Talent/Organizational Structure

Monday
June 21
10:15 am10:30 am
Qurate Retail, Inc. President and CEO, and NRF Chairman, Mike George welcomes attendees to NRF's summer event with a look at the past six months as the world begins to recover from a year of unprecedented disruption, what the current landscape has in store this summer, and a chief executive's view of the important time leading into holidays and a revitalized industry in 2022.
Monday
June 21
1:00 pm1:30 pm
As current events have underscored, the most effective and agile retail enterprises rely on solid technology investments implemented and overseen by technology leaders, CIOs, CTOs and the like. For such enterprises, IT leaders are responsible for understanding a combination of the trends that will drive innovation and business strategy, making them an integral player in all board room discussions. Hear from Qurate Retail, Inc.
Monday
June 21
1:00 pm1:30 pm

To help meet the challenges of an increasingly complex world — and the expectations of an increasingly social-minded consumer base — retailers need to look inward and evaluate their current practices and culture. Join us for a conversation as we discuss where D&I fits in reinvention priorities in 2021 and where retailers should invest and make improvements.

Monday
June 21
2:30 pm3:00 pm
Incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) is a business and moral imperative. By bringing together diverse views and backgrounds, we foster an environment to attract and retain top talent that will support it and help build loyalty with customers. How can you make smart DE&I decisions about the products you offer, vendors, suppliers, employee training, pay practices, advertising, and more? Join Michael Colaneri, Vice President of Retail Industry Solutions at AT&T Business, for a conversation with Shamoun Siddiqui, CISO at The Neiman Marcus Group.
Tuesday
June 22
1:00 pm1:30 pm
When Walmart brought in 25-year technology veteran Suresh Kumar to lead the retail giant’s technical strategy, he set a mission to lead the next retail disruption. To get there, Kumar and one of the largest technology and engineering teams in the world are leveraging emerging tech and building custom products to accelerate Walmart’s digital transformation. From cloud, AI and voice to computer vision and edge computing, Walmart is deploying the latest technology to create superior customer experiences, empower associates and lower costs.
Tuesday
June 22
1:45 pm2:15 pm
Hear how these essential and non-essential retailers successfully adapted and survived the retail challenges of 2020 as they share lessons learned from the pandemic and examples of pivoting to meet customer needs. Fast forward to the opportunities and adaptations that followed: revelations uncovered in the form of new products and processes, talent challenges and new ways to view adversity.
Wednesday
June 23
1:00 pm1:30 pm
Retail's technology leadership role has evolved beyond its traditional transactional definition in line with broader changes to the industry and organizational structures. An increasing number of retail CIOs and CTOs now sit decisively at the C-suite table taking on greater influence and responsibility for their companies' digital savvy, its agility amid disruptive forces, and strategic decision making to maintain competitive advantage.
Wednesday
June 23
2:30 pm3:00 pm
After the culmination of an extensive listening campaign among employees, customers, partners and the community, Nordstrom announced new goals to support their diversity, inclusion and belonging (DIB) strategy at the end of 2020. The wide-ranging plan includes specific goals related to talent recruitment and company culture, as well as customer engagement, merchandising and charitable donations. 
  
Thursday
June 24
11:00 am11:30 am
Leaning into its flourishing multi-banner ecommerce channel, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. separates itself from competitors by scaling its business and grabbing market share along the way. Looking at the year ahead and the long-term future, the home specialty retailer will focus on its three primary differentiators – its in-house design, its digital-first channel strategy, and its values – to fuel the company's strong growth and profitability. In this fireside chat, Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
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.