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Stephanie Mehta

Any company can become a Fast Company by pushing their creative boundaries.

Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company | Former Deputy Editor at Vanity Fair

Stephanie Mehta | Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company | Former Deputy Editor at Vanity Fair
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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. The magazine has a storied history of eschewing traditionalism, rules, and the “old way” of doing things, instead showcasing the people, teams, and organizations inventing the future of business. Today, the company operates a number of franchises that highlight the world’s most progressive leaders and companies, including “Most Creative People,” “Most Innovative Companies,” and “World Changing Ideas.”


With a prolific career that includes long-term posts at Vanity Fair, Fortune, Bloomberg LIVE and The Wall Street Journal, Mehta has come to value a human-centered approach to her work, modeled by her commitment to thoughtful storytelling. “[Businesses] are part of an ecosystem that includes more than just their shareholders—they are part of communities, they have employees and customers,” Mehta explains. In her dynamic keynotes, she draws on those stories to show the next generation of business leaders how to push creative boundaries, nurture a radical vision, and make innovation happen.


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. 

Speech Topics

Corporate Culture
The "Next" Normal Creating the Workplace After Tomorrow
For all the focus on the “new normal” of work as businesses start to reopen, the greatest innovators in design, technology, and workplace leadership are thinking about the next normal—a world in which flexibility and resilience are the coins of the realm. Fast Company editor-in-chief Stephanie Mehta speaks to the design firms, Silicon Valley innovators, digital transformation experts, and creatives who are creating the workplace after tomorrow to find out exactly what it entails.
In this information-packed session, Mehta considers how the physical footprint of offices and work campuses will change and evolve; the far-reaching impacts of the grand remote work experiment of 2020; and how we can best manage hybrid teams made up of a some remote and some in-person workers. Perhaps most importantly, Mehta addresses the underlying question of how a “next normal” mentality will set leaders up to deal with future pandemics and business interruptions.
Building an Innovative Culture 7 Ways to Make Your Company Faster
Fast Company Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Mehta spends time with the entrepreneurs and inventors who are transforming business at dizzying speeds. She also knows, from her years interviewing the chieftains of the biggest corporations in the world as an editor at Fortune and The Wall Street Journal, that big organizations are working hard to inject their cultures and processes with entrepreneurial and innovative zeal. A natural storyteller, Mehta provides a lively, anecdote-filled roadmap that offers executives practical, actionable insights on how they can make any department or company a fast company.
Rules are Meant to be Broken Secrets of the Most Creative People in Business
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 superagent 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.