IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - May 21, 2015) - Sage North America, a leading provider of business management software and services to small and medium-sized businesses, today announced speakers for Sage Summit 2015, the company's annual event taking place July 27-30, 2015, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Sage Summit will provide small and medium-sized businesses with an unparalleled experience that will foster new ideas, enable informed decision making and improve problem solving through powerful conversations with peers and leaders and interactions with the dreamers and doers of today's marketplace.

According to the 2015 Sage State of the Startup Survey, the top three challenges experienced by new businesses are growing revenue, acquiring customers and securing capital. Sage Summit will help attendees address these issues through insightful keynotes, interactive learning and panel sessions. Attendees will have opportunities to increase their knowledge, discuss new concepts and exchange opinions with peers in a stimulating environment.

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"We are thrilled to bring many of the world's most influential innovators and sharpest minds to Sage Summit," said Gabie Boko, EVP Marketing, Sage. "Their backgrounds and the obstacles they faced to reach the pinnacle of success are different, but they all share the desire to pursue what they love. This drive is shared with SMBs, and I'm confident our attendees will leave New Orleans with the energy, insights and guidance to achieve their own visions of success."

Featured conversations
Sage Summit 2015 brings together subject matter experts and top business leaders to discuss their journeys to success, how they've overcome challenges and disrupted their industries.

Speakers include:

  • Baroness Karren Brady, government small business ambassador, CEO, Business Woman of the Year, BBC The Apprentice. She's well-known for her business prowess and work toward ensuring equality for women.
  • Tony Hawk, entrepreneur and professional skateboarder. The most famous skateboarder of all time has turned an edgy pastime into a global empire.
  • Chad Hurley, cofounder, YouTube, and AVOS. Chad will discuss the meteoric rise of YouTube and will share lessons learned from how technology and content is consumed and shared in the modern era.
  • William A. McDonough, chief executive, McDonough Innovation, and cofounder of the Make it Right Foundation. He is known best for his work in sustainability and has earned the name "Hero of the Planet" for good reason. 
  • Bre Pettis, chief innovation officer, Bold Machines; cofounder, MakerBot Industries; leader of the DIY movement.
  • Jane Seymour, award-winning actress, artist, author, designer, and humanitarian. 
  • Brandi Temple, founder and CEO of Lolly Wolly Doodle, an innovator who used social media to sell children's clothing.
  • Matthew Weiner, the award-winning creator, writer, and executive producer of the game-changing series, Mad Men.

Sessions, registration and agenda
Small and medium-sized businesses are invited to visit SageSummit.com for additional session and speaker details and to register and complete their attendee profile. Additional event details such as the agenda may also be found on the website.

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About Sage
Sage energizes the success of businesses and their communities around the world through the use of smart technology and the imagination of our people. We are reimagining the business of doing business and bring energy, experience and technology to inspire our customers to fulfill their dreams. We work with a thriving community of entrepreneurs, business owners, accountants, partners, developers and 3rd party service providers who drive the global economy. From social accounting apps to enterprise-class software, millions of businesses use Sage to transform the way they work. We are a FTSE 100 company with 13,000 employees in 23 countries. For more information, visit www.sage.com.

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Press contact:
Amanda DeFuria
Sage North America
T: 678-280-5469
Amanda.DeFuria@sage.com