Department Chairperson Marlene Morbitt-Dunn recently accompanied six Merchandise Marketing Students -- Katherine Thibault, Heather Pilar, Caitlin Conlee, Lindsay Wallace, and Kristine Biggs, pictured above with FIDM Alumna Erin Conley, Assistant Merchant for Victoria's Secret -- to attend the National Retail Federation (NRF) Conference in NYC. Retail's BIG Show was attended by 200 college students from 20 participating colleges, along with more than 20,000 conference attendees from around the world. Students heard presentations from the CEO's of Starbucks, The Container Store, Macy's, HSN, Whole Foods, and Walmart, among others. Recorded sessions from the conference will be available for FIDM Students.
"Meeting and networking with CEOs from leading companies was the most memorable experience for me," said Esther Wu, winner of the $5,000 Ray Greenley Scholarship Award (pictured below, front row, at right with other recipients), who we told you about back in December. "The keynote sessions were amazing and it was truly a world-class experience from the time I stepped off the plane. And Donna Karan said that she loved my hair!"
Caitlin Conlee added, "I got to shake Terry Lundgren's hand and all of the speakers inspired me. They all spoke about starting out in the same place as us, as young students, and it reassured me that I can too become very successful one day." Heather Pilar noted, "It was such an exhilirating experience to walk into a room filled with thousands of seats. I was in such awe of the profesionals and executives, especially Howard Schultz -- I was almost star struck as he walked on stage!"