Sponsorship Opportunities

Exhibiting member companies and Industry Service Providers are invited to sponsor any of our Keynote or General sessions on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Adrienne Tiritilli for additional details and to reserve your session.

Benefits of Sponsorship

  • Logo inclusion on registration page for event
  • Logo inclusion (linked to your website) in dedicated email to IHA database of buyers and media with 50,000 recipients
  • Inclusion in social media posts (logo and tags) related to specific session
  • Logo inclusion on PPT intro and conclusion slide for session sponsored
  • Inclusion in social media posts (logo and tags) related to specific session
  • Opportunity to provide a one-minute overview of company at beginning of sponsored session
  • Receive list of retail and media attendees from session (name, company and title)
  • Inclusion in post-event content posting and promotion via social and email

Keynote Sessions

$2,500 per session sponsored
(one sponsor per session)

2020 in the Rearview Mirror

Tues 3/16, 11 AM – 12 PM (CT)

Now that it’s all said and done, let’s get a look at how the Home + Housewares industry fared during the most disruptive year in a generation. Get a look at how the year ended, including a recap of category, channel and holiday-specific outcomes.

Speaker:
Joe DerochowskiHome Industry Advisor, The NPD Group

The Now Normal - Creating Value ...

Thur 3/18, 11 AM (CT)

Which factors influence today’s purchase decisions most? Join Tom Mirabile, Home industry expert and the IHA’s Consumer Trend Analyst, as he explores surprising long-term shifts in how consumers define value as they search for stability and security.

For retailers, suppliers and service providers, consumer insight will be the most essential component of successful strategies in product development, assortment planning, sales and service initiatives, and even supply chain management. Tom’s focus on actionable insights and shifting marketplace realities make this presentation a must-see.

Speaker: Tom Mirabile, Principal & FounderSpringboard Futures

Lessons Across Industries

Mon 3/22, 12:30 – 1:30 PM (CT)

While the home + housewares industry saw record growth from the pandemic, many other industries faced significant headwinds. What lessons can we, in the Housewares industry, learn from those industries that have had to think differently in order to survive- what of their experience can make us more adaptive?

Moderated By Peter Giannetti
Editor-In-Chief, HomeWorld Business 

Speakers:
Joe DerochowskiHome Industry Advisor, The NPD Group
David PortalatinFood Industry Advisor, The NPD Group
Larissa JensenBeauty Industry Advisor, The NPD Group
Steve BakerTechnology Industry Advisor, The NPD Group
Matt PowellSports Industry Advisor, The NPD Group

Pantone Colorwatch

Thurs 3/25, 11 AM-12 PM (CT)

Join Leatrice (Lee) Eiseman, IHA’s color expert and executive director of the Pantone Color Institute as she explains why and how specific trends are persisting, while still managing to create a much needed “refresh” for the consumer. Lee will show a purposeful yet practical approach that is especially meaningful for the home and housewares industry.  

Speaker: Leatrice (Lee) Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute

Interested?

To reserve a session, or for more information, contact Adrienne Tiritilli.

Education Sessions

$1,250 per session sponsored
(one sponsor per session)

The New Administration

Tue 3/16, 12:30—1:30 PM (CT)

Coming Soon

Speaker:Paul G. Murphy
Senior Vice President for International Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Post-Covid Consumer

Wed 3/17, 12:30—1:30 PM (CT)

Plenty of new consumer needs were established during the pandemic. Which are here to stay and which are fleeting? How will consumers navigate a world where contagious diseases are disruptive rather than irritating? And what is and will be important to consumers in their purchase decisions in the near term?

Speakers:
Joe DerochowskiHome Industry Advisor, The NPD Group
Tom Mirabile Principal & Founder, Springboard Futures
Leana SalamahVice President, Marketing, IHA

Moderated by Peter Giannetti
Editor-In-Chief, HomeWorld Business

Diversity & Inclusion

Thur 3/18, 12:30—1:30 PM (CT)

Learn about challenges and opportunities in establishing or enhancing diversity and inclusive practices in the workforces, culture, customer, and client bases.

Speaker:
Maura ReganPresident, Licensing International

Post-Covid Retailing

Fri, 3/19, 12:30—1:30 PM (CT)

Once we are past the pandemic, what will retailing look like? Will online shopping continue and where will it peak?  What is the role and future for Brick & Mortar retailing?  What innovations did we see during the pandemic and which will stick?  What are the factors to monitor and navigate in 2021 to be successful?

Don UnserChief Retail Strategist, The NPD Group

Retail Renaissance

Mon 3/22, 11 AM—12 PM (CT)

Whether you’re a retailer, manufacturer, importer or licensor, and whether you are physical or virtual, refocusing on the creative elements of shopper engagement–assortments, displays, non-verbal interaction–is the new reality. This session will highlight where to find the right inspiration, how to utilize trends in the process and innovative ways to communicate through visual merchandising.

Speakers:
Michelle LambFounder & Editorial Director, The Trend CurveLeigh Ann Schwarzkopf Co-Founder, Project Partners

The Future of Smart in the Home

Tues 3/23, 12:30 PM—1:30 PM (CT)

The Housewares industry has flirted with Smart in the home for a few years with varying degrees of success. Given the dramatic changes in consumer needs and retailing during the pandemic, Smart technology is ripe for Housewares; but to be successful it needs the integration of the Food, Technology and Housewares industries working together to solve these new consumer needs. In this discussion we will view the challenge of Smart through three distinct lenses – eating behaviors, technology and housewares – to help leverage Smart to solve these new consumer needs.

Speakers:
Michelle LambFounder & Editorial Director, The Trend CurveLeigh Ann Schwarzkopf Co-Founder, Project Partners

Harvest, Halloween & Holiday

Wed 3/24, 12:30—1:30 PM (CT)

For more than a year, consumers have been unable to gather and celebrate with loved ones. As opportunities for in-person experiences return in 2021, emotions will run high, increasing consumer interest and engagement. Assortments that speak to these powerful emotions will win big. Learn about the palette, pattern and thematic style trends with the greatest potential for third- and fourth-quarter sales.

Speaker:
Michelle LambFounder & Editorial DirectorThe Trend Curve

Material Matters

Thur 3/25, 12:30—1:30 PM (CT)

Manufacturers, brands and retailers are redirecting strategic initiatives as new environmental, social and lifestyle realities reveal crucial new priorities. Sustainability, responsibility and the consumer experience are being realized through the use of innovative materials in products. What is the now, new and next in materials?

Speakers:
Tom MirabilePrincipal and Founder, Springboard Futures
Allison ZiskoEditor-in-Chief, HFN Digital
Andrew Dent PhDExecutive Vice President, Research, Material ConneXion
Gayatri Keshar PhDVice President, Research, Material ConneXion

Big Takeaways: Wrap-Up

Fri, 3/26, 12:30—1:30 PM (CT)

Recap and discussion of various points raised from the sessions over the last two weeks with an eye toward what is most immediate and actionable.

Speakers:
Joe DerochowskiHome Industry Advisor, The NPD Group
Tom Mirabile Principal & Founder, Springboard Futures
Leana SalamahVice President, Marketing, IHA

Moderated by Peter Giannetti
Editor-In-Chief, HomeWorld Business

Join us for Connect SPRING

Registration for Connect SPRING is free for home + housewares industry professionals and news media, whether you want to participate in one session or all of them. Curate your Connect SPRING experience now.