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News and Events

  •  Amazing Retail Internships

    Monday, Nov. 14, 2011
    Watch our newest internship video to see what three of our seniors did this year at Hugo Boss, Levi, and Williams-Sonoma!
  •  RMI Joins Newly Launched National Retail Federation Student Association (NRFSA)

    Friday, Oct. 7, 2011
    The Retail Management Institute at Santa Clara University joins newly launched National Retail Federation Student Association (NRFSA).
  •  RCME Presents - Charlene Li

    Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011
    October 24, 2011 9:30 am - 12:00 pm Santa Clara University - Lucas Hall
  •  RMI is on Facebook & Twitter!

    Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2011
    Join RMI on Facebook & Twitter!
  •  RMI Annouces New Advisory Board Member - Vicki McWilliams

    Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011
    The Retail Management Institute announces the addition of Vicki McWilliams, Executive Vice President (Retail & Business Sales) at Pottery Barn, to its advisory board.
  •  RCME Presents - Bill Treasurer

    Tuesday, Jul. 19, 2011
    September 7, 2011 9:30 am - 11:30 am Santa Clara University - Lucas Hall
  •  RMI Annouces New Advisory Board Member

    Monday, Jun. 6, 2011
    The Retail Management Institute announces the addition of Michelle DeMartini Wlazlo (Senior Vice President Merchandising at Old Navy) to its advisory board.
  •  PayPal President Shares His Vision of the Future

    Thursday, Jun. 2, 2011
    Imagine walking into a store without any cash, not a single credit card, not even your wallet. When you go to check out, you pay with your phone number and PIN number. This is the vision of the future that Scott Thompson, president of PayPal.
  •  RCME Presents - John Hamm

    Tuesday, May. 17, 2011
    John will provide both seasoned and aspiring leaders a framework for understanding and a guide for applying the fundamentals of leadership at every stage in their careers.
  •  Hand Made in San Francisco

    Tuesday, May. 3, 2011
    Walking the streets of San Francisco, you'll be sure to see a Timbuk2 bag somewhere.
  •  The Digital Payment Industry

    Thursday, Mar. 31, 2011
    Scott Thompson (President - PayPal) Presents: The Digital Payment Industry: Where It Is & Where It's Going. April 18th
    PayPal
  •  Starting her own business in NY

    Friday, Jan. 21, 2011
    Our very last stop was to see another Santa Clara alum, Chantel Waterbury, who graduated in '97.
  •  NY visit to Calvin Klein

    Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011
    On Tuesday, January 11, 2011, we had the pleasure of visiting Calvin Klein's men's sportswear showroom and CRK, which is Calvin Klein's internal advertising agency.
  •  A Day in the Life at Hugo Boss

    Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011
    Today we went to the Hugo Boss office to meet with Mark Brashear, CEO and President of Hugo Boss Americas.
  •  M-Commerce at NRF's

    Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011
    One of the main topics at the NRF 100th Annual Convention (Retail's Big Show) in New York this past week, was m-commerce.
  •  Retail Studies Students Receive FSF - YMA Scholarship

    Friday, Dec. 17, 2010
    Congratulations to retail studies students Sumeet Chadha ('13) and Bianca Frediani ('12) for winnning the FSF (Fashion Scholarship Fund) YMA scholarship!
  •  Williams-Sonoma VP Shares E-View From the Top

    Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010
    RMI students had a special guest in late October. Angela Caltagirone, vice president of e-marketing at Williams-Sonoma Inc.
  •  Gamage and Gustafson Recognized as Extraordinary Team

    Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010
    Cynthia Gamage, RMI associate director, and Danielle Gustafson, office coordinator, were awarded the LSB Extraordinary Team Award
  •  Never a Better Time for Entering Retail

    Monday, Dec. 6, 2010
    "I believe that the young people of today are at an inflection point & it's a time when this industry needs young thinking and needs people to change it."
    Ken Duane
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News and Events

News and announcements from the Retail Management Institute.

  •  Amazing Retail Internships

    Monday, Nov. 14, 2011

    Watch our newest internship video to see what three of our seniors did this year at Hugo Boss, Levi, and Williams-Sonoma!

