Author Archives: Danielle Croegaert

Home Depot Internship

Badgers reflect on summer 2018 retail internships

With over 50% of UW Madison Retailing and Consumer Behavior students having an internship this summer, two students took some time to reflect on their time and accomplishments throughout their experiences. Nicholas Jackson  is entering his senior year at UW-Madison and interned this past summer with American Family Insurance. Lizz Denning, also a senior, spent her […]

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Student Story: Quality, Value, Service

On December 6th, 2017, three associates came from Lands’ End Corporate Headquarters to speak to the students in Retail Leadership Symposium. Adrienne Bestul, Megan Lazarte, and Richard Swazink shared their knowledge and expertise, the values and goals of their company, and the ways in which students can get involved. Storied History & Culture Centered on […]

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Student Story: Rebranding with Walgreens

In nearly every community in America, you can count on finding a Walgreens store on the corner. The company is one of America’s largest pharmacy, health, and beauty retailers, helping people lead happy and healthy lives. With more than 8,000 locations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin […]

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Student Story: Welcoming ULTA Beauty to Campus

On October 25, 2017, the Retail Leadership Symposium class welcomed Maria Salcedo (VP of Corporate Strategy) and Sean Taylor (Director of Talent Acquisition from ULTA Beauty to share the vision, values, and employment opportunities of the company. ULTA is the newest corporate partner of the Kohl’s Center for Retailing. Here are two student groups’ reflections […]

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Student Story: How to Turn Discount into Value

The Retail Leadership Symposium class at SoHE welcomed speakers from Ross stores on November 15, 2017. These presenters included University of Wisconsin-Madison alum Aaron Glasser, Divisional Merchandise Manager, and Bert Stewart, College Recruiter. They both shared insights of working within an off-price retailer. Ross’ focus is not so much discount as it is value, so […]

Student Story: How Personal Branding Shapes Your Career

    Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Branding Can my actions affect my personal brand? Of course they can! Think of your favorite celebrities and why they are your favorite. You could like them because of their loveable personality, charitable donations, and impressive work. On the other hand, other people may be selfish, and unfriendly. […]

John Uzee

Student Story: Eye on Design Around the World

John Uzee got his Master’s in Architecture from Tulane University in New Orleans. He spent 27 unique and successful years with ADD Inc, a architecture, interior design, planning, and branding firm; he even starting the firm’s branding wing himself! Ever since he retired from ADD Inc, he has given many guest lectures at UW Madison. […]

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OPN Architects: Community-Centered Design

On November 9, 2017, Wes Reynolds and Kari Heus visited the UW-Madison campus to grace the Design Studies Leadership Symposium with OPN Architects’ incredible creative knowledge and exemplary work! Wesley Reynolds graduated from the architecture program from the University of Iowa and is currently a leader of the Madison, WI branch of OPN Architects, one […]

Lorna Nagler

Student Story: Words of Wisdom from a Retail Executive

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) On Wednesday November 8th, the Retail Leadership Symposium had the incredible opportunity to hear from an incredibly distinguished School of Human Ecology alumna and 100 Women honoree, Lorna Nagler (Retailing, ’78). Ms. Nagler has been the President of Lane Bryant and Bealls Department Stores, as well as CEO of Christopher […]

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Women, Wellbeing and Thriving: Trends & Transformation in the Consumer Space

  On Wednesday, October 18th, the School of Human Ecology’s 4W Initiative and the Kohl’s Center for Retailing co-hosted SoHE’s 2017 Women In Leadership Panel Event entitled Women, Wellbeing and Thriving: Trends & Transformation in the Consumer Space. Moderated by 4W’s very own Lori DiPrete Brown, four panelists gave attendees insight into the world of […]

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Passion Inspires Design

On October 26, 2017, the Design Leadership Symposium welcomed Kelly Hensler of Potter Lawson. Kelly received her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from our very own School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin- Madison before completing her Master’s Degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After completing her Master’s Degree, Kelly worked […]

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Student Story: The Kwik Trip Way

Consumer Science 250: Retail Leadership Symposium On October 11th, John McHugh, the Director of Corporate Communications at Kwik Trip, stopped by Retail Leadership Symposium to shed light on the operations of his company. Mr. McHugh has been with Kwik Trip for the past thirteen years, and worked to uphold the company’s legacy of outstanding customer […]

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Student Story: Trend at its Finest

