NRF Foundation announces 25 individuals named to The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future

WASHINGTON, 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NRF Foundation today (December 6, 2017) announced the 25 individuals named to The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future. The honorees represent the best and brightest individuals impacting the retail industry and will be celebrated January 14, 2018, at the NRF Foundation Gala during NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show in New York City. Proceeds from the Gala benefit the NRF Foundation, NRF’s nonprofit arm, which is committed to shaping the future of retail talent.

“An industry as dynamic as retail needs leaders with a range of talents from creatives to humanitarians to entrepreneurs,” NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis said. “Each person on The List embodies these qualities in some way and is helping to steer the retail industry toward a bright future.”

Now in its fourth year, the Gala brings together hundreds of industry executives to honor those named to The List and awards scholarships to talented students working to become the next generation of retail leaders. In addition to celebrating The List at the Gala, NRF will also recognize Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon as “The Visionary,” an award for an inspiring leader with a long record of spearheading change in the industry.

The 2018 Gala is expected to raise more than $2.5 million for NRF Foundation programs – including educational and inspirational initiatives, student scholarships and RISE Up, a powerful, industry-backed credentialing program – and is on track to sell out by the end of 2017.

The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2018:

Disruptors:

Jeff Barnett – CEO, Commerce Cloud, Salesforce
Adam Goldenberg – Co-CEO, TechStyle Fashion Group
Paul Hennessy – CEO, Vroom
Jeff Kearl – CEO, Stance
Chris McCann –President and CEO, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc.
Emily Weiss – Founder and CEO, Glossier

Dreamers:

Isabelle and Katherine Adams – Co-CEOs, Paper For Water
Michael Lastoria – Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Director, &pizza
Carley Ochs – Founder, CEO and Designer, Bourbon and Boweties
Kate Ross LeBlanc – CEO and Co-Founder, Saje Natural Wellness

Givers:

Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale – Owner and Philanthropist, Gallery Furniture
Brittany Merrill Underwood – Founder and CEO, Akola Project
Karin Norington-Reaves – CEO, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
Buddy Teaster – President and CEO, Soles4Souls
Hamdi Ulukaya – Founder, Chairman and CEO, Chobani

Influencers:

Matthew Boss – Managing Director, Equity Research, Consumer Discretionary/Retailing, J.P. Morgan
Amanda Curtis and Gemma Sole – Co-Founders, Nineteenth Amendment
Jonathan Sokoloff – Managing Partner, Leonard Green & Partners
Rob Sweeney – Global Head of Consumer and Retail Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs
Barbara Thau – Contributing Retail Writer, Forbes.com

Power Players:

Mary Campbell – Executive Vice President, Commerce Platforms, QVC, Inc.
James ‘JC’ Curleigh – President, Levi’s Brand
Jane Elfers – President and CEO, The Children’s Place, Inc.
Helena Foulkes – Executive Vice President, CVS Health, and President, CVS Pharmacy
Greg Scott – CEO, New York & Company

About The NRF Foundation 
The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail. The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation and is funded in part by generous donations from retail industry supporters. NRF.com/Foundation.

Contact:

Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
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(855) NRF-Press

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NRF Foundation announces 25 student semi-finalists for its Next Generation Scholarship program

WASHINGTON, 2017-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NRF Foundation today (October 25, 2017) announced 25 students as semi-finalists for its Next Generation Scholarship program, which provides financial support to college students pursuing careers or majors relevant to retail. In a new phase of the competition this year, semi-finalists will be required to complete a written project and interview with an assigned retailer.

“True to its name, this scholarship identifies and rewards the retail industry’s brightest rising stars,” NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis said. “We adjusted the application process this year to attract a wider pool of qualified students, and ended up with a truly talented group from schools across the country. All of our semi-finalists exhibit remarkable leadership skills and will no doubt make their mark on the retail industry.”

In the first phase of the competition, 99 applicants from 42 schools submitted an essay, a personal brand video, two letters of recommendation, a resume and school transcripts. A panel of retail executives judged those materials to select the semi-finalists, and a second panel of retail experts will use the new written projects and interviews to select five finalists. Of the finalists, four will each receive a $10,000 scholarship and one will receive a $25,000 scholarship.

