About Me


Phil Leahy’s Summary

I have a deep passion for creating connections. That’s why I ended up founding two major annual conferences for digital retailers on opposite sides of the world—Australia's Internet Conference and the United States’ RetailGlobal conference. Hosting conferences allows me to bring creative minds from around the world together to share their stories. And when they do, meaningful change happens.

As the founder and managing director of Retail Global, a big part of my day is spent recruiting smart, talented speakers. I hear 100+ speakers each year and love finding people who can convey critical information to our industry in powerful ways that inspire audiences.

I also spend significant time working with leaders in the retail world—helping them identify the big and small trends that will make the biggest impact. In addition to running the day-to-day responsibilities that come with hosting two conferences on different continents, I also manage a small team of incredibly dedicated conference organizers. I place a lot of trust in my team. I’m a firm believer that greatness comes from going against the grain, and I make sure my team isn’t afraid to innovate.

When organizing our conferences, I put my retail shoes on and focus intensely on what attendees need most—information on the actionable steps they most need to improve their business. So I’m constantly working to:
• create collaboration between retailers and their customers
• educate others about what’s coming next
• connect the world

When I’m not traveling around the world, listening and learning at conferences, you’ll often find me lawn bowling—it’s big in Australia. It takes so much concentration that it’s a fun escape.

Specialties include: entrepreneurship | e-commerce | thought leadership


Charity 
I support the Reach Foundation by holding an industry gala charity night that I founded in 2009 and has raised over $400,000 to date.

My Company
Verosafe Pty Ltd