2023 Velocity Call for Speakers for Our Groundbreaking Events

Are you or is there someone in your organization who is an experienced and dynamic speaker who can help retail and private brand professionals develop strategies, skills, and a mindset that drives private brand excellence? If so, we invite you to speak at one of our 2023 events. Our 2023 calendar includes 7 cities: Toronto, Canada, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Charlotte, North Carolina, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Austin, Texas, Chicago, Illinois, two Live Online Summits and the Vertex Awards.

Speakers should inspire, entertain, and engage through interactive presentations or panels providing practical, actionable takeaways. Speakers will receive access to the entire event. We do not accept motivation or generic business speakers. This is not a paid speaking opportunity.

Preference will be given to working retail executives that wish to speak.

Opportunities include:

  • Individual Presentations
  • Retail Panel
  • Fireside Chats
  • Workshops

What are we looking for?

  • Challenges to the status quo that positively change retail and private brand
  • Retail Case studies.
  • Hands-on guidance on how to achieve specific objectives.
  • Visionary perspectives.
  • Diverse presenters and perspectives

What we’re NOT looking for:

  • Sales pitches or product demos.
  • Agency or consultancy credentials presentations.
  • Whitewashed or sanitized narratives, bearing little relation to real-life experiences.
  • Generic motivational speeches

If that sounds like you, this is your chance to be a key player and share your ideas, experience, expertise, and insight with the private brand industry.

If you want to be part of these incredible events, submit your ideas today.

Preference will be given to working retail executives that wish to speak.


2023 Events include

Innovate 2023


This 2-hour fast-paced FREE online event is hyper-focused on innovation. and Retail–owned Brands. Highlighting the strategies, processes, and emerging technology private brand retailers and manufacturers need to innovate and manage their brands and products.

Velocity Conference + Expo

MAY 16-18, 2023 | IN PERSON
OMNI CHARLOTTE: 132 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202

In 2023, our marque event the Velocity Institute Conference +Expo will feature an exclusive lineup of speakers from the world’s top retailers, as well as challengers and thought leaders. Each discusses cutting-edge strategy, branding, and insights. Velocity will feature a curated Innovation Expo designed to highlight the solution partners and manufacturers driving the industry forward.

Velocity Sustainability Summit

HILTON AUSTIN: 500 East 4th Street, Austin, Texas, 78701, USA

Our goal is to ask questions and challenge existing answers – about sustainable packaging, equitable sourcing, and authentic marketing – and we are not the only curious ones. The fourth annual Sustainability Summit is a day to find the answers that help you get closer to what “sustainable” means to you and your customers. And how it can create loyalty, differentiation, and profitability

The conference will feature an exclusive lineup of the brightest retail executives and most influential sustainability leaders for a unique look into the pressing challenges, emerging trends, and significant opportunities sustainability presents for retailers and their brands.

Velocity State of the Industry


This 2-hour fast-paced FREE online event will dive deep into the current state of the private brand industry. Presentations and panels will include insights from exclusive consumer and industry research as well as executive insights from retailers, manufacturers, and solution partners.

We also have a number of sponsorship opportunities which include main stage and sponsor stage speaking slots.

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By Published On: February 5th, 2023

About the Author: Christopher Durham

Christopher Durham is the president of the Velocity Institute. Prior to this he founded the groundbreaking site My Private Brand. He is the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He began his retail career building brands at Food Lion and Lowe’s Home Improvement. Durham has worked with retailers around the world, including Albertsons, Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro Canada. Durham has published seven definitive books on private brands, including Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project and Vanguard: Vintage Originals.