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The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail.

The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail.

The List 2019

The List

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Every year, the NRF Foundation recognizes The List of People Shaping Retail's Future: the true originals, determined idealists, inspirational change-makers, champions of retail and fearless leaders whose imagination, inspiration and innovation make a true impact on the industry. 


Nominate someone for The List 2019!


The List is not only a celebration of dynamic individuals shaping the industry, it is also a way for us to demonstrate the breadth of career opportunities that exist within retail, and provide a powerful platform for individuals and brands. Watch the video below to learn more.

What is The List?

More about the five categories and qualities found in these role models of retail:

  • The Disruptors are true originals who rock the boat with ideas so crazy, they just might work. These are the people who make you rethink what you thought you knew about retail, opening you up to new possibilities for your customers, your business and your world.
  • The Dreamers Determined idealists whose passion, energy and heart inspire everyone around them. They’ve taken their big dreams and sky-high goals and turned them into retail reality. They're making serious waves with their fresh ideas and don’t show any signs of slowing down.
  • The Givers are inspirational change-makers and big-hearted optimists who make retail shine as a force for good. They see a need and use their skills and resources to fill it to the brim, bringing joy and new opportunities to their companies, communities and the whole wide world.
  • The Influencers are champions of retail, bridging the gap between the industry and the rest of the world. Whether they’re journalists, analysts, innovators or business leaders, these nominees don’t work in retail — but they’re helping it evolve. They’re passionate, persistent and intelligent, and their work is paving the way for innovative retailers everywhere.
  • The Power Players are fearless leaders who never shy away from what others may see as insurmountable challenges. These top retail executives have more than just elite status — they have vision, passion and heart. Their forward-looking decisions have a ripple effect across the industry, but they’re not afraid to take risks or push boundaries. They guide, inspire and challenge us to move beyond the status quo.

See who was nominated to The List 2018 or read the press release. To see past winners, visit The List website.

For more information on The List, contact Diana Stallworth at stallworthd@nrf.com.