The List of People Shaping Retail's Future

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The List of People Shaping Retail's Future

The NRF Foundation Honors has recognized more than 100 extraordinary individuals who are shaping the retail industry’s future.

Every year, the NRF Foundation Honors recognizes The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future. These are the dynamic leaders in the industry who represent the breadth of career opportunities that exist in retail.

The five categories

Co-founders and co-CEOs of Allbirds
The Disruptors

True originals who rock the boat with ideas so crazy, they just might work. These are the people who make you rethink what you thought you knew about retail, opening you up to new possibilities for your customers, your business and your world.

Pictured: Tim Brown and Joey Zwillinger, Co-founders and co-CEOs, Allbirds

The Dreamers

Determined idealists whose passion, energy and heart inspire everyone around them. They’ve taken their big dreams and sky-high goals and turned them into retail reality. They're making serious waves with their fresh ideas and don’t show any signs of slowing down.

Pictured: Charlotte Gould, CEO, Stitches by Charlotte

Charlotte Gould, CEO, Stitches by Charlotte, The List 2019
Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruse, Co-founders, R. Riveter, The List 2019
The Givers

Inspirational change-makers and big-hearted optimists who make retail shine as a force for good. They see a need and use their skills and resources to fill it to the brim, bringing joy and new opportunities to their companies, communities and the whole wide world.

Pictured: Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruse, Co-founders, R.Riveter

The Influencers

Champions of retail, bridging the gap between the industry and the rest of the world. Whether theyre journalists, activists, innovators or business leaders, these nominees dont work in retail — but theyre helping it evolve. Theyre passionate, persistent and intelligent, and their work is paving the way for innovative retailers everywhere.

Pictured: Stacy Brown-Philpot, CEO, TaskRabbit

Stacy Brown-Philpot, CEO, TaskRabbit, 2019 Influencer
Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa, co-founders and co-CEOs, Warby Parker, 2019 Power Players
The Power Players

Fearless leaders who never shy away from what others may see as insurmountable challenges. These top retail executives have more than just elite status — they have vision, passion and heart. Their forward-looking decisions have a ripple effect across the industry.

Pictured: Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa, Co-founders and co-CEOs, Warby Parker