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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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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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Undergrads and companies embrace virtual learning

The NRF Foundation and AEO Inc. Retail Industry Summer Experience brought together a variety of retailers with students.

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Enroll in RISE Up online course

Our RISE Up courses are available online for anyone to access.

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NRF Foundation scholarship helps undergrad erase debt

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

NRF Foundation Student Challenge: Tips from last year’s top team

From holding weekly Zoom meetings to embracing different skill sets and creating a story for their product line, the top team in the 2020 NRF Foundation Student Challenge shared how they succeeded in the business case competition.

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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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The NRF Foundation offers a wide variety of resources, tools and experiences to support and promote retail education, research and careers.