THE EVENT: One Night. One Focus. Shaping Retail's Future.

This night is dedicated to celebrating the imagination, inspiration and innovation at work in retail today. It’s a place for top leaders in the industry to join together to support the next generation of retail talent, while enjoying some glitz and glamour. In addition to honoring The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2017, we will host dozens of high performing students at the Gala to recognize their early contributions to retail. We hope you can join us to celebrate the successes of our industry and invest in retail’s future by giving back.

As hundreds of c-suite professionals will be gathered in New York City for NRF's Retail’s BIG Show, it’s a natural fit to hold this event on the overlapping Sunday. The NRF Foundation also hosts 500 students the Friday and Saturday prior for an educational and career advancement program and career fair.

Read more about our mission and the cause you'll be supporting.


“The NRF Foundation celebrates imagination, inspiration and innovation at work in the retail industry today while fostering tomorrow's retail stars. I'm proud to support an organization whose work shapes retail’s future by building industry awareness, fostering career growth and developing talent.”
—Steve Barr, US Retail & Consumer Leader, PwC

“We’re so proud to be involved with the NRF Foundation. In two short years, the Foundation has raised nearly $3M giving aspiring students opportunities to develop into our next generation of retailing talent. We look forward to 'shaping retail’s future' and bringing the Gala to new heights in 2017.”
—Gunther Bright, EVP, Merchant Services – U.S., American Express Company


A great celebration for a great cause!

The Atmosphere. A purple carpet, live entertainment, a star-studded room.

The Attendees. Retail CEOs, inspirational executives, and student rock stars. 

The Attire. Cocktail attire, with your own personal flair.

The Time. Arrive at 6:15pm.

The Location. Pier 60, Chelsea Piers, New York City.

The Social Channels. Engage with us using #nrfGALA and #TheList17. Follow us @NRFFoundation and @NRFnews.

The Transportation. Parking is available for $45 per vehicle. Following the event, shuttles will be provided to Times Square (42nd and 8th) and Bryant Park (42nd and 6th). If you're headed elsewhere, be sure to arrange a cab or Uber for pick-up. Don't leave without grabbing your amazing gift bag on your way out the door!

The Program. Doors open at 6:15pm, followed by a silent auction and cocktail reception. The bulk of the program is held from 7-9pm to include dinner, entertainment, student scholarship awards and a presentation of The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2017. End the night with a fabulous dessert reception.

Check out 2016 event highlights to get a sense of what the Gala is all about. Questions? Contact us at