Program

Learn about the different education and networking opportunities

We're bringing you another year of education, exploration, and extras, with new experiences for your entire team. Our education program is filled with keynotes, general sessions, executive insight sessions, breakout sessions, and more!

  • A newly designed Expo Experience featuring more exhibitors and experience zones for added networking opportunities.
  • More education, including the Retail Innovation Center Stage in the Expo Experience.
  • Retailer-led breakout and general sessions featuring a variety of presentations, including case studies, interactive sessions, and more!

2021 is going to be an exciting year! You won't want to miss it!

Program

  • Tuesday Aug 17, 2021
  • Wednesday Aug 18, 2021
  • Thursday Aug 19, 2021
  • Friday Aug 20, 2021
7:00 AM – 3:15 PM

2021 Conference Golf Tournament

  • Networking Event

Hit the LINKS with your colleagues on Tuesday, August 17 for a free round of "max score of par" style golf at Celebration Golf Club. Experience is not required, but enjoying the beautiful Florida sunshine is. Transportation from the Gaylord is provided.

NRS’s family of brands; NRT, Keystone, Keystone Fresh and Keystone Capacity Solutions, sponsors the 2021 golf outing.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Meeting

  • Committee Meeting
Open only to RILA Transportation and Infrastructure Committee members and strategic partners. If your company is a RILA member retailer and you do not have representation on the Committee, please reach out to Jess Dankert at Jess.Dankert@rila.org to learn how to get engaged.

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Supply Chain Leaders Council Meeting

  • Committee Meeting
Open only to RILA Supply Chain Leaders Council members and strategic partners. If your company is a RILA member retailer and you do not have representation on the Committee, please reach out to Jess Dankert at Jess.Dankert@rila.org to learn how to get engaged.

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception

  • Networking Event
It's been a long time since we've been together! Join us to kick off the conference at the welcome reception, where you can reconnect with industry friends, network with your peers and enjoy drinks and light fare.

7:15 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast

  • Networking Event
Please join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Conference Kick-off & Welcome Remarks

  • General Session
Please join us as we kickoff the annual LINK2021: The Retail Supply Chain Conference with an update on RILA's activities and how leading retailers are addressing current challenges and opportunities.

Speaker
Brian Dodge
President
RILA
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM

Opening Keynote: Rick Keyes, President & CEO, Meijer, Inc.

  • General Session
New this year, LINK2021: The Retail Supply Chain Conference is co-located with the Retail Asset Protection Conference. Our keynote will open the combined event with insights and lessons learned from the past year, and explore what's next for retail in the coming year.

Speaker
Rick Keyes
President & Chief Executive Officer
Meijer, Inc.
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

Bringing a Strategic Focus to Your Role

  • General Session
Research shows that while most leaders understand their function and can serve as subject matter experts, fewer than 10% operate at a strategic level. If you aren't intentional about the way you grow, use your strengths and collaborate with others, your value to the organization will max out. Join leadership expert Pamela Rucker in this practical discussion about how to use your personal leadership identity to create strategic relevance and drive your organization’s biggest business priorities.

Speaker
Pamela Rucker
President, The Rucker Group
Instructor, Harvard Professional Development
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM 4 Concurrent Events

Building Influence by Increasing Your Level of Contribution

  • Breakout Session
Digging deeper into this morning’s main stage presentation, Pamela will show AP leaders how to harness 10 leadership intangibles to help you leverage your sphere of influence. You’ll leave this session with a road map for how to use personal or relational power in conjunction with your individual strengths in order to strategically impact your fellow team members and shape your organization’s direction.

Speaker
Pamela Rucker
President, The Rucker Group
Instructor, Harvard Professional Development

Lessons Learned from a Perfect Storm

  • Breakout Session
In a year marked by a pandemic, natural disasters, and civil and political unrest, supply chains have had to adapt and change on the go. Leading retailers share the lessons learned from an unprecedented time.

