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2020 Recap

 

Here's what you missed

The highest-attended NRF Foundation Student Program to date has wrapped, with more than 1,100 students from more than 130 universities across the country participating in four days of career-building opportunities. We're capturing the highlights of the 2020 Student Program for you to read here.

 

 

Making connections, building careers

The annual event in New York City is the only one of its kind designed specifically for undergraduate students and is open to all majors. This year’s Student Program featured 44 speakers across the main stage, along with new breakout sessions. It kicked off Thursday with the “Future of Retail: Powered by Technology” and company tours across the city.
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students at the 2020 Student Program

 

NRF Foundation Student Program highlights tech roles

The “Future of Retail: Powered by Technology” event, along with company Tours & Talks, kicked off the first day of this year’s NRF Foundation Student Program, the largest to date with more than 1,100 students from universities across the country in attendance. The annual event in New York City gives college students a unique opportunity to launch their future in retail.
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students at the 2020 Student Program

 

NRF Foundation Student Program 2020

To say the retail industry is exciting would be an understatement. Spending four days in New York City and attending the NRF Foundation's annual Student Program confirmed this for me once again. I had the unbelievable opportunity to hear from industry leaders during large lectures, breakout sessions, and round table discussions.
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students at the 2020 Student Program
 

Videos

President and CEO of PetSmart J.K. Symancyk

President and CEO of PetSmart J.K. Symancyk shares how to set a vision for your career, and why this is an exciting time to enter the world of retail.

Jane Blain Gilbertson, second generation owner and CEO of Blain’s Farm and Fleet stores

Jane Blain Gilbertson, owner and CEO of Blain’s Farm and Fleet, shares her perspectives of growing her 65 year old family business into a professionally managed organization that still feels like a family business.

Stacey Tank, Vice President, Homes Services at The Home Depot

Stacey Tank, Vice President, Homes Services at The Home Depot, shares lessons from an unconventional career path and the surprises along the way.

 

 

What people are saying

ari on Twitter

I was graced to attend a retail innovation&technology conference in NYC this past week. Listening to many CEO's, Vice Presidents, companies&attending workshops. Thank you to the @NRFFoundation I connected with so many ppl in the retail industry and I'm so blessed. #retailsfuture

College of Design on Twitter

RetailMerchandising students attended the @NRFFoundation Student Conference in New York City earlier this month! On the trip they were able to hear from key industry leaders, tour the city, and network with other #retail students from more than 80 universities.

Center for Retailing Studies on Twitter

The future of retail is bright because of individuals like LeAnn Percivill. On one of retail's biggest stages @NRFFoundation, she has been an outstanding representative for all of @TAMU @maysbusiness @TAMURetail #retailsfuture https://t.co/NKF40MtfFs

Another successful trip to NYC for the @nrf Student Program 2020!! Thank you so much to all the speakers we were fortunate enough to hear from and of course the @nrffoundation for having us. #retailsfuture #indianauniversity #retailstudies #rsoindiana #studentprogram

127 Likes, 1 Comments - IU Retail Studies Organization (@rsoindiana) on Instagram: "Another successful trip to NYC for the @nrf Student Program 2020!! Thank you so much to all the..."

NRFSA KSU on Twitter

We had a great time hearing from so many inspiration leaders in the retail industry this weekend! Thank you so much @NRFFoundation

Bridget Szydlo on Twitter

It's been an amazing weekend at the @NRFFoundation student program!! I've learned so much and gotten some of the best advice of my life. I can't wait to kick off my life in retail after graduation #retailsfuture

Glenn Allison on Twitter

Record breaking student attendance at the @NRFFoundation Student Program this morning for the Executive Mentor program. Great discussions with students about careers in #Tech at Tractor Supply! #retailsfuture #NRF2020 @NRFnews @TractorSupply

National Retail Federation on Twitter

You can't be innovative without making yourself uncomfortable." - @Sephora SVP Merchandising, Color Alison Hahn at the @NRFFoundation Student Program #retailsfuture #NRF2020

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NRF Foundation on Twitter

What I do is a lot of planning and a lot of math. If you're not great with it, start to get great with it now," says Christian Sopoco, a merchandize analyst at @Nordstrom and a 2017 Next Generation Scholarship semi-finalist. #retailsfuture