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FREE REGISTRATION FOR BRANDS & RETAILERS

We’re giving qualifying brands & retailers complimentary passes to come learn, collaborate and create what’s next at The Lead Innovation Summit.

WHERE THE FASHION, RETAIL, & CONSUMER INDUSTRY DISCOVERS WHAT’S NEXT.

The Lead Innovation Summit is where 2,000+ people from the fashion, retail & consumer innovation community converge to learn from and connect with the brands, retailers, digital natives, & tech enablers defining tomorrow.

It’s an immersive experience covering innovation across the value chain. This two-day festival features more than 100 stand-out speakers across three stages taking a deep look at the future of the industry. Meanwhile, all things transformation come together in The Innovation Village — experience the future of the industry – from next-generation digital brands to next-generation technology, be the first to discover what’s to come.

Innovation Village
100 + Speakers
Vision Talks
Store Immersion

1,700+ Attendees Brands of Tomorrow 30+ Content Sessions Dream & Bowl

WHO ATTENDS

The entire fashion, retail & consumer innovation community comes together at The Innovation Summit each year. 1,700+ people from challenger D2C brands, transformative incumbent brands, modern retailers, tech start-ups, enterprise technology companies, media outlets, investment firms, and more come to challenge, discover, observe, learn, see, connect, collaborate, and dare to know what’s next.

"The Lead brings together influential brands, next-generation technology companies, and the people who work in those worlds."
- VOGUE
"The Lead events are a tremendous opportunity to think about your business strategically and learn from some of the brightest minds across various industries."
"The Lead will help retailers discover the best strategies for their businesses."
- Forbes
"The Lead always unites the most forward thinking leaders ready to collaborate and help push each other forward."
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2022 AGENDA

The Lead Innovation Summit agenda is designed to challenge your assumptions, enable your competitive advantage, open a window into what’s next, surface trends you may have missed, and amplify the voices of the industry’s most forward thinkers. Get a full dose of what’s next from the people creating it.

OPERATING BRANDS IN THIS NEW WORLD

 Incumbent Brands Building a D2C Business Model Retail’s Private Brand Experiment: Responding to Wholesale Brands Going Direct 

KEEPING UP WITH THE CONSUMER

Find Your Brand’s Soul to Recapture Cultural Relevance 3D Avatars, Virtual Fit, & More: Next-Gen Immersive Shopping Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: Meeting Gen Z’s Evolving Expectations

DATA IS ACTUALLY EVERYWHERE

The Power & Limitations of AI Smart Stores & Predictable Supply Chains Mining Data to Build Brands & Products that Customers Want

THE FUTURE OF SUPPLY CHAIN IS NOW

Sustainable Manufacturing & New Materials Supply Chain Independence: How Brands Can Control the First Mile

TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION IMPERATIVE

Platform vs Point: Choosing the Right Solution For Your Organization Build, Partner, or Acquire: Options for Enhancing Your Tech Capability Following the Money to Understand the Future of Retail Tech

 PHYSICAL RETAIL TRANSFORMED

Retail Reborn: New Purpose Drives New Formats The Must-Have Store Technologies

BRANDS FOR A BETTER PLANET

 Strategies for Delivering on Climate Pledges Recommerce, Recycling, & Upcycling  

NEXT NEW MARKETING

 NFTs, Digital Products, & All Things Metaverse Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: Meeting Gen Z’s Evolving Expectations Why Everyone is Live Streaming

THE SUMMIT EXPERIENCE

The Lead Innovation Summit is built for learning, interaction, connection, experience, and surprise. There are endless opportunities to connect (join a Roundtable Workshop), meet (attend a Hosted Lunch), discover (Vision Talks), and take in the local food scene (Blue Bottle, Sweetgreen, Milk Bar, and more). Immerse yourself in the future of the industry in The Innovation Village, Seed Alley, & The Brands of Tomorrow, experience concept retail during Store Immersion, and exchange ideas in Creative Capitals

The Lead Innovation Summit is an event for all senses, all interests, all objectives, and all outcomes. Quite simply, this is a one-of-a-kind experience that is not to be missed.

THE LOCATION — BROOKLYN’S
CREATIVE CAPITAL: WILLIAMSBURG

Williamsburg, Brooklyn is home to all things innovation, creativity, and workforce in fashion, retail, and consumer. Here, the offices of Vice, Kith, and Amazon Music live next door to concept stores for Van’s, Nike, and Everlane. Where today’s and tomorrow’s best chefs create next to world-renowned music venues, breweries, and everything in between.

25 Kent is the home of The Lead Innovation Summit, with activities taking place throughout the neighborhood as well (store visits, Brooklyn Bowl, The Williamsburg Hotel, & more.) Just 20 minutes to Manhattan and within 500 feet of the neighborhood’s most sought-after hotels.

Come for the content and 360-degree views of Manhattan & Downtown Brooklyn, stay for Dream x Bowl, and leave with a leg up in your career.

25 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

SPONSORS, EXHIBITORS, & THOUGHT LEADERS

PAST & CURRENT ATTENDEES

HEALTH & SAFETY

To ensure the health and safety of all attendees, speakers, and staff, The Lead will maintain standards drawn from recommended industry health & safety protocols. Please check back regularly for updates.

Full vaccination, as defined by the CDC is required.
We will follow NYC’s masking requirements at the time of the event.
Enhanced cleaning of the venue before, during, and after the event to ensure the highest level of cleanliness.
Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the event space.

CONTACT US

For help with registration or to learn more about free registration (limited to brand & retail attendees, media, etc) fill out the contact us form here.

To inquire about sponsorships, please fill out our sponsor form here.

All other inquiries — please email contact@the-lead.co and someone from our team will get back to you soon.