Founder & Executive Chairman
Ryan Breslow is the founder and executive chairman of Bolt, the technology company that is democratizing commerce by bringing lightning-fast, one-click checkout to the world. Additionally, Ryan is the founder of Eco, a crypto-enabled smart savings app, and The Movement, a nonprofit on a mission to unite the world through dance. Ryan cares deeply about enriching company culture and in partnership with Bolt, helped launch conscious.org, a framework for bridging humanity with execution in the workplace.
Founder & CEO
Trey Brown is the 16-year-old founder and CEO of SPERGO, a trendsetting lifestyle brand headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. At 12 years old, Trey became increasingly aware of the violence in his community, he chose to start SPERGO to encourage his peers to follow their dreams.
In just 4 years, Trey has sold over 70,000 units, secured wholesale deals, and opened 2 physical stores in King of Prussia Mall and Pentagon City Mall. Celebrities like Meek Mill, Sean Combs, Shaq, Charles Barkley and Lil Durk can be found sporting SPERGO gear and encouraging the young mogul.
Trey is a sought-after youth speaker and entrepreneur. This 10th grader is just getting started! He recently secured a $300,000 partnership deal with Daymond John on the hit show Shark Tank. Trey’s future plans include becoming a prominent voice in fashion and expanding SPERGO internationally.
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Neil Blumenthal is a co-founder and co-CEO of Warby Parker, a mission-driven lifestyle brand that offers designer eyewear and holistic vision care at a revolutionary price, while leading the way for socially conscious businesses.
Prior to co-founding Warby Parker, Neil served as director of VisionSpring, a nonprofit social enterprise that trains low-income men and women to start their own business selling affordable eyewear to individuals living in developing countries.
Neil was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. He currently serves on the board of directors of Allbirds, Sweetgreen, and nonprofit organizations Warby Parker Impact Foundation, RxArt, Responsible Innovation Labs, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, and the Partnership Fund for New York City. Neil also sits on the leadership councils of Robin Hood and Tech:NYC and serves as a General Partner of Good Friends LLC.
Kendra Bracken-Ferguson, Founder of BrainTrust, is one of fashion and beauty’s most successful digital pioneers, not only for creating the social media footprint for Ralph Lauren’s fashion empire, but also as a co-founder of Digital Brand Architects, the first agency to manage “bloggers” as talent in 2009.
Kendra is one of only 200 Black women ever to have received over $1M in investment for her first company. She has launched three companies herself; most recently her latest endeavor BrainTrust Founders Studio focuses on increasing inclusive economic opportunities for Black beauty and wellness founders providing mentorship, education, community and capital to help them accelerate their businesses and build sustainable growth. She is a long-standing business partner to Halle Berry and rē⋅spin by Halle Berry; a co-founder of BeautyUnited, a non-profit dedicated to driving DE&I in the beauty and wellness industry; and the host of Business of the Beat Beauty and Wellness Podcast.
Kendra graduated from Purdue University with a BA in Communications and then received her MBA in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University. She has an endowment at her alma mater for a Black female freshman student in the communications school to increase the number of Black students at the University.
Co-Founder & CEO
Lori Coulter is the Co-Founder and CEO of Summersalt, a generation-defining lifestyle brand known for its data-backed fit and designer quality products without the designer price tag. In 2020, she was named one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Female Founders.
Lori and her Co-founder, Reshma Chattaram Chamberlin, launched Summersalt to change the conversation around swimwear and address a true market gap by creating designer swimwear without the designer price tag. Summersalt’s product is data-backed with 1.5 million measurements taken from 10,000 women’s body scans.
From day one, Summersalt knew it wouldn’t stop at swimwear. The first challenge was to transform the swimwear shopping experience from being intimidating and vulnerable to fun and empowering. Quickly, Summersalt expanded to include adventure-friendly essentials that help make every aspect of a woman’s wardrobe more joyful and comfortable—from sleepwear to intimates to activewear. Named one of the Top 100 Upstarts in the world by CNBC and The Lead’s Breakout Company of the Year, the brand has seen exceptional growth and consumer adoption, garnering praise from leading outlets including Vogue, Elle, CNN and Forbes.
Prior to launching Summersalt, Lori, a veteran start-up founder with deep expertise in design, supply chain and ecommerce, launched one of the first mass customization startups at the intersection of technology, fashion and data to incorporate body scanning and made-to-order manufacturing.
