CELEBRATING Imagination, Inspiration, Innovation

Our fourth annual Gala recognizes the most imaginative, inspiring and innovative leaders shaping the retail industry today and celebrates the next generation of retail talent in one uplifting, high-energy night.

Proceeds benefit the NRF Foundation’s initiatives to help shape the future of retail, including scholarships and educational experiences for students and professors, initiatives for veterans, certification and training programs, and much more to promote careers in retail.

Mark Parker

The Visionary

NRF presents its most prestigious award, The Visionary, at the Gala. The Visionary is a hero to business students, a mentor for peers, a fierce competitor, and a brilliant executive who has changed the landscape of retail in a monumental way.

This honoree is an executive who demonstrates exceptional leadership and a track record of innovation in an industry booming with talent.

Who will be the The Visionary 2018? We’ll make that announcement soon.

Mark Parker
Chairman, President and CEO
NIKE, Inc.
The List of People Shaping Retail's Future

Each year, the NRF Foundation recognizes 25 individuals who are making waves in the industry with their big dreams, innovative ideas and fearless leadership. They’re retail’s Dreamers, Disruptors, Givers, Influencers and Power Players—and you get to meet them at the Gala.

The List 2018 Nomination period has ended. Check back in the fall to see who made The List 2018.

Tomorrow's Retail Leaders

The Gala is way for retail executives to give back to the industry that has given so much to them.

One retail star-studded night supports an entire year of tools and programs that help support and promote retail careers, including student scholarships, programs for veterans and a training and credentialing program that helps entry-level job seekers develop meaningful careers.

"Few industries give you the opportunity to elevate your interpersonal, communication and leadership skills and meet people from all walks of life. It’s analytical and strategic. It’s creative and dynamic."
Karen Katz
President & CEO, Neiman Marcus Group
Chair, NRF Foundation Board
HOST 2018
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