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.

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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

Neil Blumenthal
Cofounder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker

Dave Gilboa
Co-founder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker

Sara Menker
CEO, Gro Intelligence

Dan Schulman
President and CEO, PayPal

Tory Burch
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.

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Annual Event

Convene at Brookfield Place
225 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10281

Select Speakers

Click here to view the full list of speakers.

Jim Coulter

Michelle Pfeiffer
Actress and producer

Caterina Fake
Host and Investor

Abigail Disney
Filmmaker, Philanthropist, Activist

Scott Galloway
New York University


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