Location: Bomhard Theater | 3:45 - 4:45 PM
When the robots come to take our jobs, what skills will matter most? Machines are capable of outmaneuvering humans at almost anything; they can even teach themselves to play strategy games like chess and Go. But, to paraphrase super-agent Ari Emanuel: “Find me the machine that can think like Larry David.” The future, increasingly, belongs to creative thinkers whose brains don’t follow a traditional set of rules. Fast Company Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Mehta is the rare business editor who talks to pure creatives like Pharrell Williams and Kerry Washington and corporate leaders. Drawing on 10 years of Fast Company’s reporting on the Most Creative People in Business, Mehta explains how to bring a creative, rule-breaking mindset to any aspect of business, from engineering to marketing to forecasting and planning.
What makes the world’s most creative people—and companies—tick? The most qualified person to answer the question is STEPHANIE MEHTA. As Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company—the influential magazine championing creativity, innovation, and thriving workplace cultures for a new generation of business— Mehta is the rare editor who talks to pure creatives and corporate leaders in equal measure. She draws on her decades in business journalism to show us how to inject imaginative thinking, entrepreneurial zeal, and unbridled innovation into everything we do.
Whether she’s investigating the prodigious rise of Silicon Valley, the domino effect of technology on our lives, or what makes a workplace truly innovative, Stephanie Mehta has her finger on the pulse. She brings over twenty-five years of experience in business journalism to her new role as Editor-in-Chief at Fast Company, the publication that businesses all over the world turn to for inspiration and guidance.
Prior to Fast Company, Mehta was Deputy Editor at Vanity Fair, where she coedited the influential New Establishment ranking, curated the New Establishment Summit, and oversaw the Founders Fair conference for women entrepreneurs. Previously, she was editor of Bloomberg LIVE and Bloomberg Media’s global conference division. Mehta spent 14 years as a writer and editor at Fortune, where she rose to the No. 2 position on the masthead. While at Fortune, she directed the magazine’s technology, management, Washington, and international coverage, and helped set its overall editorial direction. Mehta also spent six years as an editor and writer at The Wall Street Journal. She received a BA in English and an MS in journalism from Northwestern University.