2019 Speakers

Sterling Hawkins, Co-CEO & Co-Founder

Sterling Hawkins

Co-CEO & Co-Founder, Center for Advancing Retail and Technology (CART)

Sterling Hawkins is a business leader, entrepreneur and investor living at the intersection of in-store and online. As a 5th generation retailer whose family name is synonymous with retail and consumer focused innovation, he currently runs innovation for the Center for Advancing Retail & Technology (CART), evaluating over a thousand new retail technology companies every year.  

In 2004, Sterling co-founded, launched and sold his first retail technology company, Convena. Since he has worked with clients on best practices in consumer marketing, loyalty and retail technology including Mitsubishi, M&M Meat Shop, Procter & Gamble and many others. Through CART, he has partnered with universities including Stanford, Cornell and the University of Texas to incorporate the future of retail into their curricula, and as a go-to-market channel for relevant startups.  

Sterling spends his time mobilizing a network of startups, investors and retailers, actively shaping the future of retail for the betterment of business, communities and the human condition. Currently living in Los Angeles, Sterling speaks at business conferences around the world, and has been seen in ABC Money, Fastcompany, RetailWire and Forbes.