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CNBC and Inc.Magazine's Iconic Conference Features Chicago's Top Innovators & Business Leaders


Special panel on branding with founders of American Giant and Method

One-on-One Interview with actress/activist/author Marlo Thomas

Tuesday. May 19 At The Chicago Theater

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ & NEW YORK, NY – April 28, 2015 – Some of the country's best-known and most admired entrepreneurs will be speaking, debating and networking at the first iCONIC Conference at The Chicago Theater (175 N. State Street) on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

Produced by CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, and Inc. Media, the publisher of Inc. magazine, Chicago will be the first of three cities in The iCONIC Tour, focusing on entrepreneurship, small business and innovation; and bringing together some of the most dynamic and successful business leaders in the country.

Tyler Mathisen, co-anchor of CNBC's "Power Lunch" and "Nightly Business Report" and Eric Schurenberg, president and editor-in-chief, Inc., will serve as the hosts for the conference. Sessions and interviews will be featured on multiple platforms including CNBC, and

Two special Chicago-themed panels will take place in the afternoon:

  • "Entrepreneurial Ecosystems": J.B. Pritzker, co-founder and managing partner, Pritzker Group; Governor Bruce Rauner, the State of Illinois; and Howard Tullman, CEO, 1871; and general managing partner, G2T3V
  • "Chicago's All-Star Innovators": Jason Fried, founder and CEO, Basecamp; author, "Remote," "Getting Real" and "Rework"; and columnist, Inc.; and Matt Maloney, founder and CEO, GrubHub; and Richard Melman, founder and chairman, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.

Actress/activist/author Marlo Thomas will do a one-on-one interview on reinventing one's life, business and dreams.

Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Marcus Lemonis LLC and Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises as well as host of CNBC's "The Profit" will offer "Lessons From The Turnaround King."

An impressive full-day roster of panels and presentations is scheduled, featuring:

  • Neil Blumenthal, co-founder and co-CEO, Warby Parker ("How To Envision Profits and A Purpose")
  • Elizabeth Cutler, co-founder, SoulCycle ("Bikes, Branding and Business")
  • Bert Jacobs, co-founder and chief executive optimist, The Life is Good Company ("Do What You Like, Like What You Do")

There will also be a special branding panel featuring Hilary Folger, partner – brand strategy, Lippincott; Eric Ryan, co-founder and chief brand architect, Method; and Bayard Winthrop, founder and CEO, American Giant.

CNBC's Kayla Tausche will conduct interviews and co-anchor "Squawk Alley" (M-F, 11AM-12PM ET) from the conference. Leading up to the event, CNBC's Kate Rogers, who covers small business and entrepreneurship for the network, will provide stories on-air and online highlightingChicago businesses and then report live from the conference for CNBC's Business Day programming.

The second conference is scheduled for June 23, 2015 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, with the final conference in Washington, D.C. on November 11, 2015 at theWarnerTheater.

The first cross-platform sponsor of The iCONIC Tour is T-Mobile.

For more information about The iCONIC Tour, including registration and sponsorship opportunities, log on to:

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About Inc. Media:
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the onlymajor brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing privatecompanies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovativecompany builders. Winner of the National Magazine Award for GeneralExcellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brandhas grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 13,000,000 today. For more information, visit