THE LEAD SUMMIT | OCTOBER 24 | BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Where visionaries, rule-breakers & leaders unite the fashion & retail industry with the Global Silicon Valley.


$995 $748 LIMITED TIME DISCOUNT

OVERVIEW

Activate within a community of fashion & retail executives, start-up CEOs, investors, and industry stakeholders to challenge the status-quo, learn what’s next  and engage tomorrow's innovations today. 

With a spotlight on the next generation digital native brands who are reinventing and redefining the future of the fashion & retail industry, this 'relationships first' focused event is organized around keynotes, off-the-record roundtables, 'problem talk' presentations, panel discussions and structured networking.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Mary Renner Beech, Chief Marketing Officer, Kate Spade
Rachel Blumenthal, Founder & CEO, Rockets of Awesome
Graham Poliner,
SVP, Strategy and Analytics, Macy's
Cheryl Kaplan, President, M. Gemi
Gillian Gorman-Round, GM, Revlon Incubator, Revlon
Brent Paulson, Managing Director & Head of Retail, UNTUCKit
Maggie Winter, 
CEO & Co-Founder, AYR
Robin Lewis,
Founder of The Robin Report & Co-Author of “The New Rules of Retail"
Bai Gan, 
Chief Product Officer, Zenni Optical
Paul Laskow, 
Director of Transportation, Rent The Runway
Carolina Arguelles,
Product Marketing Lead, Snapchat

Noah has an unnatural ability to put the right mix of people around a table or in a room"       

- Russell Scherwin, CMO, Watson Commerce at IBM

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The Lead will help retailers discover the best strategies for their businesses.”

-Forbes

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The mix of attendees was fantastic and I honestly thought it was the best use of my time.”

- Michele Levy, CEO, Melissa Shoes

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AUDIENCE

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Join 350 + industry executives, CEOs, investors, and stakeholders that comprise our exclusive executive network spanning the fashion-retail-commerce ecosystem. 

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BRANDS & RETAILERS

Email contact@the-lead.co for information on complimentary passes.

AGENDA

7:45 - 9:00

Registration & Breakfast

9:00

Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:10

Foremost 50 CEO Fireside:Rachel Blumenthal, Founder & CEO, Rockets of Awesome, 2018 Foremost 50 Honoree
Moderator: Simeon Siegel, Senior Equity Analyst,  Nomura / Instine

9:30

Foremost 50 Company to Watch:
Maggie Winter, CEO & Co-Founder, AYR | 2018 Company to Watch
Moderator: Matt Kaden, Managing Director, MMG Advisors

9:50

Foremost 50 CEO Keynote: 
Bai Gan, Chief Product Officer, Zenni Optical,  2018 Foremost 50 Honoree

10:05

Inside the Incubator:
A first hand look at household brands generating innovation from the inside out.
Gillian Gorman-Round, GM, Revlon Incubator, Revlon
Moderator: Christina Wallace, Vice President, Bionic

10:35

Coffee Break

10:55

Shaping the Possible: Brand Innovation driving the customer experience
Eleanor Morgan, Chief Experience Officer, Casper
Moderator: Liz Bacelar, Founder, TheCurrent

11:15

CEO PROBLEM TALKS: 
Five Tech CEOs unpack the business problems facing fashion, retail & commerce.
Brian Long, CEO & Co-Founder, Attentive
Michael Reitblat, CEO & Co-Founder, Forter
Apu Gupta, CEO & Co-Founder, Curalate
Nick Molnar, Founder & CEO, Afterpay
Stephan Schambach, Founder & CEO, NewStore
Peter Korn, Co-Chair of Technology Practice Group, Foley Hoag LLP

12:10

Foremost 50 Fireside: Inside the mind of UNTUCKit: Physical Retail for Tomorrow's Shopper
Brent Paulson, Managing Director & Head of Retail, UNTUCKit, 2018 Foremost 50 Honoree
Stephan Schambach, Founder & CEO, NewStore

12:25

Foremost 50 Fireside: Cheryl Kaplan, President, M. Gemi, 2018 Foremost 50 HonoreeModerator: Simeon Siegel, Senior Equity Analyst,  Nomura / Instine

12:45

Lunch Presented by Zenni Optical | By Invitation Roundtable Meetings 

2:00

Afternoon Overview

2:05

Macro-Trends: Augmented Reality (AI)
Augmented Reality's role and impact on the fashion & retail industry.
Carolina Arguelles, Product Marketing Lead, Snapchat

2:28

CEO PROBLEM TALKS: 
Five Tech CEOs unpack the business problems facing fashion, retail & commerce.
Mazdak Rezvani, Founder & CEO, Chatkit
Raghav Sharma, Co-CEO, Perfitly
Sam Kliger, Founder & CEO, KWI
Matthew Suraci, Head of North America, Klarna
Dan Leahy, Co-Founder, Maker Sights
Peter Korn, Co-Chair of Technology Practice Group, Foley Hoag LLP

3:20

Empathy Driven Digital Transformation
Jason Rome,
Director of Digital Strategy & Customer Experience, Skookum

3:40

Coffee & Snack Break | VIP Roundtables 

4:05

Hype vs. Reality: Retail Innovation for 2019Liz Bacelar, Founder, The Current

4:15

Supply Chain Reinvented: Keeping up with consumer expectation
Alex Ramirez, CEO & Co-founder, Cognit Ops
Paul Laskow, Director, Transportation, Rent The Runway
Moderator: Julian Counihan, Partner, Schematic Ventures

4:50

The Analyst's Perspective:
Learnings from The Foremost 50 selection process.
Cassie Rosenthal, SVP, Rosenthal & Rosenthal
Awais Khan, Lead Analyst, The Lead

5:05

The Lead Quarterly: Issue 0.2
Noah Gellman, Co-Founder & CEO, The Lead

5:10

The Four Barriers to Transformation
Robin Lewis, Founder of The Robin Report

5:20

Shaping The Possible: Corporate RediscoveryThe reinvention of corporate retail. discussion on shifting business models and practices.Graham Poliner, SVP Strategy and Analytics, Macy's
Moderator: Robin Lewis, Founder of The Robin Report

5:40

Closing Remarks
Noah Gellman & Timo Weiland,  Co-Founders, The Lead

5:45

Cocktail Reception Presented by Rosenthal & Rosenthal

SETTING

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Fifty years ago, Williamsburg was a neighborhood of industry. Today it's a bustling community full of creatives, dreamers, and doers meeting for a drink and making things happen. Located on Wythe Avenue and North 10th Street, The Williamsburg Hotel stands at the nexus of history and history in the making.

Supreme service with a Brooklyn twist. The Williamsburg Hotel is eight stories and 150 rooms encased in brick, glass, and Corten steel. Designed by London-based design firm Michaelis Boyd Studio (Babington House UK, Soho House Berlin), the double-height ceilings, natural finishes and eclectic style invite you to stay awhile.

Booking Link: BOOK HERE
Discount Code: TWHINSIDER
Date Range: October 21st - 25th

COMMUTE BY SUBWAY

16 min. from Union Square via L 
26 min. from Financial District via 5 > L 
29 min. from Midtown Manhattan via Q > L 

COMMUTE BY CAR

30 min. from Union Square via Williamsburg Bridge
25 min. from Financial District via I-278
35 min. from Midtown Manhattan via Queens Midtown Tunnel

CHARTER PARTNER

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FOREMOST 50 PARTNER

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INNOVATION PARTNERS

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INDUSTRY PARTNERS

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