The semi-finalists are:

  • Natalie Alonzo, Pennsylvania State University
  • Shane Baglione, University of Florida
  • Marlowe Camblin, Santa Clara University
  • Jessa Chargois, Cornell University
  • Lea Chen, University of Pennsylvania
  • Rachelle Duperoux, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
  • Tyshaia Earnest, Kent State University
  • Madeline Harpham, University of Georgia
  • Isabel Jimenez, Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Paige Lindsey, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
  • Amaya Linsey, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Brian Lucksinger, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Katarina Mejean, University of Delaware
  • Courtney Nash, University of Arizona
  • Ariel Norris, Butler University
  • Carlo Pardo, Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Sadie Lee Pierce, Mississippi State University
  • Brittany Rhoa, Kent State University
  • Kelly Skoglund, University of Georgia
  • Emylee Smith, Ohio University
  • Mollina So, Kent State University
  • Kathryn Steib, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Nick Trifelos, Butler University
  • Reanne Wang, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
  • Hannah Witteried, Butler University

The top recipient will be announced on stage in front of hundreds of retail CEOs and insiders at the NRF Foundation Gala, January 14, during NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show. In addition to providing scholarships to the top five students, the Foundation pays travel expenses for all semi-finalists to attend the Foundation’s January 12-14 Student Program, held during NRF 2018.

Along with the scholarship semi-finalists and finalists, more than 700 students are expected to attend the Student Program, where they have the chance to meet executives from some of the industry’s most popular brands such as Disney, The Home Depot, Macy’s, West Elm and Nike. Students will hear from retail recruiters offering opportunities for internships, training programs and entry-level career positions, and will learn to leverage their networks to advance their careers through an executive mentoring session.

To learn more about the scholarship, visit NRF.com/NextGeneration

About the NRF Foundation
The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail. The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation and is funded in part by generous donations from retail industry supporters. NRF.com/Foundation.

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NRF Foundation announces top five finalists for its Next Generation Scholarship program

WASHINGTON, 2016-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation Foundation today (December 15, 2016) announced this year’s top five finalists for its Next Generation Scholarship program, which provides financial support to college students pursuing careers or majors relevant to retail. The finalists will travel to New York City, where they will interview with a panel of retail executives who will award four $10,000 scholarships and one $25,000 scholarship.

The top recipient will be announced on stage in front of hundreds of retail CEOs and insiders at the NRF Foundation Gala on January 15 during Retail’s BIG Show.

“Each year we are impressed by the caliber of students that apply for this scholarship and their level of creativity and passion towards retail,” NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis said. “Through their essays, this year’s finalists demonstrated excitement, innovation, leadership, and passion that is very crucial in shaping the future of the retail industry.”

The finalists are:

  • Jill Davis, University of Georgia
  • Makaela Hill, Indiana University
  • Margaret Kwon, The New School – Parsons School of Design
  • Danielle Mennella, LIM College
  • Kaley Suero, University of Pennsylvania

In addition to the top finalist awards, the NRF Foundation provides all 20 semi-finalists with travel scholarships to attend the NRF Student Program at Retail’s BIG Show and the NRF Foundation Gala.

The semi-finalists are:

  • Elizabeth Dumont, Auburn University
  • Savannah Kleiner, Butler University
  • Victoria Shibly, Columbia College Chicago
  • Hannah Patrick, Drexel University
  • Matthew Talbot, East Carolina University
  • Sarah Botscheller, Kent State University
  • Megan Miller, Lasell College
  • Gabrielle Martinez, Mississippi State University
  • Ariana Frankel, Santa Clara University
  • Crystal Paris, Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta
  • Alyssa McKinzie, Texas A&M University
  • Traum-Anh Nguyen, Texas State University-San Marcos
  • Christian Sopoco, Texas Woman’s University
  • Laura Martinez, University of Alabama
  • Brenna McKeown, University of Florida
  • Samantha Pineda, University of Georgia
  • Brenna Schlauderaff, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Lisa Liu, University of Pennsylvania
  • Leah Jenkins, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • Rita Roloff, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Over 500 students are expected to attend the January 13-15 Student Program, which exposes students to executives from some of the industry’s most popular brands such as Disney, The Home Depot, Macy’s, West Elm and Nike. Students will hear from retail recruiters offering opportunities for internships, training programs and entry-level career positions and will learn to leverage their networks to advance their careers through an executive mentor session.

