9:00: Plenary: Welcome + Morning Keynotes
10:00: Breakouts: Case Studies & Panels
11:00: Networking Break
12:00: Networking Lunch
1:00: Breakouts: Case Studies + Panels
3:00: Networking Break
5:00: Plenary: Final Keynote + Closing Remarks
6:00: After-Parties To Be Announced
Aubrie Pagano is Co-Founder and CEO of Bow & Drape, the millennial customization brand with a cult-like following. At B&D, she has driven the business to success, retailing in shops like Nordstrom, Bloomindale’s, and Hudson’s Bay and partnering with The New York Post, Huy Fong Sriracha, and artist Donald Roberston. She has been named Forbe’s 30 Under 30 in Retail, PayPal’s 30 under 30 Makers + Shakers, LinkedIn’s Next Wave of Professionals under 35, Remodista’s Women2Watch and introduced the world’s first 3D printed accessories in market according to WWD. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Aubrie was a Management Consultant at Fidelity Investments. She holds a BA from Harvard and began her first business when she was six.
Corey Weiss is well versed in leveraging multiple channels to market, promote and sell digital media, entertainment, and consumer products. For over the past 20 years, Weiss has worked for top entertainment and digital media companies including Twentieth Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, and Yahoo!.
Corey is a founding team member and Head of Business Development for ipsy — the world’s fastest growing online beauty community co-founded by YouTube’s biggest beauty vlogger Michelle Phan. Corey has helped grow the community to over 10MM women and the award-winning monthly Glam Bag, a beauty sampling service, to over 2.5MM subscribers in the US and Canada.
Previously, Corey was at Yahoo! as Head of Global Consumer Marketing for Entertainment, Sports and Original Video, where under his leadership the media properties experienced year-over-year growth including the #1 position for Yahoo! Sports, Fantasy Football, Yahoo! TV, omg! and original video.
In addition to starting two companies of his own, Corey was on the founding team both at maverick online entertainment company WireBreak Entertainment and at Movielink, an online movie rental service formed by five major Hollywood studios.
Specialties: Digital, social and traditional media, digital distribution and marketing strategy, strategic partnerships, business development, advertising sales, consumer and trade marketing, brand development, mobile marketing
Ryan Dell is the Chief Marketing Officer at MVMT – a crowdfunded-to-$60MM fashion accessories brand with over 1MM watches and sunglasses sold direct to consumers in 160+ countries. Ryan has 15+ years of e-commerce, digital marketing (new customer acquisition and retention), brand building and team leadership experience.
Prior to MVMT, Ryan was the Vice President of Acquisition Marketing at FTD Companies (formally Provide Commerce) – a $1.2 billion E-commerce and retail company with brands like ProFlowers, Shari’s Berries, Personal Creations, RedEnvelope, and FTD.
Ali Brown brings almost 20 years of experience in a wide range of media to her role as Vice President/Executive Producer of PRETTYBIRD. She has produced award-winning national and international commercials, short films, features, web series and music videos and is on the forefront of industry leaders who seek to expand creative and brand opportunities across all distribution outlets.
Brown began her career in the commercial and music video industry before moving over to feature films where she served as Director of Creative Affairs at Spirit Dance, a production company owned and helmed by veteran director/actor/producer Forest Whitaker. Upon her return to commercials, she helped build PRETTYBIRD, creating numerous campaigns that have been recognized internationally, including by the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the One Show, the Clio Awards, the London International Awards, D&AD, British Arrows, Ciclope, the AICP Awards, as well as being named Creativity Magazine’s Top Production Company of the Year for 2015.
Through the keen creative eye of Brown, PRETTYBIRD has quickly grown its roster with a reputation for building talent and being a collaborative creative community that welcomes filmmakers from all disciplines and projects of all formats.