Lori holds a Masters of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University. She is passionate about empowering women entrepreneurs, and advises students at her alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis, and champions inclusive economic development and entrepreneurship as a member of Greater St. Louis, Inc.’s Policy Committee. Outside of Summersalt, Lori enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, and exploring the world through her love of travel.
Union Square Hospitality Group
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Danny Meyer grew up in a family that relished great food and hospitality. Thanks to his father’s travel business, which designed custom European trips, Danny spent much of his childhood eating, visiting near and far-off places, and sowing the seeds for his future passion. In 1985, at the age of 27, Danny opened his first restaurant, Union Square Cafe, launching what would become a lifelong career in hospitality.
Thirty years later, Danny’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) comprises some of New York’s most beloved and acclaimed restaurants, including Gramercy Tavern, The Modern, Maialino, and more. Danny and USHG founded Shake Shack, the modern-day “roadside” burger restaurant, which became a public company in 2015. USHG also offers large-scale event services, foodservice solutions for public and private institutions, industry consulting, and educational programming.
Danny’s groundbreaking business book, Setting the Table (HarperCollins, 2006), a New York Times Bestseller, articulates a set of signature business and life principles that translate to a wide range of industries. A celebrated speaker and educator, Danny has set industry standards in areas such as hiring practices, innovative leadership, and corporate responsibility and addresses a wide range of audiences on such topics around the country.
Chief Global Supply Chain Officer
American Eagle Outfitters
Shekar Natarajan is a highly regarded, transformative servant leader with a track-record of progressive, positive disruption and industry-standard-setting innovation. For the Harvard Business School alumn with a background in industrial engineering, delivering operational impact through innovation and thoughtful change leadership among top Fortune 100 companies has proven to be the hallmark of Shekar’s nearly 20-year career.
Whether leading transformational efforts for the big-box retailers (Target, Walmart), setting industry standards for beverage giants (Pepsi, Coca-Cola) or designing new technology for a beloved theme-park experience (Disney), Shekar’s optimization-focused and customer-centric mentality have remained prevalent across a diversified portfolio that includes more than 300 filed and 75 awarded patents.
Throughout his career, Shekar has created an industry-standard last-mile beverage delivery system; re-engineered a grocery home delivery/ pick-up operating model; built and scaled grocery-shopping operations now worth more than $9 billion; created and piloted a cutting-edge distribution center drone program to accelerate ecommerce fulfillment; built an automated direct-store delivery system; developed methodologies followed by the White House & FEMA; and enhanced visitor experience through wearable RFID technology. Combining entrepreneurial acumen and artistic vision, Shekar’s tenacity and imagination serve as a guide to disrupt the status quo and deliver meaningful results.
As AEO, Inc. Chief Global Supply Chain Officer, Shekar has brought unparalleled transformation to the specialty retailer, transcending the tenets of a traditional supply chain model to create a robust ecosystem of operations rooted in operational excellence, strategy, data analytics and an ethos of partnership to drive positive enterprise impact. Pioneering the pursuit of strategic investments to further grow advanced logistics capabilities, the scope of Shekar’s role was expanded in November 2021 to include CEO of newly acquired AirTerra and Quiet Logistics.
Well-respected not only within the industry, Shekar has authored three books translated in 11 languages and has been published and featured in more than 75 thought-pieces across the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC and Fox.
President & CEO
Debra G. Perelman is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Revlon, Inc. (NYSE: REV) and a member of its Board of Directors. When appointed in May 2018, she became the first female CEO of a large, publicly traded global beauty company and the first female CEO in Revlon’s history. Revlon has a diversified portfolio of iconic brands.
Ms. Perelman has worked closely with Revlon for 20 years, beginning her career in its management training program. Prior to her appointment as CEO, she served as Chief Operating Officer. As CEO, she has led the revitalization of Revlon’s iconic brands, driven the company’s ecommerce and digital expansion, and delivered consistent profitable growth. As one of her early initiatives as CEO, she developed the company’s sustainability strategy and, more recently, she launched Revlon’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. Before rejoining Revlon as COO in 2017, Ms. Perelman served as a senior executive at MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated.
