New speakers announced at 9th annual Fast Company Innovation Festival

New speakers announced at 9th annual Fast Company Innovation Festival
From left: Christy Turlington, Dwayne Wade, Gabrielle Union [Photos: courtesy subjects]

In a few short weeks, Fast Company will hold its 9th annual Innovation Festival in New York City—and we’ve added some exciting new speakers to the lineup including Gabrielle Union; Dwyane Wade; Tracee Ellis Ross; Christy Turlington; Founder and CEO of Clare V., Clare Vivier; Alexa von Tobel, founder and managing partner of Inspired Capital; and Jesper Brodin, CEO of INGKA Holding.

From September 18-21, these speakers and many more will illuminate the best the Innovation Festival has to offer: bringing together boundary-pushing leaders across business, technology, and entertainment to unpack what’s driving their innovation and how they’re staying ahead of the curve in fast-paced industries.

Power couple Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade, cofounders of baby care line Proudly, will share how they’re innovating for inclusivity by creating products for melanated babies, as well as unlocking new potential in a multibillion-dollar industry.

You’ll learn how brands including IKEA and Clare V. are leveraging their platforms for purpose, whether that’s setting new corporate benchmarks in the age of climate crisis as the world’s largest furniture retailer or pushing the possibilities for a better future within the fashion marketplace.

Also, we’ve added a fourth Taste of Innovation dinner experience—at the fast-growing Mexican chain Tacombi—to a lineup that already included SAGA, Le Bernardin, and Scarpetta.

And what would the Innovation Festival be if we weren’t introducing some new experiences altogether? The Innovation Festival will host its first-ever film screening—an advance preview of Dumb Money, the story of the GameStop short squeeze—followed by a Q&A with writers and executive producers Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo.

Another first this year is handing you the mic to share your stories of innovation and breakthroughs—and be featured on our Most Innovative Companies podcast—through our Innovation Diaries series at the festival.

For more on what’s new at the Innovation Festival, check out this post. And be sure to sign up for our signature Fast Tracks, Fast Company‘s take on field trips, featuring companies including Diane von Furstenberg, Tamron Hall, Glossier, and many more.

For more information on Innovation Festival passes, as well as the full agenda and speaker list, please visit our events page.

Innovation Festival sponsors this year are 3M, Assembly, Capital One (returning as the sponsor of the main stage), Convene (the official venue sponsor), DOW, Expedia Group, GS1 US, Guardant Health, IBM, Janus Henderson Investors, Kenvue, Orangetheory, Pfizer, Publicis Sapient, Purdue University, SHVO, Visa, and VSP Global Innovation Center. And thanks to Ecolab’s sponsorship, Climate Vault will neutralize 500+ metric tons of carbon emissions produced by the 2023 Innovation Festival from the atmosphere.

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