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RECon Keynote Speakers No Longer A “Secret”

ICSC Taps Four Unique “Outliers”


NEW YORK, February 13, 2012 – Malcolm Gladwell, bestselling author and one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people will be the opening keynote speaker on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) annual RECon conference.  Gladwell has an incomparable gift for interpreting new ideas in the social sciences and making them practical and applicable to business professionals.  He is the author of New York Times bestsellers:  “The Tipping Point” (2000) and “Blink” (2005).  In his third book (also a number-one bestseller), “Outliers” (2008), Gladwell depicts an exciting new approach to the secrets of what truly breeds world-class success.

The Monday, May 21 keynote session will feature former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Trent Lott (R-MS) squaring off in a live “Meet the Press” style debate.  NBC’s Chuck Todd will moderate this bi-partisan panel that will take an in-depth look at the political spectrum and what the outcomes of upcoming elections might mean for retail real estate practitioners.

Leslie Wexner, Founder of Limited Brands, will be the luncheon keynote speaker on Tuesday, May 22.  In 1963 Mr. Wexner founded Limited Brands with a single store in the Kingsdale Shopping Center in Columbus, Ohio.  Over the following years, he expanded his business portfolio through invention and acquisition, and under his leadership, Limited Brands – which now includes Victoria’s Secret, Bath and Body Works, La Senza, and Henri Bendel – has evolved from an apparel based specialty retailer to an approximately $10 billion segment leader. Mr. Wexner will discuss the current state of retail, trends, and his expectations for the future.

The full RECon 2012 program is now available.  To view the program or to learn more about the conference, please visit the RECon 2012 website.


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