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Retail's Academic Symposium 2017
July 30, 2017 | 12:00 am to August 1, 2017 | 12:00 am

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Retail's Academic Symposium 2017

Retail's Academic Symposium is designed for undergraduate professors from a range of academic backgrounds including economics, finance, business, marketing, technology and supply chain. The goal is to provide professors who are not currently teaching retail classes with information about how the retail industry is changing and insights into the skills retailers are looking for when hiring graduates.

As technology blurs the distinction between physical and online retailing, the industry has become more complex than ever. At Retail’s Academic Symposium, undergraduate business professors heard from top retail leaders about how sophisticated their business operations, supply-chain processes and customer analytics have become.

The program: The evolution and transformation of the retail industry is hard to ignore – it’s on every news station, front page, and timeline. But the headlines have it all wrong. Retail is alive and well. As retail leaders merge their brick-and-mortar locations with the online business, eCommerce companies transition to brick-and-mortar, and consumers demand that retailers meet them where they are, the industry is growing stronger than ever. Senior retail executives joined us at Retail’s Academic Symposium to present on a variety of topics and shared their visions for the future of the industry.

Take a look at the 2017 event below.

Ellen Davis welcomes professors to Retail's Academic Symposium

Ellen Davis, senior vice president of strategic initiatives at NRF and executive director of the NRF Foundation, welcomes professors to the 2017 Retail's Academic Symposium at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago.

Brian Beitler, EVP and CMO of Lane Bryant at Retail's Academic Symposium

Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Office at Lane Bryant, Brian Beitler, shares, "How Body Equality Became a National Conversation" with more than 200 professors at Retail's Academic Symposium.

Karen Katz, Neiman Marcus CEO at Retail's Academic Symposium

Neiman Marcus CEO and NRF Foundation Board of Directors Chair Karen Katz reveals the truth about the "Transformation of the Shopping Experience" in an ever-changing industry.

Linda Bartman, Trunk Club CMO at Retail's Academic Symposium

Linda Bartman, chief marketing officer at Trunk Club, takes questions from professors after presenting on, "Using Data and Insights to Build a Comprehensive Strategy".

Rick Schart, SVP of Supply Chain & eCommerce Operations at Retail's Academic Symposium

Rick Schart, svp of supply chain & eCommerce operations at Stein Mart, gets real about "Supply Chain in an Evolving Industry".

Chris Baldwin, BJ's Wholesale Club CEO at Retail's Academic Symposium

BJ's Wholesale Club CEO Chris Baldwin hits professors with the facts and lets them know that, "Reports of Retail's Death are Greatly Exaggerated".

Talent Acquisition Group speaks at Retail's Academic Symposium

Members of the Talent Acquisition Group (from left to right: Macy's Anne Voller, Kohl's Todd McClement, The Home Depot's Brack Sullivan, and Target's Damu McCoy) discuss the level of talent and skills they look for when hiring undergraduate students for internships and full-time job opportunities post-graduation.

Peer to peer networking at Retail's Academic Symposium

Professors had the opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer networking among educators in topics such as marketing and communications, accounting and finance, supply chain, analytics and data science, business and management, and engineering and IT.

Professors engaged at Retail's Academic Symposium

Captivated by retail leaders presenting on the transformation of the industry, professors "lean in" to learn the facts about retail.