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  •  Congratulations to the 2012-13 RMI Scholarship Recipients!

    Saturday, Jun. 30, 2012
    We are pleased to announce that 9 of our Retail Studies Program students were awarded RMI Scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year.
  •  Walmart Executive joins RMI Advisory Board

    Friday, Jun. 29, 2012
    The Retail Management Institute welcomes Gisel Ruiz (SCU / RMI '92) as the newest Advisory Board member.
  •  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.
 
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News and announcements from the Retail Management Institute.

  •  Congratulations to the 2012-13 RMI Scholarship Recipients!

    Saturday, Jun. 30, 2012

    We are pleased to announce that 9 of our Retail Studies Program students were awarded RMI Scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year.

    Scholarships awarded are based entirely on financial need, academic achievement, and enthusiastic participation in the Retail Studies Program.  The Scholarship Committee of the Retail Management Institute has awarded 9 students to honor the institute's scholarships.  Please join us in congratulating the following students.

    In honor of the Joseph C. Vesce Memorial Scholar
    Lauren DeWitt - Class of 2013
    Kelli Hashimoto - Class of 2014
    Megan Kraus - Class of 2015
    Alyssa Tomasello - Class of 2013

    In honor of the John F. and Marguerite Kilmartin Memorial Scholar
    Jennifer Gaono - Class of 2014
    Bianca Gonzalez - Class of 2013
    Allison McPartland - Class of 2013

    In honor of the Jack Kilmartin Memorial Scholar
    Alyssa Tomasello - Class of 2013

    In honor of the Western Association Food Chains Scholar
    Elizabeth Sur - Class of 2013

    In honor of RMI Alumni Association Scholar
    Anna Woelfel - Class of 2013

    Special thanks to our donors - Joseph C. Vesce, John F. and Marguerite Kilmartin, Jack Kilmartin, WAFC, and the RMI Alumni Association for all that they have done to ensure the on going success of the Institute and scholarship funds for the students. We are forever grateful.

  •  Walmart Executive joins RMI Advisory Board

    Friday, Jun. 29, 2012

    Gisel Ruiz is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Walmart U.S. She is responsible for the company’s U.S. operations, which include more than 3,800 discount stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Walmart Express formats. She was promoted to the role in February 2012.

    Previously, Gisel was executive vice president of People for Walmart U.S., with responsibility for human resources and store innovations, supporting more than 1.2 million associates. She helped transform the company's approach to talent management and leveraged technology to drive changes that increased efficiencies and improved the customer and associate experience.

    Gisel began her career at Walmart as a store management trainee in 1992. She has held a variety of leadership positions in store operations, labor relations and human resources. In 2006, she became vice president, regional general manager in the Field Operations Division, and was responsible for 150 Walmart stores in western Texas and New Mexico. From 2008 until 2010, Gisel served as senior vice president of Walmart People, leading the human resources organization for more than 3,700 stores across the United States.

    Because of her passion for mentoring, Gisel has been recognized for her ability to lead and teach. In 2008, she was recognized as one of the Top 25 Powerful Minority Women in Business by the Minority Enterprise Executive Council. Gisel received the 2008 Walmart Leadership Award and was chosen by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the Top 25 Business Women of 2009. In February 2011, Latina Style honored her as 2010 Latina Executive of the Year.

    Gisel has a bachelor’s of science in marketing from Santa Clara University, where she also completed the Retail Management Institute program.

  •  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

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