Sage Summit 2016 Goes Hollywood!

July 25-28 | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

For the last three years, it seems that each Sage Summit event surpassed the preceding year’s when it comes to Featured Speakers. Branded as the “largest small and medium business conference in the world” — Sage has indeed, secured world class talent for 2016!

Past presenters and panels in the last couple of years have been “famously” exciting – Colin Powell with Deepak Chopra; Jane Seymour, Magic Johnson, Jessica Alba, Karl Rove, and Robert Gibbs, to name a few more. We’ve also heard from ground-breaking startup entrepreneurs like Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley, and Big Ass Fan founder Carey Smith.CfyKdlXUYAAMtvn

Like a Virgin!

This year’s headliner is no less than Sir Richard Branson! His conversation is entitled, “The magical Virgin business model applied: Architecting a brand that’s built to last,” and will be co-hosted by enigmatic Sage CEO, Stephen Kelly. Sage teases the session: “Discover how the iconic businessman has created a magnetic brand umbrella that powers the success of his many businesses with a thoughtful mix of adventure, philanthropy, irreverence and entrepreneurship.”


And the Hollywood/Entertainment sector will be well represented – actors Ashton Kutcher, Gwyneth Paltrow and Zooey Deschanel; the Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec and Daymond John; also Yancey Strickler (co-founder, CEO of Kickstart and music journalist).

While this list of entertainers sounds lightweight, don’t be fooled. Kutcher is a high-tech venture capitalist, involved in companies like Skype, Airbnb, and Foursquare.*

gwynethLove her or hate her, the controversial Gwyneth Paltrow is a serious foodie (with the PBS show, “Spain…On the Road Again” and a book on the same topic co-written with Mario Batali), as well as the founder of “goop” – a lifestyle newsletter.*

Accomplished actress and singer-songwriter (of the group She & Him), Zooey Deschanel also co-founded HelloGiggles, a “positive online community for women” – which just sold to Time Inc. for an alleged eight figure sum.*

Both actresses will be speaking on socially conscious business practices.

(Source: wikipedia.)

Things to know for Sage Summit 2016:

  • Bookmark the official website
  • Official twitter handle: #sagesummit
  • Registration is (currently) $299
  • The Killers and Houndmouth are the bands at the closing party!
  • Layer your clothing. The A/C is usually on full blast in the larger assembly halls!