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Conference Life: Cocktail Party Impacts Early Morning Yoga Attendance

As the last day of Inc. 500|5000 Conference begins, entrepreneurs skip yoga for some extra shut-eye.

The last day of the Inc. 500|5000 conference in Washington D.C. kicked off with a little yoga. 

But after a lively circus-themed cocktail party last night, only 16 of the 40 or so CEO's and entrepreneurs who registered actually showed up at 6:30 a.m. for the session. (It seems, the turn out for yesterday's outdoor run was much higher.)

Among the sweaty, mostly-female crowd, was Mary Lorenz, who works with

"I think people had fun last night," she said. "Which means less people here. But that's okay. I feel really great right now--awake."

Other early bird activities at the Gaylord Hotel in Washington, D.C.? The Inc. Marketplace, a mall of company booths including Google and Dell, was buzzing with people setting up for the last day.

And whereas yesterday morning, the marketplace was packed by 8 a.m. with entrepreneurs and CEO's networking and chatting, today, the vibe is much like the yoga class: Easy does it. 

Also spotted: Serial entrepreneur and the day's most anticipated speaker Russell Simmons, strolling the hall, preparing for his time on stage.


Last updated: Sep 24, 2011

NICOLE CARTER | Staff Writer | San Francisco Bureau Chief

Nicole Carter is Inc.'s San Francisco bureau chief. She was previously an editor at New York Daily News, and her work has also appeared in Consumer Reports magazine.

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