Ali served two terms as AICP/West President and as a mentor through Film Independent. She has been a featured panelist for Sundance’s New Frontier, The Side Project, Women in Film, and recently partnered with Sapient Nitro to curate the diversity oriented panel Make Some Room at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Brandon Levey is the co-founder and CEO at Stitch Labs. He drives Stitch’s company vision and strategy as it scales and constantly seeks new ways to streamline inventory and order management for multichannel brands and retailers. Brandon’s passion for the intersection of retail and technology ironically comes from his time working on domestic nuclear security systems analyses at Sandia National Securities, during which he started two retail businesses on the side. The challenges he identified in running these businesses, coupled with his experiences in the design and manufacturing world, led to the eventual launch of Stitch Labs. Brandon holds a BSE and MSE in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Tony is the driving force and creative genius behind Hammitt, a true American luxury brand based in Los Angeles. A lifelong Entrepreneur, beginning with an MBA from Bowling Green in his home state of Ohio, Tony established his pattern of success early, through his start-ups in the construction and finance industries, before moving on to high fashion. Tony’s primary goal at Hammitt is to create a successful American brand built on the European model where design and craftsmanship lead, product is made to order and crafted for a lifetime. Tony is respected for his business success and remembered for his endless optimism, inspiring positivity and ever-present smile.
Garrett Leight was born in Los Angeles in 1984, immersed in the eyewear and fashion industries as the son of the Founder and Creative Director of Oliver Peoples. Garrett grew up playing competitive tennis and attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, graduating with a degree in Journalism. After college he worked at Oliver Peoples, observing firsthand the development of his father’s iconic designs. In 2009, he opened his first eyewear concept store, A. Kinney Court in Venice Beach, offering a curated assortment of hand-selected goods from his hometown. The store was the first of its kind, combining the knowledge and service of licensed opticians with the styling of a fashion boutique. Inspired by the unique atmosphere and creative characters of Venice and driven to find the perfect frames for his customers, Garrett founded Garrett Leight California Optical in 2010 and released his first eyewear collection a year later. Dedicated to creating the
highest quality designs handmade with the finest materials and craftsmanship, GLCO brings a fresh perspective to classically tailored frames by blending old and new, the iconic and the innovative.
Garrett currently resides in Los Angeles with his beautiful wife and daughter. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and going ham at concerts.
For more information please visit garrettleight.com
Kimberley has been working in Los Angeles in the fashion industry since 2004, principally focused over eight years on building WILDFOX into a highly recognizable and covetable multi-million dollar leisure wear brand.
After leaving the brand in 2015, Kimberley finds her focus in freelance photography and art direction, while she begins to build her next collection. The new work will be focused on the F words: fantasy, fit and feminism. with her recognizable tongue in cheek sense of humor, whimsical attention to detail, and passion for free flowing, easy leisure wear, she aims to build a fun and inspiring new empire with the goal of breaking barriers for women along the way.
Jeff Abrams is the Founder and Creative Director of global lifestyle brand, RAILS. A Los Angeles native, Abrams grew up immersed in the arts – painting, sculpture, photography, and developed a deep connection to the aesthetics of fashion. Shortly after graduating from The University of California, Berkeley with a political science degree, Abrams began working in marketing for an entertainment studio. Shortly thereafter, Abrams took an opportunity to work abroad in Italy which would ultimately act as a creative catalyst for the brand’s inception. Upon returning to the U.S., Abrams sought to create a collection that blended a refined European sensibility with the innate effortlessness of his Southern California roots.
RAILS is now sold in more than 1,200 retailers worldwide and in more than 50 countries. Rails has grown from a category-driven collection into a global lifestyle brand of women’s, men’s and children’s apparel. The brand’s influence on the industry is well-recognized: RAILS has been called “an ‘it-girl’ must-have” (Forbes) and “the not-so-little L.A. shirt company that could” (Women’s Wear Daily).
Abrams currently resides in Los Angeles.
Rachel Tipograph considered herself amongst the digerati since the moment she became an eBay power user at 13. Forbes listed Rachel as one of its “30 under 30 Who Are Changing The World”, Marie Claire named her one of “The 50 Most Influential Women in America,” Fast Company named her one of “The Most Creative People in Business”, AdAge named her one of “The Most Creative People of The Year,” AdWeek named her one of “The Young Influentials Shaping Business and Culture,” Business Insider named her one of “New York Tech’s Coolest People”, Refinery29 named her one of its “Rising Female Tech Stars,” The Wrap named her one of “The 11 Change Agents Disrupting Hollywood,” and LinkedIn named her one of its “Next Wave: Top Professionals 35 & Under.” After being the Global Director of Digital and Social Media at Gap where she oversaw strategy, implementation and measurement, Rachel traveled the world for 100 days and then founded MikMak, the first mobile video shopping platform.
