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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 - 1:00pm 1

10:30 - 4:30pm 2

10:30 - 4:30pm 2
The Home Depot, Kohl's, Macy's, Nordstrom and Walmart are hosting various Tours and Talks for students to have an exclusive opportunity to tour their stores and hear from senior executives and recruiters.

1:30 - 5:30pm 2

1:30 - 5:30pm 2
TBD
Technologists from Amazon Web Services, Forrester, PetSmart, Target, The Home Depot, PVH, Walmart, Wayfair, and XRC Labs will connect and network with computer science student attendees to learn more about their critical tech roles in the retail industry. Invitation only. Hosted by:

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
Chair, NMG Board of Directors
Former President and CEO Neiman Marcus Group

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
Gina Iacovone
Senior Vice President, Director Field Operations
BJ's Wholesale Club

10:30 - 11:00am 3

10:30 - 11:00am 3
Hall E, Level 1
Andy Dunn
Founder, Bonobos and SVP, Digital Native Brands
Walmart Inc.
@dunn

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
Sean Calarco
Senior Engineering Manager
Wayfair
@Wayfair
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
Jesse Horwitz
Co-founder and Co-CEO
Hubble Contacts
Amanda E. Johnson
Co-founder
Mented Cosmetics
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
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

3:15 - 3:30pm 2

3:15 - 3:30pm 2
Hall E, Level 1

3:30 - 4:15pm 3

3:30 - 4:15pm 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! Buddy Teaster shares how Soles4Souls, a social enterprise that uses shoes and clothes to help entrepreneurs in the developing world, created a sustainable path out of poverty. You won't think about your shoes in the same way anymore!
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. Here are the list of participating companies: American Express Ashley Stewart B&N Industries Bed, Bath & Beyond BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. Brooks Brothers CallisonRTKL Carnival Cruise Lines Chanel USA Danielle Nicole Express Haddad Brands... learn more
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.
Magnus Rindefjell
SVP, Supply Chain North America
H&M
@hm

1:15 - 2:15pm 2

1:15 - 2:15pm 2
Metropolitan West
Educators and recruiters will have an opportunity to network with each other ahead of the Career Fair, to learn how they can work together and prepare students for a career in retail. Shuttle provided to the Metropolitan West.

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 - 4:00pm 2

11:00 - 4:00pm 2
Select students will have an exclusive opportunity to particiate in Tours and Talks hosted by PetSmart, FAO Schwarz, and a private tour of NRF 2019: Retail's Big Show EXPO.