SESSIONS

Scroll down for a preview of the sessions at the Innovation Festival.
Check back often – new sessions will be added frequently.
THE MAIN STAGE AT
CALDWELL FACTORY
The Main Stage at Caldwell Factory features more than a dozen high-profle sessions with the biggest names in business and culture.
THE FORUM AT
CALDWELL FACTORY
The Forum will host panels and fireside chats on some of the most urgent topics of the day, from tech to politics to innovation and leadership.
THE HUB AT
UNION WEST
Union West will serve as the festival hub where attendees can expect one-of-a-kind experiences, dynamic discussions, purposeful networking, and more.
FAST TRACKS
Fast Tracks offer insider access to New York's most  buzzed-about companies. They are hosted by leaders at the very workspaces where their ideas come to life.
Session Type Theme Time More Info
Monday, November 4, 2019
Future Cities: A New Approach for Inclusive Growth
Hosted by Sidewalk Labs
Fast TrackDesign, Social Good10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Unlocking the Origins of Craftsmanship
Hosted by Cuyana
Fast TrackCreativity, Social Good10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Trusting the Process: Finding Empowerment from Within

Hosted by Barre3

Fast TrackWellness10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Brand in the Boardroom: Innovating with Purpose
Hosted by R/GA
Fast TrackCreativity, Leadership11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Inspiration Begins When You Stop Making Sense
Hosted by Assembly
Fast TrackCreativity, Entrepreneurship, Leadership11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Stranger In Residence: Leveraging Emerging Tech to Push and Preserve Culture
Hosted by Barbarian 
Fast TrackCreativity, Tech11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Everything You Need to Know About Blockchain in 90 Minutes or Less
Hosted by IBM
Fast TrackTech2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Lessons from the Frontline: Changing the World of Work Through Culture
Hosted by Culture Amp + Squarespace
Fast TrackLeadership3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Bringing Brand and Experience Together
Hosted by Droga5
Fast TrackCreativity3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Inspiring a More Conscious World Through the Power of Photography
Hosted by Fotografiska
Fast TrackCreativity, Social Good5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
How To Innovate From a Place of Realism
Hosted by Betaworks + Grey
Fast TrackCreativity5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Building Sound Worlds: Audio for Immersive and Interactive Media
Hosted by One Thousand Birds
Fast TrackCreativity, Tech5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Transportation 2025: What’s Down the Road
Presented by Cummins
PanelCreativity, Leadership9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
How to Survive the Next Hundred Years
Featuring PAM FLETCHER, Head of Global Innovation, GM and BARBARA HUMPTON, CEO, Siemens USA
PanelLeadership, Tech9:50 AM - 10:30 AM
The Business of CBD
Hosted by Standard Dose
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship, Wellness, Leadership10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Beyond Insights: The Role of Art + Heart in a Data-Driven Landscape
Hosted by Group Nine + Brandshop
Fast TrackCreativity, Tech10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Female C-Suite: Breaking News and Smashing Barriers at The Daily Beast
Hosted by The Daily Beast
Fast TrackLeadership10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
How to Better Understand Your Customers and Build Trust
Hosted by PayPal 
Fast TrackLeadership, Tech10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Anatomy of a Rebrand: Balancing Collaboration Within Creative Partnerships
Hosted by Superunion + BBC
Fast TrackCreativity, Leadership10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Brand and the Power of a Shared Story 
Hosted by Rapt Studio 
Fast TrackDesign10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
When Cyber Attacks!