Speakers
Kimberly Clark
Logistics Manager
Hooker Furniture
Scott Collignon
Vice President, Logistics
Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Ron Marotta
Vice President
Yusen Logistics

Retailer Success with Contactless Pick-Up and Delivery

  • Breakout Session
What began as a safety measure for social distancing and touchless deliveries has evolved into significant improvements in visibility and driver and employee experience. Leading retailers will discuss efforts to implement contactless operations, including e-BOL (bill of lading) solutions for both DC and store deliveries.

Speakers
Steven Alonso
Senior Director Supply Chain
The Home Depot, Inc.
Will Chu
CEO & Co-Founder
Vector Labs, Inc.

The Permanent E-Commerce Boom and the Evolution of Omnichannel Strategy

  • Breakout Session
The e-commerce boom of 2020 occurred far earlier than initial projections; however, even before the pandemic, the high demand and growth was projected to occur at some point. E-commerce is here – and it’s here to stay, but it’s not enough to simply offer an e-commerce store. To truly remain profitable and ahead of (or in some cases on track with) the industry, you’ll need to implement an omnichannel strategy. In fact, it’s how many shippers survived the pandemic. This session will detail the importance of omnichannel strategy, as well as best practices to keep in mind during implementation.

Speakers
Gregg Mau
Global Logistics Manager
Crocs, Inc.
Rick Miller
Director, Strategic Solutions
Green Mountain Technology
Sara Negri
Director, Parcel & eComm Logistics
DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc.
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Plated Lunch

  • Networking Event
Join your peers for lunch and networking before listening to our lunch speaker.​

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

Breaking Through: My Journey to Becoming the First Female NFL Official

  • General Session
Sarah Thomas is a woman of many firsts – she was the first female official to ever work a major college football game, the first woman to officiate a bowl game, and the first to officiate in a Big Ten stadium. And as of February 7, 2021, she is the first female to officiate a Super Bowl. Now she’s sharing essential leadership lessons from her journey to the top of a male-dominated industry and vital insights on shattering the glass ceiling in the world of professional sports that can be applied to any field or industry. As an exemplar of what’s possible if you believe, Sarah brings audiences takeaways on breaking through in your own career, from staying focused under pressure and creating change to managing work-life balance and being the best you can be.

Speaker
Sarah Thomas
NFL’s First Female Official
National Football League
1:00 PM – 2:45 PM

The RIC Stage: Research and Trends

  • Retail Innovation Center Stage
Learn about emerging trends focused on consumers, shipping, e-commerce and the science behind many of today’s operations. You will also explore the company-wide impact of different business models.

1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Expo Experience Open

  • Networking Event
  • Expo Experience
The Expo Experience opens now! Join us to network with and learn from the service providers helping retailers meet their asset protection challenges and improve their results! The Expo Experience runs from 1:00-6:00 p.m. today.

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM 4 Concurrent Events

How Petco Serves the Increasingly Digital Consumer

  • Breakout Session
Consumer behavior is rapidly shifting toward a digital-first shopping experience in parallel with growing demand for multiple delivery and return options. These higher "table stakes" mean that retailers and manufacturers alike have an opportunity to apply digital and supply chain ingenuity to differentiate themselves and exceed customer expectations. Hear how Petco harnessed this opportunity by building a customer-centric omnichannel strategy.

Speakers
Krishna "KC" Chitta
Director, Logistics Strategy & Optimization
Petco Holdings, Inc.
Jeff Zoroya
Principal, Supply Chain Design
Chainalytics

Locating E-Commerce Fulfillment Close to the Customer: Delivering Immediacy

  • Breakout Session
Obtain new insight into the strategy of locating e-commerce order fulfillment closer to the customer to support curbside and home delivery. Find out how retailers are leveraging their existing brick and mortar assets and urban distribution hubs for order fulfillment by deploying solutions such as micro-fulfillment to support ultra-local distribution in this immediacy focused landscape.