Drew Koven is Managing Director of LDR Ventures, an LA based Venture Capital and Angel Investor group that works with early stage companies to incubate, operate and grow their brands to profitability. LDR focuses on eCommerce, Fashion and Footwear, Food, Lifestyle, Health & Beauty, Fashion & Retail Tech businesses. Notable investments include: Thrive Market, sweetgreen, Fame & Partners and Bow & Drape. LDR is opening their “Brandubator” an incubator and accelerator to address the specific needs of fashion and consumer brands this summer in Los Angeles.
An entrepreneur and intrapreneur, Drew was formerly CEO of The Beach People, a home fashion Company his team took global, achieving 5000% growth, which he recently sold. His executive leadership roles include: Vice President of Omnichannel retail and eCommerce for Guess Jeans, President of eCommerce and Customer Experience for Steve Madden Shoes, CMO/CDO for Melissa & Doug Toys and CMO of FreshDirect, the online grocer. As a leader and culture builder, he has experienced very low single digit turnover with his teams and mantra of “People Before Profits.”
Drew was awarded as a Top 25 Retailer by Apparel Magazine, Top 3 Mobile Marketer by Mobile Marketer Magazine, Boston Business Hall of Fame Inductee, Virgin Atlantic Entrepreneur of the Year, a 40 under 40 recipient and is an Advisory Board Member of Apparel Magazine. He has his finger on the pulse of today’s global retail environment and the ins-and-outs of starting and growing businesses. He is married with two sons and lives in Los Angeles.
Melissa Liebling-Goldberg is the VP of Editorial at Spring and an established digital content creator with over 15 years of experience in editorial, e-commerce, and social media with a focus on fashion, beauty and women’s lifestyle. She has been featured as a style and e-commerce expert on TV and print, including Wall Street Journal, AP, Chicago Tribune, ABC News, Adweek, Elle.com, San Francisco Chronicle, Racked.com, Glossy.co, and TheCoveteur.com among others. Melissa has worked with brands and retailers including Gilt Groupe, J.Crew, Madewell, and Gwynnie Bee. Her writing and editing has been featured in Teen Vogue, PEOPLE.com, NY Post, Glamour.com, NY Magazine, NYLON, The Huffington Post, and more.
Alexis Clarbour is the Director of PORTERO, the leading online retailer for pre-owned, authenticated handbags and accessories. She is responsible for the overall strategic vision and day-to-day operations. Alexis combines her creative, passionate personality with business acumen to direct, plan and coordinate all marketing and operations initiatives for the brand. With over a decade of experience in the luxury goods industry, Clarbour brings a keen understanding of the service demand in the market.
Clarbour has been integral in elevating the competitive positioning of PORTERO, while developing an identifiable voice for the brand. Paying careful attention to the accurate representation of all merchandise to ensure customer satisfaction, Clarbour creates an approach that is solely focused on the client. Working with top, trusted resellers, as well as independent product experts around the world, Clarbour manages her team of in-house category specialists to source the company’s ever-evolving inventory and deliver unparalleled access to pre-owned vintage and collectible merchandise.
Prior to working at PORTERO, Clarbour served in several key marketing, merchandising and retail positions at organizations which include the Metropolitan Opera and luxury brand Waterworks.
Melissa Palmer is born and bred entrepreneur and marketer with a passion for growing creative and innovative wellness brands. She is currently the CEO of OSEA, a natural, marine-based skin and body care brand. OSEA is a luxury seaweed based skincare line that is sold in premier spas across the world including the Four Seasons (Bora-Bora), Montage Hotels and Anassa (Cyprus).
Prior, Melissa served as the CEO of Hoopnotica a women’s fitness brand and the industry leader in adult hula hoop fitness programing, teacher certifications and hoop related apparel and products. Most notably during her time at Hoopnotica, Melissa oversaw the expansion of the company’s distribution into the European and Asian markets as well as the development of the company’s wildly successful e-commerce program and te.
Melissa has overseen the development of numerous e-commerce sites and online marketing, affiliate and SEO programs for both large and small business. As well, as created and implemented PR & Marketing strategies for a number of brands, securing placements from the Ellen Show to The Washington Post to Vogue Magazine and everything in between. She has been interviewed by Inc Magazine, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal.