Featuring MARK NUNNIKHOVEN, Vice President, Cloud Research, Trend Micro
PanelLeadership, Social Good, Tech10:10 AM - 10:50 AM
The Future of Food: Farming for Tomorrow
Featuring MARC OSHIMA, Co-Founder and CMO, AeroFarms and BRITT LUNDGREN, Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, Stonyfield
PanelWellness, Leadership, Social Good11:10 AM - 11:50 AM
A Tour of The Whitney's Collection: Selections from 1900 to 1965
Hosted by Whitney Museum of American Art
Fast TrackCreativity11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
The Pitfalls of a Connected World
Hosted by Wieden & Kennedy
Fast TrackCreativity, Leadership11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Braided Business: Building a Culture Stronger Than its Parts
Featuring Michael Ventura, Founder and CEO Sub Rosa, and Author, 'Applied Empathy'
PanelWellness, Leadership1:30 PM - 2:10 PM
Breaking the Mold : Designing with Empathy and Shaping Connected Environments
Featuring JONATHAN WARD,  Design Partner, NBBJ
PanelDesign, Leadership, Social Good, Tech1:30 PM - 2:10 PM
Brands as Communities: How People Are Finding Camaraderie in New Ways
Featuring BRIAN CORNELL, Chairman and CEO, Target Corporation and ELLEN LATHAM, Co-Founder, Orangetheory Fitness
Main StageLeadership1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
The Innovation Mindset: People > Process
Featuring CHUCK SWOOBDA, Innovator, Advisor and Board Member, Cape Point Advisors
PanelWellness, Leadership1:40 PM - 2:10 PM
Leveraging Geolocation to Inspire Real-World Change
Hosted by Ground Truth + No Kid Hungry
Fast TrackSocial Good, Tech2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Crafting Beer and Connecting Consumer Habits to Creative Whitespace
Hosted by Anheuser-Busch
Fast TrackCreativity, Leadership2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
ABT Incubator: Studio Visit and Conversation with David Hallberg in the Dancer’s Lounge
Hosted by American Ballet Theatre
Fast TrackCreativity, Wellness2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
The Next Evolution of HCM: Powering the Future of Work
Hosted by ADP
Fast TrackTech2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Explore the creative process with Mass Appeal 
Hosted by Mass Appeal
 
Fast TrackCreativity2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
The Ecology of Design
Featuring ANDREW ZIMMERMAN, President, frog
PanelDesign, Entrepreneurship, Leadership3:30 PM - 4:10 PM
Ready, Set, Growth! Preparing Your Company For Expansion
Hosted by General Catalyst
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Life Infused: How Our Stories Can Reveal the Incredible Human Value of Design
Hosted by Cannon Design 
Fast TrackDesign3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
'Yes And!' Tapping Improv Methods to Unlock Creativity
Hosted by Upright Citizens Brigade
Fast TrackCreativity, Leadership3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Connecting with Your Dream Team: Track Your Inspiring Journey
Featuring BOB MCKINNON, Director, Moving Up Media Lab
WorkshopWellness, Social Good, Tech3:40 PM - 4:20 PM
Social Impact in Entertainment
PanelEntrepreneurship, Leadership, Social Good4:30 PM - 5:10 PM
Harvesting Your Brand and Serving Your Purpose
Hosted by Daily Harvest
Fast TrackWellness5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Gender Equality and Climate Resiliency: A Panel Discussion at L’Oréal’s New York HQ
Hosted by L'oreal
Fast TrackLeadership, Social Good5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Higher Ground: Mindfulness to Enhance Your Workout (and Your Leadership Skills)
Featuring SADIE LINCOLN, co-founder and CEO, barre3 and LINDSAY SHAFFER, Head of Sports and Fitness, Headspace
WorkshopWellness, Leadership10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
An Integrated Experience: Seamlessly Connecting Technology, Science and Coaching
Hosted by Orangetheory
Fast TrackWellness, Tech10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Taking the Runway to the Street
Hosted by Highsnobiety
Fast TrackCreativity10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
A Smarter Faster Creative Process: With Funworks
Featuring  PAUL CHARNEY, Founder and CEO, Funworks and ERICA FORTESCUE, Creativity Architect, Funworks
WorkshopCreativity, Entrepreneurship, Leadership11:20 AM - 12:00 PM
Shift Stacking: Navigating Disruption
Hosted by sparks & honey
Fast TrackCreativity, Leadership11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
We Are What We Eat—Fueling a Growing Startup
Hosted by Noom
Fast TrackWellness, Tech11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
The Business of Storytelling
Hosted by WarnerMedia
Fast TrackLeadership11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Beyond the Numbers: The Next Generation of D&I Thinking
Featuring SUZANNE KENNEDY, Director, Office of the Chairman and Head of Philanthropy, IAC
PanelLeadership, Social Good1:30 PM - 2:10 PM
The Future is Mass Personalization
Featuring GARETH SELTZER, Impact and Innovation Entrepreneur, Founding Partner RYOT Media
