SESSIONS

Scroll down for a preview of the sessions at the Innovation Festival. Check back often – new sessions will be added frequently.
92 Y STAGE
92 Y will be home to more than a dozen sessions with the biggest names in business: you’ll hear directly from the voices shaping our world.
CONVENE HUB
Convene will serve as the festival hub where you can expect one-of-a-kind experiences, dynamic discussions, and powerful networking.
FAST TRACKS
Fast Tracks give you insider access to New York's most  buzzed-about companies. They are hosted by company leaders at the very  work spaces where their ideas come to life.
GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL
The Innovation Hall, located in the Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal, will host innovative demonstrations and interactive branded experiences.
Session Type Theme Time More Info
Monday, October 22, 2018
You Deserve to Be Heard
Hosted by Barre3
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship, Wellness10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Heartbeat of the American Sports Fan
Hosted by Bleacher Report
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship, Leadership10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Frontiers of Design: A film by Doberman
Hosted by Doberman
Fast TrackCreativity, Design10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Science of Creativity: Cultivating ‘Creative Consciousness’  in the Modern Workplace
Hosted by Havas
Fast TrackCreativity, Leadership10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Taking a Niche Subject Mainstream: How to Stay True to Your Brand's Identity Throughout Massive Growth
Hosted by The Dodo
 
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Join SoulCycle for a SPECIAL RIDE & Q+A with CEO Melanie Whelan and Senior Instructor Trammell 
Hosted by SoulCycle
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship, Wellness10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
How Sneakers Became a Major Commodity in the Luxury Market
Hosted by Stadium Goods
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Learn How to Build a Drone at The Drone Racing League
Hosted by The Drone Racing League
Fast Track 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Experience How (and Why!) sparks & honey Unpacks Culture Every Day in One Hour
Hosted by sparks & honey
Fast TrackLeadership, Tech11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Nordstrom Takes a Bite of the Big Apple with its New Men’s Store
Hosted by Nordstrom
Fast TrackLeadership11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Design Thinking for a Healthier Future
Presented by Johnson & Johnson
Fast TrackDesign2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Brand Content in a Mobile World: Why Captivating Commerce is Imperative for Growth
Hosted by Landor
Fast TrackLeadership2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Why Deeper Understanding and Clearer Connections Are Good for Business: A Q&E(mpathy) Workshop at Sub Rosa
Hosted by Sub Rosa
Fast TrackLeadership2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Indoor Vertical Farming and Reinventing the Supply Chain with AeroFarms and Dig Inn
Hosted by AeroFarms and Dig Inn
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship, Wellness2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Help, Did We Pivot to Video?
Hosted by Buzzfeed
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Redesigning the American Dream
Hosted by the New School and PBS
Fast TrackCreativity, Wellness, Social Good2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Digital Hallucinations: Mixed Reality and Dreaming the Future
Hosted by the Mill
Fast TrackCreativity, Tech2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Future of Fitness: Come Experience Orangetheory and Learn About the Brand’s New Technology Initiatives
Hosted by Orangetheory
Fast Track 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Technology’s Role in Media, Data Journalism, and Fighting Fake News?
Hosted by Columbia Journalism School, New York University, The Int’l Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and Neo4j
Fast TrackLeadership, Social Good, Tech3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Pop-Up with Purpose: Brandless Comes to NYC
Hosted by Brandless
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Igniting Movements: How Brands Can Rise To the Occasion
Hosted by RedPeak and MoveOn
Fast TrackCreativity, Design, Social Good3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Tweet by Tweet: Building Online Conversation with Twitter
Hosted by Twitter
Fast TrackLeadership, Tech3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Creativity for Change: How Agencies Can Shape Non-profit Brands to Create Even More Impact
Hosted by Jones Knowles Ritchie
Fast TrackCreativity, Social Good3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Tasting the Future: Crafting Innovation at an Iconic Brand
Hosted by Anheuser-Busch
 
Fast TrackCreativity, Entrepreneurship3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Brand Survival When Everything is #PoliticalAF
Hosted by Venables, Bell & Partners
 
Featuring PAUL VENABLES, Founder, Chariman, Venables, Bell & Partners, FELIX SCHEIN, President, Rally
Fast TrackCreativity, Leadership, Social Good3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Lab100 Tour — Step into the Future of Healthcare: How Innovations in Design & Technology Will Transform Modern Medicine
Hosted by Mount Sinai and Cactus
Fast TrackWellness, Tech3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Not Just Another “G”. How 5G can Transform Businesses and the World (Partner)
Presented by Intel

Featuring Jason Silva, Emmy-Nominated TV Personality, Filmmaker & Futurist, Jonathan Wood, General Manager of Development & Partnerships, 5G, Intel, Ken Stewart, CEO, AirXos, Rich Wilmot, Head of Philips Health Technology Ventures, Robert Powers, Executive Director, Global Business Technology Strategy, Twentieth Century Fox

Fast TrackEntrepreneurship, Tech5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Beers at the Bar with Ceros: Create Experiences, Not Content
Hosted by Ceros

