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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 2015

The List 2015

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NRF Foundation Gala: Celebrating Imagination | Inspiration | Innovation

The List of People Shaping Retail's Future

Coinciding with Retail’s BIG Show, the NRF Foundation hosted its inaugural gala on Sunday, January 11, 2015 in New York City. At the heart of the gala was The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future — 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.

Press release: NRF Foundation reveals 'The List'

The Categories

Learn more about the categories and qualities found in these role models of retail:

The Disruptors

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

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.

  • Kirsten Blowers, owner, designer, buyer, ShopRiffraff.com
  • Jane Dailey, president, co-founder and fashion fairy godmother, Hollywood Fashion Secrets  
  • Casey Gerald, co-founder and ceo, MBAs Across America
  • Isabella Rose Taylor, fashion designer, artist and entrepreneur, ISABELLA ROSE TAYLOR Fashions

The Givers

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.

  • Greg Buzek, co-founder and donor trustee, Retail Orphan Initiative (also, president IHL Group)
  • Michael Levy, founder and president, Pet Food Express
  • Lynn Marmer, group vice president, corporate affairs, The Kroger Co.
  • Johnny Morris, founder and ceo, Bass Pro Shops
  • Shawn R. Outler, group vice president, leased businesses, vendor collaboration & multicultural business development, Macy’s, Inc.
  • BG Gary M. Profit, U.S. Army (Retired), senior director, military programs, Wal-mart Stores Inc.

The Influencers

Champions of retail bridge the gap between the industry and the rest of the world. Whether they be a journalist, an activist, an innovator or a business leader, 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

Fearless leaders 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, most importantly, challenge us to move beyond the status quo.

The Process

The nomination process for The List of People Shaping Retail's Future 2015 concluded on Friday, July 25, 2014 and the final list was selected by a panel of industry experts chosen by the NRF Foundation. Honorees were recognized at the NRF Foundation Gala in January 2015.

For more information on The List and the nomination process, please contact Diana Stallworth at stallworthd@nrf.com.