Global eCommerce & Retail Forum

Virtual Half-Day Event

Dec 9, 2021 12:00 pm4:00 PM EST

Free to Join

An Exclusive Virtual Forum for Senior Marketing, eCommerce & Digital Focused Leaders

BWG's Global eCommerce & Retail Forum encourages senior professionals to network & knowledge share with like-minded industry peers. Each session will be moderated by a BWG Connect professional to ensure that our panel sessions remain on topic and answer critical questions that the audience truly cares about.

All audience members will have the ability to ask live questions and will have access to introductions to any of the panelists following the event. We're always open to making connections to others within our network as well. Come join the BWG Community!

BWG Connect & our Event Sponsors are proud to host this virtual half-day forum in order to provide as much educational information as possible.

As always, there will be no sales pitches and there is no cost to join.

Event Agenda

12pm - 12:50pm

Digital Commerce 2021/2022: What Happened and What’s Coming – A Brand, Retail and CPG Guide to Growth and Transformation

1pm - 1:50pm

Transforming the Digital Shopping Experience

2pm - 2:50pm

Lose the Head: Understanding When & Why to go with a Headless Commerce Strategy

3pm - 4pm

Go-to-Market Strategies for Cross-Border Sales & Global Expansion

Event Sponsors

Guest Panelists

Elizabeth Bostain

Head of Partner Success, West Coast at Klarna

Libby leads Klarna’s West Coast Enterprise Partner Success team. Her team partners with Klarna’s largest, most strategic retailers and brands to create value through Klarna’s payment methods and marketing ecosystem. She has experience in brand management, e-commerce and strategic partnerships and is based in San Diego where she lives with her husband and extra large Bernese Mountain Dog.

Aaron Conant

Co-Founder & Managing Director at BWG Connect

Aaron Conant is Co-Founder and Chief Digital Strategist at BWG Connect, a networking and knowledge sharing group of thousands of brands who collectively grow their digital knowledge base and collaborate on partner selection. Speaking 1x1 with over 1200 brands a year and hosting over 250 in-person and virtual events, he has a real time pulse on the newest trends, strategies and partners shaping growth in the digital space.

Jordan Brannon

Jordan Brannon

President at Coalition Technologies

Jordan Brannon is the Co-founder, President, and COO of Coalition Technologies, a top-ranked, full-service SEO and digital marketing firm. With 20 years of experience working in eCommerce, Jordan helps D2C and B2B brands succeed in the eCommerce and digital marketing space. Jordan and his team at Coalition have helped propel over 1,000 businesses forward across various industries. Jordan has a bachelor's degree in political science, human rights, environmental sciences, and computer science from the University of Washington.

Michael Zakkour

Michael Zakkour

Founder of 5 New Digital

Michael Zakkour is the Founder and Chief Strategist at 5 New Digital, a consultancy that advises clients on strategy, structure, implementation, and transformation in the digital realm. Michael has over 20 years of experience in eCommerce, specializing in digital transformation, the new retail, data science, the China/APAC market, digital commerce, and new retail strategy.

Iyembi Nkanza

Senior Business Development Manager at Alipay

Iyembi has worked on the Alipay Cross Border team for 5 years now as Senior Business Development Manager, beginning his journey at the company HQ in Hangzhou. He has worked on Alipay merchant expansion in various markets including Australia and India before joining the North American team. He is responsible for building new acquiring partnerships and working with brands to grow their sales both in store and online.
Prior to joining Alipay he worked in Consulting, focusing on Mobile Money in Africa.

Sandra Li

Senior Business Development Manager at Alipay

In her current role as Senior Business Development Manager for Alipay, Sandra Li manages a portfolio of small to large size merchants, helping them with payment acceptance and marketing their brands to Asian customers. She also collaborates with partners such as Shopify to grow merchant's e-commerce business. Prior to joining Alipay, she worked in the market research industry as a client partner.

Alistair Crane

CEO at HERO

Alistair joined Klarna through the HERO acquisition where he was CEO and Co-Founder. He now leads the Commercial teams for Virtual Shopping domains. His teams have deep relationships with many of the largest omni channel brands in Europe & US, especially premium and luxury brands.

Event Moderator

Elizabeth Bostain

Head of Partner Success, West Coast at Klarna

Libby leads Klarna’s West Coast Enterprise Partner Success team. Her team partners with Klarna’s largest, most strategic retailers and brands to create value through Klarna’s payment methods and marketing ecosystem. She has experience in brand management, e-commerce and strategic partnerships and is based in San Diego where she lives with her husband and extra large Bernese Mountain Dog.

Aaron Conant

Co-Founder & Managing Director at BWG Connect

Aaron Conant is Co-Founder and Chief Digital Strategist at BWG Connect, a networking and knowledge sharing group of thousands of brands who collectively grow their digital knowledge base and collaborate on partner selection. Speaking 1x1 with over 1200 brands a year and hosting over 250 in-person and virtual events, he has a real time pulse on the newest trends, strategies and partners shaping growth in the digital space.

Jordan Brannon

Jordan Brannon

President at Coalition Technologies

Jordan Brannon is the Co-founder, President, and COO of Coalition Technologies, a top-ranked, full-service SEO and digital marketing firm. With 20 years of experience working in eCommerce, Jordan helps D2C and B2B brands succeed in the eCommerce and digital marketing space. Jordan and his team at Coalition have helped propel over 1,000 businesses forward across various industries. Jordan has a bachelor's degree in political science, human rights, environmental sciences, and computer science from the University of Washington.

Michael Zakkour

Michael Zakkour

Founder of 5 New Digital

Michael Zakkour is the Founder and Chief Strategist at 5 New Digital, a consultancy that advises clients on strategy, structure, implementation, and transformation in the digital realm. Michael has over 20 years of experience in eCommerce, specializing in digital transformation, the new retail, data science, the China/APAC market, digital commerce, and new retail strategy.

Iyembi Nkanza

Senior Business Development Manager at Alipay

Iyembi has worked on the Alipay Cross Border team for 5 years now as Senior Business Development Manager, beginning his journey at the company HQ in Hangzhou. He has worked on Alipay merchant expansion in various markets including Australia and India before joining the North American team. He is responsible for building new acquiring partnerships and working with brands to grow their sales both in store and online.
Prior to joining Alipay he worked in Consulting, focusing on Mobile Money in Africa.

Sandra Li

Senior Business Development Manager at Alipay

In her current role as Senior Business Development Manager for Alipay, Sandra Li manages a portfolio of small to large size merchants, helping them with payment acceptance and marketing their brands to Asian customers. She also collaborates with partners such as Shopify to grow merchant's e-commerce business. Prior to joining Alipay, she worked in the market research industry as a client partner.

Alistair Crane

CEO at HERO

Alistair joined Klarna through the HERO acquisition where he was CEO and Co-Founder. He now leads the Commercial teams for Virtual Shopping domains. His teams have deep relationships with many of the largest omni channel brands in Europe & US, especially premium and luxury brands.

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Event Information

Dec 9, 2021 12:00 pm - 4:00 PM EST

Event format

  • Half-Day Virtual Forum
    Featuring 200+ executives, where everyone can contribute, ask questions and learn from peers
  • On-Topic Discussions
    Moderated by BWG Connect with group interaction throughout
  • Make Connections
    Opportunities to network before and after

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What is BWG Connect?

BWG Connect provides executive strategy & networking sessions that help brands from any industry with their overall business planning and execution. BWG has built an exclusive network of 125,000+ senior professionals and hosts over 2,000 virtual and in-person networking events on an annual basis.
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