To date, we have recognized over 100 extraordinary individuals who are shaping the retail industry’s future.
Every year, the NRF Foundation recognizes The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future: a celebration of dynamic individuals shaping the industry, a way for the NRF Foundation to demonstrate the breadth of career opportunities that exist within retail, and a powerful platform for individuals and brands.
True originals with ideas so wild, they just might work. These are the people who make you question what you thought you knew about retail, opening you up to new possibilities for your customers, your business and your world.
Pictured: Steph Korey and Jen Rubio, Co-founder and CEO, Co-founder and Brand Officer, Away
Determined idealists whose passion, energy and heart inspire those around them. They’ve taken their big dreams and turned them into retail reality. They're making waves with their fresh ideas and don’t show any signs of slowing down.
Pictured: Emily Weiss, Founder and CEO, Glossier
Inspirational change-makers and big-hearted optimists who make retail shine as a force for good. They see those in need and they act, using their skills and resources to bring joy and new opportunities to their communities.
Pictured: Tristan Walker, Founder and CEO, Walker and Company Brands
Champions of retail, bridging the gap between the industry and the rest of the world. They’re passionate, persistent and intelligent, and their work is paving the way for innovative retailers everywhere.
Pictured: Tory Burch, Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer
Fearless leaders who embrace the excitement of change rather than shy away from the challenge. These top retail executives have achieved elite status through grit, passion and vision. Their decisions often lead the way for others across the industry.
Pictured: Jim Gold, President and Chief Merchandising Officer, Neiman Marcus