Following the formula of the annual Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York City each fall, the agenda in Milan will feature a robust lineup of keynote conversations, expert panels, purposeful networking, and unique live demonstrations that bring the theme of superintelligence and the senses to life. With breakfast, lunch and cocktails each day, attendees will have quality time for peer-to-peer connections. Click here to view the full agenda.
Fashion technology company Lectra organized an invitation-only event, Fashion Forward 4.0: How Personalization is Revolutionizing Fashion. It was a dynamic discussion on the opportunities offered by customization for industry players on May 1 at the PUBLIC Hotel. The panel included Edouard Macquin, President of Lectra Americas, Akash Pathak, Head of Marketing for Trunk Club, Seph Skerritt, Founder and CEO of Proper Cloth, and Arthur Zaczkiewicz, Executive Director of Strategic Content Development at Women's Wear Daily, with Elizabeth Segran, Senior Staff Writer at Fast Company, moderating.
Elizabeth Segran from Fast Company joined us at Stanford University to discuss the childcare crisis in America and how it impacts working moms. How has childcare factored into your career and family decisions? How might we start to solve this?
Good to Go: Mobilizing Brand Loyalists as Environmental Activists
Featuring JOHN GOODWIN, brand creative director, Patagonia, and CHRIS EICHENSEER, founder and creative director, Someoddpilot. Panel moderated by Fast Company Senior Staff Writer, Elizabeth Segran.
For almost 40 years, Patagonia has supported grassroots activists working to find solutions to the environmental crisis.
Elizabeth Segran, staff writer at Fast Company, will be moderating this session as speakers discuss the importance of getting involved directly with organizations in your local community to support the issues you care about, and the different platforms out there taking you a step closer to your goal. Using Patagonia Action Works as an example, speakers will teach you how to take action, harness the energy in our communities and maximize efforts to protect the places and people we need and love.
What brand is synonymous with comfort footwear and dates back to a small German village in 1774? If you guessed Birkenstock, you guessed right. With over 200 years of shoemaking, they must be doing something right. Join the CEO of Birkenstock and Liz Segran of Fast Company magazine talk about how an iconic brand has been re-invented, re-branded, and re-distributed online, while retaining and attracting new customers. This is a can’t miss inside look at one of the most well known brands in the world.
The Future of Brands
The FIT Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management Master's Degree Program - Class of 2017 - Annual Capstone Presentation - "The Future of Brands."
A think tank of innovative leadership, the program provides advanced education for emerging executives, fostering both creative and analytical business skills. Students obtain a global perspective through field studies in multiple overseas markets. Through academic and experiential learning and an Executive Mentor Program, the curriculum facilitates the development of empathic leaders with the objective of shepherding brands that are global corporate citizens with products that delight and inspire the consumer.
You can watch me moderate the question and answer session starting at 1:04:00 here.
This fall, The Fast Company Innovation Festival will bring these extraordinary personalities together for surprising talks, hands-on workshops, unexpected performances and behind-the-scenes tours designed to inspire creativity and innovation.
Elizabeth will be moderating the following panel: Taboo Busters! How Grindr, Thinx, and Sustain Natural Are Changing Culture With Business
Featuring MIKI AGRAWAL, Cofounder and CEO, Thinx; MEIKA HOLLENDER, CEO and Cofounder, Sustain Natural; and JACK HARRISON-QUINTANA, Director of Grindr for Equality, Grindr.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016.
2:40 PM - 3:20 PM
Fashion Tech Forum is a platform for the fashion and technology sectors to gather for powerful conversation and to foster collaboration. A fashion event, FTF will bring together the most innovative CEO's, founders, leaders, and investors from both the fashion and technology sectors so that they can openly discuss the challenges, overarching business needs and new technologies available to create the hybrid companies of the future.
Ivan Poupyrev of Google, and Levi's Paul Dillinger, VP, Head of Global Product Innovation, to be interviewed by Elizabeth Segran, Staff Writer, Fast Company about their joint initiative, Project Jaquard.
Like any good insurgency, artist residencies--inside schools, governments, businesses, and more--can quickly move from "why" to "how did we do without?" In this session, dive deeply into examples of successful residency programs and gather ideas for how to replicate them in your community.
This session addresses issues of arts education, community development, diversity/equity, engagement, leadership, private sector engagement, public art, and public value.
Learn more about the panel and conference here.
Art + Business: Making to Lead
Join us for a panel, tour and art making at the headquarters of Life is Good in Fort Point to learn how an innovative company is integrating art and business. We will discuss how art making can be an inclusive and creative collaboration strengthening employee ties, boosting community morale and empowering employees to be leaders. Our panelists include thought leaders from Life is Good, a respected social enterprise using their products as a vehicle to spread the power of optimism, and limeSHIFT, an innovative new social enterprise out of MIT that brings artists into communities (both public and private) to co-create culture-building art. Elizabeth Segran from Fast Company Magazine will be moderating. We will discuss why art making is a powerful tool for community engagement and how the insertion of beauty into an office space influences employees and impacts business results.
Get your tickets here.
5:30pm - 6:00pm: Happy Hour
6:00pm - 7:00pm: Panel
7:00 - 8:30pm: Tour & Art Making
“The Liberal Arts in Action” symposium features speakers who are alumni of small, independent colleges that emphasize the liberal arts. The stories of these graduates’ lives illustrate vividly the important role that liberal arts education plays in advancing innovation, entrepreneurship, and success in our society across diverse fields of endeavor—and how it contributes to a meaningful and satisfying life for the individual. The symposium provides an important opportunity for their voices to be both heard and amplified.
The program is located here. Elizabeth will be moderating a panel entitled, "Imagining and Inventing New Technologies."
