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Retail Studies Student Association

Retail Studies Student Association (RSSA)

Once accepted to the Retail Studies Program, students automatically become members of the Retail Studies Student Association (RSSA), a student-run organization with a governing executive board made up of students and committees responsible for mentoring, mission outreach, marketing, recruiting, newsletter, corporate liaisons and fundraising. RSSA provides students with many industry networking, scholarship, social and leadership opportunities and experiences. 

RSSA Experiences

RSSA supports Santa Clara University’s overall mission to teach conscience, competence, and compassion. The major skills RSSA members acquire are networking, communication and social skills, professional development, social responsibility, leadership, and ethical business ideals.

RSSA hosts a variety of events for Retail Studies students. Events and gatherings including quarterly dinners with industry innovators as guest speakers, exposure to industry executive and senior managers who share their expertise and insight, and opportunities to visit many of the world’s most influential brands and industry innovators who are leading and redefining the future of retail.

Meet the Retail Innovators - Field Trips to SF Bay Area Retailers

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to many of the world’s most influential brands and industry innovators who are leading and redefining the future of retail.

Levi's Corporate Logo

Corporate visits to and tours of Retail Management Institute’s alumni companies and partner organizations provide students with a behind-the scenes view of leading brand retailers such as Williams-Sonoma, Levi’s, Gap, Inc., Lolli&Pops, Stitch Fix, Target and more.

Dinner Talk

RMI directors collaborating with the RSSA executive board invites and hosts, each quarter, a dinner to meet and hear an industry speaker.

Past guest speakers have included many RMI alumni and retail innovators including Chairman & CEO of Cost Plus World Market, Google - Account Executive, Pinterest - Digital Experience Director, Founder - Bed Bandits, StitchFix – Chief Merchandiser & General Manager, Women’s, Nike - Vice President Women’s, to name just a few.

RSSA President Class of 2020

RSSA President - Class of 2020 - Anelly Allmen

I am so honored to be leading RSSA this year and am looking forward to working with our awesome executive board to put on wonderful events for RSSA this year!

The theme that I am really trying to instill within RSSA this year,  is building community and meaningful relationships! I know as an Association we have the potential to not only be transformational in the work place but also in our relationships with each other! I am really hoping that everyone within RSSA will be able to lean in and engage with your fellow classmates to grow as people, friends, students, professionals, and as a community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about retail!

That being said, I hope you all will take an active role as being involved members of RSSA and make an effort to come to all of the events and opportunities to engage! I think that RSSA will only be as impactful as you make it to be. What you put into it is what you will get out. So let’s make this an awesome year.
I'm looking forward to an amazing year.  Thank you!!

Best Regards,

RSSA Executive Members (2019-2020)

President Anelly Allmen
Corproate Liaison Olivia Kem
Mentoring Chairs Kelli Bates & Valerie Vandeveld
Recruiting Chair Lyssa Urrutia
Recruiting Committee    Angela Chen
Recruiting Committee    Eugene Choi
Recruiting Committee Katarina Draskovic
Recruiting Committee Presley Elletson
Recruiting Committee Robin Johnson
Recruiting Committee Olivia Mannion
Recruiting Committee Christian Mora
Philanthropy Chair Katie Kelley 
Philanthropy Committee Betsy Alderman
Philanthropy Committee Elizabeth Conn
Philanthropy Committee Katarina Draskovic
Philanthropy Committee Madeline Wong
News Editor, RMI Magazine Joycelyn George
Assistant News Editor Addison Camisa 
Social Media & Marketing Director
Cecilia Fan 
Internal Relations 
Bridget Reynolds