Consumer Science 250: Retail Leadership Symposium On October 4th, the Retail Leadership Symposium class welcomed Melody Wright, Chief Operating Officer of Von Maur. Alongside her was Amy Rotert, Vice President of Stores and Security, and Gayle Haun, Director of Human Resources. Melody began working with Von Maur in 1996, holding various leadership positions before earning […]

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Student Story: Innovation is Key for Hy-Vee

Consumer Science 250: Retail Leadership Symposium The Best in the Midwest? On Wednesday September 27th, 2017 the Retail Leadership Symposium class was given the privilege of sharing an hour and a half with representatives from the Midwest grocer, Hy-Vee. Jamie Franck (District Vice President), Jan Nichols (Verona Rd Store Director), Matt May (Whitney Way Store […]

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Product Design and Strategy at Design Concepts

On October 11, the Design Leadership Symposium class had the pleasure of meeting Stefanie Norvaisas, Director of Strategy and Research at Design Concepts, a consulting company that designs innovative products and strategies for various businesses. The company works on various kinds of products from cleaning supplies to high tech proton therapy machines. Product Design and […]

Change Boutique

Spotlight on Store Design: Change Boutique

On October 5, the students of Design Leadership Symposium heard from Nikki Anderson and Grace Cervantes. Nikki is the owner of a small clothing store in Madison called Change Boutique and Grace, a School of Human Ecology Interior Design aluma, has had a large role in helping grow and expand parts of the business. Beyond just […]

A pair of 100% original Amara Hark Weber shoes along with one some scrap fabric and tools used in her process.

The Art of Shoemaking

Shown in photo: A pair of 100% original Amara Hark-Weber shoes along with some scrap fabric and tools used in her process. Amara Hark-Weber is a unique cordwainer (shoemaker). She’s based out of St. Paul, MN, where she makes unique, custom shoes for her clients. Each pair is made to fit a specific foot, and […]

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Technical Design in Action

On September 21, the Design Leadership Symposium class had the honor of welcoming Andrea Pease to their class to speak. Andrea is a fellow UW Madison graduate, with a degree in Textile and Fashion Design as well as a secondary degree through the FIT program. Since then, she’s created a successful career for herself at […]

Colin Rouser of Target and Retail Leadership Symposium Students

Student Story: Re-Thinking Retail

Consumer Science 250: Retail Leadership Symposium On September 20th, the Retail Leadership Symposium Class welcomed guest speaker Colin Rouser, Senior Campus Recruiter, for Target Corporation. Colin shared with us his knowledge and insights about Target as a company and the actions they are taking to adjust their retail strategies and keep up with the ever-changing […]

Melissa Destree and Design Leadership Symposium Students

Speed Queen and Everything in Between

Design Leadership Symposium (DS 252) By Students Syeeda Simmons, Xinyan Xu, and Jian Mao (MJ) “Every day, every cycle, Speed Queen performs.” On Thursday September 14th Melissa Destree of Destree Architecture & Design dropped in as a guest speaker in the Design Leadership Symposium class. Now who is Melissa Destree? Melissa was born in La […]

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Center for Retailing Announces Lands’ End Experiential Retail & Design Challenge

Calling all undergraduate students! The Center for Retailing in the School of Human Ecology at UW-Madison is pleased to announce a unique extracurricular case competition opportunity in partnership with Lands’ End: Compete on a team of students from a diverse range of majors across campus to develop an exclusive fitting room experience for Lands’ End as […]

Retail Trends

Top 5 Retail Trends for the Future

Semester in Review Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Liz Hanson, Taylor Hedl, Amy Grisa, Makayla Hansen, Rita Haney, and Matt Goulette Throughout this semester in the Retail Leadership Symposium, we chatted with retail companies and professionals dedicated to leading the future of the industry. Here are five of the top trends we discussed: 1. […]

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Talking Strategy, Quality, and Humor with Duluth Trading Company

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Ava Buechel, Maggie Boyle, Sydney Blixt, Allyson Bartelme, Randi Armstrong, and Arialis Aranda Retail Rockstar CEO and President of local retailer Duluth Trading Company, Stephanie Pugliese presented to the Retail Leadership Symposium on April 26, 2017. Stephanie has a long history in the retail industry, starting at […]

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The Most Trusted Retailer

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Meghan Clemens, Griffin Claes, Audrey Chuah, Sammi Cheng, Eric Cero, and Lizzie Carollo The School of Human Ecology welcomed Lee Culpepper, the Vice President of Public Affairs, from Walmart to the Retail Leadership Symposium class on April 19, 2017.  Mr. Culpepper has 30 years of political and […]