Susan Newman

SVP, Conferences

Susan Newman is senior vice president of conferences at the National Retail Federation. Newman is a member of NRF’s executive staff, which is responsible for the execution of NRF’s strategic mission.

Newman became NRF’s senior vice president of conferences in 2010. In this role, she oversees the conference departments, boasting an event portfolio of more than 10 events per year. From small meetings with key NRF community groups to Shop.org and NRF’s annual convention and expo, Newman continues to raise the bar for NRF educational and networking events for the retail industry. NRF’s 107th annual convention in New York City welcomed more than 36,500 retail professionals, and total attendee numbers for Retail’s Big Show have grown 78 percent since Newman was named senior vice president.

As the head of conferences, Newman is also tasked with serving as a spokesperson for NRF and relevant industry events and trends and is frequently quoted by industry and national media. In 2017, she was featured on the cover of Trade Show Executive as a leader of the industry.

Under her tenure, NRF’s annual convention and expo and Shop.org have been recognized more than 25 times combined as one of the fastest-growing and top events by Trade Show Executive and Trade Show News Network. In 2014, Newman was recognized as Show Manager of the Year by The Expo Group.

Newman joined NRF as vice president of conferences in 2003. She has more than 25 years of trade show and conference experience including three years at PBI Media (now Access Intelligence) and 10 years at ER.J. Krause & Associates.