NRF Foundation's List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2017

By Jamie Grill-Goodman — January 05, 2017

The NRF Foundation announces the 25 individuals named to "The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future." The honorees represent the best and brightest individuals impacting the retail industry.
 
“Retail is driven by millions of talented and passionate individuals who are constantly changing the industry, and The List 2017 captures the very best of people making an impact,” NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis said. “Each in their own way, this year’s honorees are shaping retail’s future and emulate the very best of what retail represents.”
 
Now in its third year, the Gala brings together hundreds of industry executives to honor those named to The List and award scholarships to talented students working hard to become the next generation of retail leaders. In addition to celebrating The List at the Gala, NRF will also recognize Nike Chairman, President and CEO Mark Parker as “The Visionary,” a new honor for an inspiring leader with a long record of spearheading change in the industry.
 
 
The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2017 include:
 
 
Disruptors:
 
Brad Bogolea – Co-Founder and CEO, Simbe Robotics
 
Anthony Bruce – Co-Founder and CEO, Applied Predictive Technologies
 
Christine Hunsicker – Founder and CEO, Gwynnie Bee
 
Dominik Richter – Founder & CEO, HelloFresh Global
 
Tristan Walker – Founder and CEO, Walker and Company Brands
 
 
Dreamers:
 
Stefanie Botelho – Founder and CEO, Fitzroy Toys
 
Chieh Huang – Co-Founder and CEO, Boxed Wholesale
 
Michelle Lam – Co-Founder and CEO, True&Co.
 
Kavita Shukla – Inventor and Founder, FreshPaper
 
Mikaila Ulmer – Founder and CEO, Me & the Bees Lemonade
 
 
Givers:
 
James Brett – President, West Elm
 
Emily Avedikian – Founder and Director, Keeps Boutique at The Gatehouse
 
Roslyn S. Jaffe – Co-Founder, Secretary & Director Emeritus, Ascena Retail Group
 
Drew Ann Long – Inventor, Caroline’s Cart
 
Monika Wiela – CEO and Founder, Give Back Box®
 
 
Influencers:
 
Lisa Clyde – Global Head of Consumer & Retail Investment Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
 
Jason Goldberg – SVP, Content & Commerce, SapientRazorfish
 
David Lawenda – Vice President, Global Marketing Solutions – US, Facebook
 
Wendy Liebmann – Founder, CEO and Chief Shopper, WSL Strategic Retail
 
Phil Wahba – Senior Writer, Fortune
 
 
Power Players:
 
Scott Dahnke – Global Co-CEO, L Catterton
 
Kevin Hofmann – President, Online and Chief Marketing Officer, The Home Depot
 
Steven Lowy – Co-CEO, Westfield Corporation
 
Toni M. Miller – Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Administration Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Boscov’s Department Store, LLC
 
Marisa Thalberg – Chief Marketing Officer, Taco Bell Corp.
 
 
The honorees will be recognized on Sunday, January 15 at the NRF Foundation Gala during NRF 2017. Doors open at 6:15 pm, followed by a silent auction and cocktail reception. The bulk of the program is held from 7-9pm to include dinner, entertainment, student scholarship awards and a presentation of The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2017. End the night with a dessert reception.

For more on NRF 2017 be sure to check out RIS’ preview guide here. 

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