The Innovation Summit is The Lead’s flagship event, where 1,800+ attendees from the fashion & retail innovation community converge to learn from & connect with the brands, retailers, digital natives, & tech start-ups that are defining tomorrow’s industry.
The two-day festival features more than 100 stand-out speakers across three stages. At the heart of the event lives The Innovation Village — a 30,000 square foot assemblage of all things innovation where tomorrow’s digital native brands live side-by-side with tomorrow’s technology in a relationships-first setting.


Neil Parikh, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Casper
Lauren Thomas, Retail Reporter, CNBC
David Heath, Co-Founder & CEO, Bombas
Alexa Geovanos, President North & South America, Chloe
Devon Pike, Chief Merchandising Officer, Gap
Rebecca Minkoff, Co-Founder, Rebecca Minkoff
Stacey Shulman,Chief Innovation Officer, Intel 
Kris Zanuldin, Head of Connected Commerce, Amazon
Pano Anthos, Founder & Managing Director, XRC Labs 
Matt Cohen, VP, Business Development & Strategy, GOAT
Charles Gorra, CEO, Rebag
Anushka Salinas, Chief Revenue Officer, Rent The Runway
Hilary Milnes, Retail Editor, Digiday 
Brian Long, CEO & Co-Founder, Attentive
Anand Kishore, Founder & President, AspireIQ
Corey Pierson, Co-Founder & CEO, Custora
Allon Caidar, Founder & CEO, TVPage
Olivia Benjamin, Investor, Bain Capital Ventures
Zak Normandin, Founder & CEO, Iris Nova (DIRTY LEMON)
Tom Kartsotis, Founder, Shinola
Sandra Campos, CEO, Diane Von Furstenberg
Kim Bhasin, Luxury Reporter, Bloomberg
Raj Nijjer, VP, Marketing, Yotpo
Jesse Franklin, VP of Innovation, BrandBox
Parinda Muley, VP, Innovation & Development, Macy’s
Dan Cherian, VP, Global Innovation, VF Corp
Nicholas Ahrens, VP, Innovation, RILA
Matt Alexander, Co-Founder & CEO, Neighborhood Goods
Caroline Gogolak, VP, Retail, SoulCycle
Amanda Baldwin, President, Supergoop!
Prashant Agrawal, Founder & CEO, Impact Analytics
Purva Gupta, Founder & CEO, Lily AI
Elizabeth Allison, SVP, Neiman Marcus
Jeff Fowler, President North America, Farfetch
Caroline Brown, Managing Director, Closed Loop Partners
Amy Hall, VP, Social Consciousness, EILEEN FISHER
Abrima Erwiah, Co-Founder & President, Studio 189
Zachary Manis, Managing Director, Piper Jaffray
Brendan Hoffman, CEO, Vince
Michael Gould, Former Chairman & CEO, Bloomingdales
Ben Lerer, Managing Partner, Lerer Hippeau
Simeon Siegel, Managing Director, Nomura
Kyle Wong, Co-Founder & CEO, Pixlee
Michael Reitblat, Co-Founder & CEO, Forter
Phil Granof, CMO, NewStore
Steve Evans, EVP, Fossil
Grant Smuts, VP, Corporate Development, Qurate (QVC)
Heath Golden, EVP, Chief Strategy Officer, Randa
Heather Hartnett, Founding Partner, Human Ventures

