Category Archives: Kohl’s Center for Retailing

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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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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 […]

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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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Product Development Strategies in Retailing Course Connects with Industry

The Consumer Science course, Product Development Strategies in Retail, connected with industry in many ways this semester. The course is arranged in four modules: market trend analysis, assortment planning strategies, sourcing and production strategies and branding strategies. Students presenting Trend / Inspiration boards:               Class field trip to Lands’ End […]

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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 […]

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Talking Change with Colony Brands

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Alexander Elias, Caroline Duffy, Meggie Donley, Janelle Davies, Haley Coulthart, and Rebecca Cohn This April, the students in the CS 250 Retail Leadership Symposium course had the unique opportunity to hear Jessica Polfer (Talent Acquisition Manager) and Ivy Kobbervig (Senior Organizational Development Manager) from Colony Brands speak […]

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Acquisitions and Taking Action

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Bailey Fischer, Alicia Godoy, Sophie Gentine, Chad Hendricks, Mikayla Elliott, Thomas Feustel, and Alexis Falci    “If Costco and Whole Foods were to have a baby, who would be their offspring?” HINT: The cousin of Trader Joe’s! That’s right, Roundy’s! Roundy’s was welcomed to the world in […]

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Off Price On Top

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Nick Knoche, Seungyeon (Linda) Kang, Carianna Juliano, Cullen Jozwiakowski, Andrew Jones, Taylor Johnson, Matthew Isaac, Ellie Hoffmann-Avina, and Adriana Hernandez After the Retail Symposium class met with Ross Store’s Alyssa Upton (District Manager) and Chanel Horton (Store Manager) on March 15, 2017, there was a huge take […]

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Retailing Students Get Inside Look Into Home and Housewares Industry

Students in the Retailing & Consumer Behavior major had the unique opportunity to attend the annual International Home + Housewares trade show in Chicago on March 20, 2017. Along with over 50 students from universities across the country, this group networked with CEOs, vendors, inventors, and buyers. Discussions flourished about the future talent of the home and […]

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SoHE Welcomes the New Store in Town

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students: Sadie Kvistad, Alina Benun, Carly Lanzkowsky, David Lee, Drew Manchester, Greg Marcus, Iman Madison, Jingjing Li, Sidd Sridher, Taylor Kuehn, Kelsey Kominowski & Tony (Haoyang) Li SoHE welcomed guest speaker Lauren Corwin (Recruiting Manager) from Von Maur department stores to speak in the Retail Leadership Symposium class […]

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New School Grocery: Tech, Trends and Talent

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Kelsey Pulera,Winnie Nyakaru, Emily O’Neill, Sul Hee Park, Robin Peeters, Lili Peich, Amanda Percarpio, Demitra Philosophos, Cassandra Piette, Rachel Piltser, Vladimir Predko, Maheen Quraishi The Retail Leadership Symposium class welcomed speakers from four companies in the grocery business to share their insights and expertise on subjects from tech […]

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Retail Activism: To Boycott or Buycott?

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Tory Rylance, Tori Rustad, Molly Russell, Elana Roth, Emma Ross, David Toles, Sarah Rodgers, Jack Ritzman, Caitlin Riley, Zachary Riemer, Bianca Ricker, Rachel Frambs Money talks! Where your dollars go, or don’t go for that matter, means something. Sparked by a Wisconsin Public Radio feature by Dee Warmath of […]

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Company Values and the Bottom Line

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Minjae Son, Madison Smith, Ryan Shea, Annette Shaw, Alexandra Serota, Georgia Dorfman, Christina Sorce, Natalie Scumaci, Eliza Schuman, Tristan Schlultz, Bradley Schultz, Adam Schimberg It can be said with a strong amount of confidence that every company wants to do good in the world. Companies have values […]