Speakers

Ruth Hartman

President, Lord & Taylor

Le Tote

With a lifelong love of retail, Ruth began her career as a Sales Associate at the Prudential Center Lord + Taylor while attending college in Boston. Today, as President of Lord + Taylor, she brings her infectious passion and innovative vision to the company. Her experience uniquely straddles the traditional and next-gen, driving her mission to define the future of retail.

With 20+ years of in-depth business and merchandising expertise, Ruth worked at Henri Bendel in New York before joining the buying team at Macy's in San Francisco. Following her five-year tenure at Macy’s, where she served as Senior Vice President, Ruth joined DSW’s leadership team, overseeing the $1.2B women's footwear business.

Most recently, Ruth sat on Le Tote’s executive team as Chief Merchandising Officer. She oversaw design, production and merchandising, including the development of 11 private label brands. In addition to her responsibilities as Chief Merchant, she worked hand-in-hand with the company’s founders to set Le Tote’s business strategy and secure venture capital funding, and was instrumental in the company’s groundbreaking acquisition of Lord + Taylor in 2019.