March 16-17, 2023
San Francisco, CA
Our event provides the opportunity for innovators and leaders of this industry to present the latest trends and strategies to our attendees but to do so in an interactive and intimate way. By keeping our audience small and focused on this dynamic industry, you will get to listen to these amazing stories and then ask your own questions directly to our speakers.
Our mobile and desktop event app also lets you engage your fellow attendees before, during and after the event so you can make this experience last the full year.
You will also be able to network with other professionals during our lunch, breakfast and session breaks.
Join us to learn and connect.
Thursday, March 16
Friday, March 17
We have invited a great set of speakers to share amazing stories about their company and themselves. Check back frequently to see our confirmed list of presenters.
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Terry J. Lundgren served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Macy’s, Inc. for 14 years before retiring as the company’s Executive Chairman in January 2018. He also served as President of Macy’s, Inc. and its Chief Merchandising Officer. Previously, Lundgren also was Chairman and CEO of Neiman Marcus. A UA alumnus, Terry began his retailing career in 1975 as a trainee with Bullock’s, a Los Angeles-based division of Federated Department Stores, Inc. (now Macy’s, Inc.). Over the course of his career, Terry has had responsibility for functions including merchandising, private brand development, store management, and human resources. Terry’s numerous honors include receiving the National Retail Federation’s Gold Medal Award, considered the retailing industry’s most prestigious recognition.
Terry Lundgren served for 14 years as CEO of Macy’s, Inc., operator of Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Bluemercury and one of the largest retail ecommerce businesses in America. He retired from Macy’s, Inc. in January 2018 after serving for 10 months as the company’s Executive Chairman. Prior to becoming CEO of the company in February 2003 and Chairman and CEO in January 2004, Lundgren had been President and Chief Merchandising Officer since May 1997. (The company’s name changed to Macy’s, Inc. from Federated Department Stores, Inc. in 2007.)
As CEO, Lundgren led Federated’s acquisition of The May Department Stores Company in August 2005, nearly doubling the size of the company. One year later, he changed the name of more than 400 regional department stores across the country to the Macy’s name, creating a nationwide brand and the largest fashion retail company in America. In fiscal 2016, the final years of Lundgren’s tenure as CEO, Macy’s, Inc. sales approached $26 billion, with approximately 140,000 employees. The company operated approximately 575 department stores under the nameplates Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, and approximately 150 specialty stores that include Bluemercury, Bloomingdale’s The Outlet and Macy’s Backstage, in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, as well as macys.com, bloomingdales.com and bluemercury.com. Bloomingdale’s has store locations in the Middle East in partnership with the Al Tayer Group and Macy’s has an online presence in China on Alibaba’s TMall global e-commerce platform.
Prior to joining Federated, Lundgren was Chairman, CEO of Neiman Marcus.
Lundgren is a native of Long Beach, CA, a graduate of The University of Arizona, and an active supporter of The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at The University of Arizona. He has honorary doctorate degrees from The University of Arizona and Suffolk University and serves as an Executive-In-Residence at Columbia Business School.
Lundgren currently serves on the boards of The Procter & Gamble Company, Carnegie Hall and The Economic Club of New York. He is a former board member of Kraft Foods Inc., the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and has participated in numerous charitable and civic efforts and has received numerous awards and recognitions for his leadership in the Fashion Retail industries as well as for his civic and charitable contributions. He has served as co-chairman of the Partnership for New York City and the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable, and chairman of the National Retail Federation (twice), National Minority Supplier Development Council, and the American Society of Corporate Executives.
Chip Bergh is the president & chief executive officer of Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.). He is also on the company’s board of directors.
Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™ and Denizen® brands. Our products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores, online sites and a global footprint of approximately 3,000 retail stores and shop-in-shops.
Prior to joining Levi Strauss & Co. in September 2011, Chip had a 28-year career at Procter & Gamble (P&G). Chip “grew up” in brand management and served in a number of leadership positions with increasing levels of complexity and scope. His last assignment before joining LS&Co. was group president for global male grooming. He was the first P&G employee assigned to the Gillette business following P&G’s $57 billion acquisition of Gillette in 2005. He led the integration and then ran the Gillette Blades & Razors business along with all of P&G’s male grooming brands (Gillette, Old Spice and The Art of Shaving). Prior to that, Chip led all of P&G’s business in India, Southeast Asia and Australasia.
