Annual Consumer & Retail Conference


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November 1, 2016 4:45 PM - 9:30 PM EDT

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Blurred Lines: The Convergence of
and Retail

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
3:45pm - 8:30pm

ACG is combining its Consumer and Retail Conferences into one Mega-Conference on November 1, 2016 in Recognition of the Rapid Convergence of These Two Sectors

Consumer and retail companies have long been viewed as operating in separate sectors and using very different approaches to building their businesses. The rise of the Internet and growth of Millennials have been two of the primary factors rapidly moving these two sectors much closer together in order to connect with today's consumers.

Both sectors now embrace the importance of brand building as an integral part of their strategy. Both realize that a much deeper understanding of their consumer and customer is central to their success, as technology drives the pace of change and causes significant disruptions. Big data and consumer research is no longer the sole domain of CPG companies but is a necessity in the daily running of successful retail businesses. 

Connecting with consumers wherever they are -- in bricks-and-mortar stores, on the Internet or on mobile devices -- is the new paradigm, be it through advertising, rich content, the ubiquitous app, and a myriad of social media choices. The winners will be those who play by the new rules of the game, and the losers will be those who are too slow to adapt to the rapidly changing world of retail and consumerism.

We have created a thought provoking program which will feature a keynote address by McKinsey & Co’s Sajal Kohli who leads the consulting firm’s Retailing practice in the Americas. The title of the keynote is, "No Ordinary Disruption:  Four Forces Breaking All the Trends" and is based on the firms proprietary research in the consumer sector. We will also have a Fireside Chat with Mitchell Gold, one of the co-founders and Chair-man of the internationally acclaimed home furnishings company, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. In addition, we will have two panels of well-known consumer/retail oriented Investment Bankers and Private Equity Investors to discuss how the convergence of the Consumer and Retail sectors is impacting their respective businesses. More details to follow.

Sajal Kohli
Senior Partner
McKinsey & Company
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Sajal Kohli is a Senior Partner in the Chicago Office who leads the Americas Retail Practice of McKinsey & Company. His client work at the Firm has spanned North and South America, Europe and Asia across Retail in the areas of Strategy, Growth, Multi-channel, Digital and Operations Effectiveness.


Mitchell Gold
Chair-man, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Interviewed by Michael Appel
Founder, Appel Associates, LLC
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Moderator, Irena Blind, Principal, TSG Consumer Partners
Adam Filkin, Managing Director, William Blair & Co.
Janica Lane, Managing Director, Consumer Investment Banking, Piper Jaffray
Adam Rifkin, Senior Managing Director, Guggenheim Securities
Ken Wasik, Managing Director, Stephens Inc.


Moderator, Natalie Kotlyar, Partner, BDO USA, LLP
Tim Burke, Partner, Castanea Partners
Tim Fording, Managing Director, Cerberus Capital Management
Ed Siskin, Executive Vice President, Hilco Global
Amy Wolf, Partner, River Hollow Partners

3:45pm - Registration/Networking
4:15pm - Welcome - Steven Frumkin, Dean, FIT
4:30pm - Keynote Address - Sajal Kohli, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
5:30pm - Fireside Chat - Mitchell Gold, Chair-man, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
6:15pm - Investment Banking Panel
7:00pm - Private Equity Panel
7:45pm - Networking Reception


Fashion Institute of Technology, Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, Pomerantz Building, Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, 227 W 27th Street, NYC

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Research Partner


ACG NY Member - 175
ACG Member from another chapter - 200
Non Member - 275
ACG NY Forward Member (this will be verified) - 150

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New York