The Speakers

Our community comes together for the Future of Retail festival to share and inspire their peers to rethink the store, brand and customer experience.

The Speakers
  • Adaora Udoji
    Adaora Udoji is a media innovator and award-winning storyteller with expertise in emerging technology. She is currently the Director of Corporate Innovation at New York City’s RLab, the nation’s first...
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  • Alexander Marten
    “It’s all about connecting the dots” — And there are a lot of dots to be connected. At the core, I’m a creative wildcard passionately looking for new approaches, angles...
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  • Anthony Tasgal
    Anthony runs his own training company and is a Course Director for the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Market Research Society, the Institute of Internal Communication, the AAR and the...
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  • Ben Demiri
    Ben is the group CEO of Platforme, which has Ddigitt and Skinvaders within it. The group are pioneers in MTO SaaS and power product customisation at scale for LVMH, and Farfetch....
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  • Blake Rosenthal-Herman
    Blake Rosenthal is Executive Vice President of Global Acceptance Solutions at Mastercard. In this role, she is responsible for developing and driving the strategies, services and solutions that further the...
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  • Carl Boutet
    Carl is Chief Strategist and founder of StudioRx, a retail strategy advisory firm serving a wide range of retail clients including solution providers, designers and federations. He is the lead...
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  • Cathy McCabe
    CEO of Proximity Insight, Cathy has spent her entire career in global retail and IT. She is passionate about bridging the gap between digital and physical experiences by connecting customers,...
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  • Clint! Runge
    Clint! Runge is a founding partner of Archrival, a youth culture agency that unlocks human-powered marketing for a new generation. Brands come to the agency when they want to go against the...
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  • David Di Bene
    David is Chief Marketing Officer at Toys “R” Us Stores USA. He has dedicated his career to creating meaningful experiences that deeply connect consumers to brands.  Over 14 years at Apple, David led the...
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Highlighted Talks

  • June 9, 2020 | 11:20 am - 11:40 am EDT
    Designing the Store Experience for Safety & Connection
    Retail entrepreneur Emily Schildt talks about how she's launching a new store to reflect the realities of today but built for emotional brand-to-consumer connection.
  • June 9, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 12:20 pm EDT
    Designing with Generosity: Building Brands That Thrive
    Nadine Steklenski created a number of brands that earned over $1 billion sales in their first year. Hear from this former Target design leader as she shares her approach to key fundamentals in research, strategy, merchandising and leadership.
  • June 9, 2020 | 12:40 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
    Augmenting Retail’s Reality Post-COVID
    Sriram Thodla, design strategist and former Samsung Senior Director, will unpack examples and concepts for rethinking the in-store retail experience using technologies such augmented reality (AR).