Networking Events

IRDC has all the ingredients for productive and enjoyable networking: an intimate setting, a fun and casual atmosphere, and talented, inspiring, influential colleagues with which to mingle. You’ll have opportunities aplenty: 

The Iron Merchant Challenge + Cocktail Party
TUE 9/17, 4:45 PM – 7:00 PM

This year we’re combining IRDC’s hands-on, think-fast visual merchandising competition with the opening cocktail reception. (Why didn’t someone think of this sooner?) Now everyone at the conference can participate in Iron Merchant—as a team member with glue gun in hand, or as a beverage-toting observer. Make that choice when you register. Just don’t miss the fun of this IRDC signature event.

Networking Continental Breakfasts
WED 9/18 & THUR 9/19, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM  

Get to know your industry colleagues over coffee, juice and serve-yourself breakfast items prior to each day’s opening session.

Networking Roundtable Lunches
WED 9/18 & THUR 9/19, 12:15 PM – 1:45 PM

One of the most popular and anticipated features of the conference, the IRDC Networking Roundtables are hosted by VMSD Advisory Board members, editorial staff and conference sponsors. Choose from the list of topics (coming soon) when you register for the conference, then bring your questions, ideas and insights to share with your peers. Lunch is served at 12:15; topics begin at 1:00 p.m.

IRDC Closing Party
THUR 9/19, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

This year’s IRDC Party is the final event of the conference, a lively soiree with designers from some of retail’s biggest brands. Details on the party location will be posted here and in the IRDC Newsbrief.