Lunchtime & Executive Speaker Series


The Baker Lunchtime and Executive Speaker Series’ provides an unique opportunity for Wharton and Penn students to interact with retail leaders, gaining crucial insights into the industry, various career paths, and current trends.

Past Executive Speakers include:

Neil Blumenthal, Warby Parker
Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer

Stacey Bendet
alice + olivia – Designer, Founder

Tory Burch
Tory Burch – Designer, Chief Executive Officer

Kenneth Cole
Kenneth Cole Productions – Chairman of the Board, Chief Creative Officer

Domenico De Sole
Tom Ford International – Chairman

Millard Drexler
J. Crew Group, Inc. – Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Roger Farah
Ralph Lauren Corporation – President, Chief Operating Officer

William Fung
Li & Fung, Ltd. – Executive Deputy Chairman

Ken Hicks
Foot Locker, Inc. – Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer

John Hoke
Nike, Inc. – Vice President, Nike Design

John Idol
Michael Kors, Inc. – Chief Executive Officer

Leonard Lauder
The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. – Chairman Emeritus

William Lauder
The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. – Chairman of the Board

Mark Lee
Barneys New York – Chief Executive Officer

Terry Lundgren
Macy’s, Inc. – Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Áslaug Magnúsdóttir
Moda Operandi – Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Kevin Plank
Under Armour, Inc. – Chief Executive Officer, President

Richard Perry
Perry Corporation – Managing Partner, Chief Executive Officer

Narciso Rodriguez
Narciso Rodriguez – Designer

Joshua Schulman
Bergdorf Goodman – President

Glen Senk
Urban Outfitters, Inc. – Chief Executive Officer

Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia – Founder

Daniella Vitale
Barneys New York – Chief Operating Officer

Vera Wang
Vera Wang Bridal Ltd. – Designer

Past Lunchtime Speakers Include:

Laura Alber
Williams-Sonoma, Inc. – President and Chief Executive Officer

Meredith Epstein
Parfums Christian Dior – Director of Marketing, Skincare

Drew Fifield
Urban Outfitters – Learning and Development Manager

Michael Koppel
Nordstrom – Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Mike Novotny
Jack Threads – General Manager

Francesca Schuler
BevMo! – Chief Marketing Officer

Kim Spalding
Starbucks – Vice President of Operation

Tracey Stroeber
Urban Outfitters – Director of Store Operations & Communications