NRF Foundation Announces The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2023

WASHINGTON – The NRF Foundation today announced the honorees of The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2023 – a dynamic group of retail leaders who will be celebrated at the NRF Foundation Honors in New York City in January.

The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2023 honorees are:

  • Ministry of Supply Co-founder and CEO Aman Advani
  • The Home Depot Senior Director of Workforce Programs Erin Izen
  • Gap Inc. Head of Customer and Community Belonging and Enablement Bahja Johnson
  • Walmart Executive Vice President, Global Chief Technology Officer and Chief Development Officer Suresh Kumar
  • Steve Madden Creative and Design Chief Steve Madden

“This year’s distinguished honorees of The List demonstrate the many pathways to success within retail, and serve as a reminder that our industry provides meaningful opportunities to people of all backgrounds,” said Tony Spring, chairman and CEO of Bloomingdale’s and chairman of the NRF Foundation Board of Directors. “We are proud to recognize these talented individuals for their dedication to our incredible industry.”  

Each honoree has been featured in a video interview by the NRF Foundation in recent weeks, offering an inside look at their careers and influence on retail.

“We are especially proud to showcase the diversity that makes our industry unlike any other, and highlight the success of retail professionals pursuing a variety of passions,” NRF Foundation Executive Director Bill Thorne said. “They are an inspiration not only to their peers, but also the future leaders of retail, and we look forward to celebrating The List.”

Alumni of The List include leaders of beloved brands, creative startups and more. The award highlights the wide range of companies, roles and products that are vital to retail and consumers.

The 2023 NRF Foundation Honors will take place on Jan. 15 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square and will be co-hosted by Spring and Walmart U.S. President and CEO and NRF Board Chairman John Furner.

Since 2015, the NRF Foundation Honors has raised funds to continue to provide educational programs and resources that connect people to life-changing careers in retail. The Honors celebrates retail professionals who are building better lives and stronger communities. It is the NRF Foundation’s biggest stage for telling the story of how retail is a great place to start and grow a career.

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About NRF
The National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association, passionately advocates for the people, brands, policies and ideas that help retail thrive. From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., NRF empowers the industry that powers the economy. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, contributing $3.9 trillion to annual GDP and supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 52 million working Americans. For over a century, NRF has been a voice for every retailer and every retail job, educating, inspiring and communicating the powerful impact retail has on local communities and global economies.

About NRF Foundation
The NRF Foundation provides the skills and resources needed for a life-changing career. As NRF's nonprofit 501(c)(3), we connect people to an industry that’s a great place to start and a great place to grow. Together, we help people build better lives and stronger communities.