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April 25 - 27, 2022 | Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

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The 2022 agenda is subject to change. Check back periodically for updates!

Monday, April 25

  • 8:30 am 10:00 am
    Pre-Conference Workshop | Media Training for C-Suite Executives

    TV, print, radio, digital, video: In the age of instant communication, it’s more important than ever that your substance, style, and audience work cohesively — particularly when you might find yourself on camera or the web without intending to be. There are solutions, and they’re easier than you think. In this interactive and proven program, communications guru Jane Hanson focuses on three core issues: who you’re talking to, what you’re saying, and how you’re delivering it. She shares tips for tailoring your message to every audience, how to prep properly, and ways to ensure your body is always in sync with your words. By attending this session, you will be arming yourself with the skills to be successful in any medium, and the impression that sticks is the right one.

    What you’ll learn:

    • How to choreograph an interview — ensuring you deliver your message
    • How to answer challenging questions with courage and confidence.
    • Tuning up your body language so it doesn’t sabotage your words.
    • How to take risks with big payoffs.
    • Why listening well is the secret sauce
    • How to stop using words that rob you of your credibility
    • How to “grab” the audience attention so they tune in and stay tuned

    Pre-conference workshops are not included in the Summit pass and must be added at registration. Each workshop is an additional $500.

    Moderator
    • Jane Hanson CEO and Founder HHH Productions
  • 8:30 am 11:30 am
    Pre-Conference Workshop | Secrets to Getting on a Corporate Board

    When it comes to achieving gender parity in corporate boardrooms, the progress is real, but somewhat glacial. Women accounted for 30 percent of all S&P 500 board directors in 2021, up from 28 percent in 2018 2020. But, as more companies prioritize diverse leadership, there will be more demand for women board directors. Our time is now! What are the skills women need to be ready for that board opportunity? In this lively, interactive workshop, you’ll hear from two Women in the Boardroom members about how to prepare yourself to make an impact on the modern business environment. What you’ll learn:

    • the role and responsibilities of corporate board membership;
    • what board recruiters are looking for in a candidate, and what they will see as your strengths (and weaknesses);
    • how to clarify your competitive advantage and create targeted board and LinkedIn profiles;
    • how to identify your network and use it to strategically position yourself as a board candidate;
    • how to negotiate your compensation package if offered the position;
    • and so much more!

    Pre-conference workshops are not included in the Summit pass and must be added at registration. Each workshop is an additional $500.

    Speakers
    • Kelly McNamara Corley Founder and Principal The Red Bee Group, LLC
    • Christine Edwards Principal The Red Bee Group Consulting, LLC
  • 8:30 am 11:30 am
    Pre-Conference Workshop | Building Your Courageous Presence and Your Career

    Back by popular demand from last year’s Summit keynoter Cindy Solomon, this provocative, funny and challenging workshop arms attendees with the specific skills we all need to build our careers and our impact. While executive presence is discussed frequently, Solomon’s research shows that it’s actually Courageous Presence that allows many of us to be more effective and quickly build our internal brands to rise through our organizations. As a recovering corporate executive herself, Cindy knows first hand the challenges women face in the workplace and has a specific action plan for you to accelerate your success.

    Attendees will leave with:
    -An understanding of the four types of Courageous Presence and how to deploy them to build your impact.
    -An action plan to build your sphere of influence both within your organization and your industry.
    -MicroMentoring strategies to accelerate your career both today and tomorrow.

    Pre-conference workshops are not included in the Summit pass and must be added at registration. Each workshop is an additional $500.

    Moderator
    • Cindy Solomon Founder, CEO and President Courageous Leadership Institute, Inc.
  • 11:30 am 1:00 pm
    Lunch
  • 1:00 pm 1:15 pm
    Welcome

    Welcome to Day 1 of the Women in Retail Leadership Summit! The Women in Retail team kicks things off with introductions and thank yous.

  • 1:20 pm 1:35 pm
    Partner Presentation
  • 1:40 pm 2:25 pm
    Suzy Batiz on Resiliency, Creativity and Following Your Gut

    “I know at the end of my life, I will look back and even think the ‘bad’ times were perfect.” That is the mantra of entrepreneur Suzy Batiz, founder of Poo~Pourri & Supernatural, and one of America’s richest self-made women. She is on a journey of liberation. Over the course of her life she has experienced poverty, sexual and domestic abuse, depression and two bankruptcies—all of which led to what she calls “the luxury of losing everything.” Realizing that something had to change, she prioritized self-care, let go of the past and turned an idea into a $500 million empire. In this session, Suzy will share how she found her true purpose, how she keeps negativity at bay, how she leads with radical communication, and more.