Speakers
Alex Dale
Manager of Micro-Fulfillment Systems
Dematic Corporation
Sid Handa
Director, Strategic Supply Chain Initiatives, Technology & Process Excellence
Meijer, Inc.

Modernizing Customer-Focused Fulfillment: 3 Lessons from H&M

  • Breakout Session
Many retailers, especially those built on a traditional brick-and-mortar model, are seeking ways to cope with and master the demands of the modern consumer as they are being shaped by ecommerce, post-pandemic shopping patterns and global accessibility. In this session, H&M -- a multinational clothing retail leader known for its multi-brand fast-fashion offerings sold across 74 countries – shares insights learned through its journey to modernize its fulfillment operations using close-to-the-customer thinking, artificial intelligence, robotic assistance and other modernization techniques. Lessons include coping with heightened customer expectations and changing buying patterns, building in flexibility to handle the unknown and incorporating sustainability as a core fulfillment value.

Speakers
Pascal Fassler
Head of Logistics, Americas
H&M
Apurva Vadera
Partner
Grey Orange Inc.

Unlocking the Black Box: How Vendor/Supplier Visibility Sharing Can Improve Performance and Customer Satisfaction

  • Breakout Session
Lack of visibility and disjointed communication is impeding supply chain innovation, especially in retail where competition is tougher than ever, and stores depend on hundreds of different suppliers to keep shelves stocked. Presenters will explore the importance of total visibility and collaboration with supply chain partners and how shared visibility collaboration platforms can be implemented as a means to drive supply chain decision making, reduce manual work, and identify waste in the supply chain.

Speakers
Rob Haddock
Group Director Planning & Logistics
The Coca-Cola Company
Priya Rajagopalan
Chief Product Officer
FourKites
Paul Thompson
Director Domestic Logistics
Meijer, Inc.
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Startup Innovation Award Pitches

  • General Session
Startups are disrupting the status quo when it comes to solving retail’s most pressing challenges, and RILA and its Retail Innovation Center's Startup Network is a resource for some of the most compelling startups in the space. This year, our Startup Innovation Awards drew more than 50 applications, and this session features the best, as selected by our Asset Protection and Supply Chain RTech Committees. Hear the pitches, then be sure to vote for the companies you believe offer the best and most innovative solution for Asset Protection and Supply Chain. A winner for each category will be announced Thursday at 4:00 pm on the General Session stage and then you’ll have a chance to ask questions and learn more at the Retail Innovation Center Stage.

SUPPLY CHAIN FINALISTS:
OnRout
SVT Robotics
Zeelo

ASSET PROTECTION FINALISTS:
Focal Systems
rapitag
VIPER: Enterprise Acceleration

Powered by RILA's Retail Innovation Center

Moderator
Chris Dieringer
General Manager, Retail & Consumer Goods
Microsoft Corporation
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

The RIC Stage: Applied Technologies

  • Retail Innovation Center Stage
Learn how innovative technologies are applied in practical use. We will help you navigate the cycles of trending technologies like AR, drones, and robots, distilling the hype from the impact on retail.

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM 4 Concurrent Events

Getting Gig-E with Car Deliveries

  • Breakout Session
During the pandemic of 2020 and beyond, the benefit of leveraging the gig economy to provide customers with fast, reliable delivery options became paramount. Best Buy ramped up car and van service at nearly 400 stores so customers could enjoy contactless deliveries of thousands of SKUS without leaving their homes. Service provider Roadie was immediately thrust into the challenge of instantly scaling delivery capacity to match record demand while enhancing the last mile customer experience. In this session, you’ll learn about the unique values of crowdsourced delivery, how execution was handled on short notice, and the value to consumers of same-day programs as our presenters share their experiences.

