2018 Agenda

Dig into a broad range of trends, topics and best practices in retail and supporting industries

Print Schedule

August 23, 2018



8:00AM - 9:00AM

Morning Mainstage Session

Short North Ballroom

Retail Summit 2018 officially kicks off as our introductory speakers set the stage for the day, including:

Dana Telsey, Telsey Advisory Group
Mikaela Hunt, Mikaela Media
Marilyn Brown, Franklin County Board of Commissioners
Don DePerro, Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Lisa Bachmann, Big Lots


9:30AM - 10:30AM

Breakout Sessions #1

Meeting Rooms

Design: The Art Behind Memorable Moments
eCommerce: The Rules of NextGen Loyalty
Logistics: Part of Brand & Marketing
Women in Retail
Talent and Recruiting for Retail Now



11:00AM - 12:00PM

Breakout Sessions #2

Meeting Rooms

Design: Why a Store?
eCommerce: More Than Selling Online
Logistics: Industry Workforce Shortage - Challenges and Solutions
All About Columbus' North Market
The Future of Culinary Talent and Hospitality


12:15PM - 1:15PM


Short North Ballroom

Alison Embrey Medina, editor in chief of design:retail magazine, headlines our lunch session to present Lighting Fireworks: Designing Retail That Resonates with Mercurial Consumers.


1:45PM - 2:45PM

Breakout Sessions #3

Meeting Rooms

Design: Local by Design
eCommerce: The Future of Small Business
Logistics: Columbus as a Logistics Hub
Creative Localism in the Short North Arts District
Setting the Trends in Fashion Design



3:15PM - 4:30PM

Keynote Presentation

Short North Ballroom

Grown in Columbus: A Conversation with the Region's Brand Visionaries

Nate DeMars, Pursuit
Debbie Penzone, Charles Penzone Inc.
Charley Shin, BIBIBOP Asian Grill and Charleys Philly Steaks
Moderated by Mikaela Hunt, Mikaela Media


4:30PM - 6:00PM

Cocktail Reception


Help us wrap up Retail Summit 2018 with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and networking.