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 will convene in New York for a series of conversations 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 2020, Fast Company will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a special print edition that will feature insights from council members. The names of all council members will be included in the issue.
Participation is by invitation and nontransferable.
Founder, Hu.ma.ne (former Apple designer)
SVP, Collaboration Technology Group, Cisco Systems
President, Social Impact & Philanthropy, Sesame Workshop
Founder and CEO, Walker & Co.
Founder and CEO, Vida
Cofounder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker
Co-founder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker
CEO, Gro Intelligence
President and CEO, PayPal
Executive Chairman & Chief Creative Officer, Tory Burch & Founder, Tory Burch Foundation
“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.
It is our great hope that the Fast Company Impact Council will help ensure that Fast Company remains a handbook for the business revolution, providing our editors 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 2020 and beyond. This year’s council meeting will be held April 28 at Convene at Brookfield Place (225 Liberty Street) in New York City. Cocktails will be held on the evening of April 27.
3. Take part in exclusive member dinners
Curated by Fast Company, these intimate dinner discussions throughout the year will give you an opportunity to mingle, ideate, and build relationships with council members in a fun, casual setting.
4. Attend private field trips (Fast Tracks)
Get inside access and go behind the scenes at some of the most innovative companies, hosted by members and curated by Fast Company.
5. 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 2020 issue of Fast Company.
6. Enjoy complimentary access to Fast Company’s Innovation Festival, and get “fast track” consideration for speaker nominations
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 2020. Members will also have an opportunity to nominate themselves or others as potential speakers at the festival; all council member submissions will get editorial consideration.
Actress and producer
Host and Investor
Filmmaker, Philanthropist, Activist
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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