Tuesday, May 7
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Opening Keynote: A Discussion with Elizabeth Cutler and Christopher Gavigan
The opening keynote will feature a dynamic discussion between Elizabeth Cutler, Co-Founder of SoulCycle and Christopher Gavigan, Founder and Chief Purpose Officer at The Honest Company.
Elizabeth Cutler is an entrepreneur best known for co-creating the fitness phenomenon, SoulCycle. Cutler served as Co-CEO at SoulCycle from 2006 to 2015 before becoming Co-Chief Creative Officer in 2015.
Cutler and her partner Julie Rice started SoulCycle in 2006 in the rear lobby of an Upper West Side dance studio found on Craigslist. Cutler and Rice grew the company to 60 studios as founders, CEO’s, and Creative Officers before departing in 2016.
After a 10-year sprint with SoulCycle, Elizabeth Cutler now works with various founders in the capacity of advising, investing and board work through both Life Shop and Dopamine Ventures.
Cutler and Rice were honored as one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Builders + Innovators in 2013 and 2014 and SoulCycle was voted one of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Fitness of 2013 by Fast Company. Cutler and Rice were contributing editors to The Wall Street Journal’s Accelerators column and in 2015, Cutler and Rice were voted one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business. In 2015, Cutler and Rice were honored as two of AdWeek’s Brand Geniuses.
She remains engaged in both profit and non-profit enterprises including The Wing, Urban Stems, Universal Standard, WTHN, Crisis Text Line and SHOFCO. The common thread in all of these projects is their inspiration for community and wellness, and to serve as vehicles for human betterment.
Founder and Chief Purpose Officer, The Honest Company
Christopher Gavigan is a best-selling author and the Founder + Chief Purpose Officer of iconic lifestyle brand The Honest Company. With actress Jessica Alba, he founded the company to empower and educate the next generation of consumers to challenge the marketplace to think about the people they serve. This idea and his passion for it have been integral in growing the Honest Company from concept to a $1.7 billion organization, experiencing what Forbes called “an absurd level of growth.” Named a Men’s Fitness “Game Changer,” and EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015, Gavigan shares the keys to The Honest Company’s success: fostering authentic consumer relationships paired with a relentless entrepreneurial spirit.
In Honest’s first year selling products in 2012, it hit $12 million in revenue. In 2014, it was $150+ million, and predictions for 2016 set expectations at more than $300+ million.
Gavigan grew Healthy Child Healthy World’s annual budget by four times in six years and built strategic partnerships with Google, WebMD, Target, Seventh Generation, Microsoft, Babycenter, Universal Studios, Stonyfield Farms, Whole Foods, and many other market leaders.
Gavigan sits on the board of directors of Mount Sinai Hospital’s Children Environmental Health Center (CEHC), is a chief advisor to the Green Product Innovation Institute, and is on the advisory boards of Healthy Child Healthy World, SAIL Venture Partners, and UCLA’s Environmental Health Sciences Department.
Wednesday, May 8
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Closing Keynote: Cross Border Panel
Wednesday’s Closing Keynote will feature a panel of cross border, deal-making experts that will reveal their projections and insights for 2019 and beyond.