FESTIVAL SESSIONS

More sessions added weekly.

All sessions are in Eastern time.

Thursday, September 19, 2024, 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM
6:15 PM - 7:45 PM

Closing Night Party

   Party

Celebrate a week of innovative conversations and new connections during our closing night party.

 
Thursday, September 19, 2024, 2:05 PM - 2:35 PM
2:05 PM - 2:35 PM

Creative Control: Artists' Rights in the Age of AI

 ConveneTechPanel

Last year’s SAG-AFTRA strike exposed the deep concerns writers and actors have toward pay equity and emerging technology infringing on their work. And the music industry has been grappling with the same concerns. It’s a time of reckoning for creatives across the board. So how can new technology move industries forward in a way that fosters creativity but doesn’t erode artists' rights? Hear from SoundExchange CEO Michael Huppe and producer, singer-songwriter Shaboozey on charting a path forward.

 
Thursday, September 19, 2024, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Fast Track at Tony's Chocolonely
Hosted by Tony's Chocolonely

   Fast Track  
Wednesday, September 18, 2024, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Best Workplaces for Innovators Honoree Reception

   Private Event

Join us for a celebration of Fast Company's Best Workplaces for Innovators Awards honorees.

 
Wednesday, September 18, 2024, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

The Business of Beer
Hosted by Talea Beer Co.

   Fast Track

Join Talea Beer Co. for a behind-the-scenes look at one of its breweries. Talea is revolutionizing craft beer through a female-focused brick-and-mortar strategy. As the only woman-founded and operated brewery in NYC, Talea connects with a broad group of previously under-targeted customers through playful packaging, tasty beers, and award-winning, hospitality-focused taprooms. Fast Track participants will learn about Talea's past five years of growth, including breaking into major retailers like Trader Joe's and Whole Foods and opening four taprooms across NYC. After a fireside chat with Talea's cofounders, guests will break into groups to taste through a portfolio of Talea beers and go on a brewery tour of Talea's production facility.

 
Wednesday, September 18, 2024, 11:40 AM - 12:20 PM
11:40 AM - 12:20 PM

Unlock Your Cosmic Success Archetype with the AstroTwins
Featuring Ophira and Tali Edut, Cofounders, The AstroTwins

 Convene Workshop

When you’re starting or scaling a business, you need to invest wisely. Time, money, and energy are limited. Yet, you still need to experiment. It’s time to move beyond the one-size-fits-all model for success and craft a formula for fun and fulfillment. The I*AM system, created by the AstroTwins, helps founders launch and grow a business efficiently. The I*AM algorithm calculates 13 facets of the birth chart and distills them into one of three success archetypes: Influencer (I), Authority (A), or Maven (M). Discover your archetype to transform struggles into strengths and work with the natural rhythms of every individual on your team.

 
Wednesday, September 18, 2024, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Building a More Responsible Supply Chain
Featuring Joke Aerts, Head of Credible Scaling, Tony's Open Chain, Tony's Chocolonely; Kimberly Shenk, Cofounder and CEO, Novi Connect and Scott Tannen, Founder and CEO, Boll & Branch 

 ConveneSustainabilityPanel

Conventional business thinking has long pitted maximizing profits against sourcing more ethical and sustainable goods. But the two aren't mutually exclusive. Moreover, a survey found that consumers are willing to spend 9.7% more on average for sustainably produced or sourced goods. Here's how you can build a more responsible supply chain from source to shelf.

 
Wednesday, September 18, 2024, 10:20 AM - 11:00 AM
10:20 AM - 11:00 AM

Balancing AI and Human Creativity Through Improv with the Second City

 ConveneCreativityWorkshop

There’s understandable apprehension when it comes to integrating AI into workflows. But what if instead of viewing AI as a direct tool for creation, we explored it as a catalyst for innovative thinking? Join the Second City’s creative director, Tyler Dean Kempf, for an interactive session, where you’ll engage in improv exercises specifically designed to expand your mental agility. As you navigate the age of AI, you'll leave with a renewed sense of spontaneity, emotional depth, and intuition, which are hallmarks of the Second City's famed improv program, currently celebrating its 65th anniversary.

