This conference presents the best thinking of retail innovators whose strategies will determine tomorrow’s most successful industry trends. The Conference is moderated by Macy’s CEO Terry J. Lundgren. It had attracted global participation from retailers across all levels of industry operations, academicians, and university students interested in first-hand knowledge about industry challenges and opportunities.
The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing’s Corporate Advisory Board partners had provided strategic direction and support for the Center’s programs and activities.
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 – 42 million working Americans – and generating $2.6 trillion in annual GDP. 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 inside 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 previously served as president and CEO of the International Franchise Association, which represents more than 1,400 franchise companies in retail and other industries around the world. He 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.
A world-famous lifestyle designer and trendsetter, Kathy Ireland ® is considered one of the most influential people in fashion today. Kathy serves as Chair, CEO & Chief Designer for kathy ireland ® Worldwide ( ki WW ® ), a leading design and marketing firm that skillfully translates trends for all markets and price points. Kathy has graced the cover of Forbes Magazine three times, internationally (2012, 2016), and is one of the 50 most influential people in fashion, according to Fairchild Publications. kathy ireland ® Worldwide is listed as the 25th most powerful brand, internationally, by License! Global Magazine. The success of kathy ireland ® Worldwide is the result of teamwork and dedication. Kathy and kathy ireland ® Worldwide support philanthropy in many powerful ways, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, YWCA Greater Los Angeles, Providence: A Santa Barbara Christian School, and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, for whom Kathy also serves as an Ambassador.
Billie Whitehouse is the CEO, designer, and director of Wearable X. Billie specializes in the unique combination of hardware, software and apparel for wearable technology products. Known for her development of Nadi X, state-of-the-art technology to optimize your yoga. Billie is invigorating the fashion industry and transforming it into a business focused on improving the quality of our lives. Billie is an aesthetic specialist with a naturally inquisitive nature towards technology and innovation. As a garment engineer, she strongly believes people should not have to look like the technology that they have grown to love and depend on. Billie’s designs are sharp, experimental, naturally confident and subtly feminine in appearance integrated with the latest technology. Business Insider recently named Billie as one of the 30 most important women under 30 in tech and she was named in the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. The highlight for Billie in 2018 was winning The Fashion Group International, Design Technology Award, in 2017 it was being named one of the Most Innovative Companies in Fitness by Fast Co, in 2016 it was winning The Wearable Award in Paris at Show Room Privé as well as being featured on The Jimmy Fallon Show. Forbes recently compared Billie to Steve Jobs and Jerry Seinfeld because of an anthropological look at human-centric design with humor.
Host committee: Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing,
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