Speaker
Marc Gorlin
Founder & CEO
Roadie

Lessons Learned from Automating Best Buy’s Distribution Network

  • Breakout Session
When it comes to distribution and fulfillment, omnichannel retailers face challenges on several fronts—last year’s surges in e-commerce retail added to the existing issues of just in time inventory, SKU proliferation, speed to customer requirements, and more. Solving these requires a multi-year strategy that is unique to each company—hear a behind-the-scenes account of Best Buy’s automation journey and key lessons learned along the way.

Speaker
Wes Whalberg
Director, Supply Chain Engineering
Best Buy Co., Inc.

Six Years in Six Months: How the Parcel and Broader Transport Markets Changed With COVID-19

  • Breakout Session
In 2020, the transportation industry underwent a massive shift – surging demand for goods, scarce carrier capacity, rising prices - requiring shippers of all sizes to navigate a changed industry with creative solutions. Join Chris Johnson, Senior Analyst at Cleveland Research, as he digs into the industry’s prevailing strategies and trends. Chris will specifically focus on shipper best practices and experiences for parcel shipping as part of a high-level analysis of overall transportation markets and strategy, while a leading retailer shares insight into mitigation tactics. This conversation will include results from the latest annual GMT Parcel Benchmark Report.

Speakers
Chris Johnson
Senior Analyst
Cleveland Research Company
Kristen Kravitz
Director, Supply Chain
Abercrombie & Fitch, Co.

State-of-the Art Omnichannel Execution Turbocharges Groupe Dynamite’s Retail Performance

  • Breakout Session
Omnichannel commerce, once a novelty, has now become a way of life for retailers. Seemingly overnight, fulfillment methods like buy online pickup in store, ship from store, and curbside pickup have gone from “nice-to-have” to “must-have.” While most retailers today offer some form of omnichannel services, forward thinking retailers have moved past their initial omnichannel projects and are now focused on taking them to the next level by improving their effectiveness and efficiency. This session will focus on the state-of-the-art omnichannel tactics and tools used by top retailers to keep up with ever-changing customer demands while optimizing their inventory investments, associate performance and overall profits.

Speakers
Kevin Bass
Senior Director, Professional Services
Manhattan Associates, Inc.
Scott Fennell
Manager Omni-Channel Performance and Analytics
Groupe Dynamite
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Expo Experience Reception

  • Networking Event
  • Expo Experience
Join other conference attendees for this great networking opportunity.

7:15 AM – 8:15 AM

Women in Supply Chain Breakfast

Breakfast Session sponsored by Women in Retail Supply Chain (WISC) Hear from a panel of top supply chain leaders' career journeys, perspectives on diversity in representation, and strategies for personal and professional development.

Speakers
Lisa Backlin
Vice President, Supply Chain Downstream Fulfillment
The Home Depot, Inc.
Ruchi Christensen
DVP, Supply Chain Operations
Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
Ngoc Phan
Vice President, Supply Chain Engineering & Systems
Nordstrom, Inc.
7:30 AM – 8:15 AM

Expo Experience Breakfast

  • Networking Event
  • Expo Experience
Join us for lunch and networking in the Expo Experience.​​​​ The Expo Experience will remain open until the end of the reception tonight.

7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Expo Experience Open

  • Networking Event
  • Expo Experience
The Expo Experience opens now! Join us to network with and learn from the service providers helping retailers meet their asset protection challenges and improve their results! The Expo Experience runs from 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. today.

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM

Welcome to Day 2!

Please join us as we kick off day two of our Retail Asset Protection Conference, co-located with LINK2021: The Retail Asset Protection Conference.

8:45 AM – 9:15 AM

Prepared to Pivot: Principles for Transformative Leadership

  • General Session
Virginia (Gina) Drosos is the Chief Executive Officer of Signet Jewelers, the world's largest retailer of diamond jewelry whose brands include Kay Jewelers, Zales, Jared, Piercing Pagoda, and more. Faced last March with shuttering its 2700+ stores due to COVID-19, Gina focused the team on delivering on Signet’s Purpose of Inspiring Love for its customers, employees, partners and communities. By building customer-inspired brand differentiation, omnichannel leadership and an agile, innovative culture, Gina and her team accelerated Signet’s transformational growth plans and put them solidly on their ‘Path to Brilliance.”

