NRF Retail Law & Risk Seminar

Join this exclusive seminar

January 16, 2023 6:00 PM – January 17, 2023 3:00 PM (ET)
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center | New York City

The NRF Retail Law & Risk Seminar is the retail industry’s exclusive event for the most senior-level legal and risk officers to gather and engage! At this invite- and retail-only event, attendees will participate in curated VIP tours of the most cutting-edge technologies impacting the industry, collaborate with peers around novel innovation issues, share best practices, and learn from renowned legal and risk experts on how to prepare for retail’s most imminent risks in 2023 and beyond.

This invite-only event is complimentary for NRF Retail Members and includes a Full Conference Pass to NRF 2023: Retail's Big Show.

Workshops at Big Show

Program agenda:

Monday, January 16

Welcome & Networking Dinner

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at designated location 

Tuesday, January 17

VIP Innovation Lab Tours (with breakfast)

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Engage with leading legal and IT experts while assessing the tech your organization is or may be adopting in the future through a legal and risk lens focused on privacy, cyber and data lifecycle management.

  • Tour 1 - Privacy
  • Tour 2 - Cyber
  • Tour 3 - Data Lifecycle Management

Interactive Discussions: Issue-Spotting (breakouts)

10:15 am - 11:15 am

Following tours of the latest developments in retail technology, get hands-on practice with your peers and expert tips from leading lawyers.

The Potential for Privacy Concerns in New Retail Technologies

John Landolfi, Chris Ingram and Chris LaRocco, attorneys at Vorys, will host an interactive discussion examining the privacy regulations, policies and standards that affect augmented reality, artificial intelligence and more.

Cyber Risk Management – More Vendors, More Problems?

Meryl Bernstein and Nathan Salminen from Hogan Lovells will facilitate an exploration of the legal landscape as it pertains to cyber security when retailers retain technology, logistics, manufacturing and marketing vendors.

Navigating the Data Lifecycle in 2023

Ryan Sulkin, chair of the Data Protection Practice Group at Benesch, will guide conversations about managing data throughout its entire lifecycle in an ecosystem that inherently involves numerous third-party publishers, service providers and other marketing partners.

Risk for Retailers in 2023 and Beyond: The Evolving Risk Landscape and Need for Enterprise-Wide Risk Management  

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Hear from one of the country’s most respected and distinguished leaders in risk management, Dr. Mark Beasley, as he delves into the realities of the current and future retail risk environment and shares insight on how executives can manage risks from a more holistic, enterprise-wide portfolio view that better positions companies to proactively, versus reactively, navigate risks.  

Lunch & Learn Expert-Led Table Talks

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Continue invaluable conversations with our handpicked group of subject matter experts as they discuss case studies addressing retail’s hottest risk management topics.

New Year, New Resolutions for Privacy Risks in Retail

John Landolfi, Chris Ingram and Chris LaRocco, attorneys at Vorys, will dive into three critical privacy risks facing retailers today: 1) reexamining mobile messaging 2) trending chat bot issues and 3) burgeoning restrictions on children’s data. For each issue, attendees can expect to hear takeaways from current/pending legislation and best practices for mitigating company risk.

Ransomware in Retail

Meryl Bernstein and Nathan Salminen from Hogan Lovells will walk through a realistic scenario of how a ransomware attack might impact the various aspects of a retail business, and what companies can do to mitigate those impacts. Participants will explore how contractual terms and communications, both upstream and downstream, can greatly reduce or increase a company’s ransomware risks.

Emerging Technology Case Study in Retail

Ryan Sulkin, chair of the Data Protection Practice Group at Benesch, will unpack a real-world scenario focused on the deployment of new technologies that involve the collection and sharing of information in a landscape that is increasingly subject to regulation. Discover best practices to utilize in time-compressed scenarios with respect to consumer-facing disclosures and consents, data monetization and more.

Positioning Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) from a Strategic Perspective  

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Join your peers and be inspired during this strategy session and share-and-learn benchmarking experience led by renowned risk management expert Dr. Mark Beasley. This session will highlight practical techniques and tools for implementing an ERM process that can become an important strategic tool that provides competitive advantage.

Takeaway Touchpoints and Closing Remarks

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Featured speaker

Mark S. Beasley, PhD, CPA
Professor of Accounting & Director of the ERM Initiative
Poole College of Management
North Carolina State University

Mark Beasley is Professor of Accounting and Director of North Carolina State’s Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Initiative, which provides thought leadership about ERM practices and their integration with strategy and corporate governance. He served over seven years on the COSO board and served on COSO’s Advisory Council that helped develop the 2004 Enterprise Risk Management – Integrated Framework and its 2017 revision.

He is currently serving on the United Nations’ Internal Control Advisory Group that is advising the UN Controller on COSO-based best practices related to internal controls and he has assisted the UN with training on ERM. Mark is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and frequently consults with boards of directors and senior executives on risk oversight issues. He has authored over 100 research articles and business publications, and he is the author of a leading auditing textbook.


Interested in attending?

This invite-only program is complimentary and includes a Full Conference Pass to NRF 2023: Retail's Big Show. Space is limited. If interested in attending this seminar please email Ceara Flake at