 
Wednesday, September 18, 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Fast Track at SS+K 
Hosted by SS+K 

   Fast Track  
Tuesday, September 17, 2024, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

A Dinner and Conversation at Scarpetta

Single Session, Drinks Included, Food Included  Taste of Innovation  
Tuesday, September 17, 2024, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

A Dinner and Conversation at Resident

Single Session, Drinks Included, Food Included  Taste of Innovation

Fine dining has long been plagued by a lack of diversity among chefs—and Resident is aiming to change that. The dining concept that hosts pop-up dinners in a variety of luxury penthouses, town houses, and private clubs throughout New York City is on a "mission to empower the culinary community." Hear from Resident CEO Brian Mommsen on why championing diversity and representation is not only a core value for the company, it's critical to its growth as a company.

 
Tuesday, September 17, 2024, 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM
6:15 PM - 7:45 PM

Opening Night Party

   Party

Kick off the start to Fast Company's 10th annual Innovation Festival with our opening night party.

 
Tuesday, September 17, 2024, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Embracing the Competition: How DoorDash and Wieden+Kennedy Redefined the Intention of the Super Bowl
Hosted by Wieden+Kennedy 

   Fast Track

How do you circumvent the way brands have historically approached the Super Bowl? You flip the script and invite every single one of them to collaborate with you on a monumental idea that has never been done before. For years, brands have notoriously kept their ideas under lock and key, unveiling them with mere days leading up to the big game or during the Super Bowl itself. But this year, DoorDash and Wieden+Kennedy did just the opposite. Join the 2024 Cannes Lion Titanium Grand Prix winners as they dive into how they redefined the intention of the Super Bowl with their DoorDash-All-the-Ads campaign, which enabled them to successfully partner with 76 (official and unofficial) brands, reach new audiences, garner more than 11.9 billion earned impressions, and ultimately, change consumers’ perceptions on how they use DoorDash. 

 
Tuesday, September 17, 2024, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Fast Track at Being Health 
Hosted by Being Health 

   Fast Track  
Tuesday, September 17, 2024, 2:40 PM - 3:20 PM
2:40 PM - 3:20 PM

Never Met a Stranger: Reconnect with Connection
Featuring Francesca Hogi, Founder, The True Love Society

 Convene Workshop

Step into an experience designed to foster authentic human connection. Led by love and life coach Francesca Hogi, you'll rotate through different activities such as drawing, playing games, and answering thought-provoking questions in small groups. The goal: to teach you how to better your skills in connecting with people that you can apply to your personal life and in the workplace.

 
Tuesday, September 17, 2024, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Empire State Building 2.0: Bringing a Legacy Destination into the Future
Hosted by Journey

   Fast Track

Experience the Empire State Building, the defining feature of the New York City skyline, in a completely new way. In this Fast Track, attendees will experience the thrill of the immersive exhibits at the Empire State Building, creating nostalgic and deeper connections with the iconic destination. As Tripadvisor’s No. 1 top attraction in the U.S. two years running, and recently named the No. 1 attraction in the world in June 2024, the tour includes a real-world simulation of King Kong smashing into the building, hearkening back to the classic adventure fantasy. Using today’s best-in-class technology from Journey, a global design and innovation studio whose past projects include the interior design of the Sphere and the development of TSX Broadway, visitors will be taken through the storied history of the building, from its innovative conception to its record-breaking construction and everlasting celebrity throughout the world.

