Most Innovative Companies Summit
#MICSummit
Sponsored by
David Lidsky
  • 10:00 AM - 10:05 AM
  • Remarks

Welcome Remarks

Roz Brewer
  • 10:05 AM - 10:45 AM
  • One-on-One Conversation

One-On-One with Roz Brewer, CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance
Featuring Roz Brewer, CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Donnel Baird Nan Ransohoff
  • 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Panel

Climate Mavericks: The Most Innovative Companies Saving the Planet
Featuring Donnel Baird, Founder and CEO, BlocPower; and Nan Ransohoff, Head of Climate, Stripe

Meet the leaders applying creativity and innovation—and inspiring others—to tackle climate change.

Jack Forestell Vidya Peters Julianne Pepitone
  • 11:30 AM - 12:10 PM
  • Panel

Trust: Powering the Innovation Behind Tomorrow’s Money Movement
Presented by VISA
Featuring Jack Forestell, EVP and Chief Product Officer, Visa; and Vidya Peters, COO, Marqeta
Moderated by Julianne Pepitone, FastCo Works

Digital Wallets, Crypto, NFTs…a digital transformation is rippling across the business world with frictionless payments at the center of this transformation, providing customers highly personalized, secure, digital-first experiences. What do business leaders need to do to successfully ride this wave of innovation without compromising the trust of customers? Senior executives and thought leaders at top global brands explain the future of how money is moved, with innovations in security and new services at the helm.

John Egan Derek Belch Christina Wootton
  • 12:10 PM - 12:55 PM
  • Breakout Session

What the Heck is the Metaverse, and Why Should I Care?
Featuring Derek Belch, Founder and CEO, Strivr; John Egan, CEO, L'Atelier BNP Paribas; and Christina Wootton, VP and Global Head of Brand Partnerships, Roblox

Virtual worlds, once the domain of gamers and technologists, are suddenly Topic A in business. A panel of leading-edge experts help explain the importance of the so-called metaverse for companies, and the role virtual worlds should play in your innovation strategy.

Elizabeth Caley David Edwards David Rockwell
  • 12:10 PM - 12:55 PM
  • Breakout Session

Designing for the Endemic
Featuring Elizabeth Caley, Co-CEO, Poppy; David Edwards, Founder, Fend; and David Rockwell, Founder and President, Rockwell Group

Public health experts imagine that COVID, once a pandemic, is now just something we have to live with. How should companies design their products and their workspaces differently for the endemic to come?

Erika Leone Stephanie Smellie
  • 12:10 PM - 12:55 PM
  • Breakout Session

The Fan-Powered Economy
Featuring Stephanie Smellie, VP, Content Partnerships, Dapper Labs; Erika Leone, VP and Head, Brand Marketing, SoundCloud

Building a relationship with fans increasingly is all about giving them a deeper sense of ownership in the things and people they love. Leaders will learn how to understand, stoke, and harness the fan-powered economy through experts from the world of NFTs and music.

Naomi Allen Liana Douillet Guzmán Anita Allemand
  • 12:10 PM - 12:55 PM
  • Breakout Session

Healthcare for All: Serving the Underserved
Featuring Anita Allemand, Chief Transformation and Integration Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance; Naomi Allen, Cofounder and CEO, Brightline; and Liana Douillet Guzmán, CEO, Folx Health

Three health innovators share insights on ensuring quality healthcare for marginalized populations and the role companies can play in expanding care for employees and the communities in which they operate.

KC Ifeanyi
  • 12:55 PM - 1:05 PM
  • Trivia

Trivia
Hosted by KC Ifeanyi, Multimedia Editor, Fast Company

Test your Fast Company knowledge during our daily, super-fun trivia sessions! Each day, one lucky participant will win a prize.

Brooks Howell Mark-Hans Richer Cheryl Friedman
  • 1:05 PM - 1:45 PM
  • Panel

Homes Transformed: Inside the Smart—and Sustainable—Digital Innovations That are Reimagining How We Live
Presented by MOEN
Featuring Cheryl Friedman, VP, Lowe's Innovation Labs; Brooks Howell, Principal and Residential Global Leader, Gensler; and Mark-Hans Richer, Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer, Moen
Moderated by Abigail Bassett, FastCo Works

Smart homes are finally here. What do artificial intelligence, connected sensors, and high-speed networks mean for the way we live, work, and play? And how can these innovations advance sustainability initiatives, providing benefits beyond the home to the broader community? Some of the top minds in design, technology, and sustainability explore how our living spaces are evolving and what opportunities they might provide in the future.

Anne Raimondi Tamar Yehoshua Sangeeta Chakraborty
  • 1:55 PM - 2:40 PM
  • Breakout Session

The New New World of Productivity
Featuring Sangeeta Chakraborty, Head of Customer Experience, Miro; Anne Raimondi, Chief Operating Officer, Asana; and Tamar Yehoshua, Chief Product Officer, Slack

Hybrid work is here to stay. Our panelists explain how employers can help their staffers streamline the ways they collaborate online—and in real life.

