JANUARY 17, 2016 • NYC
The NRF Foundation Gala is a night to celebrate the imagination, inspiration and innovation at work in the retail industry today. More importantly, it’s a place for leaders in the retail industry to join together in supporting the next generation of retail talent. Funds from sponsorships, donations and an extraordinary auction support the NRF Foundation, whose work shapes retail’s future by building industry awareness, fostering career growth and developing talent.
Our second annual Gala raised $1.6 million for these efforts! Thank you to everyone who played a role in this incredible night. Check out the event photos and save the date for next year's event: January 15, 2017.
2016 At A Glance
Sunday, January 17, 2016
6:15pm - 10:00pm
Chelsea Piers, New York City
Uplifting, inspirational and celebratory are just a few words to describe the Gala. It's a night dedicated to gathering the industry’s best and brightest while supporting tomorrow’s retail stars. The evening will recognize The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2016, along with a spectacular auction of one-of-a-kind experiences. See the Gala Program for more details.
For those attending, please arrive by 6:15pm in your cocktail attire. Bring your phones fully charged to participate in bidding for the auction. Share your posts with #nrfGALA and #TheList16. We'll be live tweeting from @NRFnews and @NRFFoundation.
Congratulations to The List of People Shaping Retail's Future 2016! The List honors 25 individuals who are impacting the retail industry in big ways. We are excited to celebrate these honorees at the NRF Foundation Gala 2016.
Jessica Herrin, CEO & Founder, Stella & Dot Family Brands • Katrina Lake, Founder & CEO, Stitch Fix • Kyle Nel, Executive Director, Lowe's Innovation Labs, Lowe's Companies, Inc. • Greg Petro, President and Chief Executive Officer, First Insight • Debbie Sterling, Founder & CEO, GoldieBlox
Tory Burch, Chairman & Co-CEO, Tory Burch LLC, Founder, Tory Burch Foundation • Erin Harper, Senior Program Manager, Local Producer Loan Program, Whole Foods Market, Inc. • Bea Perez, VP & Chief Sustainability Officer, The Coca-Cola Company • Doug Rauch, Founder & President, Daily Table • Kindley Walsh Lawlor, Vice President, Global Sustainability, Gap, Inc. • Laysha Ward, Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Target
Walter Loeb, President, Loeb Associates, Inc. • Courtney Reagan, Retail Reporter, CNBC • Al Sambar, Managing Partner, Retail and Consumer Group, Kurt Salmon • Dana Telsey, CEO and Chief Research Officer, Telsey Advisory Group • The Honorable Mark R. Warner, United States Senator for Virginia
Do you know someone who should be on The List 2017? Sign up to be notified once nominations are open (Spring 2016).
The 2016 Gala is SOLD OUT! If you are interested in participating in our 2017 Gala, please email email@example.com. You can still show your love for retail by making a tax-deductible donation.
Thank you to our generous supporters who make NRF Foundation scholarships, programs and initiatives possible. 100% of Gala proceeds benefit the Foundation's initiatives next year.
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Gold full page advert in The Yearbook
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Adobe Systems • ANN INC. • Ashley Stewart • Bazaarvoice • BJ's Wholesale Club • The Coca-Cola Company • Brian Devine, Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. • Deloitte Consulting LLP • First Insight, Inc. • GGP • The Home Depot • Ingenious Designs • Kurt Salmon • Leading Authorities • LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc. • Nike, Inc. • Nordstrom, Inc. • Overstock.com • Ross Stores, Inc • SAP • Spencer Stuart • Ulta Beauty • University of North Texas • Walmart • Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Foundation
Listed in The Yearbook
Bealls, Inc. • Bluemercury, Inc. • Box, Inc. • Castle Worldwide, Inc. • CSRA • Digital Color Concepts • FIDM • Freshii • Glamsquad • Haddad Brands • INDEX • Pam Jumper • Korn Ferry International • Li & Fung • Marsha Everton LLC • Andrew McLaughlin • Mississippi State University • Modell's Sporting Goods • The New School • Jerry O'Brien, University of Wisconsin • o9 Solutions • PAVE • Popai Italia • Prosper • REVIONICS • Phil and Michelle Rist • Sears Holdings Corporation • Taubman • Telsey Advisory Group • Under Armour • Vanity, Inc. • Whole Foods Market, Inc.
