Next Generation Class of 2021

Ambitious students from 44 NRF University member schools competed to represent the next generation of retail leaders.

Retail executives from 18 companies selected 25 semifinalists who rose to the top after submitting an essay, a personal brand video and two letters of recommendation from their employers and educators. These students completed an exclusive case study created in collaboration with PetSmart and two phone interviews with retail partners for the chance to advance to the final round of competition. The 25 semifinalists also received a $1,000 tuition award for their achievements.

The top recipient for the Next Generation Scholarship will receive a $25,000 scholarship; four finalists will each receive $10,000 scholarships. 

Semifinalists

Rachel Bennett
Rachel Bennett
Savannah College of Art & Design - Atlanta
Camille Brown
Camille Brown
University of Tennessee
Eugene Choi
Eugene Choi
Santa Clara University
Laura Copen
Laura Copen
Mississippi State University
Jordan Davis
Jordan Davis
University of South Carolina
Ansley Deaton
Ansley Deaton
Belmont University
Catherine Dinh
Catherine Dinh
Santa Clara University
Taylor Ford
Taylor Ford
University of Georgia
Valerie Gilbert
Valerie Gilbert
Kent State University
Cody Hutchison
Cody Hutchison
University of Arizona
Sid Kumar
Sid Kumar
Indiana University
Dayjah Lee
Dayjah Lee
Indiana University
Jenna Mack
Jenna Mack
Savannah College of Art & Design - Savannah
Seanna Naylon
Seanna Naylon
High Point University
Matthew Russell
Matthew Russell
Auburn University
Erin Sallee
Erin Salleee
LIM College
Kaitlyn Sifford
Kaitlyn Sifford
University of North Texas
Amaiya Sims
Amaiya Sims
Columbia College Chicago
Olivia Smith
Olivia Smith
Auburn University
Tatum Snelling
Tatum Snelling
Auburn University
Ines Soares
Ines Soares
Marist College
Parker Sylvester
Parker Sylvester
University of Georgia
Sophia Van Slyke
Sophia Van Slyke
Butler University
Madeline Wong
Madeline Wong
Santa Clara University
Qiu Wu
Qiu Wu
University of Minnesota

Meet the Mentors

SAS is proud to be the sponsor of 2021 NRF Foundation Next Generation scholarship and is providing mentorship for this year's five finalists. These individuals will act as personal career mentors for the students, and will host a collaborative webinar focused on professional development and a retail topic of their choice.

Brittany Bullard
Brittany Bullard

Solutions and Analytical Advisor, SAS

Brittany Bullard is a Solutions & Analytical Advisor in the Retail practice at SAS and author of Style & Statistics: The Art of Retail Analytics. Bullard focuses on retailers’ strategic problems and challenges they face in an evolving industry. Her role allows her to apply her knowledge of advanced analytics to solve the most pressing issues and position SAS’s customers for success. Bullard brings to her team a decade of experience in the retail industry, and a fresh millennial perspective on the customer and user experience. Prior to joining SAS, Bullard acted as the Manager of Forecasting, Allocation, and Replenishment at Beall’s Inc.

Antonio Calvo

Senior Manager, Global Retail & CPG, SAS

Antonio Calvo leads Business Development in EMEA to drive the growth of SAS solutions and is a member of the SAS Industry Advisory Board. Antonio has been serving clients for over 20+ years across Europe and beyond, helping organizations establish competitive advantage using advanced software solutions, AI and analytics for supply chains, marketing, and financial management. Antonio holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and a master’s degree from IESE Business School. He is a frequent lecturer at various universities across Spain and has published articles for GS1, IKN and IDC.

Antonio Calvo
Louise Hynd
Louise Hynd

Sr. Account Manager, SAS

Louise manages strategic customers for SAS Retail.  She collaborates with SAS specialists to leverage advanced analytics, machine learning & AI to optimize supply chain, marketing & improve operational efficiencies while delivering value for her customers. Louise has 35 years in retail, wholesale & technology industry. 

Ed Kerrigan

Principal Client Advisor for EMEA, SAS

Ed is the Principal Client Advisor for EMEA, within the Retail/CPG Line of Business at SAS. He has over 25 years’ experience in senior commercial roles with Guinness internationally & as Buying Director with Aldi in UK/Ireland. At SAS he facilitates the enablement & delivery of SAS retail solutions throughout the EMEA region.

Ed Kerrigan
Dona McGuckin
Donna McGuckin

Retail Customer Advisory, SAS

Donna is a member of the Retail Customer Advisory team at SAS.  She innovates with retail organizations to power predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, automation & optimize business process. Prior to joining SAS, Donna enjoyed 20 years of strategic experiences in the retail industry leading teams in inventory management, fulfillment, merchandise & global supply chain operations. Donna’s passion is transforming disruptive challenges into winning results powered by data & analytics that drive incremental precision & profitability.