Lessons from Leaders: Outsmarting Competition and Maximizing Growth

October 16, 2013 | 6PM - 9 PM
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
Join Inc. magazine and Salem Five for an inspirational evening of networking and conversation with Inc. 5000 CEO's and executives. We'll dive inside the minds of these hyper-successful entrepreneurs, gaining insight on how they're maximizing growth, overcoming setbacks, and maintaining well-developed systems in order to gain a competitive advantage. This is your chance to be a part of the discussion—you won't want to miss it!

Event Schedule and Transportation Information

Event Schedule:

Floor 3
6:00pm - Registration Opens/Reception & Networking
**Includes beverages and passed hors d'oeuvres**
Location: 3rd Floor Lobby/Sculpture Terrace
6:30pm - Program Begins
Location: Dewey Family Gallery
7:45pm - Free-form Networking
Location: 3rd Floor Lobby
**Includes open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres**
9:00pm - Event Ends

Public Transportation:

The Fitchburg/South Acton Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail stops in Lincoln. Take Purple Line to Lincoln Center. Walking past shopping plaza, continue for approximately 1.5 miles to 5 way intersection. Go left onto Sandy Pond Road. Museum is approximately .4 mile on right.

Parking Information:

A parking lot is located directly in front of the Museum. Parking is complimentary. The entrance to the Museum will be directly in front of the parking lot. Once you enter the Museum, you will see an elevator and stairs that you can take to the 3rd floor. You will see the event space as soon as you get to the 3rd floor.
Driving to the venue.


Jim Schleckser, CEO and Managing Partner
Jim Schleckser enjoys growing companies and helping others grow theirs. With 27 years of leadership across a wide variety businesses, he brings experience in managing organizations in both public and private environments across all functional areas. He is currently CEO of the Inc. CEO Project, a firm that focuses on building the support organizations that CEOs need to break through their toughest challenges and keep growing. He has most recently run professional service, telecommunications, software, hardware and capital equipment businesses. All of these businesses had extensive international operations. Jim has done business in 26 countries, spanning the globe.
Donna L. LaVoie, President and CEO
Donna has over 20 years in business strategy, corporate communications, public and investor relations. Since starting the agency in 2001, Donna’s efforts combine building the agency’s pharmaceutical and life science practices, strategic direction and core competencies. Under Donna’s leadership, LaVoie Group has become the acknowledged leader in life science and pharmaceutical communications and recognized as a top 25 independent healthcare agencies in the US. For the past four years, LaVoie Group has been recognized by the League of American Communications Professionals for agency awards. Over the last three years, the firm has received 16+ prestigious PR and marketing awards for their efforts on behalf of their clients.
Matt Lauzon, Founder and Chairman of the Board
Gemvara Founder and Chairman of the Board Matt Lauzon, and currently an EIR at Matrix Partners, started Gemvara as an undergraduate at Babson College and officially launched the company in 2010. As the founder of the brand, Matt has secured four rounds of funding totaling over $51M. Today, Gemvara is the revolutionary leader of fine jewelry shopping online. Headquartered in Boston’s financial district with additional offices in New York City, jewelry lovers and gift givers now have access to 29 different gemstones, 9 precious metals, and thousands of styles to create a one-of-a-kind piece that captures their personal story or unique inspiration.
Kamran Farid, Co-Founder
Kamran Farid is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Edible Arrangements®, the world’s #1 name in fresh fruit arrangements, gifts and treats with more than 1,100 locations worldwide. In addition to driving the company’s global mission as a principal, he leads the vision for product development, operational efficiency and cost effectiveness, procurement, information technology, finance and legal operations worldwide. A gifted entrepreneur and inventor, Kamran also leads global development of all the customized designs, formulations, packaging, and equipment that ensure Edible Arrangements’ premium fresh fruit products are continuously distinct and deliver the “WOW factor” for which they are widely known and loved.