Lundgren Center Spotlights Global Retail Leaders

The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the University of Arizona will hold its 20th Annual Global Retailing Conference, April 14 to 15, at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, AZ.

Speakers include Lundgren, chairman and CEO of Macy’s, Richard Ashworth, president, pharmacy and retail at Walgreens and Melissa Phillips, president and COO, Tuesday Morning.

Other speakers include Stacey Bendet, CEO and creative director, Alice + Olivia; Christiana Shi, president of direct to consumer, Nike; Carlos Alberini, chairman and CEO, Lucky Brand; Tony Bartel, COO, GameStop Corp.; Rachel Mushahwar, head of global retail, hospitality and CPG enabling team for internet of things, Intel; Michael Massey, president and CEO, PetSmart; Stephen Craig, CEO, Blanco; Sarah Quinlan, svp/market insights, MasterCard Advisors; Jane Buckingham, founder and CEO, Trendera; Piers Fawkes, founder and president, PSFK; Deborah Weinswig, executive director, Fung Business Intelligence Centre; and Beck Besecker, co-founder and CEO, Marxent.

The conference focus this year is on what’s IN, the capital letters signifying trends that are re-molding a retail sector increasingly challenged to be intimate, innovative and instant, the center stated.

“New ideas are driving business today, and the Global Retailing Conference is one of the primary places where the freshest concepts in retailing, wholesaling and fashion are presented and discussed,” said Lundgren, who will deliver opening remarks at the event. “The University of Arizona, one of retailing’s top training grounds for upcoming talent, is a great environment to discuss what’s in and what is coming. This is the conference’s 20th year and it has proven time and again to be an exceptional experience for everyone who attends, whether they be industry CEOs, executives, consultants, suppliers or students of business, retailing and innovation. What makes this conference special is the interaction between business, faculty and high-potential students from the University of Arizona and other colleges. This conference is where many bright minds come together.”