Chairman and CEO
The Container Store
Former NY Giant
President of G-III Sports
US Retail & Consumer Leader
CEO & Creative Director
Alice + Olivia
Designer & Author
Founder of Nate Berkus Associates
Merchant Services - U.S.
American Express Company
Founder and CEO
Farview Associates, LLC
Iman Cosmetics, Inc.
Fern Mallis LLC
International Fashion and Design Consultancy
Founder & President
Ingenious Designs LLC
(subsidiary of HSNi)
Founder & CEO
Brit + Co
KARA ROSS NY & DIAMONDS UNLEASHED
Founder & CEO
NRF Executive Committee
Tim Belk, Chairman & CEO, Belk, Inc. • Pauline Brown, Chairman, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc. • Claudio Del Vecchio, Chairman & CEO, Brooks Brothers Group, Inc. • Mindy Grossman, CEO, HSNi • M. Farooq Kathwari, Chairman, President & CEO, Ethan Allen Interiors, Inc. • Karen Katz, President & CEO, The Neiman Marcus Group Inc. • Terry Lundgren, Chairman & CEO, Macy's, Inc. • Ron Sacino, President & CEO, Sacino's • Stephen Sadove, Chairman & CEO, Saks Inc. (Retired) • Greg Sandfort, President & CEO, Tractor Supply Company • Laura Sen, CEO, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. • Matthew R. Shay, President & CEO, National Retail Federation • Kip Tindell, Chairman & CEO, The Container Store • Myron Ullman, Executive Chairman, J.C. Penney Corporation, Inc.
NRF Foundation Board
Emilie Antonetti, Vice President, Social Purpose, Brooks Brothers & Managing Director, Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece Foundation • Bill Brand, President, HSN • Lee Culpepper, Vice President of Public Affairs, Walmart Stores, Inc. • Marsha Everton, President, Marsha Everton LLC • Mindy Grossman, CEO, HSNi • Suzan Kereere, SVP, National Client Group, American Express Company • Denise Kramp, North America Retail Sector Leader, KORN/FERRY • Mark Larson, Partner, Global Head of Retail, KPMG LLP • Linda Lewis, Chief Talent Officer & Executive Vice President, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. • Jerry O'Brien, Executive Director, Kohl's Center for Retailing, University of Wisconsin-Madison • Heidi O'Neill, Vice President, Global Stores, Nike Stores • Audrey Robertson, Vice President of Cultural Programs & Community Relations, The Container Store • Anne Voller, Group Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Macy’s, Inc. • Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Co-founder & CEO, GLAMSQUAD
You can have an extraordinary, positive impact within the world of retail. When you help the NRF Foundation, you contribute to the growth of a thriving industry.
Through the NRF Foundation’s initiatives, we’re fighting misperceptions about our industry’s careers by telling retail’s true story and ensuring that that our industry’s next group of leaders—be it a college student, military veteran returning to civilian life, a young professional, or a digital expert—understands the opportunities in retail and is prepared to make a difference in our industry.
However you choose to support the NRF Foundation, we are deeply grateful!
Three ways to show your support
Bring Your Executive Team to the Event
Host 1-2 tables. You can also choose to purchase tickets or a table for our student scholarship recipients.
Add an Experience or Product for the Silent Auction
Our team will work with you to come up with unique, innovative ideas—like exclusive items, extraordinary experiences or one-of-a-kind trips.
Contribute to the Gift Bag
You can showcase your company's product, or put us in touch with one of your connections who might want to give back to our industry while getting extra exposure. (700 quantity, retail value $15+)
For more details on how you can get involved and background on the NRF Foundation's work and initiatives, flip through our Gala Support Opportunities slide deck.
To confirm your participation, or if you are interested in learning more about the Gala or the NRF Foundation, please contact Liz Glover Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-684-1110. This event will sell out, so make your company's commitment early!
The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation and is funded in part by generous donations from retail industry supporters.