AAFA Executive Summit
Reboot, Reimagine, Reinvent
February 28 - March 2, 2018
Watergate Hotel | Washington, DC

Agenda

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Wednesday, February 28

1:30 – 2:15 PM
REGISTRATION & WELCOME REFRESHMENTS
Sponsored by Leaders Circle Sponsors: MarkMonitor, RSM US LLP
Moretti Ballroom Foyer
2:15 – 2:35 PM
EXECUTIVE SUMMIT OPENING ADDRESS
Rick Helfenbein
, President and CEO, American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) 
Introduction by Paula Zusi, Global Operations Advisor, Retail Supply Chain, Advent International Corporation; AAFA Chairman
2:35 - 3:50 PM
THE NEW SCIENCE OF RETAILING
Co-founder of the Consortium for Operational Excellence in Retailing (COER) and acclaimed author on the transformational power of the supply chain, Dr. Raman has prepared many Fortune 500 executives as they embark on reframing, reshaping, and propelling their companies into the future. This INTERACTIVE workshop-style presentation will test your knowledge, test your skills, and test your peers.
Ananth Raman, UPS Foundation Professor of Business Logistics, Harvard Business School
Introduction by Rick Helfenbein, President and CEO, AAFA
3:50 - 4:50 PM
THE USE AND ABUSE OF POWER: THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY FROM NIXON TO TRUMP
Carl Bernstein, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Author, and Political Analyst
Introduction by Rick Helfenbein, President and CEO, AAFA
4:50 - 5:00 PM
CLOSING REMARKS 
5:00 - 6:30 PM
OPENING RECEPTION
Sponsored by Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, Gerber Technology, INCOPRO
Moretti Ballroom Foyer

Thursday, March 1

8:30 - 9:00 AM
BREAKFAST & NETWORKING
Sponsored by Alvanon
Moretti Ballroom Foyer
9:00 - 9:45 AM
UP TO THE MINUTE POLITICS WITH JIM VANDEHEI
Named to Vanity Fair’s “100 Most Powerful Information Age thinkers,” Jim VandeHei started Axios and was the co-founder and former CEO of POLITICO, the digital media company that upended and revolutionized political journalism in Washington, New York, and Europe. A media entrepreneur and expert on American politics, Jim is known for deftly explaining how political leaders obtain, exercise, and fight to keep power in Washington. He will take you inside politics, policy and the art of navigating the modern media madness.
Introduction by Steve Lamar, Executive Vice President, AAFA 
9:45 - 10:20 AM
DIGITAL, CONNECTED AND IN DEMAND: The Supply Chain 
The demand driven market is here. Determining what needs to be made, how, where, and when requires a supply chain that embraces a connected data platform. Nimble and fast are just the beginning. Explore how to empower a supply chain that is flexible, adaptable, and profitable.
Darren Coil, Director, Category Management, New Product and Server, Microsoft Corporation
Introduction by Matt Smith, Founder, ICIX
10:20 - 10:55 AM
DIGITAL, CONNECTED AND IN DEMAND: The Consumer
The demand driven market is here, and it is a quantum shift in culture. Innovative, fast, open, and accountable are the enablers of a new and meaningful relationship in the marketplace. It is the intersection of fun and efficacy where all the big plays are happening.
Rachel Mushahwar, General Manager, US Enterprise, Government, and Cloud Industries, Intel
Introduction by Matt Smith, Founder, ICIX
10:55 - 11:20 AM
NETWORKING BREAK
Sponsored by Setlog Corp.
Moretti Ballroom Foyer
11:20 - 11:55 AM
THE ART OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Technologist, seasoned R&D and business leader in human language technologies, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, Zhou leads JD.com’s A.I. strategy in advancing the consumer experience. Formerly with IBM where he served as Chief Scientist of the Watson Group, he will share how A.I. is creating value in real-world business contexts and what the advancement in human language technologies will mean for the fashion industry.
Bowen Zhou, Vice President, Head of AI Platform and Research Division, JD.com
Introduction by Steve Lamar, Executive Vice President, AAFA 
11:55 AM - 12:30 PM
A MILLION MARKETS OF ONE: Part I
Thriving in the new consumer paradigm means re-engineering your business from one market of millions to a million markets of one. Innovation, technology, and delivering in a demand driven environment is today’s status quo. Hear from these ground-breaking brands on how they are delivering the new normal.
Mariano deGuzman and Kevin Sladek, Co-founders, Nimbly
Marleen Vogelaar, CEO and Founder, Ziel Inc. PBC
Moderated by Kurt Cavano, President, Infor GT Nexus Commerce Network
12:30 - 1:20 PM
LUNCH
Sponsored by A&E
Moretti Ballroom Foyer & Ballroom
1:20 - 1:55 PM
A MILLION MARKETS OF ONE: Part II
More seasons, more SKU’s, and See now, Buy now capabilities are at the heart of a million markets of one. And artificial intelligence (A.I.) is the engine. From conception to delivery, A.I. is transforming design, development, delivery, marketing, and forging a powerful relationship with the 21st century consumer.
Matthew Zeiler, CEO & Founder, Clarifai, Inc.
Daragh Sibley, Data Scientist, Stitch Fix
David Macy, VP of Product, Avametric
Moderated by Kurt Cavano, President, Infor GT Nexus Commerce Network
1:55 - 2:05 PM
PROTECTING YOUR BRAND, MARKMONITOR
Chris Veator, President, MarkMonitor
2:05 - 2:15 PM
THE NEW TAX PARADIGM, RSM US LLP
Mathew Talcoff, Partner, National Consumer Products Tax Leader, RSM US LLP
2:15 - 2:45 PM
RETAIL REBOOT
Has retail been swept up in a wave of disruption? Of course! Are malls at an inflection point? Absolutely! Do we know what is going to happen in the next five years? Not likely. Take an inside walk with one of the visionaries who is recreating the shopping experience, and talk about what’s REALLY happening.
Jackie Soffer, CEO and Co-Chairman, Turnberry
Moderated by Mark Burstein, President, NGC Software
2:45 - 3:15 PM
NETWORKING BREAK
Sponsored by Oracle NetSuite
Moretti Ballroom Foyer
3:15 - 4:15 PM
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
Angela Ahrendts, Senior Vice President of Retail, Apple
Fireside Chat with Angela Ahrendts and Paula Zusi, Global Operations Advisor, Retail Supply Chain, Advent International Corporation; AAFA Chairman 
4:15 - 4:30 PM
OFFICER INDUCTION AND CLOSING REMARKS
6:00 PM
BUS DEPARTURE TO SMITHSONIAN FOR CLOSING DINNER
6:30 - 9:30 PM
A NIGHT AT THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Sponsored by ICIX, NGC Software
Cocktails in the Hall of Mammals, Dinner in the Rotunda, Dessert & Diamonds reception in the Hall of Gems
9:30 - 10:00 PM
BUS RETURN TO THE WATERGATE HOTEL

Friday, March 2

 
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*Speakers/time subject to change

Thank you to our sponsors!

Leaders Circle Sponsors 
                 


Diamond Sponsors

           

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Alvanon        A&E        Oracle NetSuite        Setlog Corp.

Program Book Sponsor

Customized Brokers, a CROWLEY Company

Hotel Key Card Sponsor

KPMG

Profile Sponsor

AsiaInspection

Retail & Brand Sponsors