Fast TrackCreativity, Entrepreneurship5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
How to Affect Real Change in the C-Suite: Business Leaders Talk (and Take) Action
Hosted by SWIFT, Wunderman, LinkedIn, and CNN
Fast TrackLeadership5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Without Fail: Learning to talk about Failure, Recovery, and Evolution
Hosted by Betaworks and Grey
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship, Wellness5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
The Future (of Design) is You
Hosted by SY Partners
Fast TrackCreativity, Design5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Short Form Stories: Creative Problem-Solving for Title Design
Hosted by Method Studios
Fast TrackCreativity, Design5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Overcome the Uncomfortable with Tommy John
Hosted by Tommy John
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Fast Company Innovation Festival Welcome Party Brought to You by Intel

Party — Union West 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
New Kids on the Block: How to Reach the Under 30 Audience
Hosted by NowThis News
Fast TrackLeadership, Social Good9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Digital Do-Gooders: Fundraising in the Online Age with Paddle8 and The New York Academy of Art 
Hosted by Paddle8 and The New York Academy of Art

Fast TrackEntrepreneurship, Social Good, Tech9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
What Is a Modern Elder? And Why Your Company Needs One Now: Lessons From Airbnb

Featuring CHIP CONLEY, author and strategic advisor, Airbnb

Panel — Caldwell FactoryEntrepreneurship, Wellness, Leadership10:00 AM - 10:40 AM
Experiential Marketing and AR/VR
Featuring TONY PARISI, Global Head of AR/VR Brand Solutions at Unity Technologies
PresentationDesign, Leadership, Tech10:00 AM - 10:40 AM
Creative Teams - Ignite your Potential, Together
Featuring JORDANA GLOBERMAN, Designer and Graphic Facilitator and SEAN MCSORLEY, designer and illustrator

 
Workshop — Union WestCreativity, Leadership10:00 AM - 10:40 AM

The Enduring Power of Live Performance
Featuring KERRY WASHINGTON, actress, director, producer, and activist. 

Keynote 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Master Your Night. Own Your Day. Presented by Equinox.
Hosted by PROJECT by Equinox
 
Fast TrackWellness10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Designing the Employee Experience of the Future an Interactive Workshop hosted by Lippincott (Partner)
Hosted by Lippincott
Fast TrackLeadership, Tech10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Wellness Incubator: An Inside Look at the Wellness Industry with Well+Good Experts
Hosted by Well+Good
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship, Wellness10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
From the Nomad to Eleven Madison Park: How Make It Nice Raises the Bar in Hospitality
Hosted by Make it Nice
Fast TrackCreativity, Entrepreneurship10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

The Currency of Otherness: How Acknowledging the Limitations of Your Own Perspective and Authentically Channeling That of the Other Creates New Opportunities
Featuring ALAIN SYLVAIN 

 

PresentationWellness, Leadership, Social Good10:15 AM - 10:55 AM
Small Businesses, Big Hearts: Technopreneurial Models for Doing Good
Presented by Dell
Featuring Dell’s DAVID LEAR , NIKKI REED, co-founder, BaYou with Love, and SANTHIL BALASUBRAMANIAN, cofounder, Sistine Solar 
Panel — Caldwell FactoryLeadership, Social Good, Tech10:55 AM - 11:35 AM
The Platform Is the Master: Disrupting and Reshaping Fragmented Industries
Featuring MAELLE GAVET, chief operating officer, Compass, SHAN-LYN MA, cofounder and CEO, Zola, and JOSÉ NEVES, founder and CEO, Farfetch 
Keynote 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Data, Creativity, and the Future of Design
Hosted by HUSH
Fast TrackCreativity, Design, Tech11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Technology for Good: Behind the Scenes with Planned Parenthood and Work & Co
Hosted by Work & Co
Fast TrackSocial Good, Tech11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Creative Negotiation

Featuring ART MARKMAN, professor of psychology and marketing at the U of Texas

Workshop — Union WestCreativity11:10 AM - 11:50 AM
Good to Go: Mobilizing Brand Loyalists as Environmental Activists 

Featuring JOHN GOODWIN, brand creative director, Patagonia, and CHRIS EICHENSEER, founder and creative director, Someoddpilot

Panel — Caldwell FactoryLeadership, Social Good11:10 AM - 11:50 AM
The Trees of Central Park : A Picnic, a Walk and Notes from an Arborist (Partner)
Hosted by Arbor Day Foundation
Fast Track 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Bringing Innovation Into the Design Room (and Kitchen) with Food52
Hosted by Food52
Fast TrackCreativity, Design, Entrepreneurship11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
A Tour of Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018 at the Whitney
Hosted by the Whitney
Fast TrackCreativity11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Autonomy at Your Service: Gear Up for the Driverless Revolution
Hosted by Intel
Featuring SARAH KAUFMAN, Associate Director of the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation &
& Adjunct Assistant Professor, Urban Planning, GREG LINDSAY, Mobility Futurist, KATHY WINTER, Vice President & General Manager, Automated Driving Solutions, Intel, PAM ALLISON, Director of Digital Partnerships, Warner Bros Technology, and DR. PHILIP KOOPMAN, Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship, Wellness11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Tweet by Tweet: Building Online Conversation With Twitter
Featuring SARAH HAIDER, director product management, and MIKE KRUZENISKI, senior director, product design
Panel — Caldwell FactoryCreativity, Leadership, Tech11:50 AM - 12:30 PM
Escape Room with Prudential 12:00 PM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

The Manager: Scooter Braun on Talent, Investing, and Marketing to Global Audiences
Featuring SCOOTER BRAUN, founder, SB Projects

