The First 130 Speakers Are Confirmed For #RICE22 - Retail Innovation Conference & Expo

The First 130 Speakers Are Confirmed For #RICE22

The Retail Innovation Conference & Expo (#RICE22) today announced that it has confirmed more than 130 speakers for its event taking place May 10–12, 2022, at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. Newly confirmed speakers include senior executives from leading global brands such as Coach, Target, Enjoy, Foot Locker, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ring, Clinique, Google, eBay and ThredUP.

The conference and expo, led by retail community and media company Retail TouchPoints, will focus on the theme “Retail 5.0: Designing the Next Era of Connected Commerce” and feature a reimagined agenda format that enables attendees to personalize their experience through a variety of tracks within three tailored events: Internet Retailer Conference (IRCE), Design:Retail Conference (DRCE) and Retail Innovation Summit (RIS). The events are designed to inspire deep-dive learning opportunities and moments of cross-functional collaboration, functioning as the place “where digital and physical retail connect.”

“The retail industry has undergone some seismic shifts over the last two years and the boundaries between channels, between brands and consumers, and between physical and digital products and experiences are far less distinct today,” said Adam O’Brien, Show Director for the Retail Innovation Conference & Expo. “With the metaverse taking shape in the wake of these shifts, it’s clear that retail is absolutely in a new era of connected commerce. We’re thrilled to add more than 130 experts to our speaker lineup to share their perspectives and experiences with thousands of their industry peers as we all look for ways to successfully navigate this new reality.”

Newly added speakers include executives from Retail Innovation Conference & Expo featured brands:

  • Abercrombie & Fitch Chief Digital and Technology Officer Samir Desai
  • Brooklinen CEO and Co-Founder Rich Fulop
  • Coach SVP of Global Visual Experience Giovanni Zaccariello
  • Coborn’s Director of Digital and Loyalty Marketing Diana Barr
  • E.L.F. Beauty CDO Ekta Chopra
  • Enjoy Chief Technology Officer Kunal Malik
  • Foot Locker Marketing Director Don Dudley
  • Francesca’s SVP and Chief People Officer Canetta Reid
  • JCPenney Vice President of Marketing Bill Cunningham
  • Ring CRO Mimi Swain
  • Target EVP and Chief Food & Beverage Officer Rick Gomez
  • Vera Bradley CEO Robert Wallstrom


Other newly confirmed expert speakers include:

  • Another Tomorrow Founder and CEO Vanessa Barboni Hallik
  • Boy Smells Creator and Co-Founder Matthew Herman
  • Brilliant Earth SVP of Marketing and E-Commerce Lisa Perlmutter
  • Bumbershoot CEO Kimberly Lee Minor
  • Chairish Co-Founder and President Anna Brockway
  • Clinique VP of Global Consumer Engagement Roxanne Iyer
  • Coresight Research CEO Deborah Weinswig
  • Deidre June NFT Strategist and Web3 Consultant Deidre Manna Yoshioka
  • FitForCommerce Senior Consultant Dave Abbott
  • Future Metaverse Chief Metaverse Officer Cathy Hackl
  • Google Lead, Strategy, Operations and Go-To-Market Initiatives, Google Commerce, Martha Welsh
  • Gwen Beloti Collection Founder and CEO Gwen Beloti
  • Interior Define CEO Antonio Nieves
  • Lalo Co-Founder, President and CMO Michael Wieder
  • Martk’d Founder Dion Walcott
  • Mike’s Hot Honey CEO Matt Beaton
  • Neighborhood Goods Co-Founder and CEO Matt Alexander
  • Parachute Chief Commercial Officer Drew Sheriff
  • Rebag Chief Client Officer Geronimo Chala
  • Recurate VP of Partnerships Karin Dillie
  • Sackcloth & Ashes CEO Bob Dalton
  • The Lionesque Group and MG2 CEO and Principal Melissa Gonzalez
  • ThredUP President Anthony Marino
  • Trek Bicycle VP Roger Gierhart
  • UNTUCKit Managing Director, Head of Retail, Brent Paulsen


For more information on the agenda, including the various tracks and distinguished speaking faculty, visit the Retail Innovation Conference & Expo agenda page.

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