Chip has led many iconic brands during his career including the creation and launch of Swiffer (P&G’s most successful new brand in the last three decades), the turnaround and growth of Old Spice, in addition to Gillette, Folgers coffee and Jif Peanut Butter. He has lived and worked in the United States, Asia and Europe and has run large global businesses and brands.
In July 2017, Chip was named non-executive chairman of the board of HP Inc. (HPQ), the market-leading printing and personal systems company. He has served as lead independent director of the HP board since March 2017 and as a board member since the company’s separation in 2015. Chip has also previously served on the board of directors for VF Corporation and the Economic Development Board of Singapore.
In April 2019, Chip was named one of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine, coming in at No. 16, and has been widely recognized for his position on values-driven leadership.
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Sarah Quinlan is the Managing Director and Founder of SAQ Economic Advisory LLC. Ms. Quinlan has over 25 years of asset management experience across all asset classes. She also has been a macroeconomic advisor to C-Suite executives from financial institutions, merchants, and governments. She creates custom actionable insights to direct strategic and digital objectives and evaluate historical results. Ms. Quinlan also delivers global economic forecasting to advise on expansion for companies within multiple countries. She focuses on digital and technological evolution and expansion with key clients globally. As a highly rated and experienced keynote speaker for industry conferences with multiple media appearances as an economic specialist, she continues to speak globally.
Specifically, Ms. Quinlan spent the last six years as the Senior Vice President for Global Market Insights at Mastercard. Prior to that, she was a Partner and Strategic Advisor at Matrix Advisors, working with corporations in industries from insurance to glycol recycling. She previously was the CIO of a Family Office managing liquid and illiquid investments. She began her career in Commercial Real Estate Investment Banking at Salomon Brothers.
Ms. Quinlan has a B.A. and MBA from the University of Chicago.
Matthew Shay is president and CEO of the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association. He serves as chief advocate and spokesman for the nation’s largest private-sector industry employer, responsible for supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 52 million working Americans — and generating $3.9 trillion in annual GDP. He is a frequent guest on CNBC, Fox Business Network and Bloomberg Television.
Since his arrival in 2010, Shay has transformed NRF into Washington’s most powerful voice supporting the retail industry. Under his tenure, membership and revenue have more than doubled and the organization’s influence has grown significantly in Washington, across the United States and globally. He has led the organization to new levels of effectiveness on policy issues, increasing awareness of the industry’s economic impact and expanding political engagement. Shay has also been at the forefront of shifting and framing the narrative about the current state of retail, particularly its digital evolution and vibrant, multichannel future.
Shay previously served as president and CEO of the International Franchise Association. During his time as CEO, IFA adopted an aggressive public policy agenda that led to a series of initiatives to restore much-needed credit to cash-strapped retail and other franchise businesses during the last recession.
He has been recognized by CEO Update as the 2020 trade association CEO of the year and by Association TRENDS as the 2019 association executive of the year. Shay serves as chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Association Committee of 100, and is a member of the board at the U.S. Chamber and So Others Might Eat. He also served as chairman of the ASAE Board of Directors from 2017-2018.
Shay is a graduate of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and The Ohio State University College of Law, and holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. He also holds an honorary doctor of humane letters from Wittenberg University and an honorary degree of professional designation in merchandise marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
Shay and his wife Allison live in Arlington, Va., with their three children.
Shawn Nelson founded Lovesac in 1998 and is currently serving as Chief Executive Officer of the Company and as a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Nelson is the lead designer of the Company’s patented products and leads sourcing, creative, design, public relations, investor relations and culture. In 2005, Mr. Nelson won Richard Branson’s “The Rebel Billionaire” on Fox and continues to participate in ongoing TV appearances. Mr. Nelson has a Master’s Degree in Strategic Design and Management and is a graduate-level instructor at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York City. Mr. Nelson is also fluent in Mandarin.
