The Fast Company Innovation Festival will span more than 100 venues, aligning a community of innovators and agitators, and pulling back the curtain on the future of business.
NYU Skirball Center will be home to more than a dozen sessions with some of the biggest names in business: you’ll hear directly from the voices shaping our world— from work to culture, policy, and beyond— as they engage in lively debates and revealing conversations.
#FCNY16 Tech and Hospitality: How to Strengthen Your Customer Experience
12:15 - 1:00 PM Warby Parker cofounder and co-CEO Neil Blumenthal joins Danny Meyer, Union Square Hospitality Group CEO and founder of Shake Shack, to share insights into how a people-first strategy sets their powerhouse brands apart in a crowded marketplace—and how a balance of tech solutions and a human touch create raves. BUY TICKETS
#FCNY16 Growing As One: How Hamdi Ulukaya Is Leading Chobani With Heart
2:00 - 2:40 PM Hamdi Ulukaya has grown his company from five employees to nearly 2,000. Throughout that journey, he has stayed true to the conviction that doing well means doing right by his employees and their families, a conviction enacted in, among other things, his company’s groundbreaking profits-sharing announcement this past April. In this conversation, Ulukaya will share lessons from his experience as a CEO using business to do good, and reveal the origins of his "conscious capitalism" approach to corporate leadership. BUY TICKETS
#FCNY16 Innovation Agents: How PepsiCo is Leading Into the Future of the Food & Beverage Industry
3:30 - 4:10 PM With $63 billion in revenue and consumers around the globe, learn how PepsiCo innovates across its food and beverage portfolio and embeds sustainability into its operations. Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi and Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer Mehmood Khan will discuss how R&D is driving growth across PepsiCo and the company’s pioneering approach to delivering "Performance with Purpose." BUY TICKETS
#FCNY16 DOUBLE FEATURE
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Feature I: Innovation at Ralph Lauren: A Classic American Brand Looks to the Future
In October of this year, it was announced that David Lauren would be taking on the role of vice chairman and chief innovation officer at the company his father, designer Ralph Lauren, started nearly 50 years ago. In this conversation, Business of Fashion's Imran Amed will speak with David about his plans for bringing fresh energy to the brand and finding new opportunities to meaningfully connect with consumers.
Feature II: The Unexpected Entrepreneur: How Karlie Kloss Turns Passion Into Business
From partnering with Momofuku to create Klossies, a line of vegan cookies benefitting FEED and the CFDA, to founding coding camps for young girls (also cheekily named: Kode with Klossy), oh, and traveling the world for her work as one of today's top-grossing fashion models, Karlie Kloss has a knack for turning her passions into businesses. Hear Kloss in conversation with Business of Fashion's Imran Amed on how she balances her multi-hyphenate career and is scaling her reach across categories.
#FCNY16 Inside the "Cult": How SoulCycle, Casper, and Drybar Have Built Obsession-Inspiring Brands
12:00 - 12:40 PM When you realize you’ve got a “cult brand” on your hands, how does that change your approach to growth? As part of our conversation series on "Building a Business That Matters," SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan, Casper COO Neil Parikh, and Drybar cofounder Alli Webb will discuss the unique challenges and massive opportunity in growing a brand that inspires its own fandom. BUY TICKETS
#FCNY16 Sarah Jessica Parker + AOL’s Tim Armstrong on Taking Risks and Evolving in Business
1:30 - 2:10 PM As AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and actress/entrepreneur Sarah Jessica Parker have shown, in today’s rapidly shifting business landscape, you can either keep going on the same path or take risks in search of growth. Hear about internet giant AOL's embrace of new technologies and partnerships to stay at the forefront of fast-moving trends in media and SJP's recent endeavors in publishing, fashion, and beyond, and glean strategies for expanding into new categories and keeping well-known brands energized. BUY TICKETS
#FCNY16 Cher + Doreen Lorenzo on Being Human in the Age of the Algorithm
4:30 - 5:10 PM ICYMI, Cher—whose entertainment career spans decades—has lately become known for her unconventional and unvarnished use of Twitter, sharing a seemingly authentic, unfiltered part of herself and the causes she cares about as millions of people follow along. Don’t miss the singer, actress, and emoji lover speaking in conversation with design leader and Co.Design contributor Doreen Lorenzo on digital identity, celebrity culture, and the ongoing search for meaning in a machine-driven world. BUY TICKETS
#FCNY16 An Exclusive First Look at Philymack's Newest Venture with Phil McIntyre, Joe Jonas, and Kevin Jonas II
6:00 - 6:40 PM Phil McIntyre, entrepreneur, CEO and founder of artist management and production company Philymack, will be joined by multi platinum recording artist Joe Jonas of DNCE and Kevin Jonas II, to offer a first look at their newest venture and insight into how artists and management identify new revenue streams. BUY TICKETS
#FCNY16 How Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank and Golf Champion Jordan Spieth Bet Big—and Win Big
12:00 - 12:40 PM 20-year-old Under Armour is on a tear—the result of using technology to reach customers where they hang out, employing marketing messages that expose the heart of the brand, and of course, aligning itself with breakout athletes at just the right time. For example, when Under Armour signed golfer Jordan Spieth in 2013, he had just left college to turn pro and was far from a household name. Since then, Spieth has gone on to win 2 majors, was named the 2015 PGA Player of the Year, and last year, signed a new 10-year deal with the sports brand. In this conversation, Under Armour Founder and CEO Kevin Plank and Spieth will reveal how taking risks and honing their intuitions have contributed to their success. BUY TICKETS
#FCNY16 Double Feature
1:15 - 2:30 PM
Feature I: Melinda Gates with Facebook’s Regina Dugan on Closing the Gap for Women + Diverse Voices in Tech
In this session, Melinda Gates—the philanthropist cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation who recently announced a new office dedicated to creating more opportunities for women in tech—will join forces with Regina Dugan—VP of Engineering at Facebook overseeing Building 8, the team developing hardware products that advance the company’s mission to connect and open the world to everyone. Together they will discuss the vital importance of having diverse teams both making decisions about which of the world's challenges need solving as we move into the future, as well as building the tech that solves them. Take an inspiring inside look into how Gates and Dugan are each working to build a more equitable future for tech, leadership lessons from the front lines of impact-making, and more.
Feature II: HRH Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al-Saud on Empowering the Women of Saudi Arabia
Up next, hear from HRH Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al-Saud will discuss her work advancing women's empowerment in Saudi Arabia, from healthcare to employment, and now, in the sports realm. Listed as our #1 Most Creative Person in Business in 2014, this keynote conversation will provide an update on Al-Saud's progress, challenges, and unfailing commitment to her mission over the past two years.
#FCNY16 Funny and Fearless: How Samantha Bee Stands Apart from the Late-Night Pack
3:00 - 3:40 PM In one of the wildest U.S. election seasons to date, Samantha Bee has constantly pushed the envelope on her well-loved TBS political comedy show, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee. Her hard-hitting, intensely funny segments have taken on everything from Donald Trump supporters to the refugee crisis, all with her unique brand of humor and ever-increasing buzz. In this must-see intimate conversation, Bee will share how she's stayed true to her vision for the nine-month-old show and made her mark in the late-night-TV boys' club. BUY TICKETS