Application for speakers

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Application for speakers

Everything you need to know to apply to speak at an NRF event

Apply to speak at an NRF event and be part of something big!

Using a rigorous vetting process, NRF continually seeks a diverse set of forward-thinking speakers with out-of-the-box ideas, proven tactics, and actionable proof points. Programming a variety of events (see below), NRF welcomes speaker applications that match the fast pace of retail’s most prominent challenges and opportunities to enhance our educational event content.

NRF prioritizes speaker applicants who:

  • can share tangible takeaways with attendees.
  • are senior-level to C-suite executives.
  • can organically engage with the audience on a deeper level.
  • are from strong, cutting edge, retail brands and parallel industries; no vendor pitches will be accepted.

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Apply now to speak at an NRF Event

Be proactive! NRF starts to secure speakers nine to 12 months ahead of each event. Though we do review applicants on a rolling basis, we recommend applying as early as possible.

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NRF is looking for the following types of retail speakers:

  • individuals from globally recognized brands (domestic and international)
  • leaders of a specific field – e.g. robotics, AI, experience, fulfillment, etc.
  • disruptor models and/or D2C start-ups
  • strategic thinkers with innovative and industry-changing ideas
  • female, diverse and c-level speakers

If you are a vendor or solution provider reaching out about booking your own session, please contact Tami Sakell about paid opportunities to promote your product or service at the event.

Speaker Information

*We understand applications are often submitted by third parties on behalf of a speaker. If accepted, we’ll need direct access to the speaker for planning purposes
*If you are selected as a speaker for NRF, we will publish your headshot on our event website
*If you are selected as a speaker for NRF, we will publish your bio on our event website

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Due to the volume of NRF speakers, we do not provide speaking fees or cover travel or other expenses related to speaking.

We review every submission carefully and assess the fit with the themes and topics we plan to cover. NRF will contact only those applicants moving forward in this process.