Executive Speaker Series and Lunchtime Speaker Series

Oliver Chen (WG06), Managing Director, Cowen and Company, and Christine Hunsicker, Founder CEO, CaaStle

Baker Executive Speaker Series

This program provides Penn students with a unique opportunity to interact with retail leaders and founders to gain crucial insights into industry trends and strategies for running a retail business. Some of the discussion topics have included concept-positioning, product development, sales and marketing, the role of social media, e-commerce, technology-enabled retailing, and supply chain dynamics.

Nicolas Topiol (WG91), CEO
Christian Lacroix SNC

Lunchtime Speaker Series

During the academic year, the Center hosts lunchtime discussions where students can meet with retail leaders and founders to hear about the day-to-day operational aspects of running retail-related businesses. It’s also an opportunity for students to learn about different career paths in the retailing industry.

Past Executive Speaker Series Guests

Laura Alber (C90), President, CEO, Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

Oliver Chen (WG06), Managing Director, Retail and Luxury Sector Head, Cowen and Company

K.K. Chua, President, Asia Pacific, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc.

Raissa Gerona, Chief Brand Officer, REVOLVE

Kara Goldin, Founder, CEO, Hint Inc.

Christine Hunsicker, Founder, CEO, CaaStle

Rebecca Minkoff, Founder, Designer, REBECCA MINKOFF

Adam Ross (WG06), Co-Founder, CEO, Heydey

Steven Silverstein (WG85), President, CEO Spencer Spirit Holdings, Inc.

Past Lunchtime Speakers

Jeff Goethals, SVP Operations, Ross Stores, Inc.

Beth Kaplan (W80, WG81), Director at Rent the Runway, Crocs, Care/of, Framebridge

Richard Kestenbaum, Partner, Triangle Capital LLC

Baldo LaRussa, VP Retail, Jimmy Choo

Fernando Machado, former Global Chief Marketing Officer, Burger King Corporation; Global Chief Marketing Officer, Restaurant Brands International

Kesone Phimmasone, VP Online Analytics for Estée Lauder Companies

Linz Shelton, former Global Social Media Director, Michael Kors; Head of Social Media, THE YES

Bob Sherwin, VP, Head of Marketing, Wayfair LLC