Bridget Brennan is the world’s leading authority on women consumers. She is Founder and CEO of the advisory firm, Female Factor, and author of the groundbreaking books, Why She Buys: The New Strategy for Reaching the World’s Most Powerful Consumers (Crown Business) and Winning Her Business: How to Transform the Customer Experience for the World’s Most Powerful Consumers (HarperCollins Leadership). Why She Buys was called “essential reading” by The Wall Street Journal, and Winning Her Business was nominated for 2019 Porchlight Business Book of the Year. Brennan works with Fortune 500 companies around the world and is a long-time contributor to Forbes.com on the subject of marketing to women. She is a member of the Vikings Women Advisory Board of the Minnesota Vikings NFL team, and was named a “Woman to Watch in Retail Disruption” by the social think tank Remodista.
Brennan is a sought-after voice on women consumers and was named among “40 Top Women Keynote Speakers for 2020” by Real Leaders. She has served as an instructor at Northwestern University’s Medill School graduate program in marketing communications and is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and MBA programs, including the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, and many others. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Brennan is based in Chicago.
Jason “Retailgeek” Goldberg is the Chief Commerce Strategy Officer at Publicis Communications. Jason is a 4th generation retailer, who launched his first e-commerce site for Blockbuster Entertainment in 1995. With a focus on e-commerce and digital marketing for omni-channel retailers, he has worked with over 100 clients on the Internet Top 500 and has been responsible for billions of dollars in on-line revenues.
Under his twitter feed @retailgeek he is one of the most followed e-commerce subject matter experts on the web. He is the executive chairman of the board of directors of shop.org (and the National Retail Federation Digital Advisory Board). Jason has served as an expert witness in Federal Court on e-commerce, a guest lecturer on retail and e-commerce at the Kellogg School of Management for Northwestern University, hosts iTunes top e-commerce podcast called “The Jason & Scot Show”, and has been voted one of retail’s top global influencers by Vend five consecutive years. He’s a Forbes contributor, Retailwire Braintrust, and Path to Purchase Institute faculty. In 2017, he was inducted into the National Retail Federation “The List” of people shaping the future of retail.
Jack Boyle oversees all merchandising and retail efforts for Fanatics, including managing vendor relationships, growing the overall sports licensed business, developing and executing product strategy, and expanding merchandise assortments as co-president of direct-to-consumer/omnichannel retail. As a dynamic, multichannel retailer, Jack is responsible for ensuring the seamless cohesion of products and marketing across the entire Fanatics network, which includes fans who are shopping online, on their phone, or at one of the many stadiums, arenas, flagship stores and special events which Fanatics operates.
As the global leader in licensed sports merchandise, Fanatics is changing the way fans purchase their favorite team apparel and jerseys across retail channels through an innovative, tech-infused approach to making and selling fan gear in today’s on-demand culture. Powering multi-channel commerce for the world’s biggest sports brands, Fanatics offers the largest collection of timeless and timely merchandise whether shopping online, on your phone, in stores, in stadiums or on-site at the world’s biggest sporting events.
Before joining Fanatics, Jack was the executive vice president and general merchandising manager of Women’s at Kohl’s corporation during which the company went from a regional department store of 100 stores in 1999 to a nationwide leader with over 1200 locations, $20 billion dollars in annual revenue and a Fortune 150 Corporation. Prior to joining Kohl’s in 1999, he spent ten years at the May Department Stores Company. Jack graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia with a major in Finance and Banking. Also, he currently serves on the board of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame and DXL, a specialty retailer.
Doug Baker is a food retail industry relations vice president for FMI where he facilitates professional, non-competitive collaboration among member communities across supply chain resilience, private brands, and technology issue areas.
Prior to FMI, Doug began his career in the food retail industry in 1984 with Fry’s Food Stores. His 30+ years in food retail have included leadership roles at Fry’s (a division of Kroger), Kraft/Nabisco and Federated Foods with focuses on retail operations, consumer packaged goods and private brand development and marketing.