Keynote 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
   12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Escape Room with Prudential 12:30 PM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Escape Room with Prudential 1:00 PM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Touch-ups With The New Dyson Airwrap™ Styler: The Engineering of Hair (Partner)
 Design, Wellness, Tech1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Flipping the Script: How Blumhouse and Amazon Studios Are Rewriting the Rules of Media
Featuring JASON BLUM, founder, Blumhouse Productions, and JENNIFER SALKE, head, Amazon Studios  

Keynote 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Stop Trying to Change Your Culture! Human-Centered Design for Organizations
Hosted by frog
Fast TrackDesign, Leadership1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Escape Room with Prudential 2:00 PM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
What Are the Ethical Boundaries for AI? 
Presented by Intel
Featuring JACKIE SNOW, Fast Company contributing writer, ANNA BETHKE, Head of AI for Social Good, Intel, DAVID HOFFMAN, Director of Security Policy and Global Privacy Officer at Intel, JACOB METCALF, Data and Society AI Ethics Researcher, NAVEEN SUNDAR GOVINDARAJULU, RPI Computer Scientist, PARSA MIRHAJI, MD, PhD, Director, Center for Health Data Innovation at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, and HEATHER PATTERSON, Senior Research Scientist, Intel Labs
Panel — Caldwell FactoryWellness, Leadership, Tech2:00 PM - 2:40 PM

Are You Experienced? How Live Nation and Barneys New York are Wooing the Young Consumer
Featuring RUSSELL WALLACH, President, Live Nation Media and Sponsorship; and DANIELLA VITALE, CEO, Barneys New York

Keynote 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
From Ideation to Execution: Creativity Comes to Life
Hosted by Fiverr
Fast Track 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
The Augmented Brand: How AI is Changing Business
Hosted by R/GA
Fast TrackLeadership, Tech2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Superunion: Genius is Not Required
Hosted by Superunion
Fast TrackCreativity2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
What Gets Reported and Why? Step Inside the Newsroom at Mic
Hosted by Mic
Fast TrackLeadership, Social Good2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Seeing is Believing: The Power of Re-Picturing Stereotypes
Hosted by Getty Images
Fast TrackLeadership, Social Good2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
The Science of Play: An Interactive Session on How BARK Designs for Dogs!

Featuing Bark! 

Workshop — Union WestDesign, Wellness2:15 PM - 2:55 PM
Design the Work You Love / Ayse Birsel

Featuring AYSE BIRSEL, author, Design the Life You Love

Workshop — Union WestDesign, Wellness2:15 PM - 2:55 PM
Escape Room with Prudential 2:30 PM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
When Big Brands Go Startup

Featuring JULIA STEYN, Vice President Urban Mobility, Maven and General Motors; ANDREW MORSE, Executive Vice President, Great Big Story/CNN

Panel — Caldwell FactoryCreativity, Leadership2:55 PM - 3:35 PM
Escape Room with Prudential 3:00 PM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Creative Teams - Ignite your Potential, Together
Featuring JORDANA GLOBERMAN, Designer and Graphic Facilitator and SEAN MCSORLEY, designer and illustrator
Workshop — Union WestCreativity, Leadership3:00 PM - 3:40 PM
Changing the World in Two Hours With Huge and Global Citizen
Hosted by Huge
Fast TrackCreativity, Design3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
A Lesson in Creativity From The Next Generation
Hosted by 72andSunny
Fast Track 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Express Yourself: Foster A Culture of Innovation Through Art Presented by Balance Integration

Workshop — Union WestCreativity, Design, Wellness3:10 PM - 3:50 PM
Growing Up Fast: A Conversation With Entrepreneurs
Featuring CHRISTINE HUNSICKER, CEO, Gwynnie Bee, KATHERINE POWER CEO, Clique, and MARCELA SALOME, CEO, Hello Alfred, CHRIS KELLY, co-founder & President, Convene
Panel — Caldwell FactoryEntrepreneurship, Leadership3:10 PM - 3:50 PM
Escape Room with Prudential 3:30 PM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Be Entrepreneurial in Everything You Do: An Inside Look at Tory Burch’s Motto
Hosted by Tory Burch Foundation
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship, Social Good3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Solving Marketing's Biggest Bottleneck
Hosted by Percolate
Fast TrackLeadership, Tech3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Fotografiska New York: Inspiring a More Conscious World Through Photography
Hosted by Fotografiska
 
Fast TrackCreativity, Entrepreneurship3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Render to Reality: Inside We're Magnetic’s Award-Winning Approach to Experiential Success
Hosted by We're Magnetic
Fast TrackCreativity, Design, Leadership3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Plus-Size Fashion Has No Future: How Universal Standard Has Disrupted the Clothing Industry
Hosted by Universal Standard
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
How Your Creative Credo Can Be Your Greatest Asset
Hosted by Sid Lee
Fast TrackCreativity3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
A Conversation with Arlan Hamilton
Featuring ARLAN HAMILTON, Founder and Managing Partner, Backstage Capital and J.J. MCCORVEY, writer, Fast Company
Panel — Caldwell FactoryEntrepreneurship, Leadership3:50 PM - 4:30 PM
Escape Room with Prudential 4:00 PM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Meet-Up: Entrepreneurship
Castell Rooftop Bar at AC Marriott
AC Hotel, 260 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018

