Pre- Conference Focus Day

Wednesday March 16, 2022 | 12pm - 5pm 

Focus days must be booked at registration

Transforming How Retail Brands Can Attract & Develop the Retail Workforce of the Future 

Begin your LEAP HR: Reinvented Retail experience by tackling critical questions addressing how we find, inspire, and energize the current and future retail talent we need for critical business results. This is your opportunity to plug into the very latest thinking into how the leading retail brands – including Shoe Sensation, Hanna Andersson, Walmart and Ulta Beauty are rethinking how to break away from misconceptions and find the front-line talent more effectively they need to remain competitive.

The questions to be addressed include: 

The People-Centric HR Strategies that Will Enable You to Meet the Fast-aChanging Needs of Your Shop Floor Employees

How Shoe Sensation found new ways to connect with its workforce across 200 stores and redesign compensation and benefits to meet fast-changing employee needs.

Battling the “Great Attrition” & Navigating the “New Normal” to Build An Engaged, Informed & Energized Workforce

How Hanna Andersson is introducing flexible hybrid work schedules and developing employee forward centered mandates for an engaged, informed and energized workforce, from distribution centers to head office.

Supercharging Hiring Initiatives to Acquire & Support Top Retail Talent in Record Time

Hear how Walmart has challenged traditional recruitment processes to

supercharge a hiring initiative that allows new talent to join the business within
24 hours, resulting in 500,000 new hires in just a few months.

Re-energize Your Talent Acquisition Function to Find New Ways to Win the
War on Retail Talent

Participate in output-focused, interactive discussion with Ulta Beauty on
revitalizing the search for talent in an increasingly competitive candidate market.



Paul DeSousa
Vice President of Talent Management
Ulta Beauty


Maren Dollwet Waggoner
Vice President of Workforce Strategy & Global People Partner


Jennifer Walls
Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Shoe Sensation


Bliss Deylami
Director of Learning Innovation & Operations


Patrick Proctor
Vice President, Head of Human Resources
Hanna Andersson