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Thursday, January 11

10:30 - 1:00pm

10:30 - 1:00pm
Offsite at KPMG Office
Through a collaboration with NYC-based retailer, STORY, students from across the country demonstrated their creativity and business acumen by creating an original concept and theme focused on one of three sponsors: 3M, CVS, or Staples.... learn more

12:00 - 2:00pm

12:00 - 2:00pm
Rebecca Minkoff Store, SoHo
Experience the future of retail at Rebecca Minkoff's New York City Flagship store in the heart of Soho. There will be a store tour beginning at 12PM, and a Q&A with Rebecca Minkoff, 12:30PM - 1:00PM. RSVP is required, and you must... learn more
Fashion Designer
Rebecca Minkoff

Friday, January 12

8:00 - 10:00am

8:00 - 10:00am
1A 04, Level 1
Five finalists have been chosen, but who will be the top recipient of the $25,000 scholarship? This on-site interview will be the determining factor! The winner will be announced at the NRF Foundation Gala (invite only, separate ticket... learn more

8:30 - 5:00pm

8:30 - 5:00pm
North Concourse, Level 2
Bring your student ID and registration confirmation to pick up your event badge. All students and educators must be pre-registered.

9:00 - 10:00am

9:00 - 10:00am
Special Events Lobby, 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. Doors will open at 10:00AM for seating.

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
Board of Directors, Former CEO, Neiman Marcus Group
Chair, NRF Foundation Board of Directors

10:45 - 11:30am

10:45 - 11:30am
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
In this Opening Keynote, Kohl's Chief Merchandising and Customer Officer, Michelle Gass, will share insights on the changing retail environment and what it takes to win.​
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, Global & Executive Talent Acquisition
Williams - Sonoma, Inc.
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. Sign-up is required.

1:15 - 2:00pm

1:15 - 2:00pm
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
SVP, Retail Strategy
National Retail Federation
Moderator
Co-Founder
Margaux
Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Director
&pizza
Founder & CEO
Fenugreen

2:00 - 2:45pm

2:00 - 2:45pm
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
In this fireside chat, STORY Founder and CEO Rachel Shechtman will interview Warby Parker Co-Founder and Co-CEO Neil Blumenthal to discuss how Neil was able to transform the eyeglass industry and drive innovation within retail.
Founder & CEO
STORY
Moderator
Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Warby Parker

2:45 - 3:00pm

2:45 - 3:00pm
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
One last energy break before the home stretch. You've earned it.

3:00 - 4:00pm

3:00 - 4:00pm
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
In this interactive session, students will learn the difference between risk-aversion and uncertainty-aversion and how to develop a career crisis plan to successfully navigate through change and ambiguity.
FOCUS Training

4:00 - 4:30pm

4:00 - 4:30pm
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
Lauren Berger founded Intern Queen Inc. in 2009 after recognizing the need for a more personalized way for young people to connect with the internships and career opportunities of their dreams. She'll be sharing her advice from her... learn more
Founder & CEO
InternQueen, Inc.

6:00 - 8:00pm

6:00 - 8:00pm
The Rink at Rockefeller Center
This is an event exclusively for students attending the NRF Student Program at Retail's Big Show. You'll have the iconic Rink at Rockefeller Center all to yourself to network with other students and Kohl's recruiters, all while... learn more

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 2
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: American... learn more
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
In this captivating fireside chat, Daymond John will be sharing his best business advice for student entrepreneurs, tips to outhustle the competition, and his new book, Rise and Grind.
Board Member
NRF Foundation
Moderator
Star of ABC's Shark Tank
CEO of The Shark Group

12:00 - 1:00pm

12:00 - 1:00pm
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
Enjoy lunch while making connections with peers. Recruiters and educators will be served in Room 1-A24.

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.
Manager
PwC
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 - 4:30pm

3:00 - 4:30pm
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
Freshmen and sophomores will receive tips and best practices for choosing the right internship, and how not to suck at it, before joining the Career Fair to network.
Founder & CEO
InternQueen, Inc.
FOCUS Training

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. Location: 200 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001.

6:15 - 10:00pm

6:15 - 10:00pm
Pier Sixty
Celebrate the next generation of retail talent with the NRF Foundation. Retail leaders will gather to encourage, uplift, and support the industry’s rising stars. Separate ticket required.