Accelerate Cash Day @ Washington University - Knight Center
Aug 30 @ 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Accelerate – Cash Day

Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Time: 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM  Program

Venue: The Knight Center, Room 211
Washington University
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130

Directions: The Knight Center is located off of Forest Park Parkway, just east of Big Bend Boulevard. If traveling east on Forest Park Parkway, turn right at the stoplight onto Throop Drive. The parking garage is located off of Throop Drive on your left.

NOTE: A parking pass will be emailed in advance to those who RSVP.

Pre-work: There is currently no pre-work assigned for Cash Day. We will keep you updated with any changes.

The Value of Values for Founders and Entrepreneurs with Wash. U. @ Washington University - Emerson Auditorium
Sep 20 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Entrepreneurs sometimes fall into the trap of thinking that things like “values” and “culture” are issues they’ll get to once they can stop worrying about how to keep the lights on. But if values are not clearly articulated and firmly defended from a venture’s earliest days, founders have little chance of creating companies that embody their deeply-held values. Moreover, those deeply ingrained values can be the critical differentiating ingredient in a new venture’s success formula. In this seminar, we consider the role and importance of values in entrepreneurship, and explore the chronic challenge of standing firm on values when faced with intense growth pressures.

Panel Discussion moderated by Cliff Holekamp, Academic Director for Entrepreneurship and former EO member.

  • Joe Edwards – Owner-Developer, Blueberry Hill
    • Value – Nostalgia, History.
  • Jennifer Labit – Founder & CEO, Cotton Babies
    • Value – Sustainability, Motherhood
  • Brian Matthews – Co-Founder & General Partner, Cultivation Capital
    • Collaboration
  • Aaron Perlut – Partner, Elasticity
    • Value – Civic Pride
  • Andrea (Andi) Simon Ph.D. – Principal & Founder, Simon Associates Management Consultants
    • Studies entrepreneurs and the types of cultures they create, how they lead and what they value that turn into successful enterprises.

Agenda: Forum Format

4:00pm – “The Value of Values for Founders and Entrepreneurs” Stuart Bunderson, Bauer Professor of Organization Ethics and Governance

4:30pm – Panel Discussion moderated by Cliff Holekamp

5:15pm – Lite Reception

In the Boardroom with Bob Chapman @ The Leadership Center in Clayton
Oct 16 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join us In the Boardroom with Bob Chapman, CEO of Barry-Wehmiller.  Bob will discuss the past, present and future of Barry-Wehmiller.  Following his talk we will do a short Q&A with him.

Lunch will be provided.
Barry-Wehmiller is a global supplier of manufacturing technology and services based in St. Louis, MO.  In 2016 it was ranked no. 10 on the St. Louis Business Journal’s list of the city’s Top 150 Privately Held Companies.
Although it was founded in 1885 as a maker of machinery for the brewing industry, since 1987 Barry-Wehmiller has acquired more than 80 companies that provide equipment and services for a variety of industries: packaging, paper converting, sheeting, corrugating, engineering and IT consulting.
This is the second of our quarterly In the Boardroom Sessions this year.  Below are dates for our upcoming sessions.  All in the Boardroom Sessions are open to 25 members, so RSVP early to save your seat!
Michael Staenberg – February 15, 2018
Michael Neidorff – May 22, 2018
Meet and Greet with Verne Harnish @ MAC Downtown in the Art Lounge
Oct 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Meet Verne Harnish, Founder of Entrepreneurs’ Organization and author of the Mastering the Rockerfeller Habits and Scaling Up. Verne is a dynamic speaker on what it to take to grow an entrepreneurial company: setting meeting rhythms, strategic planning. Verne also is the founder of Gazelle’s Inc, a company that helps fast growing companies scale effectively. Verne will speak for a short time followed by a question and answer sessions, drinks, and appetizers.

