The List of People Shaping Retail’s Futuredisruptors anchor
The List recognizes true originals, rising stars, inspirational change-makers, champions of retail and fearless leaders whose imagination, inspiration and innovation are having a true impact on the industry.
True originals who rock the boat with ideas so crazy, they just might work. These are the people who make you rethink what you thought you knew about retail, opening you up to new possibilities for your customers, your business and your world.
Rising stars who might be light on experience, but their heart, energy and passion inspire everyone around them. They're already making waves in their store, company or hometown with their fresh ideas, big dreams and sky-high goals.
Inspirational change-makers and big-hearted optimists who make retail shine as a force for good. They see a need and use their skills and resources to fill it to the brim, bringing joy and new opportunities to their companies, communities and the whole wide world.
Champions of retail, bridging the gap between the industry and the rest of the world. Whether they're journalists, activists, innovators or business leaders, these nominees don't work in retail—but they're helping it evolve. They're passionate, persistent and intelligent, and their work is paving the way for innovative retailers everywhere.
2015 The Honorable
Richard J. Durbin
2015 Tonian Hohberg
2015 David Moin
2015 Deena Varshavskaya
The Power Players
Fearless leaders who never shy away from what others may see as insurmountable challenges. These top retail executives have more than just elite status—they have vision, passion and heart. Their forward-looking decisions have a ripple effect across the industry, but they're not afraid to take risks or push boundaries. They guide, inspire and challenge us to move beyond the status quo.
Student Scholarship Recipients
Next Generation Scholarship Top Recipients
Recipients are outstanding students at NRF member schools who are currently pursuing retail careers and have the skills, insights and interest to be successful in the retail industry. A pinnacle achievement for students seeking recognition by the retail community, this scholarship offers an award up to $25,000.
University of Pennsylvania
Mississippi State University
University of Minnesota
Student Challenge Top Teams
A business-case competition that allows students to showcase their creativity, business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit to retail executives, finalists get face-to-face interaction with some of retail’s biggest executives at NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show and a scholarship of up to $5,000.
Georgia Southern University
University of North Texas
Texas Woman’s University