Network with WISE, Target and Schwan’s in Minneapolis


Don’t miss this chance to network and share ideas with other store brand professionals!

Join Women Impacting Storebrand Excellence (WISE) in Minneapolis on June 26, 2019, an evening of networking, sharing ideas, cocktails, snacks, and fun with other private brand professionals. A panel discussion focused on corporate culture, diversity, and managing change will be spearheaded by guest speakers Julie Thiel, VP of HR, from Schwan’s, and Amber Banesh, Director of Own Brands, from Target.

June 26, 2019
5:30-7:30 PM

Complimentary Appetizers & Beverages Will Be Served

McCormick & Schmick’s Downtown Minneapolis
Private Dining Room I 800
Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55402


Women Impacting Storebrand Excellence (WISE) is a non-profit professional development organization, founded by women, to champion the power of diversity and inclusion which drives profitable growth within the store brand industry.

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Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.