 
Networking + CocktailsLeadership4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Meet-Up: Creativity

 
Networking + CocktailsCreativity4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Meet-Up: Leadership
WeWork 450 Lexington
450 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10017
 
Networking + CocktailsLeadership4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Meet-Up: Design Thinking

 
Networking + CocktailsDesign4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Back to the Future: Fixing the Web to Save the World
Featuring JUSTIN BINGHAM, CTO, Janeiro Digital
PresentationLeadership, Social Good, Tech4:05 PM - 4:45 PM
The Business of Happiness
Featuring NAOMI HIRABAYASHI and MARAH LIDEY, cofounders, Shine, MICHAEL ACTON SMITH, cofounder and co-CEO, Calm, and DAVID GELLES, reporter, New York Times
Panel — Caldwell FactoryWellness, Leadership4:05 PM - 4:45 PM
Where the Wild Things Are: How to Spot and Lure Innovative Talent in a Crowded Marketplace
Presented by Johnson & Johnson 
Featuring KATHRYN MINSHEW, CEO and Founder, The Muse; SJOERD GEHRING, Vice President of Talent Acquisition, Johnson & Johnson; and JENSEN HARRIS, Co-Founder & CTO of Textio
Panel — Caldwell FactoryEntrepreneurship, Leadership4:50 PM - 5:30 PM
Owning Authentic Experiences in a Competitive Landscape
Hosted by Sofar Sounds
Fast TrackCreativity, Entrepreneurship5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
From the Ground Up: How One Man Launched a Natural Beauty Startup From Within the World’s Biggest Beauty Company
Hosted by L'Oreal
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Food as Medicine with Sakara Life
Hosted by Sakara Life
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship, Wellness5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Designing for Families at the Intersection of Urbanism and Nature
Hosted by COOKFOX
Fast TrackDesign5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Experiential is the New Viral: How to Unite Communities IRL
Featuring KELLY MARKUS, VP of Experiential Marketing, Refinery29, and SHANNON SIMPSON JONES & YADIRA HARRISON, co-founders, Verb
Panel — Caldwell FactoryCreativity, Design, Entrepreneurship5:05 PM - 5:45 PM
Slaying Sacred Cows: Imagining the Unimaginable
Presented by Intrinsic Wine Co. 
Featuring JUAN MUNOZ-OCA, founder, winemaker, Intrinsic Wines; TRINA SPEAR, cofounder and co-CEO, FIGS, HEATHER HASSON, cofounder and co-CEO, FIGS, and ANDREW STEINTHAL, co-founder and CRO, the Infatuation
Panel — Caldwell FactoryEntrepreneurship, Leadership5:45 PM - 6:30 PM
Brand Early, Not Often
Hosted by Red Antler
Fast TrackCreativity 
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Profit With a Purpose: Brands That Are Driving Social Innovation: Breakfast + Panel
Presented by Nasdaq and SAP
Featuring: NELSON GRIGGS, Executive Vice President, Corporate Services & President, Nasdaq; ALICIA TILLMAN, Global Chief Marketing Officer, SAP; and KIM RUBEY, Global Head of Social Impact and Philanthropy, Airbnb
 
Panel — Caldwell Factory 8:30 AM - 9:40 AM
Escape Room with Prudential 10:00 AM - Requires a group of 4 - 6 people
Presented by Prudential
No bags allowed, bags must be checked at Convene. 
Workshop — Union West 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Master Class: Igniting Your Team’s Potential Presented by Post-it Brand
Convene 237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
Convene Room: Forum
Panel — Caldwell FactoryLeadership10:00 AM - 10:40 AM
Modern Meditation for Modern MindsHow and Why to Infuse Mindfulness Into Every Day
Hosted by Inscape
Fast TrackWellness10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sylvain Labs on Going Beyond the Cliché of “Purpose” and Staying Human at Work
Hosted by Sylvain Labs
Fast TrackLeadership10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Power of Business as a Force for Good, a Closer Look at Leesa and The Bowery Mission
Hosted by Leesa and The Bowery Mission
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship, Social Good10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Creating Shinola’s Modern American Products via Astro’s 5D Design Process
Hosted by Astro Studios x Shinola
Fast TrackDesign10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
How to Be an Intrapreneur: Learn the Key to Success From the Women of IAC
Hosted by IAC
Fast TrackLeadership10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
It’s Not About You: The Lesson in Empathy Corporate America Should Take to Heart

Featuring MICHAEL VENTURA, founder and CEO Sub Rosa

PresentationWellness, Leadership, Social Good10:15 AM - 10:55 AM
Happier Listening: How to Master Audience Engagement with Panoply Media’s Andy Bowers and Gretchen Rubin
Featuring host of Happier, GRETCHEN RUBIN and ANDY BOWERS, co-founder and COO of Panoply Media
Panel — Caldwell FactoryCreativity, Entrepreneurship, Tech10:15 AM - 10:55 AM
The Future of Food (and Flavor)
Featuring Dan Barber, executive chef and co-owner, Blue Hill and Nic Jammet, cofounder and CEO Sweetgreen
Panel — Caldwell FactoryEntrepreneurship, Leadership, Social Good10:50 AM - 11:30 AM
Escape Room with Prudential 11:00 AM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
How Tory Burch Learned to Embrace Ambition and Build a $3 Billion Brand
Featuring TORY BURCH, CEO and Creative Director, Tory Burch
Keynote 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Teamwork in Action Presented by Post-it Brand
Featuring AMY EDMONSON, Harvard Business School professor and author, and JENNIFER SUKIS, design principal, AI practices and leadership, IBM
Workshop — Union WestCreativity, Entrepreneurship, Leadership11:10 AM
Politics: The Next Generation