EO’s Scaling Up Day: Scale Like You Mean It @ MAC West
Nov 2 @ 1:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Empower your team to Accelerate Business Growth.  Pulled right from Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make and Why the Rest Don’t by Verne Harnish, our Strategic Partner Michael Synk will lead you through the implementation of the key concepts and smart tools of Scaling Up

Morning Session:   8:30-11:30

  • Introduction to Scaling Up and the One Page Strategic Plan™
    • For Entrepreneurs and their teams seeking to implement the One Page Strategic Plan™ as a means to unleash the growth they seek from their companies.
    • Concepts covered:
      • Core Values
      • Core Purpose
      • Core Customers
      • Brand Promise and
      • Meeting Rhythm

Afternoon Session:  1:00 to 4:00

  • Scaling Up Master Class
    • For Entrepreneurs and their teams already Using the One Page Strategic Plan™ or the EOS Process™, this session will take their organizations to the next level of growth and excellence
    • Concepts covered
      • Seven Strata of Strategy
      • Process Accountability Chart
      • Function Accountability Chart
      • The Power of One Cash Flow Improvement Plan

Michael Synk, besides being our Strategic Partner, is the Gazelles International Certified Coach for the St. Louis Market and one of the longest tenured coach with Gazelles.  He is the author of two books, How to Create Customers as Loyal as Norm Peterson, and Rock & Sand: A Practical Insight to Business Growth.  Attendees of either session will receive copies of his book as well as a copy of Scaling Up by Verne Harnish.    

Operation Food Search Volunteer Event @ Operation Food Search
Nov 12 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Volunteer at one of the St. Louis region’s largest food bans.  Operation Food Search was founded in 1981 to tackle the growing problem of hunger in the area.  They now feed more than 200,000 people every month in the bi-state area – about a third of whom are children.  They do this by distributing over 3 million pounds of food every month to our community partners in 31 counties of Missouri and Illinois.

This is an opportunity to volunteer with your family and fellow EO’ers and hear OFS’s Executive Director Sunny Schaefer speak about the organization, their growth and how they are making a difference in the Region through food and nutritional education.


Leave Your Legacy with Ben Newman @ ATT Evolution
Nov 14 @ 9:00 pm – Nov 15 @ 1:00 am
Ben Newman, best selling author, keynote speaker and performance coach, will teach you how to create the life you dream of and train yourself for peak performance.  You will learn: intentional leadership, the power to reframe, the power of team and the Art of Power vs. Authority Leadership.

Life is a fight, stay connected to your bigger purpose and Leave Your Legacy.  You will see first-hand how to drive impact by changing your perspective and connecting to your life’s purpose.  Following the presentation with Ben, attendee’s will be able to rain with UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley.
This event is open to spouses and kids.


The Loyalty Switch with James Kane @ Vue17
Dec 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In this highly entertaining presentation, James Kane will take you on a journey into the human brain and explain the secret to building and maintaining real loyal relationships.  Supported by more than 40 years of Harvard research, Kane will make the case that human beings have a fundamental need to be loyal and actively seek out the specific clues from others that tell them when they can and should be.  When an organization, as well as an individual, is able to understand and demonstrate those loyalty-building behaviors, they can develop relationships that will last a lifetime and result in unwavering and unlimited support.
This event is open to a guest.


In the Boardroom with Michael Staenberg
Feb 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Join us In the Boardroom with Michael Staenberg, CEO of The Staenberg Group. Michael will discuss the past, present and future of The Staenberg Group.  Following his talk we will do a short Q&A with him.

Light breakfast will be provided.
Headquartered in St. Louis, MO, The Staenberg Group is led by industry leader Michael Staenberg, who over his career has developed, leased and managed a portfolio of more than 200 shopping centers comprising in excess of 35 million square feet of quality retail space, including over 1,000 restaurant and 1,000 retail transactions, across the United States.  Staenberg has now turned his attention and exceptional resources toward building the Staenberg Group and continuing his impressive track record of success.
This is the third of our quarterly In the Boardroom Sessions this year.  Below is the date for our last session.  All in the Boardroom Sessions are open to 25 members, so RSVP early to save your seat!
Michael Neidorff – May 22, 2018
Annual Kickoff Party/Chapter Meeting @ The Fabulous Fox Theatre
Jun 16 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Join us at the Fabulous Fox Theatre for our 25th Anniversary celebration of EO St. Louis!
More details to come.