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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, October 17

Phil Hansen, “The Artist for the People”

Opening Keynote: Embrace the Shake
6:00pm – 6:45pm

Overview:

Artist Phil Hansen suggests that we can increase our creativity by “Embracing the Limitation.” During art school, Phil developed nerve damage in his hand which caused a constant tremor, which prevented him from working in his preferred style of art. His commitment to “embrace the shake,” as he calls it, helped him be a far more innovative artist. Phil will share his personal journey of challenge and triumph and will inspire you to rise above any obstacle to succeed. This is more than just a talk, it’s an experience!

BIO:

Phil Hansen
“The Artist for the People”

Referred to by his fans as “the Artist for the People”, Phil Hansen is an internationally recognized multimedia artist, speaker, author and innovator – at the forefront of bringing art to a wider audience. Crashing irreverently through conventional boundaries, Phil works at the intersection of traditional art, electronic media, offbeat materials, and interactive experiences. He is most widely known for his metaart, videos that document the creation process (sometimes even through destruction), showing millions that art is action, not just result. Hansen’s work also extends deeply into traditional media with features on the Discovery Channel, Good Morning America, the Rachael Ray Show, Last Call with Carson Daly, Glamour, and many more. His work is sought-after by many influential clients including the Grammy Awards, Disney, Skype, Mazda, and the Rockefeller Foundation. For the tens of millions who have seen Phil’s art on TV and online, it’s hard to imagine that his artistic journey nearly came to an end when a tremor developed in his drawing hand. In exploring new ways to create art, Phil discovered that by embracing his shake, limitations could become the passageway to creativity.

His inspirational story was first shared on the TED stage to a standing ovation, and then shared around the world including on PBS, BBC, and CCTV. Now, Phil’s ability to draw parallels to the business setting has won him followers among industry and business leaders, leading to invitations to speak at the TED2013 conference, Adobe MAX Creativity Conference, World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, and the Million Dollar Round Table.

“Phil’s message of self-reinvention and the power of transforming adversity into opportunity is one that translates well across audiences – regardless of the industry. His message inspires, motivates, and re-energizes the creative spirit in us all.” – Ford Motor Company

“We need to first be limited in order to become limitless.” – Phil Hansen

Besides speaking and doing art, Phil is an advocate for advancing art education. He’s the author of Tattoo a Banana, a guide to exploring creativity through art with everyday materials. And he’s the founder of Goodbye-Art Academy, providing high quality and free art education videos to teachers and students everywhere.

Monday, October 18

Alicia Esposito

5 Trends Driving the Future of Experience Innovation
2:00pm – 2:30pm

Overview:

The pandemic accelerated the pace of disruption and created mounting uncertainties for retailers. But it also sparked a seismic shift in consumer behaviors and in turn, created a whole new realm of opportunities. But what tech and tactics will rise to the top as retailers strive to adapt and differentiate their customer experiences? During this session, Alicia Esposito, VP of Content for Retail TouchPoints, will reveal the trends she believes will help design a whole new future for retail. Armed with research and real-life examples, she’ll map the notable lessons and takeaways to guide your future strategies.

BIO:

Alicia Esposito
Vice President of Content for the Retail TouchPoints family of brands and events.

Alicia is an industry reporter turned content strategist and trend spotter with a passion for identifying and investigating emerging marketing and customer experience trends. She oversees the content strategy and tactical execution for Retail TouchPoints and design:retail, as well as their portfolio of virtual and in-person events. She also is the host of the Retail Remix podcast.

Tuesday, October 19

Dan Wittner

The Future Commerce Initiative
2:00pm – 2:30pm

BIO:

Dan Wittner
Professor, Investor & Dad
Dan Wittner is part of the Future Commerce Initiative (FCI). FCI educates leadership teams on how the concept of global commerce is changing. FCI’s research and curriculums deliver both facts and theory for strategy creation and to direct capital investment. FCI is partnered with global leaders in retail, technology, CPG and leading educational institutions that collectively supply FCI programs with content and instruction.

Dan has been involved in the retail community for 30 years with a broad range of experiences. Prior to FCI, he was the COO of One Door, a merchandising software-as-a-service provider to the retail community. Before transitioning to retail technology, Dan held leadership roles with The Timberland Company and Wilson Sporting Goods. He has been appointed to a number of Advisory Boards, including Demandware, The National Wildlife Refuge and Next Point.

Dan lives in Newburyport MA with his wife and two sons. He is committed to the concept of teaching the next generation and is a Guest Lecturer at the business school of both the University of New Hampshire and Boston University.