Stuart Landesberg is the Co-Founder & CEO of Grove Collaborative, the leading digital-first brand & ecommerce platform for natural home and personal care products. Stu has long been passionate about sustainability. He began building the company that became Grove in 2012 (first under the ePantry name), when he saw how far too few families really had access to healthy, sustainable home products through traditional retail channels. Grove, which was established in 2016 and is a certified B Corp, now serves hundreds of thousands of households in the U.S. every month and has raised more than $200 million in total capital. In 2019 alone, the innovations Grove is driving in cleaning products will reduce plastic waste by nearly 1million pounds and fund the planting of more than 100,000 trees in the U.S. Stu was previously with TPG Growth, where he was involved in more than $400 million in consumer and technology investments. Stu and his wife, Caitlin live in San Francisco with their two children and dog, and spend as much time outside as possible.
Todd Caruso is a Senior Managing Director leading and supporting more than 500 professionals in providing Management and Leasing solutions to Investor clients across the Americas Region, including the firm’s Urban Retail and Mixed-use practice areas. In this role, Todd is responsible for the growth of CBRE’s retail management and leasing portfolio of more than 500 million square feet of property in the U.S.
He and his team develop real estate strategies for clients that incorporate the full breadth of CBRE’s platform, working closely with CBRE’s leaders in Advisory & Transaction Services, Asset Services Property Management, Client Care, Capital Markets, Project Management and Valuation.
Todd has worked with CBRE’s Leadership team to help recruit professionals talent and expertise to CBRE’s Americas Region, including support and strategy roles on the acquisitions of Chicago based Northern Realty 2008, Philadelphia-based Fameco in 2013, Dallas-based UCR, Indianapolis-based Site Hawk Retail Real Estate 2015, Cleveland-based Sky Group in 2016, and CBRE’s JV with Streetsense in 2017.
His previous experience includes Retail Sales and Leasing, overseeing CBRE’s Midwest Regional Retail business and managing two of the company’s Chicago offices. In these roles, his responsibilities included business development, revenue/expense, hiring and training.
Mr. Caruso frequently is quoted on retail trends in leading news outlets, having been featured in: The Wall Street Journal, CNN, The Economist, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Los Angeles Times, Chain Store Age, Women’s Wear Daily, Shopping Centers Today and CoStar News.
Joe Kudla is the founder and CEO of Vuori, a performance apparel brand inspired by the active California lifestyle. A yogi, surfer, outdoorsman and former college athlete, he drew upon his experiences to disrupt the market with A New Perspective on Performance Apparel. Functional, high-quality clothing that does not sacrifice style—Built to move in. Styled for life. Founded in 2015, Vuori received a $400 million investment and $4B valuation from SoftBank Vision Fund 2 in 2021, marking one of the largest investments in a private apparel company. Ernst & Young LLP honored Joe with the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 Pacific Southwest Award. He was also named Glossy’s Founder of the Year in 2022. With a background in accounting, Joe founded the IT consulting firm Vaco SanDiego prior to launching Vuori. Today, he lives in Encinitas, CA with his wife and two children. True to the brand ethos, he still makes time every day to get outside and stay active.
Matthew Boss is Head of J.P. Morgan’s Retailing: Department Stores & Specialty Softlines team. He is #1 ranked by Institutional Investor, holding a top ranking for the past eight years. He was also named Influencer of the Year in 2017 by the National Retail Federation. Matt has more than a decade of experience covering the retail sector, including three years as a senior analyst on the buy side. He began his career as a CPA at E&Y and is a graduate of Penn State and Notre Dame.
Check back frequently as our list of confirmed speakers grow
March 16-17, 2023
Thursday program starts at 8:30a and includes a wonderful lunch for all attendees
Friday’s program starts at 8:30 but with a incredible breakfast at 7:00a for all attendees
All events are hosted at the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco
The Global Retailing Ideas Summit is streamed online and on mobile so you can watch from wherever you are.
This amazing virtual platform also gives you access prior to, during and after the summit for one year so you can rewatch all speakers, read their materials and connect with other attendees.