Ms. Perelman has also established herself as a dedicated leader in supporting a range of philanthropic initiatives. She is a co-founder and board member of the Child Mind Institute, an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health. She is also a member of the President’s Advisory Council at Princeton University, the Board of Overseers at Columbia Business School and the Executive Committee for the Partnership for New York City. In addition, Ms. Perelman serves on Mastercard’s CPG Innovate Steering Committee.
Ms. Perelman holds an MBA in finance and accounting from Columbia Business School and a BA, cum laude, from Princeton University. She lives in New York City with her husband, four children and two dogs.
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
As Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Harry’s Inc., Jeff Raider aims to build companies and brands that people like more. The ambition of Harry’s Inc. is to create a family of disruptive omnichannel CPG brands, including its flagship brand, Harry’s, a shaving and personal care brand that encourages guys to rethink their routines.
Furthering its mission, under Harry’s Labs, Harry’s Inc. has launched Flamingo, a body care brand built for women with hair, Cat Person, created for cat parents around holistic cat care, and Headquarters, a haircare brand that creates healthier hair, starting at the root. Prior to Harry’s, Jeff co-founded Warby Parker, the transformative lifestyle brand that offers designer eyewear at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially-conscious businesses. Before founding Harry’s and Warby Parker, Jeff worked at Charlesbank Capital Partners and Bain & Company.
Jeff graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with a BA in International Studies and earned a Masters in International Affairs from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He also earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Jeff currently lives in Lower Manhattan with his wife and three children.
Founder & Executive Chairman
Mr. Reichenbach is a seasoned executive & serial start-up, investor and consumer product entrepreneur. Mr. Reichenbach has built a robust track record over the last 25 years, founding, creating and building multiple businesses in the consumer goods, social media, internet/mobile technology, entertainment and hospitality space; Flow (ESG premium wellness beverage company), SimplyProtein (Canada #1 plant-based protein snack company), Rabbit (a leading social video chat platform venture-backed by Google Ventures, CrunchFund and other leading VCs), GuestDriven (a leading start-up in hospitality/hotel SaaS with clients such as Thompson, Hyatt & Intercontinental), Magmic Games (Voted top 10 mobile social game & app publisher having produced over 300 games from Guitar Hero mobile to NewYork Times Crosswords) and Bplay( One of the largest mobile smart phone direct-to-consumer mobile content storefront that powered At&t, Verizon (Alltel), U.S. Cellular, Rogers Wireless and R.I.M Blackberrys, worldwide).
Mr. Reichenbach’s latest venture, where he holds the role of Executive Chairman and previously held the role of CEO, is Flow Water Inc. Flow is a sustainably packaged, alkaline spring water built on the power of mindful positivity. Flow holds a B-Corp certification and has partnered with Tetra Pak to disrupt the water category and build a brand that aligns with consumer values for sustainability, quality, health and wellness.
Co-Founder & CEO
James is the cofounder and CEO of thredUP, one of the largest online resale platforms for women’s and kids’ apparel, shoes, and accessories. thredUP is transforming resale with technology and a mission to inspire a new generation of consumers to think secondhand first. By making it easy to buy and sell secondhand, thredUP is helping to make used clothes the new normal and ushering in a more sustainable future for fashion.
James’ passion for circularity and the role that education plays in our communities is what drives his vision of reducing the fashion industry’s negative impact on the planet. These values are reflected in his work prior to thredUP, in which he helped develop one of the nation’s premier public schools, Pacific Collegiate School. James is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School where he earned a joint degree in public policy and business.
Whole Foods Market
Walter Robb is an investor, mentor, and advisor to the next generation of American food companies. Robb has dedicated his career to bringing healthier, more sustainable food to more people, and striving to bring purpose and values to business. As former co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, Robb has a long and varied entrepreneurial history, ranging from natural food retailer to farmer to consultant.
Robb joined Whole Foods Market in 1991 and in 2010 was named co-CEO along with John Mackey, at which time he joined the Whole Foods Market Board of Directors. In 2017, Robb transitioned his leadership focus to mentoring and supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs through the creation of Stonewall Robb Advisors. Robb is Executive-in-Residence at S2G Ventures and serves on the Board of Directors for Union Square Hospitality Group, Tilray (NASDAQ: TLRY), LIVEKINDLY Collective, Apeel Sciences and Hungry.
President, Data and Services
Raj Seshadri leads Mastercard’s global Data & Services team. She is responsible globally for a unique range of data-driven capabilities that help customers make smarter decisions with better outcomes. These include analytics, insights, consulting, loyalty, marketing, innovation and test & learn services and platforms that enhance the value of payments, improve business performance, and elevate consumer engagement.
