August 3, 2022

The Plaza Hotel | New York, NY

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Followed By:

Women Who Rock

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

in partnership with two ten

Letter From The Editor

Success across a landscape impacted by ever-changing financial conditions, sourcing and labor issues and rapidly evolving consumer tastes requires even the most dynamic companies to rewrite their playbooks. And as we navigate a constantly changing playing field, it is the innovative leaders that deserve the spotlight. The 2022 FN CEO Summit, coming Wednesday, August 3 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, will spotlight these, the best of the best of the industry’s New Powerbrokers.

This year’s summit aims to understand the radical changes in today’s highly connected consumer, to dissect fast-changing global dynamics, and to examine pivotal issues around sustainability and inclusivity along with other market trends that are driving growth today. To that end, we’ve gathered the principal voices of retail, brand, design, tech and more in conversations designed to shed light on what’s next for us all as leaders and as a global community striving for progress.

I look forward to the exchange, the dialog, and to seeing you all.

Michael Atmore
Chief Brand Officer, Fairchild Media Group
Editorial Director, Footwear News 


The FN CEO Summit is back in person for the first time since 2019! Timed strategically with August market week in New York, this can’t-miss one-day event on Aug. 3 will bring together the game-changing leaders who are redefining the landscape at a critical time. As pandemic uncertainty and supply chain challenges continue and sustainability takes center stage, digital innovation, bold partnerships and a return to physical shopping present new opportunities. At this exclusive event, hear from the most savvy brand execs, forward-thinking retailers and innovative designers who are leading the way.


  • The Big Economic Picture: With inflationary and supply chain pressures showing no signs of abating, execs will open up about how strategies must change heading into 2023 and beyond 
  • Culture Conversation: The most innovative leaders open up about how they are rethinking work culture in the hybrid era and the big lessons they have learned through the pandemic 
  • The Hot Brands: Top brand architects discuss how they are driving excitement at a time when the fervor around shoes is at an all-time high + how running and fitness are redefining the landscape
  • Diversity Dominates: How trailblazers are igniting change across the industry and in their communities — and how to really fuel meaningful change long-term 
  • Rethinking the Store: Brick-and-mortar has bounced back more strongly than expected but the formula has changed significantly. Why digitally-led and experiential concepts are leading the way
  • Meeting the Metaverse: As the metaverse takes center stage, how shoe players are tapping into the new digital craze and what the real potential could be for the market
  • Sustainability Innovation: Looking ahead to 2030, inside the most innovative strategies that will drive real change + new insight about the circularity conversation what being sustainable really means in the shoe world


Registration and Breakfast8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Session I9:00 AM - 11:05 AM
Networking Break11:05 AM - 11:45 AM
Session II11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
Lunch1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Session III2:15 PM - 4:00 PM
FN x Two Ten x Women Who Rock: Cocktail Reception5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
FN x Two Ten x Women Who Rock: Programming6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

*Subject to change


The Plaza Hotel

Fifth Avenue at Central Park South
New York, NY

Audience Benefits

The 2022 Footwear News CEO Summit provides attendees with unparalleled access to:
High impact talks from Footwear Industry Icons and Landscape shifting Executives
Insightful panels designed to move the culture and conversation forward
Strategically designed agenda packed with creative thinking to take business to the next level
An environment that connects directly to C-suite and senior-level insiders


Audiences at the Footwear News CEO Summit leave with
Strategic learnings that will elevate business practices
A sense of collaboration among peers and mentors at the highest level across the footwear community
Newer, stronger and more meaningful networking among brands and retailers that last a career



Brands / Retailers


Industry Service Providers


C-Suite Founder, Partners, Principals


Senior Level Executives EVPs, SVPs, VPs

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