Evolve 2023: The Future of Retail


Friday, April 21

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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. Hosted by UCLA Anderson’s Retail Business Association and Morrison Center for Marketing and Data Analytics, this event brings together leaders and experts in the Los Angeles area to share knowledge with peers and students on current topics at the forefront of the retail industry. This year, we convene under the theme “The Future of Retail” to discuss the resilience of the retail industry and the trends that will shape the future.
We are thrilled to bring retail enthusiasts together in-person for this year’s meeting of the minds at UCLA Anderson’s state-of-the-art facility.
You won’t want to miss it!

Topics Include:

The State of Retail

Join us as we explore the retail landscape given the many changes — both temporary and permanent — that have arisen since the start of the pandemic.

The Evolving Consumer Experience

Learn how consumers are engaging with companies and, likewise, how companies are responding.

Retail Entrepreneurship

Hear from founders as they recount their inspiring experiences building brands, driving growth and responding to challenges.


8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Welcome Remarks/The State of Retail
10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Keynote Speaker

Peiman Raf, Co-Founder and CEO, Madhappy

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:50 a.m.
Fireside Chat

Michelle Wahler, CEO and Founder of Beyond Yoga

11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1:00 – 1:50 p.m.
Breakout Panels


The Evolving Consumer Experience
Retail Entrepreneurship: Building Purposeful Companies
Retail Entrepreneurship: Responding to Consumer Trends

1:50 – 2:00 p.m.
Coffee Break
2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Fireside Chat
Jonathan Shokrian, Founder and CEO, MeUndies
Anthony Choe, Founder, Provenance
2:45 – 3:00 p.m.
Coffee Break
3:00 – 3:50 p.m.
Keynote Speaker
Angelic Vendette, Global Head of Marketing, Alo Yoga
3:50 – 5:00 p.m.
Brand Showcase with Networking Happy Hour

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In Partnership