The Girls’ Lounge is coming to NRF 2019: Retail’s Big Show

WASHINGTON – More than 40 of the best and brightest female leaders from retail, technology and business will speak at The Girls’ Lounge at NRF 2019: Retail’s Big Show. More than 37,000 retailers from nearly 100 countries will gather in New York beginning this weekend to network, learn and experience the latest trends, innovations and strategies transforming the retail industry.

“We are excited to partner with The Female Quotient to bring The Girls’ Lounge to NRF 2019 and showcase some of the most talented and powerful women who are impacting and influencing the retail industry every day,” NRF Vice President of Membership Artemis Berry said. “Each one of these outstanding leaders was handpicked to challenge, inspire and encourage attendees to redefine their personal brands, explore opportunities to work together and constantly embrace change.

A destination at conferences, corporate events and on college campuses around the world, The Girls’ Lounge is hosted by The Female Quotient to help women connect, collaborate and activate change together. The NRF program is made possible by Episerver, Microsoft, and Resulticks. Speakers include executives from companies such as: Knix, Rocksbox, ULTA Beauty, Neiman Marcus, AUrate, J.Crew,  Brit + Co,  FULLBEAUTY Brands, Brandless, Female Founders Fund, M.Gemi, Glamsquad and more. Details for sessions can be found here.

The Girls’ Lounge is open to attendees of NRF 2019, NRF’s 108th annual convention. Attendees will hear panel discussions on topics ranging from personal branding to mentorship to how to succeed in male-dominated industries and will have access to networking areas. Value-added services will include free professional headshots. Separate registration is not required. The lounge is open to NRF members, all retailers, and members of the press with a conference badge.

The lounge will be in the Crystal Palace at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and will be open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 13; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, January 14, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15.

Complimentary registration for NRF 2019 is available to editorial members of the news media as well as accredited retail analysts and bloggers. For more information, visit the NRF 2019: Retail’s Big Show media registration page.

About The Female Quotient

The mission of The Female Quotient is to advance gender equality in the workplace. Founded by Shelley Zalis, The Female Quotient provides companies and business leaders with research, tools and experiences to promote equality, including the Modern Guide to Equality, a living, breathing playbook for activating change that’s updated bi-annually. The Female Quotient also hosts the Girls’ Lounge, a destination at conferences, companies and college campuses where women connect, collaborate and activate change together. Since launching in 2013, the Girls’ Lounge has hosted more than 100 experiences at dozens of high-profile corporate events, including the World Economic Forum (Davos), SXSW, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), AdWeek and more. For more information, visit

About NRF

The National Retail Federation is the world’s largest retail trade association. Based in Washington, D.C., NRF represents discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.