 
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Fast Track at Jennifer Bett Communications (JBC)
Hosted by Jennifer Bett Communications (JBC)

   Fast Track  
Tuesday, September 17, 2024, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Sustainable and Profitable Fashion Design in the Age of AI
Hosted by Resonance

   Fast Track

The $1.7 trillion fashion industry is at an economic and environmental crossroads. The current business model operates on the premise of design garments, produce them in large quantities, and sell them to consumers. But this approach is ruining brands and the planet. Each year, billions of pounds of textiles are thrown in landfills and numerous brands, retailers, and manufacturers have closed. In this session, attendees will get firsthand experience designing a garment of their very own using the on-demand fashion manufacturer Resonance’s AI-powered operating system One. One empowers creators to design any garment, sell it to any customer, and make it on demand at scale, resiliently, sustainably, and profitably. Participants will also hear directly from designers currently using the platform and see how this innovative technology can be applied across industries.

 
Tuesday, September 17, 2024, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Rethinking Retail and Late Night with Busy Philipps and QVC
Featuring Busy Philipps, New York Times best-selling author, actor, activist, writer, and host

 ConveneCreativityPanel

Busy Philipps is no stranger to late night TV—but this time she has something to sell you. QVC+, the shopping network's free streaming service, premiered Busy This Week earlier this year, a shoppable late night show aimed at blurring the line between organic programming and video commerce. Join Busy and David Rawlinson II, president and CEO of Qurate Retail, as they discuss the future of stoppable streaming.

 
Tuesday, September 17, 2024, 10:20 AM - 10:50 AM
10:20 AM - 10:50 AM

Your Company's Guide to AI Regulation and Safety
Featuring Ron De Jesus, Field Chief Privacy Officer, Transcend; Raffi Krikorian, Chief Technology Officer and Managing Director, Emerson Collective and Wendi Whitmore, SVP and Head of Unit 42, Palo Alto Networks

 ConveneTechPanel

As businesses across industries continue to implement AI into their operations, understanding AI governance and threats to cybersecurity has become even more paramount. Join this panel to hear from experts who will guide you through what you need to know to ensure your business is compliant and secure.

 
Tuesday, September 17, 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Fast Track at Red Antler 
Hosted by Red Antler

   Fast Track  
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Why Consumer Brands Should Invest in Initiatives that Live Beyond Their Product
Hosted by Argent

   Fast Track

Whether it’s a campaign, partnership, or content play, many brands launch initiatives to serve as a marketing tool to help acquire customers and drive sales. For Argent, the purpose is simply to empower women and leverage the brand's platform to share their inspiring stories. From robust in-person programming to thoughtfully curated editorial series to a branded podcast, Argent invests deeply in scaling value-led initiatives to further connect its community. Join founder and CEO Sali Christeson at the Argent SoHo storefront for a conversation on the importance of investing in mission-driven efforts, followed by a professional headshot photo shoot for attendees.

 
Tuesday, September 17, 2024, 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Preparing for a Quantum Leap
Featuring Darío Gil, SVP of Research, IBM and Martin A. Schmidt, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

 ConveneTechPanel

With all the buzz around AI, one has to wonder what's next in tech. Many would argue it's quantum computing, a multidisciplinary field that, at its core, uses quantum mechanics to solve problems too complex for standard computers. Understand why tech giants, researchers, and investors see quantum computing as the next big leap—and where you should lean in.

 
Monday, September 16, 2024, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

A Dinner and Conversation at Daily Provisions

Single Session, Drinks Included, Food Included  Taste of Innovation

Join Union Square Hospitality Group CEO Chip Wade and chief technology officer Kelly MacPherson as they discuss how technology is helping the storied restaurant group become more sustainable and efficient. From embracing digital trends to data-driven decision-making, Union Square Hospitality Group's tech-forward approach spans its entire portfolio with the key goal of providing its guests with high-quality experiences.

 
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

A Dinner and Conversation at Jazba

Single Session, Drinks Included, Food Included  Taste of Innovation  
Monday, September 16, 2024, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Innovation by Design Honoree Reception

   Private Event

Join us for a celebration of Fast Company's 12th annual Innovation by Design Awards honorees.

