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Retail's BIG Show Student Program

January 12 - 14, 2013

This January in New York, hundreds of the brightest retail students in the country will attend Retail’s BIG Show to learn about our industry’s biggest trends, network with each other, and hear directly from retail CEOs.

In addition to the Student Program listed below, registered Students and Educators will have access to the entire BIG Show program with their full-conference pass

The Saturday and Sunday programs are only open to NRF Student Association members and Educators and are also closed to Press.  

Student Program

Saturday, January 12, 2013
Marriott Marquis, New York City
3:00 PM

3:15 PM
Astor Ballroom 
7th Floor

3:15 PM

3:30 PM
Astor Ballroom
7th Floor
» Welcome to the BIG Show
What to Expect

Ellen Davis - Executive Director, NRF Foundation 

» “Where You Start Isn’t Where You’ll End Up” – How NRF is Cultivating the Next Generation of Retail Leaders

Matthew Shay - President and CEO, NRF 
Matthew Shay Matthew Shay
NRF President and CEO
Ellen Davis Ellen Davis
NRF Foundation Executive Director
3:30 PM

4:30 PM
Astor Ballroom
7th Floor
» The First Day of the Rest of Your Life
  Recent Graduates With Retail Careers Tell It Like It Is

Discover where life after graduation can take you! Hear the stories of successful alumni. Find out how they got their start, get advice they never had the chance to hear, gain insight to different retail companies, and learn how to take the first step in your retail career.

Got a question for this panel? Submit a question and be entered to win a gift card from one of our sponsors.

Anne Voller Anne Voller
VP, Talent Acquisition
Macy's, Inc.
Erin Donley Erin Donley
Assistant Merchant
Victoria's Secret
Brittany Huppert Brittany Huppert
Trend Coordinator
Kohl's Department Stores
Brian Malkin Brian Malkin
Manager, Fine Watches – Bridges Watches
Amanda Varnadore Amanda Varnadore
Southern Division Human Resources Assistant Manager
4:30 PM

4:50 PM
Networking Break
4:50 PM

5:50 PM
Astor Ballroom 
7th Floor
» CEOs Sound Off
  Retail Execs Share Their Stories – and Valuable Career Advice

Catch this exclusive chance to hear how CEOs of HSN, Rent the Runway, BJ's and Tractor Supply Company rose to the top. Also learn their thoughts on ways the industry is evolving, why they are passionate about retail, and how students can stand out from the first day on the job.  

Got a question for this panel? Submit a question and be entered to win a gift card from one of our sponsors.
Alison Lewis Ellen Davis
NRF Foundation Executive Director
Melvin Landis Mindy Grossman
CEO, HSN, Inc.
Jennifer Hyman

Jennifer Hyman
CEO and Co-Founder
Rent the Runway

Melvin Landis Laura Sen
CEO, BJ’s Wholesale Club
Alison Lewis Jim Wright
CEO, Tractor Supply Company
6:00 PM

7:00 PM
Upper Terrace
9th Floor
» Networking Reception for Students, Faculty and Speakers
Opening Remarks:
Kip Tindell Kip Tindell
Chairman and CEO, The Container Store, Inc.

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City
11:30 AM 
12:00 PM
Room 1E02/03
Boxed lunches will be provided

12:00 PM 
2:00 PM
Room 1E02/03
» Speed Networking
  Get Your Name Out to Dozens of Retail Companies

Make an instant connection in nine minutes or less! During this interactive session, students and retail recruiters have the chance to make a lasting impression. Participants will network throughout the room to gain connections, or to take that first step to employment after graduation.
2:15 PM

5:45 PM
Room 1E04

» Get Hired at Retail’s BIG Show

 Recruiters from America’s top retailers will be interviewing for open  internship and entry-level opportunities across the country. Participating  retailers include: Walmart, The Container Store, HSN, Macy's, Saks Fifth  Avenue, DICK's Sporting Goods, HEB, JCPenney, ANN INC., and  Walgreens.

Invitation Only.

Monday, January 14, 2013
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City
3:15 PM

4:15 PM

» Student Challenge Winners Presentation
  Showrooming: An Opportunity or a Threat?

The digital revolution and a sputtering U.S. economy are changing the way consumers shop.  The practice of showrooming - researching merchandise in a retail store and then purchasing it through an online competitor - is becoming more common. Join us as the winning team from the aspire2retail Student Challenge presents their recommendations on how retailers can tackle this challenge, then hear a panel of industry experts discuss how retailers are combating - and also leveraging - this new practice.

Lydia Schulz Lydia Schulz
VP and GM, Retail Industry
American Express
Cheryl Berinato Cheryl Berinato
Director, Consumer Insights and Strategy
Macy's, Inc.
Herman Nell Herman Nell
VP, Information Technology
and CIO
Jerry O'Brien Jerry O'Brien
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Kohl's Department Stores
Center for Retailing Excellence

This session is not exclusive to Students or Educators participating in the Student Program. It is a session included in Retail's BIG Show educational program.

  Search all BIG Show sessions.

Registration Rates

Full Conference Register Now

A Full Conference registration offers access to all sessions and EXPO activities as well as the ARIL Luncheon. To be eligible for the educator rate, your primary occupation must be instructing students in a public or private college or university, junior or community college, or career/vocational school. We will verify your eligibility during the registration process. Full details about the educator eligibility policy are available in the Convention Rules (LINK). To be eligible for the student rate, you must be a member of the NRF Student Association (NRFSA). NRFSA membership comes through college or university partners established with the NRF Foundation.

Questions, contact Kara Goehring.

NRF Student Association Members

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Retailers, want to get in front of hundreds of students pursuing a career in our industry? Please contact Ellen Davis for more information.

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