*Full Event/Early Bird: $745.00
(Register between September 1 and January 1, 2023)
*Full Event/Regular: $895.00
(Register between January 1 and March 1, 2023)
*Full Event/Late: $1,045.00
(Register after March 1, 2023)
Virtual Only: $245.00
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*Pricing includes full in-person experience including meals and snacks on stated days and access to the virtual platform
In-person registration is open and includes:
This year’s event promises to be the best yet. We will be blending together the reach and convenience of a virtual event with the intimacy and immersion of the in-person event. This will also be our first time going on the road with this amazing event to the San Francisco area.
If you would like to discover sponsorship opportunities for the event and share your company with the many industry leaders who attend, please email Sheila Kressler-Crowley
San Francisco is best known for its scenic beauty, cultural attractions, diverse communities, and world-class cuisine. This walkable city includes iconic landmarks, intriguing neighborhoods, renowned culinary experiences and world-class arts and culture. Often laced with fog, the city evokes a romantic mood in this most European of American cities.
The stunningly beautiful Golden Gate Bridge, century-old cable cars (one of the only moving National Historic Landmarks in the U.S.), lively Fisherman’s Wharf, mysterious Alcatraz Island, bustling Chinatown, charming Victorians — San Francisco overflows with iconic landmarks known around the world.
The city’s diverse food scene is one of the reasons people say they want to visit San Francisco. Food and drink are intricately woven into the region’s history and traditions, making the Bay Area a dining destination like no other. San Francisco and the Bay Area boast the greatest concentration of Michelin stars anywhere in the Americas.
The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing brings together the emerging talent in the University of Arizona’s Retailing and Consumer Science degree, its faculty, and the retailing and brand industry to enhance enterprises worldwide.
The Center is supported by its Corporate Advisory Board that serves as a strong and valued voice on the direction of the Center and the needs of the industry with a shared goal of developing a successful career path for our future retailing and brand leaders.
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Since launching his namesake brand in 1985, Tommy Hilfiger has become globally renowned as the pioneer of classic American cool style. Inspired by iconic pop culture and Americana heritage, the designer and his brand are driven by an ever-optimistic vision to break conventions and celebrate individuality. Today, under Hilfiger’s guidance, vision and leadership as Principal Designer, TOMMY HILFIGER is one of the world’s most recognized lifestyle brands that shares its inclusive and youthful spirit with consumers worldwide.
Hilfiger’s career in fashion began as a high school student in 1969 when he opened his first store, People’s Place, in his hometown of Elmira, New York. Ten years later, he moved to Manhattan to pursue a career in fashion design, and in 1985 his namesake brand launched with a single menswear collection. It has since grown to achieve over US $8.5 billion in global retail sales in 2018 and, as a true lifestyle brand, encompasses a breadth of collections, including HILFIGER COLLECTION, TOMMY HILFIGER TAILORED, TOMMY JEANS, men’s and women’s sportswear, kidswear, and licensed lines including bodywear, footwear, accessories, watches, jewelry, and fragrances. In 2010, PVH Corp. acquired the Tommy Hilfiger Group, which today boasts an extensive distribution network spanning 100 countries and more than 2,000 TOMMY HILFIGER retail stores throughout five continents, including its largest global flagship store at tommy.com.
Hilfiger has a longstanding passion for philanthropy and, through the global TommyCares organization, the Tommy Hilfiger company supports various international initiatives and charities including Save the Children, Autism Speaks and the World Wildlife Fund.
Hilfiger’s diverse achievements in business and fashion have earned him numerous distinguished awards including the CFDA’s prestigious Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. Hilfiger’s life and career has been chronicled in his memoir, American Dreamer, published on November 1, 2016. The memoir is a reflection of his experiences in the fashion industry from the last 30-plus years. Recounting his early childhood and formative years, it explores the setbacks, triumphs, and sheer determination that drove him to build a multi-billion dollar global brand.
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Hubert Joly is the executive chairman of Best Buy Co. Inc. In this role, he leads the board of directors while advising and supporting the CEO on key matters, such as strategy, capability building, M&A and external relationships. He also may assume certain responsibilities at the request of the CEO, in areas such as government relations, community relations and leadership development.
