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 2024 and beyond.


What is the theme of the annual meeting?
In just 18 short months, AI has completely upended the business world, providing opportunity as well as risk across organizations of all shapes and sizes. AI holds the potential to massively increase companies’ creative output, enhance worker productivity, perform menial tasks that few humans wanted to do in the first place, and yes, eliminate some jobs in the process. These are important topics—and at this point, most of us are deeply familiar with all of them.


One aspect of the conversation that needs more attention is the intersection of AI and social impact. How can this transformative wave of technology help (and potentially hurt) mission-driven companies achieve their goals beyond the bottom line? How can it be used to build a diverse workforce and an equitable workplace? To measure and predict the future carbon footprint of new and existing business lines? To enhance productivity in a way that makes work not just more efficient but safer? To make sure the data sets and models companies are using to build AI tools are consistent with their stated values?


At this year’s Impact Council annual meeting, we’ll bring together a collection of experts from within the Impact Council and beyond to come at these questions from a wide variety of angles—with a consistent focus on practical solutions.


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. 


What is the timing of the annual meeting?

The Impact Council Annual Meeting is a full-day event starting at 11 a.m. ET and ending with a cocktail reception with fellow Impact Council members and members of the Fast Company editorial team. Lunch will be served.


How will the annual meeting be covered in Fast Company?

The annual meeting will be the centerpiece of a feature in the Fall 2024 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.


Are there any nearby accomodations?

The following hotels are located within walking distance of the New York Stock Exchange and come highly recommended by the venue.


The Beekman

(7 minute walk from the New York Stock Exchange)

123 Nassau Street

New York, NY 10038


DoubleTree by Hilton New York Downtown

(5 minute walk from the New York Stock Exchange)

8 Stone Street

New York, NY 10004


Gild Hall

(7 minute walk from the New York Stock Exchange)

15 Gold Street

New York, NY 10038


The Washington NYC

(7 minute walk from the New York Stock Exchange)

8 Albany Street

New York, NY 10006