2018 Small Giants Summit Agenda 

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Day 1:  Tuesday, May 15th 

         Event Time & Location  Description

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Journeyers & Virtual Peer Group Members 

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location TBD

 

 

Calling all Journeyers and Virtual Peer Group members! Enjoy a happy hour near the Westin Book Cadillac and catch up with fellow group members.

 

 

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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Westin Book Cadillac

 

If you’re new to the Community, you may know that Small Giants are companies that choose to be great instead of big…but what does it really mean to be a Small Giants company? Kick-off your Summit experience with an overview of the history of Small Giants and what it means to be a part of the Community today.

 

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6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Westin Book Cadillac

 

Before we get to two full days of learning and relationship building, take a moment to enjoy some light hors d’oeuvres and drinks while you spend some time setting the foundation for the Small Giants Summit experience and getting to know fellow attendees.

 

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9:00 PM - Midnight

Locations TBD

 

Are you a night owl? Prefer not to head up to your room directly after the reception? Like to explore the city you’re in? The Detroit Experience Factory will provide a list of activities to do in the D.

 

 


Day 2:  Wednesday, May 16th 

         Event Time & Location  Description

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Time: 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM 

Location: Westin Book Cadillac

For those of you who want to break a sweat, feel free to utilize the Westin's workout facility or check out local yoga classes at Citizen Yoga (.4 miles away). Special drop-in rates are available for locals and out-of-towners. We also recommend running on the Detroit Riverfront or renting bikes to explore the Dequindre Cut.

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Time: 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Location: Westin Book Cadillac → Garden Theater

Meet in the lobby of the Westin Book Cadillac and volunteers will guide you to the bus. We will host the content portions of the event at the Garden Theater, a separate venue from our hotel block at the Westin Book Cadillac.

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8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Garden Theater

 

Enjoy breakfast catered by the Garden Theater vendors. Take this time to stretch your legs, ask individual questions of speakers, and build relationships with your fellow Small Giants Community members. 

 

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9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Garden Theater

We will kick-off day one with a welcome that will set the stage for the day. Hear from Small Giants Leadership on what’s in store for the coming days.

 

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9:15am - 10:00am 

Garden Theater

OPENING KEYNOTE: This opening keynote will set the tone for an authentic and energizing Small Giants Summit 2018. Details coming soon. 

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10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Garden Theater

 
Enjoy a little time to stretch your legs, grab a snack, ask individual questions of speakers, and build relationships with your fellow Small Giants Community members.
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10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Garden Theater

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP How you show up physiologically as a leader matters more than you think. Research in human physiology is revealing that when the heart and brain are working together, we enter a coherent state and our frame of mind shifts. By applying this research and newfound techniques, leaders can consistently develop a more authentic context which inspires continual innovation, fosters adaptive and highly collaborative cultures, and integrates new technologies without neglecting the human factor. In this interactive workshop, you will discover the science of authentic leadership and how to apply it in your work environment to inspire, influence and innovate.

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11:20 AM - 11:40 AM

Garden Theater

 

 

LONG STORY SHORT: Laura Boone started turnerboone in 2004 with an art background and the intention of creating a better place to work without sacrificing an underlying foundation of community, respect and emotional well-being. Laura, along with her business partner Ellen Turner, made many mistakes, survived a culture crisis, and grew as business leaders to become one of Forbes Small Giants 2017 and a nationally award-winning commercial furniture dealer. Emotional intelligence and business intuition were major factors in the success of turnerboone.
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11:40 AM - 12:00 PM

Garden Theater

 

LONG STORY SHORT: When we look back on our lives, all of us have certain people, events, challenges, and books that have shaped us. For Joe Cirulli, Owner and CEO of Gainesville Health and Fitness, some of those pivotal moments include moving to Gainesville, Florida on a whim (even though it meant sleeping in his car), making a list of the things he wanted to accomplish in life at a very young age, continuing to work for fitness centers despite financial challenges in the industry, and then having the courage to start his own with less than $1700 in his pocket. Today, Gainesville Health & Fitness is a Forbes Small Giant — but Joe is most proud of his people and their culture that inspires.

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Garden Theater

Enjoy a nutritious and energizing lunch. Take this time to stretch your legs, ask individual questions of speakers, and build relationships with your fellow Small Giants Community members.

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1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Garden Theater 

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP: Culture eats strategy for breakfast — especially when you build a culture of performance.  Ron Alvesteffer, President and CEO of Service Express, will share how they have achieved double digit growth every year since 2001, while helping his employees accomplish their personal, professional, and financial goals along the way.
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2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Garden Theater

Enjoy a little time to stretch your legs, grab a delicious snack from a local business, ask individual questions of speakers,and build relationships with your fellow Small Giants Community members. 

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3:00 PM - 3:25 PM

Garden Theater

LONG STORY SHORT: A twenty-minute, Ted-Style talk where a Small Giants Leader shares a part of their personal leadership story in an authentic way. 

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3:25 PM - 4:00 PM

Garden Theater

 
LONG STORY SHORT INTERVIEW: The highest calling in life is to help others. That’s why Bill Roark, CEO and Founder of Torch Technologies, realized that as his company grew, so did their responsibility to positively impact both employees and their community.  In 2005, Torch Technologies began the process of becoming an ESOP and also established Torch Helps, a 501(c)(3) arm of the company that is solely focused on supporting non-profits in their community. Today, Torch is a 100% ESOP and has granted over $650K to local nonprofits. In this interview, Bill will share how employee ownership and community engagement has had a powerful impact on employees, culture, and their community. 
 
