DSW CEO Rawlins joins summit keynote line-up

The chief executive of one of Columbus’ best-known brands will be kicking off the third and final day of The Ohio State University’s seventh-annual Leading Through Excellence summit this April.

DSW Inc. CEO Roger Rawlins

Roger Rawlins, CEO of footwear retailer DSW Inc., will take the stage at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 11, for a brief presentation and to take audience questions. Rawlins, who joined the company as a vice president in 2006, will be sharing how DSW has proactively adapted to rapidly changing and increasingly competitive industry conditions to effectively “disrupt” itself and continue growing.

Fourth-quarter and full year results won’t be revealed until March 19, but DSW in December reported a 17% spike in fiscal third-quarter sales, bumping its profit forecasts for investors. This came after one of the company’s best quarters in its history, which put DSW in line to top the $3 billion mark for the first time.

Rawlins joins a summit keynote roster that includes Sam Walker, a Wall Street Journal and bestselling author of the book The Captain Class; Libby Gill, and executive coach and author of The Hope-Driven Leader; and The Water Coolers, a New York City-based workplace musical comedy troupe.

These four keynotes are among more than 40 sessions spread across workshops, tours, breakout sessions, and networking events at the April 9-11 summit. Registration is open to members and non-members with group discounts available.

More details can be found at COE’s official summit website.

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