Retail AP Conference Brings Women, D&I Center Stage

Earlier this month, we shared a look at some of the incredible women who help shape our supply chain-focused communities and some of the female-driven content featured at our recent LINK conference. As we continue our Women's History Month celebration, we're now turning our attention to our upcoming Retail Asset Protection Conference. Held May 5-8 in Denver, the leading conference for top level asset protection executives from the most progressive retailers in the world is the perfect opportunity for us to continue fostering a community of strong women in retail and AP. 

Here's a look at how we'll be celebrating women at the Retail Asset Protection Conference: 


Similar to our Women in Supply Chain community (which is now 11 years strong!), we're launching an official Women in Retail Asset Protection (WRAP) group designed to connect and support female advancement in the industry. We'll be holding a few events at the conference to help kick off the start of WRAP: 

  • Women in Retail Asset Protection Networking Event 
    • This special reception for women in asset protection will be held at the RILA Lounge in the Expo Experience. Join other female leaders for cocktails while you participate in a fun networking activity that will inform RILA's groundbreaking Diversity & Inclusion initiative. 
  • Women in Retail Asset Protection Breakfast 
    • Women and men are invited to attend this inaugural conference session. 
    • Facilitated by Jessica Pierce, district manager, loss prevention, DICK'S Sporting Goods, the breakfast will feature top women law enforcement officials sharing their personal career stories, as well as their perspectives on criminal justice reform. 
    • Speakers include Doreen Jokerst, Chief of Police, University of Colorado Police Department; Maggie Conboy, Senior Chief Deputy District Attorney, Office of Denver District Attorney; Janeen Diguiseppi, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigations 


In 2018, RILA launched our Diversity & Inclusion Initiative led by CEOs like RILA chairman and Target CEO Brian Cornell and other top executives from leading retailers to unify the industry's commitment to a diverse workforce that reflects its customers. The initiative is focused on developing new tools and resources tailored to retailers' unique needs and deepening D&I engagement across companies. To that end, we will dedicate time and programming at the upcoming conference to just that. 

  • Crisis Management: Why Integrating D&I Into AP is Crucial 
    • In this breakout session, we will discuss how integrating D&I principles into the AP ecosystem may prevent a consumer crisis as well as improve response when a crisis inevitably occurs. Rafael Fantauzzi, equality, diversity & inclusion, IKEA U.S. and Janice Little, global chief diversity officer & vice president, talent development, Lowe's will share first hand experiences and best practices for how retailers can effectively manage an AP crisis. 
  • Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council Meeting 
    • This is a private meeting for RILA members on the Diversity & Inclusion Leaders Council. For more information on getting involved, contact RILA Vice President of Workforce Evan Armstrong

Do you know of a colleague that could benefit from and/or contribute to our diverse community of retail AP professionals? Make sure they reserve a spot at this year's conference. Registration is open now

And for more information on RILA's AP communities and to get involved, contact Lisa LaBruno

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