NRF Foundation Names People Shaping Retail’s Future

2018 Gala is expected to raise more than $2.5 million for NRF Foundation programs.

The National Retail Federation (NRF) Foundation has announced the 25 individuals named to The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future.

The honorees represent the best and brightest individuals impacting the retail industry and will be celebrated Jan. 14, 2018, at the NRF Foundation Gala during NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show in New York City.

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Proceeds from the Gala benefit the NRF Foundation, NRF’s nonprofit arm, which is committed to shaping the future of retail talent.

“An industry as dynamic as retail needs leaders with a range of talents from creatives to humanitarians to entrepreneurs,” NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis said. “Each person on The List embodies these qualities in some way and is helping to steer the retail industry toward a bright future.”

Now in its fourth year, the Gala brings together hundreds of industry executives to honor those named to The List and awards scholarships to talented students working to become the next generation of retail leaders. In addition to celebrating The List at the Gala, NRF will also recognize Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon as “The Visionary,” an award for an inspiring leader with a long record of spearheading change in the industry.

The 2018 Gala is expected to raise more than $2.5 million for NRF Foundation programs – including educational and inspirational initiatives, student scholarships and RISE Up, a powerful, industry-backed credentialing program – and is on track to sell out by the end of 2017.

The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2018:


Jeff Barnett – CEO, Commerce Cloud, Salesforce

Adam Goldenberg – Co-CEO, TechStyle Fashion Group

Paul Hennessy – CEO, Vroom

Jeff Kearl – CEO, Stance

Chris McCann –President and CEO, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc.

Emily Weiss – Founder and CEO, Glossier



Isabelle and Katherine Adams – Co-CEOs, Paper For Water

Michael Lastoria – Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Director, &pizza

Carley Ochs – Founder, CEO and Designer, Bourbon and Boweties

Kate Ross LeBlanc – CEO and Co-Founder, Saje Natural Wellness



Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale – Owner and Philanthropist, Gallery Furniture

Brittany Merrill Underwood – Founder and CEO, Akola Project

Karin Norington-Reaves – CEO, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

Buddy Teaster – President and CEO, Soles4Souls

Hamdi Ulukaya – Founder, Chairman and CEO, Chobani



Matthew Boss – Managing Director, Equity Research, Consumer Discretionary/Retailing, J.P. Morgan

Amanda Curtis and Gemma Sole – Co-Founders, Nineteenth Amendment

Jonathan Sokoloff – Managing Partner, Leonard Green & Partners

Rob Sweeney – Global Head of Consumer and Retail Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs

Barbara Thau – Contributing Retail Writer,


Power Players:

Mary Campbell – Executive Vice President, Commerce Platforms, QVC, Inc.

James ‘JC’ Curleigh – President, Levi’s Brand

Jane Elfers – President and CEO, The Children’s Place, Inc.

Helena Foulkes – Executive Vice President, CVS Health, and President, CVS Pharmacy

Greg Scott – CEO, New York & Company