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2012 Apparel Executive Forum


Monday, October 1, 2012 / Arrival Day
3:00 - 7:00 p Registration Open
4:30 - 5:30 p Apparel Editorial Board Meeting
6:00 - 7:00 p Welcome Cocktail Reception
Evening Sponsor Networking Dinners
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 / Opening Day
7:30 a - 6:30 p Registration Open
7:30  - 8:15 a Networking Breakfast
8:15 - 8:20 a Day One Opening Remarks
Susan Nichols, Publisher, Apparel
8:20 - 9:10 a Opening Keynote
The Lululemon Trifecta: Culture, Innovation, Technology

Keynote Speaker: Kathryn M. Henry, CIO, Logistics and Distribution, Lululemon Athletica

Having built a hugely successful yoga and sports lifestyle brand, Lululemon Athletica is perhaps best known for its ability to create and nurture a guest experience that is both compelling and authentic. CIO Kathryn Henry shares the inspiring Lululemon Athletica story by examining who the brand is, how an entrepreneurial approach drives product innovation, what makes its global technological infrastructure tick and how its underlying corporate culture makes the company truly unique.
9:15 - 9:55 a General Session #1
Tea: Moving Fashion Forward with Technology

Speaker: Leigh Rawdon, Co-Founder & CEO, Tea Collection

Tea Collection was founded 10 years ago in the heart of Silicon Valley to create a children’s clothing brand inspired by travels around the world.  From the beginning, Tea has been on the cutting edge of technology — it has been a leader with e-commerce, iPad apps, the Facebook  community and the Facebook Open Graph.  At the same time, Tea has developed a network of 300 stores including Nordstrom and nearly 100 retailers with a Tea branded shop-within-a-shop.  Leigh Rawdon, CEO & Co-Founder, will share how Tea continues to deepen authentic relationships with consumers and retailers through social, mobile and local channels. 
9:55 - 10:20 a Networking Break
10:20 - 11:45 a
Naked Workshops

First Round of Workshops: 10:20 - 11:00a
Second Round of Workshops: 11:05 - 11:45a

Two 40-minute, concurrent workshops will each be presented twice, allowing attendees to participate in each workshop.

WORKSHOP #1: Globalizing Your Supply Chain
Leader: Luis Paez, CIO, Perry Ellis International

WORKSHOP #2: RFID: The State of the Industry
Leader: Stacey Shulman, Chief Technology Officer, American Apparel Inc.
11:50 a - 12:30 p General Session #2
Wall Street's Perspective: The Apparel Industry

Speaker: Christian Buss, Vice President, Apparel & Softlines, Credit-Suisse
Christian Buss offers an up-to-the-minute overview and analysis of the industry’s most pressing issues and influential trends, discussing how these and other ever-changing global factors shape Wall Street’s view and actions. The final 15 minutes of this session will be entirely devoted to Q&A with attendees.
12:30 - 1:30 p Networking Luncheon
1:35 - 3:30 p 1:1 Meetings
Attendees have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with sponsors of the Forum. Attendees may request up to 4 meetings at 25 minutes each.
Session 1:  1:35 – 2:00p
Session 2:  2:05 – 2:30p
Session 3:  2:35 – 3:00p
Session 4:  3:05 – 3:30p
5:30 - 6:30 p  Cocktail Reception
Evening Sponsor Dinners
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 / Closing Day
7:30 - 11:10 a Registration Open
7:30 - 8:30 a Networking Breakfast
8:30 - 8:35 a Day Two Opening Remarks
Susan Nichols, Publisher, Apparel
8:35 - 9:25 a Day Two Keynote
Casual Male Supersizes Its Growth Strategy

Keynote Speaker: Dennis Hernreich, Executive Vice President, COO & CFO, Casual Male Retail Group Inc.

Casual Male Retail Group, Inc., the largest multi-channel specialty retailer of big & tall men's apparel, is on the move with an innovative store and web concept that provides an ultimate, one-stop shop for its niche marketplace. DestinationXL provides men's apparel assortments for any lifestyle from amongst its over 2,000 styles from over 100 private and national brands in sizes that start at XL and up. CMRG's Dennis Hernreich offers an inside look at how the retailer is managing this unique transformation of its entire business over the next several years and raising its profitability metrics at the same time.
9:30 - 10:10 a General Session #3
From Capitol Hill: The Apparel Industry Legislative Update

Speaker: Kevin Burke, President & CEO, American Apparel & Footwear Association

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) speaks on behalf of the U.S. apparel and footwear industries, and their suppliers, before Congress and a variety of federal and state agencies on issues ranging from trade policy to safety regulations, and as such is an influential voice on Capitol Hill and around the world. In this session, AAFA President and CEO Kevin Burke shares his insights on the upcoming November presidential election and the most pressing legislative events of the day impacting apparel brands, manufacturers and retailers.
10:10 - 10:30 a Networking Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:10 a General Session #4
2013 Apparel & Retail Technology Outlook

Speaker: John Long, Partner, Bain & Company Inc.

From product development to supply chain, from sourcing to distribution, and from retail intelligence to customer engagement, we'll examine how market demands are driving overall business and technology strategies and how it's all likely to impact the bottom line in 2013.
11:10 - 11:15 a Closing Comments & Adjourn
Susan Nichols, Publisher, Apparel