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Saks Fifth Avenue Senior Vice President and Fashion Director Roopal Patel gives insights into her role, what excites her about her company and what’s ahead for fashion.
After two decades in leadership roles at Sephora Americas, Satish Malhotra is now CEO and President at The Container Store. Learn more about his exciting journey in retail, and how you can build transferrable skills to use throughout your career.
How has COVID-19 permanently changed retail? How did you set yourself apart to get your role? And how can students or recent graduates start to work to reach top leadership positions? BJ's Wholesale Club Executive Vice President and CFO Laura Felice answers these questions and more to help you as you get ready for your retail career.
Macy’s, Inc. Chief Transformation and Human Resources Officer Danielle Kirgan reflects on more than two decades of experience in HR for this episode of “20 Questions.”
Amid the pandemic, grocery stores have been leading the way on innovation. Albertsons Chief Diversity Officer Jonathan Mayes answers “20 Questions” about the fast pace of change, the continued work around equity and more at the tenth largest company on NRF’s Top 100 Retailers list.
What influences consumer behavior? How is COVID-19 impacting shopping? And what trends can we expect in the months ahead? Answers to these questions and more from National Retail Federation Senior Director of Industry and Consumer Insights Katherine Cullen.
Get a detailed look at how public policy and retail intersect with National Retail Federation Vice President of Government Relations and Political Affairs Jason Straczewski. He shares how he advocates for policies on Capitol Hill, what changes are expected with the new presidential administration and more.
From how to stay up with industry trends, find exciting roles and more, Burlington Stores Vice President of Merchandise Planning Jonathan Savoy answers “20 Questions” that will help you launch your career in retail.
What inspired your brand? How can young entrepreneurs set themselves up for success? What advice has stuck with you? Carol’s Daughter President and Founder Lisa Price answers these questions and more during “20 Questions."
Join us for a question and answer session with P&G Chief Communications Officer Damon Jones. We’ve picked 20 Questions directly from you – and our guest answers them.
Join us for a question and answer session with The Home Depot Senior Director of In-Store Experience Jalal Hamad. We picked 20 Questions directly from you – and our guest answers them.
PetSmart Senior Vice President of Merchandising Kristin Shane answers 20 Questions submitted by students.
2020 was a year like no other, so we’ve brought together retailers from all corners of the industry – from big box stores to grocery, restaurant and pharmacy – to talk about the incredible challenges and changes that have been brought to retail through the pandemic. How did life change for these retailers? And how did they stay focused on keeping their colleagues, their customers and their community safe over the past year?
Target Senior Brand Marketing Manager Flora Ekpe-Idang talks with LISNR Co-founder Rodney Williams and Young King Hair Care Co-founder Stefan Miller about how they used what they learned along their retail journey to launch businesses of their own.
What do retail experts talk about when they get together? Join us for The Pro File - an intimate conversation between people who’ve made a career of retail. On this episode, managers who are Moving Up - Stitch Fix Associate Production Manager Jason Crofton, L’Oreal Paris Assistant Vice President - Customer Team Lead Emily Espinosa, Qurate Retail Group Director of Social Media Strategy Naomi Jacobs and Amazon Process Engineer Nduta-Rosemary Mwaura - discuss how they’ve made it to where they are – and what comes next.
Mented Co-Founder and COO Amanda Johnson, CURLS Founder and CEO Mahisha Dellinger and Me & the Bees Lemonade Founder Mikaila Ulmer share their insights on planning for growth, how to safely take risks and why aligning with a cause will help you build a strong team.
What do retail experts talk about when they get together? Join us for The Pro File - an intimate conversation between people who’ve made a career of retail. On this episode, recent graduates who are Getting Started at Target, Sephora, Meijer and NIKE have a real conversation - and real insights to share with you.
In this episode, we’ll learn how the challenges and changes that have been brought to retail through the pandemic response are changing retail’s future. See how these retailers deal with adversity and what the future looks like on this episode of The List, made possible by American Express.
In this episode, we’ll learn about the first retail job these leaders ever had and what they learned from it - and we’ll find out the funniest thing that’s ever happened to them on the job. Discover how these leaders found their passion for retail on this episode of The List, made possible by American Express.
