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jeanel alvarado

Jeanel Alvarado is the Founder & CEO of RETAILBOSS, the largest platform connecting the retail industry for professionals, entrepreneurs, and enterprises. She is a professional speaker, host and retail expert in e-commerce, marketing, social media, and community engagement.

As the former Senior Managing Director, of The School of Retailing, at the University of Alberta, School of Business recognized as one of the top 5 Canadian universities. She worked on and managed a variety of consulting projects for shopping centre and retail partners including Oxford Properties, Cushman & Wakefield, and Ivanhoé Cambridge.

She has since developed long lasting relationships with organizations across the retail industry both domestically, and internationally. In 2019, she became a member of For(bes) The Culture, a hub of elite leaders creating equitable pathways for Black and Brown professionals. She has traveled abroad for speaking engagements, client consulting and educational workshops across the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and the Middle East (coming in 2022).

Attendees find Jeanel, relatable, and trust her insights and analysis on popular and trending brands from independent start-ups to national luxury conglomerates.

In the past years, Jeanel has been a keynote speaker and host at a variety of conferences, summits and panels including LUXEPACK, COSMECON, White Label Expo, Private Label Expo, Smart Retail Expo, WEVE Retail Tech Accelerator now NUMA, FashionGo Summit, and more.



Jeanel Alvarado (left), Founder of Auda B Beauty – The First Black-Owned Nail Lacquer Sold At Nordstroms (right) at COSMECON

She has been a trusted mentor, ambassador and board member at a variety of different educational and non-for profit organizations for startups including Business Link, Startup Edmonton, NAIT, and University of Alberta.

She has been featured media publications for retail commentary (radio, tv and blogs) and events, on CTV, CBC, CVM, SHEEN, Retail Insider, Seaside Retailing, California Apparel News, Intel Retail, The Gleaner, ESSENCE Festival, and more.

Jeanel has held exclusive live interviews and behind the scenes tours with the founders of Curls, Mahisha Dellinger, founder of Ellae Lisque, Maxie J (The Black Designer of The Year 2021 – BOF), founder of, Stylist J. Bolin and more.





Jeanel can be booked for engagements for the following:

  • Hosting Event
  • Webinars
  • Keynote Speaking
  • Panel Discussion
  • Media Corresponder
  • Educational Seminars
  • Mentorship

If you would like to work with Jeanel, you can send director inquiries for your upcoming events,