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2019 Agenda

Wednesday, January 9

5:00 - 7:00pm 2

5:00 - 7:00pm 2
Kohl's New York Design Center
Kohl's will host attendees of the NRF Foundation Student Program at their New York Design Office to network with their team, leaders, and fun vendors. RSVP here.

Thursday, January 10

10:30 - 12:30pm 2

10:30 - 12:30pm 2
Macy's Herald Square
Macy’s invites 30 students to visit their NYC corporate offices followed by a store tour of Macy’s Herald Square led by merchant executives. Students will have the opportunity to learn about company culture, merchant career opportunities, and meet with merchant executives.... learn more

10:30 - 1:00pm 1

12:00 - 1:30pm 2

12:00 - 1:30pm 2
Kohl's New York Design Center
Kohl's invites students to visit their New York Design Office to learn more about their career opportunities in tech and meet their team leaders, vendors, and executives. RSVP here.

12:00 - 2:00pm 2

12:00 - 2:00pm 2
Wayne, NJ
Kohl's invites students to Wayne, NJ for a store tour and to learn more about their career opportunities. Transportation will be provided. Limited capacity. RSVP here.

1:30 - 3:00pm 2

1:30 - 3:00pm 2
Kohl's New York Design Center
Kohl's invites students to visit their New York Design Office to learn more about their merchant career opportunities and to meet their team leaders, vendors, and executives. RSVP here.

1:30 - 4:30pm 2

1:30 - 4:30pm 2
Jet.com, Hoboken, NJ
Walmart will select 35 students to visit one of their main ecommerce hubs, the Jet.com office in Hoboken, NJ for an office tour, a chance to hear from Walmart recent hires and ecommerce leaders, and the ability to learn more about their careers in retail, technology & supply chain. Apply by Dec. 14th.... learn more

2:00 - 4:30pm 2

2:00 - 4:30pm 2
TBD
Technologists from The Home Depot, Wlmart, Wayfair, and more will connect and network with invited computer science student attendees to learn more about their critical tech roles in the retail industry.

2:30 - 4:30pm 2

2:30 - 4:30pm 2
23rd St Manhattan Store
The Home Depot will select 45 students for a private tour of their 23rd street Manhattan store. Students will get an opportunity to hear from The Home Depot leadership, learn about their company culture and participate in a Pinterest inspired DIY workshop. RSVP here.

3:00 - 4:30pm 2

3:00 - 4:30pm 2
Kohl's New York Design Center
Kohl's invites students to visit their New York Design Office to learn more about their career opportunities in product development and to meet their team leaders, vendors, and executives. RSVP here.

Friday, January 11

7:30 - 9:00am 1

8:30 - 9:30am 2

8:30 - 9:30am 2
Hall E, Level 1
But first, coffee. Get ready for the first day of the Student Program by fueling up on coffee and donuts.

8:30 - 5:00pm 3

8:30 - 5:00pm 3
North Concourse, Level 2
Head to registration and pick-up your badge.

9:30 - 9:45am 3

9:30 - 9:45am 3
Hall E, Level 1
The Student Program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to get insider perspectives from executives at exciting global brands.
Ellen Davis
SVP, National Retail Federation
President, NRF Foundation
Karen Katz
Board of Directors, Former CEO, Neiman Marcus Group
Chair, NRF Foundation Board of Directors

9:45 - 10:30am 3

9:45 - 10:30am 3
Hall E, Level 1
Chris Baldwin, chairman of NRF's board of directors and chairman, president and CEO of BJ's Wholesale Club, will speak to the transformation of the retail industry and share how BJ’s is driving in-store convenience through technology. Later, he’ll be joined by Gina Iacovone, BJ's senior vice president of field operations,... learn more
Chris Baldwin
Chairman, President and CEO
BJ’s Wholesale Club Inc.
Gina Iacovone
Senior Vice President, Director Field Operations
BJ's Wholesale Club

10:30 - 11:00am 3

11:00 - 11:15am 3

11:00 - 11:15am 3
Hall E, Level 1
Take a quick break and refuel for the rest of the morning.

11:15 - 12:00pm 3

11:15 - 12:00pm 3
Hall E, Level 1
Tech companies aren’t the only ones with great tech careers – retail giants are tech giants. Hear from young professionals as they discuss their tech roles within retail, the impact those roles have on the business, and the collaboration that happens with other professionals from across the company.
Talia Watts
Marketplace Merchandising Manager
NIKE, Inc.
Moderator
Matthew Kraemer
Senior Software Engineer
PetSmart
Josh Quintana
Manager, Innovation
The Home Depot

12:00 - 1:30pm 2

12:00 - 1:30pm 2
Hall E, Level 1

1:30 - 2:30pm 3

1:30 - 2:30pm 3
Hall E, Level 1
Starting a business, whether online or brick-and-mortar, can be a real challenge. This panel brings top entrepreneurs from retail together to discuss “how they did it” and offer career advice to students pursuing their own entrepreneurial dreams.
Jonathan H. Owsley
Managing Partner, Growth Fund
L Catterton
Moderator
Amanda Johnson
Co-founder
Mented Cosmetics
Ajay Kori
Co-founder
UrbanStems
Kate Ross LeBlanc
Co-Founder and CEO
Saje Natural Wellness
Kristen Jones (KJ) Miller
Co-founder
Mented Cosmetics

