DC Retail Summit 2021 Recap

Missed the 2021 D.C. Retail Summit half-day virtual session? No problem!

Access the free half-day virtual session featuring one-on-one conversations and panels that explore our business community’s pivot over the last year and what’s next for D.C. retail and restaurants. To view the full recording of this session click here

DC Retail NOW + Tomorrow

D.C. Retail Summit explores the possibilities and how small and local independent retail emerge over the next three years within the District’s ecosystem.


  • Dr. Claire Nelson, Chief Ideation Leader, The Futures Forum and Forbes Top 50 Female Futurist
  • James Rhee, John H. Johnson Endowed Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship, Howard University


The NexGen in Retail

Going out of business and then coming back in is not new for retail. From digital technology, enhancing experiences, e-commerce, home, and curbside delivery, 2020 forced retailers to reimagine the online and offline customer experience. From startups to expansions, retail owners discuss how the pandemic has (re)shaped their businesses.


  • Hosted by Harold Fisher, Daily Drum, WHUR 96.3FM
  • Victoria Lai, Owner, Ice Cream Jubilee
  • Dr. Gautham Vadakkepatt, Founding Director, Center for Retail Transformation, George Mason University School of Business
  • Yolanda Dandridge James, CEO, Insight Opticians


DC Retail Red Talk: Unbreakable

DC Retail Summit in partnership with Story District spotlights the direct autobiographical story from a D.C. Retail Owner, Sarah Frimpong, Founder of Wellfound Foods, on how she discovered the power and purpose of being unbreakable during the pandemic.


Equity: Retail Leaders in Action

Equity is imperative and indisputable. Understanding where to invest and how to improve the workplace and the community shows measurable actions and commitment to change. Retail Leaders disclose their lessons from the global pandemic inclusive of their social responsibility goals in action.


Hosted by Denise Rolark Barnes, Publisher, The Washington Informer.

  • Bryan Myers, President and CEO, Solidcore
  • Anna Valero, Owner, Hook Hall
  • Rahama Wright, CEO Shea Yeleen and Founder, The DC Pop Up


DC Retail Red Talk: Connected

DC Retail Summit in partnership with Story District spotlights a D.C. Retail Owner, Anika Hobbs, Nubian Hueman inspiring story on how being connected changes lives and ultimately, business during the pandemic.


Small Business Roadmap

Before our closing remarks, Jeff Hebbert, President of HR&A Advisors INC., delivers a brief overview summary of D.C.’s Small Business Plan and Roadmap Project.


  • Jeff Hebbert, President of HR&A Advisors INC.


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