Featuring MARNE PIKE, COO of Veracity Media, GLYNDA CARR, cofounder Heigher Heights, and SARAH ULLMAN founder of One Vote at a Time 

Panel — Caldwell FactoryLeadership, Social Good11:10 AM - 11:50 AM
Mobile Collapsed the Marketing Funnel. Now What?
Featuring CAROLANN MCKAY, director of business development, MikMak
PresentationDesign, Entrepreneurship, Tech11:10 AM - 11:50 AM
Escape Room with Prudential 11:30 AM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Front of House, Front Seat: What Really Happens Behind the Scenes at Your Favorite Restaurant
Hosted by Resy
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Post-It to Prototype in 90 Minutes with Market Gravity
Hosted by Market Gravity and Deloitte Digital
 
Fast TrackCreativity11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Who's Responsible? Embracing Humanism and Ethical Design beyond Silicon Valley
Featuring ALBERT SHUM, CVP of Design, JENNY FRIEDLER, Senior Director, Digital Product Lab at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and MOLLY HEINTZ, Chair of the Masters of Design Research Program at School of Visual Arts
Panel — Caldwell FactoryDesign, Leadership, Social Good11:40 AM - 12:20 PM
Escape Room with Prudential 12:00 PM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Design The Work You Love / Ayse Birsel
Featuring AYSE BIRSEL, product designer and author of Design the Life You Love
Workshop — Union WestCreativity, Design, Wellness12:00 PM - 12:40 PM
Turning the Kitchen Counter into the Pharmacy of the Future: With Hero
Featuring Founder & CEO KAL VEPURI, Hero
PresentationDesign, Entrepreneurship, Wellness, Social Good, Tech12:00 PM - 12:40 PM
Pure “Genius:” Remaking a Legacy and Finding the Next Generation of Prestige Content
Featuring BRIAN GRAZER, Cofounder, Imagine Entertainment, and Courteney Monroe, CEO, National Geographic Networks
Keynote 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Escape Room with Prudential 12:30 PM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Escape Room with Prudential 1:00 PM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Touch-ups With The New Dyson Airwrap™ Styler: The Engineering of Hair (Partner)
 Design, Wellness, Tech1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Pharrell Williams and Illumination’s Chris Meledandri on Creativity and Collaboration
KeynoteCreativity1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Escape Room with Prudential 1:30 PM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Escape Room with Prudential 2:00 PM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Creative Conversation, Live! With Larry Wilmore
Featuring host KC IFEANYI, Fast Company and special guest LARRY WILMORE, Wilmore Films
Panel — Caldwell FactoryCreativity, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Social Good2:00 PM - 2:40 PM

Cult Brands Grow Up
Featuring: CARLY ZAKIN and DANIELLE WEISBERG, Cofounders, theSkimm; and JEN BERRENT, Chief Operating Officer, WeWork

Keynote 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Are You Really in the Business You Think You’re In?
Hosted by Redscout
Fast TrackLeadership2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Leading the Pact for Impact: Why it’s Paid to Pave the Way in Conscious Retail
Hosted by West Elm
Fast TrackLeadership, Social Good2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Pitch with Purpose: Changing the World for Good
Hosted by Alice
Fast TrackLeadership2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
The Future of Retail
Hosted by Nike
Fast TrackDesign, Leadership, Tech2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Cowork Toward Enlightenment: Step Inside a New Community at the Assemblage
Hosted by: The Assemblage
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship, Wellness2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Let's Design Everything Better: Ideating Superior Products and Spaces with CannonDesign
Hosted by CannonDesign
Fast TrackCreativity, Design2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Secrets of the Most Productive People, Live!
Featuring LAURA VANDERKAM, author, time management expert, SCOTT BARRY KAUFMAN, psychologist, author and podcaster, Barnard College and Columbia University, and Fast Company’s KATE DAVIS and ANISA PURBASARI HORTON.

 

 

Panel — Caldwell FactoryWellness, Leadership2:15 PM - 2:55 PM
Escape Room with Prudential 2:30 PM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Escape Room with Prudential 3:00 PM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Both Sides Now: How Apple and the Ford Foundation Take on the World’s Biggest Problems
Featuring LISA JACKSON, Vice President, Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives, Apple, and DARREN WALKER, President, Ford Foundation
Keynote 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Cannabusiness
Featuring MICHAEL STEINMETZ, CEO, Flow Kana, KARAN WADERA, Partner, Casa Verde Capital, and VERENA VON PFETTEN, cofounder, Gossamer 
 