    Speaker
    • Suzy Batiz CEVO (Chief Executive and Visionary Officer) of Poo~Pourri, CEO of supernatural and Chief Explorer of ALIVE OS® Poo~Pourri, supernatural & Alive OS(R)
  • 2:30 pm 2:40 pm
    Partner Presentation
  • 2:45 pm 3:00 pm
    Break
  • 3:10 pm 3:55 pm
    Solution Stories: A Real Discussion Around Retail Challenges and How Leaders Solved Them

    Retailers have faced many new challenges over the past two years. Whether it was the “Great Resignation,” prohibitive online privacy regulations, supply chain issues, or meeting the ever-changing needs of consumers, retailers have had a lot to overcome lately. But just as there have been many challenges, there have also been many great success stories around solving these challenges. In this frank discussion, you’ll hear retail leaders discuss key challenges they have faced at their companies, and how they overcame them thanks to their leadership skills, stellar teams, new and innovative strategies, and more. You’ll leave this session with both inspiring stories and real tactics you can use in your business today.

    Moderator
    • Sarah Engel Chief Marketing Officer, Chief People Officer January Digital
  • 3:55 pm 4:05 pm
    Partner Presentation
  • 4:10 pm 5:15 pm
    Networking

    No screens, no Zoom meetings, no “you’re muted [insert name here]” – just some much needed in-person networking.

  • 5:15 pm 5:20 pm
    Member Moment

    What’s it like to be a part of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle? Hear directly from one of the members of this amazing community of women.

  • 5:20 pm 5:30 pm
    Partner Presentation
  • 5:35 pm 6:05 pm
    Keynote
  • 6:30 pm 8:00 pm
    Welcome Dinner

Tuesday, April 26

  • 7:00 am 8:00 am
    Yoga or Self-Defense Class

    Join us for group yoga or a self-defense class, sponsored by Afterpay!

  • 8:00 am 9:00 am
    Breakfast and Morning Mingle
  • 9:00 am 9:10 am
    Welcome

    Welcome to Day 2 of the Women in Retail Leadership Summit. We hope you’re ready for more!

  • 9:15 am 9:25 am
    Partner Presentation
  • 9:30 am 10:15 am
    Keynote
  • 10:20 am 10:30 am
    Partner Presentation
  • 10:35 am 11:30 am
    Networking

    No screens, no Zoom meetings, no “you’re muted [insert name here]” – just some much needed in-person networking.

  • 11:30 am 11:40 am
    Partner Presentation
  • 11:45 am 12:30 pm
    Keynote
  • 12:30 pm 12:40 pm
    Partner Presentation
  • 12:45 pm 1:45 pm
    Lunch & Roundtable Discussions
  • 1:45 pm 1:55 pm
    Partner Presentation
  • 2:00 pm 3:00 pm
    A Courageous Conversation about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    If brand is the DNA, DEI is the soul of the organization. The work entails transforming the culture and it begins with courageous conversation. Our Women in Retail board member, Jasmine Bellamy, our first Diversity & Inclusion Director, head of US merchandising, planning, allocation, visual, and logistics at Reebok also leads Change Management under United Against Racism. In 2020 she created Courageous Conversations and invited Rick Holifield of MRH Consultants to cultivate safe space for the organization to explore key topics of DEI and put them into practice “to evoke meaningful change’ and they are bringing this dynamic experience LIVE to the WIRLS stage. Get ready for an interactive and frank discussion about identifying and dismantling assumptions and perceptions around race, bias, otherness, and more. After this session, you will be prepared to ignite real change around diversity, equity and inclusion in your company.

    Speakers
    • Jasmine Bellamy Head of Merchandising, Planning, Visual and Allocation Reebok
    • Rick Holifield Principal Consultant MRH Consulting Group
  • 3:00 pm 4:00 pm
    Networking

    No screens, no Zoom meetings, no “you’re muted [insert name here]” – just some much needed in-person networking.

