Karen Giberson/President of the Accessories Council
The Accessories Council is a not-for-profit trade association, dedicated to helping our members grow their sales. We have over 250 members and offer multiple events each month to promote our companies.
We know that the retail landscape is changing at a warp speed. New players are emerging while former pillar brands are crumbling around us. The Accessories Council believes that to thrive today, companies must be nimble, open to new ideas and to ready reinvent how they operate.
We have dedicated our year to offering educational events to help spark ideas for change. On April 9, we will host a daylong session in partnership with Wharton. We will host our first Accessories Summit in partnership with WWD and NPD, on July 27th. Along the way, we will be offering at least one program each month to explore new ways to grow our businesses. It is in this spirit that we built our program for Vision East. We have invited a sampling of our most popular and inspiring speakers.
Frances Cole Jones, author and coach will kick off our day with “10 Things You Can Do Today To Wow Tomorrow”. Frances shares simple, but highly effective tips on how to present your ideas, sell your products and communicate effectively in our technology loaded world!
NPD’s Carolyn Cohen’s session, “Inside the Mind of Today’s Changing Consumer” will use statistics to demonstrate the influence of the millennial and boomer. This date offers great insights on how to appeal to these customers.
David Jacoby, attorney with Culhane Meadows, will offer a legal perspective in laymen’s terms in his presentation “Navigating New Technology—Real Life Implementation and Implications”. David’s sessions are always filled with thought provoking questions.
Futurist and Founder of HipGuide, Syl Tang will give us a glimpse of things to come in her presentation “Trends-Fads-Reality: What’s Next?” Syl has a talent for spotting emerging trends and technologies. We believe that having an idea of what’s coming can help one make sound decisions today!
I will present a special session called “What’s Going On in Retail that You Can’t Afford to Miss Out On”. I will cover ideas that are working at retail today, tricks of the trade and share ideas to grow your business today.
I will be on hand all day to answer questions and look forward to seeing you there!