Successful companies depend on strong leaders prepared to tackle daunting strategic challenges today and in the future. The Retail CEO Forum helps retail leaders enhance their leadership, strategy, and executives skills to address new growth opportunities for their companies.

Executive sessions are designed to create engaging, collaborative conversations about the issues critical to the growth and success of the retail industry. Experts from across the retail and non-retail space will present on the challenges CEOs are facing, followed by discussion on how these challenges can be changed into opportunities for growth.

For 2021, we are developing our content to bring you executive sessions reflecting topics on COVID-19, the 2020 election, racial justice, and other trends that are driving the retail industry today.

Check back for updates throughout the year.

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There’s nothing else that I go to that I can get that opportunity to be in an intimate setting, to get to know some of my peers and competitors.

Mary Dillon
  • CEO
  • Ulta

2021 Schedule at a Glance

  • Sunday Jan 17, 2021
  • Monday Jan 18, 2021
  • Tuesday Jan 19, 2021
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

RILA Board of Directors Meeting (Invite only)

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Welcome Reception

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Chairperson's Dinner (Invite Only)

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM


8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Executive Sessions & Discussions

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Executive Luncheon

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Executive Sessions & Discussions

6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Evening Networking Event

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM


8:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Executive Sessions & Discussions

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Book Signing & Forum Closing

2020 Program and Attendees

Each year the top retail executives gather to attend the Forum and collaborate together. Check out the program and attendees from 2020!

2020 Program & Attendee List

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