Schedule

The Fast Company Grill will be open daily March 8 - 11, 10:30AM - 4:30 PM

Scroll down for the 2019 schedule.

Attendance to talks is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Session Time More Info
Friday, March 8, 2019
Fast Company Grill Opens
10:30 AM

The Power of Play

Speakers: 
JORGE CASIMIRO, VP, Global Community Impact, Nike; CHRIS DOWN, chief design officer, Mattel; and SANYA RICHARDS-ROSS, Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Entrepreneur, and Author, Chasing Grace   

Moderator
JILL BERNSTEIN, editorial director, Fast Company

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM

The Next Wave of the DTC Revolution
Presented by Shopify

Speakers: LILY KANTER, CEO, Boon Supply; and Cofounder, Serena & Lily; BRIAN SPALY, Executive Chairman, Tecovas; Founder, Trunk Club; and Founder, Bonobos; and JEFF WEISER, CMO, Shopify 

Moderator
BEN BAER, Executive Editor - Content Strategies, FastCo Works,

1:10 PM - 1:50 PM

A Conversation with Actor Matthew McConaughey and Michael Acton Smith

Speakers:
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, Academy Award-Winning Actor and Founder, just keep livin Foundation; and MICHAEL ACTON SMITH, Cofounder and Co-CEO, Calm

Moderator
STEPHANIE MEHTA, editor-in-chief, Fast Company,

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Women Squared: Female Financiers Meet Female Founders

Speakers: 
SARAH JONES SIMMER, COO, Bumble; and ELIZABETH GORE, President and Chairwoman, Alice

Moderator
MODERATOR: PAUL SMALERA, executive editor, digital, Fast Company, 

2:50 PM - 3:30 PM

Happy Hour
Sponsored by INTRINSIC Wine Co.

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Fast Company Grill Closes
6:00 PM
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Fast Company Grill Opens
10:30 AM

The Personal Project: One-On-One with Pamela Adlon

Speaker: 
PAMELA ADLON, Executive Producer, Writer, Director, Actor, Better Things 

Moderator
JILL BERNSTEIN, editorial director, Fast Company 

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

The New, New Consumer

Speakers: 
AHSAN RIZVI, Founder and CEO, Kiddom; ALICIA TILLMAN, CMO, SAP

Moderator
MODERATOR: STEPHANIE MEHTA, editor-in-chief, Fast Company 

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM

One-On-One with Kendra Scott

Speakers: 
KENDRA SCOTT, Designer, Founder, and CEO, Kendra Scott LLC

Moderator
MODERATOR: STEPHANIE MEHTA, editor-in-chief, Fast Company 

1:10 PM - 1:50 PM

Innovating at Speed: How Big Brands and Scrappy Startups Develop New Ideas
Presented by United Technologies

Speakers: 
JASON CHUA, Executive Director, United Technologies Advanced Projects (UTAP); COTTER CUNNINGHAM, Founder and Chairman, RetailMeNot; and CLARA VU, Cofounder and VP, Engineering, VEO Robotics

Moderator
MODERATOR: BIZ MITCHELL, Editor, FastCo Works,  

2:00 PM - 2:40 PM

Tomorrow's Office: How Tech Can Help Keep a Disparate Workforce Productive
Presented by Citrix

Speakers: 
DONNA KIMMEL, EVP, Chief People Officer, Citrix; and SARA SUTTON, Founder and CEO, FlexJobs; and MARTIN WEZOWSKI, Chief Designer at SAP

Moderator
MODERATOR: BIZ MITCHELL, Editor, FastCo Works,  

3:40 PM - 4:20 PM

Making David Makes Man

Speakers:
TARELL ALVIN MCCRANEY, Academy Award-Winning Writer; creator, David Makes Man; TINA PERRY, President, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN); and PHYLICIA RASHAD, Award-Winning Actress, Creed and The Cosby Show

Moderator
KC IFEANYI, associate editor, Fast Company  

4:30 PM - 5:10 PM
Fast Company Grill Closes
5:20 PM
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Fast Company Grill Opens
10:30 AM

One-On-One with Christina Tosi

SPEAKER: CHRISTINA TOSI, Chef and Founder, Milk Bar

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

One-On-One with Rep. Will Hurd

SPEAKER: WILL HURD, U.S. Representative, Texas’s 23rd Congressional District

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM

The Future is Freelance: How to Survive —and Thrive— in the Self-Employed Economy
Presented by Intuit

SPEAKERS: TWISHA MEHTA, Senior Impact Manager, Samaschool; and JEREMY SULZMANN, Business Segment Leader for QuickBooks Self Employed at Intuit

1:10 PM - 1:50 PM
Fast Company Grill Closes
4:30 PM
Monday, March 11, 2019
Fast Company Grill Opens
10:30 AM

New Stories, New Platforms

SPEAKERS: CURTIS HICKMAN, Cofounder and Chief Creative Officer, The Void; DAVID MODIGLIANI, Director and Producer, Running with Beto, 61 Bullets, and Crawford

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM

How Tech Can Solve the Number One Worry for Americans–Financial Stress 
Presented by SunTrust

SPEAKERS: ED DORAN, Director Product Management, Microsoft Research; WILLIAM ‘WHURLEY’ HURLEY, founder and CEO, Strangeworks; and KEN MEYER, CTO for consumer banking, SunTrust

12:20 PM - 1:00 PM

The Power of Live

SPEAKERS: KELLY STRICKLAND, Senior Vice President of Tour Marketing, Live Nation; and ROZONDA “CHILLI” THOMAS, Singer-Songwriter, TLC

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Fast Company Grill Closes
4:30 PM