The NRF Foundation announces 2018 Next Generation Scholarship and Student Challenge finalists

WASHINGTON, 2017-Dec-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NRF Foundation today announced this year’s finalists for its Next Generation Scholarship and its annual Student Challenge. The top recipients of both scholarship programs will be announced on stage in front of hundreds of retail CEOs and insiders at the NRF Foundation Gala on January 14 during NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show.

Next Generation Scholarship
“We have added new elements to this year’s Next Generation competition to further challenge applicants, and each of our finalists rose to the occasion,” NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis said. “Through their essays and interviews with retailers, this year’s finalists showcased how their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit will set the standard for the next generation of retail talent.”

The Next Generation Scholarship provides financial support to college students pursuing careers or majors relevant to retail. Of the five finalists, four will receive $10,000 scholarships and one a $25,000 scholarship. The top finalists will interview with retail executives in person this January, after which the top recipient will be chosen. This year’s finalists are:

  • Marlowe Camblin, Santa Clara University – Bachelor of Science in marketing; Minor in retail studies
  • Brian Lucksinger, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing and management
  • Courtney Nash, University of Arizona – Bachelor of Science in retailing and consumer sciences
  • Brittany Rhoa, Kent State University – Bachelor of Science in fashion merchandising
  • Kelly Skoglund, University of Georgia – Bachelor of Business Administration in management information systems; Minor in fashion merchandising

Student Challenge
“The Student Challenge competition not only showcases students’ individual talents but their ability to collaborate and work through problems as a team — a critically important combination in the business world today,” Davis said. “We are continuously inspired by the passion and creativity that student teams bring to this competition, and look forward to revealing the top team next month.”

For this year’s Student Challenge, the NRF Foundation worked with New York retailer STORY on a case competition that enabled students to demonstrate their creativity and business acumen to retail leaders. After narrowing down dozens of team proposals to three, the final teams will present their concepts live to a panel of retail executives this January in New York City.

The top team will receive $5,000 for each participating student. The second-place team will receive $2,500 for each student, and the third-place team will receive $1,500 for each student. The 2018 finalist teams are:

  • Columbia College Chicago: Allison Coppedge, Sara Diaz de Villegas, Nathan Procell and Lane Hedler
  • Columbia College Chicago: Ashley Cairns, Blake Fortin and Kendall McDermott
  • University of Pennsylvania: Kelsey Serraneau, Walter Little and Anita Mo

The Next Generation Scholarship and Student Challenge finalists will attend the January 12-14 NRF Student Program at NRF 2018 and the NRF Foundation Gala.

More than 800 undergraduate students from around the country are expected to attend the 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 mentoring session.

To learn more about the scholarships, visit NRF.com/NextGeneration and NRF.com/StudentChallenge.

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.

SOURCE: National Retail Federation

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

Washington, 2017-Jan-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NRF Foundation today (January 4, 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 recognized on January 15 at the NRF Foundation Gala during Retail’s BIG Show in New York City.

“Retail is driven by millions of talented and passionate individuals who are constantly changing the industry, and The List 2017 captures the very best of people making an impact,” NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis said. “Each in their own way, this year’s honorees are shaping retail’s future and emulate the very best of what retail represents.”

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

The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2017 include:

Disruptors:
Brad Bogolea – Co-Founder and CEO, Simbe Robotics
Anthony Bruce – Co-Founder and CEO, Applied Predictive Technologies
Christine Hunsicker – Founder and CEO, Gwynnie Bee
Dominik Richter – Founder & CEO, HelloFresh Global
Tristan Walker – Founder and CEO, Walker and Company Brands

Dreamers:
Stefanie Botelho – Founder and CEO, Fitzroy Toys
Chieh Huang – Co-Founder and CEO, Boxed Wholesale
Michelle Lam – Co-Founder and CEO, True&Co.
Kavita Shukla – Inventor and Founder, FreshPaper
Mikaila Ulmer – Founder and CEO, Me & the Bees Lemonade