Panel — Caldwell FactoryEntrepreneurship, Leadership3:10 PM - 3:50 PM
The Brand Doctor is In : Red Antler is Your Start-Up Shrink
Featuring DANIEL ROMANO, Head of Performance Marketing, KYLE MARZONIE, Business Development Director, EMILY GRUBMAN, Strategy Lead & Copywriter, MARNI KLEINFIELD-HAYES, Strategy Director 
Panel — Caldwell FactoryCreativity, Entrepreneurship3:10 PM - 3:50 PM
Escape Room with Prudential 3:30 PM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Maximizing Your Impression With Augmented Reality
Hosted by Unity AR
Fast TrackCreativity, Tech3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
American Ballet Theatre in Rehearsal at Lincoln Center
Hosted by American Ballet Theatre
Fast TrackCreativity3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Sharpen Your Creativity with Improv Comedy at Upright Citizens Brigade
Hosted by Upright Citizens Brigade
Fast TrackCreativity3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Togetherness for Tomorrow: How Businesses Can Innovate to Create Unity
Hosted by Grey
Fast TrackLeadership3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
The Experience is Everything: Exploring the Future of Retail, Entertainment, and Consumer Engagement
Presented by TSX Broadway
Featuring: ANDREW ESSEX, former vice chairman and CEO, Droga5, DAVID OROWITZ, SVP Development L&L Holding Company, TSX Broadway, SAMANTHA DORFMAN, Global head of Retail, Design and Construction, Citi, ELEANOR MORGAN, Chief Experience Officer, Casper
Fast TrackCreativity, Leadership3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Flying With an Icon: Eero Saarinen’s Historic TWA Terminal & Design Innovation at the TWA Hotel at JFK 
Hosted by MCR/MORSE, Beyer Blinder Belle, Lubrano Ciavarra, Stonehill Taylor, and INC
Fast TrackDesign3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
What If.. Your Cause Sparked a Movement
Featuring ROB ACKER, CEO of Salesforce.org, DAVID HOGG, cofounder of March for Our Lives, and ARIA FINGER, CEO of Do Something
Panel — Caldwell FactoryLeadership, Social Good3:40 PM - 4:20 PM
Escape Room with Prudential 4:00 PM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Meet-Up: Leadership
WeWork 450 Lexington
450 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10017
 
Networking + CocktailsLeadership4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Meet-Up: Entrepreneurship
Castell Rooftop Bar at AC Marriott
AC Hotel, 260 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018

 
Networking + CocktailsLeadership4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Meet-Up: Creativity
Mondrian Terrace

 
Networking + CocktailsCreativity4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Meet-Up: Design Thinking
The Wilson located in the Melia Hotel
132 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001

 
Networking + CocktailsDesign4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Direct Connect: The Future of People-Powered Commerce
Featuring TINA SHARKEY cofounder and CEO, Brandless and RICK WISE, CEO, Lippincott
Panel — Caldwell FactoryEntrepreneurship, Leadership4:05 PM - 4:45 PM
 Panel — Caldwell FactoryCreativity, Entrepreneurship4:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Escape Room with Prudential 4:30 PM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
The Trust Economy: How Data Privacy is Driving Innovation
Presented by Grant Thornton
Featuring  MATHEW NEWFIELD, Chief Information Security Officer, Unisys (DC), DEREK HAN, Principal, Cyber Risk and Data Privacy Specialist, Grant Thornton, and WILLIAM MIN, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Privacy and Data Governance Officer, Western Union
Panel — Caldwell FactoryEntrepreneurship, Leadership, Tech4:30 PM - 5:20 PM
Escape Room with Prudential 5:00 PM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Creating New Modes of Innovation by Fusing Art and Technology
Hosted by Nokia Bell Labs and NEW INC at the New Museum
Fast TrackCreativity, Tech5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
In a Time of Rising Consumer Expectations, Innovative Ways Brands Can Power the Experiences They Deliver
Hosted by Salesforce
Fast TrackLeadership5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Bands into Brands: The Evolution of Merch with Bravado CEO Mat Vlasic
Hosted by UMG and Bravado
 
Fast TrackCreativity, Design, Leadership5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Social Media: What Could Go Wrong?
Hosted by UTA
Fast TrackLeadership5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Cocktails with Convene
Featuring Joyce Bromberg, Chief Strategy Officer, Convene
Networking + CocktailsCreativity5:15 PM - 5:55 PM
Escape Room with Prudential 5:30 PM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Innovating Entertainment

Featuring BRYN MOOSER CEO and cofounder, RYOT, TRICIA CLARKE STONE, CEO, WP Narrative, and KAREEM RAHMA, CEO Nameless Network

Panel — Caldwell FactoryCreativity, Entrepreneurship, Leadership5:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Escape Room with Prudential
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Democratizing Your Enterprise: The Impact of an Employee-first Approach on Culture, Customers and the Bottom Line
Hosted by &Pizza
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship, Social Good9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
From Good to WOW: How to Drive a Culture of True Innovation Within Your Company
Presented by PwC
Featuring TOM PUTHIYAMADAM, PwC Digital Global Leader, ALI RAYL, Vice President of Customer Experience, Slack, and AMY STOLDT, VP of the People Team, Peloton
Panel — Caldwell FactoryEntrepreneurship, Leadership10:00 AM - 10:40 AM
Building Brands and Delighting Fans: Nurturing Talent and Creating Compelling Content in the Digital Age
Featuring ADAM SILVER, Commissioner, NBA, and RICHARD L. PLEPLER, Chairman and CEO, HBO
Keynote 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Immediate Enjoyment: How Handy Makes Sure You Never Put Together Another Piece of Furniture
Hosted by Handy
Fast TrackDesign, Tech10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hashtags and Heroes: Marvel in the Digital Age 
Hosted by Marvel Entertainment
Fast TrackCreativity, Design10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
How Will AI Change the Way We Work?
Hosted by IBM
Fast TrackLeadership, Tech10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Doing Things with Outdoor Voices
Hosted by Outdoor Voices
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship, Wellness10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Changing the Cultural Paradigm: How Casper is Elevating Sleep as a Pillar of Wellness
Hosted by Casper:The Dreamery
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship, Wellness10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Everything I Thought I Knew: How Failure Fosters Creativity
Feauring artist, entrepreneur JESSICA LAURETTI, Heroic Endeavors
PresentationCreativity, Entrepreneurship, Leadership10:15 AM - 10:55 AM

