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Apparel's 2007 Executive Forum
"Best-in-Class Strategies to Drive Performance"

Sunday, October 7, 2007 / ARRIVAL DAY
3:00 - 7:00 pm Registration
4:30 - 5:30 pm Apparel Editorial Board Meeting
6:00 - 7:00 pm Welcome Cocktail Reception
Evening Activities Sponsor Networking Dinners
Monday, October 8, 2007 / FIRST DAY SESSIONS
7:15 - 11:45 am


7:15 - 8:00 am Networking Breakfast
8:00 - 8:05 am Forum Opening Remarks
Susan Black, Publisher, Apparel
8:05 - 9:00 am

Opening Keynote Address

Going 'Green' in the Apparel Marketplace

Keynote Speaker: Marci Zaroff, Founder and President, Under the Canopy

In this timely keynote presentation, Marci Zaroff, founder and president of contemporary women’s eco-fashion company Under the Canopy, will focus on how her company has achieved significant success through the use of sustainable practices, including the use of organic fibers and fabrics. Zaroff is an internationally recognized pioneer in the world of organic fiber fashion, responsible for bringing eco-fashion into the “new mainstream” and demonstrating that quality, great fit, style, comfort, purity, luxury and modern aesthetics can co-exist profitably with social and environmental responsibility. She will discuss the challenges and benefits of going ‘green’ as well as the compromises that are inherent in producing apparel that is both sustainable and fashion forward. Additionally, she will provide tips on how to develop a sustainable supply chain, including some small but significant beginning steps toward embracing more earth-friendly — and profitable — practices.

Zaroff is a highly respected expert and lecturer in the areas of organic food and fiber and has been involved in the natural products industry for more than 18 years. Previously, she served as publisher and chief editor of Macrocosm Magazine, a 92-page national bi-monthly wellness publication, and she is also the founder of Sierra Natural Resources, an international exporter of natural products and services. Zaroff is featured regularly on national TV and in print media, with appearances on NBC’s “ America’s Talking,” the TV Food Network and Barbara Walters’ “The View,” among others.

9:05 - 9:50 am

General Session #1

The Operational Transformation to Demand-Driven Retailing

Moderator: Andy Sanfilippo, Research Director / Retail, AMR Research

Discussion Participants: Tony DiMasso, Chief Operating Officer, Jimmy Choo USA, Gary Miller, Sr. Vice President / Sourcing, CATO Corporation; Diane Randolph, Vice President of Information Systems, Reitmans (Canada)

To enable competitive differentiation, retailers are making a fundamental shift in the way they do business by implementing a demand-driven model. Andy Sanfilippo, retail research director at AMR Research, will discuss key strategies that leading retailers are executing to sense and efficiently respond to consumer expectations. He will then moderate a panel of leading retailers to explore metrics, best practices, and technology investments to successfully coordinate processes such as consumer-centric merchandising, product development, and agile supply networks. The panelists will share the steps they have taken within their organization and, as importantly, with supplier partners to make this transformation to demand-driven operations.

9:50 - 10:20 am Networking Coffee Break
10:20 - 11:05 am

General Session #2

Uncovering the Real Message in Retail Analytics

Speaker: Michael Stanek, President & CEO, Northern Reflections LTD

Northern Reflections' president and CEO Michael Stanek will discuss how his retail firm has embraced the intelligent use of retail analytics to make better decisions. Thanks to a thoughtful approach in how it is looking at and analyzing a variety of data, Northern Reflections is achieving operational excellence in functions ranging from markdown optimization and in-store productivity to customer loyalty programs.

11:10 - 11:45 am

Day One Closing Keynote

Wall Street Perspective: State of the Industry Update

Speaker: Omar Saad, Equity Research Lead Analyst Branded Apparel & Footwear, Credit Suisse

As a leading analyst covering the apparel business, Omar Saad will present an up-to-the-minute overview and analysis of the industry’s most influential trends, and discuss how these and other ever-changing global factors shape Wall Street’s view and actions.

11:45 am Break for Golf and Afternoon Activities
12:30 pm Shotgun Start for Golf
7:00 - 8:00 pm Cocktail Reception
8:00 - 10:00 pm

Awards Dinner

Tuesday, October 9, 2007 / CLOSING DAY
7:15 - 11:15 am Registration
7:15 - 8:15 am

Networking Topic Table Breakfast

Table Topics::
- Sourcing - What's Working, What's Not?
- Expanding Your Brand Globally
- The Future Retail Experience

8:15 - 8:25 am Day Two Opening Remarks                                              Susan Black, Publisher, Apparel
8:25 - 9:15 am Second Day Opening Keynote

J.C. Penney: After the Turnaround and Beyond

Speaker: Jeff Allison, Executive Vice President and General Merchandise Manager, Home Division, J.C. Penney Company

Just a few years ago, industry pundits called department stores the next dinosaurs. Now J.C. Penney is being touted as the leader in a potential overall department store comeback. The J.C. Penney Company turnaround – earnings of $1 billion-plus in 2005 after a $900 million loss in 2003 – is unprecedented. Executive Vice President & General Merchandise Manager Jeff Allison will offer an inside perspective on what’s made the difference and what’s next for J.C. Penney. This highly relevant session will examine the corporation’s success and next steps in fashion, its plans for new store openings, its outlook on e-commerce and catalog sales, and how it’s making J.C. Penney a consumer destination once again.  

9:15 - 9:45 am Networking Coffee Break
9:45 - 10:30 am

General Session #3

Sourcing Reality Check: What the C-Suite Needs to Know

Moderator: Bob Copeland, Principal, Kurt Salmon Associates

Executive Participants: Ray Eitel-Porter, Chief Operating Officer, The Dessy Group; Ronnie Robinson, Sr. Vice President of Sourcing, Tween Brands; Wendy Wieland Martin, Vice President, Global Trade Services, Kellwood

Today’s decisions on sourcing remain complex, impacted by the need for and price of speed, global economies and politics, international trade policies and more. In this informative panel session, three executives will offer a C-level perspective on successful sourcing disciplines, including global trade management, balanced vendor portfolios, social compliance, product security and more.

10:35 - 11:20 am

Forum Closing Keynote

Blair’s New Formula for Success

Speaker: Al Lopez, President & CEO, Blair Corporation

Blair Corporation practically invented the mail-order business and has been one of the leaders of the direct-marketing industry for almost 100 years. At the time the company was acquired by a private equity fund earlier this year, Blair was the oldest company listed on the American Stock Exchange; but the multi-channel direct marketer had fallen on hard times. Blair’s President and CEO shares what steps he’s taken to halt the decline and his vision for reigniting Blair’s sales growth: a return to basics in terms of managing the business, and a return to basics in helping the company and its associates navigate change.

11:20 am Forum Closing Comments
Susan Black, Publisher, Apparel
11:25 am Apparel's 2007 Executive Forum concludes
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