NEW YORK — Tory Burch, Restoration Hardware’s Gary Friedman, retail analyst Walter Loeb and Kohl’s Michelle Gass are among those who have made it on the NRF Foundation’s list of “People Shaping Retail’s Future 2016.”
The 25 honorees will be celebrated at the NRF Foundation Gala on Jan. 17. The foundation, a nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation, raises funds for scholarships and fosters career growth for people in the retail industry.
“Recognizing our list of honorees and awarding scholarships to students who want to succeed in retail goes right to the heart of the NRF Foundation’s mission — shaping retail’s future,” said Ellen Davis, the federation’s senior vice president and foundation executive director.
This is the second year in a row that the NRF Foundation is holding the gala.
Those who make the list are determined through an open nomination process, where candidates can be nominated on nrf.com, with final choices made by an NRF executive committee.
The 25 individuals named to this year’s list are organized into five groups: disruptors, dreamers, givers, influencers and power players.
The disruptors include Jessica Herrin, chief executive officer and founder, Stella & Dot Family Brands; Katrina Lake, ceo and founder, Stitch Fix; Kyle Nel, executive director, Lowe’s Innovation Labs; Greg Petro, president and ceo of First Insight, and Debbie Sterling, founder and ceo, Goldieblox.
The dreamers include Moziah Bridges, founder and ceo, Mo’s Bows; Matthew Corrin, founder and ceo, Freshii; Danielle DiFerdinando, founder and creative director, Danielle Nicole, and Alexis Ringwald, cofounder and ceo, LearnUp.
The givers are Burch, chairman and co-ceo of Tory Burch LLC and founder of Tory Burch Foundation; Erin Harper, senior program manager, local producer loan program, Whole Foods Market; Kindley Walsh Lawlor, vice president of global sustainability, Gap Inc.; Bea Perez, vice president and chief sustainability officer, The Coca-Cola Co.; Doug Rauch, founder and president, Daily Table, and Laysha Ward, executive vice president and chief corporate social responsibility officer, Target.
The influencers are Loeb, president, Loeb Associates; Courtney Reagan, retail reporter, CNBC; Al Sambar, managing partner, retail and consumer group, Kurt Salmon; Dana Telsey, ceo and chief research officer, Telsey Advisory Group, and Sen. Mark R. Warner of Virginia.
The power players are Mary Dillon, ceo, Ulta Beauty; Friedman, chairman and ceo, Restoration Hardware; Gass, chief merchandising and customer officer, Kohl’s; James Rhee, executive chairman and ceo, Ashley Stewart, and Stormy Simon, president, Overstock.com.