Speaker
Virginia Drosos
Chief Executive Officer
Signet Jewelers
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Do What's Best

  • General Session
The DE&I imperative for business is real, as many companies have doubled down on their efforts to create meaningful, systemic change toward more equitable and inclusive environments. Join experienced coach, consultant and diversity trainer Vaney Hariri to learn how to move beyond just doing what's right, to doing what's best, for your organization, community, and staff. Then hear from Ulta Beauty’s Director of Diversity & Inclusion Crystal Andrews Banks, who will give an inside look at how Ulta Beauty is championing diversity to be the most inclusive beauty destination.

Speakers
Crystal Andrews Banks
Director, Diversity & Inclusion
Ulta Beauty, Inc.
Vaney Hariri
Co-Founder
Think 3D
10:30 AM – 12:15 PM

The RIC Stage: Session Expansions

  • Retail Innovation Center Stage
Ever left a session wanting more…? Session expansions are an opportunity to do a deeper dive on some the technical solutions and operational rollouts introduced during conference sessions. Bring your questions and enjoy this 200-level conference track.

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM 3 Concurrent Events

Coast to Coast: What is on the Horizon for America's Port Operations

  • Breakout Session
This discussion will focus on emerging short- and long-term strategies that are expected to enhance port operations and service levels. Hear from government experts, port operators, and transportation providers as they address port operations, infrastructure, and legislation.

Speakers
Patrick Ahern
Senior Vice President, Strategic Supply Chain Solutions
National Retail Systems, Inc.
Noel Hacegaba
Chief Commercial Officer
Port of Long Beach
Cliff Pyron
Chief Commercial Officer
Georgia Ports Authority
Sam Ruda
Port Director
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Next Week, Next Day, Next Hour: Meeting Ever-Increasing Customer Demands

  • Breakout Session
Customers expect a best-in-class experience when it comes to e-commerce. Speed of delivery is a major source of brand loyalty, but not the only factor when deciding between online options. Faster shipping, accurate tracking, flexible delivery options and a seamless returns process help retailers stand out in the digital crowd. Learn how to identify the right technology mix to capitalize on changing and increasing customer demands, achieve greater end-to-end visibility, and how to profitably grow your operations while maintaining high service levels.

Speakers
John Barbee
Partner
McKinsey & Company
Bill Best
Vice President, Supply Chain & Logistics
Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
Chris Blickhan
Vice President
DHL
Brian Bobigian
Vice President, Supply Chain Strategy & Systems
Ulta Beauty, Inc.
Carl Weaver
Senior Director, Logistics
7-Eleven, Inc.

The Future of Work is Here Now

  • Breakout Session
The retail workforce was already in the midst of major shifts prior to COVID-19. The crisis has only accelerated the pace of these shifts. As we move through the COVID-19 crisis, how are these forces shaping supply chain organizations? Deloitte will host a fireside chat with retailers on how supply chain organizations need to operate along the talent, location and automation continuums.

Speakers
Kimberly Betts
Global Consumer Industry Diversity Equity and Inclusion Leader
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Kimberly Bridgham
Vice President of Finance
Ahold Delhaize USA
William Kammerer
Partner
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Karisa Sprague
SVP US Supply Chain HR
Walmart Inc.
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Expo Experience Lunch

  • Networking Event
  • Expo Experience
Join us for lunch and networking in the Expo Experience.​​​​ The Expo Experience will remain open until the end of the reception tonight.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Asset Protection Executive Insights

  • General Session
Join RILA's co-located Retail Asset Protection Conference and hear from top executives in retail asset protection, each covering an aspect of the business that they are passionate about, in these brief, TED-talk style segments. Or, use this time to head to the Expo Experience, hold private meetings, or visit the Retail Innovation Center Stage.