  •  RMI Joins Newly Launched National Retail Federation Student Association (NRFSA)

    Friday, Oct. 7, 2011

    The Retail Management Institute at Santa Clara University joins newly launched National Retail Federation Student Association (NRFSA).

    “NRF’s Student Association will connect young adults with top retailers seeking talent to fuel their companies’ success,” said NRF President and CEO and NRF Foundation President Matthew Shay. “This group offers students a competitive advantage over their peers through access to networking events with retail hiring managers, opportunities to take part in research opportunities, industry competitions and leadership programs, helping students to build their resume and prepare them for rewarding retail careers.”

    http://www.nrf.com/modules.php?name=News&op=viewlive&sp_id=1208

     

  •  RCME Presents - Charlene Li

    Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011

    "Transforming Leadership with Social Technology"

    “Be Open, Be Transparent, Be Authentic” are the current leadership and management mantras – but there is often push back. Traditionally business is premised on the concept of control and yet the new world order demands openness.

    In this program, Charlene Li (author of Open Leadership and co-author of the blockbusting bestseller Groundswell) shows you how to tap into the power of the social technology revolution and use social media to be “open” while maintaining control.

    She explains how Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Yammer, Jive and other popular social media sites can improve efficiency, communication, and decision-making for leaders, managers, and their organizations.

    RCME 2011 Speaker Series
    Charlene Li - Transforming Leadership
    October 24, 2011
    9:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Santa Clara University
    Lucas Hall

    (This is a membership program through RCME - http://scu.edu/business/rmi/rmi-retail-consortium.cfm)

    Non-members interested in attending this session, please contact Cynthia Gamage, Program Director. Cgamage@scu.edu

  •  RMI is on Facebook & Twitter!

    Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2011

    Don't forget to join us on our Facebook Page. Just search for "Retail Management Institute/RSSA!

    We are also on Twitter, so come on over and follow us for up to date information on the program!

    http://twitter.com/#!/rmi_santaclarau

  •  RMI Annouces New Advisory Board Member - Vicki McWilliams

    Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011

    VICKI D. McWILLIAMS
    Executive Vice President, Retail and Business Sales
      
    Vicki McWilliams is Executive Vice President of Retail and Business Sales. She is responsible for the leadership of the Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, West Elm, and Williams-Sonoma stores, and the Business Sales team.
       
    Ms. McWilliams joined Williams-Sonoma, Inc. in July 2007 as Senior Vice President of Pottery Barn brand stores. She was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President in 2010.
       
    Throughout her career at Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Ms. McWilliams’ transformational leadership of the stores and empowering the store leaders has elevated their performance to best-in-class. In all four brands, her influence can be seen in significantly improved results, customer service and associate morale.
       
    Prior to joining the company, Ms. McWilliams most recently served as the Executive Vice President and Regional Manager of Nordstrom. She spent nearly three decades working at Nordstrom’s and was awarded the John. W. Nordstrom Award, Nordstrom’s highest honor for outstanding achievement.
       
    Ms. McWilliams holds a B.A. in Clothing & Textiles and a Minor in Finance from Washington State University.

  •  RCME Presents - Bill Treasurer

    Tuesday, Jul. 19, 2011

    "Courageous Leadership: Using Courage to Transform The Workplace"

    Courage is the first virtue of organizational performance, because it's the lifeblood of leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation. But in times of economic instability, such as right now, the majority of workers become safety-seekers, often to the detriment of their organizations. When fear directs workers' behaviors, they become distracted, afraid, and unproductive, just when their companies need them to be the opposite. Fear is bad for business.

    Courageous workers, by contrast, step up to challenges, seek out leadership roles, and assert innovative ideas&all for the good of the company. This program will provide practical strategies for building workforce courage so workers can become opportunity seekers.

    RCME 2011 Speaker Series
    Bill Treasurer - Courageous Leadership
    September 7, 2011
    9:30 am - 11:30 am
    Santa Clara University
    Lucas Hall

    (This is a membership program through RCME - http://scu.edu/business/rmi/rmi-retail-consortium.cfm)

    Non-members interested in attending this session, please contact Cynthia Gamage, Program Director. Cgamage@scu.edu

  •  RMI Annouces New Advisory Board Member

    Monday, Jun. 6, 2011

    The Retail Management Institute announces the addition of Michelle DeMartini Wlazlo (Senior Vice President Merchandising at Old Navy) to its advisory board.