Givers:
James Brett – President, West Elm
Emily Avedikian – Founder and Director, Keeps Boutique at The Gatehouse
Roslyn S. Jaffe – Co-Founder, Secretary & Director Emeritus, Ascena Retail Group
Drew Ann Long – Inventor, Caroline’s Cart
Monika Wiela – CEO and Founder, Give Back Box®

Influencers:
Lisa Clyde – Global Head of Consumer & Retail Investment Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Jason Goldberg – SVP, Content & Commerce, SapientRazorfish
David Lawenda – Vice President, Global Marketing Solutions – US, Facebook
Wendy Liebmann – Founder, CEO and Chief Shopper, WSL Strategic Retail
Phil Wahba – Senior Writer, Fortune

Power Players:
Scott Dahnke – Global Co-CEO, L Catterton
Kevin Hofmann – President, Online and Chief Marketing Officer, The Home Depot
Steven Lowy – Co-CEO, Westfield Corporation
Toni M. Miller – Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Administration Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Boscov’s Department Store, LLC
Marisa Thalberg – Chief Marketing Officer, Taco Bell Corp.

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
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(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

The NRF Foundation announces semi-finalists for the 2017 Student Challenge

WASHINGTON, 2016-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NRF Foundation today (November 16, 2016) announced 10 teams as semi-finalists for the 2017 Student Challenge, a business case competition for NRF Student Association members to demonstrate their creativity and business acumen to retail executives, sponsored by KPMG. The finalists will attend the NRF Foundation GALA in New York City, where the top team will be announced January 15.

“This competition showcases some of the most brilliant and talented students in the country, all of whom are passionate about the retail industry,” NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis said. “We are impressed by the caliber of teams who have entered this year and can’t wait to see the great contributions these students will make to our industry.”

NRF has joined with STORY – a retailer that takes the point of view of a magazine, changes its selection like a gallery and sells things like a store – as its retail partner and case study for the fourth year of the competition.

Each team, composed of two to four students, was required to develop a 20-page pitch presentation, a mock website and a 90-second pitch video to convince STORY CEO and founder Rachel Shechtman to bring their story to life through one of these themes: Travel, Made in America or Sensory. Each proposal was created to provide an experience for the customer through selected merchandise, marketing approach, social media campaigns and curated events.

Executives from over 20 retail companies will participate in two rounds of judging. Judges will have access to a team’s pitch presentation, website and video and will score them against the determined criteria. In Round two, judges will take part in a teleconference with teams and ask questions about the pitch presentation. In the final round, teams will present live to a panel of retail executives in New York City.

The top three teams will receive $5,000 for each participating student. The second-place team will receive $2,500 for each student, while the third-place team will receive $1,500 for each student.

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

Columbia College Chicago
Chicago

Blake Fortin

Sammantha Hoefs

Andrea Knight

Victoria Shilby

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

Los Angeles

Alexandra Bejan

Sung Cho

Dmitri Walker

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Los Angeles

Jillian Colin

Amanda Tobias

Chloe White

Kathryn Wysocki

Florida State University
Tallahassee, Fla.

Katya Anleu

Leah Crooks

Mitchell Gaylord

Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, Ga.

Jeffrey Licciardello

Keller Campbell

Alexis Montano

Kelsey Wertz

Indiana University
Bloomington, Ind.

Jessica Huang

Maggie Mendola

Riley O’Bryan

Sanjana Palepu

University of Georgia
Athens, Ga.

Madison Lindley

Keilea Orr

Taylor Timmons

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia

Jake Fischer

Anissa Lee

Holly Li

David Pang

University of North Texas
Denton, Texas

Sarah Muller

Hailey Turner

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, Wis.

Breanna Blazei

Krystal Jacobs

Brian Lucksinger

Kendra Trost

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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The NRF Foundation announces influential host committee members for its third annual Gala fundraising event

Washington, DC, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NRF Foundation today (November 1, 2016) announced a lineup of industry insiders, CEOs and celebrities who will serve as host committee members for the Foundation’s third annual Gala fundraising event during Retail’s BIG Show this winter. The Gala will bring together the next generation of retail stars, hundreds of the industry’s top leaders, and new honorees on The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future January 15, 2017, at Pier Sixty in New York City.