To learn more about the scholarship, visit NRF.com/NextGeneration.

About the NRF Foundation
The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail. The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation and is funded in part by generous donations from retail industry supporters. NRF.com/Foundation.

Contact:

Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

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The NRF Foundation announces 25 semi-finalists for the Ray Greenly Scholarship

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NRF Foundation today announced 25 semi-finalists for the Ray Greenly Scholarship, which provides financial support to students pursuing degrees in fields related to digital retailing. Five finalists will be announced at Retail’s Digital Summit in Dallas in September, with four students receiving a $10,000 scholarship each and one receiving $25,000.

“Digital retail is a field that cannot be ignored,” NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis said. “It is a fast-growing part of our industry that gives creative and passionate individuals the power to change the future of consumer buying and behavior. These students’ entrepreneurial spirits and pioneering vision will make them future leaders of the retail industry.”

Each applicant was required to go through two phases of the application process.  Phase one required each student to submit an innovation essay, along with a two-minute personal brand video and their transcripts. For phase two, the NRF Foundation developed case studies with HSN, Nordstrom and REI, and executives from these companies hosted information sessions with the students assigned to their company’s case to answer questions and provide additional information related to the case study. Applicants were not required to be in a retail program or major to apply, but were encouraged to explain how their major relates to digital retail.

MEET THE CLASS OF 2016

Learn more about the Ray Greenly Scholarship and meet this year’s semi-finalists.

More than 75 retail executives were involved in selecting the semi-finalists based on the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit demonstrated in their applications. A panel of executive judges will convene at September’s Summit to interview the semi-finalists and determine which will receive the four $10,000 scholarships and the top $25,000 scholarship.

The scholarship was established to honor former Shop.org Vice President Ray Greenly, who died of cancer in 2005. The program provides financial aid to students studying in fields such as engineering, computer science, marketing, business, e-commerce and economics.

The following students have been named semi-finalists. To learn more, click here.

Megan Blissick (Newark, DE)
University of Delaware

Cedar Brumm (Elsah, IL)
Principia College

Melodie Davis-Bundrage (Athens, GA)
University of Georgia

Kamaria Campbell (Chicago, IL)
University of Chicago

Emily Carrillo (Santa Clara, CA)
Santa Clara University

Isabella Costa (Savannah, GA)
Savannah College of Art and Design-Savannah

Morgan Ginn (Gainesville, FL)
University of Florida

Katherine Hammes (Ithaca, NY)
Cornell University

Koleen Hernandez (New York, NY)
Fashion Institute of Technology

Jessica Landzberg (St. Louis, MO)
Washington University in St. Louis

Indy Lau (New York, NY)
Fashion Institute of Technology

Gracie Leung (Newark, DE)
University of Delaware

Ada Lio (Philadelphia, PA)
University of Pennsylvania

Amantha Lott (Savannah, GA)
Savannah College of Art and Design-Savannah

Brian Lucksinger (Madison, WI)
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jamie McTigue (Auburndale, MA)
Lasell College

Tim Miller (Philadelphia, PA)
University of Pennsylvania

Maria Alejandra Murillo (Atlanta, GA)
Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta

Giannina Ong (Santa Clara, CA)
Santa Clara University

Ce’Erica Roland Ferguson (Atlanta, GA)
Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta

Kaitlin Ross (Cambridge, MA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ashleigh Scheidler (Atlanta, GA)
Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta

Kaley Suero (Philadelphia, PA)
University of Pennsylvania

Austin Tolentino (Chicago, IL)
Loyola University Chicago

Kara Woodward (Kent, OH)
Kent State University

About the NRF Foundation
The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation, shaping retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail.

Contact:
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The NRF Foundation to award 25 outstanding students for its Next Generation Scholarship program on January 17, 2016

WASHINGTON, 2015-12-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NRF Foundation will award $125,000 in scholarships to 25 outstanding students as a part of its Next Generation Scholarship program. Today, the NRF Foundation has named the top five finalists, who will interview with a panel of executive judges to determine the four $10,000 scholarship recipients and the top $25,000 recipient of the Next Generation Scholarship.

