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Evolve 2022: Walking the Edge of Retail
 

Friday, April 1, 2022

Crown Auditorium
UCLA Anderson School of Management
110 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The Evolve Conference is the biggest school-sponsored retail conference on the West Coast. This event brings together industry leaders in the Los Angeles area to share knowledge with both their peers and students on current topics at the forefront of the industry. We are thrilled to bring retail enthusiasts together in person for this year’s meeting of the minds in UCLA Anderson’s new state-of-the-art facility.

Topics Include:

Innovation Across the Supply Chain

Exploring the intersection of innovation and sustainability in the retail supply chain, from products to packaging to operational improvements

Technology Shaping the Shoppers' Experience

Discussing how emerging technologies help retailers understand and interact with their consumers

Walking the Walk: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Retail

Best practices at companies taking DEI initiatives to heart; how to build a fair, equitable culture for both employees and customers

Schedule
 
10:00 a.m.
Kick off
Crown Auditorium
10:15 a.m.
Innovation Across the Supply Chain
Crown Auditorium

Speakers:

Kevin Quandt, VP of Supply Chain and Sustainability at sweetgreen
Dena O'Loughlin, VP of Marketing, Product Development & Sustainability at JAFRA Cosmetics
Menaka Gopinath, President and COO at Graf Lantz
Sean Lavin, VP of Mission - Innovation, Global Sustainability and Giveback at Liquid I.V.

Moderator: Nurit Katz (’08), Chief Sustainability Officer at UCLA

11:15 a.m.
Coffee break
Briskin Plaza
11:30 a.m.
Walking the Walk: DEI in Retail
Crown Auditorium

Speakers:

Jennifer Velez, Sr. Specialist of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Forever21
Jessica Kimball (’15), Founder and CEO at WeElev8
Karis Jones, VP of Human Resources at SKIMS

12:30 p.m.
Lunch
Briskin Plaza
1:45 p.m.
Technology Shaping the Shoppers' Experience
Crown Auditorium

Speakers:

Nate Foote, Sr. Manager of Product and Consumer Insights at Nike
Nicole Wissmann (’18), Associate Director of Consumer Insights at RPA
Christina Ooi (’23), Buying Analytics Manager at FWRD

Michael J. Montgomery, Lecturer at UCLA Anderson School of Management

2:45 p.m.
Coffee break
Briskin Plaza
3:00 p.m.
Keynote speaker
Crown Auditorium

Gary Schoenfeld (’84), President & COO of Skims

Gary has over 20 years of experience leading all functions of branded, consumer-focused businesses at renowned retailers such as Vans, PacSun, and Fashion Nova. He has successfully led public company turnarounds and high growth for entrepreneurial digital leaders through a mix of compelling strategy, high talent & collaborative teams, and creativity & innovation. Gary holds a BA from UCLA and an MBA from Stanford.

4:00 p.m.
Reception
Briskin Plaza
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