Each year, NYU Stern's Luxury and Retail Club hosts a conference attended by some of the top business and thought leaders in the fields of Luxury, Beauty, Lifestyle, Hospitality, Automotive, Financial Services, and Consulting. 

See below for details on attendees from our past conferences.



7th Annual Luxury & Retail Conference

Friday, October 18, 2013

"The Many Faces of Commerce: How Retailers can Strike the Right Balance"

Topics covered included:

  • Numbers + Creativity = Strategy: How finance influences retailing practices
  • Retail’s Reinvention: How technology affects product design, distribution, pricing and the bottom line
  • Collaborative Consumption: The rise of shared luxury and how the market has opened up to a broader level of consumers


2013 Sponsors


Keynote Address:

BARBARA CIRKVA     Division President, Fashion, Watches & Fine Jewelry | Chanel


C-Suite Spotlight: 

KIMBERLY McKINLEY     Founder & CEO | Kiki Lynn

MARK RAMADAN     Co-Founder & CEO | Sir Kensington's

JAMIE WONG     Founder & CEO | Vayable



Numbers + Creativity = Strategy

EMILY CANGIE   Director of Business Development | The Robert Allen Group


Retail's Reinvention

ALEXANDRA WINOKUR     VP of Client Development & Digital | Louis Vuittion Americas


Collaborative Consumption

EMILY JOFFRION     Director of Consumer Communications | Airbnb



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6th Annual Luxury & Retail Conference

Friday, October 5, 2012

"Knowing the New Consumer: Retail's Response to Changing Demographics "

Topics covered included:

  • How retailers remain relevant in the face of shifting consumer demographics

  • Increasing challenges to mid-range retailing in the United States

  • Rising prominence of male consumers worldwide

  • China's shift from production source to target customer


2012 Sponsors

Luxury & Retail Club         Luxury & Retail Club

Keynote Addresses:




C-Suite Spotlight: 

JEFFRY ARONSSON     CEO | Aronsson Group; Former CEO | Oscar de la Renta, DKNY, Marc Jacobs

JENNIFER HYMAN     Co-Founder & CEO | Rent the Runway

DEBORAH MCWHINNEY     COO | Citi Global Enterprise Payments



The Rise of the Male Consumer

JB BROKAW   Chief Client Officer | iProspect

KARL HALLER     VP Strategy & Business Development | Brooks Brothers

ERIC HOROWITZ     Senior Brand Manager | Absolut Vodka

DENIS KELLY    Director of Retail Planning | Haddad Brands


Mid-Price-Point Retailing in an Era of High-Low Shoppers

MERCEDES DE LUCA     VP eComm Fashion Business | Sears

LAURE DE METZ     Divisional CEO | vente-privee

JENNIFER KASPER     GVP New Media & Multicultural Marketing | Macy's

JON ZEIDERS     VP Merchandising | C. Wonder


China’s Shift from Production Source to Consumer Market

RON KLEIN     Director | PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory, Retail and Consumer

KEVIN POST     Director, Business Process Improvement | Tiffany & Co.


Panel moderators from Kurt Salmon: Madison Riley, Alden Lury, Clementine Illanes, Nancy Liu





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5th Annual Luxury & Retail Conference

Friday, October 28, 2011 

"From Retail to Me-Tail: Delivering to the Connected Consumer"

Topics covered included:

  • Omni-channel retailing

  • Customization and the need for personalized shopping

  • Digital marketing and e-commerce strategies

  • Sustainable business platforms and sourcing models

  • Emerging markets as luxury and retail's new frontier


2011 Sponsors

Luxury & Retail Club

Keynote Addresses:

KAREN KATZ     CEO | Neiman Marcus Group

CAROL HAMILTON     President | L'Oréal Luxury Products Division  


C-Suite Spotlight: 

JOHN MCDONNELL     COO | The Patrón Spirits Company  

DEANNA BERKELEY     President | Alice Olivia   

ANNBETH ESCHBACH     Founder & CEO | Exhale Spa     

NEIL BLUMENTHAL     CEO | Warby Parker



"Leveraging Digital Media for Your Bottom Line"  

DAREN HULL     VP of Luxury Direct |  L'Oréal 

APAR KOTHARI     VP | Rue La La 

"Sustainability and Sourcing: The New Face of Luxury"

