Located in the School of Human Ecology, the Kohl’s Center for Retailing works to promote retailing as a top career choice for UW-Madison students. It connects those with a passion for the industry, including students, faculty, staff, alumni and other professionals, as a way to spark inspiration on all. We hope our students find a niche for a career, our employers and industry partners find new solutions for big business questions, and that faculty and staff find research, advising, and collaborative opportunities through our center.
To create a synergistic relationship between the retail industry, their partners and the world class faculty, staff and students of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. This relationship is to be built on the highest ethical standards and dedicated to improving the lives of consumers by fueling innovation and competition in the market place.
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In 2005, School of Human Ecology Dean Robin Douthitt convened a committee of retailing executives to determine how best to propel the Retailing program to be among the most prestigious in the country. The committee surveyed industry leadership and determined that the creation of the Center for Retailing was a necessary step.
The overarching message from retailers was: The requirement that students possess professional abilities, including strong communications skills (oral and written), basic business etiquette and ability to network.
In fall 2007, Kohl’s Department Stores provided a major gift of $3 million to provide space in the School of Human Ecology’s Nancy Nicholas Hall and to provide operational funding for the Kohl’s Center for Retailing. Over the past 10 years, Chairman and CEO of Kohl's, Kevin Mansell and his leadership team have continued to be fantastically supportive of our program and we would not exist today without their willingness to support students, faculty, and staff with both expertise and financial resources.
This marks the largest corporate gift to the School of Human Ecology.
Our impressive list of industry-leading partners work with us to guarantee that our programs are the best at preparing University of Wisconsin-Madison students to lead and innovate the future of retail.
Interested in Becoming a Partner?
Reference our sponsor packet and please contact the Center for Retailing directly via phone 608-263-7996 or email Executive Director, Jerry O’Brien at email@example.com.
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Office 4285 Nancy Nicholas Hall
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