Speakers
Alisa Dart
Group Vice President Asset Protection
Albertsons Companies
Seth Hughes
Divisional Vice President, Asset Protection & Risk Management
Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
Meredith Plaxco
Vice President, Loss Prevention & Safety
PetSmart, Inc.
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Supply Chain Executive Insights

  • General Session
A highlight of the conference. Hear from three top new-to-role executives in retail supply chain, each covering an aspect of the business that they are passionate about, in these brief, TED-talk style segments.

Speakers
Tanja Dysli
Chief Supply Chain Officer IKEA USA
IKEA North America Services, LLC
Amiee Thomas
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Ulta Beauty, Inc.
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM 2 Concurrent Events

Build a Reverse Logistics Strategy That Differentiates and Increases Profitability

  • Breakout Session
The pandemic accentuated the need for flexibility, as well as preparation, in all aspects of a business, including returns. Today’s retailers need a strategic yet flexible reverse logistics strategy more than ever before and one that differentiates their business and increases profitability. Learn from retailers with industry-leading reverse logistics strategies and discover ways to bring your returns strategy to the next level.

Speakers
Wells Brummer
Vice President, Transportation & Supply Chain
Rue Gilt Groupe
Ryan Kelly
Vice President, E-Commerce and Alliance Marketing
FedEx Corporation
Kurt Templeton
Senior Director Enterprise Returns
Walmart Inc.

The Living Model: How Dollar General is Leveraging Digital Twin Technology for Continuous, Collaborative Supply Chain Improvement and Innovation

  • Breakout Session
Digital twin technology (a virtual model) has been receiving a lot of buzz lately; but what exactly is a supply chain digital twin, how does this approach differ from classic supply chain modeling, and how can those differences drive better management of the supply chain? Learn how Dollar General has leveraged digital twin technology to transform their supply chain with confidence in order to improve, innovate, and be better prepared for disruption in an increasingly uncertain world.

Speakers
Jarrett Hendricks
Senior Manager, Supply Chain Solutions Management
Expeditors
Joseph Markus
Global Account Manager
Expeditors
Chelsea Morris
Senior Manager, International Transportation
Dollar General Corporation
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The RIC Stage: Understanding Ecosystems

  • Retail Innovation Center Stage
An important opportunity to hear from VCs, Startup Award Winners, and retailers about partnerships and experiences that you can draw on and apply to your own roles.

4:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Startup Innovation Award Winner Presentation

  • General Session
See the results of your votes, as the winners of RILA's Startup Innovation Awards are revealed! Powered by RILA's Retail Innovation Center

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Retail Analysts Speak Out: Markets, Valuation Trends, Disruptors & More

  • General Session
This panel session features a retail CFO interviewing a trio of retail analysts on the key drivers they see impacting the industry, the opportunities and threats to leading retailers and brands, the disruptors that are affecting the retail industry, and other significant financial influences that every retail executive and their providers need to be aware of.

Moderator
Kurt Barton
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
Tractor Supply Company
Speakers
Michael Lasser
US Equity Research Analyst - Consumer Hardlines
UBS Financial Services Inc.
Kate McShane
Managing Director
Goldman Sachs & Company
Adrienne Yih
Managing Director, Consumer Discretionary Analyst
Barclays Capital
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

The RIC Stage: Understanding Ecosystems

  • Retail Innovation Center Stage
An important opportunity to hear from VCs, Startup Award Winners, and retailers about partnerships and experiences that you can draw on and apply to your own roles.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Expo Experience Reception

  • Networking Event
  • Expo Experience
Join other conference attendees for this great networking opportunity.