Melissa lives in Venice, CA where she currently serves of the board of the Allegria Foundation and has previously been involved with Heal Bay and Artists for Peace and Justice. She is an avid traveller, swimmer and bike rider.
New York born and raised, Lisa has more than 15 years experience with startups and fortune 500 companies in mobile commerce, eCommerce and online marketplaces. As VP of Digital at dr. brandt, the leading science backed skincare brand, Lisa is responsible for digital marketing strategy and innovation.
Lisa previously served as Executive Vice President of Business Solutions, helping grow one of the leading mobile payment applications and gateway solutions companies from the ground up. After that she co-founded and assisted with the global launch of ToneRow.com, where she serves as a member of the Board of Directors.
She is passionate about entrepreneurship and the arts and serves as a mentor for Endeavor Miami and the NYU Stern School of Business Entrepreneurship Institute where she advises start-up companies. In her spare time Ms. Raggiri is an avid marathon runner and enjoys travel and aspires to obtain a fellowship for community spirited leadership.
Shawn Gold is CMO at TechStyle Fashion Group, an industry leading platform to build and distribute global membership fashion brands, including Fabletics, ShoeDazzle, JustFab and FabKids. Before TechStyle he was head of entertainment brand partnerships at Wattpad.com, the world’s largest storytelling platform and one of the fastest growing mobile content sites in the world. Previously he oversaw sales, marketing and content development as CMO of Inside Studios, a video and mobile app company creating shows with over 1 billion views on YouTube and MSN. Until 2007, he was CMO, head of marketing & content for MySpace. At MySpace Gold spearheaded the development and implementation of marketing initiatives and campaigns for MySpace during its growth from 25 to 110 million users worldwide.
Founded by the dynamic husband and wife duo of Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir, Dream Team Directors has developed an astonishing award-winning brand which combines imagination, humor, beauty and a desire to positively impact the world through their stunning creative work.
Their company motto, “Let our dream team manifest your dream”, symbolizes the expansion and positive attention they win for their celebrity and high-profile brand clients and collaborators such as Adidas, Bella Hadid, Coldplay, P. Diddy, Smashbox Cosmetics, Atlantic Records, Chrome Hearts, Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo and Lea Michele of Fox’s “Glee.”
Wendy Bendoni is a Professor and Chair of the Marketing & Fashion Marketing Department in the School of Business at Woodbury University. Her research is on social personas of online consumers and luxury marketing in the age of digital. Currently she is a luxury lecturer for Carl Benz Academy and in digital storytelling at Zurich University of School of Management and Law. Bloomsbury recently published her new book called Social Media for Fashion Marketing; Storytelling in the Digital World. She is also an established International forecaster for the past two decades for WGSN and WWDMAGIC and has been featured in Forbes, WWD, Mashable and Huffington Post.
Winner of WWD’s highly coveted “Best Executed Brand Launch” award, Sonia is a beauty maverick, leveraging her unprecedented breadth of industry experience to transform burgeoning brands into market leaders. After a successful career working in-house for global powerhouses like Avon and Valeant Pharmaceuticals and indie brands alike, Sonia launched Beauty Barrage, eager to share her talents with emerging brands in need of of 360° attention and full service sales support.
John is an accomplished online marketing strategist with over 20 years progressive success, including 18 years in Internet marketing and technology on both client and vendor sides. Currently, he is a Partner in Chameleon Collective, a consultancy focused on corporate strategy, innovation and growth.
In his former position as VP of Media for the TechStyle Fashion Group (composed of the JustFab, ShoeDazzle, Fabletics and FabKids brands), he managed both online and offline media for North America and Australia. He has also contributed to growth at such well-known brands as eHarmony, LowerMyBills/Experian, InterActive Corp, Realtor.com and YesMail, managing online media and CRM programs in various capacities.
Born and raised in Chicago, and attending DePaul University, he relocated to the Los Angeles area in 2000, and now lives in Seal Beach with his wife and two sons.
