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It can be lonely at the top, but it doesn't have to be.

Join us at the fifth annual GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Leadership Institute, where this year’s theme is all about leading at the speed of change. 

It can be lonely at the top, but it doesn’t have to be.
The world is moving fast, and your business is too. As a growth company leader, we know you put growth at the top of every agenda. Keep up with the latest trends, growth strategies, and connect with your peers at this year’s Leadership Institute, with our theme, Lead at the Speed of Change.

As a leader of a second-stage growth company, you are part of an elite, small group of individuals. This is your time to connect with your peers from across Florida who all understand what it means to take a company to the next level. Each attendee is either a past or current GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Honoree or a current year finalist. No other gathering brings together the thought leaders in Florida, like the GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Leadership Institute.

For CEOs, by CEOs, the Leadership Institute is an exclusive event for CEOs, presidents, and business owners who will all come together for a hands-on learning experience while sharing resources, strategies, best practices, lessons learned.

Each past or current honoree, as well as current-year finalists, are invited to attend and will receive 2 complimentary tickets. The CEO, president, or business must be one of the ticket holders to register the additional ticket.

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the best speakers from growfl florida companies to watch honorees

This is an exclusive event for CEOs, presidents, and business owners of past GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Honorees and Finalists.

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  • First Day - November 3, 2021
  • Second Day - November 4, 2021

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm - Reception
Aloft Downtown Orlando - WXYZ Bar

Get to know your fellow honorees at our interactive networking reception

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Dinner
DoveCote Restaurant, Downtown Orlando

Relax and network in smaller groups while enjoying dinner

7:45 - 8:50 am - Registration & Check-in

8:00 - 8:50 am - Breakfast

9:00 am - 4:00 pm - Leadership Institute Programming 

9:10-9:15 - Welcome and Opening Remarks
Leadership Institute Committee Co-Chairs
Barbara Stankowski (2012) and Gwen Griggs (2019)

9:15-10:40 Positive Intelligence
All attendees receive a complimentary book
Why do only 20% of teams and Individuals achieve their True Potential? Positive Intelligence (PQ) measures the percentage of time your mind is serving you as opposed to sabotaging you. While your IQ and EQ contribute to your maximum potential—it’s your PQ that determines how much potential you achieve. Dr. Dino Signore will lead a discussion on the basics of Positive Intelligence and guide the conversations toward the business application of the PQ concepts as well as strategies to enhance participants' PQ assessment scores.

10:50-11:40 - KEYNOTE:  Growth Company Journey – Startup to Sale, Jerry Daniels, Automotive Broadcasting Network (2016)

11:40-11:50 - GrowFL Leadership Team, Dr. Tom O’Neal, Founder, GrowFL and David Carrier, Chair, GrowFL Advisory Board and President/CEO, QuantumFlo (2014)

11:50-12:00 - Break

12:00-12:40 - Lunch with Networking

12:40-1:10 - Speed of Change in a New Market, Doug Crawford, BMP Logic (2020)

1:10-1:40 - Culture of Resilience and Engagement, Ann Sabbag, Health Designs, Inc. (2012)

1:40-2:10 - Growth Strategies Lightning Rounds

Digital Marketing, Alyse Quinn, Founder, and Partnership Director, Big Vision (2020)

Company Culture, Amy Upchurch, CEO/Founder, Pink Stork (2021)

Setting up for Acquisition, David Carrier, CEO, QuantumFlo (2014)

2:10-2:30 Facilitated Q&A

2:40-3:40 Positive Intelligence: The Saboteurs - Your thought patterns, Your  Emotions, The effects on others, Table discussion:  Pick your top saboteur and discuss how it may impact your leadership effectiveness,  Strategies on Mindfulness,  Key takeaways

3:40-4:00 - Closing remarks, next steps, adjourn

meet the speakers

David Carrier

QuantumFlo, Inc.

Doug Crawford

BMP Logic

Jerry Daniels

President & CEO
Automative Broadcasting Network

Gwen Griggs

Managing Director
ADVOS legal pllc

Alyse Quinn

Founder & Partnerships Director
Big Vision

Ann Sabbag

Chief Strategy Officer
Health Designs, Inc.

Amy Upchurch

CEO & Founder
Pink Stork

Barbara Stankowski

Stankowski Advanced Strategies

Dino Signore

Entrepreneur Education Manager
Edward Lowe Foundation

Dr. Tom O'Neal


the venue


500 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801

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