalist at Forbes and The New York Times, Fass has also worked in venture capital and innovation at Hearst Interactive Media and digital strategy at a start-up consultancy. A graduate of Duke, Fass earned an MBA from Columbia where she was also a Knight-Bagehot fellow.
author, Upstarts! and Alpha Dogs
Donna Fenn is the author of two books, Upstarts! How GenY Entrepreneurs Are Rocking the World of Business and 8 Ways You Can Profit From Their Success and Alpha Dogs: How Your Small Business Can Become a Leader of the Pack. Fenn is also a contributing editor at Inc., a blogger on BNET/CBSi and Inc.com, and an experienced international keynote speaker. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Working Woman, Parents, Reader’s Digest, and The Washington Monthly, among other publications.
CPO & co-founder, Airbnb
Joe is the co-founder and CPO at Airbnb. He leads the product team in creating meaningful experiences through intuitive design, and oversees Airbnb’s brand and product development. Joe draws on his previous experience as a designer at Chronicle Books, as well as his development of a green design site and several consumer products. He earned dual degrees in Graphic Design and Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he met co-founder Brian Chesky.
co-founder, Strategic Hospitality
Benjamin Goldberg is the founder and co-owner of Strategic Hospitality, the parent company to Nashville-based Paradise Park, Aerial, Merchants, The Patterson House, The Catbird Seat, and Pinewood Social. In 2006, Benjamin created Strategic Hospitality as a modest company of two and has grown to a thriving hospitality group employing more than 300 people. A believer and supporter in the city of Nashville, Benjamin sits on the board for both the Rochelle Center and the University School of Nashville. He is also a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and Leadership Nashville for the class of 2014-2015.
co-founder, Strategic Hospitality
Max Goldberg is co-owner of Strategic Hospitality, the parent company to Nashville-based Paradise Park, Aerial, Merchants, The Patterson House, The Catbird Seat, and Pinewood Social. Strategic Hospitality was created in 2006 as a modest company of two and has grown to a thriving hospitality group employing more than 300 people. Max is active in the Nashville Community, sitting on the board of the Grace Eaton Center and serving as sponsor and coach of the Kipp Academy basketball team. He is also a member of Rotary Nashville and an active University of Denver alumnus.
Dr. Marshall Goldsmith
executive educator, coach, and author
Recently recognized as one the Top 10 business thinkers in the world, a most influential leadership thinker, and the most respected executive coach, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is an authority in helping successful leaders achieve positive, lasting change in behavior. His 34 books, including What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, have sold more than two million copies worldwide. Goldsmith is one of a select few executive advisers who have worked with more than 150 CEOs throughout his career.
executive editor, Inc.
editor, Inc. and Inc.com; and author, Unwarranted Influence
James Ledbetter, before joining Inc., was the Opinion Editor of Reuters. He was the founding editor of Slate’s financial site The Big Money, deputy managing editor of CNN Money, and has published five books including Unwarranted Influence: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Military-Industrial Complex.
Brian S. Lee
CEO and co-founder, The Honest Company; co-founder, LegalZoom; co-founder, ShoeDazzle;
Brian Lee brings with him an unparalleled expertise in launching successful e-commerce brands that leverage technology and social media to provide consumers with a highly customized, entertaining and informational Internet experience. Formerly an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP and a Manager at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, Brian co-founded LegalZoom in 2001. LegalZoom has since become the nationwide leader in online legal services. On the heels of LegalZoom’s success, Brian launched ShoeDazzle in 2008, an innovative subscription business model with more than 3 million highly engaged members and 2 million Facebook fans. Forbes Magazine ranked ShoeDazzle as number 21 on its Most Promising Companies 2011 list.
Brian is presently the CEO of The Honest Company which he co-founded with Jessica Alba in 2012. Filling a need in the market from parents who demand eco-friendly, non-toxic products for their families, The Honest Company presently boasts over 200 employees and is touted as one of the most promising e-commerce companies in California.
He earned the distinction as one of the 25 Most Notable Korean-American Entrepreneurs by Forbes Magazine in 2009.
co-founder and CEO, Evernote
Evernote is a Redwood City, California-based, independent, privately-held software company that builds apps and products that are defining the way individuals and teams work today. Founded in 2007, Evernote products reach more than 100 million users worldwide. The organization boosts nearly with nearly 400 employees and growing. In 2011, Evernote was Inc.’s Company of the Year.
