7:30 am—Breakfast and Event Registration
Join us for a delightful breakfast from our friends in the Chicago catering community. Breakfast will be provided in our conference space at the Fifth Third Center. (222 S. Riverside. Main entrance on Adams St.)
8:30 - 8:45 am—Welcome to the Summit and The Future of Small Giants
Paul Spiegelman, CEO and Founder of the Inc. Small Giants Community and Kevin Lynch of the Center for Values-Driven leadership welcome you to the 2014 Small Giants Summit and provide a look at the future of Small Giants
8:45 - 9:00 am— IEP: Being Present for the Summit with Anese Cavanaugh
Just how ready are you to be a part of the Summit? Long time Small Giant Anese Cavanaugh walks your mind, body and soul through a short exercise to get your energy and focus into place for the next two days of content, relationship building and learning.
9:05 - 9:55 am—My SG Path Presentation and Panel
After almost 5 years, a number of our SG friends have come a long way in their businesses and have real and relatable lessons to share. Enjoy this look at three of your peers and what you can accomplish when you combine a commitment to change with critical thought and passion. Three 12 min presentations with 10 minutes of Q+A.
10 am - 11:15 am—Networking with Purpose
Find your topic of choice and dig-in to insights, struggles and successes with fellow Small Giants. This session will be split into two halves to allow you to get familiar your fellow attendees on the issues you told us you wanted to connect most on. No shying away from making real connections with peers walking the same path and experiencing the same struggles and successes.
11:30 am - 12:15 pm—Return on Values Project Deep Dive—Integrated Project Management
It takes a substantial amount of work to be a company whose brand is synonymous with ethical leadership, uncompromising honesty and sustainable growth. But that’s exactly what Chicago-based Integrated Project Management’s brand enjoys as an award-winning project management consulting firm with a penchant for executing critical initiatives that achieve consistent results for their clients. Join us as C. Richard Panico, IPM’‘s founder and CEO shares with us some of the key culture philosophies and practices that enabled them to enjoy sustainable growth since their founding in 1988. Integrated Project Management is a feature company of the Return on Values Project. For additional insights, videos, discussion guides focused around IPM’s story, visit returnonvalueproject.com
12:15 - 1:15 pm—Lunch
Lunch is provided by our friends in the Chicago catering community and will be available in our conference space at the Fifth Third Center.
1:30 - 2:20 pm—Small Giants Japan featuring Shinobu Ishizuka
The discussion and implementation around leading with SG values is a difficult one domestically. How is it affected by 1000 years of culture? Shinobu Ishizuka gives us an insights into a unique set of problems (and solutions) encountered by Japanese entrepreneurs pursuing the Small Giants standards. 30 min of presentation and 15 minute open room discussion
2:30 - 3:20 pm—Interview with Mike Faith of Headsets.com
There were a number of companies that as Bo says, “I would have included them in the book if I had known about them!” Headsets.com falls squarely in that category and we’re delighted to be able to present this one-on-one interview between Bo Burlingham, author of Small Giants and Editor-at-Large at Inc. and Mike Faith, CEO of Headsets.com
3:30 - 4:30 pm—SCRUM!
If you ever played rugby, you understand the action underneath the pile of humanity in the middle of the field has a method to its madness. This fast and furious session captures that action and regimented madness as it pulls you up on stage for 11 intense minutes of questions, insights, information and challenges from your fellow Summit attendees about a specific problem your facing. When the buzzer hits, you’re subbed out and the next presenter is called up. Sign-up beforehand for one of 5 spots in this session. Moderated by Raul Candeloro, Editor of Brazil’s largest sales publication, Editora Quantum.
4:40 - 5:10 pm—Return on Values Project Deep Dive
Real insights about the struggles, successes and adherence to values from the Return on Values Project’s survey of Summit attendees.
5:10 - 6:15 pm—Casual Hour
While the content for Day 1 closes at 5:10, our conference space will remain open for casual drinks and conversation for attendees who don’t want to venture back to the hotel and then to the cruise. Light refreshments will be served. A locked conference room will be provided for attendees to store belongings overnight at our conference site.
7 - 9 pm—Dinner / Architecture Cruise hosted by Small Giants Chicago
Nothing in Chicago is more unique and iconic than the architecture of the city. Join us for more quality time with your Small Giants peers as we take a jaunt down the Chicago River while enjoying a specially prepared “stand-up” menu from our friends at Tasty Catering.
9 - ??? pm—Late Night with the Small Giants Summit
Not ready to go to bed? Chicago SG Member Steve Krull of BeFoundOnline will be hosting a late night social hour at a TBD location. Deals get made over dinner, but destiny is determined over desserts and drinks.