The Future of the Retail Workspace
Senior Retail Executive
April Sabral is a senior retail executive with over 25 years, who led retail sales and operations teams for brands such as Apple, Banana Republic, Starbucks, Holt Renfrew, and DAVIDsTEA. April has mentored and developed thousands of leaders throughout her career, after seeing a huge gap in affordable retail training and education founded retailu. April’s mission is to inspire a new era of leadership, one that teaches leaders to value their most precious asset, their people. Aprils’s first leadership book “The Positive Effect” shares her retail journey from PT Sale Associate s to VP of 250 stores, and is packed with practical advice for retail leaders.
Associate Professor of Sociology
Peter Ikeler is Associate Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury. His research centers on post-industrial labor processes and movements, as well as contemporary class structure and consciousness in advanced capitalist countries. He is the author of Hard Sell: Work and Resistance in Retail Chains (Cornell University Press, 2016) and numerous articles in scholarly journals such as The Sociological Quarterly, Work, Employment & Society, Industrial Relations, Critical Sociology and Economic & Industrial Democracy.
Head of Sales
Experienced Head of Sales with a demonstrated history of working in the human resources industry and selling SAAS solutions. I’ve spent the early part of my working to create products that can drive change to improve diversity and inclusion in the industry. Skilled in Start-ups, Marketplace, Eccomerce Sales, Management, Account Management, and Non-profits. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a background focused in Accounting and Business/Management.
Founder The Lionesque Group
Melissa Gonzalez is the founder of The Lionesque Group, an award-winning firm of retail strategists and pop-up architects. She’s also the author of “The Pop-Up Paradigm: Building Human Connections in a Digital Age,” which tackles strategies retailers can use to build human relationships in a digital-first era. Gonzalez has worked with Arianna Huffington/Thrive Global, Brandless, Carbon38, Marc Jacobs, M.Gemi, Penguin Random House, The RealReal and more.