Shoptalk Recognizes Heretics!

Heretic: “a person holding an opinion at odds with what is generally accepted”

For 2017, we’ve introduced the Shoptalk Heretics Program to recognize individuals from established retailers and brands who champion disruptive innovation, ranging from groundbreaking partnerships and technologies to new consumer propositions. Regardless of their seniority, they boldly go against the status quo, frequently in an uphill battle to overcome entrenched thinking and practices.

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The 2017 Shoptalk Heretics are:

  • Aaron Able

    Aaron Able

    Director, Social Media + Digital Content

    West Elm

  • Nic Coia

    Nic Coia

    Senior Global Product Manager Interaction Design

    Urban Outfitters

  • Kate Delhagen

    Kate Delhagen

    Senior Director, Global Digital Business Development

    Nike Inc.

  • Abigail Gilman

    Abigail Gilman

    Social Strategy Manager

    Bon-Ton Stores

  • John Hazen

    John Hazen

    SVP, Direct-To-Consumer & Omnichannel

    True Religion

  • Kelly Helthall

    Kelly Helthall

    VP Digital, Formalwear

    Men’s Wearhouse

  • Daren Hull

    Daren Hull

    SVP Technology, Stores & West Elm Digital

    Williams-Sonoma Inc.

  • Matt Kaness

    Matt Kaness

    CEO & Board Director


  • Adam Laskowitz

    Adam Laskowitz

    Director of User Experience, Consumer IoT


  • Edward Park

    Edward Park

    SVP of Retail, E-Commerce & Wholesale Operations

    GUESS?, INC.

  • John Vary

    John Vary

    Innovation Manager

    John Lewis

  • Nikhil Sagar

    Nikhil Sagar

    VP Groupon Goods


  • John Thrailkill

    John Thrailkill

    EVP of IT & Business Development

    The Container Store

  • Lauren Picasso

    Lauren Picasso

    Director of Marketing

  • Merete Wells

    Merete Wells

    Director, Social Platforms & Emerging Trials