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2019 Agenda

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Friday, January 11

7:30 - 9:00am 1

8:30 - 9:30am 2

8:30 - 9:30am 2
Hall E, Level 1
But first, coffee. Get ready for the first day of the Student Program by fueling up on coffee and donuts.

8:30 - 5:00pm 3

8:30 - 5:00pm 3
North Concourse, Level 2
Head to registration and pick-up your badge.

9:30 - 9:45am 3

9:30 - 9:45am 3
Hall E, Level 1
The Student Program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to get insider perspectives from executives at exciting global brands.
Ellen Davis
SVP, National Retail Federation
President, NRF Foundation
Karen Katz
Chair, NMG Board of Directors
Former President and CEO Neiman Marcus Group

9:45 - 10:30am 3

9:45 - 10:30am 3
Hall E, Level 1
Chris Baldwin, chairman of NRF's board of directors and chairman, president and CEO of BJ's Wholesale Club, will speak to the transformation of the retail industry and share how BJ’s is driving in-store convenience through technology. Later, he’ll be joined by Gina Iacovone, BJ's senior vice president of field operations,... learn more
Chris Baldwin
Chairman, President and CEO
BJ’s Wholesale Club
Gina Iacovone
Senior Vice President, Director Field Operations
BJ's Wholesale Club

10:30 - 11:00am 3

10:30 - 11:00am 3
Hall E, Level 1
Andy Dunn
Founder, Bonobos and SVP, Digital Native Brands
Walmart Inc.
@dunn

11:00 - 11:15am 3

11:00 - 11:15am 3
Hall E, Level 1
Take a quick break and refuel for the rest of the morning.

11:15 - 12:00pm 3

11:15 - 12:00pm 3
Hall E, Level 1
Tech companies aren’t the only ones with great tech careers – retail giants are tech giants. Hear from young professionals as they discuss their tech roles within retail, the impact those roles have on the business, and the collaboration that happens with other professionals from across the company.
Talia Watts
Marketplace Merchandising Manager
NIKE, Inc.
Moderator
Sean Calarco
Senior Engineering Manager
Wayfair
@Wayfair
Matthew Kraemer
Senior Software Engineer
PetSmart
Josh Quintana
Manager, Innovation
The Home Depot

12:00 - 1:30pm 2

12:00 - 1:30pm 2
Hall E, Level 1

1:30 - 2:30pm 3

1:30 - 2:30pm 3
Hall E, Level 1
Starting a business, whether online or brick-and-mortar, can be a real challenge. This panel brings top entrepreneurs from retail together to discuss “how they did it” and offer career advice to students pursuing their own entrepreneurial dreams.
Jonathan H. Owsley
Managing Partner, Growth Fund
L Catterton
Moderator
Jesse Horwitz
Co-founder and Co-CEO
Hubble Contacts
Amanda E. Johnson
Co-founder
Mented Cosmetics
Kate Ross LeBlanc
Co-Founder and CEO
Saje Natural Wellness
Kristen Jones (KJ) Miller
Co-founder
Mented Cosmetics

2:30 - 3:15pm 3

2:30 - 3:15pm 3
Hall E, Level 1
Experts tell us that our unconscious mind makes a majority of our decisions. It creates blind spots -- unconscious biases that can narrow your vision and potentially influence your behaviors. Are you letting blind spots steer your decision making? It’s time to take control.
Elena Richards
Minority Initiatives & Talent Management Leader, Office of Diversity
PwC US

3:15 - 3:30pm 2

3:15 - 3:30pm 2
Hall E, Level 1

3:30 - 4:15pm 3

3:30 - 4:15pm 3
Hall E, Level 1
A solid marketing strategy is what connects a company to its customer. In this session, Hallmark Greetings Chief Marketing Officer Lindsey Roy will discuss how to bring marketing strategies to life by leveraging the human connection to drive business opportunities, and share lessons learned from her unique personal experiences.
Lindsey Roy
Chief Marketing Officer
Hallmark Greetings
@Hallmark

6:00 - 8:00pm 2

6:00 - 8:00pm 2
The Rink at Rockefeller Center
Hosted solely for attendees of the NRF Foundation Student Program, Kohl's presents their annual giving event that brings students and faculty together to ice skate and enjoy hot cocoa. The cost of admission is simple, bring a cold weather accessory to donate to a local charity.... learn more