Thursday, July 13 • 8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m. – FREE

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Wildly successful businessman Daymond John, known as “The Shark,” is a modern-day renaissance man – entrepreneur, fashion icon, author, speaker, CEO, branding expert and co-host of ABC’s hit reality business show Shark Tank. As the creator of the iconic fashion brand FUBU (“For Us By Us”) with global retail sales exceeding $4 billion to date, he used his natural flair for marketing and branding to grow the fledgling company from $800 worth of tie-top hats into a global fashion powerhouse. As one of the co-hosts of Shark Tank, John listens to business pitches from everyday people hoping to launch their company or product to new heights, and then invests his own money into the best projects.  

Along his entrepreneurial journey, through his many successes as well as failures, John has learned key lessons about getting the best out of business and life. He believes the keys to his success include establishing the right mindset and following fundamental principles, which he dubs his five “Shark” points.” In this high-energy, inspiring Keynote, John will share his unique goal-setting and achievement strategies, which will empower attendees to make positive changes in every aspect of their lives. You'll hear his compelling stories about his rags-to-riches journey, and discover the techniques that helped him expand his brand into dozens of countries worldwide.


A young entrepreneur, an industry pioneer, a highly regarded marketing expert and a man who has surpassed new heights of commercial and financial success are just a few ways people have described Daymond John. Over the last 25 years, John (known as “The Shark”) has evolved from one of the most successful fashion icons of his generation – thanks to his fashion brand FUBU (“For Us By Us”) – to a sought-after branding expert, author, consultant, and speaker.

In 2009, John joined the cast of ABC’s popular Shark Tank. As one of the “Sharks,” he and four other prominent executives listen to business pitches from everyday people who are hoping to launch their company or product to new heights. Investing his own money in every project he chooses, John becomes partners with the entrepreneurs, using his marketing prowess and entrepreneurial insight to help turn their dreams into reality.

In recognition of his contributions to fashion and the face of American business, John has been celebrated with some of the most prestigious awards, including Brandweek Marketer of the Year, the Advertising Age Marketing 1000 Award for Outstanding Ad Campaign, the first-ever Essence Award given to a company, Crain's Business of New York Forty Under Forty Award, Ernst & Young’s New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the NAACP Entrepreneurs of the Year Award, and the Congressional Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship.

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Meet and Greet with Daymond John
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