We have partnered with the most forward-thinking leaders — from CEOs to analyst — to bring to light the latest trends, understand how our ever-changing industry is evolving, discuss the challenges that new technologies present, and rethink how high-quality retail real estate can best be used to meet the needs of local communities.
People want to be around people...and where better to do that than the mall.
DeborahWeinswig,Founder and CEO of Coresight Research
Deborah Weinswig is the CEO and Founder of Coresight Research, a leading research and advisory firm that focuses on the intersection of retail and technology. She is a recognized retail industry expert and thought leader whose global perspectives and insights are regularly featured in national business publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Barron's, as well as on Bloomberg TV and CNBC.
From 2014 to early 2018, Deborah served as the founding Managing Director of Fung Global Retail and Technology (FGRT), the research arm and Think Tank for The Fung Group. Her deep knowledge and understanding of global retail and emerging technology trends were fostered through her extensive banking career, which included 12 years as Head of the Global Staples & Consumer Discretionary Team at Citi Research, as well as senior research positions at Bear Stearns and Morgan Stanley.
Deborah is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She serves on the board of directors for GUESS?, Inc., Kiabi, and Xcel Brands, Inc. One of her greatest accomplishments in 2020 was founding RetailersUnited, a nonprofit dedicated to SME retailers and fashion brands that have been impacted by COVID.
It's the intangible and deeply sensorial moments that happen in a physical setting that create not just happiness but true customer fandom.
MelissaGonzalez,CEO of the Lionesque Group, an MG2 Company
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Melissa Gonzalez is an award-winning innovator, seasoned visionary, and brand storyteller. She is the CEO of The Lionesque Group, an MG2 company, pioneering the integration of physical environments and cutting-edge technologies to help companies such as Purple, Nordstrom, and Burrow foster foundational consumer engagement and evolve their offerings. In 2017 she led the invention of IRL, in real life, with the Brookfield Properties team as an early mover in creating turnkey retail platforms connecting real estate developers and leasing teams with some of the fastest-growing direct-to-consumer brands in the industry.
In 2020, her work with Burrow House was honored by Fast Company’s Innovation by Design for Retail Environments. In 2019 she was honored with ‘Women In Design’ award of the year by Contract Magazine and was recognized as one of LinkedIn and design:retail’s “Top 10 Retail Design Influencers of the Year”.