Anne Marie Stephen is the CEO Founder of KWOLIA, strategic advisory for emerging technologies applied in retail connecting the physical and digital worlds. Technologies including mobile, location, data/analytics applicable to retail/brands are shaping experience and driving transactions at retail. As a global customer-focused product and service developer, customer experience guru and trends forecaster in retail, she has worked with leading companies including: Panasonic, Disney, Chico’s, AutoZone, Ralph Lauren, Hickory Farms and Macerich integrate innovative solutions for over a decade. She is a frequent speaker and is featured writer for Chain Store Age, Retailing Today, Street Fight, SharpHeels and FierceRetail. She is Founder of Smart Women in Retail Leadership (SWIRL); President, Location Based Marketing Association (LBMA) Chicago; Mentor at Plug and Play Brand and Retail Center of Innovation technology incubator in Silicon Valley and 1871 in Chicago. Anne Marie is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.