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LIM College Among First to Join National Retail Federation Student Association


New group will provide more opportunities to meet retail executives and learn about the industry

LIM College is among the first higher education institutions to become part of the newly-launched National Retail Federation Student Association (NRFSA), which will offer member students the opportunity to leverage the National Retail Federation's (NRF) vast retail network to take advantage of education and networking opportunities.

The vision of the NRFSA is to foster and recruit talented students into the retailing industry, enhance their educational experience at participating colleges and universities and help them build an early network of peers who will become leaders within the industry.

“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.”

The NRFSA provides student members access to NRF’s unique educational programs and the opportunity to network with retailers from all formats and channels. Membership also enables NRFSA members to attend NRF events at a discounted rate.

LIM College students who are interested in being a part of this new group should contact Professor Marla Greene in the Marketing & Management Dept. (212.752.1530 Ext. 304).

“Retail executives realize that in order to be competitive we need the brightest young talent, and we’re making a conscious effort to entice the very best students into this innovative industry,” said Kip Tindell, Chairman of the NRF Foundation and CEO and Chairman of The Container Store. “Participation in NRFSA will offer students opportunities and face time with executives and recruiters that have been impossible until now, helping them launch careers with a huge assortment of the nation’s top retail brands.”

In addition to LIM College, 14 other colleges committed to offering students the opportunity to join NRFSA:

• FIDM/The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
• The Fashion Institute of Technology
• Florida State University Center for Retail Merchandising and Product Development
• Georgia Southern University Center for Retail Studies
• Fashion School at Kent State University
• Longwood University
• Ohio University
• Retail Management Institute at Santa Clara University
• The University of Florida David F. Miller Center for Retailing Education and Research
• University of Arizona Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing
• University of Arkansas Center for Retailing Excellence
• University of North Texas School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management
• University of Tennessee
• University of Wisconsin-Madison The Kohl's Center for Retailing Excellence

As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, NRF’s global membership includes retailers of all sizes, formats and channels of distribution as well as chain restaurants and industry partners from the United States and more than 45 countries abroad. In the U.S., NRF represents an industry that includes more than 3.6 million establishments and which directly and indirectly accounts for 42 million jobs – one in four U.S. jobs. The total U.S. GDP impact of retail is $2.5 trillion annually, and retail is a daily barometer of the health of the nation’s economy.

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