In this episode, we’ll learn about what advice would these leaders give to their younger selves, how did they deal delt with their biggest career setback? And why are mentors are so important? Discover how the constant change of retail provides these leaders with endless opportunities on this episode of The List, made possible by American Express.
In this episode, these leaders explore the one thing that everyone gets wrong about retail – and they’ll share with you what they look for in an employee. Get some great advice about why you should consider a retail career on this episode of The List, made possible by American Express.
Every year at the NRF Foundation Honors, the NRF Foundation recognizes The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future, celebrating the dynamic individuals shaping the industry. American Express is proud to be a part of this program, and over the past six years, American Express has helped honor more than 125 extraordinary people from all corners of the retail world. We’ve reached out to these alumni and we’ve asked them to share their stories – and their advice - with you. In this episode, these leaders share what everyone gets wrong about retail, why they believe now is the perfect time to get into the industry, and what the future of retail really looks like. Retail is changing faster than ever, so here’s you chance to see how these leaders think about change – and drive it - on this episode of The List, made possible by American Express.
Every year at the NRF Foundation Honors, we recognize The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future, celebrating the dynamic individuals shaping the industry. Over the past six years, we have honored more than 125 extraordinary people from all corners of the retail world. From how the coronavirus has impacted their families, to their work to feed their communities and take care of their employees, this episode of The List, made possible by American Express, is your chance to learn from the people shaping retail’s future.
Every year at the NRF Foundation Honors, we recognize The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future, celebrating the dynamic individuals shaping the industry. Over the past six years, we have honored more than 125 extraordinary people from all corners of the retail world. From their first job to the advice they'd give their younger selves, this premiere episode of The List, made possible by American Express, is your chance to learn from the people shaping retail’s future.
Whether you are networking in person or virtually, taking notes to record key information equips you to do effective follow up. AJ Watson from FOCUS Training shares a simple approach to capturing information about your new contacts.
Don't overlook the value of a descriptive headline on your LinkedIn profile! AJ Watson from FOCUS Training offers tips for drawing attention to your skill set with the LinkedIn headline.
As a Kohl's store executive with more than 25 years of experience, Michelle Banks has been through her fair share of change. While we continue to navigate an ever-changing retail landscape, as well as a global pandemic, resilience is more important than ever. Please join us for this professional development session where you will hear personal testimony about leading through change and what it means to be a resilient team member, and ultimately a leader.
Join leadership and organizational expert, Anna Oakes, for “Own Your Career: Moving Your Career and Ideas Forward Without Breaking (Too Much) China. The session considers:
- How to think and work like an INTRApreneur (seriously, why should ENTREpreneurs have all the fun?
- The value to you (yes - what you want matters!)
- The value to the organization (required)
- Ways to use your time, talents, and voice for work that excites you and maximizes your impact to your organization (if you're going to work, you might as well make it awesome!)
This Burlington Stores Professional Development session focuses on career growth and ways that you can drive your own development. During the session we hone in different forms of feedback. Understanding your strengths and areas of opportunity will allow you as a professional to continue to advance and develop in your career. At Burlington Stores our value proposition is “Grow With Us”, feedback is an integral part of Burlington’s culture to ensure that the lines of communication between associates and managers remain open and positive in order to encourage the development and growth of the associate. After this session, students will learn how to ask for feedback, be open to receiving feedback and understand the different methods of sharing feedback to help set you up for success with a strong start to your career.
As the business world goes virtual and teams become more dispersed, your network becomes essential to a successful career. But for many of us, building a strong professional network can feel like an intimidating prospect. Executive Trainer at FOCUS AJ Watson equips you with a simple set of steps to make key connections, establish strong relationships, and leverage your network for success!
Join Matt Meuleners for Branding Yourself in a Virtual World. Today’s hiring managers are seeing you through your LinkedIn profile or the eye of a webcam. It has never been more important to effectively manage your personal brand. How you show up in the eyes of potential employers, colleagues, and leaders can define your success. In this session students explore the keys to building a personal brand that stands out - and the tactics to present that brand in a virtual world.
Macy’s Chairman and CEO and NRF Foundation Board Chair Jeff Gennette joins NRF Foundation Executive Director and Retail Gets Real Host Bill Thorne for our final fall session: a wide-ranging conversation looking back at this fall’s NRF Foundation All Access learnings – and what they see for the future for retail.
