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 features more than a dozen high-profile sessions with the biggest names in business and culture.
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.
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 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 Description Type Time
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
The Global Influence of Sneakers
All around the world, young people are expressing themselves through what they wear, what’s on their feet, and through technology, are able to cross borders and share the styles and tastes of their respective communities – whether that be in Paris, China, or LA. Join GOAT CEO Eddy Lu for a discussion about the global influence of sneaker and streetwear culture, building businesses and expanding into China.
Panel — Union West10:10 AM - 10:50 AM
Inside Out: Leveraging AI to Revolutionize the Manufacturing Process
Featuring MATTHEW PUTMAN, Cofounder and CEO, Nanotronics
For the first time in history, industrial products and materials are modifiable in real-time—individually—at production scale. Artificial Intelligence Process Control (AIPC) has the potential to revolutionize the manufacturing sector by increasing yields, significantly reducing waste, and creating environmentally sustainable solutions. Today, AI’s greatest global benefit actually lies in the dynamic overhaul of wasteful manufacturing. Join this engaging deep dive into leveraging AI to radically innovate mass production. It's 2019– it's about time we revolutionize the industrial revolution.
Panel — Union West1:40 PM - 2:20 PM
The New Age of Sports : Streaming, Global Audiences, and Big Business
Join John Skipper, Executive Chairman, DAZN, for a conversation about sports media, the rise of OTT, and creating content geared toward millennials. As viewership across the world skyrockets, what does that mean for traditional media and what does the future of sports viewing look like?
Panel — Caldwell Factory2:30 PM - 3:10 PM
May the Force (for Good) Be With You
Featuring STEVE FECHHEIMER, CEO, New Belgium and more
A conversation about profit and purpose, and the keys to building a successful company while creating (and thanks to) a positive work environment. As the business world embraces conscious capitalism, we talk to leaders in the field about what it really means, and how to build a culture for good.
Panel — Caldwell Factory3:30 PM - 4:10 PM
From Practice to Product: The Benefits of Organic Business
Featuring LINDA LIPSIUS, Cofounder and CEO, Teatulia
The organic business model is not only good for the planet, it's innovative, creates buzz and turns a profit. Join Linda Lipsius, Cofounder and CEO, Teatulia and Kelly Ann Cobb, Bombas, for a discussion about healthy entrepreneurship, new products and more.
Panel — Union West3:40 PM - 4:20 PM
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
How to Be Yourself
Featuring DILLAN DIGIOVANNI, integrative identity coach, educator and writer
What does it mean to be “who you are?" How do you do it? Dillan DiGiovanni, integrative health coach and work/life consultant, shares the keys he's found along his own journey; which he uses to advise teams at companies like Microsoft, IDEO, ActBlue, WeWork and General Assembly. Join this inspiring, personal talk on resilience and getting out of your own way– whether you're starting a business, creating a product, or pushing limits to innovate, you'll always need to stand for one thing: Yourself.
Workshop — Union West10:10 AM - 10:50 AM
Beyond the Numbers: The Next Generation of D&I Thinking
Featuring SUZANNE KENNEDY, Director, Office of the Chairman, and Head of Philanthropy, IAC
Join Suzanne Kennedy, Director, Office of the Chairman and Head of Philanthropy, IAC, Ryan Williams, co-founder, Jopwell, and others for a discussion about the new way of approaching D&I. This session will explore new trends and strategies that enable companies to go beyond diversifying the recruiting pipeline to actually transforming a person’s life.
Panel — Union West1:30 PM - 2:10 PM
Coming Clean: Solving the Big Plastic Problem in Fashion and Beyond
Featuring KIM SMITH, Head of Apparel, Everlane
Join Kim Smith, Everlane, and Sarah Paiji Yoo, Blueland, for a discussion about how the fashion industry is cleaning up its act (and what it can do better) A discussion around the future of sustainability, synthetic recycling and more.
Panel — Union West2:30 PM - 3:10 PM
A Smarter, Faster Creative Process: With Funworks
Featuring PAUL CHARNEY, Founder and CEO, Funworks, and ERICA FORTESCUE, Creativity Architect, Funworks
When do you think of great, innovative ideas? Hunkered over your computer? Stressed out of your mind? Science says that's not when lightning strikes. Getting into creative flow is challenging in today’s fast-paced business climate. Attendees of this session will experience practical techniques for activating creativity and collaboration in an interactive idea jam. The workshop is hosted by Paul Charney, founding CEO, and Erica Fortescue, Creativity Architect of Funworks, a creative consultancy known for the innovative creative process it uses to uncover big ideas for brands including ESPN, Google, Credit Karma, and REI.
Workshop — Union West3:40 PM - 4:20 PM
Thursday, November 7, 2019
2020 Vision: Political Roundtable
Featuring Dr. RACHEL BITECOFER, Election Forecaster, Assistant Director of the Wason Center for Public Policy, Christopher Newport University: RICK WILSON, ex-GOP strategist and author of Everything Trump Touches Dies; ARI MELBER, host of The Beat with Ari Melber, MSNBC
With one year to go before what may be the most consequential election in history, join a panel of experts: election forecaster Dr. Rachel Bitecofer—who most accurately predicted the Blue Wave of 2018; Rick Wilson, ex-GOP strategist and author, and more, for a discussion moderated by MSNBC's Ari Melber.
Panel — Caldwell Factory11:10 AM - 11:50 AM
The Future Is Now: The Decentralized Web Is Saving The World
Featuring JUSTIN BINGHAM, chief technology officer, Janeiro Digital
For 30+ years, your customers have traded their personal information for free services on the Web. Email, physical addresses, sensitive data, and more, have been handed over in order to access the products, services, and connections you offer. However, the time has come where innovation and privacy have finally collided, and now it’s time for a revolution. Join Justin Bingham, Chief Technology Officer of Janeiro Digital, who will present the Decentralized Web, and real-world instances of how its impact is being applied to enrich and save lives across the globe.
Panel — Union West11:20 AM - 12:00 PM
Secrets of the Most Productive People, Live!: How to Unlock Habit Change in Your Brain
Featuring Dr. TARA SWART, Neuroscientist, Author of 'The Source', MD, and Executive advisor at Tara Swart Inc. and MIT Sloan School of Managemen

Join Dr. Tara Swart and Nir Eyal, with hosts Kate Davis and Anisa Purbasari-Horton for a special live edition of the Secrets of the Most Productive People podcast. This episode will explore the keys to changing (bad) habits.
Panel — Union West1:30 PM - 2:10 PM