The University of Arizona's Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing has announced its 2014 Global Retailing Conference lineup of presenters, which includes UA alumnus Lundgren, CEO of Macy's, and Bobbi Brown, founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.
With a theme of "Ignite the Customer Experience," the conference presentations will focus on how retailers engage customers in their brands and enhance the shopping experience through innovation, technology and techniques for meeting evolving consumer preferences.
The conference will be held April 10-11 at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive, in Tucson. The annual event serves as a forum and think tank for emerging ideas in a setting that fuses business and academia.
"The University of Arizona has become one of the top schools to recruit emerging management talent in the field of retail," said Martha Van Gelder, director of the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing. "Our ability to attract the industry's leading innovators to Tucson speaks volumes to our corporate partnerships and the UA's collective expertise in retail, consumer sciences and data analytics."
This year's conference speakers include:
- Terry J. Lundgren, Chairman, President and CEO of Macy's
- Bobbi Brown, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
- Ken Langone, Founder and CEO of Invemed Associates and Co-Founder of The Home Depot
- Walter Robb, Co-CEO of Whole Foods
- Jeanne Jackson, President of Product and Merchandising for NIKE
- Brian David Johnson, Futurist for Intel Corp.
- Harvey Kanter, President and CEO of Blue Nile
- Michael P. Kercheval, President and CEO of the International Council of Shopping Centers
- Blake Irving, CEO and Board Director for GoDaddy
- Tom Litchford, Vice President for Retail Strategies for the National Retail Federation
- Richard McDonald, Senior Vice President for Global Marketing for Fender Musical Instruments
- Nadia Shouraboura, Founder and CEO of Hointer
- Roman Tsunder, CEO of PTTOW!
- Ashlee Aldridge, SVP, CIO and Chief Integration Officer for Golfsmith International
- Kevin McKenzie, Global Chief Digital Officer for Westfield Group
- Rob Garf, Vice President for Industry Strategy for Demandware
- Greg Girard, Program Director for Merchandise Strategies for IDC Retail Insights
Details about the conference, including registration information and a complete agenda, are available at http://www.globalretailingconference.org. Information also is available on Facebook (keyword Global Retailing Conference), Twitter @globalretailcon, or by emailing Van Gelder at email@example.com.
"For 18 years, the University of Arizona's Global Retailing Conference has been a forum to discuss new and dynamic directions of an industry that leads consumer trends," said Lundgren, who will deliver opening remarks at the conference. "The pace of change has never been as rapid as it is today. Leading retailers and brand marketers are looking differently at how they attract and retain customers, and how they develop the talent needed for the future.
"This year's conference will examine how the shopping experience is evolving, as told by some of the industry's most visionary thinkers. And, significantly, this will be a forum that includes interaction with high-potential retailing students and faculty who have already begun to frame the insights that will carry our companies forward."
The Global Retailing Conference is presented through the support of sponsors that include Macy's, SAP Retail, Airwatch, AT&T, Demandware, Supima Cotton, 360pi, MasterCard, Walgreens, Predictix, Kenneth Mink, Avnet, Dick's Sporting Goods, Hudson River Group, Intel, JC Penney, Yahoo!, The Home Depot, PetSmart, RetailNext, Threadstone, Atmosol, Reflexis, Acento and Defero.
The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing is part of the UA's John & Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. It brings together the resources and expertise of academia and the retail industry, with a shared goal of developing strong future retail professionals. The school's retailing and consumer sciences undergraduate degree program is considered one of the top retail business programs in the country. About 500 students currently are enrolled in classes.