Highlights from the 2018 Conference

12th Annual NYU Stern Luxury & Retail Conference

For the past 11 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 It’s Not an Apocalypse, It’s an Evolution. The retail space is constantly evolving—we hope to highlight how top companies are viewing the future of retail 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 5, 2018

NYU Stern School of Business

Paulson Auditorium

44 West 4th Street

New York, NY 10012

12:15 p.m - 6:00 p.m

Event Schedule

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm    Registration

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm    opening keynote conversation

Join us for our opening keynote with Marla Beck, CEO and Co-Founder, Bluemercury, in conversation with Joseph Ferrera, CEO and Co-Founder, Resonance Companies.

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm     BREAKOUT PANEL SESSIONS 

Bringing Retail Back Offline: The New Format of Retail

Brian Lee (L2 Inc.) moderates this panel featuring Jack Gaffaney (Dior), Michael Groffenberger (The RealReal), and Leslie Chen (Pop Up Mob). 

Industry Disruptors: The New Normal

Devna Shukla (NYU Stern) moderates this panel featuring Melanie Masarin (Glossier), Eleanor Morgan (Casper), and Josh Wolff (ThirdLove). 

Social & Sustainable Initiatives: Responsible Retail for the Future

Kevin Eckerle (NYU Stern, Center for Sustainable Business) moderates this panel featuring Jennifer Gootman (West Elm), Jennifer Grove (Repeat Roses), Carmen Gama (Eileen Fisher), and Graham Wetzbarger (The RealReal). 

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM    coffee and snack break

3:30 pm - 4:00 PM    FEATURED SPEAKER

Join us for an exciting presentation from Lauren Price, Director of Client Strategy focused on Luxury & Specialty Retail, L2 Inc.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Closing KEYNOTE conversation

We are thrilled to welcome Daniel Paltridge, President and CEO North America, Bulgari, in conversation with Allison Collins, Beauty Financial Editor, WWD, as our closing keynote speaker. 

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm    NETWORKING Reception 

Enjoy cocktails and light bites while networking with our conference sponsors, industry professionals and MBA student attendees.

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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 Yamila Hernandez for more information about tickets and special events for prospective students (yh2572@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.