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The NRF Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on helping people discover that the retail industry is a great place to start and a great place to grow. We provide the programs and resources for people of all backgrounds to build their career in retail. 


The latest from the NRF Foundation

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Behind the headlines with P&G communications exec

P&G Chief Communications Officer Damon Jones answers great questions sent in by undergraduates nationwide. 

COVID-19 trainings available now

The National Retail Federation and the NRF Foundation present two fast and affordable trainings to help employees work safely and avoid and de‑escalate conflict. 

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How retail leaders build resilience

From how the coronavirus has impacted their families to their work to help feed their communities and take care of their employees, alumni of “The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future” shared how they’re handling adversity.

Founders of Mented, CURLS and Me & the Bees Lemonade offer entrepreneurship tips

Insights on planning for growth, how to safely take risks and why aligning with a cause will help you build a strong team.

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An inside look at The Home Depot in-store experience

The Home Depot’s Senior Director of In-Store Experience Jalal Hamad shares how he has grown his career over two decades

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Retail pros offer insights on getting started

A panel of recent graduates who are working at some of retail’s top companies gave us a look at how they got their careers started, and what they’ve learned so far along the way.  

NRF Foundation All Access launches with virtual programming

This fall, NRF Foundation All Access will feature insightful conversations with the people who power retail. NRF Foundation Executive Director and “Retail Gets Real” Podcast Host Bill Thorne kicked off the program this week with an overview of the industry.

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NRF Foundation scholarship helps undergrad erase debt

Texas A & M University marketing major LeAnn Percivill received $25,000

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NRF Foundation names inaugural RISE Up ‘Partner of the Year’

The award was presented to The Center for the Future of Arizona at the NRF Foundation Honors on Jan. 12, 2020. 

Meet The List 2020

Every year, the NRF Foundation recognizes individuals making a true impact on retail on The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future. 

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The Visionary 2020: Michelle Gass

Michelle Gass was appointed CEO of Kohl’s in May 2018. Gass is responsible for Kohl’s overall strategy and operations, overseeing 1,160 Kohl’s stores,, and associates nationwide.

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