Welcome to the Fast Company Impact Council

The Fast Company Impact Council is an invitation-only collective of innovative leaders and the most creative people in business. The group meets several times a year for webinars and roundtable discussions on some of the greatest opportunities and most pressing challenges of our time, and the role companies and council members can play in shaping the future.

Key conversations will be spotlighted on fastcompany.com, and in November 2021, Fast Company will produce a special print edition that features insights from the Impact Council annual meeting. The names and affiliations of all council members will be included in the issue.

Participation is by invitation and nontransferable.

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Click here to view the full list of members.

Dan Schulman
CEO, PayPal

 Tory Burch
Creative Director, Tory Burch

Will Packer
Will Packer Productions

Roger Crandall
President and CEO,
Mass Mutual

Barbara Whye
Head of DE&I, Apple

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“Something is happening and it affects us all. A global revolution is changing business, and business is changing the world.”

– “Letter from the Editors,” Fast Company, November 1995

In November 1995, former Harvard Business Review editors Bill Taylor and Alan Webber unveiled a new business magazine that aimed to be the handbook of the business revolution. “A new generation of business leaders is rewriting the rules of business, and a new breed of fast companies is challenging the status quo,” they wrote in their first letter to readers.

Twenty-five years later, the Fast Company Impact Council helps ensure that Fast Company remains a handbook for the business revolution, providing our readers with insights and thought leadership that will ensure that the brand’s next 25 years are as vital and agenda setting as the last.


1. Share your knowledge, insights, and perspectives

Imagine that the FC Impact Council is your business think tank—a body of the most inventive founders, energetic CEOs, designers and artists, and visionaries—coming together to share knowledge, ideas, and perspectives on business, society, innovation, and design.

2. Convene at the annual council meeting

Each year, council members will gather for a full day of open discussions and roundtables aimed at highlighting members’ viewpoints on the most urgent business and societal issues of the day. These conversations will form a blueprint for Fast Company’s coverage across 2021 and beyond. 

3. Take part in webinars and virtual visits

Curated by Fast Company, these intimate gatherings give you an opportunity to mingle, ideate, and build relationships with council members and special guests. Past speakers have included author Simon Sinek and Dr. Lisa Coleman, senior vice president for global inclusion at New York University.

4. Create lasting relationships with Fast Company’s editorial team

As a council member, Fast Company’s editors will rely on you frequently for your expertise, acumen, and perspectives, and all members will be listed in the November 2021 issue of Fast Company.

5. Enjoy complimentary access to Fast Company’s Innovation Festival and discounts to apply for Fast Company’s recognition programs

Our team will help craft a curated experience for members who attend the sixth Fast Company Innovation Festival, which will take place in New York in fall 2021. Members will also have an opportunity to nominate themselves or others as potential speakers at the festival. Members will also receive a 10% discount on application fees for Fast Company’s recognition programs (Most Innovative Companies, World Changing Ideas, Innovation By Design, Best Workplaces for Innovators, Brands That Matter,  Next Big Things in Tech) for their companies and companies the support as investors or board members.

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Annual Event

Impact Council 2021 Event Keynote Conversations

The former CEO of Robin Hood, the anti-poverty group, addresses inequality, corporate leadership, and his potential run for governor of Maryland.

In a wide-ranging interview, Ed Bastian explains why Delta Air Lines took a public stand on Georgia’s new voting rights bill, and shares his views on the future of travel

Previous Speakers

Julie Wainwright
Founder & CEO, The RealReal

Michelle Pfeiffer
Actress and producer

Bill Gates
Co-chairman and co-founder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Anthony Romero
Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union

Scott Galloway
New York University


Founding Knowledge Partner

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm, deeply committed to helping institutions in the private, public, and social sectors achieve lasting success. For more than 90 years, our primary objective has been to serve as our clients’ most trusted external adviser. With consultants in 129 cities in 65 countries, across industries and functions, we bring unparalleled expertise to clients anywhere in the world. We work closely with teams at all levels of an organization to shape winning strategies, mobilize for change, build capabilities, and drive successful execution.

Esri is a global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping, helping customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Founded in 1969 in Redlands, California, our software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations globally and in over 200,000 institutions in the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, nonprofits, and universities. We have regional offices, international distributors, and partners providing local support in over 100 countries on six continents. With our pioneering commitment to geospatial information technology, we engineer the most innovative solutions for digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics.


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