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12:00 noon-1:00 pm EDT on Zoom


March 15 , 2023


Lessons to Be Learned from Retailers & Brands That Lost Their Magic


Many stellar retail names, including unicorns with offerings that were once rare and/or highly valued, have fallen from grace. Some failed to be flexible; some overly-narrowed their niche; some simply lost their cool. 

Join us as our Subject Matter Experts – Journalist, lecturer and fashion consultant Teri Agins; Managing Director at Coresight Research Marie Driscoll; and CEO, J Rogers Kniffen WWE and contributor to CNBC Jan Rogers Kniffen, – explore the lessons to be learned from the descent of the once-mighty.

  • Owning Your Space and Losing It: Including Bed, Bath & Beyond and Party City

  • Super-Hot and Then Not: Including Victoria's Secret, Gap and J. Crew

  • Magic to Myth (E-commerce “Wonder” Businesses): Including Stitchfix, RealReal and Rent the Runway 

Teri Agins

Award-winning journalist, lecturer, consultant


Teri is a former senior special writer and “Ask Teri” columnist at The Wall Street Journal where she developed the paper’s fashion industry beat which she covered for 30 years. She is the author of “Hijacking the Runway,” “How Celebrities are Stealing the Spotlight From Fashion Designers” (2014 Avery/ Penguin Random


RMS Members: $10 

Guests: $50*

Date: Wednesday, March 15

Time: 12:00 noon-1:00 pm EDT


Dail-in instructions will be emailed  prior to the event.

* If you're not an RMS member, now is the time to join. Benefits of membership include: reduced rates on webinars, meetings and conferences; complimentary attendance at our Roundtable online discussions; "Top Takeaways"-capsule summaries of most meetings and webinars; Membership Directory for networking purposes; and Face to Face Fridays, a bi-monthly online networking session for members only.

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Our webinar will kick off with a short, up-to-the-moment summary of the latest goings-on in retail. Our Subject Matter Expert is Patrick McKeever, President and Founder of The Daily on Retail.

House) and “The End of Fashion, How Marketing Changed the Clothing Business Forever” (1999 William Morrow/HarperCollins ). Teri has written for The New York Times, Vogue, Essence, O Magazine, Town & Country, Allure, Elle, Fortune and Harper’s Bazaar, and appeared on “Oprah,” “Project Runway,” “The View,” “Full Frontal Fashion,” “The Today Show,” CNN, CNBC, and National Public Radio. Teri appeared in documentary films: “Victoria’s Secret: Angels and Demons” (Hulu, 2022) and “The United States of Elie Tahari” (Vimeo on Demand, 2021).

Marie Driscoll

Managing Director

Coresight Research

Marie  is a senior analyst covering Beauty, Luxury and Fashion. She joined the Coresight Research team in 2014. Previously she was a Senior Director-Retail in the Equity Research department of Standard & Poors. Marie was recognized three times in The 

Wall Street Journal’s “Best on the Street” analyst survey. Marie teaches Funding Beauty & Fashion at Parsons; Global Fashion Marketing at FIT; and Equity Analysis at CUNY’s Zicklin School of Business. She mentors at XRC Labs and New York Fashion Tech Labs and is an advisor at Fabulyst and Genostyle., Walt Disney and directly with all the top social media platforms. Marie serves on the RMS Board of Directors.

Jan Rogers Kniffen


J Rogers Kniffen WWE

Jan is a consultant to investors in retail companies, a former retail executive, and a CNBC contributor. His firm, J Rogers Kniffen WWE, consults with long funds, mutual funds, hedge

funds, and private equity firms as they make decisions regarding investments in retailers. Jan is self-described as the "country's leading expert on retailing."   Jan spent 20 years as a senior executive at The May Department Stores, a company operating 21 major department stores, as well as developing, owning and operating 26 super regional shopping malls. As SVP Finance and Treasurer, Jan ran Treasury Operations, Tax, Risk, Investor Relations, Public Relations, Long Range Financial Planning, Acquisition Analysis, Competitor Comparison, and Medical. He also managed the $3 billion pension, profit sharing and foundation portfolio. Jan chartered and was president of the three May National Banks, and president of the insurance subsidiaries of May. Jan serves on the RMS Board of Directors


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Joan Volpe

Adjunct Professor, FIT

Until recently, Joan was the Managing Coordinator of the FIT Center for Continuing and Professional Studies and continues at FIT as an Adjunct Professor in Fashion Business  Management, Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology,  During her tenure as head of Professional Studies. 

Joan led the CPS in efforts to provide fast, focused business solutions and training for individuals and companies at each level of the industry including internationally established corporations and trade groups. She oversaw the creation, development, promotion, and management of over 500 short programs annually, as well as a number of Professional Development Certificate programs covering such disciplines as Branding, Omni-Channel Retailing, Image Consulting and Fashion Styling. A veteran of the fashion industry, Joan has had experience on both the retail and wholesale side of the industries served by FIT, including experience in marketing and merchandising apparel, home, and beauty products. Joan serves on the RMS Board of Directors.

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