2020 Event Highlights

 
 

Evolve 2020: The Changing Consumer

 

February 21, 2020

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

Retail isn’t dying; it’s evolving. The retail industry is transforming, driven by new technology, changing consumer behavior and bold innovators. Retail has always been in a constant state of change, and throughout all the industry’s twists and turns over the past several decades, retailers have evolved and thrived. Retail is currently a $2.6-trillion industry in the United States and drives the nation’s economy.

In retail, evolution doesn’t stop. As consumer behavior changes with every technological advancement or cultural shift, retailers must rise to meet new demands. And that means staying focused on the changing consumer.

 

Keynote Speakers

 
Terry Boyle

Ghadi Hobeika

CMO U.S. and Group CDO,
Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Grant Barth

Founder and President
ThenWhat Inc.

 

Founders Keynote Panel

 
Terry Boyle

Adam Goldston

Co-Founder,
APL

Ashley Merrill (’15)

Founder and CEO
Lunya and Lahgo

John Tabis (’06)

Founder and CEO
The Bouqs Company

Michelle Wahler

Co-Founder and CEO
Beyond Yoga

 

Panel Speakers

 
Blake Avila

James Hotson

Head of Partnerships
Retention Science


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Alec Avedissian

Amelia Thomas

Founder
Resident


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Alec Avedissian

Mabel Frias (’14)

Director of Site Merchandising and E-Commerce Strategy
Savage X Fenty


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EMILY CURRENT/MERITT ELLIOTT

Rob Fagnani (’15)

Head of Business Development and Operations
Formation


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Birdie Bartholomew

Director of Retail Partnerships
Happy Returns


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Stephanie Smith (’14)

Digital Merchandising Manager
NordstromRack.com | HauteLook


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Elliott Berger

Elliott Berger

Associate Director, Supply Planning
The Honest Company


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Christoper Löfgren

Jenise Steverding

Chief Impact Officer
Gifts for Good


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Barsamian

Dalya Barsamian

Strategic Partner Development Manager
Google Shopping


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Erik Ober

Melissa Marks

Director, Retailer Relations
Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield


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Rita Zahir

Rita Zahir

VP of Marketing and E-Commerce
The Giving Keys


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Keanna Voyles

Megan Stoneburner Azim

Director of Sustainability and Sourcing
Outerknown


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Justin Wolff

Sean Scott

Co-Founder and CEO
COMUNITYmade


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Emmanuel Rey

Emmanuel Rey

Founder and CEO
YUNI Beauty


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Sasha Calder

Sasha Calder

Director of Sustainability
Beautycounter


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Brianna Matz

Brianna Matz

Director of Marketing Strategy
Theragun


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Anette Cheyne

Annette Cheyne (’15)

Chief of Staff
NordstromRack.com | HauteLook


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Moderators

 
Alec Avedissian

Maureen Smith Phillips

Founder
Smith Phillips Consultancy
Moderator: Experiential Retail Panel


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Chris Weber

Chris Weber

Director, Career Advising and Corporate Outreach Consulting and Social Impact, UCLA Anderson Parker Career Management Center
Moderator: Keynote Founders Panel


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Alec Avedissian

Hal Hershfield

Associate Professor of Marketing, Behavioral Decision Making and Psychology, UCLA
Moderator: Closing Keynote


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Alec Avedissian

AmyAnn Cadwell

Co-Founder and CEO, The Good Trade
Moderator: Sustainability Panel


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Lesley Roberts

Founder
OceanParkStudio
Moderator: Mission-Driven Brands Panel


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Schedule

 

 

  TIME

  SESSION

  BUILDING LOCATION

9:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration

 

10:00 a.m.

Welcome and Kickoff

Korn Convocation Hall

10:15 a.m. 

Keynote Address

Grant Barth

Co-Founder and President, ThenWhat Inc.

Korn Convocation Hall
11:30 a.m.

Breakout Panels

The Power of Experiential Retail

Starting at the Source: Sustainability in the Retail Supply Chain

Doing Good Is Good Business: The Motivation Behind Mission-Driven Brands

Technology and Intelligent Retail

Various rooms

12:30 p.m. 

Lunch

Executive Dining Room

1:30 p.m.

Founders Keynote Panel

Adam Goldston

Co-Founder, APL

Ashley Merrill

Founder and CEO, Lunya and Lahgo

John Tabis

Founder and CEO, The Bouqs Company

Michelle Wahler

Co-Founder and CEO, Beyond Yoga

Korn Convocation Hall
3:00 p.m.

Keynote Address

Ghadi Hobeika

Chief Marketing Officer U.S. at Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Korn Convocation Hall

4:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Korn Convocation Hall

4:15 p.m.

Networking Reception and Entrepreneurial Showcase

North Terrace

*Schedule Subject to Change

 

 

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Five Reasons to Attend the Evolve Conference:

 
  1. Make new business connections at the West Coast’s only MBA-driven retail conference
  2. Engage in discussions about predicting and addressing shifting consumer preferences
  3. Experience interactive panel discussions exploring the latest industry advancements
  4. Hear from our keynote speakers: Grant Barth, Co-Founder and President, ThenWhat Inc. and Ghadi Hobeika, CMO U.S. and Group CDO, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield
  5. Interface with Industry titans and entrepreneurs, who will offer valuable lessons on keeping your retail business moving forward
 

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