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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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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 Stories: December 22 – January 3 2018

Consumers Set the Tone | New Years Resolutions | Bright Ideas for 2018 Consumer Science Assistant Professor Dee Warmath’s keen perspectives on the collision between high consumer confidence and retail store closings can be heard in this interview on Wisconsin Public Radio     Is it that time of year again? New Years Resolutions come […]

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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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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 […]

Julia Preston, SoHE student and creator of Angelic NYC

HDFS Student Julia Presten Soars High

When NYC native Julia Presten was in high school she founded ANGELIC NYC, a clothing company with a positive message and that donates to nonprofits. Today, Julia’s company is continuing to grow and she is looking forward to her junior year at UW-Madison this fall. With ANGELIC top of mind, Julia started off at SoHE […]

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Carol Sapoznik, 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

After retiring from 40 years in retailing, including serving as VP for the national giant Crate and Barrel, Carol Sapoznik (’69) has dipped into her second career—running a “foodie” boutique in her New England hometown. Beyond her retail venture, Sapoznik has spent years giving back to her community, connecting with her Wisconsin alma mater, and […]

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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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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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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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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 […]

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Work Somewhere You Love

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Elizabeth Wanzer, Benjamin Wanke, McKenna Wall, Jordan Vanden Wymelenberg, Taylor Turk, Katharine Torchio, Zachary Thiede, Katie Steib, Clara Stedman, Ian Sprosty, Ryan Soohoo SoHE welcomed Maryam Becker (Senior Campus Recruiter), Andrea Herrald (Senior Campus Recruiter), and Kristin Tilleson (Executive Team Leader) from Target to the Retail Leadership Symposium […]

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Kohl’s: Making a Difference in the Community

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students: Claire Zettl, Julia Zerull, Brenden Zarrinnam, Lauren Zanotelli, Anna Zahn, Kelsey Yanisch, Xingtong Xu, Emma Woods, Kristin Wolfe, Megan Whitehouse, Naomi Welter, Matthew Watters The Retail Leadership Symposium class welcomed Kohl’s on January 25, 2017. Mike Tack (Senior Manager- Early Talent), Melissa Smith (University Relations Recruiter), Alicia […]

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Celebrating #retailsfuture in NYC

The future of the retailing industry shines bright with talent. Over 600 college students—the up-and-coming leaders of retail—gathered together in New York City this January at the National Retail Federation’s annual trade show. Amongst the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s contingency of 31 students included several that were honored for their achievement and dedication to the future of […]

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Lands’ End: An Organization True to its Founding Values

By Students Taylor Anderson, Gina Granberg, Matthew Greenstein, Chenoa Moore, Kara Quinette, and Emma Bakke On December 7th, the Retail Leadership Symposium class welcomed Adrienne Bestul (Director of Employee Services), along with employees, Nicole Moyer, Jenna Ehrensaft, Claire Krzykowski, Corey Moody, and Andy Crye from Lands’ End. Headquartered in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, Lands’ End is a […]

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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 […]

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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 […]