Celebrate. Recognize. Support.

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

Title Sponsors

The Event

Sunday, January 17, 2016
6:15pm - 10:00pm

Pier Sixty
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.

The List of People Shaping Retail's Future

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


Moziah Bridges, Founder & CEO, Mo's Bows • Matthew Corrin, Founder & CEO, Freshii • Danielle DiFerdinando, Founder & Creative Director, Danielle Nicole • Alexis Ringwald, Cofounder and CEO, LearnUp


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


Mary Dillon, CEO, Ulta Beauty • Gary Friedman, Chairman & CEO, Restoration Hardware • Michelle Gass, Chief Merchandising and Customer Officer, Kohl's • James Rhee, Executive Chairman & CEO, Ashley Stewart • Stormy Simon, President, Overstock.com

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 foundation@nrf.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.

 24 premier seats (Two tables of 12
Logo and listing on event website
Gold full page advert in The Yearbook
 12 priority seats (One table
Listing on event website
Silver full page advert in The Yearbook
 One table of 10 seats 
Listing on event website
Bronze full page advert in The Yearbook
 One table of 8 seats 
Listing on event website
Half page advert in The Yearbook
 Single Ticket 
Listed in The Yearbook



Mindy Grossman
HSN, Inc.

Kip Tindell
Chairman and CEO
The Container Store

Host Committee

Carl Banks
Former NY Giant
President of G-III Sports

Steve Barr
US Retail & Consumer Leader

Stacey Bendet
CEO & Creative Director
Alice + Olivia

Nate Berkus
Designer & Author
Founder of Nate Berkus Associates

Gunther Bright
Merchant Services - U.S.
American Express Company

Michael Francis
Founder and CEO
Farview Associates, LLC

Tommy Hilfiger
Principal Designer
Tommy Hilfiger

Iman Cosmetics, Inc.

Fern Mallis
Fern Mallis LLC
International Fashion and Design Consultancy

Joy Mangano
Founder & President
Ingenious Designs LLC
(subsidiary of HSNi)

Brit Morin
Founder & CEO
Brit + Co

Kara Ross

Rachel Shechtman
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 liz@elizabethroseconsulting.com 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.