Laura Alber has more than 16 years experience in the retail industry including more than 11 years in leadership roles at Williams-Sonoma, Inc. In July of 2006, Ms. Alber was appointed to the newly created position of President, Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
In this role, Ms. Alber is responsible for leading the Pottery Barn brands as well as the company's global supply chain, distribution, and worldwide logistics strategies. Ms. Alber is also responsible for the Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Bed and Bath and Pottery Barn Kids stores.
Ms. Alber has been the leader of several of the company's most impressive growth strategies, including the multi-channel expansion of the Pottery Barn Brand and the creation of Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn Bed and Bath, and PBteen brands. Her strong merchandising point of view has lead the Pottery Barn brands through their most successful years of business.
Ms. Alber joined Williams-Sonoma, Inc. in 1995 as a Senior Buyer for Pottery Barn. Since then, she has held numerous brand management roles with the company including the positions of President, Pottery Barn Brands; Executive Vice President, Pottery Barn Merchandising; and Senior Vice President Pottery Barn Catalog and Pottery Barn Kids Retail.
Prior to Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Ms. Alber worked at The Gap Inc., and at Casual Corner and was a successful small business owner in college.
Ms. Alber received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She currently resides in Belvedere, CA with her husband and three children who are constant sources of inspiration in her product development and merchandising decisions. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary and a tireless supporter of working parents.
Cammie Dunaway joined Nintendo of America Inc. in November 2007 as executive vice president, sales & marketing. A seasoned executive with over 25 years of marketing experience, Dunaway oversees all sales and marketing activities for Nintendo in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America.
Before joining Nintendo, Dunaway was with Yahoo! as its chief marketing officer where she oversaw all of Yahoo's! consumer, enterprise and partnership marketing initiatives, from brand and marketing communications to product planning and positioning to execution of customer acquisition and retention strategies. She was also responsible for Yahoo!'s tremendously successful 10-year anniversary campaign, which earned a 2006 Gold Reggie Award from the Promotional Marketing Association, and led Yahoo! to widespread industry recognition, including Clio Awards, Obie Awards, the Promo PRO Awards and the DMA Marketer of the Year Award for 2006.
Dunaway spent 13 years at Frito-Lay, in various leadership roles in sales, marketing and general managerial responsibilities. While at Frito-Lay, she also was named one of the 100 Top Marketers by Advertising Age.
Dunaway holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Richmond and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She serves on the board of directors of Brunswick, Inc. She was recently elected by her peers to the board of the American Marketing Association.
Alice Waters, chef, author, and proprietor of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California, pioneered a culinary philosophy based on using only the freshest organic products, picked in season. Over the course of three decades, Chez Panisse has developed a network of local farmers and ranchers whose dedication to sustainable agriculture assures the restaurant a steady supply of pure, fresh ingredients.
Waters' commitment to education led to the creation of The Edible Schoolyard, a one-acre garden and adjacent kitchen classroom at Berkeley's Martin Luther King, Jr., Middle School. The Edible Schoolyard is a model public education program, which actively involves students in all aspects of the food cycle, giving them the knowledge and values they need to build a humane and sustainable future. The program is nationally recognized for its efforts to integrate gardening, cooking and the sharing of a daily school lunch into the core academic curriculum. Alice founded the Chez Panisse Foundation in 1996 to support the Schoolyard and similar programs that use food traditions to teach, nurture, and empower young people. The success of The Edible Schoolyard led to the School Lunch Initiative, a landmark agreement between the Chez Panisse Foundation and The Berkeley Unified School District to integrate a nutritious daily lunch into the core classroom curriculum for all students, kindergarten through 12th grade.
Waters is Vice President of Slow Food International, a non-profit organization that promotes and celebrates local, artisanal food traditions with members in over 100 countries. Alice is the author of eight books, including The Art of Simple Food: Notes and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution.
Alice Waters will available for book signing at the end of the day. Books will be available for purchase throughout the conference.