- Thursday, April 16, 2015
- 7:00pm - 8:00pm
- Somerville Public Library
Join us at the Central Library on Thursday April 16 at 7:00 for a talk on Islamic feminism with journalist Elizabeth Segran, who’s been traveling the Muslim world and meeting women who are re-thinking and changing their place in their society.
Drop-In Sessions: Academia's Not Panning Out - What Now?
These one-on-one sessions are for graduate students and post-docs who are beginning to feel like an academic career may not be in their future, either because they've lost interest in their field or because they are tired of facing another round of rejections on the job market. Whatever stage of the process you are in, feel free top drop in to chat them over with Dr. Segran. The session will be more helpful if you come prepared with questions and ideas about potential new career paths you might be interested in exploring. If you bring your resume and recent cover letters, she will also be able to help you refine these documents.
Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts of Leaving Academia
As a starting point, it is important to realize that leaving academia and finding a new career will most likely be a long process, filled with bumps along the way. In this workshop, Dr. Elizabeth Segran will discuss the process of leaving academia across two dimensions: coping with the emotional stress and dealing with the practical steps to making the move.
In the first part of the session, Dr. Segran will discuss developing a support system for the journey, managing your expectations about how long it will take to find a new job and finding ways to overcome the disappointment about leaving your research behind. In the next part of the session, she will discuss how to plan for this transition financially, especially since you will probably have to do unpaid internships before landing a full-time gig. She will discuss how to pitch yourself to potential employers and how to transform your academic pedigree from a hurdle into an asset.
Please come to the session with a notebook to capture your thoughts during brainstorming sessions and plenty of specific questions that the group can address together.
Finding Meaning in Life After Academia With Elizabeth Segran, Ph.D. Author & Writer
Elizabeth Segran is a writer, whose work has been published in a range of magazines including Foreign Affairs, The Nation and The Atlantic. Her book, The River Speaks, was published in 2012 by Penguin Books. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in the field of South and Southeast Asian Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality. She is an expert on India, having devoted a decade to studying its history, literature, culture and gender dynamics. She is a global nomad who grew up in Brussels, Paris, Singapore, Jakarta and London before moving to New York to attend Columbia University. She currently lives in Cambridge, MA with her books.
In this lecture, Elizabeth will:
- Provide strategies you can undertake as you make the switch in your career path, particularly for Humanities and Social Science fields
- Address concerns about leaving academia.
Date: Monday, February 2, 2015
Time: 9:30am – 11:00am
Location: Royce Hall 314
To RSVP for the event http://findingmeaningafteracademia.eventbrite.com
This event is open to Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars.
This event is sponsored by the Division of Humanities, Division of Social Sciences, UCLA Career Center, UCLA Graduate Division, and the UCLA Graduate Student Resource Center
This year, as the South Asian Journalists Association celebrates its 20th anniversary, members old and new are invited to take part in a one-of-a-kind journalism convention that promises to examine the issues that matter the most to working journalists both in and out of the South Asian diaspora.
Join us for a day of discussion, debate, and networking at the 2014 SAJA@20 convention on Saturday, October 11th in New York, followed by a special evening awards ceremony and reception.
Panel 1pm-2pm The Road Less Taken: Unconventional Paths to Journalism
Not all journalism career paths are linear. Journalists who started out in other fields discuss the mid-career transitions that brought them into the world of media-- and share their tips on breaking into the industry.
- Wajahat Ali, co-host of “The Stream” on Al Jazeera America
- Elizabeth Segran, contributing writer at Fast Company, Foreign Affairs and The Atlantic
- Devi Nampiaparampil, physician, researcher and professor at NYU School of Medicine
You can get your tickets here.
The Humanities and Social Sciences Association is pleased to present a two-day program with Dr. Elizabeth Segran. For more information, click here.
On June 2, there will be a drop-in clinic during which Dr. Elizabeth Segran will provide one-on-one advising about the nuts and bolts of transitioning from an academic career into a non-academic one. More specifically, she invites you to:
● Come prepared with several potential career options that you are considering.
● Bring your resumes so you can parse through them together.
● Discuss anxieties about leaving academia: what are your concerns?
● Ask questions about what day to day life is like in corporate environments.
● Talk about how you are preparing for job interviews, networking and the practical skills you are developing in order to secure a job
Lecture and Workshop
On June 3, there will be a lecture followed by a workshop led by Dr. Segran with a complimentary networking lunch.
One of the greatest challenges with leaving academia is trying to find a sense of meaning in life after years of believing that academic work is somehow more valuable than any other kind of work. This frustration can manifest itself in generally despondency about the void you can feel without academic work and second, unhappiness with how meaningless your everyday tasks are at your new job.
What can you do to prepare?
In this lecture, Dr. Elizabeth Segran will discuss
- Deconstructing your time in academia. Academia is sold as a bundled package of tasks and responsibilities: teaching, close reading, research, public speaking. Take time to remember about what drew you to the academy in the first place and consider the daily tasks that you most enjoyed doing.
- How to give yourself time in your new career (and to give yourself at least a year for things to get better).
- How you can use your time outside the office to volunteer, do freelance projects or lecture. Within academia, there are often no boundaries between work and life. In the non-academic world, you do not need to depend on your day job to be your sole source of happiness. While it is unlikely that you will find work that fulfills you in exactly the same way that academia did, you can piece together a life that includes all of the same elements, rearranged slightly differently.
- How to recalibrate your expectations and think of ways of pursuing their passions and interests in diverse ways, rather than through a single career.
At a free works-in-progress performance on the final evening of the residency, the Silk Road Ensemble will offer an inside look at these three brand-new pieces. The musicians will also continue a multidisciplinary public conversation about rivers with faculty members and guests. For more information, click here.