7:45 AM – 8:30 AM

Breakfast

  • Networking Event
Please join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM

7 Imperatives for the Retail Industry

  • General Session
The retail industry has seen more innovation in the past year than at any other point in the prior decade. When faced with lockdowns, an array of new health-and-safety regulations, and volatile consumer demand, leading retailers proved resilient and agile. So, what has set the top performers apart? And how can retailers thrive in 2021 and beyond, even amid continuing uncertainty? Based on research conducted with RILA’s audience of CEOs and other C-level executives from the nation’s top retailers, RILA knowledge partner McKinsey & Co. will delve into the seven imperatives that can give retailers the ability to adapt to a changing consumer landscape while pursuing new opportunities, updated with the most recent data on consumer fulfillment expectations.

Speakers
Manik Aryapadi
Partner
McKinsey & Company
Sajal Kohli
Senior Partner, Chicago
McKinsey & Company
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM

The Gift of Uncertainty: Stirring Change into Something Great

  • General Session
How can we move forward productively and flourish in the midst of massive, disruptive change? What’s the best way to view uncertainty? Harnessing the old adage, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade,” Tom brings you the best wisdom on how to do this even with mountains of lemons. Based on his new book Plato’s Lemonade Stand, Tom's timely presentation comes at a time when we are all facing uncertainty. Full of powerful images and memorable stories, this engaging presentation of ideas shows that beyond resilience and grit, there is a transformational art we all can use. As one of the world’s top public philosophers and pioneering business thinkers, Tom is the author of over 30 groundbreaking books and is a legendary speaker whose electrifying talks reengage people around their deepest values and reignite their passion for work and life.

Speaker
Tom Morris
Author & Public/Business Philosopher
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Closing Remarks

  • General Session

11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Post Conference Workshop: DE&I Leadership: The Power of Culture and Communication - Retailers Only

Building on the earlier general session, join this 3-hour workshop to take a deeper dive. Work through how a healthy culture and effective communication build the foundation for a strong, diverse, and equitable organization. Lunch will be provided. Please note, the post-workshop conference requires purchasing this separate $50 ticket in advance to attend. You may add this ticket to your registration at a later date before the start of the conference.

Speaker
Vaney Hariri
Co-Founder
Think 3D
All times are Eastern Time. Schedule is subject to change. * Indicates that the speaker is tentatively confirmed based on ability to travel.
 

2021 Speakers

Steven Alonso

Steven Alonso

  • Senior Director Supply Chain
  • The Home Depot, Inc.
Manik Aryapadi

Manik Aryapadi

  • Partner
  • McKinsey & Company
Crystal Andrews Banks

Crystal Andrews Banks

  • Director, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Ulta Beauty, Inc.
John Barbee

John Barbee

  • Partner
  • McKinsey & Company
Kurt Barton

Kurt Barton

  • Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
  • Tractor Supply Company
Kevin Bass

Kevin Bass

  • Senior Director, Professional Services
  • Manhattan Associates, Inc.
Bill Best

Bill Best

  • Vice President, Supply Chain & Logistics
  • Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
Brian Bobigian

Brian Bobigian

  • Vice President, Supply Chain Strategy & Systems
  • Ulta Beauty, Inc.
Kimberly Bridgham

Kimberly Bridgham

  • Vice President of Finance
  • Ahold Delhaize USA
Wells Brummer

Wells Brummer

  • Vice President, Transportation & Supply Chain
  • Rue Gilt Groupe
Krishna "KC" Chitta

Krishna "KC" Chitta

  • Director, Logistics Strategy & Optimization
  • Petco Holdings, Inc.
Kimberly Clark

Kimberly Clark

  • Logistics Manager
  • Hooker Furniture
Scott Collignon

Scott Collignon

  • Vice President, Logistics
  • Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Alex Dale

Alex Dale

  • Manager of Micro-Fulfillment Systems
  • Dematic Corporation
Alisa Dart

Alisa Dart

  • Group Vice President Asset Protection
  • Albertsons Companies
Virginia Drosos

Virginia Drosos

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Signet Jewelers
Tanja Dysli

Tanja Dysli

  • Chief Supply Chain Officer IKEA USA
  • IKEA North America Services, LLC
Pascal Fassler

