Retail still inspires me. No doubt, 2017 was a difficult year. Some iconic brands disappeared into history. Gloomy headlines warned of the industry’s “apocalypse.” But, disruption of the status quo has compelled the strongest companies, and exciting new players, to usher in a renaissance in retailing.


Today, business success requires delivering an exceptional customer experience, seamless digital integration, authentic engagement, and genuine value. This year’s Retailing Summit will share stories about how retail today enriches lives, creates joy, builds human connection and has fun. Join us to celebrate what is inspirational about retailing!


Kelli Hollinger
Director, Center for Retailing Studies


The Retailing Summit provides a unique learning environment for retail executives to share information, new perspectives, insights, future predictions about upcoming trends and big picture retailing concepts, and is accompanied with unmatched intimate networking opportunities.


Over 63% of attendees are traditional retailers and include CEOs; Chief Merchandise, Marketing and Finance Officers; Vice Presidents of Store Operations, Business Development, Employee Engagement, Supply Chain, and IT; and, rising company stars.


“Exceptional variety of speakers and stellar practical info!
Very good networking, with a balance of retail and services.”

Great content and engaging speakers! Strong brand presence, and I loved their willingness to share their journeys.

I’m a first time participant, but my company has been in years past. I really enjoyed how the speakers were well rounded, with multiple topics discussed.

The content was very relevant to what retailers must have top of mind!


Ricky Dickson


Nigel Travis

Executive Chairman

Mary Beth Laughton

EVP Omni-Retail

James Starke

SVP, Head of Merchandising

Rachel Ligtenberg

VP Retail

Kirk Zambetti

VP of Sales

Sunni Goodman

SVP of Communications & CX

Mike Mettler

SVP of Development

Gary Magenta

SVP, Chief Change Architect

Leslie McNamara

Managing Director
Head of Business and Market Development at Citi Retail Services

Rebecca Wooters

Managing Director
Head of Global Cards Customer Experience Digital and Journey Strategy Citi Cards

*Topics coming soon!


  • Sponsor Rate

    Includes CRS Corporate Partners & DFW-REA Members

  • If registered by August 30

  • If registered by October 9

  • General Rate

    Includes retailers & general public

  • If registered by August 30

  • If registered by October 9



Located in the heart of North Dallas’ shopping district, the 2018 Retailing Summit will be held at the Westin Galleria in Dallas, Texas. An exclusive room block is available online or by calling 972.934.9494.


2018 Sponsors