Innovation Theater

Offering Expert Perspectives to Guide Businesses in the Housewares Industry

The Innovation Theater is conveniently located just steps away from the new Hall of Global Innovation in the Lakeside Center lobby. Topics include intellectual property protection, brand building, consumer purchasing tracking, lifestyle trends and design forecasts.  The presenters bring important, leading-edge information and personal contact that will trigger “ah ha moments.”

Maureen Azzato

Master of Ceremonies

We’re excited to announce that Maureen Azzato, Program Director at Worldwide Business Research (WBR), will be the emcee at this year’s Innovation Theater!

The Schedule

2021 schedule will be announced early next year. Stay tuned!

Saturday, March 14

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM

How Authentic Health & Wellness Efforts Help Build Trust and Relationships with Customers

Kim Kirchherr, K2 Outcomes LLC

12:30 - 1:20 PM

Innovating a Family Business: Retail Evolution in the Columbian Market

Susana Cheng, Miscelandia

1:30 - 2:20 PM

Sweeping Fakes Under the Rug: Are You Turning a Blind Eye on Counterfeits?

Daniel Shapiro, Red Points

2:30 - 3:20 PM

Revolutionizing Materials: Teaming Up to Meet Consumer Demand for Sustainable Plastics

Scott Ballard, Eastman
Derek Campbell, Camelbak

3:30 - 4:20 PM

Understand the People Behind the Numbers to Position Your Brand and Drive Loyalty

Joeffrey Trimmingham & Paitra Russell, Philip Reese

Sunday, March 15

9:30 - 10:20 AM

2021 Trends Impacting Householders

Kate Usher, TrendBible

10:30 - 11:20 AM

The Sale Doesn’t End at the Register: Understand the Power of User Experience in Growing Your Brand

Richard Babick & Jane Freiman, Design Research; Jane Freiman, Smart Kitchen Insights Group

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM

Are There Counterfeits in Your Supply Chain?

Rosemary Coates, Reshoring Institute

12:30 - 1:20 PM

The Limitless Opportunity of Seasonal Trends

Michelle Lamb & Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf, The Trend Curve

1:30 - 2:20 PM

Leverage Category Insights to Uncover Opportunities

Peter Greene, Numerator

2:30 - 3:20 PM

Trends at the Crossroads: Sharpen Your Focus

Patti Carpenter, carpenter + company / Trensdscope

3:30 - 4:20 PM

Build Your Digital Tool-Kit to Crush Cross-Channel E-Commerce Sales

David Wilson, Zozimus

Monday, March 16

9:30 - 10:20 AM

From Digital to Sustainable: Gen Z’s Impact on the Future of Housewares

Erika Sirimanne, Euromonitor International

10:30 - 11:20 AM

Millennials — Look Who’s Turning Forty — And Taking Control!

Marsha Everton, The AIMsights Group

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM

Bringing It Home: Lessons from the Rest of Retail

Joe Derochowski, The NPD Group

12:30 - 1:20 PM

Winning the Name Game: What’s The Story Behind a Great Name?

Stacey Kalamaras, Kalamaras Law Office
Mollie Young
, Nametag International

1:30 - 2:20 PM

Inspire Customer Engagement Through Creative In-Store Events and Activities

Carol Schroeder, Orange Tree Imports

2:30 - 3:20 PM

Tabletop 20/20: What it Takes to Increase Sales and Profits in a New Decade

Laurie Burns, Tabletop Industry Expert
Allison Zisko, HFN

3:30 - 4:20 PM

Secrets of Success from Award-Winning Global Retailers

gia Judges Wolfgang Gruschwitz, Scott Kohno, Henrik Peter Reisby Nielse, Anne Kong

Tuesday, March 17

9:30 - 10:20 AM

How to Successfully Launch a Smart Home Product

Ken Kerry, Script to Screen

10:30 - 11:20 AM

Insider Tips for Creating Attention-Getting, Sales-Driving Displays

Amy Meadows, Windows Matter

Don’t Miss The Inspired Home Show!

Attend the world’s premier home + housewares show in Chicago this March.
For questions about the Innovation Theater, contact Vicki Matranga.