Anne Marie Stephen

Connector * Speaker * Entrepreneur

Anne Marie Stephen is the CEO + Founder of KWOLIA, innovation intelligence and strategic advisory firm for emerging technologies connecting the physical and digital worlds. Technologies including mobile, location, data/analytics are shaping consumer experience and engagement with brands, retail, hospitality and entertainment. As a global customer-focused product and service developer, customer experience guru and trends forecaster she has worked with leading companies including: IBM, Panasonic, TPN, Hershey’s, Disney, Chico’s, AutoZone, Ralph Lauren, Hickory Farms and Macerich to integrate innovative solutions for over a decade. 

She is a frequent speaker on future of retail, innovation and marketing at events including (edited):  SXSW, Shoptalk, Mobile Media Summit,, CinemaCon, APEX, Ad Tech, Retail Evolution, Retail Smarter -University of Florida, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Sporting Goods Association, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the National Association of Theater Owners, Revtech and Retail Loco. She is also contributor for Chain Store Age, Innovative Retail Technologies, Geomarketing, Retailing Today, Chain Drug Review, Street Fight, SharpHeels and FierceRetail.  


She is Founder of Smart Women in Retail Leadership (SWIRL); President, Location Based Marketing Association (LBMA) Chicago; Mentor at tech accelerators: Plug and Play Brand and Retail Center of Innovation, Silicon Valley; RevTech, Dallas and 1871, Chicago. Anne Marie is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.