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The panels

Monocle’s conference is dedicated to improving leadership, lives and livelihoods. Here’s just some of what the day will involve.

This is Dallas 
A tone-setter from the Monocle team about what the Texan city can teach the world about urbanism, retail and reviving a city centre. Plus, hear from the people who are improving the city and telling positive stories about change and civic leadership.


The new south
Rebecca Wesson Darwin, co-founder and CEO of the Allée Group and publisher of the award-winning Garden & Gun magazine, on why not all meaningful conversations in the US start in coastal cities and how the southern states are spearheading another view of living well.


The way to work
Are things working as they are? How has the shift away from offices changed our relationship with our vocations and is there a better balance to be struck? Ryan Anderson, vice-president of Global Research and Insights at MillerKnoll, thinks so.


Fitness first
We meet the CEO of global fitness favourite SoulCycle to talk about steering the company through the pandemic and transforming a corporate culture. Evelyn Webster reveals the future of the brand.

House views
Monocle’s editors, and Konfekt editor Sophie Grove, hold forth on everything from lessons that they won’t teach you in business school to dressing for success and ideas to improve your life. Plus, benchmarks from around the world with Monocle’s editorial director Tyler Brûlé.


The apprentice
Jacques Pitteloud, Swiss ambassador to the US, offers lessons and insights on what the Swiss can teach the world, plus how to improve education for all with hands-on apprenticeships and the importance of learning your trade. Notebooks at the ready.


Retail benchmarks
We sit down with Bruce Pask, the men’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus to discuss the future of luxury and how to safeguard a legacy retail brand.


Southern style
How do you stay steady and successful in the fast-changing world of fashion? We hear from Sid Mashburn on southern style and why appearances matter.


Worth its weight
We ask Stefan Olander – a former Nike executive and founder and CEO of Omorpho how his activewear technology enhances performance with a sporty sense of style. 


Recipe for success
Hospitality is as important in the boardroom as in the dining room. Hear from the star chef, restaurateur and campaigner Elena Reygadas who is championing diversity and sustainability in her kitchens. 


Host with the most
Hotelier Rafa Micha explains how Grupo Habita is using great design to create boutique spaces and enhancing neighbourhoods in Mexico and beyond.


The art of the sell
A healthy high street is vital to any city, but how can brands rethink the model and create retail spaces with pull? Consultant Hanna Struever, founder and owner of Retail Portfolio Solutions, shares her experience of what makes good retail a simple sell.


The new world order
Author and former Marine Corps Special Operations team leader Elliot Ackerman talks about what his five tours in Iraq and Afghanistan have taught him about America’s role in world security. Plus: could his new thriller, ‘2034: A Novel of the Next World War,’ come true?


A fresh perspective
Kum & Go is rethinking the convenience-store experience in the US. The Midwest chain is embarking on an ambitious expansion plan and keeping pace with a more discerning clientele. We sit down with the CEO to find out where retail is heading and how to safeguard a family business. 


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