Retail Works Summit

Sheraton Times Square Hotel | NYC | OCT 21-23, 2018

Registration is now open! 

Apply to Attend

Meet the Host Committee

  • Laurie Bouillion Larrea, President, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas

  • Chad Frazell, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Tractor Supply Company
  • Gordon Gough, President & CEO, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants
  • Clyde McQueen, President & CEO, Kansas City Full Employment Council
  • Karin Norington-Reaves, CEO, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
  • Curtis Picard, President & CEO, Retail Association of Maine
  • Ted Potrikus, President & CEO, Retail Council of New York State
  • Nick Schultz, Executive Director, Pacific Gateway (Los Angeles)
  • Stephanie Veck, Project Director, Maher & Maher, an IMPAQ Company / former Managing Director Colorado Workforce Development Council
  • Melissa Kremer, SVP Talent & Org Effectiveness, Target

Retail Works Summit is an exclusive event hosted by the NRF Foundation to enable dynamic partnerships between leaders from workforce and job readiness organizations and senior retail executives and recruiters whose companies offer meaningful employment to millions of Americans.

Now more than ever, retailers need to hire skilled workers to operate and grow their businesses. We believe that by connecting workforce and job readiness organizations with retailers, we can bridge the gap between an industry in need and an untapped source of job seekers.

This highly interactive learning and networking event is designed to provide a candid look at the retail industry and explore how retailers can partner strategically with workforce and job readiness organizations to help the millions of people served by those groups explore promising retail careers. 

There is no registration fee to attend the event! The Retail Works Summit is being underwritten by the NRF Foundation. Once you apply to attend, the NRF Foundation will review your details and be in touch within 10 business days with an update on your status. If your registration is approved, you will receive confirmation details and instructions for reserving your hotel accommodation. Attendees are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs. However, a portion of the hotel room rate will be subsidized for workforce and job readiness attendees.

The retail industry supports more than 42 million jobs across the U.S., making it the nation’s largest private-sector employer. As the industry transforms, so do its workforce needs. APPLY TO ATTEND.

The NRF Foundation would like to thank the Walmart Foundation for its generous support of the Retail Works Summit. 

Speakers

Tony Anderson
Tony Anderson
Director of Workforce Services, The City and County of Denver
Chris Baldwin speaks at the 2018 Retail Works Summit with the NRF Foundation
Chris Baldwin
CEO, BJ’s Wholesale Club
Chair, NRF Board of Directors
Lee Wheeler-Berliner
Lee Wheeler-Berliner
Director, Colorado Workforce Development Council
Peter Callstrom
Peter Callstrom
President & CEO, San Diego Workforce Partnership
Mike Cannata
Mike Cannata
Senior Director, Field Talent Acquisition, Target
Jacqui Canney speaks at Retail Works Summit with the NRF Foundation
Jacqui Canney
Executive Vice President & Chief People Officer, Walmart
Doug Cotter
Doug Cotter
President, Grant Associates
Ellen Davis speaks at the Retail Works Summit with NRF Foundation
Ellen Davis
President, NRF Foundation
SVP of Research and Strategic Initiatives, NRF
Christine Deputy  speaks at the Retail Works Summit with NRF Foundation
Christine Deputy
Chief Human Resources Officer and EVP Human Resources, Nordstrom
David Dethmers
David Dethmers
Senior Associate, Mercer
Megan Dichter
Megan Dichter
Special Projects Coordinator, Maine Department of Education, Division of Adult Education
Jeff Gennette speaks at the Retail Works Summit with NRF Foundation
Jeff Gennette
Chairman & CEO, Macy’s
John Hawkins speaks at the Retail Works Summit with the NRF Foundation
John Hawkins
Director of Workforce Development and Strategic Partnerships, Emsi
Yani hurst
Yani Hurst
Workforce Initiatives Manager, CVS
Broderick
Broderick D. Johnson, Esq.
Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Laura Bouillon
Laurie Bouillion Larrea
President/CEO, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas
Adam Lukoskie
Adam Lukoskie
VP, NRF Foundation
Kimberly Nassau
Kimberly Nassau
Assistant Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Ascena Retail Group
Jerry O'Brian
Jerry O’Brien
Director of the Kohl’s Center for Retailing, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Tim Phelan
Tim Phelan
President, Connecticut Retail Merchants Association
Curtis Picard
Curtis Picard, CAE
President & CEO, Retail Association of Maine
headshot of David Porter
David Porter
General Manager, Marshall Retail Group, Denver International Airport
Robin Primavera
Robin Primavera
Area Manager, Gap Inc./Old Navy
Karin M. Norington-Reaves speaks at the Retail Works Summit with the NRF Foundation
Karin M. Norington-Reaves
CEO, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
NRF Foundation Board Member
Yustina Saleh speaks at the Retail Works Summit with the NRF Foundation
Yustina Saleh
SVP of Data and Analytics, Emsi
Lizzy Simmons
Lizzy Simmons
VP, Government Relations and Workforce Development, National Retail Federation
Justin Smith speaks at the Retail Works Summit with the NRF Foundation
Justin Smith
VP of Talent Planning & Acquisition, Qurate Retail Group
Stephanie Veck
Stephanie Veck
Project Director, Maher & Maher, an IMPAQ Company / former Managing Director Colorado Workforce Development Council
Dana Williams
Dr. Dana D. Williams
Assistant Director of Workforce Development Programs, Denver Office of Economic Development