A host of celebrity entrepreneurs came out at the Inc. 5000 Vision Conference on Wednesday. The day’s sessions featured insights from a Shark, a tennis legend, and a DTC pioneer, among many others. Here are a few of the highlights.
1. In a Main Stage interview, Maria Sharapova admitted that when she co-founded high-end candy business Sugarpova in 2012, she had no idea what she was getting into. Now, the five-time Grand Slam singles winner–who retired from professional tennis in February–runs her company full-time, and has drawn lessons from her athletic career to become an effective CEO. For example: Her ability to lead a team, she said, came directly from her years of working through high-pressure situations with coaches, trainers, and support staff–and learning to prioritize balanced schedules and frequent off-days to avoid burnout. “Don’t overdo it,” she said. “I know that’s one of those suggestions that seems so difficult