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, which will take place virtually on June 30. 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.

Imran Chaudhri
Founder, Hu.ma.ne (former Apple designer)

Amy Chang
SVP, Collaboration Technology Group, Cisco Systems

Sherrie Westin
President, Social Impact & Philanthropy, Sesame Workshop

Tristan Walker
Founder and CEO, Walker & Co.

Stephanie Tilenius
Founder and CEO, Vida

“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. This year’s council meeting will be held virtually on May 20.

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, “fast track” consideration for speaker nominations, and discounts for your company and companies you support (as an investor or board member) 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) for their companies and companies the support as investors or board members.

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Annual Event

The Fast Company Impact Council will meet virtually May 20. Details will be posted soon.

Previous Speakers

Jim Coulter

Michelle Pfeiffer
Actress and producer

Caterina Fake
Host and Investor

Abigail Disney
Filmmaker, Philanthropist, Activist

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.


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