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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 CareerBuilder.com.

"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

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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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