The top recipient will be revealed on stage in front of hundreds of retail CEOs and retail insiders at the NRF Foundation Gala in New York City on Sunday, January 17, 2016.

The five finalists for the 2016 NRF Next Generation Scholarship are:

  • Ashley Biscan, magazine journalism, University of Georgia
  • Grace Dusek, marketing, Texas A&M University
  • Emma Jumper, corporate finance, Mississippi State University
  • Macaira O’Connell, apparel merchandising, Indiana University
  • Rachel Weinstein, retailing and consumer sciences, The University of Arizona

“The hard work and passion that we see from students each and every day is a clear indicator that these motivated young leaders are already well on their way to shaping retail’s future,” NRF Senior Vice President and NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis said. “All of the applicants for the Next Generation Scholarship exhibit the enthusiasm and eagerness we look for when awarding our scholarships, so there’s no question the decision to narrow it down to just five was extremely difficult.

“We are positive the retail industry will benefit greatly from the energy and inspiration that all of the scholarship recipients offer, and we look forward to seeing great things from them in the years to come,” continued Davis.

In addition to the five finalists, the NRF Foundation awards all 20 students named as semi-finalists with travel scholarships to attend the NRF Student Program at Retail’s BIG Show and the NRF Foundation’s Gala.

The 20 semi-finalists are:

  • Chanelle Bertelsen, Savannah College of Art and Design – Savannah
  • Caroline Calle, University of Pennsylvania
  • Megan Dawson-Elli, University of Delaware
  • Betty Dominguez, University of Houston
  • Megan Donovan, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Eleonora Halon, LIM College
  • Megan Hornberger, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
  • Zainah Irizarry, Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Lindsay Kline, Indiana University
  • Ashley Lamb, Florida State University
  • Makala Mulder, Savannah College of Art and Design – Atlanta
  • Delaney Murphy, University of North Texas
  • Camille Nzengung, University of Georgia
  • Jessica Papier, University of North Carolina – Greensboro
  • Amanda Phillips, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
  • Cherokee Polk, Texas Woman’s University
  • Veronica Ribeiro, Santa Clara University
  • Cody Risinger, Kent State University
  • Amanda Tobias, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
  • Tess Williamson, Texas A&M University

Hundreds of students are expected to attend Retail’s BIG Show Student Program on January 15 – 16, 2016, which puts students in a room with executives behind the retail industry’s most popular brands such as Nike, Blue Mercury, Williams-Sonoma Inc. and HSNi. Students will learn to leverage their networks to advance their careers and hear from retail recruiters offering opportunities for internships, training programs and entry-level career positions.

To learn more about the Next Generation Scholarship, visit NRF.com/NextGeneration.

The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail. The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation and is funded in part by generous donations from retail industry supporters. NRF.com/Foundation.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

Treacy Reynolds
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Host committee members for the NRF Foundation’s second annual Gala announced

Gala to also welcome Carl Banks of NY Giants fame and executives from American Express, DreamWorks, PwC

WASHINGTON, 2015-10-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NRF Foundation today announced the names of several industry insiders, retail CEOs and business partners who will serve as host committee members for the Foundation’s second annual Gala. The NRF Foundation is the non-profit division of the National Retail Federation. On Sunday, January 17 at Pier Sixty in New York City the Gala will bring together the next generation of retail talent, hundreds of the industry’s most illustrious leaders, and honorees on The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future.

Members of the 2016 Host Committee:

  • Carl Banks, former NY Giant and president of G-III Sports
  • Steve Barr, U.S. retail and consumer leader, PwC
  • Stacey Bendet, ceo and creative director, Alice + Olivia
  • Nate Berkus, designer and author, founder of Nate Berkus Associates
  • Gunther Bright, executive vice president, merchant services, U.S., American Express Company
  • Michael Francis, chief global brand officer, DreamWorks Animation
  • Tommy Hilfiger, principal designer, Tommy Hilfiger
  • Iman, ceo, Iman Cosmetics, Inc.
  • Fern Mallis, president, Fern Mallis LLC, International Fashion and Design Consultancy
  • Joy Mangano, founder and president, Ingenious Designs LLC (subsidiary of HSNi)
  • Brit Morin, founder and ceo, Brit + Co
  • Kara Ross, founder, KARA ROSS NY & DIAMONDS UNLEASHED
  • Rachel Shechtman, founder and ceo, STORY

HSNi CEO and Chairman of the NRF Foundation Board of Directors Mindy Grossman, and Chairman and CEO of The Container Store and Chairman of the NRF Board of Directors Kip Tindell will co-host the event, which will raise funds for the NRF Foundation. All proceeds from the Gala’s ticket sales, donations, sponsorship packages and auction will benefit the Foundation’s initiatives over the next year, including funding for student scholarships and experiences, advancement efforts for young professionals in retail, helping veterans transition to the civilian workforce, and showcasing diverse and innovative retail career opportunities.

