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Discover how the iconic businessman, Sir Richard Branson, has created a magnetic brand umbrella that powers the success of his many businesses with a thoughtful mix of adventure, philanthropy, irreverence and entrepreneurship. In a special, passion-filled keynote address with Sage CEO Stephen Kelly, another serial entrepreneur and champion of small businesses everywhere.

Today’s consumers want more than products that will better their lives. They want to support companies that are socially conscious. Join two of Hollywood’s leading ladies and cultural trendsetters as they discuss why entrepreneurs need to build businesses that not only turn a profit, but also benefit the world.

Securing financing is one of the most important and daunting steps for any entrepreneur. Attend this session to begin perfecting your pitch with tips from the experts. Two of ABC’s “Shark Tank” sharks will break down what passionate investors look for and offer Sage advice on how to stay focused while you tread investing’s treacherous waters.

Starting and growing a business is equal parts promise, excitement, risk, and uncertainty. Learn how to improve your chances of success by attending this session led by two of today’s highest profile entrepreneurs. They’ll share their stories of success and failure and pass on what they’ve learned along the way.

Presented by leading authorities in their fields, our thought leader series is designed to help you conquer everyday business challenges and build a foundation for success. Session leaders include well-known authors, columnists, speakers, consultants, and more. Stay tuned as we continue to roll out even more speakers!

View the full schedule for our thought leader speakers.

Meet with experts in their field, including local Chicago business leaders and business professionals, analysts, industry experts, and more!

View the full schedule for our mentors speakers.