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 Session Type Time
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Social Impact in Entertainment
Featuring DAVID LINDE, CEO, Participant Media, RUTH JOHNSTON, GM, Vulcan Productions, and SARA BERNSTEIN, Executive VP, Imagine Documentaries
With mounting support, Hollywood has been steadily advancing critical social issues and sparking meaningful action via brave content, strategic campaigns, and bold partnerships. Hear from key players in this roundtable panel featuring David Linde, CEO of Participant Media, Ruth Johnston, GM of Vulcan Productions, and more.
Panel — Caldwell Factory4:30 PM - 5:10 PM
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
All In : Representation, Inclusiveness and Creativity in Hollywood and Beyond
Featuring KATIE MCGRATH, co-CEO, Bad Robot, TINA TCHEN, President and Chief Executive Officer, TIME'S UP
 Main Stage — Caldwell Factory10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Accessibility is Now: A Tech Fireside Chat With: KR Liu, Amazon Labs
Featuring KR LIU, Principal Accessibility Marketing Lead, Amazon
 Panel — Union West11:20 AM - 12:00 PM
Unconventional Storytelling: A Creative Conversation with Donna Langley and Jordan Peele
Featuring JORDAN PEELE, Director. Producer, Academy Award-Winning Writer; DONNA LANGLEY, Chairman, Universal FIlmed Entertainment Group
 Main Stage — Caldwell Factory1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
AI in the Workplace: Solving a Connectivity Problem in a Human Way
Featuring KARALINE VENEZIA, Territory Manager, Capacity
AI technology has yet to make a full impact on our work lives. Teams are wasting valuable time digging for information, using software that’s not mobile-friendly or self-learning. Join Karaline Venezia of Capacity, for a demo on how her company’s platform solves this connectivity problem in a human way and a discussion on how automating mundane tasks at the office can lead to new, creative ideas, more productive workdays and a higher output.
Panel — Union West1:40 PM - 2:20 PM
Shaping the Future of Health Care: Affordability, Innovation and Total Health
Featuring Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente
 Main Stage — Caldwell Factory3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Harlem and High Fashion: A Conversation with Dapper Dan
Featuring DAPPER DAN, Fashion Innovator, The Dapper Dan Atelier Studio

Designer Dapper Dan will open up about his inspiring business and creative journey, sharing lessons learned along the way. This wide-ranging conversation will focus on his artistic vision, evolution from fashion outsider to luxury darling, strategies for maintaining edginess and credibility, and the ways he uses his platform to push fashion toward greater inclusiveness. Join us for a talk with a fashion legend currently enjoying a renaissance that transcends fashion and offers both heart and hustle.

Immeditally following the session Dapper Dan will be signing complimentary copies of his best-selling book Dapper: Made in Harlem (books are free while supplies last).

Panel — Caldwell Factory4:30 PM - 5:10 PM
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Rebalance Your Relationships: A Workshop with Eve Rodsky, Author of "Fair Play"
Featuring EVE RODSKY, Author, Fair Play

Eve Rodsky’s New York Times Bestselling book FAIR PLAY is a revolutionary system for rebalancing the domestic workload between partners, putting an end to the imbalance of “invisible work” that women do regardless of whether they work outside the home. In this interactive workshop, join Rodsky as she presents straightforward steps for achieving fairness at home—in a way that makes relationships even stronger.


Workshop — Union West11:20 AM - 12:00 PM

The Future of Health: Can Design Act as a Healer? A Conversation with IDEO’s Ann Kim
Featuring ANN KIM, Senior Director, Health and Well-Being, IDEO

Exercising and eating right have been the mainstay of how we think about our health. Quitting smoking and not drinking too much. But science has been uncovering the power of other determinants of our health: sleep, connection, our sense of purpose. These are not optional—they are fundamental to our health and achieving well-being. What is exciting about the moment we are living in now is that these discoveries are all channels for design.

Panel — Union West2:40 PM - 3:20 PM
Moving Forward: How Fitness Can Inform The Future of Cities
Featuring RODRIGO DAVIES, Senior Product Manager, Strava
46 million athletes. 2 billion activities. The world’s largest active transportation dataset is powered by commuters, athletes and everyone in between. Join Rodrigo Davies, Senior Product Manager at Strava for a discussion on how Strava is utilizing its data to inform urban planning, the future of cities and micromobility trends. He'll also demo an exciting new product update that will give the audience a first-hand look into what its data can produce for cities and planning departments across the globe.
Panel — Union West3:40 PM - 4:20 PM
Knowing Your Worth
Featuring JANA RICH, Founder, Rich Talent Group; ALEXA VON TOBEL, Founder and Managing Partner, Inspired Capital

Join Jana Rich and Alexa von Tobel for an in-depth conversation about negotiating for what you're worth and getting what you deserve. They’ll discuss finding your voice and offer real solutions for advancing your career.

Panel — Caldwell Factory4:30 PM - 5:10 PM




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