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Our Brand & Retail Innovation Platform is an ecosystem connecting forward-thinking brands, retailers, and CPGs with startups influencing the retail value chain.

We run a 3-month program, twice a year, where we select 25-30 retail startups with a consortium of retail partners.

Startups are selected from 2,000 applications sourced from around the world every year.

Anne Marie Stephen

Anne Marie Stephen

kwolia.com

Anne Marie Stephen is the CEO + Founder of KWOLIA, innovation intelligence and strategic advisory firm for emerging technologies connecting the physical and digital worlds. Technologies including mobile, location, data/analytics are shaping consumer experience and engagement with brands, retail, hospitality and entertainment. As a global customer-focused product and service developer, customer experience guru and trends forecaster she has worked with leading companies including: Panasonic, TPN, Hershey’s, Disney, Chico’s, AutoZone, Ralph Lauren, Hickory Farms and Macerich to integrate innovative solutions for over a decade. She is a frequent speaker on future of retail, innovation and marketing at events including (edited): SXSW, Mobile Media Summit, Shop.org, Retail Evolution, Shop.org, Revtech, Retail Loco, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Sporting Goods Association, National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Association of Theater Owners. She is also contributor for Chain Store Age, Geomarketing, Retailing Today, Street Fight, SharpHeels and FierceRetail. She is Founder of Smart Women in Retail Leadership (SWIRL); President, Location Based Marketing Association (LBMA) Chicago; Mentor at tech accelerators: Plug and Play Brand and Retail Center of Innovation, Silicon Valley; RevTech, Dallas and 1871, Chicago. Anne Marie is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Email: AnneMarie@Kwolia.com Company Twitter: @Kwolia #futureofretail

Kevin McCarthy

Open Innovation Leader at Procter & Gamble

Nathan Gold

The Demo Coach

Michelle Battello

Associate Director at Procter & Gamble

Baron Concors

Global Chief Digital Officer at Pizza Hut

Jinny Uppal

Director, Digital Technology at Kohl's Department Stores

Daniel Rosen

Founder & General Partner at Commerce Ventures

Gregg Margosian

Sue Welch

Kirk Goldman

Executive Director, Strategy & Business Development at Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions

Corinna Freedman

Footwear, Apparel & Accessories Equity Analyst

Kurt Kober

Janie Yu

Venture Capitalist

Ratnakar Lavu

EVP, Digital Technology at Kohl's Department Stores

Andy Chu

Ahmad Ouri

Chief Executive Officer at SONIFI Solutions, Inc. (Formerly LodgeNet)

Jessica Williams

Global Innovation Marketing & Analytics Leader at Visa

David Salisbury

Christopher Finazzo

Molly Schonthal

Molly Schonthal

Global Digital Business Director at Mars

Lina Yang

Director, Futurist, Advanced Technology Lab at The Hershey Company

Josh Goldman

General Partner at Norwest Venture Partners

Deborah Weinswig

Jon Strande

Sr. Manager, Experience Design Team at Raymond James Financial, Inc.

Norihiro Kondo

Group Manager at Panasonic

Ben Strom

Licensed Realtor at FishMLS Realty

David Dorf

Sr. Director of Product Strategy at Oracle Retail

AJ Brustein

Co-Founder & CEO at Wanelo

Zameer Andani

Zameer Andani

Director, IT Digital Innovation Lab, Lululemon

Ed Martin

Salil Pradhan

Omar Zayat

Omar Zayat

Business Lead, eCommerce & Startup Activation, Facebook

Michael Calbert

Suzanne Johnson

Consultant at Magnetique

Georg Wawer

Georg Wawer

Global Director Digital Marketing, Laundry and Home Care, Henkel

Francesca Schuler

Chief Marketing Officer at In-Shape

Bob Graham

Vice President Information Technology at BevMo!

Jeff Cabili

Jeff Cabili

Former Director, Business Development at the Stanford Graduate School of Business

Amie Gray

CEO at N³ Innovation, Innovation Business Partner

Tony S. Miranz

Tony S. Miranz

Chief Operating Officer at Poynt

Garima Agarwal

Garima Agarwal

Garima Agarwal leads digital innovation and pathfinding at Kohl's. Prior to Kohl's she led engineering teams at startups, Samsung and Motorola. She has a Bachelors in Computer Engineering from AIT, India and Masters in Software and Telecomm Engineering from IIT Chicago.

Neel Madhvani

AVP / GM Staples Industrial

Dana Stalder

Early stage venture capital @ Matrix Partners

Deborah McWhinney

Ryan M Craver

Full-time retail brand builder, part-time startup junkie. Former @lordandtaylor and @accenture.
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