LA born and raised, Brian Schulman has more than 17 years of proven digital marketing, eCommerce and Retail experience strategizing with IR500 and Fortune500 retailers across the globe. As the Head of Enterprise Sales & Strategy for Wiser, the leading pricing and merchandising engine, Brian is responsible for Wiser’s Enterprise sales operations.
Brian previously served as Director of Sales at Tealium, helping grow the company from the ground up into the market leader for enterprise tag management. After that he assisted in the global launch of AudienceStream, the first real-time segmentation and action engine designed for marketers.
Prior to Tealium, Brian provided his leadership skills across companies such as Anametrix (now Ensighten), Visual Sciences, Keylime Software (now Yahoo!) and served as one of the earliest and most successful sales executives and managers at WebSideStory, contributing to its highly successful IPO in 2004 and its eventual acquisition by Omniture for $394 million in 2008 and Adobe in follow for $1.8 billion in 2009. He is passionate about building high revenue growth organizations and the excellent teams that power them. In his spare time, Brian is also an advisor to start-up companies such as Industry, Inc., the exclusive professional network for the service and hospitality industry.
Brian Beck has over 20 years of experience, including more than a decade as a hands-on C-level Ecommerce executive. He has achieved high growth rates in excess of 100% per year and has held full P&L responsibility up to $100 million as the lead digital executive in both early stage and multi-billion dollar enterprises. He is an expert in the areas of omni-channel and Ecommerce strategy, online marketing and customer acquisition, web site experience / merchandising, technology evaluation and selection, and all operational aspects of building online commerce organizations.
Brian is currently an advisor to retailers, manufacturers, and distributors on digital commerce strategy through his role as SVP of Ecommerce and Omni-Channel Strategy at Guidance Solutions. His recent clients include both B2B and B2C industry leaders such as Charming Charlie, Johnny Was, Sole Society, Five Below, Mezlan, Boy Scouts of America, Brasseler, illumina, HD Buttercup, and many others.
Prior to Guidance, served as Interim VP of Ecommerce at Pacific Sunwear of California, a 600+ store specialty apparel retailer targeting the millennial market, where he led digital marketing, Ecommerce technology, web merchandising, and web operations for this multi-channel leader. Previously, Brian was VP Ecommerce for Harbor Freight Tools, a 650+ store retailer of discount tools, where he managed a site re-launch, technology re-engineering, merchandising and marketing programs. His other executive roles have included COO of OvernightPrints.com, a $70 million online retailer of custom printed products, COO at Costume Super Center, a fast growing internet retailer of costumes, and CEO of Broadspan Commerce, an online furniture retailer.
Brian holds an MBA and BA, both from Rutgers University. He is also a 2006 NJBiz Forty Under 40 winner, honoring the top forty New Jersey business people under 40 years old.
About Stitch Labs:
Stitch Labs unifies mulitchannel inventory and operations to streamline fulfillment, automate processes, reduce risk, and increase profitability.
Freda Salvador, Goop, Young & Reckless, Chubbies, Wanderer Bracelets, Taylor Stitch, Topo Designs
About LDR Ventures:
LDR Ventures is an LA-based Venture Capital Firm and Incubator. We partner with entrepreneurs to grow their early stage fashion and consumer lifestyle brands into successful companies with a clearly defined path to profitability. Our team of mentors and investors has significant leadership, operating and investment experience with major global brands. The categories we focus on include: Fashion, Footwear, Food & Beverage, Home Decor, Consumer Lifestyle, eCommerce & Omnichannel Retail, Fashion Tech, Retail Tech, Health, Beauty & Wellness.
Bow & Drape, Fame And Partners, Thrive Market, sweetgreen, Branding Brand Mobile
Spring is a digital marketplace that combines content and commerce, directly connecting brands and customers to make shopping a fun and seamless experience. Spring was built with the belief that shopping should be simple. Driven by a vision to create an elevated, easy-to-use mobile shopping experience, Spring offers customers a mix of luxury labels, emerging designers, fast-fashion and beauty, as well as home, lifestyle and kids brands all in one place.
Over 1,500 brands including Stella McCartney, Alexander Wang, Urban Outfitters, J Brand, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Opening Ceremony, Smashbox, Estee Lauder, Origins, West Elm, Land of Nod and many more!
