Featuring an intimate conversation with Kelly Caruso, CEO of Shipt

4:30 - 5:30p • Haven

Open to VIP ticket holders, the 2019 VIP Experience offers an exclusive opportunity for guests to mingle with the 2019 Smart Honorees and other passionate advocates for women before the party begins, and features an intimate conversation with Kelly Caruso, CEO of Shipt.

In one of her first public appearances in Birmingham, Kelly will share insights about her experience as the first woman leader of an Alabama-based tech company, how she’s creating an inclusive culture at Shipt, and why it’s essential for the business community to continue investing in women.

VIP guests will also enjoy a complimentary welcome cocktail courtesy of Dread River Distilling Company and a swag bag with gifts from local businesses.


Meet Kelly

Kelly Caruso • CEO, Shipt

Kelly Caruso is a seasoned retail professional with vast experience in retail merchandising, technology, and sourcing. In March of 2019, she became the Chief Executive Officer of Shipt, a leading online same-day delivery marketplace. Under Caruso’s direction, Shipt offers delivery to more than 250 markets and 80 million households nationwide. The company also has a network of more than 100,000 Shipt Shoppers.

Caruso’s experience in the retail sector spans 25 years with companies such as May Merchandising, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Target. Prior to joining Shipt, Caruso was the Senior Vice President of Merchandising for Hardlines at Target. During her time at Target, she led numerous merchandising teams within Apparel, Accessories, and Home. She also led a multi-national team responsible for the global sourcing of Target’s Owned Brands in Apparel, Accessories, Home and Hardlines. 

Caruso is a member of the board of directors for the Network of Executive Women (NEW), and is an alumnus of the Studio E Entrepreneurial Leadership program in the Twin Cities. She received her BA from the University of North Dakota. Kelly and her family live in Birmingham, Alabama—the Magic City.




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