PanelCreativity, Entrepreneurship, Leadership1:40 PM - 2:20 PM
Partnering for Activism With a Heritage Brand
Hosted by The Body Shop
Fast TrackSocial Good2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Rapid Prototyping Workshop: From Concept to Prototype in 60 Minutes with Market Gravity
Hosted by Deloitte + Market Gravity 
Fast TrackTech2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Unlocking a New Era of Musical Experience Through Augmented Reality
Hosted by MediaMonks
Fast TrackCreativity, Tech3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Grow with Google NYC Learning Center: Bringing Digital Skills to the Community
Hosted by Google
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship, Leadership3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Inside Look at City Winery’s New Pier 57 Location with Founder and CEO, Michael Dorf
Hosted by City Winery
Fast TrackDesign3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Fun! The Serious Opportunity to Evolve Your Business
Hosted by Grey Advertising
Fast TrackCreativity, Entrepreneurship, Leadership3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
A Smarter Faster Creative Process: With Funworks
Featuring  PAUL CHARNEY, Founder and CEO, Funworks and ERICA FORTESCUE, Creativity Architect, Funworks
WorkshopCreativity, Entrepreneurship, Leadership3:40 PM - 4:20 PM
Indulging Your Senses: Q&A with Founder Michael Dorf
Hosted by City Winery 
Fast TrackCreativity5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
CBD: A New Frontier in Wellness
Hosted by Standard Dose
Fast TrackWellness5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Creating the Immersive Future: Games, Products, and Experiences
Hosted by ustwo
Fast TrackCreativity, Tech5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Modern Audiences, Explained.
Hosted by Vox Media
Fast TrackCreativity, Leadership5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Thursday, November 7, 2019
A Conversation With Microsoft’s Satya Nadella
Featuring Satya Nadela, CEO, Microsoft
Main StageLeadership, Tech9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Cities as a Content Platform
Hosted by Intersection
Fast TrackLeadership, Tech10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Breaking Rules in an Established Industry
Hosted by Birchbox
Fast TrackWellness10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
XR 101: Exploring the Rise of Immersive Entertainment
Hosted by Framestore
Fast TrackCreativity, Tech10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Unlocking the Creative Process: with ABT Leadership Lab
Featuring JOHN MICHAEL SCHERT, Artist, Social Entrepreneur, Former ABT Dancer
PanelCreativity, Entrepreneurship, Leadership10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Ride Along with Will Packer
Featuring WILL PACKER, Founder/Producer, Will Packer Productions
Main StageCreativity, Leadership11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Embracing Irrationality: How Crazy Thinking Can Save Your Career, Company, and Possibly the World
Hosted by t3
Fast TrackCreativity11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Consumer Health in 2020 and Beyond: On-Demand and AI-Driven
Hosted by K Health
Fast TrackWellness, Tech11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Tech at Work: Innovating for Teams of the Future
Featuring CAL HENDERSON, Chief Technology Officer, Slack and DAVID MADDOCKS, Chief Marketing Officer, Cole Haan and Marianna Tessel, Chief Technology Officer, Intuit
PanelLeadership, Tech1:30 PM - 2:10 PM
The Future of Work
Featuring CAL HENDERSON, Chief Technology Officer, Slack and DAVID MADDOCKS, Chief Marketing Officer, Cole Haan 
PanelLeadership, Tech1:30 PM - 2:10 PM
The Power of Action: Taking Meaningful Strides to Create Social Change
Hosted by JOAN Creative
Fast TrackCreativity, Leadership, Social Good2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
The $27 Trillion Opportunity: Designing Experiential for Gen Z
Hosted by We're Magnetic
Fast TrackCreativity, Entrepreneurship, Leadership2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Building on Kindness: A Conversation with Daniel Lubetzky
Featuring DANIEL LUBETZKY, Founder and Executive Chairman, KIND
PanelEntrepreneurship, Wellness, Leadership, Social Good2:30 PM - 3:10 PM
Inside the Making of a Billion Dollar DTC Brand
Hosted by Work & Co
Fast TrackEntrepreneurship3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Redefining Women's Wellness With Innovation and Advocacy
Hosted by Tia + Unbound
Fast TrackWellness3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Legacy Brand Reinvention
PanelCreativity, Entrepreneurship 
2020 Vision: Political Roundtable
PanelLeadership, Social Good 
Friday, November 8, 2019
Stories to Tell: Lin-Manual Miranda and Elizabeth Rutledge in Conversation
Featuring LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, Award-winning Composer, Lyricist, and Actor and ELIZABETH RUTLEDGE, CMO, American Express
Main StageCreativity, Leadership10:00 AM - 11:00 AM