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EDUCATION

Learn from leaders and luminaries

Hear from the leaders of retail, technology, finance and business who are shattering the status quo, driving innovation and achieving success.

Past speakers

Big names on the big stage.

Mindy Grossman

HSNi

Colin Powell

Terry Lundgren

Macy's

Donna Karan

Jack Dorsey

Twitter, Square

Jeff Bezos

Amazon

Bill Simon

Walmart

Neil Blumenthal

Warby Parker

Kofi Annan

Steve Sadove

Saks

Bert Jacobs

Life is Good

Kip Tindell

The Container Store

  • Mindy Grossman

    HSNi

  • Colin Powell

  • Terry Lundgren

    Macy's

  • Donna Karan

  • Jack Dorsey

    Twitter, Square

  • Jeff Bezos

    Amazon

  • Bill Simon

    Walmart

  • Neil Blumenthal

    Warby Parker

  • Kofi Annan

  • Steve Sadove

    Saks

  • Bert Jacobs

    Life is Good

  • Kip Tindell

    The Container Store

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2017 session tracks

Global retailing

Dive deep into new and emerging market trends and innovations in this track that will take you around the world. Hear about competitive strategies that can help you conquer new overseas markets, learn how to handle logistic and payment hurdles, and be inspired by those who have done it.

Radical retail

Delve into next-generation retail and discover what’s new—and most importantly—what’s next in retail. Learn how to make new retail models work for you, get hands-on advice on omnichannel, social, mobile, marketing and more from your peers, and hear thought-provoking ideas and cutting-edge insights from start-ups, futurists, academics, analysts and researchers.

The retail store

Take a walk through the store of the future, where merchandising, supply chain, logistics and payment all blend seamlessly together. Become an expert in evolving retail formats and technologies, discuss real estate investments, omnichannel, and merchandising with other retailers, and get informed by some of the industry’s most influential leaders, visionaries and pioneers.

Marketing and advertising

Get a better understanding of how to measure and implement an effective marketing and advertising campaign that puts the customer first and maximizes your ROI. Discover fresh concepts, new tactics and best practices from influential leaders, delve into the latest research and strategies that motivate shopper behavior and drive purchase decisions, and trade effective strategies on social, video, content, personalization and technology.

The retail organization

Learn how to consciously build a modern retail organization—everything from evolving leadership roles to building a culture and talent pool that embraces cross-department partnerships. Find the organizational structure that is “right” for your company, master the intricacies of assessing competencies, revising teams, and setting objectives and goals, and jumpstart your own organizational evolution.

Customer engagement

Embrace brand authenticity, learn how to differentiate your value proposition, analyze customer buying patterns and preferences, and open the gates to customer engagement. Hear from top retailers and experts who are combining the uniqueness of their brand with the customer’s top priorities, learn how to grow, integrate and analyze the ever-expanding data sources available, and create your own brand story.