DEIRDRE McGUIGAN     U.S. Retail Director | Indego Africa
SUSAN HEANEY     Global Director of Corporate Responsibility| AVON

"A Perspective on BRIC Markets: Luxury's New Frontier" 

SAL KHOKHAR     Principal | Koka Consulting



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4th Annual Luxury & Retail Conference

Friday, October 22, 2010

Unwrapping the Business of Brand


Topics covered included:

  • Building the brand for business value and long-term growth

  • Digital IQ and new media strategies to connect with consumers

  • Using differentiation to grow in the face of economic uncertainty




2010 Sponsors

Luxury & Retail Club      Luxury & Retail Club

Keynote Addresses:

PAUL JAMES     Global Brand Leader | St. Regis & The Luxury Collection

BRENDAN HOFFMAN     President & CEO | Lord & Taylor

MIKE INDURSKY     President & CEO | Bliss World, Inc.


C-Suite Spotlight:


HEATHER PECH     CEO | Nanette Lepore

SUSAN SOKOL     President & COO | J. Mendel

Moderator: JENNIFER HYMAN     Founder & CEO | Rent the Runway




SHAN-LYN MA     Sr. Director, Product Management | Gilt Groupe

MEREDITH FISHER    Digital Media Director | Diane Von Furstenberg



LISA HOLLADAY     Manager, Brand Experience Marketing | Mercedes-Benz USA




IVY GRANT     Sr. Director, Business Development | Polo Ralph Lauren

BARBARA AGOGLIA     VP, OPEN Charge Card Product | American Express


Luxury & Retail Club

Friday, November 06, 2009

Innovation Forum


LuxuryLab, a think-tank for prestige brands, and NYU Stern’s Luxury & Retail Club held their first-ever Innovation Forum, an unprecedented event addressing the rapidly changing luxury marketplace. Held at TheTimesCenter, the forum hosted thought leaders who shared never-seen-before research, trends, best practices, and a passion for ideas.

Speakers included:

FRANCOIS-HENRY BENNAHMIAS     President & CEO | Audemars Piguet North America

HENRY BLODGET     Founder & CEO | The Business Insider

CHANDLER BURR     Perfume Critic | New York Times

JOHN DEMSEY     Group President | Estee Lauder

GREGORY FURMAN     Founder & Chairman | The Luxury Marketing Council

CINDY GALLOP     Founder & CEO | IfWeRantheWorld

SCOTT GALLOWAY     Founder | LuxuryLab; Professor of Marketing | NYU Stern

PETER GOLDER     Professor of Marketing | Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

SCOTT HARRISON     Founder |

PETER HORAN    CEO | Goodmail

MARTIN NISENHOLTZ     SVP, Digital Operations | The New York Times

MILTON PEDRAZA     CEO | Luxury Institute

RON POMPEI     Founder & Creative Director | Ron Pompei A.D. LLC

GINA SANDERS     VP/Publisher | Lucky Magazine

TODD SELBY     Photographer & Illustrator Creator |

GREG SHOVE     Founder & CEO | Halogen Network



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2nd Annual Luxury & Retail Conference

Friday, October 24, 2008

“Stand Apart: Creating and Maintaining Value in Luxury & Retail”


Topics covered included:

  • Building the brand for business value and long-term growth

  • Digital IQ and new media strategies to connect with consumers

  • Using differentiation to grow in the face of economic uncertainty

Keynote Addresses:


VINCENT OTTAMANELLI   President | Ferragamo USA



CATHERINE SADLER     Former CMO | Ann Taylor; Founder & President | Catherine Sadler Group

ULLI LINDAUER     VP of European Designer Fragrances | L'Oreal

ELIZABETH HARRISON     Co-Founder & Principal | Harrison & Shriftman

LAURENS GOFF     Managing Partner | Goff Management




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1st Annual Luxury & Retail Conference

Friday, October 12th, 2007

“Innovate, Integrate, Inspire: The Art of Business in Luxury & Retail”


Keynote Addresses:

GLEN SENK     CEO | Urban Outfitters, Inc.

STEPHEN SADOVE     Chairman & CEO | Saks Inc.

AL BERG     Co-Founder, President & CEO | Marchon Eyewear