Look out, Phoenix: The 2019 Inc. 5000 Conference & Gala is on its way. That's where Inc. will honor this year's fastest-growing companies in America on October 10-12. Here are 11 can't-miss agenda items that you should add to your schedule:

  1. This year's kickoff golf tournament, hosted by Inc. Media vice president and publisher Rich Russey, has a fun twist: Hale Irwin will be attending the conference, meaning you could get some tips from a bona fide golf legend.

  2. Eat lunch while soaking up advice on becoming the leader you were meant to be from author and leadership expert Stacey Hanke.

  3. Nerd out with three top Inc. 5000 honorees--Bruce Floersheim of Fitt Scientific, Heidi Jannenga of WebPT, and Sean Standberry of Lyfe Marketing--on the difference between "good growth" and "fast growth."

  4. Sports fans won't want to miss this: Legendary slugger and former Shark Tank guest judge Alex Rodriguez will sit down with Mansueto Ventures CEO Eric Schurenberg to break down everything he's learned about entrepreneurship and investing since retiring from baseball in 2016.

  5. Stop by the Inc. Consulting Corner for one-on-one answers to your most pressing business questions from prominent entrepreneurship experts.

  6. Catch Michael Acton Smith, co-founder and co-CEO of meditation software company Calm, on the main stage with Inc. executive director of editorial Jon Fine. It's the rare session where the featured speaker might want you to fall asleep.

  7. Great timing: On a break or immediately following the conference, stop by the Arizona Taco Festival or Arizona State Fair.

  8. Chat directly with featured speakers like Amy Cuddy, Nir Eyal, and Alexa von Tobel. If you ask nicely, they'll even sign copies of their books for you.

  9. Get real about turning failure into success with David Freedman, co-founder of this year's No. 1 Inc. 5000 company, Freestar. Bonus: He'll be joined by Cheekys co-founder Jessi Roberts and Inc. senior writer Christine Lagorio-Chafkin.

  10. Listen in on a fascinating Inc. Founders Project mentor-mentee conversation between Away co-founder Jen Rubio and Great Jones co-founder Sierra Tishgart, facilitated by Inc. editor-in-chief James Ledbetter.

  11. Don your fanciest attire to party with fellow attendees, Inc. 5000 honorees, and actor/comedian/gala host Ken Jeong.

And much more!

Published on: Sep 27, 2019