The 2018 Retail Forum at Columbia Business School

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The Retail Radicals is Hosted by Richard Jaffe, The Robin Report and the W. Edwards Deming Center – In Collaboration with SAP

Join Robin Lewis at The Retail Radicals, a one-day interactive forum on emerging trends and macro shifts shaping the future of the retail industry. This program showcases retail radicalism from a multi-disciplinary perspective, identifying the skills, knowledge base and best practices required to lead the retail industry into a sustainable future.

Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Venue: Uris Hall, Room 301, Columbia University Campus
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Reserve your complimentary ticket here >> (continental breakfast and lunch included)

Program to Date (Additional Speakers to Be Announced)

NextGen Retail Radicalism
A nextgen trends expert presents the values, attitudes and cultural shifts propelled by tomorrow’s retail radicals. 

  • Kathy Sheehan, Executive Vice President and General Manager of GfK Consumer Trends

Embedding Radicalism
How to nurture radicalism throughout an organization.


Radical Investors
Predictions from investors on the survivors and losers in the retail shakeout.

  • Jill Granoff, CEO of Eurazeo Brands, the consumer arm of Paris-based multinational private equity firm that invests globally in differentiated high-growth brands.
  • David Strasser of Swan and Legend, a partner in a US-based private equity fund focused on investing tech-enabled consumer brands and the B2B companies that support them.

A Retail Radical’s Personal Perspective
A retrospective on how to thrive as a Retail Radical.

  • TBA

Radical Leadership
How effective leaders embed radicalism in an organization.

  • Mark A. Cohen, Director of Retail Studies; Adjunct Professor of Business, Columbia Business School on the vision and execution required to lead retail.

Retail Radicals

A panel discussion with retail radicals from old-world retailers and brands who understand the seismic shifts occurring across all consumer-facing industries as a result of a new consumer culture empowered by technology.

  • Introduction: Robin Lewis, Founder The Robin Report
  • Moderator: Mark Bozek, Founder, LiveRocket
  • Panelists:
    • John McCoy, Retail Industry Value Engineer, SAP

How to Think Like a Radical
A roadmap to success from a successful, non-traditional retail executive.

  • Paul Charron, former chairman, Liz Claiborne



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