GROWCO 2018

The Essential Conference for Company Builders

May 30 – June 1, 2018 | Marriott New Orleans | #GrowCo18
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Alli Webb

founder of DryBar

Alli Webb founded Drybar in 2010 after spending 15 years as a professional stylist. She attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and began her career in fashion in New York City in the early ‘90s working for designer Nicole Miller. In 1996,Alli left fashion retailing to pursue her true passion – hairstyling.

After training at the Toni & Guy Academy, Alli sharpened her skills as an assistant to celebrity stylist John Sahag, famous for his signature dry-cut technique. Having struggled with her own extremely curly hair, Alli was always in search of a great blowout but was often disappointed with the two available options – an overpriced blowout at a traditional salon or a less-than-desirable experience at a discount chain.

After leaving the professional hair workforce in 2005 to start a family, she decided to find a way to continue pursuing the creative side of hairstyling at a new-mom pace. Alli began offering weekly in-home blowout services for friends, but her little side business quickly grew into more than a part-time gig. The business exploded strictly by referrals from loyal clients, which led Alli to the decision to expand her mobile operation to a physical location. The first Drybar opened in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles in 2010 and was an overnight sensation.

Drybar has since expanded to over 90 locations throughout Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Vancouver, BC. Alli remains active in the business as the Chief Creative Officer at Drybar, overseeing the hiring and training of more than 3,000 stylists across the country and leading the development of Drybar’s line of styling products and tools. Drybar’s growing product line is sold through its own shops, as well as in Sephora, Nordstrom, Ulta and select Bloomingdale’s stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.

In the October of 2016, Alli released her first book with Abrams Publishing, The Drybar Guide to Good Hair for All sharing inspiring memories, her own personal struggles with her hair, a how-to guide for women to achieve the perfect Drybar styles at home, all while reinforcing the power of confidence that comes from feeling your best. The book quickly became a New York Times Bestseller. More importantly it’s Alli’s hope that The Drybar Guide to Good Hair for All inspires and empowers others to turn their passion and dreams into a reality.

Alli’s unique approach to business has awarded her with numerous accolades. In 2013, Fast Company named one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business, and was featured on the Cosmo 2013 Power List by Cosmopolitan magazine. She was also included on the prestigious Fortune 40 Under 40 list, recognizing her as one of the top young businesswomen in the world.


Alli’s

Workshops


MAY 31

How to Blow Out the Competition: A Conversation With Drybar Founder Alli Webb

3:30-4:15 PM
MAY 31

Meet the Speaker Book Signings

5:45-6:15 PM

GrowCo 2018

Speakers

This year’s lineup features industry disrupters, seasoned entrepreneurs, and the best and brightest business talent. New speakers are added weekly!
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Daymond

John

“Don’t ignore all those naysayers in your path. Put that negativity to work for you. Let it drive you, even if it’s just to prove everyone else wrong.“
Shark Tank

Daymond John


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Jeff

Raider

“Starting a business is an emotional roller coaster. There are incredibly high highs and incredibly low lows when they happen. And I think starting a business is really about enjoying that roller coaster.“
Harry’s

Jeff Raider



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Alli

Webb

“We are family. Drybar was started by family. You are part of our family.“
Drybar

Alli Webb


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Chieh

Huang

“Money is there to put food on the table and make sure your family is cared for. “Anything beyond that can be argued as extraneous. We’re all in this together. It doesn’t matter who you are at the company, we try to take care of you.“
Boxed

Chieh Huang


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Jessica

Iclisoy

“I wanted to have complete control of the process and sometimes, by taking money from others, you lose control. It was a slower growth but, for me, slow and steady wins the race,“
California Baby®

Jessica Iclisoy


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Payal

Kadakia Pujji

“It’s really lonely trying to build something by yourself. It’s good to have thought partners to bounce ideas off of.“
ClassPass

Payal Kadakia Pujji



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Cal

Henderson

Slack

Cal Henderson


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Andrew

Paradise

Skillz

Andrew Paradise


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Emily

Heyward

“It’s hard to know when you are done figuring out your brand because brands are a living, breathing thing. Over time brands are going to evolve.“
Red Antler

Emily Heyward


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Shama

Hyder

The Marketing Zen Group

Shama Hyder



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Les

McKeown

“Let’s start with the real secret of leadership: it happens all the time, almost anywhere you look, and it’s frankly not that difficult.“
Predictable Success

Les McKeown


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Nina

Vaca

Pinnacle Group

Nina Vaca


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Steve

Baker

“When you demystify the financial statements, it’s no longer numbers on the board; it’s a story of what happens every day.”
The Great Game of Business

Steve Baker


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Lisa

Bradley

R. Riveter

Lisa Bradley



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Benjamin

Spall

My Morning Routine

Benjamin Spall


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Cameron

Cruse

R. Riveter

Cameron Cruse


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Bill

Tancer


Everyone’s A Critic

Bill Tancer

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Scott

Wolfe

Melba’s Old School Poboys

Scott Wolfe



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Norm

Brodsky

“Sales are nice. Profits are nicer. But you live or die on cash flow.“
CITISTORAGE

Norm Brodsky


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Andrea

Chen


Propeller

Andrea Chen

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Ami

Kassar

“It’s tougher to get a bank loan today than it was a year-ago. If you like it or not, bankers are going to look at business plans more carefully, challenge assumptions, and worry about risk.“
MultiFunding

Ami Kassar


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Tom

Gimbel

LaSalle Network

Tom Gimbel



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Marne

Levine


Instagram

Marne Levine

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Darnell

Holloway

Yelp

Darnell Holloway


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Lauren

Haydel


Fleurty Girl

Lauren Haydel

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Isadora

Ferraz Coelho


Facebook

Isadora Ferraz Coelho


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Rachel

Blumenthal

Rockets of Awesome

Rachel Blumenthal


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Daniella

Yacobovsky

Bauble Bar

Daniella Yacobovsky


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Spectacular

Blue Smith


Adwizar

Spectacular Blue Smith