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Innovation Theater

All Show Days
E350, Lakeside Center Lobby

The Innovation Theater is the Show’s destination for learning. Discover emerging trends and how to invigorate your new products. Each presentation is FREE to all attendees. Speakers share their knowledge of important issues in the housewares industry such as the crucial role of design, Smart Home topics, consumer lifestyle trends and new platforms for product launches.

Listen to Past Year's Presentations

Saturday, March 18, Innovation Theater Schedule

Man the Kitchen: The Recipe for Strategic Merchandising

Steve Katz

Consumer Color Preferences: What is Hot and What is Not

Lee Eisman

Communicating with Color/Design: Inspiring and Defining Essential Trends

Lee Eisman

Influencer Marketing: Turning Housewares Consumers Into Marketers

Stephen Reily

Vibrant Nation

Home and Interior Trends: Spring Summer 2018

Helen Jamieson

Trend Bible

The Smart Kitchen Market: Recipe for Disruption

Michael Wolf

Creator and Curator, Smart Kitchen Summit

New Digital Media Trends for Driving Outcomes at Retail

Connie Johnson


Sunday, March 19, Innovation Theater Schedule

Food Storage Innovation Matters: For Consumer Health and Retail Profits

Retail Panel Discussion Moderators: Todd Hale, formerly of Nielsen Consumer Insights and Mark Mechelse, GMDC

Disrupt Today’s Trends and Point Them In Your Direction

Joe Derochowski

The NPD Group

Global Trends in Homewares and Appliances to 2021

Bob Hoyler

Euromonitor International

The Essential Ingredients for Successful Licensing

Tony Lisanti

License! Global Magazine

Caren Chacko


Parenting in the Connected Home of the Future

Kevin Young


Healthy Living begins at Home

Chris Bissig

GE Appliances

Keys to New Product Success for Designers and Product Managers

Richard Babick and Janine Michalek

Design Research

Monday, March 20, Innovation Theater Schedule

Love the One You’re With – Boomers Spending Big

Marsha Everton and Whitney Ryan


The Good, Bad and Ugly of Connected Things

Carley Knobloch


The Latin American Small Appliances Markets: Opportunities and Challenges

Daniela Strebl


Chew on This: Exploring the Future of Food and Human Nourishment

Justin Massa and Ryan Osero


Why Your Customer Bought Your Competitor's Product

Michael Liebowitz

Magnetic Mind Studio

Mastering Human Connection Through Connected Products

Matt Alverson

IA Collaborative

Top Ten Retail Trends for Consumer Engagement

Moderator: Anne Kong

gia Retail Judges: Wolfgang Gruschwitz, Scott Kohno, Henrik Peter Reisby Nielsen

Tuesday, March 21, Innovation Theater Schedule

2017 Trends in Coatings for Cookware, Bakeware and Small Electrics

Fran Groesbeck and Suzie Eberhardt

Whitford Corp.

Align Your Brand with the “Well-Luxe” Lifestyle

Nancy Trent

Trent and Company