GROWCO 2018

The Essential Conference for Company Builders

May 30 – June 1, 2018 | Marriott New Orleans | #GrowCo18
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Nina Vaca

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle Group

Since founding Pinnacle Group in her mid-20s, Nina Vaca has strategically developed it into the dynamic powerhouse that it is today, providing information technology services and workforce solutions to iconic global brands. Under her fearless leadership, Pinnacle Group has been ranked among the Inc. 500/5000 fastest growing companies in the country for the last decade. In 2018 and 2015, it was named fastest-growing women-owned/led company in the nation by the Women Presidents’ Organization, as well being named among the top two in 2016 and 2017.

Vaca serves as a director of three publicly traded companies with a combined market cap of $32 Billion: Kohl’s Corporation, Cinemark Holdings, and Comerica, Inc. Throughout her two decades in business, Vaca has also served as a dedicated civic leader and philanthropist, working relentlessly to expand opportunities for Hispanics and women in business, and most recently to expand opportunities in STEM fields for women and girls. Pinnacle Group was among the first cohort of industry partners to support the Pathways to Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program through the Dallas Independent School District. Through this program, Pinnacle Group serves as an industry partner to Thomas Jefferson P-TECH Early College High School, a predominantly Hispanic school located near Pinnacle’s headquarters. Students in this program graduate in four years with a high school degree, and an associates degree in one of three pathways from Brookhaven Community College. Ninety-seven percent of the students in the Early College High School are minorities and the vast majority will be the first in their families to attend college.

Since experiencing firsthand the power of entrepreneurship and business, Vaca has dedicated herself to advocating for women in business at home and abroad. In 2014, she was selected by President Barack Obama as one of the inaugural members of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship program and in that capacity, has traveled extensively to inspire entrepreneurs worldwide. This past August, Vaca traveled to Amman, Jordan as a guest of the U.S. Embassy to share her message of prosperity through entrepreneurship with local entrepreneurs, business leaders, and government agencies. Never satisfied with being one of the first or one of the only women or Latinas serving on corporate boards or in the c-suite, Vaca founded At the Table: Women in Business and Leadership to help more women find a pathway to the board table or to the c-suite. This program specifically focuses on empowering Latina entrepreneurs as the strong economic force that they are through training, guidance, and networking opportunities, helping to strengthen local communities from coast to coast. At the Table is housed at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation.

In 2017, Vaca was named a Woman of Distinction by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and honored as a Trailblazing Woman in Labor and Business by the National Women’s History Project. Vaca has been recognized as one of the top 100 most influential and notable Hispanic Professionals in the Information Technology Industry by the Hispanic IT Executive Council. Last year, Vaca graced the cover of Latino Leaders Magazine as one of 2017’s 101 Most Influential Latinos in America, a list she has been included in for the past decade. She was honored as Woman of the Year by Solo Mujeres Magazine in Houston at the 11th annual Tribute to the Hispanic Woman, which honors the accomplishments of women who have blazed trails, become entrepreneurs, committed themselves to the community and set the course for future generations to come.


Nina’s

Workshops


JUNE 1

Lessons from the Top: How to Make (and Stay on!) the Inc. 500 List

2:15 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

Vacca

Pinnacle Group

Nina Vacca


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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