ICON Keynote Speaker

Nate Shaw

Brooklyn Music Factory

Nate is an entrepreneur, musician and teacher. For more than 25 years he has been bringing his mission of building community through music to the world. Whether it’s playing jazz for the US State Department in Europe, writing music for Oprah, or leading 20 faculty at the school he co-founded in 2009, the Brooklyn Music Factory, Nate is dedicated to inspiring new relationships, and deepening existing ones. At a time when people find themselves isolated more and more by technology, Nate’s mission is to inspire a renewed focus on human connection. 

Nate is the 2016 Small Business ICON winner. As an entrepreneur, he has a passion for building lasting teams and absolutely loves creating systems that support them. Building systems that support people is 50 percent of his current life quest. The other 50 percent is finding, hiring and training amazing, purpose-driven employees. These two passions have helped Nate grow the Brooklyn Music Factory into a seven figure business.

Working with tens of thousands of students in his 25-year teaching career, Nate is recognized as a visionary of music pedagogy and has built a robust, game-based music curriculum used by thousands of students in New York. So far, the Brooklyn Music Factory has published hundreds of BLAM (Big Lessons About Music) Games and a beginning level guitar book.

As a band leader, he has released ten records and guested on many more.

Nate lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife, two daughters, two cats, dog & guinea pig.

Tuesday, April 25th
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
From Million-Dollar Marketer to MULTI-Million-Dollar Leader: Lessons from the 2016 ICON Finalists
121 A, B, C

The 2016 ICON Finalists have proven that they are outstanding marketers. So good, in fact, they have all grown their companies past the $1M mark. Over the last year however, their focus has shifted beyond just marketing to a broader understanding of their role as multi-million-dollar CEOs. A role that requires them to develop an entirely new set of skills, including raising and managing capital, developing a leadership team, a fostering a culture that attracts and retains talent. In this panel discussion, we will pick the brains of these incredible CEOs to gain an understanding of what it takes to transition from marketer to CEO.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain confidence when faced with difficult decisions by knowing how to hire, lead and fire
  • Understand the complexities that come with raising and managing capital and learn the lessons that only come with experience
  • Discover new ways successfully to develop your leadership team

Wednesday, April 26th
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Small Business ICON Stories & Goal Setting Workshop
General Session: 300 Level, Halls ABC

Quick Win with Nate Shaw

Small Business ICON Finalists:

  • Pam Dierks, Dierks Farm
  • Fred Swaniker, African Leadership University
  • Ronan Galvin, Kickstagram

Goal Setting Workshop with Scott Harris