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Educational Program

Industry titans. Global visionaries. Retail renegades.

They drive the industry and speak at Retail's BIG Show. We have a few names below and, over the next few months, will be adding more than 300 speakers to the 2017 speaker line-up. Learn more about our session tracks and review the programs and passes that make up the show. And you can always check out the best of the best speakers from 2016.

2017 Speakers

Kevin Brown
Select Comfort Corporation/Sleep Number
William Dudley
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Jodie Fox
Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer
Shoes of Prey
Jerry Hum
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Operator
Touch of Modern
Brian Krzanich
Meg Lustman
Mike McNamara
Erika Serow
President and U.S. CEO
Sweaty Betty
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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.

Global Retailing Breakout Sessions

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.

Radical Retail Breakout Sessions

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.

Retail Store Breakout Sessions

Marketing & 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.

Marketing and Advertising Breakout Sessions

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.

Retail Organization Breakout Sessions

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.

Customer engagement Breakout Sessions

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What is what

Session types and who can attend


Industry super stars take our biggest stage to talk big picture and even bigger ideas. These are the revolutionaries and rebels you'll want to hear from! Original speakers and content are secured by NRF.

Access: full conference pass

Keynote Sessions

NRF EXPO Sessions

These sessions, developed by NRF, run on Monday and Tuesday. Our three most popular sessions will repeat at different times on the two days, to ensure everyone has the chance to attend.

Access: full conference pass, EXPO pass (free to retailers)

Feature Stage Sessions

Our second largest stage features retail movers and shakers, each an expert on one of our six content tracks. These sessions are curated by NRF.

Access: full conference pass

Feature Stage Sessions

Small Business Experience

The January 15 program - comprised of five sessions - is specifically designed for small business retailers. The sessions are created by NRF and produced in conjunction with American Express.

Access: full conference pass, EXPO pass (free to retailers)

Small Business Experience

Breakout Sessions

Intriguing, tactically-oriented deep dives into single topics within each of our tracks. These sessions are curated by NRF.

Access: full conference pass

Breakout Sessions

Exhibitor Insights

Exhibitors produce these sessions that span a variety of topics and technologies.

Access: full conference pass, EXPO pass (free to retailers)

Exhibitor Insights

All passes have access to the Opening Night Reception, activities in the EXPO, and public spaces in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center including, networking lounges, the NRF Clubhouse and NRF iLab as well as Food Truck Alley.

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