Tag Archives: Kohl’s Center for Retail

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A Look Into Under Armour’s Retail Strategy & Innovation

By Students Danielle Weber, Jenna Sorenson, Megan Lund, Derek Hegna, Kelly Burkart, Justin Schlidt, Samantha Georgson, Greta Schmitz, Emily Vlasak, Emma Brandenburg, Salina Xiong, and Yi Liu Under Armour entered the market in 1996 and changed the entire landscape for performance based athletic apparel. Kevin Plank, CEO and founder, began the company based on a revolutionary […]

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Empowering Consumers with Colony Brands

By students DJ Spurling, Gabrielle Medved, Sara Kanizsai, Kylie Bromley, Natalie Herold, Peter Janssen, Nick De Leon, Krystal Jacobs, Zoe Jalil, Brooke Levin, and Jessica Vikser On October 5th, Russ Davis (President of Montgomery Ward and Seventh Avenue) and Jessica Polfer (Talent Acquisition Manager) from Colony Brands spoke to the Retail Leadership Symposium class. Colony […]

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Maurices Introduces Students to Women’s Specialty Retail

By students Emily Izenman, Elizabeth Stecker, Jessica Boruff, Trent Watt, Jessica Hackel, Destiny Rodriguez, Lindsey Wolfe, Michelle Smith, Claire Conroy, Zachary Theide, Nicole Smith, Jake Murray & Mark Herzberg On Wednesday, September 21st, speakers Katie Wicklund (Recruiting Specialist), Andrew Ross (Director, Real Estate), Lucas Chubiz (Merchant Training Specialist), and Cecilia Kushava (Area Sales Leader), from […]

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SoHE Student Megan Donovan Awarded Another Scholarship For Retail Excellence

It was only a few months ago when Megan Donovan earned a $10,000 award from Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship that supports students seeking fashion industry professions. Now, the Retail and Consumer Behavior grad has been recognized by Natural Insight for her ongoing focus on using technology to enhance in-store execution and consumer experiences. In May, Natural Insight, a […]

Passionate Leadership: Kohl’s Center for Retailing

Written by: Makenzi Rasmussen (BS ’15) and 2015 member of T3 “SoHE has an energy that’s hard to explain,” says Jerry O’Brien, Executive Director of the Kohl’s Center for Retailing in the School of Human Ecology, (SoHE). “It’s a community on a much larger campus that ensures students are cared about personally.” This passion for […]

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Badger Retail Students hit the Big Apple

Submitted by Marta Wangard, Junior, Retail Major Today we started off our first morning in NYC with a visit to Macy’s headquarters.   We first visited the Herald Square location where the CEO Terry Lundgren causally walked passed us on his way to his office. Oh and by the way, wished us a happy new year – so cool! […]

EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it!

For the week of December 15-20, 2014 Source: UW-Madison clip sheet, individual contacts In the News UW-Madison oak tree grew into a legend, now will be felled Wisconsin State Journal (front page of print edition) 12/19/2014 Story focus: Preschool Lab, President’s Oak, Quoted: Kris Krystofiak, PSL teacher   300-year-old oak tree at UW-Madison to be felled […]

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NPD: Brands and Retail

Submitted by: Kelsey Hiveley, Junior, Retail The students in the Retail Leadership Symposium (SoHE) had the pleasure of hearing about the NPD Group from Assistant Professor Dee Warmath.  Professor Warmath is currently living out her young adult dream of being a professor here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison but previously she was the senior vice president at NPD. […]

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Fortune 500 Meets Retail

Submitted by Courtney McHugh, Junior, Retailing Speaker: David Ven Roy, Director of Sales   The SoHE Consumer Science retail program had the pleasure of welcoming AT&T to the Retail Leadership Symposium class on October 29th. AT&T, a Fortune 500 company is one of the largest communications companies in over 225 countries. The company provides a wide range of services from revolutionary smartphones […]

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Values and Vision = Fair Indigo

Submitted by Ava Janssen, sophomore The SoHE Retail Leadership Symposium welcomed Robert Behnke, co-founder of the online retailer Fair Indigo to class on October 15. During his presentation Behnke shared the story of how he connected his experience in retail with his passion for helping people, resulting in a new company. Behnke shared that during his time working at Macy’s and Land’s […]

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Trends in Europe Traveling Classroom

This faculty-led study abroad program was designed to broaden students’ understanding of global retailing and Europe’s influence on consumer fashion trends. By stepping foot in an unfamiliar territory and navigating their way through, students began to see and understand the world of consumerism in a new light. Students learned about retailing and witnessed fashion product […]

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Retail Student Studies Across the Pond

Hi all! My name is Katie Milliken and I am a junior in the School of Human Ecology studying Retailing.  This semester, however, I left Madison behind to study at the University of Westminster in London, England.  Across the pond, I have had the opportunity to take a wide range of classes, from Sales Management […]

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Inspired: Alumni Visit with Bobby Hinds

      Today our students, faculty, and staff were in for a real treat! UW alum, entrepreneur, and fitness visionary, Bobby Hinds, came to visit the Retail Leadership Symposium.  He wowed the students with his personal story of perseverance, grit, and innovative mindset (not to mention an over-the-moon energy and fitness level!). We feel very […]

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Opportunities for Retailers

A top priority of the Center for Retailing is to create awareness and excitement about the retailing industry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Retailers like you bring this goal to life!  Please contact Jerry O’Brien at jerry.obrien@wisc.edu to learn more about these opportunities and brainstorm how your organization may best connect. The possibilities are endless! Partnership […]