The gala was a record-breaker bringing in funds for NRF scholarship and industry supporting programs.
The panel discussion is set for Jan. 16 at 1:30 pm.
At the NRF convention, optimism over business prospects could overshadow concerns about store closings and fast-changing consumer shopping habits.
Some experts see significant store closings on the horizon.
Each year, the retail trade organization honors outstanding individuals.
With the lowest corporate tax rate in decades on the table, retail groups are backing the new bill.