Stewart, Hilfiger to Speak at Global Retailing Conference

More than a dozen internationally recognized executives, strategists and industry leaders will offer their insights at the UA's annual Global Retailing Conference. Martha Stewart and Tommy Hilfiger headline the list of guest speakers.
Feb. 14, 2011
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15th Annual Global Retailing Conference
April 7-8
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson
Macy's CEO and UA alumnus Terry J. Lundgren.
Macy's CEO and UA alumnus Terry J. Lundgren.
Martha Stewart (Images courtesy Norton School)
Martha Stewart (Images courtesy Norton School)
Tommy Hilfiger
Tommy Hilfiger

Media maven Martha Stewart and clothing designer Tommy Hilfiger headline a list of retail industry leaders planning to speak at this year's Global Retailing Conference, or GRC.

The conference, set for April 7-8 at the Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson, is organized by the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the University of Arizona's Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Under the theme of "Inspiring Innovation," presentations will bring to life the experiences of leaders who have succeeded in industries, fueled by new ideas that capture the imaginations of consumers, as well as technologies that drive growth.

In all, 16 of the most widely recognized innovators in retailing and fashion industries will offer their expertise at the two-day event. In addition to Hilfiger, principal designer for the Tommy Hilfiger Group, and Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc., the list includes:

  • Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and CEO, Macy's, Inc.
  • Mike George, president and CEO, QVC
  • Alan Dabbiere, chairman, Airwatch
  • Javier Polit, CIO of the Bottling Investments Group, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Barbara Turf, CEO and president, Crate & Barrel
  • Raul Vazquez, EVP, Global eCommerce, Walmart
  • Roberto Orci, president and CEO, Acento
  • Ira Kalish, director of global economics, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Susan Lyne, chairman, Gilt Groupe
  • Jiri Nechleba, CEO, 4R Systems
  • Michael Archbold, CFO, Vitamin Shoppe
  • Jesse W. Curlee, president, Supima Cotton
  • Claudio Del Vecchio, CEO, Brooks Brothers
  • Jeff Elder, vice president of marketing, J.G. Boswell Company

Details on the conference, including a complete agenda, are posted online, with pages on Facebook (keyword Global Retailing Conference), and LinkedIn.

"Our Global Retailing Conference has grown over its 14 years to be one of the most compelling forums for presenting and sharing ideas that drive success in our very competitive business – both in North America and overseas," said Macy's Terry J. Lundgren, namesake of the Norton School's Lundgren Program and a UA alumnus.

"The conference offers a unique opportunity to fuse the experiences of established retailing and fashion leaders with the energy of new ideas and perspectives that are being formed at the UA, one of the nation's leading collegiate business retailing programs," he said.

"This conference is a place where retailing executives, faculty, students, consultants and technology innovators learn from each other in an open and collaborative setting."

Lundgren will deliver the opening remarks at the conference.

The GRC attracts many repeat participants each year. One is Paula Rosenblum, managing partner for Retail Systems Research and a 2010 attendee.

"The Global Retailing Conference is an invaluable experience for those seeking to hear the strategies and tactics employed by the giants of retail, all in a beautiful setting," she said.

Registrations for a limited number of attendees are now being accepted.

The GRC is presented through the support of sponsors Macy's, Airwatch, Bridgestone Firestone, Financo, Deloitte, 4R Systems, Home Depot, Intuit, Petsmart, QVC, Smart Button, Supima Cotton, Acento, Altria and Walmart.

For more information on attending the event, visit and follow to the registration page. Or e-mail Melinda Burke, director of the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing, at

The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing is part of the UA's John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences. It brings together the resources and expertise of academia and the retail industry, with a shared goal of developing strong future retail professionals.

It is considered one of the top retail business programs in the country. About 500 students are enrolled in classes and degree programs.