A Smarter, Faster, Creative Process with Funworks
Featuring PAUL CHARNEY, founding CEO and ERICA FORTESCUE, Creativity Architect of Funworks

Workshop — Union WestCreativity, Entrepreneurship10:15 AM - 11:50 AM
Escape Room with Prudential 10:30 AM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Indistractable / Nir Eyal
Featuring NIR EYAL, author, Indistractible
PresentationDesign, Wellness, Social Good10:50 AM - 11:30 AM
Escape Room with Prudential 11:00 AM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Creative Teams - Ignite your Potential, Together
Featuring JORDANA GLOBERMAN, Designer and Graphic Facilitator and SEAN MCSORLEY, designer and illustrator
Workshop — Union WestCreativity, Leadership11:00 AM - 11:40 AM
View From the Top: Leadership and Values in Uncertain Times
Featuring ED BASTIAN, CEO, Delta Air Lines and SARA BLAKELY, Founder and CEO, Spanx
Keynote 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Alexa, Can You Hear Me?
Featuring: Daniel Rausch, Vice President, Amazon
PresentationCreativity, Design, Wellness, Leadership, Tech11:10 AM - 11:50 AM
Escape Room with Prudential 11:30 AM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The Power of Play
Hosted by Nike Community Impact

Fast TrackLeadership, Social Good11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Gigi Pritzker in Conversation with Stephanie Mehta
Featuring Gigi Pritzker
Panel — Caldwell FactoryEntrepreneurship, Leadership, Social Good11:40 AM - 12:20 PM
Escape Room with Prudential 12:00 PM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Next For Uber: Shaping the Future for Cities
Featuring  Jai Ranganathan, Senior Director of Product, Uber
PresentationDesign, Leadership, Tech12:00 PM - 12:40 PM
Pioneers With Purpose: Entrepreneurship and Empowerment With the Founders of Bumble and DVF
Featuring DIANE VON FURSTENBERG, Founder and Chairman, DVF Studio, and WHITNEY WOLFE HERD, Founder and CEO, Bumble
Keynote 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The Secrets of Joyful Design
Featuring INGRID FETELL LEE, former IDEO designer, founder and author, Joyful
PresentationDesign, Wellness12:00 PM
Escape Room with Prudential 12:30 PM
Presented by Prudential
Workshop — Union West 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
"Farm” Fresh: Inside Jennifer Garner and John Foraker’s Burgeoning Organic Brand
Featuring JENNIFER GARNER, Actress, Cofounder, and Chief Brand Officer, Once Upon a Farm, and JOHN FORAKER, Cofounder and CEO, Once Upon a Farm
Keynote 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Creative Teams - Ignite your Potential, Together
Featuring JORDANA GLOBERMAN, Designer and Graphic Facilitator and SEAN MCSORLEY, designer and illustrator
Workshop — Union WestCreativity, Leadership2:00 PM - 2:40 PM
Making Connections That Matter
Presented by Lincoln MKC
Featuring  Becca Anderson, client experience manager, Lincoln, Jen Mazer, cofounder, Sparked, and Andy Holton, head of creative strategy, Pinterest
Panel — Caldwell Factory 2:00 PM - 2:40 PM
A Deep Dive Into Design With IDEO
Featuring Michael Hendrix, Partner and Executive Design Director of IDEO
Panel — Caldwell FactoryCreativity, Design2:00 PM - 2:40 PM
American Original: A Conversation with Levi Strauss & Co.’s Chip Bergh
Featuring CHIP BERGH, president and CEO, Levi Strauss & Co., interviewed by STEPHANIE RUHLE, anchor, MSNBC, and correspondent, NBC News
KeynoteCreativity, Design, Entrepreneurship2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
A Conversation with Drybar Found Alli Webb
Hosted by Drybar
Fast TrackDesign, Leadership, Tech2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Create your 3D designs with BGC 
Hosted by Black Girls CODE Lab
Fast TrackSocial Good, Tech2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Finding the Right Fit: Why Employer Branding Isn’t About Being “The Best”
Hosted by The Muse and Bonobos
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship, Leadership2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Leveraging Data for Good with Enigma: From Climate Change to Human Trafficking, Addressing The World's Most Pressing Challenges
Hosted by Enigma
Fast TrackSocial Good, Tech2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Move Out of the Way NY and LA: How Brands Can Tap Into the Cultural Diversity of the Southeast
Hosted by Chemistry and Fabian Williams
Fast TrackLeadership2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Brands That Take a Stand
Featuring: JASON HARRIS, CEO and President of Mekanism, cofounder Creative Alliance, ZEPPA KREAGER, director, Creative Alliance, BRITTA VON SCHOELER, president, Broadway Video Enterprises, and co-chair Creative Alliance, and
MAXWELL ZORICK, Social Impact Director, MTV
Panel — Caldwell FactoryEntrepreneurship, Leadership2:15 PM - 2:55 PM
The Future of Diversity in Design
Featuring IAN SPALTER, head of design, Instagram, IMRAN CHAUDHRI, designer, inventor, and Pat Bosch, Design Director, Principal, Perkins+Will
Panel — Caldwell FactoryDesign, Social Good2:50 PM - 3:30 PM
Run at Something Huge: How Flocabulary Balances Mission and Growth
Featuring ALEX RAPPAPORT, cofoundfer and CEO, Flocabulary
PresentationEntrepreneurship, Leadership, Social Good3:10 PM - 3:50 PM
Truth in the Age of Deep Fakes
Featuring HANY FARID, professor, Dartmouth College and JOHN MOORE photojournalist, Getty Images and CHRIS BREGLER, senior staff scientist and engineering manager, Google AI
Panel — Caldwell FactoryLeadership, Social Good, Tech3:10 PM - 3:50 PM
Droga5 and Second Child on Fast Creativity
Hosted by Droga5 and Second Child
Fast TrackCreativity3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Welcome to Gen-Z: An In-Depth Look at Tomorrow’s Buying Power With RPA and Twitter
Hosted by RPA x Twitter
Fast TrackTech3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
What is Computer Vision AI and What Can it do for Business Today?  
Hosted by Clarifai
Fast TrackTech3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Experience a Modern Living Lab Inside a New York City Landmark
Hosted by M Moser Architects
Fast TrackDesign3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
The Power of StoryDoing
Hosted by Co:collective
Fast TrackLeadership3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
How to Bend and Not Break When Designing for Human-centered Innovation
Hosted by Fjord, Design and Innovation from Accenture Interactive
Fast TrackCreativity, Design3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Watch These Spaces: Creating Content Across Multiple Platforms
Featuring SARAH HARDEN, CEO, Hello Sunshine, DEVIN JOHNSON, president, UNINTERRUPTED, and BRAD HAUGEN president, ATTN:
Panel — Caldwell FactoryCreativity, Entrepreneurship, Leadership3:40 PM - 4:20 PM