  • 4:00 pm 4:10 pm
    Partner Presentation
  • 4:15 pm 5:00 pm
    View From the Top: Leadership Lessons from Retail Leaders

    More women are getting a seat at the C-Suite table than ever before, but it’s been anything but a cakewalk to get there. In this engaging and inspiring session, hear from female executives on how they pushed their limits and those of the retail industry to get to the top. Get to know these extraordinary leaders in a no-holds-barred conversation on the hard choices they made in their journey toward becoming successful, and what superpowers got them there.

    Speakers
    • Sharon Leite CEO The Vitamin Shoppe
    • Stephanie Pugliese President of the Americas Under Armour
    • Helen Aboah CEO Urban Zen
  • 5:00 pm 5:15 pm
    Honoring the 2022 Top Women in Retail and Women on the Rise

    Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of the 2022 Top Women in Retail and Women on the Rise! And don’t forget to grab a copy of the 2022 Top Women in Retail report.

  • 5:30 pm 6:30 pm
    Cocktail reception

    Join Women in Retail Leadership Circle for some delicious food, refreshing cocktails, and fun entertainment and activations amongst some great company. We promise it’s going to be a blast!

Wednesday, April 27

  • 7:00 am 8:00 am
    Yoga Class

    Join us for a group yoga, sponsored by Afterpay!

  • 8:00 am 9:00 am
    Breakfast and Morning Mingle
  • 9:00 am 9:10 am
    Welcome

    Welcome to the last day of the Women in Retail Leadership Summit. We’ve got tons packed into Day 3!

  • 9:15 am 9:25 am
    Partner Presentation
  • 9:30 am 10:15 am
    Keynote
  • 10:15 am 10:25 am
    Partner Presentation
  • 10:30 am 11:00 am
    Keynote
    Speaker
    • Cindy Marshall CEO and Founder SHINE Strategy
  • 11:00 am 11:15 am
    Break
  • 11:15 am 11:25 am
    Partner Presentation
  • 11:30 am 12:15 pm
    How She Built This

    Rome wasn’t built in a day, and, as these retail entrepreneurs will tell you, neither were their companies. This panel of successful innovators will describe how they built their companies from the ground up, and provide actionable tips for how to persevere through failure and adversity. They’ll share stories about their hustle, their “pretty woman” moments, and the sheer joy of creating something from nothing. This session is designed to inspire the entrepreneur in all of us.

    Speakers
    • Nadia Boujarwah Co-founder and CEO Dia & Co
    • Yve-Car Momperousse Founder and CEO Kreyol Essence
    • Melanie Travis Founder and CEO Andie Swim
    • Denise Woodard CEO/Founder Partake Foods
    Moderator
    • Cindy Marshall CEO and Founder SHINE Strategy
  • 12:20 pm 1:30 pm
    Lunch & Closing Keynote: Sukhinder Singh Cassidy on Why Taking Risks Catalyzes Career Success

    Our careers are a series of choices, some of which feel daunting or career-ending. What do you do when you become paralyzed by fear and unable to act? And what if you make a move that doesn’t work out the way you’d hoped? How do you continue to take risks to find success, not once but many times? In this impactful presentation, Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, a leading technology executive, entrepreneur and founder of theBoardlist, will offer a new perspective for anyone afraid of making the wrong career choices. Sharing the misfires, unexpected circumstances, and surprising outcomes of her own journey, she will reveal the secrets of successful risk-taking. Through strategies, tips and provocative insights, Sukhinder will offer a refreshingly new road map to risk-taking that will bring you closer to your dreams!

    Speaker
    • Sukhinder Singh Cassidy Former president of StubHub, author of Wall Street Journal bestseller "Choose Possibility"
  • 12:20 pm 12:30 pm
    Partner Presentation
  • 1:30 pm 1:45 pm
    Close of Conference | Champagne Toast!
    Speakers
    • Jennifer DiPasquale President and Co-Founder Women in Retail Leadership Circle
    • Melissa Campanelli Co-Founder Women in Retail Leadership Circle

Coaches Corner

A Women in Retail Leadership Summit exclusive! Check out our "Coaches Corner," where Women in Retail-certified coaches offer 10 to 15 hours of free coaching over the duration of our event. Interested attendees can sign up for 30-minute meetings with our coaches on our virtual platform. Coaches who have signed on include:

Jennifer Thornton
Dr. Betty Orlandino
Martina Mason
Quendrida Whitmore

Questions?

Please contact us at wirls@napco.com or read the FAQs