“The NRF Foundation Gala is an opportunity for retail executives to celebrate the imagination, inspiration and innovation happening in our industry every day, and recognize dozens of amazing students who will be shaping retail’s future tomorrow,” HSNi CEO and NRF Foundation Board Chair Mindy Grossman said. Grossman chairs the NRF Foundation Board of Directors and will co-host the event along with Kip Tindell, chairman of The Container Store and chairman of the NRF Board of Directors. “I’m so excited to see retail’s visionaries, luminaries and legends come together again for an incredibly impactful celebration to benefit the great work of the NRF Foundation.”

The NRF Foundation Gala is an annual event where retail leaders unite to celebrate the industry, support the next generation of retail talent, recognize the amazing achievements of the people shaping retail today, and invest in tomorrow by giving back to our promising and dynamic industry.

Members of the 2017 Host Committee:

  • Iris Apfel
  • Steve Barr, US Retail & Consumer Leader of PwC
  • Gunther Bright, EVP, Merchant Services – U.S. of American Express Company
  • Michael Clinton, President, Marketing & Publishing Director of Hearst Magazines
  • Nina Garcia, Creative Director of Marie Claire & Project Runway Judge
  • Alexis Glick, CEO of GENYOUth
  • Giuliana Rancic, Fashion Designer & TV Host
  • Rebecca Minkoff, Creative Director & Co-Founder of Rebecca Minkoff
  • Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel Corporation
  • Randi Zuckerberg, CEO of Zuckerberg Media & Executive Producer of DOT

Proceeds from the Gala’s table 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, learning and development programs to help people secure retail jobs and advance in them, and showcasing diverse and innovative retail career opportunities.

In addition to recognizing The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2017, 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.

The second annual NRF Foundation Gala in January 2016 raised $1.65 million for scholarships, programs and initiatives. Those seeking to participate in the Gala can find more information at nrf.com/gala.

Media interested in covering the event should contact NRF’s media team at press@nrf.com.

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

Source: NRF

The NRF Foundation announces Jessica Landzberg as the top recipient of its 2016 Ray Greenly Scholarship

WASHINGTON, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NRF Foundation announced today (September 27, 2016) that Jessica Landzberg, a senior at Washington University in St. Louis is the top recipient of its 2016 Ray Greenly Scholarship. Landzberg, the top finalist of five, was awarded the $25,000 scholarship at Shop.org’s Retail’s Digital Summit in Dallas. Landzberg will receive her bachelor’s in Finance, Accounting and Marketing this May 2017.

The NRF Foundation’s 2016 Ray Greenly’s recipients are:

  • Jessica Landzberg, Finance, Accounting and Marketing, Washington University in St. Louis ($25,000)
  • Ce’Erica Roland Ferguson, Fashion Marketing and Management, Savannah College of Art and Design – Atlanta ($10,000)
  • Ada Lio, Master of Business Administration, University of Pennsylvania ($10,000)
  • Giannina Ong, English and Classics, Santa Clara University ($10,000)
  • Kaley Suero, Economics, University of Pennsylvania ($10,000)

“The NRF Foundation created this scholarship to showcase the importance of the digital retail field,” NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis said. “We are impressed by the caliber of our finalists this year. They truly stood out as talented, driven and passionate students who are going to do amazing things for the digital 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. Executives from these companies hosted information sessions with the students assigned to their company’s in order 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.

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 retail executive judges convened at Retail’s Digital Summit to interview the semi-finalists and determine who would 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.

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The NRF Foundation announces the 25 individuals named to The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2016

WASHINGTON, 2016-1-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NRF Foundation today announced the 25 individuals named to The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2016. The List honorees represent the best and brightest individuals impacting the retail industry today and will be recognized and celebrated at the NRF Foundation Gala on January 17, 2016 in New York City.

