2018 Agenda

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
7:30 a.m. Registration Open
8 a.m.-9 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
Speaker: Orlando Llerandi, Publisher, design:retail
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Retail's Radical Transformation
Speaker: Alison Embrey Medina, Editor in Chief/Associate Publisher, design:retail
10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Networking Break
11 a.m.-12 p.m. Tech Transformation for Retail Success
Speaker: Greg Buzek, Founder & President, IHL Group

Description: Retailers that are winning today have decided on a strategic IT investment to transform the operations of their company. This session will outline what technologies winners are investing in and why the “rich are getting richer” when it comes to attracting customers and increasing the repeat business of consumers across all channels.

12 p.m.-1 p.m. Lunch (Location: Westin Book Cadillac)
1 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Detroit History Intro
Speaker: Todd Sachse
1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Detroit Panel
Speaker: Moderator: Ken Nisch
2:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Networking Break
3 p.m.-4 p.m. TBA
6 p.m. Load Buses to Ford Piquette Plant
6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Welcome to Detroit Motor City Dinner (Location: The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant))

Description: Join us for cocktails and dinner at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, the Birthplace of the Model T. The Model T not only changed what we drove back in 1908, but how we live today. And it was conceived, developed and built right here. The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is again open and evolving into a symbol of Detroit’s ability to invent, innovate and rebound. Walk the plank floors worn smooth by hundreds of workers and thousands of cars. See Henry Ford’s competition, his early successes and false starts. Learn how volunteers saved one of the world’s most significant industrial buildings. And support ongoing restoration and education projects here in the mechanical heart of Detroit.

10 p.m.-midnight Forum After Hours (Location: Punch Bowl Social)

Description: See Detroit’s young, hip, vibrant side with an evening of creative drinks and conversation, plus bowling, ping pong, corn hole, bocce ball, giant Scrabble and giant Jenga and floor shuffle.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
8 a.m.-9 a.m. Breakfast (Location: Westin Book Cadillac)
9 a.m.-10 a.m. Crushing Boundaries: Gen Z, Society's Agents of Change
Speaker: Marcie Merriman, Executive Director, Strategy & Insights Leader, EY

Description: The majority of today’s businesses are about to be blindsided. While they remain focused on Millennials, they are missing the big cultural shift underway. Today’s 12- to 22-year-olds—dubbed “Gen Z”— are coming of age against a backdrop of unprecedented political, social, technological and economic change. These circumstances are shaping a generation that is changing our society, redefining cultural norms and questioning decades-old geopolitical and business assumptions. In this session, Marcie Merriman will discuss who Gen Z is, how these young people are blurring expectations and crushing boundaries, and what businesses can do to prepare to meet their high expectations.

10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Session TItle TBA
Speaker: Chris Librie, Head of Global Impact and Giving, eBay
11:30 a.m. Board Buses to College for Creative Studies
12 p.m.-1 p.m. Lunch (Location: College for Creative Studies)

Description: The College for Creative Studies (CCS) nurtures the creativity that is vital to the enrichment of modern culture. The College educates visual artists and designers, knowledgeable in varied fields, who will be leaders in creative professions that shape society and advance economic growth. The College fosters students’ resolve to pursue excellence, act ethically, embrace their responsibilities as citizens of diverse local and global communities, and learn throughout their lives.

1 p.m.-4 p.m. Workshop: Design School for a Day

Description: Retail is transforming itself, and we need to think differently. Implementing real-time creative exercises and schools of thought from CCS faculty, attendees will be divided into groups and tasked with thinking, strategizing and designing with a startup mentality. Teams will be presented with real-life entrepreneurial retail companies (all local to Detroit), listen to their stories, and tackle big-picture challenges from brand communication and digital offer to physical space and strategy. Strip away the giant siloes of your everyday work and reprogram your thought process to think small. What would you create if you could design a retail company from scratch? 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Introduction and Startup Presentations 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Faculty Exercises and Workshop 3:30 p.m-4 p.m. Presentation of Designs

4 p.m. Load buses to Westin Book Cadillac
6:30 p.m.-9:45 p.m. Portfolio Awards Dinner (Location: Detroit Institute of Arts Museum)

Description: Founded in 1885, the DIA was originally located on Jefferson Avenue, but, due to its rapidly expanding collection, moved to the current site on Woodward Avenue in 1927. The Beaux-Arts building, designed by Paul Cret, was immediately referred to as the “temple of art.” Two wings were added in the 1960s and 1970s, and a major renovation and expansion that began in 1999 was completed in 2007. Our group will enjoy a cocktail hour in the award-winning Kresge Court, with dinner and awards in the stately and grand Walter B. Ford Great Hall.

10 p.m.-midnight Jazz Club After Hours (Location: Cliff Bell’s)

Description: Through the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, Cliff Bell’s and the Town Pump Tavern anchored two ends of what was Detroit’s busiest night crawl with clubs, pubs and Burlesques dotting Park Avenue. In 1985, the famous club closed and remained empty until late 2005, when renovation began on the long, shuttered club under a joint venture of its current owners. In just six short months, the club was open again thanks to the help of friends, neighbors and family members and the much-appreciated support of the building owners Jerry and Lee Belanger. Cliff Bell’s is once again alive with spirit and song, and has been voted “Best Jazz Club in Detroit” by multiple publications. Join us for an evening of jazz, with a special performance from Detroit local act and Forum regular, Mr. Tony Camilletti.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
8:30 a.m. TBA
9 a.m.-10 a.m. Breakfast (details TBA)
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Detroit Retail Walking Tour (Location: Woodward Avenue)

Description: Join tour leaders JGA, Sachse Construction and RDI Detroit for a walking tour (with a possible jump or two on the new Q-line) of Detroit’s hottest retail spots. A mix of local makers and national players are redrawing the retail map in Motor City.