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Opening Day Event

Reinventing Retail & Design - Mavericks Driving the Future

Produced by Design Tech Summit and High Point Market Authority

When: Saturday, April 16th 9am - 10:15am
Where: High Point Theatre at the Transportation Terminal

Retail and design leaders know that all great change comes from fundamentally and intelligently driving your business against established trends to create the new. The innovators who are fueling the unconventional today will reap the greatest rewards tomorrow.

Polly LaBarre, founding member of Fast Company MagazineTM and MIX (the Management Innovation Exchange) is one of those leaders. Kick off Spring Market with Polly as she reveals the new leadership roadmap you can use to realize spectacular revenue and brand success in the next five years. Learn from a global game changer and world renowned entrepreneur how your brand can empower and inspire your customers. Discover how adopting a culture of maverick leadership and proactive innovation can catapult your company to new heights. Join us, for this exciting and inspiring opening day event.

Moderated by Stacy Kunstel
Homes Editor, New England Home
Regional Editor, Traditional Home, Better Homes and Gardens
Co-Founder, Dunes and Duchess

Wayfair co-founders Niraj Shah and Steve Conine will join Polly to showcase their virtual reality technology at this event.

Q&A following the event
Earn .1 CEU credit

Polly LaBarre

  • Founding member and senior editor for Fast Company Inc.
  • Co-founder MIX: Management Innovation Exchange, supported by Gartner, Red Hat and McKinsey & Co. M-Prize for Innovation
  • Partner with Harvard Business Review and Fortune magazine
  • Creator of the MIX Mashup, an annual gathering of the vanguard of management innovators
  • Bestselling author of Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win
    • Named “Book of the Year” by The Economist magazine, which hailed it as “a pivotal work in the tradition of In Search of Excellence and Good to Great
  • Business commentator
    • ABC World News, This Morning and Good Morning America
    • PBS Nightly Business Report
    • CNBC The Business of Innovation
  • Board of Advisors of Taking IT Global, an organization that empowers young people to make a difference around the world
  • Yale University Graduate

Stacy Kunstel

  • Design and travel writer whose work has appeared in more than a dozen magazines
  • Interiors stylist credited with nearly 80 magazine and book covers, including Traditional Home, New England Home (where she serves as Homes Editor), Better Homes & Gardens, Luxe, Country Home, and Country Living
  • Speaker on design topics who has presented multiple times at the Design Bloggers Conference, as well as to various ASID and IFDA groups
  • Television appearances on New England Cable News and the Home Shopping Network
  • Featured speaker at the Country Living Fair for Country Living magazine
  • Co-founder of the USA-made furniture and lighting company, Dunes and Duchess

Niraj Shah

  • Chief Executive Officer, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of Wayfair, the largest online retailer of home furnishings and home items in the U.S., surpassing $1.3 billion in annual sales in 2014
  • CEO and co-founder of Simplify Mobile, an enterprise software company that was sold in 2001
  • Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Greylock Partners, COO and a member of the Board of Directors at iXL, a publicly traded global technology consulting firm, and the CEO and co-founder of Spinners, which was sold to iXL in 1998
  • B.S. in engineering from Cornell University

Steve Conine

  • Co-Chairman and Co-Founder, Wayfair, where he leads development of the systems that give the company a technological edge in online retail business
  • Co-founder, board member and Chief Technology Officer of Simplify Mobile
  • Chief Operating Officer for the London office of iXL, a publicly traded global technology consulting firm
  • Co-founder and top executive of Spinners Incorporated, an IT services firm
  • B.S. in engineering from Cornell University, and lives in Boston, Massachusetts