 
Monday, September 16, 2024, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

The Intersection of Brand and Advocacy
Hosted by SolComms

   Fast Track

The CEO role within brands has seen a major shift in recent years. What was once a job focused on raising venture capital, scaling a business, and creating innovative solutions has now evolved into something much larger. In order to win, today’s brands and the CEOs behind them need to stand for something. That’s how they’re building communities and cult followings for themselves and their products. From being vocal about reproductive rights in a Post-Roe world, to the growing environmental crisis, the CEOs of Blueland, Wisp, and August will share how they’ve steered their brands into advocates of today’s most pressing conversations, in turn winning the hearts of consumers, retailers, and investors. 

 
Monday, September 16, 2024, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Confronting Loneliness with Powerful Questions and Powerful Play
Hosted by Sloomoo Institute and GoodQues

   Fast Track

Amid a highly publicized loneliness epidemic, there’s something we’ve lost: an innate element of human connection that we forgot or misplaced when we were “digitally distanced”. Connections used to come much easier, but digital and social technology has divided us – especially in younger generations – and now connection is work. We need to put in an effort to connect with other people. That effort can be play, or deep questions, or gathering with meaning. It’s not only important for our mental health to regain a sense of connection, but “microdosing joy” is essential for fueling the creative process; without some spark to connect, innovation is less possible – and joyful innovation is impossible. Through the lens of new research of the proven power of play and connection, being debuted at this very presentation, we’ll explore the role of slime in feeling connected to your emotions, how asking better questions can enable empathy and connective communication for more meaningful answers, and how to align ideas, communities and futures towards a more shared, connective world.

 
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

How Pvolve is Building a Sustainable Fitness Routine for Women 
Hosted by Pvolve

   Fast Track

Although women make up a large portion of the nearly $100 billion global fitness market, most workouts are not designed to address their bodily changes, and, to women’s detriment, emphasize a one-size-fits-all routine that does not evolve as their physiology does. Pvolve's low-impact method, developed by clinical experts and professional trainers, utilizes functional movement and patented resistance equipment to enhance strength, mobility, and stability, providing an adaptable workout for women at any life stage. Join Pvolve for one of two workout sessions led by chief training officer Antonietta Vicario, followed by a discussion with Vicario, president Julie Cartwright, and Amy Hoover, Pvolve’s chief physical therapist, to learn how this cult-favorite workout is breaking through a crowded fitness space (and developing partnerships with celebrities like Jennifer Aniston).

 
Monday, September 16, 2024, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Accounting for "Anti-Woke" Backlash
Hosted by Omnicom/Disqo/Do the WeRQ

   Fast Track

Another day, another LGBTQ+ marketing campaign, another round of anti-LGBTQ+ backlash, another brand crisis and apology cycle. It's been seen before and will be seen again: The question is, how can true innovators break this cycle that spurs uncertainty and stifles inclusion? How can brands create marketing plans that proactively account for the disproportionately loud "anti-woke" sentiment on social media? At this Fast Track, an expert panel will discuss how companies can get ahead of the backlash inclusive marketing campaigns are bound to receive while shaping a more creative culture reflective of a more diverse nation.

 
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

How Pvolve Is Building a Sustainable Fitness Routine for Women
Hosted by Pvolve

   Fast Track

Although women make up a large portion of the nearly $100 billion global fitness market, most workouts are not designed to address their bodily changes, and, to women’s detriment, emphasize a one-size-fits-all routine that does not evolve as their physiology does. Pvolve's low-impact method, developed by clinical experts and professional trainers, utilizes functional movement and patented resistance equipment to enhance strength, mobility, and stability, providing an adaptable workout for women at any life stage. Join Pvolve for one of two workout sessions led by chief training officer Antonietta Vicario, followed by a discussion with Vicario, president Julie Cartwright, and Amy Hoover, Pvolve’s chief physical therapist, to learn how this cult-favorite workout is breaking through a crowded fitness space (and developing partnerships with celebrities like Jennifer Aniston).

