OXFORDSHIRE, United Kingdom – This year at VOICES 2022, guests took a trip back to 1960s New York, dining and dancing amidst kaleidoscopic lights and a venue roughly wrapped in tin foil – evocative of the underground art scene that rocked the city and informed pop culture for decades to come .
The evening marked the conclusion of the 2022 edition of BoF’s annual Big Thinkers gathering, where leaders, founders, creators, activists and catalysts from around the world came to Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire for three days of thought-provoking conversations and agenda-setting discussions. .
“I’ve never experienced anything like this before,” said Korean-American model Irene Kim, “where people come together to talk about culture and really unite people through creativity and just being yourself and individuality.”
On Thursday night, the room buzzed with conversation as guests mingled over cocktails and champagne, using their final evening to connect and reflect on this year’s panels, where topics of discussion ranged from sustainability and technology to global culture and the political landscape.
NBC News journalist Ayman Mohyeldin spoke about the epidemic of misinformation and the role the media should play in today’s divided world; while former Blackrock CEO Tariq Fancy told the audience why regulation is needed to stop greenwashing. Jordan’s Chairman Larry Miller shared a personal story about his journey from incarceration to the boardroom of the largest sportswear company in the world; and model and activist Dennis Nyero told about his story as a refugee.
Malala Yousafzai ended the talks with her thoughts on continuing the fight for a better tomorrow, in conversation with BoF founder Imran Amed.
“All these things I’ve heard confirm to me that the most important thing in life is intention,” said VOICES speaker Sue Y Nabi, CEO of Coty. “The most important [thing] isn’t where you start, it’s where you want to go. And the most important thing [thing] is not who you are; that’s what you’re willing to do.”
“I maybe came in with the assumption that this would be very fashion-centric, and I think the highlight was that the conversions were so extensive,” said Ziad Ahmed, founder of Gen Z marketing agency JUV Consulting. “So many parts of my mind were engaged through the discourses shared here, and the diversity of perspectives from different disciplines represented here, I think was a real treat.”
After drinks, attendees entered the main party room, had a candlelit dinner before partying to the beats of Lagoon Femshayma.
This year VOICES guests came from 41 countries, Amed told the audience during the dinner. “Having such representation from around the world just reminds me why VOICES is so special,” he said.
BoF VOICES 2022 is partly made possible through our partners McKinsey & Company, Shopify, Flannel, Fire live, Lenzing, ShopRunner, Snap, Canada Goose, Invisible collection, Soho Houseand Getty Images.