Small Business Playbook
May 4, 2023

Small Business Playbook

Small business owners may be looking to brighter days ahead with a new sense of mission and understanding on what it takes to grow a business—from navigating inflation and labor shortages to new ways to secure funding. 

CNBC’s Small Business Playbook will bring together some of the top experts in entrepreneurship to offer insight and advice to help your business succeed in the short-term and long-term.​

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Past Speakers

Asahi Pompey

Asahi Pompey is Global Head of Corporate Engagement and President of the Goldman Sachs Foundation. She is a member of the Management Committee, the Global Inclusion and Diversity Committee and a sponsor of the Firmwide Black Network.

Prior to assuming her current role, Ms. Pompey was Co-Chief Compliance Officer of Goldman, Sachs & Co and Global Head of Investment Banking Division Compliance, and had responsibility for conduct risk. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2006 and was named Managing Director in 2010 and Partner in 2018.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Pompey was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where she worked in the New York and Frankfurt offices.

Ms. Pompey serves on the Board of Managers for Swarthmore College. She also serves on the Advisory Boards of Forbes’ Next 1,000, Glamour Women of the Year and the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream.

Harley Finkelstein

Harley Finkelstein is an entrepreneur, lawyer, and the President of Shopify. He founded his first company at age 17 while a student at McGill. Harley completed his law degree as well as his MBA at the University of Ottawa, where he co-founded the JD/MBA Student Society and the Canadian MBA Oath. Harley is an Advisor to Felicis Ventures, and one of the “Dragons” on CBC’s Next Gen Den. He received the Canadian Angel Investor of the Year Award, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, Fortune’s 40 Under 40, and was inducted into the Order of Ottawa. From 2014 to 2017 Harley was on the Board of Directors of the C100, and from 2017 to 2020 he was on to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). He is currently on the Board of Operation Hope, a non-profit providing financial literacy empowerment and economic education. Harley starred on Discovery Channel’s I Quit, and recently co-founded Firebelly, a modern high-end tea brand.

Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers is a 7-time NBA All-Star & a member of the NBA’s 75th Anniversary team. Lillard won a gold medal with Team USA Basketball at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and is widely regarded as one of the premier players in the NBA.

Damian is a Co-Founder of Move Insoles, a new athletic health and wellness brand which makes performance insoles for athletes and consumers looking to improve their foot health. Move Insoles was founded in 2020, and has quickly gained momentum as the top insoles product worn among NBA and top college basketball players.

In the offseason, Lillard also known as DAME D.O.L.L.A. is an emerging hip-hop musical artist, who has released 4 studio albums to date under his Front Page Music label.

Jill Martin Brooks

Jill Martin is an Emmy Award-winning television personality and New York Times bestselling author. Martin is the Lifestyle Contributor on NBC’s TODAY show known for her wildly popular “Steals and Deals” segments. She also serves as a guest co-host for the 3rd Hour of Today. After writing three fashion self-help books, Jill wanted to create a line of products for women to bring ease, comfort, and accessible elegance into their lives. Jill created a lifestyle brand for QVC that is coveted by the world’s most famous celebrities and adored by women (& men) across the world.