Meet-Up: Design Thinking

Networking + CocktailsDesign4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Meet-Up: Leadership
WeWork 450 Lexington
450 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10017
 
Networking + CocktailsLeadership4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Meet-Up: Creativity

 
Networking + CocktailsCreativity4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Meet-Up: Entrepreneurship

 
Networking + CocktailsLeadership4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Talent Grab: The New Business of Design
Featuring: KATE ARONOWITZ, design partner, GV, KHOI VINH, principal, Adobe, MATT ROLANDSON, partner, Ammunition, and SUZANNE LABARRE, co.design editor, Fast Company
Panel — Caldwell FactoryDesign, Entrepreneurship, Leadership4:05 PM - 4:45 PM
Touch-ups With The New Dyson Airwrap™ Styler: The Engineering of Hair (Partner
 Design, Wellness, Tech4:10 PM - 5:00 PM
It’s 10PM, Do You Know Where Your Data Is?
Featuring DENELLE DIXON, COO, Mozilla, KATE BLACK, global privacy officer, 23andMe, and JOHN BORTHWICK, CEO, Betaworks
Panel — Caldwell FactoryWellness, Leadership, Tech4:30 PM - 5:20 PM
Hudson Yards: Celebrating New York from New Heights
Hosted by Hudson Yards/Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group
Fast Track 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Attracting (and Keeping) Millennial Attention
Hosted by General Catalyst, GIPHY, and Lemonade
 
Featuring SPENCER LAZAR and DENALI TIETJEN, General Catalyst, ALEX CHUNG, CEO and Co-Founder, GIPHY, MAYA PROSOR, Founding team and VP business development, Lemonade, ZACHARIAH REITANO, CEO and co-founder of Roman
Fast TrackLeadership5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Watch the Big Game from the Best Seats with LiveLike
Hosted by LiveLike
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship, Tech5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Passion Pieces: MediaMonks Shares Its Love for Experiential
Hosted by MediaMonks
Fast TrackCreativity, Tech5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
A Unified Theory of Financial Wellness
Presented by Prudential
 
Featuring NAVEEN AGARWAL, Chief Customer Officer, Prudential; ALEXANDRA DRANE, CEO, Rebel Health; ERIN LOWRY, author, Broke Millenial
Panel — Caldwell FactoryEntrepreneurship, Wellness, Leadership5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Hudson Yards: Cocktail Party
Presented By Hudson Yards
Party — Union West 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday, October 26, 2018
The Future of OTT
Hosted by NRG, PBS, and EPIX
Fast TrackLeadership10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Inside Influencer Marketing: A Global Disruption Driving Local Relevance
Hosted by Whalar
Fast TrackCreativity, Leadership10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Breakfast with Parachute - The Truth about Your Linens
Hosted by Parachute
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Wieden+Kennedy
 
Fast TrackLeadership10:00 AM - 11:30 AM