The Gala, in its second year, will bring together hundreds of industry executives to celebrate and honor The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future and award scholarships to talented students striving to become the next generation of retail leaders.

“The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future represents the most innovative and impressive group of professionals impacting the retail industry today,” said NRF Senior Vice President and Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis. “We are thrilled to celebrate ‘The List’ and hold them up as shining examples of the talent, passion and creativity that drive the retail industry forward. Recognizing our List honorees and awarding scholarships to students who want to succeed in retail goes right to the heart of the NRF Foundation’s mission – shaping retail’s future.”

The 25 individuals named to The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2016 are (click title of group to see bios for individuals):

Disruptors:

Jessica Herrin, CEO and founder, Stella & Dot Family Brands
Katrina Lake, CEO and founder, Stitch Fix
Kyle Nel, executive director, Lowe’s Innovation Labs, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Greg Petro, president and CEO, First Insight
Debbie Sterling, founder and CEO, GoldieBlox

Dreamers:

Moziah Bridges, founder and CEO, Mo’s Bows
Matthew Corrin, founder and CEO, Freshii
Danielle DiFerdinando, founder and creative director, Danielle Nicole
Alexis Ringwald, co-founder and CEO, LearnUp

Givers:

Tory Burch, chairman and co-CEO, Tory Burch LLC, founder, Tory Burch Foundation
Erin Harper, senior program manager, local producer loan program, Whole Foods Market
Kindley Walsh Lawlor, vice president, global sustainability, Gap, Inc.
Bea Perez, vice president and chief sustainability officer, The Coca-Cola Company
Doug Rauch, founder and president, Daily Table
Laysha Ward, executive vice president and chief corporate social responsibility officer, Target

Influencers:

Walter Loeb, president, Loeb Associates
Courtney Reagan, retail reporter, CNBC
Al Sambar, managing partner, retail and consumer group, Kurt Salmon
Dana Telsey, CEO and chief research officer, Telsey Advisory Group
The Honorable Mark R. Warner, United States Senator for Virginia

Power Players:

Mary Dillon, CEO, Ulta Beauty
Gary Friedman, chairman and CEO, Restoration Hardware
Michelle Gass, chief merchandising and customer officer, Kohl’s
James Rhee, executive chairman and CEO, Ashley Stewart
Stormy Simon, president, Overstock.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.

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Kathy Grannis Allen
(202) 783-7971
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

The NRF Foundation announceS the individuals who have been named to The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future

WASHINGTON, 2015-1-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NRF Foundation, the non-profit arm of the National Retail Federation, is pleased to announce the individuals who have been named to The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future. The 25 individuals selected, ranging from a United States Senator to a teenage fashion designer, represent power players, disruptors, givers, influencers and dreamers in the retail industry. Honorees will be recognized during the NRF Foundation’s Inaugural Gala on January 11, 2015 at Pier Sixty in New York City. The Gala will bring together industry leaders and executives, students, and The List honorees to celebrate the imagination, inspiration and innovation at work in the retail industry today.

“The List is about recognizing the power players, disruptors, givers, influencers and dreamers who are changing the face of retail – many doing so behind the scenes,” said NRF Senior Vice President and Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis. “Unlike in any other industry, people interact with retail every single day, and these 25 individuals are making today’s innovative, customer-centric and unique shopping experiences possible, collectively making up one of the most impressive groups of professionals in retail.

“We are thrilled to be able to welcome The List honorees at our Gala to celebrate the incredible contributions they have made to our industry,” continued Davis.

After a thorough selection process, 25 individuals were selected in the following categories:

Disruptors: True originals who rock the boat with ideas so crazy, they just might work. These are the people who make you rethink what you thought you knew about retail, opening you up to new possibilities for your customers, your business and your world.

Dreamers: Rising stars who might be light on experience, but their heart, energy, and passion inspire everyone around them. They’re already making waves in their store, company or hometown with their fresh ideas, big dreams and sky-high goals—and lucky for us, they’re just getting warmed up.