 
Monday, September 16, 2024, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Innovation by Design and Best Workplaces for Innovators Honoree Welcome Breakfast

   Private Event

Network with fellow Best Workplaces for Innovators and Innovation by Design honorees during a breakfast at Fast Company's headquarters.

 
 

Decoding Your Work Style and Designing the Best Way to Work with Anyone
Featuring David Rock, Director, NeuroLeadership Institute

 ConveneLeadership and InclusionWorkshop

Join David Rock, the founder and CEO of the NeuroLeadership Institute, as he leads participants through the SCARF assessment to better understand the five domains of human social experience: status, certainty, autonomy, relatedness, and fairness. Attendees will learn about their own personality and work style and walk away with the tools to collaborate better and be more effective in providing training and feedback.

 
 

Fast Track at 2045 Clubhouse
Hosted by 2045 Clubhouse

   Fast Track  
 

Fast Track at ACT House
Hosted by ACT House

   Fast Track  
 

Fast Track at CannonDesign
Hosted by CannonDesign

   Fast Track  
 

Fast Track at Disguise
Hosted by Disguise

   Fast Track  
 

Fast Track at Larroudé 
Hosted by Larroudé 

   Fast Track  
 

Fast Track at Luminary
Hosted by Luminary

   Fast Track  
 

Fast Track at Made Music Studio
Hosted by Made Music Studio

   Fast Track  
 

Fast Track at Terra Kaffe
Hosted by Terra Kaffe 

   Fast Track  
 

Fast Track at Tubi
Hosted by Tubi

   Fast Track  
 

From Crickets to "Aha" Moments: Harnessing the Brain Science of Insight to Generate Creative Momentum
Featuring Emma Sarro, PhD, Director of Research - North America, NeuroLeadership Institute and Christine Chesebrough, PhD, Research Scientist, Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research

 ConveneLeadership and InclusionWorkshop

Do your brainstorms stall out? Do your efforts toward problem-solving and innovation lack momentum? It's not about how brilliant you or your team are, it's about how you manage the process of creative problem-solving. In this interactive session, led by NeuroLeadership Institute’s director of research, Emma Sarro, and research scientist Christine Chesebrough, you'll learn about the neuroscience of insight, why brainstorming often fails, and the techniques for how to generate "aha" moments that inspire creativity and accelerate buy-in when tackling challenging problems.

 
 

From Job Ad to Offer Letter: How to Redesign Your Hiring Process from the Ground Up
Featuring Kimberly Brown, Founder and CEO, Brown Leadership

 Convene Workshop

From tired recruiting methods to time-consuming and biased interview processes, the old ways of hiring are broken. Kimberly Brown, founder and CEO of Brown Leadership, will help you revamp everything. In this hands-on session, you'll learn how to craft a job posting that attracts the best talent, create a templated interview process that efficiently evaluates candidates on an equal playing field, and build a pipeline of “silver medalists” for future hiring. Come to this session with a real position you're hiring for or build from a sample scenario and leave with an actionable plan.

 
 

From Z to A: What You Need to Know About Gen Alpha
Featuring Joe Ferencz, Founder and CEO, Gamefam and Matt Traub, Chief Operating Officer, DKC

 ConveneCreativityPanel

Understanding what new generations want from brands can be dicey—and Gen Alpha (those born between 2010 and 2024) is no different. Knowing that you can't copy and paste your marketing and business strategy from Gen Z to Gen A, what can you do? This panel of execs and experts have the answers.

 
 

How Businesses Are Fighting the “War on Woke”
Featuring Elizabeth Gore, Cofounder and President, Hello Alice
and Neal Katyal, Partner, Hogan Lovells US

 ConveneEntrepreneurshipPanel

Conservative interest groups have been targeting DEI initiatives across education with the Supreme Court ending affirmative action last year. And now these groups have set their sights on the workplace. But with the diversity of American business at stake, entrepreneurs and their legal teams aren't going down without a fight. Get an inside look at the war on "woke" in the workplace and understand how it may affect your business.