NRF Foundation Executive Director and NRF Retail Gets Real podcast host Bill Thorne shares current industry trends, gives an overview of the diverse career paths available and previews what’s coming this fall on NRF Foundation All Access.
Join Katherine Cullen, Senior Director of Industry and Consumer Insights at the National Retail Federation as she explores COVID-19's impact on how and why we shop - and what the trends for the rest of 2020 look like.
Join Ross Stores, Inc. Buying Office recruiters to hear more about the company and the roles we offer!
Join Amazon Operations field recruiters for a chat to learn more about internship and full-time opportunities across the country. Open positions include: Operations Management (internships and full-time), Human Resources (internships) and Workplace Safety (internships).
We are excited to be recruiting for our 2021 Summer Internship Program in partnership with NRF! Join us to learn about our Merchandising or Software Engineering opportunities located in Pittsburgh, PA.
Join Belk recruiters Lexi Gaertner and Kayla Lively to lean about Belk’s changing ecommerce and merchandising climate along with all our undergraduate programs. We will share information about our Retail Development Program, Summer Internship Program, Sophomore Spree, and a new Freshman Diversity Event! Entry level roles and internships will be available in Accounting, Finance, Merchandising and Planning in our Home Office located in Charlotte, NC.
Listen in as Meijer recruiters share details about their internship program and entry level roles in merchandising, store leadership, supply chain and IT.
Listen in as Ja’Nelle Harmon and Maria Sgroi, Burlington recruiters, share insights about their internship and entry-level roles in merchandising.
Listen in as the PetSmart recruiting team shares details and insights about internship and full-time opportunities across the business. Areas of opportunity include, Merchandising, Customer Experience, Supply Chain, IT and more!
Listen in as the Kohl's Early Talent Team shares details about their internship opportunities in Buying, Product Development, Art & Design, Marketing, Technology, Store Management, and more! Hear directly from recruiters, Mel Smith, Jake Schaller, Jack Lindenberg, and Brittany Rhoa on how to make a great first impression, ace an interview, and ultimately become successful in your role.
Macy’s recruiters lead a session focused on their internship and entry-level roles in merchandising, supply chain, marketing, digital, store management & tech.
Join Target Senior Engineering Manager Nidhi Sen, Kohl's Chief Information Security Officer and VP Becky Janutis and Meijer Vice President of Customer and Digital Technology Kristen Williams for our Women in Technology panel.
Engineering in the ever-changing world of retail: how PetSmart stood up curbside pickup in response to the pandemic.
Böhme was founded by Vivien and Fernanda Böhme, sisters from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2006 at 23 and 24 years old. Böhme is led by Vivien’s mind for business as CEO and Fernanda’s eye for design as Creative Director. Today, the brand has store locations across the western United States and employs over 200 women. Join Vivien and Fernanda for a tour of one of their stores and an honest conversation on starting a business, running both an e-commerce and brick and mortar presence and everything in between.
While in-person tours of Amazon Fulfillment Centers are paused, their FC Tours team is bringing the tour to you virtually. See what happens behind the scenes when you shop on Amazon. Start your video tour now.
Step inside DICK'S Sporting Goods Customer Support Center located just outside Pittsburgh, PA. Home to our ~2500 corporate teammates, the office boasts every amenity a sports lover could ask for. See for yourself.
Hear from a Ross Stores, Inc. College Recruiter about tips and tricks on how to prepare for interviews, an overview of different types of interviews, and ways to market yourself to get your dream job.
Hear from a Ross Stores, Inc. College Recruiter about tips and tricks on how to prepare for interviews, an overview of different types of interviews, and ways to market yourself to get your dream job.
Matt Meuleners, Managing Partner at FOCUS Training, offers best practices for preparing to interview in a virtual setting or participate in a virtual job fair. This video expands on the Branding Yourself in a Virtual World session presented as part of the NRF Foundation's All-Access Program.
Matt Meuleners, Managing Partner at FOCUS Training, shares tips for connecting the experience and skills described on your resume to the conversation in a job interview. This video expands on the Branding Yourself in a Virtual World session presented as part of the NRF Foundation's All-Access Program.
Join Laysha Ward, Chief External Engagement Officer at Target, as she takes you through her experiences on numerous pandemic task forces and committees that led her to create a Personal Recovery Plan, to help individuals on the path to a new normal, whatever that may be. Click here to download the workbook to complete your own Personal Recovery Plan.
