The List of People Shaping Retail's Future

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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.


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: Ann-Marie Campbell, Executive Vice President, The Home Depot

Ann-Marie Campbell in store
Stephanie Korey and Jennifer Rubio, Co-founders, Away, 2019 Dreamers

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

A headshot of Emily Weiss, the founder and CEO of Glossier
Tritan Walker, the founder and CEO of Walker and Company Brands, in his office

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. Theyre passionate, persistent and intelligent, and their work is paving the way for innovative retailers everywhere.

Pictured: Tory Burch, Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer

A headshot of Tory Birch, the Chairman and Co-CEO at Tory Burch LLC and the Founder of the Tory Burch Foundation
A headshot of Jim Gold, the president and Chief Merchandising Officer of Neiman Marcus

Pictured: Jim Gold, President and Chief Merchandising Officer, Neiman Marcus