Four Walton College students traveled to New York with Center for Retailing Excellence staff members to attend the National Retail Federation 2016 Big Show Student Program Jan. 14-17. They joined nearly 500 students representing more than 50 universities around the country for the retail conference, which provided students opportunities for internships, employment, training programs and networking.
Students Jessica Fuentes, Hoang Le Dang, Kelsey Casey and Jack Scaccia attended the conference with Center for Retailing Excellence staff members Claudia Mobley, director, and Pam Styles, associate director.
Conference attendees heard from senior retail leaders from Belk, HSNi, Nike, Williams-Sonoma, The Home Depot, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Walgreens, Walmart, Kohl’s Corporation and more.
Four years ago there were seven university members of NRF, with the University of Arkansas serving as a founding member of the student program. In 2016, there are now 67 university members.
Fuentes and Dang earned a conference scholarship through participation in STORE, Students in Retailing Excellence, a registered student organization. In addition, Fuentes received a travel sponsorship from National Retail Federation as the University of Arkansas NRF Rising Star; Dang was the NRF Student Ambassador for recruiting more than 25 members.
Fellow students Casey and Scaccia represented Enactus, a registered student organization that promotes entrepreneurship as a way to create a better world. Their travel was sponsored by the Center for Retailing Excellence.
Walton students Boston Woodworth, Tatiana Polydore, Byron Alley and Cordell Griffin will represent the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Walton College and the University of Arkansas while competing against top level, diverse talent from colleges and universities across the country to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The two-day event includes a business case competition, networking opportunities and additional workshops.
The Sam M. Walton College of Business invites university students, staff and faculty to hear Jessica Hendrix, president of Saatchi & Saatchi X, discuss lessons learned in business on Friday, Nov. 13, 10-11:30 a.m., in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development auditorium.
As an M.B.A. Distinguished Lecture Series speaker, Hendrix will address the choices she has made in the business world and in her personal life. Her presentation, “From Front Door to Top Office: Lessons in Business through Confidence, Hard Work, and a Three-Legged Stool,” will share examples in advertising, ethics, marketing and leadership, and insights on her own challenges, decisions and results.
Hendrix has served as president of Saatchi & Saatchi X, a leading shopper-marketing agency, since July 2015. Since 2007, she served in various account leadership roles at the agency from senior account manager to senior vice president. Previously, Hendrix worked in marketing for McLeod USA, T-Mobile and US Cellular. In 2011, the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal recognized Hendrix as a “40 Under 40” business leader.
The lecture is free and open to the general public.
In the Walton Reader’s Spotlight, our business librarian, Jonathan Torres, interviews faculty and staff about books that have inspired them. Torres starts out by asking Dean Matt Waller what book has inspired him: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance.
Next on deck is professor Jon Johnson, so stay tuned for Jon’s book pick!
Walton College students, along side U of A classmates from the the Honors College, the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, and the College of Engineering, spent their summer in Mozambique participating in a service learning project. While they taught the community about nutrition, poultry practices and business efficiencies, the community taught them as well.
Applying what they’ve learned in the classroom, had life-changing results.
BAR Collection — comprised of Walton seniors (left to right) Brittney Brown, Rachel Dukes and Allison Kinsey — presented its business plan to the Alley Scholars Summit business plan competition judges on Saturday, Feb. 28. The trio placed first, beating out undergraduate teams from Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.
During the business plan challenge, teams develop and pitch a new business venture. The best proposals and presentations win teams a total of $10,000.
John English, dean of the College of Engineering, served as moderator. Serving as judges were: Carolyn Brown, Black Enterprise; Jamail Larkins, Ascension Air Management and Larkins Enterprises; Betty Manetta, Argent Associates; and Bob Storey, The Osteo Vantage Company.
The summit is sponsored by the Alley Scholars, a non-profit initiative for underrepresented students established by Troy and Unnice Alley with support from the Gerald and Candace Alley Foundation.
Student Leaders Impacting Communities (SLIC) is a new student organization focused on student-led community service. Leadership positions are available. The organization is for all university majors. If you are interested in being a part of the organization or have questions, please email Dr. Susan Bristow (email@example.com) for an application.
More than 100 young women in high school and junior high school networked with professional women currently working in the field of information technology during the 2nd annual Girls in IT event to learn about industry careers, courses, and needed skills. This daylong affair was held at the Sam M. Walton College of Business on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Schools from Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, Prairie Grove, and even as far away as Pine Bluff, participated. The day was filled with a mix of activities, all geared toward encouraging young women to consider information technology as a field of study and a career. Continue reading Girls in IT Conference→
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