“The imagination, inspiration and innovation that happens every day in retail is worth celebrating, and it is incredible to see the industry come together on one night to recognize those shaping the industry,” said Grossman. “The Gala is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for industry leaders to help the NRF Foundation with its mission of shaping retail’s future and sharing the message that retail offers richly rewarding and diverse career opportunities.”

In addition to recognizing the 2016 List of People Shaping Retail’s Future, the Gala will welcome dozens of high-performing students and scholarship recipients who are a part of the NRF Student Association. The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future will be announced in early January 2016.

“One of the most powerful tools in retail that helps keep the industry innovating at lightning speed is the wealth and diversity of our talent. No other industry in the world depends on and values people the way retail does, and that’s why the work of the NRF Foundation is so critical,” said Tindell. “We had an amazing inaugural event last year and I cannot wait to host the Gala again this January.”

The inaugural NRF Foundation Gala in January 2015 raised $1.2 million for scholarships, programs and initiatives. The fundraising goal for this year’s Gala is $1.5 million.

Learn more about how you can participate in the Gala and show your support for the retail industry here: nrf.com/gala.

Note to media: If you are interested in covering the event, please contact NRF’s media team at press@nrf.com.

The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail. The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation and is funded in part by generous donations from retail industry supporters. NRF.com/Foundation

Kathy Grannis Allen
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SOURCE: National Retail Federation

NRF Foundation announced its list of Ray Greenly Scholarship semi-finalists

WASHINGTON, 2015-7-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Summer vacation just got better for 25 graduate and undergraduate students from across the country as the NRF Foundation today announced its list of Ray Greenly Scholarship semi-finalists. These semi-finalists are now in the running to be named a finalist and potential recipient of either a $10,000 or $25,000 scholarship. The five finalists will be recognized and the top recipient announced in front of thousands of their peers, retail executives and industry leaders at the Shop.org Digital Summit in Philadelphia in October.

The Ray Greenly Scholarship provides financial support to students pursuing a degree in fields most relevant to the rapidly-growing careers in digital retail such as engineering, communications, marketing, business, e-commerce and economics.

“The retail industry is especially unique when it comes to careers in the digital arena, giving passionate individuals the opportunity to make a difference in the future of innovation in ways no other industry can,” said NRF Foundation Executive Director and NRF Senior Vice President Ellen Davis. “These students have a long list of qualities that we think will make them leaders wherever they may end up. We are incredibly excited to recognize their hard work and know we’ll see great things from all of them.”

As part of the application process, each recipient was required to submit a case study project in addition to two essays on their career aspirations and retail innovations. The case study allowed the students to showcase their ideas on how retailers can improve their omnichannel strategies.

Dozens of retail executives are involved in selecting the finalists based on the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit demonstrated in their submitted applications. Following the initial selection, a panel of executive judges, who will convene during the Shop.org Digital Summit, will interview the five finalists to determine the four $10,000 scholarship recipients and the top $25,000 scholarship recipient.

The following students have been named semi-finalists for the 2015 Ray Greenly Scholarship. To learn more about them, visit https://nrf.com/career-center/scholarships/ray-greenly-scholarship/class-of-2015.

