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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