Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Sunday
January 16
8:45 am9:15 am
Javits North, Level 5, SAP Theatre
Under Brian Cornell’s leadership, Target is creating spectacular growth. Cornell’s vision includes a strategy with stores at the center of Target’s omnichannel platform and same-day digital fulfillment leadership. He also led outsized investments in team member pay, benefits and wellbeing, a curated assortment and more. Now, Cornell and his team are stepping up to even bigger challenges. In this fireside chat with NRF President and CEO Matt Shay, hear directly from Cornell, this year’s recipient of the NRF Foundation’s Visionary award, on how Target is leveraging its size, scale and resources to drive continued growth and achieve significant societal and sustainability ambitions in service to all.
Sunday
January 16
9:45 am10:15 am
Javits North, Level 5, SAP Theatre
Diversity, equity and inclusion efforts are moving organizations to reevaluate the makeup of their workforce and better represent the communities they serve. This high-powered panel discussion, featuring CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion signatories, will explore today’s talent landscape and how the pandemic-era and hybrid work models are impacting human capital strategies. The panel of executive leadership committed to action will unpack the imperative to recruit, advance, and retain diverse professionals as we work together to foster more inclusive workplace cultures while continuing to drive meaningful progress around DEI.
Sunday
January 16
12:00 pm12:30 pm
Javits North, Level 4, Room 409, Twilio Stage
With less than 2% of all monies raised by founders in 2021 going to Black and Brown founders, the road to an inclusive, diverse and equitable startup community seems long, but does it have to be? From fundraising, to corporate introductions, to term sheets, and everything in between, we take a look at new approaches to sourcing, funding and acquisitions to level out the playing field—from experts who know these worlds best—a VC and a founder. 

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Sunday
January 16
12:00 pm12:30 pm
Javits North, Level 4, Room 404, StarWind Stage

Please note: Members of the media may take notes but may not record audio or video in this session.

Shopper preferences are constantly evolving - from expectations around shopping and fulfillment to personalization and DE&I initiatives. Join Kantar's Rachel Dalton and The Walt Disney Company's Stephanie Young as they explore the opportunities to better engage shoppers and drive loyalty globally through elevated experiences, story-driven moments and new platforms and ecosystems.

Monday
January 17
8:30 am9:15 am
Javits North, Level 5, SAP Theatre
Contributing a projected $4.1 trillion to U.S. GDP, the American retail industry is responsible for one in four jobs in the U.S. workforce. As an industry, retail has real power to lead and enact change for good to help fight financial instability, particularly for the underrepresented communities and people it serves. Hear from renowned business leader and current chairman and managing director of General Catalyst, Ken Chenault, who co-founded OneTen, a coalition of leading executives committed to upskilling, hiring, and advancing one million Black Americans over the next 10 years into family sustaining careers with opportunities for advancement. The former chairman and CEO of American Express, Ken will share why OneTen was launched in 2020 and how it plans to meet its ambitious goals.
Monday
January 17
10:00 am10:45 am
Special Events Hall, Level 1, The FQ Equality Lounge

Join us for the NRF DE&I Stage and Showcase as we bring together leaders from over 40 Black and LatinX brands to Retail’s Big Show for the first time. Use this dedicated time to network 1:1 with these amazing entrepreneurs. The opportunities are endless for expanding your knowledge, networking, mentoring and more. 
 
While we are excited about this program, we are even more excited about the aftereffects of the day. We believe that this will be a catalyst for change for our future, our industry and our communities. 

The DE&I Stage and Showcase program is open to all pass holders of NRF 2022: Retail’s Big Show.
 
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Monday
January 17
10:45 am11:30 am
Special Events Hall, Level 1, The FQ Equality Lounge

Join acclaimed entrepreneur, leader, and educator James Rhee as he speaks with Marc Morial, CEO National Urban League, and Frida Polli, Founder and CEO of Pymetrics, about the future of intersection of business, technology, ethics, fairness, and policy. Learn how diversity in our economy and workplace is an asset for both businesses and their employees, in its capacity to foster innovation, creativity, and agility. Hear about practical ways in which to effectuate and align your purpose with business and overall bottom line sales. This conversation will explore how innovation in technology, such as machine learning and AI, can enhance your DE&I initiatives, while also making underscoring the importance of public and private sector cooperation in advancing overall productivity and safeguarding against unintentional consequences.  

The DE&I Stage and Showcase program is open to all pass holders of NRF 2022: Retail’s Big Show.

Monday
January 17
11:30 am12:15 pm
Special Events Hall, Level 1, The FQ Equality Lounge

Understanding and fostering a more diverse workforce is the first step. The next step is learning how to nurture and eventually unlock the true potential of this invaluable asset. Substantial research reveals that diversity brings many advantages to an organization: increased profitability and creativity, stronger governance, and better problem-solving. Employees with diverse backgrounds bring to their own unique perspectives, ideas and experiences, helping to create organizations that are resilient and effective, and which outperform those organizations without strategic investments in diversity. Hear from retail executives about how they have implemented practices, programs and measurements over the years.  

The DE&I Stage and Showcase program is open to all pass holders of NRF 2022: Retail’s Big Show.

Monday
January 17
12:15 pm1:00 pm
Special Events Hall, Level 1, The FQ Equality Lounge

Enjoy lunch with old (and new) friends and participate in small group discussions covering diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and leadership. Topics will be shared on screen in the room and will be moderated by industry experts.  

The DE&I Stage and Showcase program is open to all pass holders of NRF 2022: Retail’s Big Show.

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Monday
January 17
1:00 pm2:00 pm
Special Events Hall, Level 1, The FQ Equality Lounge

Join us for the NRF DE&I Stage and Showcase as we bring together leaders from over 40 Black and LatinX brands to Retail’s Big Show for the first time. Use this dedicated time to network 1:1 with these amazing entrepreneurs. The opportunities are endless for expanding your knowledge, networking, mentoring and more. 
 
While we are excited about this program, we are even more excited about the aftereffects of the day. We believe that this will be a catalyst for change for our future, our industry and our communities. 

Attendance is open to all pass types registered for NRF 2022: Retail’s Big Show. 
 

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Monday
January 17
2:45 pm3:15 pm
Javits North, Level 4, Room 409, Twilio Stage
Join Guild Education Co-Founder and CEO Rachel Carlson and Macy's SVP HR John Patterson as the two discuss why investing in employee education is so important, the benefits to the team and business, and the impact on the employee experience – from candidate to seasoned team member.
Tuesday
January 18
9:15 am9:45 am
Javits North, Level 5, SAP Theatre
Consumers’ spending power has grown more in the past 20 months than in any time prior. Carla Harris, Morgan Stanley Vice Chair and Senior Client Advisor of Global Wealth Management extrapolates which impacts on businesses, consumers and the global retail industry will affect the near-term health of the global economy and how this might translate to vigorous consumer spending continuing to surge forward or revert and recede. Carla is a sought after speaker responsible for improving the access to capital for female and multicultural founders, as well as increasing client connectivity at Morgan Stanley.  Hear one of the most admired business thinkers unveil the philosophy behind the true leadership, with memorable stories, lessons and practical advice from a leader who truly believes in human magic.