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The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail.

The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail.

The List 2018

The List

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The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future is a celebration of 25 individuals influencing retail today. The List honors true originals, rising stars, inspirational change-makers, champions of retail and our industry’s fearless leaders whose imagination, inspiration and innovation is having a true impact on the industry.

Read below to learn more about the five categories and qualities found in these role models of retail.

  • The Disruptors are 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.
  • The Dreamers are 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—and lucky for us, they’re just getting warmed up.
  • The Givers are 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.
  • The Influencers are 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.
  • The Power Players are 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.

For more information on The List, contact Diana Stallworth at stallworthd@nrf.com.