Jill Nykoliation Chris Brandt Susan Credle
  • 1:55 PM - 2:40 PM
  • Breakout Session

Where Social Issues and Brands Collide
Featuring Chris Brandt, Chief Marketing Officer, Chipotle; Susan Credle, Global Chair and Chief Creative Officer, FCB Global; and Jill Nykoliation, CEO, Juniper Park\TBWA

Advertising companies are using the art of persuasion as a force for good. A trio of branding experts offer insights on their roles in advancing social issues and why communicating corporate responsibility is good business.

Trina Spear Amanda Hesser Eurie Kim Tracy Reese
  • 1:55 PM - 2:40 PM
  • Breakout Session

Highway to Headwinds: Keeping Retail Smooth
Featuring Amanda Hesser, Founder and CEO, Food52; Eurie Kim, Managing Partner, Forerunner Ventures; Tracy Reese, Founder and Creative Director, Hope for Flowers; and Trina Spear, Cofounder and CoCEO, Figs

Businesses have been hit hard, from labor shortages to inflation to supply-chain challenges. These fast-growing retailers discuss how they’re weathering this perfect storm of economic conditions even as they strive to innovate products and experiences for customers.

Alicia Chin Saskia van Gendt Caroline Brown
  • 1:55 PM - 2:40 PM
  • Breakout Session

Innovating the End Game (and Everything That Comes Before)
Featuring Caroline Brown, Managing Director, Closed Loop Partners; Alicia Chin, Senior Manager of Sustainability and Social Impact, Smartwool; and Saskia van Gendt, Head of Sustainability, Rothy's

A growing number of companies no longer relinquish responsibility for their products once a consumer makes a purchase. Learn how leading innovators are designing products and collaborating with suppliers, communities, and lawmakers to consider the environment when their products reach the end of their usefulness.

Mike Schnaidt Jeanne Graves
  • 2:40 PM - 2:50 PM
  • Fast Break

Fast Chat: Creating the Cover with Fast Company's Mike Schnaidt and Jeanne Graves
Featuring Jeanne Graves, Photography Director, Fast Company; and Mike Schnaidt, Creative Director, Fast Company

Randy Barbato Fenton Bailey Brooke Lynn Hytes
  • 2:55 PM - 3:45 PM
  • Panel

The Business of Drag
Featuring Fenton Bailey, Cofounder, World of Wonder Productions; Randy Barbato, Cofounder, World of Wonder Productions; and Brooke Lynn Hytes, Host, Canada's Drag Race

Drag was once a fringe art form with queens living off of barroom tips. Now, thanks to RuPaul's Drag Race, drag has elevated to its rightful spot in the mainstream—in turn creating a booming business economy.

Kenneth C. Frazier
  • 3:45 PM - 4:13 PM
  • Panel

One-on-One with Kenneth C. Frazier, Executive Chairman of the Board, Merck, and Chairman, Health Assurance Initiatives, General Catalyst 

Stephanie Mehta
  • 4:13 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Remarks

Closing Remarks
Remarks by Stephanie Mehta, CEO and Chief Content Officer, Mansueto Ventures

Amy Farley
  • 10:00 AM
  • Remarks

Welcome Remarks

Sir Richard Branson Stuart Landesberg
  • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Panel

Richard Branson and Grove Collaborative’s Plan to Supercharge Sustainability
Featuring Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group; and Stuart Landesberg, Founder and CEO, Grove Collaborative

Entrepreneurs Landsberg and Branson explain how and why they teamed up to take Grove Collaborative, a clean household goods and personal care company, public via a SPAC, and they share their views on how innovation can address the planet's biggest challenges.

Chris Sacca
  • 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
  • One-on-One Conversation

One-On-One with Chris Sacca, Founder and Managing Partner, Lowercarbon Capital
Featuring Chris Sacca, Founder and Managing Partner, Lowercarbon Capital

Callan Schebella Julianne Pepitone Joseph Fuller Sherry Comes
  • 11:30 AM - 12:10 PM
  • Panel

The Future of Customer Engagement: The AI-Enabled Workforce
Presented by FIVE9
Featuring Sherry Comes, Managing Director, Service and Digital Transformation Practice, Deloitte Consulting; Joseph Fuller, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School; and Callan Schebella, EVP, Product Management, Five9
Moderated by Julianne Pepitone, Moderator, FastCo Works

During the pandemic, customers turned to self-service channels like never before, and companies—inundated with calls, emails, and messages—needed to find a way to provide high-quality service without burning out employees. This thought-provoking session will explore the future of customer engagement and how AI and other innovations can help companies and workers handle the evolving demands of customers while enhancing their overall experience.

