EY strategic growth forum and the Entrepreneur of the year.
With Kendra Scott; jewelery designer, founder and CEO of Kendra Scott.
With Debra von Storch, partner at EY Americas
With Betty Hines, president at Women’s President organization and Raegan Moya Jones, Ceo and founder of Aden and Anais.
My husband Anil Motwani and Desiree Triolo, EY entrepreneur of the year program coordinator.
Thear Suzuki, EY -southwest region advisory Leader.
With Katie Johnson, founder and CEO of Carbon 38.
This week I attended the EY national conference and gala in Palm Springs, California. The strategic growth forum is by-invitation-only CEO conference that brings together over 2,000 of the nation’s top executives, entrepreneurs, advisors, investors, and other business leaders. This national event consists of regional winners who have won different categories within their region and then they compete on a national level in 11 categories. In each category there is one finalist and out of the 11, there is one national winner who goes to compete in EY world. This years national winner was Tesoro Inc. TESARO went from four employees in 2010 to 500 employees in 19 countries today. The firm has commercialized two drugs that treat ovarian cancer and chemotherapy-induced side effects, respectively, and started clinical trials on several others, while establishing a deep pipeline of cancer treatment products in development. Being a winner or even a finalist for EY awards is very prestigious. Other than the awards there is a lot to learn through panels and interviews which are scheduled through out the week. In addition, EY makes sure while entrepreneurs are in Palm Springs, CA they are well fed with delicious food and desserts. And they take it to the next level with themed parties and concerts every night. This event is such a humbling experience. It brings together leaders of large to small companies all under one roof. Which gives us small businesses an opportunity to learn from the leaders who have truly made it! The individuals at this event are so willing to share their experiences and give advice. One thing I found common was humility in everyone. Sometimes growth and money can make one proud but all of the individuals I came across were down to earth and wanted to make a difference in the world in one way or the other. Another thing which was common was passion for their company and eagerness to grow the team, not just themselves. These companies look beyond the interests of just owners but also grow their teams and communities. EY helps businesses connect with each other, develop strategic partnerships, provide consultation to take businesses public, and direct businesses towards the future of their companies. I was an attendee this year and was lucky to be invited to this auspicious event, however, Maxx Builders will be applying for regional awards in family business category or in construction industry. Companies may apply under family owned business, women owned business, or in one of the different categories. There are restrictions when applying, so before you apply for your business be sure to check all the requirements. For more information please visit website at http://www.ey.com/