Fayez Mohamood, Co-Founder & CEO, Bluecore
Maggie Winter, Co-Founder & CEO, AYR
Nick Brown, Founder & CEO, Soludos
Mark McMaster, Head of Emerging Commerce, Snapchat
Zahir Dossa, Co-Founder & CEO, Function of Beauty
Rachel Blumenthal, Founder & CEO, Rockets of Awesome
Pavan Sondur, Co-Founder & CEO, UNBXD
Nadia Genevieve Masri, Founder & CEO, Perksy
Myra Vaughn, Principal, MG2
Eran Eyal, Co-Founder & CEO, Shopin
Brian Long, Chief Digital Officer, IBM North America, IBM
Will Williams, Senior Director of Retail, Away
Phillip Raub, President, B8ta
Florina Manusis, Head of Media N.A., SWAROVSKI
Mariah Chase, CEO, ELOQUII
Brent Paulsen, Head of Retail, UNTUCKit
Ryan Babenzien, Founder & CEO, Greats
Noah Palmer, General Manager, Gap Inc.
Julian Kahlon, Founder & CEO, Project Verte
Ryan Breslow, Founder & CEO, Bolt
Ronny Sage, Founder & CEO, ShoppingGives
Greg Fisher, CMO, Affirm
Laura Miller, President, Chase
Shana Randhava, VP, Business Development, Estée Lauder
Hilary Milnes, Retail Editor, Digiday
Meyar Sheik, President & CCO, Kibo
Emmett Shine, Founder & CEO, Gin Lane
Arti Zeighami, Global Head of Analytics & AI, H&M Group
Jad Finck, VP, Innovation & Sustainability, Allbirds
Jamie Bainbridge, VP, Product Development, Bolt Threads
Yvonne Lau, SVP Corporate Development, Li & Fung
Kerry Cooper, President & COO, Rothy’s
Liz Hershfield, VP/Head of Product, Walmart eCommerce
David Sobie, Co-Founder & CEO, Happy Returns
Rob Keve, Co-Founder & CEO, Flow
Amit Sharma, Founder & CEO, Narvar
Nick Molnar, Co-Founder & CEO, Afterpay
Julian Counihan, Partner, Schematic Ventures 
Emmett Shine, Founder & CEO, Gin Lane
Arun Gupta, Co-Founder & CEO, Grailed
Ellie Wheeler, Partner, Greycroft
Edward Hertzman, Founder & President, Sourcing Journal
Alex Faherty, Founder & CEO, Faherty Brand
Patrick Wall, Founder & CEO, MetaPack
Noora Raj Brown, SVP of Communications, goop
Chris Bossola, Founder & CEO, Need Supply Co.
Sean Pate, Brand Communications Officer, Zenni
Ann-Marie Alcántara, Retail Reporter, Adweek
Matthew Mueller, Founder & President, Knot Standard


Brands and retailers, digital natives, tech start-ups, investors, dealmakers, analysts, real estate operators, enterprise tech leaders, creatives, academics and media comprise the 1,800+ individuals at The Lead Innovation Summit. The Lead’s fashion and retail community touches apparel, footwear, accessories, beauty and home.
Designed for an elevated discussion in an elevated environment, The Lead Innovation Summit brings together the following:


THE INNOVATION VILLAGE — The Lead Innovation Village features more than a dozen digital native vertical brands combined with leading retail & fashion tech start-ups to bring all things fashion & retail innovation to life in one place.
INTIMATE BREAKOUTS — The Lead will organize and facilitate a handful of private lunches for select partners at the summit.
MASTERCLASSES — Select partners will have an opportunity to teach workshops and masterclasses at The Lead Innovation Summit.
DEEP LEARNING — The Lead will present proprietary research on The Foremost 50 and The Leading 100 lists.
LEARN LARGE — On stage thought leadership lives at the center of The Lead Innovation Summit.
SOCIAL EVENTS — The Lead brings unique social events to Brooklyn, including events at Brooklyn Bowl and Brooklyn Brewery.



Purchase a two day general admission pass now.


The Content

More than 30 content sessions & CEO vision talks across 3 stages. Industry luminaries deliver lesson-oriented key notes, panels, CEO vision talks & fire-sides. Challenge your peers & discover new approaches with a cross-section of industry leaders.

The Lead Innovation Village

Attendees explore new technologies & connect to digital native brands in the 30,000 sq. foot Innovation Village — the connection driving, interactive experience at the heart of the Summit.

The Festival Experience

Hospitality meets unexpected connections in curated social environments featuring incredible food & beverage from partners including Sweetgreen, 16 Handles, Roberta’s, Van Leeuwen, Rise Coffee, and Out East Rosé.


Runway of Dreams works toward a future of inclusion, acceptance and opportunity in the fashion industry for people with disabilities. The Lead, in collaboration with select partners, will host The Lead Innovation Summit official after-party at Brooklyn Bowl. Proceeds from the event will benefit Runway of Dreams.

Interested in partnering with The Lead?

Sponsorship opportunities are available for companies across the fashion-retail-commerce value chain. Email or fill out our partnership form for more information.


The Brooklyn Expo Center | 72 Noble St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Brooklyn, what are you waiting for? Less than 30 min. from Midtown Manhattan and 20 min. from SoHo, Williamsburg sits at the nexus of fashion, technology & media. The undisputed capital of creativity, come see why Adidas, BMW & Amazon do their best brainstorming in this neighborhood.

30 minute drive from Midtown Manhattan,  20 minute drive from SoHo