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Leaving a legacy, NRF's Kathy Mance retires after 35 years

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It's a rare story these days, hearing about someone who has worked for the same company for nearly 35 years. Well, Kathy Mance, Executive Director for NRF's Foundation, is no ordinary someone.

Anyone who knows Kathy knows her love of animals, her love of cooking, her uncanny ability to remember phone numbers, her endless energy, and - above all - her loyalty and dedication to NRF. Kathy retires from NRF tomorrow, and we couldn't be more appreciative for all she's done. During her tenure, she's been an outstanding colleague, an outstanding friend, and an outstanding mentor. She's contributed to NRF as a lobbyist, and served as the Vice President of Public Affairs before being named Vice President of the NRF Foundation, NRF's non-profit education and research arm. She's led the NRF Foundation since 1994, and in March 2010, she was named Executive Director. Needless to say, she leaves quite a legacy.

She's led initiatives that took NRF Foundation's educational and training programs to China and Egypt. She's responsible for the highly-lauded Intercollegiate Retail Challenge with our partner American Express and the recent launch of NRF's - and the industry's first - student association: NRFSA. Her commitment to bringing awareness to the diversity of retail careers, and her dedication to ensuring the industry has a highly-qualified, highly-skilled next generation of workers, has been her passion for the past 17 years.

We'd love to have you share your thoughts and memories of working with Kathy Mance over the past 35 years. We know her impact has reached well beyond NRF's staff, so please join us in sending her well wishes.