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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 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.

Dream BIG Scholarship

Derek LaHair

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Derek LaHair Interim Community Relations Manager, Mattress Firm

Derek LaHair
Interim Community Relations Manager
Mattress Firm

Making a big impact in the lives of employees and customers

For Derek LaHair, working in retail has never been about the products he sells. It’s about how he sells it, who he sells it to and the people he sells it with. “Retail is simply a chance to help others,” he explains. In his previous role as program development manager for Mattress Firm, Derek applied his philosophy of helping others while managing a team of instructional and graphic designers as they design and develop corporate educational curriculum. “At any moment, anything we create can have an almost immediate impact on over 4,000 people’s lives — every single day.”

Derek sees a Dream BIG Scholarship from the NRF Foundation and University of Phoenix as a unique opportunity to help others with their BIG dreams as well. As a published author and a frequent speaker at company events, Derek is constantly using his knowledge, passion and experience to inform and educate others on both life and retail. His plans for an MBA go beyond personal growth. He views this as a personal investment that will prepare him to positively impact others in their retail careers.

“I want to impact lives one relationship at a time, every time I step foot in the office.”

Motivated to make a positive change in the lives of his family, co-workers and customers, Derek’s big dreams always include others. “I want to impact lives one relationship at a time, every time I step foot in the office.”