April 19-21, 2023

The Ritz-Carlton South Beach


Master Class 2023:

A look at mission-critical issues from the shoe industry’s most influential leaders

A Letter from the Editor

When FN returns to Miami you know it’s a big deal. 

There is a deep connection between the city, the industry and the brand. On April 19-21, we are back in southern Florida, where the FN CEO Summit has played host to an incredible amount of footwear history. 

So many amazing things have happened on the Summit stage over its nearly three-decade run. And this year we add to that history with some of the industry’s biggest and influential names. 

The Summit’s intimate setting is the best place to experience live conversation. It’s a good match. Forward-thinking executives that like to engage with an audience happy to experience the most powerful thinkers sound off on the pressing issues. 

This year’s conversation will focus around diversity, sustainability, retail, product and design. To that end, we’ve brought together the principal voices, brand architects, founders and legends to shed light on what’s next for us all as leaders.

I look forward to the learnings, the gatherings and the great conversation.

We hope to see you in Miami.

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

FN CEO Summit 2023: New Speakers Revealed for Major Miami Event

FN CEO Summit Makes a Major Return to Miami With ‘The Master Class 2023’


The countdown is on for the FN CEO Summit at The Ritz-Carlton South Beach, with the event making an exciting return to Miami for the first time since 2019! The most important power players in the business will discuss the key opportunities and formidable challenges that are unfolding during a critical year for the industry — from leadership shifts and the retail shakeout to sourcing, sustainability and DEI.


  • The Evolving C-Suite: How leadership is being redefined
  • The Ever-Changing Retail Landscape: The return of brick-and-mortar, DTC shakeout
  • The Three Ss: Sourcing, Sustainability and Supply Chain Issues
  • DEI: What’s working, what isn’t and where the industry should go next  
  • How AI and the Metaverse are impacting business
  • Where Emerging Talent Meets Emerging Market Opportunities



Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Hotel Check-In & Registration3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Cocktail Reception6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday, April 20, 2023
Breakfast & Registration7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Session I8:30 AM - 10:50 AM
Networking Break10:50 AM - 11:20 AM
Session II 11:20 AM - 12:55 PM
Lunch12:55 PM - 1:55 PM
Session III1:55 PM - 3:55 PM
Networking Break3:55 PM - 4:25 PM
Session IV4:25 PM - 5:25 PM
Cocktail Reception6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Keynote Dinner7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Friday, April 21, 2023
Breakfast & Attendee Check-Out8:00 AM - 10:00 AM



The Ritz-Carlton

South Beach, Miami
1 Lincoln Rd,
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Audience Benefits

The 2023 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

Fairchild Live’s Decision Making Thought Leader Audience


Brands / Retailers


Industry Service Providers


C-Suite Founder, Partners, Principals


Senior Level Executives EVPs, SVPs, VPs

Past Attendees


Standard Rate: $4,250

What Your Ticket Includes

  • 2-Night Stay at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach (April 19 + 20, check-out on April 21)
  • All Access Pass (networking and programming)
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception on April 19
  • Seat at The Keynote Dinner on April 20


Thank You to Our Sponsors:

Sponsorship Benefits

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Owen Pan-Kita

Sponsorship Inquiries
Hillari Lazzara



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