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Thursday, January 11

8:30 - 1:00pm

8:30 - 1:00pm
Offsite at KPMG Office
Through a collaboration with STORY, a retail concept store, students from across the country with entrepreneurial spirits and imaginative minds have created a retail concept based on a theme: Travel, Made in America, or Sensory. Join us to... learn more

Friday, January 12

9:00 - 10:00am

9:00 - 10:00am
Grab a cup of coffee (or two or three), a bite to eat, and get ready for a full day of listening, learning, and networking. Doors will open at 10:00AM for seating.

9:00 - 5:00pm

9:00 - 5:00pm
North Concourse, Level 1
Bring your student ID and registration confirmation to pick up your event badge. All students and educators must be pre-registered.

10:30 - 10:45am

10:30 - 10:45am
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
Welcome to the largest hiring event for retail students where BIG things happen! In this truly one of a kind experience, you will hear inspirational career advice and stories from BIG names in the industry, make BIG connections with retail... learn more
SVP, National Retail Federation
Executive Director, NRF Foundation
President and CEO
The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc.

10:45 - 11:30am

10:45 - 11:30am
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
Chief Merchandising and Customer Officer
Kohl's

11:30 - 12:15pm

11:30 - 12:15pm
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
These young professionals are taking charge of their careers and leading their companies through their current roles. Learn what you can do now to jumpstart your career and develop leadership skills in this stimulating discussion. Take... learn more
Vice President, Human Resources
The Home Depot
Moderator
General Manager
Bj's Wholesale Club
Manager, Retail Sales
The Walt Disney Company
Marketplace Merchandising Manager
NIKE, Inc.

12:15 - 1:15pm

12:15 - 1:15pm
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
Grab some lunch, introduce yourself to a few of your peers and remember to make the most of your experience.

1:00 - 4:00pm

1:00 - 4:00pm
1E 03, Level 1
Your resume is often a hiring manager’s first impression of you. In this one-on-one workshop, your resume will be critiqued by a retail recruiter to open the door to a fulfilling career in retail.

1:15 - 2:15pm

1:15 - 2:15pm
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
Starting a business, whether online or not, can be a real challenge. But with great risk comes reward! Find out how the founders of your favorite brands became top entrepeneurs in the retail industry, and hear their best tips for starting... learn more
Founder & CEO
STORY
Moderator
Co-founder, CEO and Creative Director
&pizza

2:15 - 3:15pm

2:15 - 3:15pm
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
FOCUS Training

3:15 - 3:45pm

3:15 - 3:45pm
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
One last energy break before the home stretch. You've earned it.

3:45 - 4:30pm

3:45 - 4:30pm
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1

Saturday, January 13

7:30 - 8:30am

7:30 - 8:30am
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
As mom used to say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Enjoy breakfast before Day 2 kicks off.

7:30 - 1:00pm

7:30 - 1:00pm
North Concourse, Level 1
Grab a cup of coffee (or two or three), a bite to eat, and get ready for a full day of listening, learning, and networking.

8:30 - 9:00am

8:30 - 9:00am
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
The year was 1993, and John Furner's band had just broken up. In need of a job, he turned to Walmart and began his career as an hourly associate. Today, he's the President and CEO of Sam's Club. In this session, he'll share... learn more
President and CEO
Sam's Club

9:00 - 11:00am

9:00 - 11:00am
Hall A, 1A 24, Level 1
Grab your business cards! Educators and recruiters will have the opportunity to network with each other while students participate in the Executive Mentor Experience.
9:00 - 11:00am
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
In this popular session, students sit down with inspirational retail executives in a roundtable discussion to receive tips for a successful career and ask their most burning questions. Here are the participating companies: Bacci Chocolate... learn more
President and CEO
The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc.
FOCUS Training

11:00 - 11:15am

11:00 - 11:15am
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
Take a quick break to fill up on refreshments and get re-energized for a full day ahead.

11:15 - 12:00pm

11:15 - 12:00pm
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
President, HSN
Chief Marketing Officer, HSN, Inc.
Moderator

12:00 - 1:00pm

12:00 - 1:00pm
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
Enjoy lunch while making connections with peers.

1:00 - 2:00pm

1:00 - 2:00pm
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
Successfully managing your finances is just as important as earning money. In this informative, yet entertaining session, students will learn the basics of budgeting, saving, and spending to make the most of their money.
Corporate Responsibility Fellow & Senior Associate
PwC

2:00 - 2:30pm

2:00 - 2:30pm
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
When James Rhee become CEO of a company facing bankruptcy, he made one rule: be kind. Hear James' remarkable story, and how he transformed the struggling company into one of today's fastest growing brands serving plus-size women.
Executive Chairman & CEO, Ashley Stewart and Founder & President, FirePine Group

2:30 - 3:00pm

2:30 - 3:00pm
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
Take a second to meet the people around you; you never know when you’ll cross paths again.

3:00 - 5:30pm

3:00 - 5:30pm
Hall A, Level 1
Students will network with recruiters to learn about training programs, internships, and post- graduation job opportunities top brands in retail have to offer. Land the job of your dream by putting the lessons learned from the Student... learn more

Sunday, January 14

8:00 - 3:00pm

8:00 - 3:00pm
Offsite at FIT
Selected students will have the opportunity to begin the interview process for training programs, internships and post- graduation jobs. This session is invitation only.

5:30 - 10:00pm

5:30 - 10:00pm
Pier Sixty
Celebrate the next generation of retail latent with the NRF Foundation. Retail leaders will gather to encourage, uplift, and support the industry’s rising stars. Separate ticket required.