Speaker Profile

Speaker – Lori Monaco
President, Fashion Footwear, Accessories & Luxury

Lori Monaco leads the Fashion Footwear, Accessories, and Luxury practice at The NPD Group. Lori has over 25 years of experience in strategy, consumer insights, business development, and marketing. Lori is considered an expert in consumer behavior, advertising research, and analysis. Lori joined The NPD Group in 2003 and has played a key role in helping the company grow its business. She also has developed and launched products and services that meet the evolving needs of the industries she focuses on. Lori serves as a board member for the Accessories Council and the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA). Prior to joining NPD, Lori held senior positions at Kraft Foods, working on billion-dollar brands to help drive marketing effectiveness and sales. Earlier in her career, she worked at Nielsen and in account management at Y&R Wunderman. Lori holds an MBA from Hofstra University.

Moderator – Victoria Gomelsky
Editor in Chief, JCK Magazine

Victoria Gomelsky is editor in chief of JCK, a 148-year-old jewelry trade publication based in New York City. Prior to joining JCK, she was the editor of Couture International Jeweler and a senior editor at National Jeweler. Her freelance work has appeared in the International New York Times, the New York Times, WSJ Magazine, Robb Report, the Hollywood Reporter, and Waking Up American: Coming of Age Biculturally, an anthology published by Seal Press.

She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with a BA in political science in 1995 and earned her MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University in 2002. She specializes in jewelry and watch writing but her greatest love has always been travel—55 countries and counting. Victoria divides her time between New York City and Los Angeles.


Moderator – Jennifer Shaheen

Technology Therapist® Expertly guiding business owners through the intersection of marketing and technology for 20 years, Jennifer Shaheen has a unique approach that combines technical innovation, entrepreneurial insight and marketing acumen.

A thought leader, Jennifer seeks continually to translate today’s digital mysteries into understandable, accessible information. Jennifer is a national presenter and moderator for Entrepreneur and SCORE webinars, as well as a recurring guest on MSNBC’s Your Business. A dynamic speaker and educator, Jennifer speaks regularly to the retail industry, including appearances at NOW NY, American Gem Society, and JCK Las Vegas.

Jennifer is a multi-channel retail marketing expert, empowering her clientele to deploy fundamental marketing principals across multiple platforms, from traditional vehicles through website development, social media, and mobile marketing. An experienced entrepreneur, Jennifer deftly provides nurturing support for her clients while guiding them to make choices that lead to greater brand reach, profitability and impact. Her unique talent is for taking businesses to the next level by identifying productive marketing channels and untapped opportunities, and creating comprehensive strategies encompassing both. Her modern interpretation of sound marketing principals coupled with her in-depth understanding of technology consistently delivers results. Jennifer’s agency, The Technology Therapy Group, is known for its superior development team, stellar websites, apps, and unique digital strategies.

Jennifer is a graduate of Hofstra University and Chief Education Officer for Social Media Marketing University an accredited online learning platform.

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