Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, Hans Vestberg, and Lena Waithe join Fast Company Innovation Festival

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Business executives, creative leaders, technologists and founders join the lineup for Fast Company’s first virtual festival. The sixth annual Fast Company Innovation Festival will feature newsmakers in business, the arts, and social impact for a week of keynote conversations, panel discussions, immersive workshops, and one-on-one mentoring, led and curated by Fast Company journalists. Read Full Story

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Malala Yousafzai, Eric Schmidt, Pramila Jayapal, Mark Mason join Innovation Festival

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Leaders from politics, business, and social good join the first-ever virtual ‘Fast Company’ gathering. The Fast Company Innovation Festival has added Malala Yousafzai , the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, to its lineup of speakers. Also joining the festival: Eric Schmidt , the technologist and philanthropist; Washington congresswoman Pramila Jayapal ; and Mark Mason , chief financial officer of global banking giant Citi. Read Full Story

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Chip and Joanna Gaines on building Magnolia Network, even though, ‘We still don’t have a television’

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During the Fast Company Innovation Festival, the ‘Fixer Upper’ stars discussed recruiting a diverse slate of talent to join them in their new venture. “The secret to good television is finding people who don’t want to be on television,” entrepreneur and Fixer Upper star Chip Gaines told Fast Company Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Mehta during a keynote panel at the magazine’s Innovation Festival. Read Full Story

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How Lena Waithe is trailblazing for the next generation through her storytelling

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The writer-producer joined the Fast Company Innovation Festival to talk about her influences—and the influence she hopes to have. The career trajectory of award-winning writer and producer Lena Waithe is a uniquely Hollywood story. Kid from Chicago moves to Los Angeles, and then goes from production assistant gigs to writers rooms to winning an Emmy to producing and showrunning multiple TV series, and having major production studio deals. Read Full Story

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How Tommy Hilfiger is working toward a more sustainable and inclusive fashion industry

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From a massive solar roof to new equity programs to washing denim with lasers instead of water. On the roof of Tommy Hilfiger’s European distribution center—located in the Dutch town of Venlo—are 48,000 solar panels, just one of the latest steps the fashion brand has taken to be more sustainable. CEO Martijn Hagman announced the completion of the solar panel roof at the Fast Company Innovation Festival on Tuesday, saying the company believes it’s “one of the most powerful solar roofs in the world at this moment.” Read Full Story

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Ava DuVernay, CEOs of Lululemon and Global Citizen, to speak at Most Innovative Companies summit

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The writer, director, and producer joins a cast of CEOs and business leaders for ‘Fast Company’s’ virtual event on March 9 and 10. Ava DuVernay , the writer, director, producer, and distributor of independent films, will speak at the Fast Company Most Innovative Companies Summit on March 9 and 10. DuVernay, whose directorial work includes Selma , A Wrinkle in Time , and 13th , also is the founder of Array, a nonprofit film collective and 2016 Most Innovative Company (MIC). Read Full Story

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NASDAQ’s CEO says bringing more people into capital markets is the way to create ‘inclusive capitalism’

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Adena Friedman, CEO of the online stock exchange, argues that creating value for all stakeholders will ultimately create more value for investors. NASDAQ is committed to achieving “inclusive capitalism,” said CEO Adena Friedman at the Fast Company Innovation Festival . What does that mean for the stock exchange? Bringing more first-time investors into the fold, creating an ecosystem to allow more companies to go public, and changing existing structures so that all stakeholders in a business share a company’s wealth. Read Full Story

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How TikTok won the mobile video wars by breaking all the rules

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At the Fast Company Innovation Festival, TikTok’s global marketing head spoke about how the platform brought something entirely new to a crowded space. In just two years, TikTok went from being a niche app where teenagers post videos of themselves lip-synching and dancing to one of the most dominant cultural forces in the country. In the first nine months of this year, the mobile app was downloaded by more than 64 million first-time U.S. users, according to Sensor Tower, double the number from the same period last year. Read Full Story

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