Introducing our Collegiate Bloggers at NRF’s 100th Annual Convention

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There are nearly 100 college students in attendance at NRF’s 100th Annual Convention in New York City. We’ve enlisted a few to help us recap the educational sessions, share convention experiences, and provide a glimpse of the conference from a student’s (and future retailer’s!) perspective.

We’re thrilled to introduce the following students, who you’ll be hearing from over the next few days.

Nekiya Covington
Florida State University
Graduation Year: 2011
Major/Degree: Retail Merchandising and Product Development
Twitter Account: @nec72288

Why are you attending NRF’s BIG Show?
As a participant in the NRF’s 2011 Aspire2Retail Intercollegiate Retail Challenge, I was provided the opportunity to attend the BIG Show this year. I am excited about attending the NRF’s educational sessions, exploring the expo’s floor, and being able to attend the largest retail conference in the world. I am honored to be one of few students to represent my university here at the convention.

What are you most looking forward to?
I am most looking forward to exploring the EXPO Hall. I have never been to a retail expo before, so I am ecstatic about seeing the new technologies and innovations that will be presented on the expo floor.

What’s your dream retail job?
My dream is to become the CEO of my own chain of children’s wear boutiques.

Jena Glick
LIM College
Graduation Year: 2013
Major/Degree: Fashion Marketing
Twitter Account: @jenaleslieg

Why are you attending NRF’s BIG Show?
To learn, to network, to be up-to-date in the retail news, and to educate others who couldn’t attend by blogging.

What are you most looking forward to?
Hearing what everyone has to say about the generation of techies. The big focus seems to be about mobile devices and their use in the retailing industry.

What’s your dream retail job?
Run a retail blog. I’m working on it, I currently write for Racked NY, a blog about retail and fashion in the New York City area.

Tatsiana Yafremava
Fashion Institute of Technology
Graduation Year: 2010
Major/Degree: Fashion Merchandising Management
Twitter Account: @Tatsiana_Y

Why are you attending NRF’s BIG Show?
It is an honor to represent my school, FIT, at the Big Show and raise awareness about its outstanding academic program and instructors. I also look forward to attending NRF’s educational session about the innovations and the current trends in the retail industry.

What are you most looking forward to?
As a recent graduate pursuing a career in fashion, I definitely look forward to networking opportunities. Attending the Big Show is a also a great chance to learn about the future of retail directly from some of the most prominent industry leaders.

What’s your dream retail job?
My dream is to become a Buyer for a specialty retail company.

Maria Roberts
Fashion Institute of Technology
Graduation Year: May 2010
Major/Degree: Fashion Merchandising Management (FMM)
Twitter Account: @mariarobertsFIT

Why are you attending NRF’s BIG Show?
I am always looking for extra curricular activities to better myself. Attending the NRF conference is a great opportunity to listen to those that have earned the right to be listened to and I believe that is the best way to learn.

What are you most looking forward to?
I am looking forward to hearing from some of the greatest individuals in the industry so that I can be up to date with the changes that are occurring, as well as networking with as many retailers as possible.

What’s your dream retail job?
I aspire to work with a recognized company that has an admirable history that I can learn from, as well as a positive potential future that I can contribute to so that I can make a measurable difference within the company to create a win-win-win for the customer, company, and myself.

Maddi Weinstein
University of Arizona
Graduation Year: 2012
Major/Degree: Retail and Consumer Sciences
Twitter Account: @maddiweinstein

Why are you attending NRF’s BIG Show?
I am attending NRF’s BIG Show as a representative of the University of Arizona’s Retail and Consumer Sciences program, as well as a member of the Student Advisory Board for the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing. I am here to not only network and listen to guest speakers, but to learn from the best of the best in the Retail industry.

What are you most looking forward to?
I am looking forward to gaining insight to the industry as a whole from the people whose actions affect it daily, as well as being able to learn something new from each person I have the opportunity to speak with and get to know.

What’s your dream retail job?
My dream retail job is becoming a Buyer for a national, retail department store.

Adena Stein
University of Arizona
Graduation Year: 2011
Major/Degree: Retailing and Consumer Sciences
Twitter Account: @adenastein

Why are you attending NRF’s BIG Show?
I am attending NRF’s BIG Show as a Student Advisory Board Ambassador or the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing and NRF Collegiate Blogger. I am here to broaden my professional network and represent the Retailing program for the University of Arizona.

What are you most looking forward to?
I am looking forward to meeting all of the people who paved the road I am taking toward my career. I am eager to watch, listen, and learn, while also networking and broadening my horizons.

What’s your dream retail job?
My dream retail job would be in Marketing and Event Coordination for retailers in American and European metropolitan venues.

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  1. Catherine Geib
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Maria and Tatsiana,
    I was fun to see you at the NRF show on Monday. It is so great to see you taking advantage of all FIT has to offer you. It is especially rewarding to see one of my students (Maria) enjoying and learning from our business. See you around campus Prof. Geib

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