  •  PayPal President Shares His Vision of the Future

    Thursday, Jun. 2, 2011

    Imagine walking into a store without any cash, not a single credit card, not even your wallet. When you go to check out, you pay with your phone number and PIN number. This is the vision of the future that Scott Thompson, president of PayPal.

     

  •  RCME Presents - John Hamm

    Tuesday, May. 17, 2011

    "Unusually Excellent: The Necessary Nine Skills Required for the Practice of Great Leadership"

    Often, when leaders experience trouble, they look to blame an outside source or expect a small tweak to right their ship. But many times they have actually lost their grip on the basic foundation of their own leadership.

    In this program, John Hamm, author of Unusually Excellent, will provide both seasoned and aspiring leaders a framework for understanding and a guide for applying the fundamentals of leadership at every stage in their careers. The business environment may change, but no management trend can displace the core laws of excellent leadership.

    Leadership expert Hamm explains why leadership can't be mastered as a single concept or tool that can be pulled out of a hat when needed. Excellent leadership is composed of actions, ideas, emotions, cultural forces, history, and expectations that work together in an interconnected system. In this program, you will learn how any manager or leader can excel by consistently putting into action the “Necessary Nine skills”: being authentic, trustworthy, and compelling; leading people, strategy, and execution; communicating, making decisions, and making an impact.


    RCME Speaker Series
    John Hamm - Unusually Excellent
    May 19, 2012
    9:30 a.m. - Noon
    Santa Clara University
    Lucas Hall

    This program will be interactive, with plenty of time for Q&A, and is intended for managers and leaders at all levels.

    (This is a membership program through RCME - http://scu.edu/business/rmi/rmi-retail-consortium.cfm)

    Non-members interested in attending this session, please contact Cynthia Gamage, Program Director. Cgamage@scu.edu

  •  Hand Made in San Francisco

    Tuesday, May. 3, 2011

    Walking the streets of San Francisco, you'll be sure to see a Timbuk2 bag somewhere. Treasured by bikers and commuters alike, the recognizable three-tone style of Timbuk2's messenger bags stand out against all other bags worldwide. Their product line has expanded to include backpacks, larger and smaller shoulder bags, and even cases for computers or products like iPad. Though they may not be the largest brand offering a visit to students in the RMI program, the February tour of Timbuk2's headquarters in San Francisco made for a unique visit and peek into the world of e-commerce for small businesses.



    10 SCU students, including Anthony Prieto, a recent addition to the RMI program, spent the morning touring the corporate offices and manufacturing facility of T2, lead by CEO Mike Wallenfels. Mr. Wallenfels and two members of the online marketing team also presented an in-depth overview of the company's strategy, analytic and social media platforms, and outlook on the future.



    A unique portion of Timbuk2’s business allows for individual customization of each bag that customers or corporate partners order. Customers can pick colors or materials for each of the parts of the bag and decide on different orientations (left or right-handed) for each feature. "Timbuk2's unique style and ability to customize bags online distinguishes them from the competition, and their attention to detail in the manufacturing process allows for a streamlined production timeline," Prieto remarked after the visit. When presenting their social media strategy, the team stressed the importance of tying giveaways to participation in each service, in an effort to improve traffic and increase followers. Their social media platform also publishes pictures of each custom bag, as they are ordered, in an effort to inspire subscribers to pick out their own on an impulse-buy.


    Students were impressed with Vivian Tsai's presentation on Internet marketing and online advertising campaigns. It was fascinating to see how various web analytic tools identify which parts of the website were clicked most frequently and how the site layout was adjusted to maximize conversion rates. The company also recently offered a Groupon promotion to customers in New York City to drive volume and gauge interest for new opportunities in the area. As online discounters and coupon sites become increasingly important in the e-commerce space, it will be important to keep an eye on such trends and apply concepts to other business models in the market.



    Inspired by the incredible value of a peek inside T2's business, some students expressed interest in applying for summer internships with the company. If you're interested in applying, check their website frequently as jobs have yet to be posted.


    For more info on the company or to order a bag, visit Timbuk2 online at their website. You can also visit the company's retail store in San Francisco or inquire with the RMI office to find out about the possibility of future tours for other students

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