What is the Fast Company Impact Council?

The Fast Company Impact Council is an invitation-only leadership group formed in 2019 to bring together purpose-driven leaders from different industries and disciplines. Throughout the year, members convene for a mix of optional on-the-record and “Chatham House Rules” virtual gatherings that help inform Fast Company’s editorial coverage on innovation, social impact, leadership, technology, creativity, and design in business.


What is the purpose of the annual meeting?

Members will have the chance to meet each other in person, hear from experts, and share their insights about the challenges and opportunities they see in business in 2023 and beyond.


What is the theme of the annual meeting?
The world has changed fundamentally over the past three years—from how, where, and even why we work to the ways executives are expected to lead—and it would be tough going back to the old, pre-pandemic way of doing business. But economic uncertainty, breakthrough technologies, and a volatile political environment are putting leadership to the test again. How can CEOs and other business leaders preserve the values that shape a healthy, sustainable, and inclusive culture and still thrive during leaner times? How can they integrate transformative innovations, such as generative AI, ethically and responsibly? And how can they prepare to operate against the backdrop of another unpredictable national election cycle?


At this year’s Impact Council annual meeting, we’ll have candid discussions about the headwinds leaders are facing and explore the longer-term benefits of progressive leadership in challenging times. Together, we’ll map out intelligent solutions that drive impact and meet the current moment.


What is the event address? 

New York Stock Exchange

18 Broad Street

New York, NY 10005 

Guests will need to enter through the white security tent at the corner of Broad Street and Exchange Place. 


How will the annual meeting be covered in Fast Company?

The annual meeting will be the centerpiece of a feature in the Fall 2023 issue. (Past features may be found here, here, and here.) Additionally, quotes and comments from member roundtables throughout the meeting will be covered on


Is there a dress code for the event?

New York Stock Exchange suggests business casual attire. Unlike in previous years, on the trading floor, jackets are no longer required and nicer denim is allowed. Shorts are not permitted.


Will every member be included in the print issue?

Every member’s name, title, and company will be listed in the print issue. Due to space constraints, our journalists can’t quote everyone in print, but we will endeavor to include everyone in our accompanying digital coverage.


I can’t attend the annual meeting. Will I still be included in the print issue?

Every member’s name, title, and company will be listed. We will strive to find other opportunities for non-attendees to connect with journalists to share insights for our digital coverage, but part of what makes the print feature so lively is the exchange of ideas with other members.


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