2:30 - 3:15pm 3

2:30 - 3:15pm 3
Hall E, Level 1
A career in retail puts you on the front lines solving complex business problems for some of the most exciting and innovative brands in the world. Learn how Nordstrom is rethinking their growth strategy to meet the demands of the customer.
Shea Jensen
Senior Vice President, Customer Experience
Nordstrom

3:15 - 3:45pm 3

3:15 - 3:45pm 3
Hall E, Level 1
Experts tell us that our unconscious mind makes a majority of our decisions. It creates blind spots -- unconscious biases that can narrow your vision and potentially influence your behaviors. Are you letting blind spots steer your decision making? It’s time to take control.
Elena Richards
Minority Initiatives & Talent Management Leader, Office of Diversity
PwC US

3:45 - 4:00pm 2

3:45 - 4:00pm 2
Hall E, Level 1

4:00 - 4:45pm 3

4:00 - 4:45pm 3
Hall E, Level 1
A solid marketing strategy is what connects a company to its customer. In this session, Hallmark Greetings Chief Marketing Officer Lindsey Roy will discuss how to bring marketing strategies to life by leveraging the human connection to drive business opportunities, and share lessons learned from her unique personal experiences.
Lindsey Roy
Chief Marketing Officer
Hallmark Greetings
@Hallmark

6:00 - 8:00pm 2

6:00 - 8:00pm 2
The Rink at Rockefeller Center
Hosted solely for attendees of the NRF Foundation Student Program, Kohl's presents their annual giving event that brings students and faculty together to ice skate and enjoy hot cocoa. The cost of admission is simple, bring a cold weather accessory to donate to a local charity.... learn more

Saturday, January 12

7:30 - 8:30am 2

7:30 - 8:30am 2
Hall E, Level 1
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Get ready for, Day Two.

7:30 - 9:30am 3

7:30 - 9:30am 3
North Concourse, Level 2

8:30 - 8:45am 3

8:30 - 8:45am 3
Hall E, Level 1

8:45 - 9:15am 3

8:45 - 9:15am 3
Hall E, Level 1
Get ready to be inspired! The List 18 honoree and CEO of Soles4Souls Buddy Teaster presents on sustainability and discusses how he grew Soles4Souls, a social enterprise that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world.
Buddy Teaster
President & CEO
Soles4Souls

9:15 - 9:30am 2

9:15 - 9:30am 2
Hall E, Level 1

9:30 - 11:30am 3

9:30 - 11:30am 3
Hall E, Level 1
Engage directly with leaders and executives from some of the most exciting brands in the country. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to talk with CEOs and hear their insights on the industry, how they built their career and what you need to do launch yours.
Matt Meuleners
Executive Partner
FOCUS Training

11:30 - 12:45pm 2

11:30 - 12:45pm 2
Hall E, Level 1

12:45 - 1:30pm 3

12:45 - 1:30pm 3
Hall E, Level 1
What’s the smartest way to get smart phones from a port in Louisiana to stores in Ohio? Find out during this session as supply chain specialists discuss being on the frontlines of solving complex problems for the most exciting and innovative global brands.
Jonathan Gold
VP, Supply Chain and Customs Policy
National Retail Federation
Moderator
Melissa Barr
Senior Director, Supply Chain Strategy, Analytics, & Technology
The Kroger Co.
@kroger
Cameron Geiger
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Services, US
Walmart, Inc.

1:30 - 2:15pm 3

1:30 - 2:15pm 3
Hall E, Level 1
Jo Malone, an 'English scent maverick' and the woman responsible for creating some of the world's most-loved fragrances, shares her story of resilience and reinvention to empower, encourage and motivate students to take charge of their lives and careers.
Jo Malone CBE
Founder and Creative Director
Jo Loves

2:15 - 2:30pm 2

2:15 - 2:30pm 2
Hall E, Level 1

2:30 - 3:30pm 3

2:30 - 3:30pm 3
Hall E, Level 1
From landing your first big internship to navigating the complex politics of the executive suite, a successful career requires more than skill development and hard work. Mentors, allies, partners, and prospects - your professional network can open doors and offer support at key moments. In this interactive session we will explore and practice... learn more

2:30 - 5:30pm 3

2:30 - 5:30pm 3
Metropolitan West (shuttle provided)

Sunday, January 13

8:00 - 4:30pm 2

8:00 - 4:30pm 2
Sunday only, use your Student Program badge to gain full conference access to NRF 2019: Retail's Big Show, where you can hear big names from the Main Stage, and more.

8:30 - 3:00pm 3

8:30 - 3:00pm 3
Fashion Institute of Technology
Select students will have the opportunity to interview with retail recruiters at top brands. Upload your resume. Invitation by retailer only.

11:00 - 1:00pm 2

11:00 - 1:00pm 2
PetSmart will host 50 students to tour their Manhattan store location and hear from top PetSmart leaders - and pets. RSVP here.

1:00 - 2:15pm 2

1:00 - 2:15pm 2
Rockefeller Plaza
PAVE (The Planning and Visual Education Partnership), will host a tour of the iconic toy store FAO Schwarz designed by Chute Gerdeman to the first 30 students to RSVP. Students will meet with the leaders responsible for redefining the retail experience at their new... learn more

2:00 - 4:00pm 2