Graeme is the Executive Vice President, Analytics at Tulip, a global leader in cloud-based retail mobile solutions. He recently joined Tulip as part of their acquisition of Blueday, the industry’s leading store performance system, where he was the CEO.
Graeme has spent the past 20+ years applying advanced technology to solve critical retail business problems. He has held leadership positions with Salesforce Commerce Cloud, Demandware, and Oracle Retail and has been a key driver of several successful retail-focused start-ups. He helped found CQuotient, a predictive intelligence company acquired by Demandware; he was an early employee and leader at ProfitLogic, which pioneered algorithmic modeling for retail and was acquired by Oracle; and he was a top executive at Allurent, a groundbreaking merchandising solution for online retailers.
Early in his career, Graeme was the Director of Digital Convergence for Borders Group Inc., helping link their internet and store channels to better serve their customers.
Steve Dennis is a consultant, keynote speaker and author on retail growth and innovation. He has been named a top 5 global retail influencer by multiple organizations and his thoughts on the future of shopping are regularly shared in the media and in his role as a Forbes Senior Contributor
During a 30 year career as a senior executive at two Fortune 500 retailers – and more recently as a strategic advisor – Steve has worked with dozens of retail, consumer, luxury and social enterprise brands to inspire, catalyze and design their journey to remarkable impact.
As a sought-out keynote speaker, Steve has delivered talks on six continents, sharing his unique take on what it takes to reignite customer growth in a world of nearly constant change and shifting consumer preferences. He has contributed commentary to Bloomberg/Business Week, the BBC, CNBC, CNN, the Harvard Business Review, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal, among many others.
Steve is currently the President of SageBerry Consulting. Prior to founding SageBerry, he was the chief strategy officer and SVP , multichannel marketing for the Neiman Marcus Group.
Steve received his MBA from Harvard and a BA from Tufts University. His new best-selling book is Remarkable Retail: How to Win & Keep Customers in the Age of Digital Disruption.
Dan Hodges has distinguished himself as one of the world’s leading business futurists by accurately predicting and monetizing the profound ways in which technology has impacted consumer behavior during the last twenty-five years.
Dan began his business career in New York’s advertising industry, working with industry leader Irwin Gotlieb to manage the one-billion-dollar Procter & Gamble media buying and global investments account. However, foreseeing the impact that cable television would soon have on the television advertising market, Dan moved in 1992 to Discovery Communications, where he worked as a senior sales executive for seven years. During that time, Dan launched the company’s digital business, worked with Jay Chiat to develop the first interactive TV ad experience, and assisted founder and CEO John Hendricks in launching Discovery’s on-demand service. Over that same period, advertising revenue at Discovery soared from $100 million to $950 million.
Sensing the commercial opportunities that digital technology would soon make available, Dan worked for the next seven years as a consultant, helping forward-looking businesses transition into the digital marketplace.
As Dan’s reputation as a digital innovator grew, companies began approaching him to lead their innovation efforts. In 2006, he joined Enpocket, which at the time enjoyed a 47% share of the US mobile advertising market. When Nokia acquired the company a year later, Dan was chosen to lead the largest mobile advertising sales force in the world, and he spend the next decade reimagining the world of mobile advertising.
Currently, Dan runs (CIMTours.co), a global strategic advisory firm that helps business leaders anticipate the future and innovate accordingly. He is also the founder and CEO of Retail Store Tours, which creates business and consumer programs for attendees at industry conferences and other themed events. These programs help attendees navigate and network the events while encouraging them to explore and engage with the technologies and trends driving the pace of change in retail today. Most recently, Retail Store Tours has been selected to provide the store tour program at The NRF 2020: Retail’s Big Show.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Consumers in Motion created the World Retail Forum (www.worldretailforum) which features global experts who share best practices restarting retail. Each week international experts from Asia, Europe, North America and Latin America who share best practices to restart retail in the age of Covid-19.
Dan holds an A.A.S. in biotechnology and subsequently earned a joint B.S. from Syracuse University and the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Doug Stephens is one of the world’s foremost retail industry futurists. His intellectual work and thinking has influenced many of the most widely known international retailers, agencies and brands including Walmart, Google, L’Oreal, BMW and LVMH.