Margaret Brown (Flower Mound, TX)
University of North Texas, Digital Retailing and Merchandising

Louise Dees (Cincinnati, OH)
Xavier University, MBA

Nichole Fallis (Helotes, TX)
University of North Texas, Digital Retailing and Merchandising

Mariana Flores Sosa (Savannah, GA)
Savannah College of Art and Design, Fashion Marketing and Management

Morgan Ginn (Deltona, FL)
University of Florida, Marketing

Taylar Gomez (Friendswood, TX)
University of North Texas, Digital Retailing and Merchandising

Christopher Gray (Pittsburgh, PA)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MBA

Shannon Hamilton (Houston, TX)
Northwestern University, MBA

Elizabeth Jarabek (Allen, TX)
Texas A&M University, Management

Lexis Kambour (Long Valley, NJ)
University of Delaware, Fashion Merchandising

Emily Kuebker (San Antonio, TX)
Texas A&M University, Marketing

Hayley Larson (Fountain, MN)
Savannah College of Art and Design, Fashion Marketing and Management

Ashley Lo (Sugar Land, TX)
Savannah College of Art and Design, Fashion Marketing and Management

Grace Luo (New York, NY)
Fashion Institute of Technology, Fashion Merchandising and Management

Jennifer Phiri (Strongsville, OH)
Kent State University, Fashion Merchandising

Marcy Plefka (Hurst, TX)
University of North Texas, Digital Retailing and Merchandising

Joseph Quan (San Marino, CA)
University of Pennsylvania, MBA

Matthew Rudin (Dix Hills, NY)
University of Pennsylvania, Economics

Alexandria Seay (Florissant, MO)
Lindenwood University, Masters in Communications

Danielle Sosalski (Philadelphia, PA)
LIM College, Fashion Merchandising

Lori Teich (Beachwood, OH)
Northwestern University, Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications

Amanda Tobias (Bradenton, FL)
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Business Management

Marta Wangard (Brookfield, WI)
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Retail and Entrepreneurship

Sophia Wilson (Plainfield, IN)
Savannah College of Art and Design, Fashion Marketing and Management

Jacy Witt (Carrollton, TX)
Texas A&M University, Marketing

The Ray Greenly Scholarship was established to honor the memory of a former Shop.org vice president who lost his battle with cancer in the fall of 2005.  His generous and kind spirit inspired NRF to establish a scholarship that provides financial support to students pursuing a degree in fields most relevant to digital retail such as engineering, computer science, marketing, business, e-commerce and economics.

The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation, shaping retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail.­­ https://nrf.com/who-we-are/nrf-foundation

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Walmart Foundation grants $800,000 to the NRF Foundation for analysis of the retail industry’s learning and development needs

WASHINGTON, 2015-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — As a part of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s $100 million commitment to industry workforce development, an $800,000 grant has been awarded to the NRF Foundation. Through this grant the NRF Foundation will work with employers to determine the competencies needed in the industry and the potential for a new industry-validated credentialing program to help store and distribution center employees advance their careers.

The capacity-building grant will enable the NRF Foundation to hire a new staff member who will undertake an analysis of the retail industry’s learning and development needs; fund three research projects; and create a community of leaders in retail learning and development from NRF member companies to provide input and insight on addressing industry workforce trends in the long term.

The NRF Foundation will bring together retailers from across the industry – including grocery stores, drugstores, specialty retailers, department stores and big-box retailers – to identify core competencies crucial to the success of front-line associates and determine how the industry can move forward to continue to develop its workforce. This work will also include the development of forward-thinking training programs to address how the industry and its workforce needs are changing and evaluate effective ways of training employees at scale.

“We are committed to building a program that will advance the careers of millions of current and potential retail workers,” said NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis. “Bringing the entire industry together for this important work will enable us to create a continuous pipeline of talent for retail’s future workforce, and we are grateful to the Walmart Foundation for funding the initial exploration of how businesses can come together to support the millions of people who work in retail.”

The NRF Foundation will use a portion of the grant to conduct extensive research in three key areas — industry challenges in the recruiting, development and retention of successful store and distribution teams; current hiring and training practices; and the anticipated skills needed for the retail workforce in stores and distribution centers in 2025.

“The NRF Foundation already has a deep understanding of the challenges facing today’s retail workforce. The Walmart Foundation’s grant will help identify new challenges facing hiring managers and the skills retail workers will need in the next 20 years,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and senior vice president of corporate affairs. “Through our work together we’ll be able to develop flexible training modules and clear job pathways that will ultimately increase the economic mobility of the retail workforce as a whole.”

The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail. The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation and is funded in part by generous donations from retail industry supporters. NRF.com/Foundation.

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Treacy Reynolds
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