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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.
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.
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.
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.
What people are saying
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
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.
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
From the NRF Foundation Student Program in January! Where CFIN members Melanie Metz, Melissa Belmont, & Anastasia Mahdavian learned about the rapidly changing retail landscape and innovative tactics the industry is utilizing to stay in touch with its consumers. #retailsfuture @nrffoundation
41 Likes, 4 Comments - CFIN (@cornellcfin) on Instagram: "From the NRF Foundation Student Program in January! Where CFIN members Melanie Metz, Melissa..."
#BIGSHOWRECAP - "Going to the NRF Big Show had a big impact on my confidence level on entering the workplace. I got to hear inspirational words from the CEO of Macy's, Jeff Gennette, from the President of Levi's, Roy Bugattini, and the Vice President of Home Depot, Stacey Tank. I learned the most from the Young Professional Panel because they not only relate to me so well, with being a college senior that's about to graduate, but also because they helped me to become more open to the adventurous possibilities of moving to a new city for work. New York is a place to build on your character, confidence, and creativity, a place where your limits will be tested to help you grow. There is always something new to experience and learn whether it's from a retail convention or from a fellow New Yorker who is actually making it in the Big Apple." - Taylor Nix #retailsfuture
40 Likes, 2 Comments - national retail federation msu (@msu_nrfsa) on Instagram: "#BIGSHOWRECAP - "Going to the NRF Big Show had a big impact on my confidence level on entering..."
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..."
We had a great time hearing from so many inspiration leaders in the retail industry this weekend! Thank you so much @NRFFoundation
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
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
#NRF conference was a great success! Our #students were able to meet with industry leaders across a variety of #retail sectors, attended a wonderful career fair, engaged with mentors during a round table discussion, and got to experience the beauty of NYC! Congrats to Victoria Goudreau @v_goudreau and Kristina Poole @kristinapoolexoxo as they received interviews from #PetSmart and #Burlington! #retailsfuture #snhubusiness @snhucareerctr
16 Likes, 0 Comments - SNHU School of Business (@snhubusiness) on Instagram: "#NRF conference was a great success! Our #students were able to meet with industry leaders across a..."
You can't be innovative without making yourself uncomfortable." - @Sephora SVP Merchandising, Color Alison Hahn at the @NRFFoundation Student Program #retailsfuture #NRF2020
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
Day two of the NRF Foundation Student Program 2020 kicked off with Stacey Tank's "Guide to an Unconventional Path" and gave students the opportunity to engage directly with executives at the Executive Mentor Experience. The day ended with specialized breakout sessions and a Career Fair for students to find their dream job. Wish them luck! Some will be selected for interviews tomorrow at @fitnyc! #retailsfuture
141 Likes, 1 Comments - NRF Foundation (@nrffoundation) on Instagram: "Day two of the NRF Foundation Student Program 2020 kicked off with Stacey Tank's "Guide to an..."
The NRF Foundation has taken over New York City for the Student Program! Day one students heard from retail executives and young professionals on how to lead in a time of evolution, saying "yes" to new opportunities, uniting people around their passion for pets and more! For the first time ever, students also participated in specialized sessions with @amazon, @careersatburlington, @dsgcampus, @homedepotcareers and more! #retailsfuture
133 Likes, 8 Comments - NRF Foundation (@nrffoundation) on Instagram: "The NRF Foundation has taken over New York City for the Student Program! Day one students heard..."