The Lead bridges the fashion and retail industry with the Global Silicon Valley.
Activate within a community of fashion & retail executives, start-up CEOs, investors, and industry stakeholders to challenge the status-quo, learn what’s next and engage tomorrow's innovations today.
With a spotlight on the next generation digital native brands who are reinventing and redefining the future of the fashion & retail industry, this 'relationships first' focused event is organized around keynotes, off-the-record roundtables, 'problem talk' presentations, panel discussions and structured networking.
The Lead partnered with industry leaders to produce a quarterly publication, a series of events and to operate an executive network centered on emerging technology, and its adoption, across the fashion-retail-commerce value chain.
Their analysts track the emerging technology companies innovating at the intersection of these two industries. We produce three lists of innovation leaders that the fashion and retail community must know- The Leading 100 | B2B Start-Ups across the value chain, The Foremost 50 | Digital Native Start-Ups reinventing and redefining the industry and The Defiant 25 | Executives innovating to move their businesses forward.
The community is made up of fashion and retail executives, venture backed start-ups, investors and enterprise technology leaders.
Digital transformation in the fashion-retail-commerce space is a macro trend gaining in velocity.
Mary Renner Beech, Chief Marketing Officer, Kate Spade Rachel Blumenthal, Founder & CEO, Rockets of Awesome Graham Poliner, SVP, Strategy and Analytics, Macy's Cheryl Kaplan, President, M. Gemi Gillian Gorman-Round, GM, Revlon Incubator, Revlon Brent Paulson, Managing Director & Head of Retail, UNTUCKit Maggie Winter, CEO & Co-Founder, AYR Robin Lewis, Founder of The Robin Report & Co-Author of “The New Rules of Retail" Bai Gan, Chief Product Officer, Zenni Optical Paul Laskow, Director of Transportation, Rent The Runway Carolina Arguelles, Product Marketing Lead, Snapchat