Prior to founding the consultancy Retail Prophet, Doug spent over 20 years in the retail industry, holding senior international leadership roles.
Doug is the author of two International bestselling books – Reengineering Retail: The Future of Selling in a Post-Digital World and The Retail Revival: Re-Imagining Business for the New Age of Consumerism. Doug is also the nationally syndicated retail columnist for CBC Radio and sits on multiple corporate and academic advisory boards.
His unique perspectives on retailing, business and consumer behavior have been featured in many of the world’s leading publications and media outlets including The New York Times, The BBC, TechCrunch, The Wall Street Journal and Fast Company.
Jag is the CEO & President of Favor. In less than five years, under his leadership, Favor has launched in over 200 Texas cities with more than 100,000 Runners on its platform, who have completed over 25 million deliveries to-date. Jag also led Favor to become the first U.S. on-demand delivery company to achieve profitability, and in February 2018, he led the sale of Favor to H-E-B – one of the country’s largest privately held companies – making Favor the first business to be acquired by H-E-B in its 115-year history.
Today, he is also the Chief Digital Officer at H-E-B and oversees H-E-B’s digital strategy, roadmap and team, including Product & Design, Technology and Commerce.
Jag joined Favor with a 20-year track record of scaling startups from early stage to successful mature companies, with a focus on product innovation and revenue creation. Prior to Favor, he was most recently the Senior Vice President of Product at RetailMeNot, Inc. – the world’s largest marketplace for digital offers – attracting over 700 million visits to its mobile and desktop properties, facilitating over $5 billion in gross retail sales a year. Prior to RetailMeNot, Jag held several executive positions at the luxury retailer Gilt Groupe, including Vice President of Strategy and New Business, Vice President of Product Management and Engineering, and Acting CIO. Before his time at Gilt Groupe, Jag was the Director of Global Business Development at WeightWatchers.com – the world’s leading weight management company, with over 1 million online subscribers. He also held several management positions at the company, during his almost 8-year tenure, in product development, marketing and international expansion, focused on the core product suite and the launch of the online subscription business in the UK, Europe, Australia and China.
Janey Whiteside is Walmart’s executive vice president and first chief customer officer. She is responsible for looking after Walmart’s brand and thinking through the customer journey for both Walmart stores and e-commerce.
Janey joined Walmart in 2018 after spending more than 20 years at American Express in leadership roles ranging from international pricing, relationship management and marketing, to customer engagement and global products, benefits and services. While at AmEx, she prioritized expanding AmEx products into new areas, connecting with younger customers and creating experiences and rewards for card members.
In addition to her duties at Walmart, Janey serves on the board of directors of the Greater New York Region of the American Red Cross.
Janey holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Cardiff University in Wales.
Before co-founding EVIGENCE SENSORS™ (formerly Freshpoint Quality Assurance) in 2005, Yoav held senior finance and management positions including CEO of Investment Banking firms Poalim Capital Markets and Sahar Securities. He holds a BA in Economics and an LLB from the University of Tel Aviv, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
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Gary Magenta is passionate about helping leaders and organizations change their business, transform how they engage their people, and deliver exceptional results.
He is the Chief Change Architect of Root Inc., a consulting company that helps the world’s most influential organizations master disruption, activate change, and realize positive results. During his 19 years at Root, Gary has partnered with CEOs and executive teams at Fortune 500 and Global 2000 organizations throughout North America and Europe, bringing a holistic view of their businesses, their people, and the customers they serve.
With more than 30 years of business experience, Gary brings a realistic outlook, a focus on results, and a sense of humor that puts things into perspective.
Gary is the author of 720 Haircuts — Creating Customer Loyalty that Lasts a Lifetime and The Un-Bossy Boss, as well as the host of the talk show series, The Pot Stirrer. He is a highly sought after international speaker that has been recognized with a Stevie American Business Award for Executive of the Year.
He lives in Chicago, Illinois, and Naples, Florida, with his wife and has two grown sons. Gary is a Google fanatic and an unapologetic reality show junkie.