NRF Introduces The Girls’ Lounge at The Big Show

Tim Denman
Editor in Chief
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The Girls’ Lounge is coming to NRF 2019. The Girls’ Lounge, powered by The Female Quotient, creates experiential pop-ups at global conferences, corporations and college campuses where women connect, collaborate and activate change together.

This program is open all women in the retail industry who are attending NRF 2019. Attendees will hear exclusive Q&As, have access to networking areas and special experiences including free professional headshots.

Separate registration is not required to attend this program. The lounge is open to NRF members, all retailers, and members of the press with a conference badge.

In addition to all of the great networking experiences there will be a full docket of educational sessions exclusive to the Girls’ Lounge, located on level 3 of the Jacob Javits Center. Below is a quick look at all of the sessions, which will be held on the Girls’ Lounge stage. For more info click here.

The Evolution of Retail: How Technology and Women Are Disrupting the Way We Shop

Women make more than 80% of the purchasing decisions. In this candid talk, leaders share how female consumers, mobile phones and advancing technology are changing the retail landscape.

Day and Time: Sunday, January 13, 10:30–11:00am

Speakers: Tony Drockton, founder and chief cheerleader, Hammitt; Nicky Hilton, fashion designer; Ali Kriegsman, co-founder and COO, Bulletin; Janet Sherlock, chief information officer, Ralph Lauren; Redickaa Subrammanian, CEO, Resulticks.

How Marketing Can Advance Equality

Accurately portraying women and in marketing messages isn’t only a social imperative; it’s a business imperative: Ads that accurately portray women and girls perform 26% better than ads that don’t, according to a study of more than 40,000 ads and media by the ANA #SeeHer movement. In this talk, thought leaders share tools for making sure your brand’s messaging is equality fit.

Day and Time: Sunday, January 13, 1:30-2:00pm

Speakers: Lilliana Vazquez, co-founder, Tesoro; Joanna Griffiths, founder and CEO, Knix; Liz White, chief customer officer, Full Beauty Brands; Bernardine C. Wu, CEO, FitForCommerce

The Top Feminine Traits That Are Leadership Superpowers

What does it take to be a good leader today? A recent study conducted by The Female Quotient and Deloitte found that 72% of respondents believe we need a new definition of what a “leader” is in today’s world. This session explores the top traits needed to be a better leader.

Day and Time: Sunday, January 13, 2:15–2:45pm

Speakers: Jill Dvorak, sr. director, digital retail, National Retail Federation, Amy Gross, founder and CEO, VineSleuth; Ali Lee, VP, people, Braze; Meaghan Rose, CEO and founder, Rocksbox; Rosamaria Sostilio, VP, loss prevention, Barnes & Noble.

Game Changers and Impact Makers: The Power of Female-Led Organizations

Women have a long history of being at the heart of organizations that have a big impact on their communities. This talk shines a light on the female-led organizations that have helped change communities for the better.

Day and Time: Monday, January 14, 10:30–11:00am

Speakers: Courtney Reagan, retail reporter, CNBC; Rachel Cohen, co-founder and co-CEO, SNOWE; Diane Randolph, chief information officer, ULTA Beauty; Shannon Schuyler, chief purpose officer, PwC.

How Female Leaders Succeed in Male-Dominated Industries

Women leaders share how they’ve overcome obstacles to rise up into leadership positions in male-dominated industries. The panel will provide advice to future female leaders on what they wish they knew when they were rising the ranks.

Day and Time: Monday, January 14, 11:30–12:00pm

Speakers: Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient and Founder The Girls' Lounge; Bouchra Ezzahraoui, co-founder, AUrate; Jessica Fardin, SVP, worldwide marketing, Episerver; Sophie Kelly, SVP of North American Whiskey, Diageo; Nancy Krawczyk, VP, partner and member engagement, Network of Executive Women; Sarah Miller, SVP, CIO, Neiman Marcus.

Mentorship All Around

Studies show that women who have mentors are more likely to get promoted. Mentorship doesn’t have to be formal, and it isn’t only top down, but all around. Leaders share how to find a mentor, how to be a mentor, and how to build relationships that will be the key to success.

Day and Time: Monday, January 14, 1:30–2:00 pm

Speakers: Ellen Davis, SVP, National Retail Federation, president, NRF Foundation; Jill Braff, president, Brit + Co; Shelley Bransten, corporate vice president, retail & consumer goods industries, Microsoft; Susan Feldman, founder, In the Groove; Michelle Garvey, EVP and CIO, J.Crew.

Women Who disrupt: How Fearless Female Leaders Are Shaping the Future of Retail

Today’s business leaders are disrupting the retail industry by seeing the world through women’s eyes. In this conversation, female leaders share how having an equality mindset creates better business outcomes and a more inclusive world.

Day and Time: Monday, January 14, 2:30–3:00pm

Speakers: Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient and founder The Girls' Lounge; Karen Etzkorn, CIO, Qurate Retail Group; Suzan Kereere, global head of merchant sales & acquiring, Visa; Christiane Pendarvis, SVP, e-commerce, Full Beauty Brands; Samara Tuchband, VP of Merchandising, Crate and Barrel.

Shattering the Glass Ceiling: The Push for Female Leadership on Boards

In this talk, thought leaders share the best practices for finding and scoring a board position, as well as how to level the gender ratio on male-dominated boards. 

Day and Time: Tuesday, January 15, 10:30–11:00am

Speakers: Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient and founder The Girls' Lounge, Mindy Grossman, president and chief executive officer, WW International; Joan Hornig, CEO and jewelry designer, Joan Hornig Jewelry.

How to Be Your Best Advocate: The Power of Negotiation

Leaders who have been there, done that share how to get what you want, whether it’s getting paid what you’re worth or asking for a flexible schedule.

Day and Time: Tuesday, January 15, 11:30–12:00pm

Speakers: Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient and founder The Girls' Lounge; Karen Beebe,  chief information officer, vineyard vines; Carissa Ganelli, chief digital officer, Subway; Eileen Mockus, President and CEO, COYUCHI; Sarah Veit Wallis, VP, fashion & GM women’s apparel,

Do You Need a Personal Brand?

Your personal brand may be your most important tool for attracting clients, finding a job and growing your business. Hear how to best bring forth your authentic self.

Day and Time: Tuesday, January 15, 1:30–2:00pm

Speakers: Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient and founder The Girls' Lounge; Liz Heller, managing partner, memBrain; Tina Sharkey, CEO and co-founder, Brandless, Alysa Taylor, corporate vice president, Microsoft business applications and global industry, Microsoft.

Why Lifting Up Female Entrepreneurs Will Be a Win For Us All

Women-owned businesses tend to do better financially on average compared to male-owned startups, yet they receive less funding from angel investors and VCs. Thought leaders share how to make funding more equitable for women-owned businesses—and how doing so will benefit us all.

Day and Time: Tuesday, January 15, 2:30–3:00pm

Speakers: Sutian Dong, partner, Female Founders Fund; Cheryl Kaplan, president and co-founder, M.Gemi; Rebecca Minkoff, co-founder and creative director, Rebecca Minkoff; Amy Shecter, CEO, Glamsquad.

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