Hubert joined Best Buy in 2012 and served as the company’s CEO until June 2019. He led the company through its much-publicized Renew Blue transformation. The customer-focused strategy entailed: taking price off the table by ensuring Best Buy’s price competitiveness and matching online prices; investing in the online shopping experience; reinvigorating the customer experience in the stores by investing in the engagement and proficiency of the sales associates; partnering with the world’s foremost tech companies to help them showcase their technology; and taking $1.5 billion of costs out to fund the required investments. The transformation resulted in improvements in customer satisfaction, market share gains, revenue growth and improved margins.
Hubert then led Best Buy into its next phase, Best Buy 2020: Building the New Blue. This growth strategy aims to enrich lives through technology by addressing key human needs in entertainment, productivity, communication, food, security and health and wellness.
Under Hubert’s leadership, Best Buy committed to preparing youth from underserved communities for the tech-reliant jobs of the future. Additionally, the company is on a path to reduce its carbon footprint by 60 percent.
Prior to joining Best Buy, Hubert was CEO of Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company. Before that, he led Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Vivendi Universal Games, and Electronic Data Systems’ business in France.
He serves on the board of directors of Ralph Lauren Corp., the Retail Industry Leaders Association, Minnesota Business Partnership, Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Minnesota Orchestra. In 2017, Hubert was awarded the Legion of Honor, France’s highest civilian distinction.
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Ms. Sabrina W. Fung is the Group Managing Director of Fung Retailing Limited and Deputy Chairman and Non-executive Director of Trinity Limited. She was appointed as a Director of Trinity Limited in September 2007 and re-designated as a Non-executive Director in February 2014, and as Deputy Chairman of Trinity Limited in August 2016. In addition, Ms. Fung is the CEO of Asia Retail Company Limited, a business unit within the Group focused on serving and growing international brands in Asia.
Ms. Fung started her career at the private investment arm of Fung Group in 2000 as Investment Manager running the family’s investments and is the Investment Director of Fung Investment Management Limited. Prior to joining the Fung Group, she worked for Brown Brothers Harriman & Co in New York and later held the position of Assistant Manager at its Hong Kong office until 1999. Ms. Fung is experienced in the retail industry and also held positions in marketing and public relations for Salvatore Ferragamo Asia, merchandising and sourcing for Li & Fung (Trading) Limited and wholesale branding for Li & Fung USA. In 2017, Ms. Fung was named in the Business of Fashion 500, and the WWD 10 of Tomorrow.
Ms. Fung graduated from Harvard University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1993. She is a member of the McLaren Advisory Group, Special Task Group of the Moral Education Concern Group, the advisor of IBM Collaborative Innovative Program, the Advisory Committee of the Tanoto Center for Asian Family Business and Entrepreneurship Studies at HKUST, the Hong Kong-Europe Business Council (HKEBC), the University Court of The University of Hong Kong (HKU), the Hong Kong-France Business Council, the Board of Trustees of The Carnegie Hall Corporation, New York (Class of 2020) and the executive committee of the Faculty of Business and Economics of HKU respectively. In addition, Ms. Fung is the Co-Chair of Asia Council of St Paul’s School in New Hampshire, US, and previously served on its Board of Trustees. She was a member of the Mainland Business Advisory Committee of Hong Kong Trade Development Council.
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Brian Cornell is board chairman and CEO of Target Corp. He is responsible for Target’s global business,
including the company’s nearly 1,900 U.S. stores, digital properties and more than 350,000 team
Cornell joined Target in August 2014 after more than 30 years in escalating leadership positions at
leading retail and global consumer product companies, including three CEO roles and more than two
decades doing business in North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America. His past experience includes
time as both a vendor partner and a competitor to Target, and he brings insights from those roles to the
Cornell currently serves as the non-executive chairman of the board of directors for Yum! Brands and is
the Immediate Past Chairman of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). He previously served as
a director for other global brands, including The Home Depot and Polaris Industries.
Cornell is also a board member for Catalyst and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African
American History and Culture. He earned a bachelor’s degree from UCLA in 1981 and attended its
Anderson School of Management.