Givers: Inspirational change-makers and big-hearted optimists who make retail shine as a force for good. They see a need and use their skills and resources to fill it to the brim, bringing joy and new opportunities to their companies, communities and the whole wide world.

  • Greg Buzek, co-founder and donor trustee, Retail Orphan Initiative (also, president IHL Goup)
  • Michael Levy, founder and president, Pet Food Express
  • Lynn Marmer, group vice president, corporate affairs, The Kroger Co.
  • Johnny Morris, founder and ceo, Bass Pro Shops
  • Shawn R. Outler, group vice president, leased businesses, vendor collaboration & multicultural business development, Macy’s, Inc.
  • BG Gary M. Profit, U.S. Army (Retired), senior director, military programs, Wal-mart Stores Inc.

Influencers:  Champions of retail bridge the gap between the industry and the rest of the world. Whether they are a journalist, an activist, an innovator or a business leader, these nominees don’t work in retail—but they’re helping it evolve. They’re passionate, persistent and intelligent, and their work is paving the way for innovative retailers everywhere.

Power Players: Fearless leaders never shy away from what others may see as insurmountable challenges. These top retail executives have more than just elite status—they have vision, passion and heart. Their forward-looking decisions have a ripple effect across the industry, but they’re not afraid to take risks or push boundaries. They guide, inspire, and, most importantly, challenge us to move beyond the status quo.

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
(202) 783-7971
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

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The NRF Foundation to host its inaugural Gala on January 11, 2015 at Pier Sixty in New York City

NRF Foundation to Bring Together Industry Leaders, Tomorrow’s Retail Stars for Inaugural Gala at Retail’s BIG Show

WASHINGTON, 2014-10-10— /EPR Retail News/ — The NRF Foundation today announced it will host its inaugural Gala on January 11, 2015 at Pier Sixty in New York City in celebration of the imagination, inspiration and innovation at work in the retail industry. The Gala will bring together the next generation of retail talent, the industry’s most illustrious leaders, and honorees on The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future.

HSNi CEO and Chairman of the NRF Foundation Board of Directors Mindy Grossman, and Chairman and CEO of The Container Store Kip Tindell will co-host the event, which will raise funds for the NRF Foundation through sponsorships, individual donations and a spectacular auction. All Gala proceeds will benefit NRF Foundation initiatives, including funding for student scholarships and experiences, digital and video content to showcase retail career opportunities, initiatives for returning veterans, programs to help young professionals in retail advance, and certification and training programs for store associates.

“The work of the NRF Foundation to shape retail’s future is making a huge difference in helping our industry attract great talent,” said Grossman. “As an industry that supports millions of jobs and has such a tremendous impact on our nation’s economy, it’s important to continue to tell stories of people who work in retail and promote the rewarding career opportunities retail offers. We can’t wait for the industry to come together for this celebration!”

The host committee for the inaugural NRF Foundation Gala: Celebrating Imagination, Inspiration, Innovation will include:

  • Joanne Bradford, Head of Partnerships, Pinterest
  • Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder and CEO, FEED
  • Bert Jacobs, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Optimist, The Life is Good Company
  • Jarrod C. Moses, Founder, President, and CEO, United Entertainment Group
  • Lisa M. Price, Founder, Carol’s Daughter
  • Reshma Saujani, Founder, Girls Who Code
  • Jonathan D. Sokoloff, Managing Partner, Leonard Green & Partners, L.P.
  • Martha Stewart, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
  • Serena Williams, WTA #1 Ranked Tennis Player

“At the NRF Foundation Gala, we are excited to celebrate our industry with young adults who represent the future, leaders who have paved the way, and innovators and influencers who refused to take no for an answer throughout their career,” said Tindell. “I can’t think of a better opportunity to showcase the imagination, inspiration and innovation at work in retail.”

Learn more about how you can support the industry and the next generation of retail talent.

Note to media: If you are interested in receiving an invitation to the Gala to cover the event, please contact Kathy Grannis, grannisk@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. www.nrffoundation.com.

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Kathy Grannis
(202) 783-7971
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press