Leadership Forum 2018

1/20/2018 05:00 PM - 1/23/2018 11:00 AM (GMT-04:00) America/New_York

Online registration is open for invited retailers and consumer product manufacturers. Please login as the invited attendee in order to register online. If you have any questions or would like to request an invitation, please contact Kelly Foelber at kelly.foelber@rila.org or 703-600-2042.

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This year’s Leadership Forum focused on the major forces driving retail disruption, and featured a series of sessions that brought home the opportunities and challenges facing retailers and their consumer goods partners in these times of exponential change.


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.


In the opening session, Accenture’s Jill Standish and Mark Curtis spoke about what makes a retail company successful in 2017 and specifically, the importance of people to a sustainable business transformation. In what they call Living Businesses, people and design – not just technology – are key to enabling success.


Best Buy Chairman and CEO Hubert Joly headlined the conference with insights from the company’s successful transformation, including what he’s learned as the journey continues.


With startups undoubtedly playing a role in the transformation of the old retail model, Todd Lutwak, partner at Andreessen Horowitz led a discussion about how startups and traditional brands can engage with each other to advance the industry together.


Kicking off the public policy focus of the conference, Jennifer Safavian, RILA’s executive vice president, government affairs, spoke on the opportunity retailers now have to position themselves with policy makers around the issues impacting the industry the most, including the onerous proposed 'border adjustability tax'. Safavian was followed by a policy and politics panel featuring Fox News Sunday Anchor Chris Wallace, former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, and former Governor of Pennsylvania and NBC News Analyst Ed Rendell. 


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

Featured Speakers

The Leadership Forum speakers included visionaries from retail, technology and public policy. 


 Hubert Joly
Chairman & CEO
Best Buy

Todd Lutwak

Andreesen Horowitz

Ron Chernow


Chris Wallace
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 Dove Mountain
Tuscon, AZ





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2018 Sponsorship Information

The Leadership Forum is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for personal interaction with top retail leaders. Only at RILA will you participate fully in this interactive meeting of select C-suite executives from the biggest and best retail and consumer goods companies. It is truly an exclusive opportunity for companies that value interaction with our influential audience.

If you would like to join the elite group of sponsors at The Leadership Forum 2018, please email tripp.taylor@rila.org.