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IRDC 2022 Call for Presenters

Now accepting speaker proposals for the 22nd annual International Retail Design Conference, Oct. 25-26, at the Hilton Downtown Columbus, Columbus, Ohio




IRDC 2022 Call for PresentersThe VMSD editorial team is hard at work preparing for IRDC 2022. The International Retail Design Conference is the only educational and networking event tailored to retail design, consumer experience, visual merchandising, and store design professionals.

Have a great idea that just might inspire a few hundred of your retail design peers?

We’re looking for presentations that…

  • break the mold on boring “talking head(s) at podium” case studies
  • tackle high-level, strategic topics with broad relevance across channels, job functions
  • broaden our horizons beyond the world of retail…what can we learn from other industries?
  • address the growing importance of “phygital” experiences in the built environment
  • share original consumer or market research that drives the narrative on consumer trends, future proofing, predictive analytics, etc.
  • engage and involve the audience – challenges, workshops, interpretive dance – if it’s fun and educational with a dash of team-building, let’s talk!

Our educational program is filled with:

  • Thought-provoking, high-level keynote presentations (45min) that challenge the norms and promote new ways of thinking
  • Focused breakout sessions (30min) devoted to exploring to strategic conversations about emerging trends; translating the latest, most innovative retail experiences; and looking ahead to what the future holds.
  • Hands-on workshops and interactive sessions provide attendees with inspiration and new networking experiences.

We receive more proposals than we can accommodate in our program, therefore, not all submissions can be accepted. IRDC is a peer-to-peer event. Design/architecture firms must co-present with one or more representatives of a retail brand; solo presentations from design firms will not be considered. Unless you are proposing a panel discussion, please, no more than two speakers per session.<

Please secure the participation of all presenters and the organizations they represent prior to submitting a proposal. Presentations that have been given previously, particularly at other U.S. retail industry events, are also ineligible for consideration.


Vendors, manufacturers and suppliers are not eligible to speak at IRDC and are eligible to participate in a sponsorship capacity only.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Linda D’Adamo at

Questions? Please contact Managing Editor Carly Hagedon at or visit



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