Leadership Forum 2017

1/21/2017 06:00 PM - 1/25/2017 05:00 PM (GMT-04:00) America/New_York

Embracing Retail Disruption

The 2017 Leadership Forum -- the premier event for Chief Executive Officers of leading retail companies from all channels -- will be held January 22-24, 2017 at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort in Naples, Florida, and will address the major forces driving retail disruption.  

An invitation-only event, the Leadership Forum brings executives from the retail and consumer goods industries together in a relaxed, informal and private setting, where frank dialogue and interactive participation are the norm. With insights shared from retail, technology and public policy visionaries, you will delve into the causes of exponential change, and, in some cases, the total transformation of old models.

The program, headlined by Best Buy Chairman & CEO Hubert Joly, features thought leaders from retail, consumer brands, finance, technology and innovation for a diverse and thought-provoking series of sessions designed to spark your thinking and your creativity.

For more information, contact Jenny Keehan at (703) 600-2031 or jenny.keehan@rila.org.

 


Featured Speakers

The Leadership Forum speakers include visionaries from retail, technology and public policy. Already confirmed are:

 

 Hubert Joly
Chairman & CEO
Best Buy
 

Todd Lutwak
Partner

Andreesen Horowitz
 

Ron Chernow
Author
Hamilton

 

Chris Wallace
Anchor
FOX News Sunday

 

Honorable John Boehner
Former Speaker
U.S. House of Representatives

 

Honorable Ed Rendell
Former Governor
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

 

 


Who Attends

The Leadership Forum is an exclusive gathering of chief executives, some of whom bring selected members of their executive teams, from leading retail and product manufacturer companies. They come to build relationships with other key leaders, and to devote time to learning and sharing on topics critical to retail success. They are joined by an equally select group of solutions providers who sponsor and participate the event in order to attend. No press or analysts attend. See our 2016 cohort here.

 

 

 


Future Dates: 

The Leadership Forum 2018
January 21-23, 2018
The Ritz-Carlton Dover Mountain
Tuscon, AZ

 

 

Venue

Conference Venue

The Ritz-Carlton Beach ResortThe Ritz-Carlton
280 Vanderbilt Beach Road 
Naples, Florida

Leadership Forum attendees may make reservations at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples online or by calling (888) 856-4380 and mentioning you are with the "Retail Industry Leaders Association Leadership Forum 2017" to take advantage of our special group rate of $419 plus tax per night. This rate is available until December 19, 2016, but may sell out before that date. All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. The resort will not hold any reservations unless secured by one of these methods. In the event you must cancel your reservation, please do so seven (7) days prior to your scheduled arrival to avoid cancellation fees.

Event Registration

Registration to RILA's Leadership Forum is by invitation only. If you would like to receive an invitation, please contact Jenny Keehan, Executive Vice President, Member Services, at jenny.keehan@rila.org, or (703) 600-2031.

No Risk Cancellation Policy

We understand the schedule demands of top executives, so register today knowing that, if your plans change, you will get a full refund through December 31, 2016. Cancellations received on or after January 1, 2017, are non-refundable. All cancellations must be in writing. For more information, contact Kelly Foelber at kelly.foelber@rila.org  or (703) 600-2042.

Spouse/Guest Program 

RILA welcomes spouses/personal guests to participate in the Leadership Forum at no additional cost. Spouses/personal guests are welcomed at all Leadership Forum executive educational sessions, though they will not have assigned seats at the sessions. There are also special events designed specifically for spouses

Additional Conference Information:

Conference Attire
Business and resort casual clothing is appropriate for most  conference activities. .

Weather
Average January temperatures in Naples, Florida range from 53-76 degrees, and meeting rooms are often cool.

Airports
There are two main airports serving Naples, Florida:    

Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Meyers (RSW) is the primary commercial airport - 45 minutes from the Ritz-Carlton.

Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)
11000 Terminal Access Road
Fort Meyers, FL 33913
(239) 590-4800

Small aircraft and private planes may use Naples Municipal Airport (APF) - 15 minutes from the Ritz-Carlton.

Naples Municipal Airport 
160 Aviation Drive N
Naples, FL 34104
(239) 643-0733

Hotel Parking/Transportation
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples offers valet parking for only $28 per car per night.

Naples Transportation & Tours is the recommended transportation company
Phone number: (239) 262-3006 (24 hours)
www.nttep.com

Special Needs 
Please contact Rachel Dahl at (703) 600-2061 if you have any disabilities or dietary restrictions that require special accommodation.

This event is closed to the press.

Agenda

Schedule of events

Below is an interactive schedule for all events and activities during the Leadership Forum 2017. Please check back for schedule updates. For a printable version of the full schedule, click here.

 

 

Speakers

Sponsors

Sponsors of The Leadership Forum are important partners at the event. 

They are at the forefront of the retail industry, helping drive change, innovation and growth 
at the largest and most successful retail companies.

If you would like to join the elite group of sponsors at The Leadership Forum 2017, please email Tripp Taylor for more information. 


Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors:

Accenture

1345 Avenue of Americas New York, NY 10105 1.917.452.4400 www.accenture.com Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 373,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com. If you would like to view Accenture's presentation from the 2016 event, visit: www.accenture.com/rila.

Applied Predictive Technologies

901 North Stuart Street, Suite 1000 Arlington, VA 22203 APT is a leading cloud-based analytics software company that enables organizations to rapidly and precisely measure cause-and-effect relationships between business initiatives and outcomes to generate economic value. Our intuitive and proprietary Test & Learn® software utilizes sophisticated algorithms to analyze large amounts of data, enabling business leaders to conduct experiments and allowing them to make optimal decisions and implement business initiatives at scale. APT also offers products that support decision-making for specific business needs including transaction analysis, space planning, promotion design, category management and location selection. APT’s client portfolio features some of the world’s best known brands, including Walmart, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Victoria’s Secret, American Family, Choice Hotels Worldwide, SUBWAY, TD Bank, T-Mobile, and others. APT has offices in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, London, Bentonville, Taipei, Tokyo, Sydney, and Chicago.

C2FO

4210 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 400A Fairway, KS 66205 www.c2fo.com C2FO is the world's market for working capital and risk-free profit. C2FO is the only working capital exchange that allows companies to optimize their working capital positions in a live, bid/ask environment. Companies across the globe use C2FO to increase their operating income while simultaneously producing vital working capital flows to their supply chain.

Hallmark Cards, Inc.

2501 McGee Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64108-2600 www.hallmark.com Hallmark makes the world a more caring place by helping people express what's in their hearts and connect in emotional ways with others. In the U.S., innovative Hallmark greeting cards and gifts are sold through leading mass retailers, the network of Hallmark Gold Crown® specialty stores and online. Worldwide, Hallmark offers products in more than 30 languages available in 100 countries.

Invent Analytics

222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza 1871 12th Floor Suite 2.10 Chicago, IL 60654 USA Invent is a cutting edge global provider of advanced analytics solutions for retailers. Our products and services enable retail companies to maximize profitability with data-driven pricing and inventory execution. Retailers using Invent’s proprietary solutions have seen a proven 2-6% increase in profitability and unmatched ROI. Our agile SaaS solutions offer speedy evaluation and implementation coupled with the ability to scale for even the largest retailer.

The Coca-Cola Company

One Coca-Cola Plaza Atlanta, GA 30313 (404) 676-2121 www.coca-cola.com The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Coca-Cola’s portfolio features 15 billion dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, it is the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juice drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy Coca-Cola Company beverages at a rate of more than 1.8 billion servings a day. Together with Coca-Cola’s bottling partners, Coca- Cola ranks among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 employees.