🥂 You’ve been recognized as an outstanding woman in retail! Congrats! What’s more – you’re in good company…

Melissa Wong

Crossing The Chasm: The Authentic Entrepreneur
Melissa Wong is the CEO & Co-Founder, of Zipline. Zipline is a 2022 CB Insights Retail Tech 100, Recognized In 2021 Gartner® Market Guide for Employee Communications Applications, Great Place to Work Certified for another year in a row, a ModernRetail Awards Finalist, a Tech Trailblazers Finalist, and more.

Melissa is a Official Member of the Forbes Technology Council, a Silver Stevie Women in Business award winner, a Retail Today Top 50 Influential Woman, a “50 Outstanding Women in Retail”, and a RIS Retail Industry Mover and Shaker. Under her leadership, Zipline has achieved a Net Promoter Score of 71, was included in the Inc. 5000’s list of fastest-growing private companies, and received an honorable mention in Fast Company for World-Changing Ideas.

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Suzanne Kiggin

VP, Operations
American Signature, Inc.

Throughout COVID-19, Suzanne has served as a dynamic leader, connecting to her employees on a deep and personal level.
Suzanne oversees 119 stores, 4 distribution centers, 3 manufacturing facilities and over 2,000 team members in 18 states.

Erica Fortune

Senior Vice President, eCommerce
Big Lots

Throughout COVID-19, Suzanne has served as a dynamic leader, connecting to her employees on a deep and personal level.
Suzanne oversees 119 stores, 4 distribution centers, 3 manufacturing facilities and over 2,000 team members in 18 states.

Feliz Papich

VP Digital product management
Crocs, Inc

With over 15 years of experience in e-Commerce, Feliz is entrepreneurial, results-driven, and strategic.
Feliz not only challenges and advocates for her team, but she also entrusts them with responsibility.

Heather Mickman

Gap, Inc

As CIO, Heather is responsible for the technology that powers everything for Gap Inc: stores, eCommerce, supply chain, product development, distribution centers, enterprise and employee technologies, and more.

Talli Denney

VP Global Technology
Gap, Inc

Talli Denney is a passionate technology executive with 29+ years of experience and a proven track record of delivering solutions that provide business value.
“Building a diverse team and being able to recognize and leverage the strengths on your team is the key to success,” says Talli.

Mary Ellen Adcock

Kroger Co.

Mary Ellen leads retail operations, asset protection, process change, and productivity improvement initiatives for 2,800 stores in 35 states, serving more than 11M customers each day.

Teresa Fernandes

Digital Transformation Director

As Digital Transformation Director at Mars Wrigley US, Teresa leads and manages highly complex business transformation programs on a large scale.
“To work in Digital Technologies, you have to remain curious, not only because of new technologies that are changing all the time but also because as the world changes,you need to constantly develop yourself in new and different skills too,” says Teresa.

Karthicka Krishnasamy

VP, Merchandising Operations

Karthicka Krishnasamy is responsible for leading merchandising planning, inventory, pricing, space planning, category management strategy, and data analytics areas within Michael’s.
“I have always followed a simple framework to advocate for my or my team’s ideas: Anchor ideas to data and facts, highlight the value proposition for the company’s greater good, know your decision makers/partners in the group, and tailor your pitch accordingly,” she says.

Meredith Anton

Sr. IT Director Retail and Market Support

Meredith Anton is the senior IT Director of Parallel, one of the largest privately-held, vertically-integrated, multi-state cannabis companies, which operates approximately 50 retail stores nationwide, including cultivation and manufacturing sites across the four states.
“(Zipline) has fundamentally and significantly improved the operational efficiency of the staff who are essential to our company’s revenue,” Meredith says.

Shelly Stormo

Director of Retail Operations

Shelley believes that aspiring professionals must be persistent and not give up. It’s important, she says, to follow your dream and passion and make sure to find a company that aligns with your mission and values… and to lean on each other along the way.
“We rely heavily on each other and leverage each other’s strengths so we can get better every day,” says Shelley.

Emily Taylor

EVP & Chief Merchandising Officer
Dollar General – POPshelf

Dollar General is a rapidly growing brand, (even despite the massive disruption in retail in previous years) with over 17,000 locations in the US alone. Serving communities of every demographic, population, and region, Dollar General is wide-reaching and rapidly growing.
Before stepping into the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer, she has been working her way to the top of the company since 1998.

Amy Joyce

VP – Shopper Insights & Category Development CoE

Amy has a wealth of experience—22 years of CPG experience with 16 years in OTC Healthcare and increasing responsibility across Sales, Category, and Insights Leadership, while working across multiple retail customers across Grocery, Drug, and Walmart at GSK, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, Bayer Healthcare, Clorox & Nielsen.
Amy joined Reckitt in 2020 and leads shopper insights and category development teams.

Tracy Aldworth

SVP, eComm and Digital
Republic National Distributing

Tracy is Senior Vice President of eCommerce and Digital for Republic National Distribution Company (RNDC), the nation’s top beverage alcohol distributor with a presence in the District of Columbia and 37 states across the United States.
Tracy is responsible for the strategy and execution of eCommerce as well as continuing to lead the transformation of the digital capabilities of RNDC.

Ahu Suzer

VP Commercial Digital Business
Reynolds American

Nearly two decades of leadership. 3 different continents. Managing global teams and driving Digital Transformation—that’s Ahu Suzer, who eats, sleeps and breathes Digital Transformation.
She is currently Vice President of Digital Commercial Solutions in Reynolds American Inc., the second-largest tobacco company in the United States and a subsidiary of British American Tobacco.

Rebecca Calvin

SVP & Chief Merchandising Officer
The Save Mart Companies

Rebecca Calvin is senior vice president and chief merchandising officer for The Save Mart Companies reporting to CEO Chris McGarry. Rebecca oversees merchandising, space planning, pricing and promotion execution and the private label program.

Sharon Leite

Chief Executive Officer
The Vitamin Shoppe

Sharon M. Leite currently serves as the CEO of The Vitamin Shoppe, leading a renewed growth strategy that is bringing industry-leading innovation, quality and expertise to the wellness category.
Since August 2018, Sharon has launched a new technology-driven retail format, expanded distribution to new channels, reimagined the loyalty program, introduced personalization initiatives, increased penetration of private brands and pioneered an expansive CBD hemp extract merchandising program.

Jacqueline DeChamps

Chief Retail Officer
Visionworks of America

As CRO at Visionworks, Jackie DeChamps leads all U.S. Retail Operations. Working collaboratively across the optical industry, Jackie has helped innovate groundbreaking technology bringing much-needed transparency and simplicity to eye care while increasing patient access.
“I believe the best ideas come from the stores, and as we focus on curating and promoting the ideas of the many, we build a diverse, inclusive, and equitable culture,” says Jacqueline.

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