Featuring leading speakers from within and outside of the Industry, the Content Sessions bring you actionable and inspiring insight delivered on trends, opportunities, skills, best practices and personal growth; providing you with the means to inspire innovation, leadership and growth for you and within your own organization. Please visit frequently to see the details as they are added.

sunday, february 10


Jim Morris
6:00pm – 6:45pm
Opening Keynote: DREAM MAKERS – “Never give up on your dreams.”

Overview:

Jim shares his memoirs, documented in the movie, “The Rookie” and about those dream makers who helped to shape his life. He incorporates each client’s request and event theme while sharing the life lessons passed down to him by his grandfather and the lessons he learned from a small-town baseball team who helped him pursue his long-time dream of becoming a major league baseball player. Through Jim’s self-deprecating humor and his ability to take the audience on an emotional ride, everyone is inspired as he shares his journey of failures and successes while chasing his dreams and overcoming life’s obstacles.

BIO:
Jim “The Rookie” Morris
Jim’s Cinderella story serves as testimony to the power of dreams and their ability to inspire and transform human life. His meteoric rise from 35-year old high school teacher to flame-throwing major league pitcher in three months made cinematic history with the release of The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid. Jim’s rise from obscurity became the feel-good story of 1999. After pitching for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1999 and 2000, Jim Morris signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers and retired from baseball in 2001.

Jim lives with his family near San Antonio and travels the world as America’s foremost inspirational and motivational speaker. His story has become an inspiration to anyone interested in overcoming life’s obstacles and living their dreams. Jim has participated in such prestigious events as The Million Dollar Round Table, numerous speaker showcases. and is the author of “The Rookie.”

monday, february 11

Alison Embrey MedinaAlison Embrey Medina
Editor in Chief/Associate Publisher
design:retail

2:00pm – 2:40pm
ViewPoint: Retail’s Radical Transformation

Overview:

The $15 trillion retail sector is now evolving at the speed of the Internet. To thrive and survive in retail, companies now need to innovate at that same pace. Join Alison Embrey Medina, editor in chief and associate publisher of design:retail magazine, as she takes a look at how the tech revolution is impacting the physical brick-and-mortar stores we operate. Hybrid digital-physical experiences will become the norm, as the “phygital” age is upon us. From smart retail stores, hyperpersonalization and tactile tech, to the countertrends of tribetailing and experiential retail, Medina will explore the big buckets that are radically transforming the retail landscape.

BIO:
Alison Embrey Medina
Editor in Chief/Associate Publisher
design:retail

Alison Embrey Medina is the editor in chief/associate publisher of design:retail magazine, an award-winning trade publication serving the retail design industry. In her 17-plus years in the magazine industry, she has been solely focused on covering retail, and rigorously studies trends and consumer nuances affecting the art and science of store design and merchandising. She regularly shares her perspective via trend talks at various events across the globe, most recently traveling to London, China, Hong Kong, Brazil, France, Germany, Turkey, Canada and Mexico. She holds a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from The University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and was named one of Folio: magazine’s Top Women in Media for 2016.