Raj serves on the company’s management committee. She joined Mastercard as president of U.S. issuers, where she led the growth of payments and services with banks and credit unions in a very competitive market. Previously, at BlackRock she led the iShares U.S. retail ETF business and was the global chief marketing officer for iShares. Earlier in her career, Raj led Citigroup’s global strategy team and small business banking. She also held leadership roles at U.S. Trust, McKinsey & Company and AT&T Bell Laboratories.
She serves on the board of directors of Raymond James Financial Inc., the board of trustees of Mount Holyoke College and the global board of the American India Foundation. Raj received a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College in physics and mathematics, an MBA from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University.
Founder & CEO
The Phluid Project
Rob Smith, the CEO and Founder of The Phluid Project, GET Phluid and The Phluid Phoundation, has created a brand, combining his profession, which is retail, along with his passion, a commitment to social justice.
After graduating from Michigan State University, Rob began a long retail career, spanning over 30 years, working his way through Macys for over two decades, Victoria’s Secret, and Haddad brands as the Global Chief Product Officer for Nike, Levi’s Jordan, Hurley, and Converse Children’s apparel and accessories.
Rob leads the CSR committee as a Board of Director for Steve Madden Ltd., and raises critical funds for LGBTQIA+ organizations.
He’s the former Board Chair for The Hetrick-Martin Institute and has also served on the board of directors for Athlete Ally, eliminating homophobia and transphobia in sports.
Rob lives in NYC with his husband, Rod Grozier, and his dog, Jackson
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Trina Spear is the Co-CEO and Co-Founder of FIGS, the digitally native, DTC healthcare apparel and lifestyle brand creating technically advanced products for the modern healthcare professional. FIGS has revolutionized healthcare apparel by branding a previously unbranded industry, de-commoditizing a previously commoditized product, and building a community around a profession.
Trina was named in Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs (2018 & 2019), Endeavor Entrepreneur (Endeavor, 2015), and Entrepreneur of the Year (Ernst & Young, Los Angeles Region, 2018). FIGS was also ranked Number 21 on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 ranking of the nation’s fastest growing companies in 2018.
Prior to launching FIGS, Trina was in Blackstone’s hedge fund group and in Citigroup’s investment banking and private equity divisions. Trina is a member of the 2018 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute. Trina received her BA in Economics from Tufts University, graduating magna cum laude, and she completed her MBA at Harvard Business School
Executive Vice President &
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
As Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Sally Susman leads engagement with all of Pfizer’s external stakeholders overseeing communications, corporate responsibility, global policy, government relations, investor relations and patient advocacy. She also serves as vice chair of The Pfizer Foundation.
Before joining Pfizer in 2007, Susman held several senior communications and government relations roles at Estée Lauder and American Express. Earlier in her career, she spent eight years on Capitol Hill focused on international trade issues and was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs in the Clinton Administration.
Currently, Susman serves as co-chair of The International Rescue Committee, one of the world’s largest humanitarian aid organizations, and on the board of WPP, the U.K.-based global advertising and marketing company. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2021, Forbes named Susman one of the World’s Most Influential CMOs for leading Pfizer’s brand refresh and shaping the narrative around the company’s Covid-19 vaccine.
Founder & CEO
Cami Téllez is the Founder & CEO of Parade—a community-first underwear brand that’s writing a new underwear story. Parade makes Creative Basics, expressive and sustainable skin-contact clothes that celebrate who you are today. Since its launch in 2020, Parade has sold more than 2M pairs of underwear, built a team of 60 diverse individuals and raised more than $40M from investors such as Stripes, Maveron, Lerer Hippeau, Greycroft, and the founders of Away, Casper, Bonobos, and Warby Parker. Cami founded Parade after dropping out of Columbia University to provide an alternative to brands that were pushing a one-body narrative and male-dominated idea of sexiness. Selected press- Forbes 30U30, Business Insider, Fortune Magazine, and Bloomberg.
President & CEO
Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne is the President and CEO, Americas at eShopWorld, the world’s leading cross-border e-commerce company. He has over 30 years of operating experience in the global FMCG and retail industries and most recently served as CEO of EMAAR Malls, owner of The Dubai Mall. Prior to that, he was Chief Marketing and Digital Officer for Marks & Spencer PLC and a Group President at The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., where he oversaw the global P&L and affairs of some of the company’s largest brands, including Estée Lauder and MAC, as well as the Designer Fragrances division. He is an Independent Director of Brown-Forman Corporation, one of the largest American spirits companies.
