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News and Events

  •  RCME Presents - Ann Rhoades

    Thursday, Jun. 28, 2012
    Most leaders and managers know that a winning, engaged culture is the key to attracting top talent - and customers.
  •  The Retail Studies Program Goes to New York - NRF Conference 2012

    Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012
    The Retail Studies Program at Santa Clara University took 4 scholarship recipients to New York.
  •  Retail Studies Students Receive 2012 FSF Scholarship

    Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011
    We are pleased to announce that 4 of our Retail Studies Program Students were awarded the $5,000 FSF (Fashion Scholarship Fund) for 2012.
  •  Interconnectivity of Online & Offline Worlds

    Monday, Dec. 5, 2011
    Kirthi Kalyanam (RMI director), of Santa Clara University, discusses the importance of an interconnected online and offline marketing experience for brands today.
  •  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 announcements from the Retail Management Institute.

  •  RCME Presents - Ann Rhoades

    Thursday, Jun. 28, 2012

    "Built on Values: Creating an Enviable Culture that Outperforms the Competition"

    Most leaders and managers know that a winning, engaged culture is the key to attracting top talent - and customers.  Yet, it remains elusive how exactly to create this ideal workplace - one where everyone from the front lines to the board room knos the company's values and feels comfortable and empowered to act on them.

    Based on her years of experience with JetBlue, Southwest, Disney, P.F. Chang's and other companies known for their trailblazing corportate cultures, thought leader and author of Built on Values, Ann Rhoades, will explore ihowi leaders can create winning environments that allow their employees and their companies to thrive.  The cornerstone to Rhoades' strategy lies in crafting a "Values Blueprint," along with the specific behaviors that express those values. In this program, Rhoades will illustrate how to develop a Values Blueprint that is agreed upon, respected, and can get into every employee's bloodstream.

    Rhoades will guide you through a process that will: 

    • show you how you can exceed the expectations of employees and customers
    • help you develop a "Values Blueprint" tailored to your organization's goals
    • identify ways to put a "Values Blueprint" into action
    • illustrate why it's essential to hire, fire, and reward people based on values alone, and
    • help you establish a discipline for sustaining a values-centric culture

    About the Speaker - Ann Rhoades

    Ann Rhoades is a dynamic and visionary executive with over 25 years of experience in a variety of service-based industries, including Vice President of the People Department for Southwest Airlines, Executive Vice President of Team Services at Promus Hotel Corporation/Doubletree Hotel Corporation, and Executive Vice President of People for JetBlue Airways, as well as President of People Ink, her Human Resources consulting company.

    Ann has a respected reputation in the industry for her creative approach to creating cultures around fun and for blending cultures in merger situations.  Ann currently serves on the Board of JetBlue Airways Corporation, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, HireVue, Inc., and formerly was on the Board of Directors for Restoration Hardware, Ann has an MBA in Management from the University of New Mexico.

    RCME 2012 Speaker Series
    Ann Rhoades – Built on Values
    Open to RCME members or special guests
    Thursday, June 28, 2012
    9:30 a.m. to noon
    Lucas Hall 126

    For more information please contact the Retail Management Institute at 408-554-4753 or send an email to Mitch Grieb at mfgrieb@scu.edu

  •  The Retail Studies Program Goes to New York - NRF Conference 2012

    Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012

    The Retail Studies Program at Santa Clara University took 4 scholarship recipients to New York for the NRF (National Retail Federation) conference as well as executive retail company tours with Hugo Boss, Phillips-Van Heusen (Calvin Klein) and Ralph Lauren.

    Special thanks to the Curran Family for this scholarship opportunity.

    For more information about the Retail Studies Program at Santa Clara University, please visit us at www.scu.edu/business/rmi. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook!

    Watch the video on YouTube

  •  Retail Studies Students Receive 2012 FSF Scholarship

    Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011

    We are pleased to announce that 4 of our Retail Studies Program Students were awarded the $5,000 FSF (Fashion Scholarship Fund) scholarship for 2012.

    Scholarships are available only to students from YMA FSF member schools. Scholarships are awarded based entirely on merit, taking into consideration the applicants' GPA, the completion of a case study project, personal essay detailing their aspirations, job experience, community service and how the scholarship money would be spent, and a phone or in-person interview with a YMA FSF Ambassador.

    A total of 125 scholarship were awarded this year!

    Congratulations to:

    Dylan Carlin - Class of 2012
    Bianca Gonzales - Class of 2013
    Lindsay Gray - Class of 2012
    Amanda Rossi - Class of 2012
     

  •  Interconnectivity of Online & Offline Worlds

    Monday, Dec. 5, 2011

    Kirthi Kalyanam (RMI director), of Santa Clara University, discusses the importance of an interconnected online and offline marketing experience for brands today.

     
  •  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 
 
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