Category Archives: Kohl’s Center for Retailing

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SoHE News & Events: November 23-29

Cyber Monday and Technology Experts in the News   Insights to Online Holiday Deals This year’s Cyber Monday broke records with an estimated $7.9 billion spend online. SoHE’s Jerry O’Brien of the Kohl’s Center for Retailing gave his insights on Cyber Monday sales as part of a story on News 3 on what people should, […]

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Retail Students Present Trend Forecasts to Kohl’s Reps

Learning to work with different “thinkers” On October 17, Executive in Residence for Retailing and Consumer Behavior and SoHE alum Linda Ahlers was on hand to help students in the Product Development Strategies in Retail practice and prepare for project presentations of competitive shopping and trend boards. Based on the type of creative thinker they […]

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Women in Leadership Fall 2018

A conversation with alum Linda Ahlers and author Jane Plitt Wednesday, October 17, an audience of over 100 SoHE student and the public gathered to hear from visiting author and business consultant Jane R. Plitt, who was introduced by Linda Ahlers (Retailing ’72), fall 2018’s Alumni Executive in Residence for the Kohl’s Center for Retailing […]

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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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SoHE News and Events: June 22-28

Students travel to China | Bennett’s artist-in-residence | Kirkorian research feature | Collins is “Big” of the year | APLUS research coverage | Kerr on “dad brains” Consumer Science’s Dr. Nancy Murray and Students in China This May, Teaching Professor Dr. Nancy Murray spent the month in China with a group of students studying abroad […]

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SoHE News and Events: May 25 – 31

SoHE’s Olive Sagapolu is a Backflipping Extraordinaire Badger’s lineman and ukulele player Olive Sagapolu captured the hearts of all with his skillful backflipping videos on Instagram and toe-touches at basketball games. Also known as “Mr. Aloha,” Sagapolu brings joy and happiness to everyone he sees. He was recently featured in a national ESPN story that […]

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Leading from the Center(s)

The SoHE Centers of Excellence play a unique role in our work. As hubs for scholarship, education, and  outreach, they build bridges across departments, campus, and communities. They empower our faculty and students to think broadly, act strategically, and create meaningful change in the world. Center for Child and Family Well-Being Working with researchers, policymakers, […]

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SoHE News and Events: January 12-January 18

O’Brien on Tax Cuts and Luxury Retailers Jerry O’Brien Quoted in CNBC Article In an article exploring the potential benefits to luxury retailers from tax reform, Jerry O’Brien, director of the Kohl’s Center for Retailing, told CNBC that tax cuts could “result in a bigger gap between luxury retailers and the players,” before adding that […]

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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: How we created a designer Badger bag

Student team, pictured left to right; Morgan Szabo, Lena Krubeck, Jenna Tipple, Summer Stewart, Jenna Byrne, Danielle DiFerdinando, Elizabeth Wanzer, Zoe Jalil, Brianna Chin, Kendra Trost, Whitney Wnuk. A group of ten students at the University of Wisconsin Madison collaborated with New York designer Danielle DiFerdinando of Danielle Nicole Handbags to develop an exclusive Wisconsin […]

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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 […]

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Linda Ahlers joins WFAA Board of Directors

Human ecology will once again have an alumni ambassador and advocate on the University of Wisconsin Foundation Board of Directors. Alumna Linda L. Ahlers (Retailing ‘72) was elected to UW-Madison’s official fundraising and gift-receiving organization board. The retired president of Marshall Field’s is serving a first three-year term. “Something that I enjoy and have experience […]

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Nagler’s 2017 Exec-in-Residence Recap

SoHE alumna Lorna Nagler (Retailing ’78) served as fall 2017’s Alumni Executive in Residence for the Kohl’s Center for Retailing. Throughout the semester, Nagler traveled back-and-forth from her Florida home to UW-Madison to share her industry expertise and work individually with Retailing and Consumer Behavior (RCB) students. “My one-on-one time with the students was so […]

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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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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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Faculty Led Study Abroad: Trends in Europe

Click photo to view presentation A study abroad program took sixteen SoHE students through three cities in Europe this summer. Prior to leaving, students were required to complete two weeks of online coursework on trend theory and principles to prepare for their hands-on learning experience abroad. Dr. Nancy Murray, Faculty Associate in Retailing & Consumer […]

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Millennials, Gen X & Boomers: Adjusting for Intergenerational Management

A few years ago, I was asked to speak to the leadership of a large national company that employs primarily newly graduated college students. The leadership was continually challenged by the seemingly unfathomable (unreasonable) needs and wants of their millennial teams. At the time I had not done much study on the subject, but was […]