Were you in New York City this week, kicking off the year’s retail calendar at the 2020 National Retail Federation Big Show? Our team was there taking in all the great content, meeting new contacts, and reconnecting with old friends. There were so many fantastic women speakers at the event this year, including Gwyneth Paltrow, founder and CEO, Goop; Helena Foulkes, CEO, Hudson’s Bay Co. (we wrote about her session here); and Kara Swisher, co-founder and editor-at-large, Recode, who kept fellow speakers on their toes during her two keynote sessions. Women took home some big honors as well, including Michelle Gass, CEO of Kohl’s, who was named the 2020 Visionary by the NRF Foundation.
We also loved all of the inspiring stories we heard during sessions in the The FQ Lounge, especially from Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) members who took the stage, such as Joëlle Grünberg, the former president and CEO, North and Central America, Lacoste; Sarah Veit Walis, vice president and general manager of e-commerce, Athleta; and Stacey Renfro, executive vice president and chief digital and customer experience officer, The Vitamin Shoppe (and WIRLC board member!).
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