The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's FAST FORWARD series is a forward-looking platform to explore the people, ideas, and innovations that are shaping our lives and our businesses. 

Please explore this page to learn about our upcoming events and related content. 

For information on programming and sponsorship opportunities at our FAST FORWARD events, please contact Hilary Crow at


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SPORTS FORWARD - September 28, 2017

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Sports Forward
© Ian Wagreich, US Chamber of Commerce

SPORTS FORWARD was an energetic half-day event exploring the future of the sports and fitness industries. Featured topics ranged from unlocking investments in the sports industry; player health and safety; sports technology; the economic impact of sports in cities; the role of sports as a tool for social change; illegal streaming; and next-generation sports marketing.

Speakers included: 

  • George Pyne, Founder & CEO, Bruin Sports Capital
  • Jennifer Langton, Vice President of Health and Safety, Nationa Football League
  • Angela Ruggiero, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Sports Innovation Lab
  • Kern Egan, President of Consulting, Americas, Lagardére Sports and Entertainment
  • Wayne Lonstein, CEO, VFT Solutions
  • Imari Oliver, Founder & CEO, Bond & Play
  • Jonathan Ohliger, CEO, VEEPIO
  • Ricky Medina, Senior Manager of Business Development, NFL Players, Inc.
  • Dan Mannix, CEO, LeadDog Marketing Group
  • Benita Fitzgerald-Mosley, CEO, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA
  • Gregory O'Dell, President & CEO, Events DC

FOOD FORWARD - July 19, 2017

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Food Forward
Tyler Wegmeyer, owner of Wegmeyer Farms (left), speaks with Casey Allen of Bayer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's FOOD FORWARD summit, July 19, 2017.
© Joshua Roberts for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Our FOOD FORWARD summit took place on July 19, 2017. The session featured 10 speakers examining the way we will eat, produce, transport, and sell food over the next 25 years.

Speakers included: 

  • Sarah Smith, Research Director, Food Futures Lab, Institute for the Future
  • Nicky Jackson, Founder and CEO, RangeMe
  • Andy Kennedy, Co-Founder, FoodLogiQ
  • Mike Lee, Founder, The Future Market
  • Tyler Wegmeyer, Owner, Wegmeyer Farms
  • Alison Grantham, Director, Food Systems R&D, Blue Apron 
  • David Rosenberg, CEO and Co-Founder, Aerofarms
  • Kathleen O'Keefe, Co-Founder, Up Top Acres
  • Vikrum Aiyer, Head of Strategic Communications and Public Policy, Postmates
  • Emilio Sepulveda, Co- Founder and CEO, Natural Machines 

Visit FOOD FORWARD for more photos and video clips of the session.


HEALTH FORWARD - October 18, 2016


On. Oct. 18, 2016 the U.S. Chamber and U.S. Chamber Foundation hosted the 5th Annual Health Care Summit: HEALTH FORWARD – a fast-paced program examining the future of health care and the people, ideas, and innovations that are leading the way.  

This half-day summit explored topics such as:

  • The growing role of data in personalizing the health care experience;
  • How businesses are driving investment in health care;
  • The next phase of delivery system reform;
  • New technologies that are revolutionizing our health care system.


 A full webcast of HEALTH FORWARD is available, or you can watch each presentation individually via our YouTube playlist.  






WORK FORWARD - July 11, 2016


Our first FAST FORWARD series event, WORK FORWARD, took place on July 11, 2016.

Featuring topics such as:

  • Augmented reality in the workplace
  • The "No Vacation Nation"
  • Where the jobs are
  • Digital hiring
  • The cost of bad meetings   

Speakers included representatives of HireVue, Project: Time Off, McKinsey & Co., LinkedIn, Pwnie Express, and DAQRI.

Check out our YouTube Playlist off all of the presentations below, or watch a replay of the full webcast.