 
 

How Employee Engagement Can Transform Company Culture—and the Bottom Line 
Featuring Bob Stiller, Founder, Keurig Green Mountain

 ConveneLeadership and InclusionPanel

Quiet quitting carries a hefty price tag: Gallup estimates that low worker engagement currently costs the global economy $8.8 trillion, a staggering 9% of global GDP. Low engagement is the culprit. In this session, a diverse group of executives will share strategies for inspiring and empowering employees to boost morale along with profits.

 
 

How First-Time Founders Are Finding Their Way
Featuring Sophie Bai, Founder and CEO, B.A.I. Biosciences; Mika Shino, Founder and CEO, Issei and Emily Hikade, Founder and CEO, Petite Plume

 ConveneEntrepreneurshipPanel

In 2023, 5.5 million new small-business applications were filed, making it the highest year on record. There's been a clear surge in entrepreneurship since 2020—and in the wave are first-time founders learning, adapting, and growing as business leaders. In this panel, you'll hear how these first-time founders made their career switches and are finding success in entrepreneurship—not without some trials and errors you can learn from.

 
 

Innovation Showcase with Fctry Lab’s Omar Bailey
 

 ConveneDesignPanel  
 

Live Long and Prosper: Unpacking the Longevity Economy
Featuring Melanie Goldey, CEO, Tally Health

 ConveneWellnessPanel  
 

One-on-One with Jennifer Doudna
Featuring Jennifer Doudna, Founder, Innovative Genomics Institute, and Nobel Laureate

 BMCCWellnessMain Stage  
 

One-on-One with José Andrés
Featuring José Andrés, Founder, José Andrés Group, World Central Kitchen

 BMCCSocial GoodMain Stage  
 

One-on-One with Lina Khan 
Featuring Lina Khan, Chair, Federal Trade Comission 

 BMCC Main Stage  
 

One-on-One with Lin-Manuel Miranda
Featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Award-winning songwriter, actor, producer, and director

 BMCCCreativityMain Stage  
 

One-on-one with Pat McGrath
Featuring Pat McGrath, Founder and CEO, Pat McGrath Labs

 BMCC Main Stage  
 

One-on-One with Ryan Reynolds
Featuring Ryan Reynolds, Cofounder, Maximum Effort

 BMCCEntrepreneurshipMain Stage  
 

One-on-One with Sara Nelson
Featuring Sara Nelson, International President, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA

 BMCCLeadership and InclusionMain Stage  
 

One-on-One with Satya Nadella
Featuring Satya Nadella, Chairman and CEO, Microsoft

 BMCCTechMain Stage  
 

One-on-One with Ted Sarandos
Featuring Ted Sarandos, Co-CEO, Netflix

 BMCCTechMain Stage  
 

Rethinking the RTO Debate at PENN1 with Industrious
Hosted by Industrious

   Fast Track

Instead of continuing the endless conversation around the future of work and whether employees are returning to the office, it's clear that work environments must adapt and reinvent themselves. PENN1 is at the forefront of this transformation, offering a comprehensive office space designed for work and a well-rounded lifestyle by enhancing productivity, fitting seamlessly into personal lives and lifestyles, and providing ample opportunities for socializing and networking. Join Industrious for a session filled with networking opportunities, a panel discussion with leaders on the future of work, a classic food & beverage experience, and an accompanying DJ set.

 
 

The Human Way to Use AI to Create Compelling and Personal Social Video
Featuring Kim Rittberg,  Digital Marketer & Video Expert 

 ConveneCreativityWorkshop

Join award-winning digital marketer and video expert Kim Rittberg for a lively and interactive session where she’ll walk you through some of the top AI tools to enhance your existing social media marketing or brand building. Say goodbye to wooden, irrelevant posts clearly crafted by a robot. You’ll learn how to leverage AI to craft better content and have higher output that relates to your (human) customers. Participants can expect to walk away with fresh ideas and a sample post.

 
 

Understanding the Economy Now to Plan for Your Company’s Future
 

 ConveneEntrepreneurshipPanel  

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