Mon, Mar 15, 2021 12:00 PM –

Thu, Mar 18, 2021 7:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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The Wharton Graduate Retail Conference is a marquee event hosted by the Wharton Graduate Retail Club and the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center. The conference fosters relationships between students from the University of Pennsylvania and professionals in the retail industry. Now in its 15th year, the event provides an avenue to educate the next generation of retail leaders, connect students with employers, and provide thought leadership on major trends affecting the industry.

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Thu, Mar 18, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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Luxury Rebound: Hermes, Dior & Fresh

Wharton Graduate Retail Club's 15th Annual Retail Conference Virtual Series

Join us as for a panel with leaders from Hermes, Fresh, and Dior as they discuss luxury's rebound and more.

Thu, Mar 18, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:20 PM
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Innovation, Sustainability, and the Circular Economy: Nordstrom, Allbirds, GoodFair, Evrnu, EON

Wharton Graduate Retail Club's 15th Annual Retail Conference Virtual Series

Join us as for a panel discussion on innovation, sustainability, and the new circular economy. Guests will include Amy White, Director of Corporate Sustainability at Nordstrom, Topper Luciani, CEO of Good Fair, Stacy Flynn, CEO and Co-Founder of Evrnu, Aileen Lerch, Sustainability Senior Analyst of Allbirds, and Natasha Franck, Founder and CEO of EON.

Discussion moderated by Kerry Huang, Chief of Staff, Global Fashion Agenda and Wharton Alum

Wed, Mar 17, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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Digital Explosion in Retail: L'Oreal, Alibaba, GOAT

Wharton Graduate Retail Club's 15th Annual Retail Conference Virtual Series

Join us as for a panel with leaders from AfterPay and L'Oreal as they discuss the digital explosion in retail in the age of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Wed, Mar 17, 2021
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
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Influencer Strategy in Beauty: Living Proof, Tik Tok, and RoughlyRuff

Wharton Graduate Retail Club's 15th Annual Retail Conference Virtual Series

Join us as for a panel discussion on Influencer Strategy in Beauty with leaders from Living Proof, TikTok, and Inlfuencer, David Ruff of Roughly Ruff.

Tue, Mar 16, 2021
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
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FREE Body by Bridget class for Retail Conference Participants

High intensity Pilates for big results in small spaces. Join Bridget O’Carroll, former [solidcore] pro coach and WG ‘21, for 30 minute burn that will undeniably leave you sore.

Sign up before slots fill up!

Following BBB, Bridget will moderate "The New Health & Wellness" panel with leaders from Therabody, Daily Harvest, Tushy, and FP Movement from 12:30-1:30pm via Zoom.

Attendees of the entire event will have a chance to win several raffles and giveaways from the panelists.

Tue, Mar 16, 2021
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
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The New Health & Wellness Panel: Therabody, Daily Harvest, Tushy, and Free People Movement

Wharton Graduate Retail Club's 15th Annual Retail Conference Virtual Series

Join us as for a panel discussion with leaders from Therabody, Daily Harvest, Tushy, and Free People Movement, as they discuss the health and wellness category, trends, and more.

Discussion moderated by Bridget O'Caroll, founder of Body by Bridget. Sign up for a free 30 min BBB class for conference attendees <<here>>.

Attendees of the entire event will have a chance to win several raffles and giveaways from the panelists.

Tue, Mar 16, 2021
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
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Fireside Chat with Jen Bandier, CEO and Founder of Bandier

Wharton Graduate Retail Club's 15th Annual Retail Conference Virtual Series

Join us as for a firside chat with Jen Bandier, CEO and Founder of BANDIER.

Jennifer Bandier founded BANDIER (pronounced ban-DEER) in 2014, after she was unable to find the best selection of activewear in one place. She created a destination for highly cureated activewear that has turned into a lifestyle brand. What began as a single store in Southampton, NY, soon became Lululemon's first major industry challenger and is now a influencing force on the industry.

BANDIER is devoted to redefining the way women shop activewear and doing it all with every #BANDIERgirl in mind.

Mon, Mar 15, 2021
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
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The State of Retail with Oliver Chen, Managing Director Retail & Luxury at Cowen and Company

Join the first virtual event of the Wharton Graduate Retail Club's 15th Annual Retail Conference, Retail's Resilience. Oliver Chen, Managing Director of Retail and Lucury at Cowen and Company, WG06' will provide opening remarks for the conference as well as his perspective on the state of the retail industry.

Mr. Chen’s deep understanding of the consumer and his ability to forecast the latest trends and technological changes that will impact the retail space has set him apart from peers. Oliver’s broad coverage and circumspect view makes him the thought partner of retail and brand leaders. His coverage of the retail sector has led to numerous industry awards and press coverage from CNBC, Bloomberg, The New York Times, Financial Times, Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal and others. Most recently, Mr. Chen was named to the National Retail Federation (NRF) Foundation’s “2019 List of People Shaping Retail’s Future.”

At Wharton, Mr. Chen was a recipient of the Jay H. Baker Retail Award for impact in retailing and was a co-founding president of the Wharton Retail Club. He is a member of the PhD Retail Research Review Committee for the Wharton School's Jay H. Baker Retailing Center. Mr. Chen was recognized in the Wharton School’s “40 Under 40” brightest stars alumni list in 2017.

Following Oliver Chen's address, he will moderate a Fireside Chat with Amanda Parkes, Chief Innovation Officer of PANGAIA, from 12:30-1:30pm via Zoom.

Mon, Mar 15, 2021
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
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Fireside Chat with Amanda Parkes, Chief Innovation Officer at PANGAIA

Wharton Graduate Retail Club's 15th Annual Retail Conference Virtual Series.

Join us as for a firside chat with Amanda Parkes, Chief Innovation Officer of PANGAIA and Oliver Chen, WG06, Managing Director of Retail and Luxury at Cowen and Company as they discuss Innovation in Retail.

PANGAIA is a direct-to-consumer materials science company bringing breakthrough textile innovations and patents into the world through everyday lifestyle products. Every technology they work with aims to solve an environmental problem of the fashion/apparel & nature industry.

Attendees of the entire event will receive a free PANGAIA t-shirt and all participants will have the chance win a signature PANGAIA set, sent directly to the winner from PANGAIA.

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