Pascal Fassler

  • Head of Logistics, Americas
  • H&M
Scott Fennell

Scott Fennell

  • Manager Omni-Channel Performance and Analytics
  • Groupe Dynamite
Marc Gorlin

Marc Gorlin

  • Founder & CEO
  • Roadie
Rob Haddock

Rob Haddock

  • Group Director Planning & Logistics
  • The Coca-Cola Company
Sid Handa

Sid Handa

  • Director, Strategic Supply Chain Initiatives, Technology & Process Excellence
  • Meijer, Inc.
Vaney Hariri

Vaney Hariri

  • Co-Founder
  • Think 3D
Jarrett Hendricks

Jarrett Hendricks

  • Senior Manager, Supply Chain Solutions Management
  • Expeditors
Ryan Kelly

Ryan Kelly

  • Vice President, E-Commerce and Alliance Marketing
  • FedEx Corporation
Rick Keyes

Rick Keyes

  • President & Chief Executive Officer
  • Meijer, Inc.
Kristen Kravitz

Kristen Kravitz

  • Director, Supply Chain
  • Abercrombie & Fitch, Co.
Sajal Kohli

Sajal Kohli

  • Senior Partner, Chicago
  • McKinsey & Company
Michael Lasser

Michael Lasser

  • US Equity Research Analyst - Consumer Hardlines
  • UBS Financial Services Inc.
Ron Marotta

Ron Marotta

  • Vice President
  • Yusen Logistics
Gregg Mau

Gregg Mau

  • Global Logistics Manager
  • Crocs, Inc.
Kate McShane

Kate McShane

  • Managing Director
  • Goldman Sachs & Company
Rick Miller

Rick Miller

  • Director, Strategic Solutions
  • Green Mountain Technology
Tom Morris

Tom Morris

  • Author & Public/Business Philosopher
Cliff Pyron

Cliff Pyron

  • Chief Commercial Officer
  • Georgia Ports Authority
Priya Rajagopalan

Priya Rajagopalan

  • Chief Product Officer
  • FourKites
Pamela Rucker

Pamela Rucker

  • President, The Rucker Group
  • Instructor, Harvard Professional Development
Karisa Sprague

Karisa Sprague

  • SVP US Supply Chain HR
  • Walmart Inc.
Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

  • NFL’s First Female Official
  • National Football League
Amiee Thomas

Amiee Thomas

  • Chief Supply Chain Officer
  • Ulta Beauty, Inc.
Carl Weaver

Carl Weaver

  • Senior Director, Logistics
  • 7-Eleven, Inc.
Kurt Templeton

Kurt Templeton

  • Senior Director Enterprise Returns
  • Walmart Inc.
Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson

  • Director Domestic Logistics
  • Meijer, Inc.
Apurva Vadera

Apurva Vadera

  • Partner
  • Grey Orange Inc.
Jeff Zoroya

Jeff Zoroya

  • Principal, Supply Chain Design
  • Chainalytics
Keynotes & General Sessions

Keynotes & General Sessions

RILA brings you keynote and general session speakers from retail CEOs to multi-disciplinary thought leaders who are driving change.

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Women In Supply Chain

Women In Supply Chain

Join events designed to engage and support women in the supply chain community, including our always-popular breakfast session, featuring female leaders in supply chain roles.

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Expo Experience

Expo Experience

The Expo Experience features 300+ service providers and startups who bring innovative solutions that solve your retail supply chain challenges.

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Retail Innovation Center Stage

Retail Innovation Center Stage

We are excited to announce The Retail Innovation Center Stage! The RIC Stage will bring to life the theme of “Investing in the Future” through short format, high impact education.

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Post-Conference Workshop

Post-Conference Workshop

Add onto your LINK experience with a post-conference workshop on DE&I!

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Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament

Tee off with us at Celebration Golf Club on August 17. Enjoy a day of fun, sun, and friends!

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