Innovation Lab

Reimagine Retail Chicagoland’s Innovation Labs are a collaborative, expert-led community of your peers

If you’re a Human Resources, Corporate Social Responsibility, or Operations leader at your company looking to pilot innovative and evidence-based approaches to hire, retain, and advance new pools of talent, Reimagine Retail Chicagoland’s Innovation Lab is for you! The Innovation Lab is designed to support leaders to articulate the business case for investing in increasingly diverse talent pools. This nine-month long experience is a low-cost, low-risk opportunity to engage with other retail and hospitality employers with a presence in Chicago to address your most pressing talent issues and get results.  Rewire your approach to talent and join the next Innovation Lab today. CLICK HERE to read more!

First Innovation Lab Cohort Completed! 

Reimagine Retail and FSG’s Talent Rewire Initiative kicked off its inaugural Innovation Lab on April 30-May 1, 2019 in Chicago. Chicago Lab participants included CVS Health, Dealer Inspire/, East Bank Club, Five Guys, Fleet Feet, Hospitality Butlers, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, and SMASHotels. FSG’s national Lab retail and hospitality alumni included Athleta, Best Buy, Caterpillar, Inditex, McDonald’s, Nordstrom, Tyson Foods, and T-Mobile.

Second Cohort of Innovation Lab Completed! 

In March 2021, six employers participated virtually in the second cohort of the Talent Rewire Innovation Lab. They included Ace Hotel Chicago and Ace Hotel New Orleans, Virgin Hotels, Soho House, Nando’s Peri Peri, and Pete’s Fresh Market.

Video recap from the inaugural Innovation Lab:

Innovation Lab in Action


CLICK HERE to check out our Innovation Lab overview!

For additional questions, please contact Cyndi Solitro, Director of Reimagine Retail, at