Missed it live? Tune in here for a session to discuss Kohl's Diversity and Inclusion journey and the importance of being able to bring your whole self to work. You will hear more about our company's mission as well as more from our Business Resource Groups. Our ultimate goal is to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace that allows our associates the freedom to express their ideas and values.
There is so much that goes into a successful interview or networking experience. It can be challenging to make sure you show up professionally while still allowing your unique personality to shine through. Join us to learn more about how to build your personal brand while staying true to your authentic self in a professional environment. We'll also cover important tips and tricks for rocking your next interview!
Get tips on how to ace your interview from Amazon University Operations Recruiter Jessica Fuqua.
We’ve put together a video to showcase the Buyer & National Brands Associate Buyer roles in the merchandising department at Belk. Click on the link to see the main responsibilities our Buyers have, and how they impact the organization.
We’ve put together a video to showcase the Planner & Assistant Planner roles in the planning department at Belk. Click on the link to see the main responsibilities our Planners have, and how they impact the organization.
Hear highlights about our summer internship program, what buyers and planners do, and why our former interns chose Ross as the place to grow their careers.
At Meijer, we offer a comprehensive 12-week internship program that challenges interns to deliver innovative solutions to real business projects that will impact the business. Hear from our past interns on how they were able grow as professionals while also leaving their mark on the business during their time at Meijer.
Meijer, it's not just a brand name, it’s a family name. Founded by Hendrik and Gezina Meijer and their children in 1934, and still family owned today, we treat our Team Members like family. We cultivate a culture where team members offer a helping hand while having a great time at work. When you join our family, you join a group of individuals who come together and create a one-of-a-kind experience.
Ecommerce is an up and coming department in many retail organizations. Our eCommerce organization oversees all the product that is placed online, and the overall experience a customer has with Belk.com or the Belk App, and any online exclusive product or deals. We’ve put together a video to showcase one of the entry level roles in the department, the Digital Merchandising Assistant (DMA). Click on the link to see the main responsibilities our DMAs have, and how they impact the organization.
Today, headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK'S Sporting Goods is a leading omnichannel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. The Company operates more than 720 DICK'S Sporting Goods locations across the United States, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated teammates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear.
DICK's highlights their largest intern class who spent 11 weeks with the company this past summer, making tangible impacts to the business and having fun while doing it.
How did UNIQLO Advanced Visual Stylist and 2018 NRF Foundation Student Challenge Top Team Member Ashley Cairns get her start? By making the most out of working part-time in retail while in college.
What are the steps you can take as you make the transition from college classes to work? And how do you adjust when you’ve moved to a new city? H-E-B Own Brand Manager Grace Dusek shares her experiences on how to launch an exciting career in the retail industry.
It’s about progress – not perfection, according to Nike Global Big Kids Merchant and 2014 NRF Foundation Ray Greenly Scholarship Recipient Evan Chisholm. Discover how his variety of experiences led to his current role and prepared him with the tools to face whatever comes his way.
Product development is essential for the survival of all companies regardless of industry. During this session, you will join expert product developers from all around the country for an inside look at the best practices for selecting, producing, and marketing your products.
Your personal brand is not just your social media account. Your brand is your story and a reflection of your business. In business, your personal brand is defined in two ways: your online and your offline self. Your online brand might include your social media profiles and company website. But it’s your offline brand that really tells the deeper story. The Brand of You Panel will teach participants how to create, maintain, and leverage their personal brands for professional use.
In this Fireside Leadership Chat, NRF Foundation’s Administrative Assistant, Barbara Collins talks with Brown Beauty Co-Op founders, Kimberly Smith and Amaya Smith on they got their start and the future of the beauty industry.
Starting an eCommerce business is hard work with many steps and decisions that need to come together at the right time. You have selected and evaluated your product, written your business and marketing plans and now you are ready to set-up your online business. The Setting Up Shop Panel will cover strategies for acquiring customers, POS technology, and building a successful online business.
In this Fireside Leadership Chat, NRF Foundation’s Administrative Assistant, Barbara Collins talks with Michelle Thompson-Dolberry, Vice President of Inclusion & Diversity, Strategic Relationships at American Express on why mentorship is so important.