Gathering of Games listed as #5 by Forbes | #ConferencesForEntrepreneurs

Congratulations to The Great Game of Business (GGOB) for being listed on Forbes' "7 'Can't Miss' Conferences for Entrepreneurs in 2017".  GGOB's Gathering of Games is listed as #5.  Read more below.

7 'Can't Miss' Conferences For Entrepreneurs in 2017

Cheryl Conner,  CONTRIBUTOR

This is the third annual appearance of this column, which ranked as two of my most popular postings in 2016 and 2015.

Today I am providing my list of the top “hidden gem” networking and educational events in 2017 for entrepreneurs. I have made these picks with an eye toward high networking and learning benefits for entrepreneurs who are looking for great mentors, new funding and innovative ideas for PR.

This is an unofficial list I’ve created on the basis of quality of attendees, avoidance of hard selling, social responsibility, and positive results for those who’ve attended. I have personally attended and spoken at the first two of these events, and as disclosure, I serve in an unpaid role as a faculty member for the first event listed, CEO Space. Events 5 and 6, the Gathering of Games and Small Giants, have come to my attention on the recommendation of the channel producers for Entrepreneurs. Event 7, entering the 2017 list as an honorable mention, is a small and focused new conference that will be premiering in Atlanta on February 22-24.

On these notes, my choices are as follows:

1) CEO Space

2) Secret Knock

3) The NextGen Summit

4) Forbes 30 Under 30

5) The Gathering of GamesIn 2017, this practitioner-led conference will bring together more than 700 participants to learn and share best practices in open-book management including information sharing, business and financial literacy training, employee empowerment, leadership development, and help in creating a culture of ownership. Companies in attendance will range from long-term practitioners to “tire kickers” looking to see if the management practice is a good fit for their business.

“We strive to make the event highly interactive, providing lots of opportunities for networking and idea sharing,” says ConferenCe Coordinator Kristi Stringer.

Attendees are primarily owners, upper management and board members of the companies they represent, along with front-line employees and middle managers.  Participating companies include grocery chain H-E-B, American Electric Power, Missouri Southern State University, VanBelle Nursery, Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, Greene County, Missouri, Kiolbassa Provision Company and Goodall Homes.

Sessions focus on skills such as

  • How to think and act like owners
  • How to promote continuous learning at every level of the organization
  • How to fire up employees’ competitive juices
  • How to broaden the concept of leadership
  • How to delegate responsibility for the business
  • How to drive innovation and build value in the business
  • How to improve financial results for the company and themselves

This year’s conference will take place September 6-8 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit

6) Small Giants

7) Honorable Mention for 2017: No Longer Virtual (NLV)

Source:  Read the full article at Forbes


About Great Game of Business | The Great Game of Business, Inc., now the largest and most well-known resource for open-book management training and education, was established to help companies implement the open-book management practices outlined in the book The Great Game of Business. We are the educational wing of SRC Holdings Corporation, where the business philosophy of open-book management was developed by our President and CEO, Jack Stack, more than 30 years ago. We provide expert training and coaching services for companies interested in implementing open-book management in their organization. In addition, we sponsor an annual conference where open-book companies gather to learn and share best practices.  Learn more at

About The Gathering of Games | The Annual Gathering of Games, presented by the Great Game of Business, is the only conference where the open-book management community comes together from around the world to learn, share, and celebrate the principles and practices of The Great Game of Business and open-book management. Hundreds of open-book practitioners attend this conference every year to learn innovative best practices, help introduce new employees to OBM, re-energize current employees with new ideas, & connect with other OBM practitioners.

About NewStream Enterprises (NSE) |  NSE, a subsidiary of SRC Holdings Corporation, was formed in 1990 to provide customized supply chain management, such as kitting, packaging, light assembly, warehousing, distribution, and fulfillment, to the world’s leading On and Off Highway original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). It is an employee owned company which truly believes in the power of a workforce when each has a stake in outcome.  NSE can manage all or any segment of your supply chain process. Our services are customized to fit your requirements. From materials management, to direct order fulfillment, NSE becomes a seamless extension of your business.

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