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2019 Agenda

Wednesday, January 9

5:00 - 7:00pm

5:00 - 7:00pm
Kohl's New York Design Center
Kohl's will host attendees of the NRF Foundation Student Program at their New York Design Office to tour the innovative work hub and hear from a top Kohl's executive. RSVP here.

Thursday, January 10

10:30 - 1:00pm 1

12:00 - 5:00pm 2

12:00 - 5:00pm 2
Explore New York City and visit select retailers to experience a tour and talk with a store and tech executive.

Friday, January 11

10:00 - 10:15am 3

10:00 - 10:15am 3
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 and President,
NRF Foundation
Karen Katz
Board of Directors, Former CEO, Neiman Marcus Group
Chair, NRF Foundation Board of Directors

10:15 - 11:00am 3

10:15 - 11:00am 3
NRF Board of Directors Chair and BJ’s Wholesale Club CEO Chris Baldwin presents on the current state of the retail industry and shares how BJ’s is transforming through technological innovation. Later, he’ll be joined by... 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

11:00 - 12:00pm 3

11:00 - 12:00pm 3
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... learn more
Talia Watts
Marketplace Merchandising Manager
NIKE, Inc.
Moderator

12:00 - 1:30pm 2

1:30 - 2:30pm 3

1:30 - 2:30pm 3
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... learn more
Jonathan H. Owsley
Managing Partner, Growth Fund
L Catterton
Moderator
Kate Ross LeBlanc
Co-founder and CEO
Saje Natural Wellness

2:30 - 3:15pm 3

2:30 - 3:15pm 3
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
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... learn more
Elena Richards
Minority Initiatives & Talent Management Leader, Office of Diversity
PwC US

3:45 - 4:00pm 2

4:00 - 4:45pm 3

4:00 - 4:45pm 3
A solid marketing strategy is what connects a company to its customer. In this session, Hallmark Greetings Chief Marketing Officer Lindsay Roy will discuss how to bring marketing strategies to life by leveraging the human connection to... learn more
Lindsey Roy
Chief Marketing Officer
Hallmark Greetings
@Hallmark

6:00 - 8:00pm 2

6:00 - 8:00pm 2
The Rink at Rochefeller 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... learn more

Saturday, January 12

8:30 - 8:45am 3

8:30 - 8:45am 3

8:45 - 9:15am 3

8:45 - 9:15am 3
Get ready to be inspired! The List 18 honoree and founder and CEO of Soles4Souls Buddy Teaster presents on sustainability and shares how he built his social enterprise that has collected and distributed 26 million pairs of shoes to those... learn more
Buddy Teaster
CEO
Soles4Souls

9:15 - 9:30am 2

9:30 - 11:30am 3

9:30 - 11:30am 3
Get a seat at the table at the Executive Mentor Experience where you’ll 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... learn more
Matt Meuleners
FOCUS Training

11:30 - 12:45pm 2

12:45 - 1:30pm 3

12:45 - 1:30pm 3
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... learn more

1:30 - 2:15pm

1:30 - 2:15pm
Jo Malone CBE
Founder and Creative Director
Jo Loves

2:15 - 2:30pm 2

2:30 - 3:30pm 3

2:30 - 5:30pm 3

2:30 - 5:30pm 3

Sunday, January 13

9:00 - 2:00pm 2

2:00 - 4:00pm 2