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4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Garden Theater

Small Giants event staff will wrap up the day and deliver housekeeping notes for your convenience.
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4:15 PM - 4:45 PM 

Garden Theater

Take another opportunity to mix and mingle with Small Giants at the Garden Theater's bar over a locally-brewed beer.
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4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Garden Theater → Westin Book Cadillac

 

Enjoy the short ride back to the Westin Book Cadillac in style on a signature bus.

 

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5:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Up to you!

 
Whether you'd like to go back to the hotel room and refresh by yourself, or explore the city with fellow Small Giants, this time is yours!
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6:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Westin Book Cadillac → Madison Building Rooftop

 

Meet in the lobby of the Westin Book Cadillac to walk to the Madison Building Rooftop.  

 

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7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Madison Building Rooftop

 
Enjoy a spectacular view of downtown Detroit and Comerica Park while enjoying gourmet pub food and drinks with fellow Small Giants. 
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9:30 PM - Midnight

Up to you!

 
For sleepy heads, we will head back to the Westin Book Cadillac in groups. For the night owls, we will provide nearby options if you’re more inclined to run free in the Big D!

  

Day 3:  Thursday, May 17th 

         Event Time  Description

 

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6:30 AM - 7:30 AM

Westin Book Cadillac 

 

 

For those of you who want to break a sweat, feel free to utilize the Westin's workout facility or check out local yoga classes at Citizen Yoga (.4 miles away). Special drop-in rates are available for locals and out-of-towners. We also recommend running on the Detroit Riverfront or renting bikes to explore the Dequindre Cut.

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8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Westin Book Cadillac  Garden Theater

 
Meet in the lobby of the Westin Book Cadillac. We will host the content portions of the event at the Garden Theater, a separate venue from our hotel block at the Westin Book Cadillac.
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8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Garden Theater

 
Enjoy breakfast catered by Garden Theater vendors. Take this time to stretch your legs, ask individual questions of speakers, and build relationships with your fellow Small Giants Community members.  
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9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Garden Theater

While most people think that leadership, influence, and creating results are about skills, actions, and doing; what actually creates more impact than anything are your intentions, your energy, and your presence. Join Anese for 15 minutes to set the tone for your day (and perhaps the rest of your life!) by up-leveling your presence, your intentions, and the way you Show Up.
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Garden Theater

Learn from some of Forbes America’s Best Small Giants during this dynamic and interactive panel moderated by Forbes Senior Editor Loren Feldman.
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Garden Theater

Enjoy a little time to stretch your legs, grab a snack, ask individual questions of speakers, and build relationships with your fellow Small Giants Community members.  
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 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Garden Theater

Choose from two of six roundtable discussions for a sharing of best practices led by experts on a variety of topics. Topics so far include: The Power of Open-Book Management, Growing Your Sales Team & Strategy, How to Build a Family-Friendly Workplace, Transitioning to & Managing Virtual Teams, and Mindful Transitions.
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Garden Theater

Enjoy lunch catered by Garden Theater vendors. Take this time to stretch your legs, ask individual questions of speakers, and build relationships with your fellow Small Giants Community members.  
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Garden Theater

Two Small Giants leaders will be selected to share a real-time business challenge to the audience interview-style, led by SGC member Chris Hutchinson. The audience will work together in roundtables to crowd-source solutions.
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Garden Theater

LONG STORY SHORT: In 2006, Shawn Askinosie left a successful career as a criminal defense lawyer, started a bean-to-bar chocolate factory, and never looked back. Through his personal story, Shawn will share how he discovered "reverse scale," a discipline of not only resisting the allure of exponential growth, but using it as a practice to stay in the present moment and connected to his work, no matter the obstacle.
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2:35 PM - 3:00 PM

Garden Theater

Enjoy a little time to stretch your legs, grab a delicious snack from a local business, and build relationships with your fellow Small Giants Community members.   

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3:00 PM - 3:20 PM

Garden Theater

LONG STORY SHORT: A twenty-minute, Ted-Style talk where a Small Giants leader shares a part of their personal leadership story in an authentic way. 
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3:20 PM - 4:00 PM

Garden Theater

CLOSING KEYNOTE: This closing keynote will bring us home and inspire us to continue living our lives and running our businesses with authenticity.
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4:00 PM - 4:10 PM

Garden Theater

Allow the Small Giants Leadership team to thank you for your attendance and wrap up the content portion of the event. 
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Garden Theater → Westin Book Cadillac 

Meet in the lobby of the Garden Theater and follow pre-communicated transit instruction.
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4:30 PM - 6:45 PM

Garden Theater

Whether you'd like to go back to the hotel room and refresh by yourself or explore the city with fellow Small Giants, this time is yours! 
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6:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Westin Book Cadillac  Ford Piquette Plant

 

Meet in the lobby of the Westin Book Cadillac and follow pre-communicated transit instruction. We will ride together to a special social event at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, where we will also celebrate the announcement of the 2018 Forbes Small Giants.
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Ford Piquette Plant

Celebrate the the announcement of the 2018 Forbes Small Giants! Enjoy gourmet passed and stationed foods while exploring the birthplace of the Model T. Sip great wine and local beers, enjoy special exhibits and antique cars, and converse with fellow Small Giants while listening to live performances of 1920s music.
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Ford Piquette Plant  Westin Book Cadillac

For those ready to head back, we'll provide transportation to the Westin Book Cadillac. Those looking to stay out and explore the city are welcome to at their own leisure.
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9:45 PM - Midnight

Up to you!

For the night owls, refer to your Detroit Experience Factory guide for nearby evening activities.

Day 4: Friday, May 18th "Day of Mojo" - Details coming soon

-  Visit Small Giants companies in Detroit: 9am - 12:00pm. 

Register Early Bird Today! 

For questions, please email hello@smallgiants.org.