14 Inspiring Speakers You Can Hang With at #CreateGood
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14 Inspiring Speakers You Can Hang With at #CreateGood

If you haven’t heard about our upcoming NYC event #CreateGood, let us bring you up to speed:

It’s going to be awesome.

Not enough detail for you?

We’ll try to be a little more descriptive.

From October 4-8, we’ll be offering tons of creative experiences that you’ll be dying to document in your Insta stories (and to remember IRL too). Daytime activities will be free and open to the public, but the lineup will feel a bit more VIP after 5:30pm, when we’ll turn things over for ticketed events featuring presentations by a cadre of jaw-droppingly accomplished and inspiring women. Speakers represent themes ranging from food to activism to business to beauty, but they all have plenty of wisdom to offer, and we’re pretty darn excited to hear what they’re willing to share with the class. Find us in the front row, notebook out, intense listening face on.

You can check out the full schedule — including a comprehensive list of our amazing speakers — here. In the meantime, here are 14 ladies we know you’re dying to hear from (and this is just the tip of the iceberg). Get yourself to New York, girl!

1. Allison Williams (Actress, Ambassador for Horizons National): There was a time when you probably knew this beauty only as Marnie Michaels on HBO’s Girls (RIP), but today she’s turning heads on an even larger stage. As an ambassador for Horizons National, Williams supports low-income students in finding inspiration to follow their dreams. Her highly promo’d “10 Days of Giving” campaign in 2016 raised funds and awareness for the program.

2. Sarah Michelle Gellar (Actress, Co-Founder of Foodstirs): A ’90s screen queen-turned-Golden Globe nominee and Emmy Award winner, Sarah Michelle Gellar now hustles as a foodie entrepreneur. Her culinary lifestyle brand Foodstirs makes organic baking mixes and crazy fun and creative DIY kitchen kits — a movie night cupcakes kit, a rainbow cake pop kit, a celebration rainbow pancake kit, and more!

3. Misty Copeland (Dancer, American Ballet Theatre): Misty Copeland is what every pirouetting little girl’s dreams are made of, but — more importantly — she’s made herself a fixture in American cultural history. Fourteen years after joining American Ballet Theatre’s corps de ballet in 2001, Copeland was promoted to principal dancer — and she was the first ever African American woman to take on that role. Among her other impressive accomplishments, she can list bestselling author, political advocate (she served on President Obama’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition), and philanthropist.

4. Rebecca Minkoff (Designer + Founder, Rebecca Minkoff): You’ve ooh-ed and aah-ed over her beautiful bags and accessories… but just wait until you hear her speak! Rebecca Minkoff is a fashion leader best known for her edgy and accessible designs, all of which are focused on the millennial woman.

5. Stacy London (Stylist, TV Host, Author): Stacy London is best known as co-host on TLC’s fashion ambush hit What Not to Wear, but her creative influence extends well beyond that role. London is also a bestselling author, a talk show host, an off-Broadway actress, and an active member of various boards and organizations.

6. Katie Lee (Co-Host, The Kitchen): If you find that the kitchen is your best outlet for creativity, then you and foodie powerhouse Katie Lee already have something in common! Now the co-host of Food Network’s The Kitchen, Lee is a familiar face on many of the network’s other shows and has released three cookbooks and one novel.

7. Daphne Oz (Chef, Co-Host of The Chew): Daphne Oz is a strong and approachable voice in the natural foods space, where she’s best known for her bestselling books and as the co-host of ABC’s The Chew. Her fun, accessible approach to health is a breath of fresh air in an industry that often feels restrictive and judgmental. Thanks for that, Daphne!

8. Alexandra Weiss (SVP of Marketing, Glossier): Glossier is a beauty brand that focuses on in-demand essentials for real-life women, and as Senior Vice President of Marketing, Alexandra Weiss drives the company’s message through conversation and community. Weiss is a highly educated girlboss — she has degrees from Stanford and Harvard — and we can’t wait to hear what she has to say.

9. Danielle Feinberg (Director of Photography, Pixar): Feinberg has been with Pixar since 1997 and has worked on nine of the animation studio’s 14 movies, including WALL-E, Ratatouille, Toy Story 2, and Finding Nemo. If you’ve found yourself completely enchanted by the magical worlds of Pixar’s imaginative films — whether underwater or on another planet — you can thank Feinberg: She’s responsible for using light to tell a story and bring 2D characters to life. Feinberg’s latest project is the upcoming Disney/Pixar film Coco, based on the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos.

10. Meredith Levien (Executive VP + COO, New York Times): With all the craziness happening in the world around us, it’s perhaps more important now than ever that we keep ourselves informed and in the loop. Enter The New York Times, which (despite opinions from the Oval Office) has gained a reputation almost synonymous with “reliable news.” Earlier this year, Meredith Levien was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The New York Times Company. In this role, she oversees teams who handle digital product, design, audience and brand, consumer revenue, and more.

11. Christina Tosi (Chef, Founder + CEO, Milk Bar): You probably know her for her category-defying Cereal Milk ice cream, Compost Cookies, and Crack Pie, but Milk Bar CEO and founder Christina Tosi’s contributions to the culinary universe are even more extensive than those tasty treats (we know — it’s hard to believe!). Tosi is a two-time James Beard Award winner, a Crain’s New York 40 Under 40 honoree, and the author of two cookbooks.

12. Hayley Barna (Partner, First Round + Co-Founder, Birchbox): Entrepreneur and venture capitalist Hayley Barna knows a lot about what it takes to develop a good idea into a thriving, successful business. Need proof? As a student at Harvard Business School, Barna co-founded Birchbox in 2009, staying on until 2014. During Barna’s tenure at the OG beauty subscription box company, Birchbox grew to over one million monthly subscribers and attracted over $70 million in venture capital.

13. Radha Agrawal (Founder + CEO, Daybreaker): Radha Agrawal is the pioneer behind Daybreaker, an urban crack-of-dawn dance party that beats you to the punch any time you find yourself wishing there was something fun to do before work. She’s founded several other socially conscious companies, including children’s multimedia education group Super Sprowtz and women’s apparel brand THINX.

14. Randi Zuckerberg (Founder + CEO, Zuckerberg Media): An early employee at Facebook, Randi Zuckerberg went on to create Facebook Live. She is the founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, the host of a tech business show on SiriusXM, and the creator of “Dot,” an animated show about a girl loaded up with tech savvy.

Will you be joining us at #CreateGood? YES! Who are you most excited to see? Tweet us @BritandCo