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As we come off of a so-called “hot labor summer”—with historic strikes and protests in every industry—it’s clear the workplace is changing. And that’s on top of the changes already happening, especially for women and and non-binary people: from the Great Resignation to the continuing demands for equal pay and caregiving policies.  

With all of that in mind, in October 2023 The Meteor hosted Work Shift, a live New York City event bringing some of the leading thinkers on gender and work together for a day of conversation and community. 

Check out our full list of speakers and enjoy some of their conversations below. And sign up to learn about upcoming events in your area!


Sherry Cassano, SVP and chief talent officer at Pfizer, and Toni Thompson, VP of people & talent strategy at Etsy, on what HR execs know now about the changing landscape of work.

Bobbi Brown, founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and Jones Road Beauty, talks about the ups and downs of her decades-long success in the beauty industry.

Chani Nicholas and Sonya Passi on their radical approach to building the wildly popular CHANI app.

Ellen Pao, CEO and co-founder of Project Include, and Ellen McGirt, editor in chief of Design Observer, on biased hiring—and what’s changing in tech.


Susie Banikarim

Editor-at-large of The Meteor

Jaz Brisack

Organizing director of Workers United Upstate NY & VT

Treasure Brooks

Multidisciplinary artist

Bobbi Brown

Founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and Jones Road Beauty

Sherry Cassano

SVP and chief talent officer at Pfizer

Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur

Co-founders of A Thing or Two, and authors of Work Wife

Grace Harry

Joy strategist

Cindi Leive

CEO and co-founder of The Meteor

Ellen McGirt

Editor in chief of Design Observer

Samhita Mukhopadhyay

Editorial director of The Meteor

Chani Nicholas and Sonya Passi

Co-founders and CEO of CHANI App

Ellen Pao

CEO and co-founder of Project Include

Dee Poku

Founder and CEO of The Wie Suite

Aminatou Sow

Co-author of Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close

Toni Thompson

VP of people & talent strategy at Etsy

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