Vice President – Growth & Impact
Sona Jones is the VP of Growth & Impact at WW. Sona oversees strategic growth through community, content and coaching, as well as WW’s global social impact practice. In addition to leading WW Good, a 501(c)3 dedicated to bridging the wellness gap in underserved communities, Sona launched the Health Living Coalition, a cross-sector alliance of companies and organizations dedicated to tackling nutrition insecurity.
Sona joined WW from Chicago Ideas, a nonprofit platform aimed at making ideas accessible to everyone–most notably through their annual signature festival, Chicago Ideas Week–where she was Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to joining Chicago Ideas, Sona led marketing, experiences and business development across a number of entertainment and media entities, including BucketFeet, a footwear startup with a focus on social responsibility through storytelling; The Onion / A.V. Club; Rand McNally; and Sony Pictures. Sona is a graduate of The University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Viterbi School of Engineering.
Assistant Professor of Management
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Samir Nurmohamed is an Assistant Professor of Management at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His research examines how people endure, respond, and persist when experiencing adversity at work. He has two primary streams of research related to adversity: one on motivation, primarily focusing on underdogs and the impact of low expectations, and another on behavioral ethics, investigating how employees respond to the adversity of unethical behavior in their organizations.
His work has been published in academic journals such as the Academy of Management Journal and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and featured in outlets such as the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Athletic, and NPR’s Hidden Brain.
Samir completed his Ph.D. in Management and Organizations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and earned a BA in Economics and Philosophy from The University of Western Ontario
Rachel Shechtman is a fourth-generation retail entrepreneur and founder of STORY, a concept store known for its editorial, ever-changing approach to retail. Prior to opening STORY, Rachel built a career in consulting, founding Cube Ventures in 2002 – an independent firm known for its skill of strategically combining business models.
When Rachel launched STORY in 2011, she held the belief that retail held the potential to be about more than the transaction – it could serve as a channel for branded, community-based storytelling – Retail Media. STORY offered the point of a magazine, changed like a gallery, and sold things like a store. After seven years and 44 different ‘themes’, in April 2018, Rachel sold STORY to Macy’s Inc. where she served as Brand Experience Officer until July 2020. During her time at Macy’s, Rachel successfully launched two new businesses for the brand and built a 150+ person cross-functional team specifically and strategically designed to operate, and generate effective results efficiently and nimbly within the larger, traditional operation.
Rachel has been recognized as Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40, Crain’s Under 40 and Ad Age’s 50 Most Creative. The AAF inducted Rachel into its Advertising Hall of Achievement and in 2018 Shechtman was named a Henry Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute.
Rachel sits on the Board of Directors of the National Retail Federation (NRF) and CAMP, an experiential family retail concept and media company. Currently Rachel is consulting for brands ranging from Lululemon to Sonos while figuring out her next chapter…to be continued.
“Worldwide Exchange” Anchor & Senior National Correspondent
Contributer and on-air Analyst
Stacey Widlitz is President & Chief International Store Hunter of SW Retail Advisors and a leading retail expert with more than 20 years’ experience analyzing global brands and retailers. SW advises financial institutions in the US and Europe as well as corporates. Stacey has also been a CNBC TV Retail Analyst since 2011.
Splitting her time between London and NYC, Stacey is known as the International Store Hunter. After more than a decade as a senior equity analyst covering retail on the sell side at several investment banks, Stacey founded SW Retail Advisors in 2011. The firm, with offices in London and New York City, provides retail market intelligence and analysis to investment institutions and corporations as they seek to understand the competitive dynamics of brands/retailers expanding outside their home borders. SW provides a unique, on-the-ground perspective using proprietary data from the US and Europe. Stacey is also an active angel investor in the Consumer and Fintech space. She is on the Board of Secret Spa, a leading in-home spa service provider in the UK.
Prior to 2011, Stacey held senior equity research positions for more than a decade at several Wall Street firms including UBS, Cowen, Fulcrum Partners and Pali Capital. Stacey started her career as a buyer for a major department store.
Stacey was voted top 15 Retail Influencer on Twitter for the past 4 years.