Nicole Atchison Hiroki Koga Katie Seawell
  • 12:10 PM - 12:55 PM
  • Breakout Session

A Taste of Innovation
Featuring Nicole Atchison, CEO, Puris Holdings; Hiroki Koga, Cofounder and CEO, Oishii; and Katie Seawell, Chief Commercial Officer, Bowery Farming

From crop genetics to the "Tesla of strawberries," forward-thinking companies are reshaping agriculture today to address its most pressing issues and deliver the food of the future to your plate.

Mark Penn Oleksandr Kosovan Igor Zhadanov
  • 12:10 PM - 12:55 PM
  • Breakout Session

War and Globalization: Perspectives on the Conflict in Ukraine
Featuring Oleksandr Kosovan, CEO, MacPaw; Mark Penn, President and Managing Partner, The Stagwell Inc.; and Igor Zhadanov, Cofounder and CEO, Readdle

Will Marshall Jason Kalirai Caryn Schenewerk
  • 12:10 PM - 12:55 PM
  • Breakout Session

To Infinity—and Beyond Mars
Featuring Jason Kalirai, Mission Area Executive, Civil Space, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; Will Marshall, Cofounder and CEO, Planet; and Caryn Schenewerk, VP, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Relativity Space

The relationship between earthlings and what’s beyond our atmosphere is far more expansive than traveling to the Red Planet. MIC pros with their eyes on the stars discuss innovating how to map out the next frontier.

KC Ifeanyi
  • 12:55 PM - 1:05 PM
  • Trivia

Trivia
Hosted by KC Ifeanyi, Multimedia Editor, Fast Company

Test your Fast Company knowledge during our daily, super-fun trivia sessions! Each day, one lucky participant will win a prize.

Ethan Brown Morgan Flatley
  • 1:05 PM - 1:50 PM
  • Panel

Beyond McPlant: The Untold Story of How Beyond Meat and McDonald's Are Innovating the Way We Eat
Featuring Ethan Brown, Founder and CEO, Beyond Meat, and Morgan Flatley, Global Chief Marketing Officer, McDonald's

Beyond Meat and food retailing giant McDonald's share the inside story of the making of their limited-edition plant-based burger, and what it means to innovate modern dining habits—at scale.

Mike Schabel Matt King
  • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
  • Breakout Session

Reinventing Live Experiences in the Post-Pandemic Era
Featuring Matt King, Cofounder and Senior Creative Director, Meow Wolf; and Mike Schabel, CEO, Kiswe Mobile

Some of the most innovative purveyors of live experiences explore how travel, concerts, art exhibits, and more have been reimagined by more than two years of experimentation with virtual formats and evolving consumer expectations.

Tammy Sun Karsten Vagner Parth Bhakta Rosanna Durruthy
  • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
  • Breakout Session

How to Avoid the Next Great Resignation
Featuring Parth Bhakta, Founder and CEO, Vivian Health; Rosanna Durruthy, VP, Global Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, LinkedIn; Tammy Sun, Cofounder and CEO, Carrot Fertility; and Karsten Vagner, SVP of People, Maven Clinic

What does it take to help employees avoid burnout? MIC companies share their secrets for retaining top talent.

Michelle Peluso Jim Pursley
  • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
  • Breakout Session

When House Calls Meet Telehealth
Featuring Michelle Peluso, Chief Customer Officer and Copresident of Retail, CVS Health; Jim Pursley, President, Hinge Health; and Debbie Salas-Lopez, SVP of Community and Population Health, Northwell Health

A new era of healthcare is here, and it’s bridging the physical and the virtual. A panel of experts from leading innovators explains how this shift will impact the way we seek and deliver care.

Jeff Beer
  • 2:45 PM - 2:55 PM
  • Fast Break

Fast Chat: Next Level Brand Creativity with Fast Company's Jeff Beer
Featuring Jeff Beer, Senior Staff Editor, Fast Company

Felecia Hatcher Pharrell Williams
  • 2:55 PM - 3:40 PM
  • Panel

Where Ambition Meets Innovation with Pharrell Williams and Felecia Hatcher
Featuring Felecia Hatcher, CEO, Black Ambition; and Pharrell Williams, Founder, Black Ambition

An inspiring conversation on finding and funding the next generation of innovators with the leaders of Black Ambition, an incubator for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs.

Stephanie Mehta
  • 3:40 PM - 3:50 PM
  • Remarks

Closing Remarks, #MICSummit Concludes
Remarks by Stephanie Mehta, CEO and Chief Content Officer, Mansueto Ventures

Partners in Innovation

Five9 provides end-to-end cloud contact center solutions with digital engagement, analytics, workforce optimization and AI to increase agent productivity and deliver tangible business results.

North America’s #1 consumer faucet brand, Moen’s innovations give consumers more power than ever before to understand, control and enjoy the water flowing through their homes.

Visa Inc. is a world leader in digital payments, facilitating transactions between consumers, merchants, financial institutions and government entities across more than 200 countries and territories. We believe that economies that include everyone everywhere, uplift everyone everywhere.