11th Annual NYU Stern Luxury & Retail Conference

For the past 10 years, the Luxury & Retail Club at New York University's Leonard Stern School of Business has hosted our annual conference bringing together top graduate students with leading industry professionals in Luxury, Retail, Hospitality & Spirits, and Consulting.

Our goal is to create a forum where current topics in luxury and retail can be discussed by industry leaders in an academic environment. This year’s conference theme is Envisioning a Connected Future. The retail space is constantly evolving—we hope to highlight how top companies are adapting their strategies to remain relevant within a competitive global landscape. 

After the closing keynote, we invite you to join us for casual conversations & cocktails in Patrons' Lobby.  


Friday, OCTOBER 6, 2017

NYU Stern School of Business

Paulson Auditorium

44 West 4th Street

New York, NY 10012

12:45 p.m - 7:00 p.m

Luxury Retail Conference

Event Schedule

12:45 pm - 1:20 pm    Registration

1:20 pm - 1:30 pm      Welcome Remarks

1:30 pm - 1:45 pm      Welcome address from Dean Henry 

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm     opening keynote conversation

Join us for our opening keynote with Rodney Williams, President of Belvedere, LVMH Group, in conversation with Roxanne Hori, NYU Stern Associate Dean, Corporate Relations and Career Services

2:30 - 3:00 coffee and snack break

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm     Operating Worldwide

Insights in Sustainability and Operations

Julie Zerbo (The Fashion Law) moderates this panel featuring Sarah Flint Stender (Rent the Runway), Randy Unger (Kurt Salmon, part of Accenture Strategy), Hillary Fischer-Groban (ABC Carpet and Home), Susan Schofer (Modern Meadow), and Kevin Eckerle (NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business). We will discuss challenges and opportunities for businesses to manage their impact on our planet. From supply chain efficiencies to novel materials at the forefront of science, hear how sustainable business leaders are impacting their industries and the world.

4:00 pm - 4:50 PM      EVOLVE AND ADAPT 

Connecting and Engaging with Modern Consumers

Gil Krakowsky (GAP), Nola Weinstein (Twitter), Sarah Curtis Henry (Fresh, LVMH Group) and Sal Costagliola (Amazon) will discuss how today’s leading luxury goods and tech companies use cutting-edge methods to target and reach global consumers. Topics include digital marketing and technologies and novel approaches for experiential events. 

5:10 PM - 6:00 PM      Closing KEYNOTE conversation

We are thrilled to welcome Ronald Frasch, Operating Partner, Castanea Partners, as our closing keynote speaker, in conversation with Elaine Hughes from E.A. Hughes. 

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm      NETWORKING Reception 

Enjoy cocktails and light bites while networking with our conference sponsors, industry professionals and MBA student attendees. "Gucci Girls" Artwork by Laura Ann Brooks will be exhibited. 

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Gold Sponsor


For the past 16 years, 24 Seven has built a reputation as the preeminent recruitment firm in the Fashion and Luxury sectors. In this era of growing complexity and accelerated change, innovative brands continue to rely on 24 Seven to identify, recruit and secure game changing talent.

24 Seven consistently provides top freelance & full-time talent to the biggest players and emerging boutique brands in the Beauty industry.

We are the go-to talent source supporting the world’s top teams in Marketing, Interactive, Digital, Creative, Ecommerce, Fashion, Beauty and Events.


Silver Sponsors

LVMH is the world leader in luxury with over 125,000 employees and a network of over 3,800 stores worldwide.

The Group has a unique portfolio of over 70 prestigious brands, among them Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Hennessy, Moët & Chandon, Guerlain, Sephora and TAG Heuer.

LVMH operates in five different core businesses: Wines & Spirits, Fashion & Leather Goods, Perfumes & Cosmetics, Watches & Jewelry, and Selective Retailing and generated sales of over €35.7 billion in 2015.

Joining LVMH means becoming part of a unique process of creativity and innovation. It marks a personal and collective commitment to a perpetual quest for excellence to build the Future of Tradition.

Givaudan captures the essence of the moment, bringing you memorable flavours and fragrances to be enjoyed throughout the day. We maintain our leadership position – approximately 25% of our industry’s global market share – by challenging ourselves daily, inspiring our partnerships across the globe and serving our customers with heart and soul.


Doris and Don Fisher opened the first Gap store in 1969 with a simple idea — to make it easier to find a pair of jeans and a commitment to do more. Over the last 46 years, the company has grown from a single store to a global fashion business with five brands — Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and Intermix. Gap's clothes are available in 90 countries worldwide through 3,300 company-operated stores, almost 400 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites and is still growing.




Gucci Girls

Original Paintings on Exhibit During our Networking Reception

The art of fashion inspires fine art in this painting series by NYC-based artist, Laura Anne Brooks

A self-taught painter, Laura captures the dynamic complexities of the feminine experience through emotionally charged portraits.  Drawing inspiration from a wide range of visual and cultural sources–from Unskilledworker to Alessandro Michele’s lines for Gucci–Brooks’ poignantly ethereal figurative paintings provide us with an intimate glimpse of the world through her eyes.  Hers is a universe of juxtaposition: engaging beauty and isolating melancholy, accidental vulnerability and intentional defiance, youthful exuberance and ageless serenity.  

Laura is also General Counsel for the online art auction house Paddle8.


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Where will the conference take place?

The conference will be held at the NYU Paulson Auditorium at 44 W 4th St. Enter through the Tisch building and take the stairs on your left down one flight. 

Where should I check-in?

At the security desk, please provide your name (if you do not have an NYU ID.) Then, you will check in for conference once you take the stairs down to Paulson. 

I'm a Prospective Student, can I attend?

Of course! We'd love for you to join us at conference to learn more about NYU and the Luxury & Retail Club. Please reach out to Aaron Plotkin for more information about tickets and special events for prospective students (ap4975@stern.nyu.edu)

Traveling with Bags or expecting rain?

We will have a coat check available to the left of the entrance to Paulson Auditorium.


Paulson Auditorium (44 W. 4th Street) is easily accessible by public transportation (A,B,C,D, E, F or M at West 4th Street; N or R at 8th St-NYU or the 6 at Astor Place). If you are traveling by car, public parking is available on West 3rd Street and on Thompson Street.


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A Note to all attendees: 

The conference will feature a number of candid conversations with industry leaders, and all presentations will be off the record. Please refrain from live social media coverage or filming of any sessions. 


E-mail us at luxret@stern.nyu.edu


About Us: NYU STern Luxury & Retail Club

Established in 2004 as a pioneering career-based outreach program for MBA students interested in the luxury and retail sectors, the NYU Stern Luxury & Retail Club aims to promote NYU Stern as a premier source of talent and academic leadership in these specific industries. The club now boasts over 1,200 members and has established relationships with some of the most prominent companies and individuals in the luxury and retail space. 

In 2009, NYU Stern introduced the Luxury Marketing specialization, the first of its kind among top-tier business schools. This focus differentiates NYU Stern from other MBA programs and as a club, we collaborate with faculty and industry executives to develop an interdisciplinary curriculum driven by today’s industry leaders.