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Executive Afternoon



11:30am - 4:00pm    This program is sold out

Exclusively for a group of 100 retail marketing, e-commerce, innovation, and technology executives, the Executive Afternoon program is an interactive mix of presentations, discussions, and networking.

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Pascal Finette
Pascal Finette
Chair, Entrepreneurship & Open Innovation
Singularity University
radical Ventures LLC
Alison Levine
Alison Levine
Adjunct Prof.
U.S. Military Academy
Team Captain
First American Women's Everest Expedition
Buddy Teaster
Buddy Teaster


Wednesday, September 12

11:30 - 12:00pm

12:00 - 12:45pm

12:45 - 1:00pm

, Vice President, Principal Analyst
, Forrester Research
, @smulpuru

1:00 - 1:30pm

Imagine yourself on the highest mountain in the world. You have to deal with the physiological effects of extreme altitude--along with bone-chilling temperatures, battering winds, and a climbing team that's counting on all of its members to make smart decisions. There's simply no room for poor judgment -- one mistake or misstep can result in an "unrecoverable error." In any situation where lives on are the line or the stakes are exceptionally high--there's no better training ground for leaders than settings where people are pushed beyond their perceived limits. Drawing on her experience as team captain of the first American Women's Everest Expedition, Alison Levine makes a compelling case that the leadership principles that apply in the world of extreme adventure also apply to today's rigorously competitive business environments.
, Adjunct Prof., U.S. Military Academy
, Team Captain, First American Women's Everest Expedition

1:30 - 2:00pm

The world is changing faster than ever and the future will be here before you know it. To survive, it’s not enough to know it’s coming. You have to be able to imagine it. You’ll learn about exponential technologies, new theories of disruption and and how to capitalize on the change we’re all experiencing by thinking beyond it. Because if you only set your sights on what’s coming next, you’re already too late.
, Chair, Entrepreneurship & Open Innovation, Singularity University
, CEO, radical Ventures LLC

2:00 - 2:30pm

2:30 - 3:00pm

767 million people around the world survive on less than $1.90/day. Meanwhile on average, Americans throw away 70 pounds of textiles per person, per year. 21 billion pounds of unnecessary waste is added to our landfills annually. Only 15% of clothing and footwear in the U.S. is recycled.

Learn how your efforts can create economic impact and disrupt the cycle of poverty, from the real stories of people and retailers around the world, as highlighted in Buddy Teaster’s new book Shoestrings.

, President & CEO
, Soles4Souls

3:00 - 3:15pm

This award recognizes a member of the community who has exhibited these traits:
· Positive: Optimistic and hopeful at all times, even when faced with trying circumstances
· Helpful: Always there to lend a helping hand to those in need
· Innovative: Always interested in taking the industry to new places 
, Chairman, Board
, Global Digital Business Lead - Running, Nike, Inc.

3:15 - 4:00pm

2018 Brands Attending Include

  • Ace International Hardware Corporation
  • American Eagle Outfitters Inc.
  • Bassett Furniture
  • Bealls, Inc.
  • Beautycounter
  • Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.
  • Brinker International, Inc.
  • Brooks Brothers Group, Inc.
  • Clarks Americas, Inc.
  • Cole Haan
  • Cornerstone Brands, Inc.
  • Crate and Barrel
  • David's Bridal Inc.
  • Delmar Jewelry
  • Eddie Bauer LLC
  • El Corte Inglés, S.A.
  • Fanatics
  • Genesco Inc.
  • Giant Tiger Stores Limited
  • Half Price Books
  • Helzberg Diamond Shops, Inc.
  • Hollander Sleep Products
  • Hy-Vee, Inc.
  • Indochino
  • J. Crew Group Inc.
  • Jewelry Television
  • John Fluevog Shoes
  • Journeys
  • Kidbox
  • LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
  • Macy's, Inc.
  • Modell's Sporting Goods
  • Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply
  • Nike Inc.
  • PGA Tour Superstore
  • PopSockets
  • Purdys Chocolatier
  • QVC, Inc.
  • Relax The Back
  • Rue La La
  • Sally Beauty
  • Shutterfly Inc.
  • Sur La Table Inc.
  • TechStyle Fashion Group
  • The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.
  • The Home Depot, Inc.
  • The Neiman Marcus Group Inc.
  • The Orvis Company, Inc.
  • Things Remembered Inc.
  • Tractor Supply Company
  • Vera Bradley Designs, Inc.
  • USA, LLC
  • Williams-Sonoma Inc.
  • Zumiez Inc.
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