COO and senior consultant, Predictable Success
Dave McKeown is the chief operating officer and senior consultant at Predictable Success, an organizational growth consultancy which helps senior leaders overcome the obstacles to growth in their organization. In his role McKeown oversees the day to day operations of the business and is responsible for the training and development of all new consultants. Over the last decade he’s worked with Pella Windows and Doors, T-Mobile and numerous family and founder-owned companies.
co-founder, IdeaPaint; and co-founder, MixedMade
Morgen Newman is an entrepreneur and the co-founder of IdeaPaint and, most recently, MixedMade. After launching IdeaPaint in the US, Morgen built it’s international business to account for 30% of total company sales from more than 40 countries in less than 4 years. MixedMade was launched in just 30 days to inspire and provide a guide for aspiring entrepreneurs.
M&A advisor, CEO, Strategic Exits Corp; author, Early Exits
Basil is the author of Early Exits, which Inc. named as one of the ten best business books of the year.
co-founder and CEO, MakerBot
Bre Pettis has led MakerBot, a global leader in 3D printing technology, as CEO since its beginning in 2009, but has a long history of making things and inspiring others to make things. Prior to co—founding MakerBot, Pettis co- founded the Brooklyn hacker collective NYC Resistor, where MakerBot technology was first created, tested, proven. He was instrumental in building the first prototypes of MakerBot’s 3D printers, and has become known worldwide as a leading evangelist for personal manufacturing. Pettis was honored with the Disruptive Innovation Award from the Tribeca Film Festival, for “creating an entire ecosystem for desktop 3D printing.”
Bre Pettis photograph © 2010 Joi Ito.
John “Jay” Rogers, Jr.
co-founder and CEO, Local Motors
Local Motors is a next-generation U.S.-based car company that is changing the way cars are designed, built, and owned. Local Motors is home to more than 60,000 car design concepts, 45,000 community members, over 90 full time employees across 4 locations in the U.S. and Europe, 4 production vehicle models, and 100’s of smaller vehicle innovations sold in its shop. Most recently Local Motors unveiled The Strati, the world’s first 3D printed vehicle.
Rogers was elected as a Young Global Leader by The World Economic Forum in 2014. His career has taken him from a startup in China to Ewing & Partners to McKinsey & Co and the US Marine Corps where he served for 6 years as an Infantry Company Commander.
co-founder and CEO, International Cosmetics & Perfumes
Still a privately held company today, International Cosmetics & Perfumes, Inc. (ICP) continues to make an indelible mark on the marketplace typically fueled by multi-billion dollar beauty companies. Saujet heads business development in the Americas for the company’s four prestigious brands including the exploration of dynamic brand partnerships that fuel the vitality and energy of the firm.
founder and managing director, Ideal Properties Group
Aleksandra Scepanovic is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Ideal Properties Group, a leading real estate firm in Brooklyn. She founded the company in 2007 with Erik Serras and has grown it to four offices with 150 brokers. Scepanovic is responsible for business development, company operations and creating a supportive corporate culture. Previously, Scepanovic worked as a journalist and a media analyst in Serbia and Bosnia&Herzegovina. She came to NYC to attend FIT before transitioning to real estate.
president and editor-in-chief, Inc.
In three years at Inc., Eric Schurenberg has presided over the magazine’s 24 percent increase in ad pages, numerous journalism awards and a National Magazine Award nomination for general excellence. Prior to Inc., his resume includes leadership roles at Money, Fortune, Business 2.0, the CBS Interactive websites Bnet.com and MoneyWatch.com, and the Goldman Sachs Group’s personal wealth management website, Goldman.com. In addition to hosting Inc. live events, he is an occasional contributor to CNBC, MSNBC, and The Today Show.
Gary Solomon, Jr.
co-founder and president, Solomon Group
Gary Solomon Jr. is the Co-Founder and President of Solomon Group. In just five years the New Orleans-based firm has become one of the nation’s top entertainment production resources, creating award-winning projects for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, CBS’s Emmy® nominated coverage of Super Bowl XLVII, ESSENCE Festival and The National WWII Museum. Gary has been featured in Forbes, The Atlantic, Success Magazine and Inc.’s 2013 “30 Under 30” list, among others.
editor at large, Inc.
Kimberly Weisul is an award-winning writer, editor, content developer, and all-around media pro. In her role at Inc. she coaches and edits columnists, handles some special projects, mentors reporters, and writes the occasional opinion piece. She is also a co-founder of One Thing New, a digital media start-up that is rebooting so-called women’s content. Ms. Weisul is a regular guest on MSNBC’s Your Business. She has also appeared on ABC World News This Morning, CNNfn, Dow Jones News Radio, and AP News Radio.