Celebrating 25 influential individuals

At the Gala, the NRF Foundation honors 25 people shaping retail's future. The List recognizes true originals, rising stars, inspirational change-makers, champions of retail and fearless leaders whose imagination, inspiration and innovation is having a true impact on the industry. See who made The List 2017!

Every spring, the NRF Foundation is in search of the best and brightest the retail industry has to offer. To be honored on The List, you must be nominated (either by yourself or someone else) during the open nomination period. Sign up to be added to The List 2018 communications.


"The most powerful part of the retail industry is its people."
— Matthew Shay, President & CEO, National Retail Federation



The Disruptors

True originals who rock the boat with ideas so crazy, they just might work. These are the people who make you rethink what you thought you knew about retail, opening you up to new possibilities for your customers, your business and your world.

The Dreamers

Rising stars who might be light on experience, but their heart, energy and passion inspire everyone around them. They're already making waves in their store, company or hometown with their fresh ideas, big dreams and sky-high goals.

The Givers

Inspirational change-makers and big-hearted optimists who make retail shine as a force for good. They see a need and use their skills and resources to fill it to the brim, bringing joy and new opportunities to their companies, communities and the whole wide world.

The Influencers

Champions of retail, bridging the gap between the industry and the rest of the world. Whether they're journalists, activists, innovators or business leaders, these nominees don't work in retail—but they're helping it evolve. They're passionate, persistent and intelligent, and their work is paving the way for innovative retailers everywhere.

The Power Players

Fearless leaders who never shy away from what others may see as insurmountable challenges. These top retail executives have more than just elite status—they have vision, passion and heart. Their forward-looking decisions have a ripple effect across the industry, but they're not afraid to take risks or push boundaries. They guide, inspire and challenge us to move beyond the status quo.