In support of the NRF Foundation, the National Retail Federation announced the 25 individuals named to its annual “List of People Shaping Retail’s Future.”
They will be honored Jan. 14 at the NRF Foundation Gala held during NRF’s Big Show retail convention and trade show in New York. Proceeds from the gala benefit the NRF Foundation, NRF’s nonprofit arm committed to shaping the future of retail talent and awarding scholarships.
Among those being honored are Jane Elfers, president and chief executive officer, The Children’s Place Inc.; James “JC” Curleigh, president, Levi’s Brand; Helena Foulkes, executive vice president, CVS Health, and president, CVS Pharmacy; Greg Scott, ceo of New York & Co., and Mary Campbell, executive vice president, commerce platforms, QVC. They are being honored in the “power player” category.
Being honored as “disruptors” are Jeff Barnett, ceo of Commerce Cloud, Salesforce; Adam Goldenberg, co-ceo, TechStyle Fashion Group; Paul Hennessy, ceo of Vroom; Jeff Kearl, ceo of Stance; Chris McCann, president and ceo of 1-800-Flowers.com, and Emily Weiss, founder and ceo, Glossier.
“An industry as dynamic as retail needs leaders with a range of talents from creatives to humanitarians to entrepreneurs,” said NRF Foundation executive director Ellen Davis.
In addition, the NRF Gala will recognize Wal-Mart president and ceo Doug McMillon as “The Visionary.” The gala is expected to raise more than $2.5 million for NRF Foundation programs.
Also on the 2018 List of People Shaping Retail’s Future:
Dreamers: Isabelle and Katherine Adams, co-ceo’s, Paper For Water; Michael Lastoria, cofounder, ceo and creative director, &pizza; Carley Ochs, founder, ceo and designer, Bourbon and Boweties, and Kate Ross LeBlanc, ceo and cofounder, Saje Natural Wellness.
In the “givers” category being honored are Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, owner and philanthropist, Gallery Furniture; Brittany Merrill Underwood, founder and ceo, Akola Project; Karin Norington-Reaves, ceo, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership; Buddy Teaster, president and ceo, Soles4Souls, and Hamdi Ulukaya, founder, chairman and ceo, Chobani.
In the “Influencers” category, being honored are Matthew Boss, managing director, equity research, Consumer Discretionary/Retailing, J.P. Morgan; Amanda Curtis and Gemma Sole, cofounders, Nineteenth Amendment; Jonathan Sokoloff, managing partner, Leonard Green & Partners; Rob Sweeney, global head of the consumer/retail group, Goldman Sachs, and Barbara Thau, contributing retail writer, Forbes.com.