Brand Value Accelerator (BVAccel) is one of the pioneer Shopify Plus Partners and the fastest growing Shopify agency in the world. We are innovative, data-driven experts from across the eCommerce sector and we maintain impactful partnerships with Shopify, Optimizely and Google. With a best-in-class technology stack we create valuable shopping experiences that serve as the foundation of revenue acceleration. We create mobile-first shopping experiences that are anchored in the three pillars of eCommerce: acquisition, conversion and retention. We are informed by data and inspired by design. The results are unparalleled customer experiences that are highly converting and promote limitless growth.
We’ve helped transform more than 100 brands — Red Bull, Proctor and Gamble (P&G), MVMT Watches, Boll & Branch, Celestron, Milkbone (Big Heart Pet Brands), Gillette, Skagen (Fossil), Kylie Cosmetics, Good American (Frame Denim), Zendaya, Mizzen & Main, and more.
E-Commerce, Retail, Media, B2B, SaaS, Lead gen, Mobile
Red Bull, Proctor and Gamble (P&G), MVMT Watches, Boll & Branch, Celestron, Milkbone (Big Heart Pet Brands), Gillette, Skagen (Fossil), Kylie Cosmetics, Good American (Frame Denim), Zendaya, Mizzen & Main, and more.
Since 1993, Guidance has enabled customers to seize opportunities, achieve revenue targets, provide maximized customer value, and optimize operations through connected and reliable systems.
From high-transaction, fully-integrated eCommerce sites, to mobile applications, enterprise solutions and support services, Guidance provides a portfolio of lifecycle services to support your needs.
Guidance clients range from name brand retailers and consumer product manufacturers to publishers, service providers and charitable organizations.
Noted by our customers as providing that little extra that truly sets us apart, we seek to build sustained, successful relationships, giving each client customized solutions, strategic counsel and zealous service.
E-Commerce, Mobile, Social Technology
AvantLink is an industry leading cost-per-sale affiliate network (no lead gen) focused on disruptive technology, quality partnerships, and unmatched support. Our network partners with brands like Patagonia, REI, Under Armour, Fabletics, SAXX, Duluth Trading Company and more to build and grow high-value, transparent affiliate programs. To learn about our full-scale attribution and commission splitting capabilities paired with the most advanced affiliate tools in the industry, contact email@example.com.
Select Fashion Clients:
Patagonia, REI, Under Armour, Fabletics, SAXX, Duluth Trading Company, ShopStyle
About Bronto Software:
Oracle’s Bronto Software provides a cloud-based commerce marketing automation platform to mid-market and enterprise organizations. Oracle’s Bronto is the number one ranked email marketing provider to the global Internet Retailer Top 1000, with a client roster of leading brands, including Vince Camuto, Lucky Brand, Theory, Björn Borg, Ashley Homestore, and Christopher & Banks. For more information, visit bronto.com.
SaaS, Email Marketing, E-Commerce
Armani Exchange, Theory, Vince Camuto, Bonobos, Sole Society, Boot Barn, Culture Kings
About Fourth Floor:
Fourth Floor is the premier recruitment firm for the Fashion, Retail, and Beauty industries across NYC, LA, and San Francisco. We keep our pulse on the ever-changing industry and pride ourselves on expert knowledge of current trends.
Selected fashion clients:
Ann Taylor, Armani Exchange, Bloomingdales, Calvin Klein, Camuto Group, Chanel, Club Monaco, Coach, JCrew, JCPenney, Kate Spade, Luxxotica, Marc Jacobs, Net-a-Porter, Ralph Lauren, Rag & Bone, Richemont, Ted Baker, Theory, Victoria Secret, Vince
We believe the business winners of tomorrow will be those who place customer experience at the heart of their operation today. Our role in this world is to help ecommerce businesses become real-time retailers; ensuring everyone gets the most helpful digital experience, whether they’re on a website or mobile, browsing for the first time or making their 100th purchase. Our technologies do this by bringing together the best from web personalization, audience segmentation and business intelligence in one suite of applications, designed for the needs of the modern ecommerce professional. Built from the bottom up, and supported by the sharpest minds in digital, Qubit finds real insights, driving real uplifts that show up in bottom line for the biggest ecommerce brands, including TOPSHOP, Uniqlo, John Lewis, Jimmy Choo and Staples.