International/Global

Monday
June 21
10:30 am11:00 am
Consumer spending is poised to lift US GDP and play a major role within the Biden Administration’s Build Back Better platform. This fireside chat with Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama (2009-2017), will explore trade impacts, key economic levers, and monetary policy under the new Biden Administration. Currently serving on the boards of Lyft, Ralph Lauren, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Sweetgreen and more, Valerie Jarrett brings a wealth of experience about the intersection of consumerism, retail, and socio-economic policy.
Monday
June 21
11:45 am12:15 pm
As summer kicks off with the promise of warm summer holidays spent in the company of friends and family, for many workers, this good news also means increased anxiety around returning to the physical workplace, and with it, the elevated emotional strain about the changes that await them. The American Psychological Association reports, nearly 50% of Americans say they are anxious about resuming in-person interactions once it is safe to do so, and those vaccinated against COVID-19 were just as likely to express unease at social interactions as those who haven't been vaccinated.
Tuesday
June 22
1:45 pm2:15 pm
At a time when social media apps have slowed in growing user bases, TikTok has seen a meteoric rise giving thanks largely to its adoption from a Gen Z audience. As businesses explore opportunities to capitalize on and tap into the TikTok phenomenon, this session features global fashion brand Hollister and global lifestyle brand Kate Spade New York to explore their insights and experiences on the platform and provide tips for success and meeting the challenges in engaging and converting this highly coveted audience.
Thursday
June 24
2:30 pm3:00 pm
The COVID-19 outbreak accelerated retail digital transformation and unleashed the power of social selling, live-shopping, crowd-selling, and subscriptions as well as transformed the role of the store and sales associates. Retail organizations have diversified channels, tools and ways to acquire, activate and engage customers. Stores and store associates endeavor to engage customers along their journeys. Learn how innovative retailers have been deploying new technologies, tools and approaches for customer relationship and engagement. 
Thursday
June 24
3:00 pm3:30 pm
Hubert Joly, the former Chairman and CEO of Best Buy and orchestrator of the retailer’s spectacular turnaround in 2012, has achieved extraordinary outcomes by putting people and purpose at the heart of business. In this engaging fireside chat, Hubert will share his insights about Best Buy’s transformation from a company thought nine years ago as a dying breed to one that has been rebuilt into one of the nation’s favorite employers, a sustainability leader, and a retail industry innovator.
Friday
June 25
1:45 pm2:15 pm
More and more brands are evolving their consumer ecosystem with sophisticated direct-to-consumer (D2C) strategies that are disrupting traditional retail channels. Companies are looking to D2C to diversify their distribution channels, better position their products, and more closely connect with consumer, and thereby providing an effective ecosystem feedback loop to optimize their business.
Friday
June 25
2:15 pm3:15 pm
Amidst the disruptions caused by COVID-19, e-commerce technologies not only became an immediate lifeline for many businesses to stay afloat, but also helped brands to accelerate their digital transformation. Among those brands was luxury fashion company Diane von Furstenberg (DVF), which has made a strong digital pivot during the pandemic. DVF has engaged Chinese consumers via Alibaba’s livestreaming tool, Taobao Live, and was one of the first brands to move its fashion show online during Shanghai Fashion Week.