Texas Tech University

Annual Retail Symposium Connects Students With Industry Professionals

Amanda Castro-Crist

February 23, 2016

The event will feature speaker panels, speed interviews and a keynote speaker.

Retail Symposium

The Texas Tech University College of Human SciencesRetail Management Program will host the fourth annual Retail Management Symposium from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 29 at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center.

The event, sponsored by Target, provides the opportunity for students to network with company representatives in a professional environment, Retail Management Program Director Deborah Fowler said. She said attendees also will have a chance to learn about different companies during keynote and panel speaker events.

“The speakers are typically chosen on a rotational basis and who show a great deal of interest in the Retail Management Program,” Fowler said. “This year, one of the panels is made up of our recent graduates.”

Kristin Cartwright graduated in May 2013 with a bachelor's degree. She is the women's manager and a buyer for all women's departments at Drest by Scott Malouf. 

Retail Symposium

Ellie Schultz serves as the modular manager supporting the fabrics and crafts business for Walmart. She started with Walmart in August 2014 while still at Texas Tech, completing a bachelor's degree in 2014 and a master's degree in 2015.

Kelsi Shuey serves as the category space analyst within the Space Planning Department at Academy Sports + Outdoors. Shuey earned a bachelor's degree in 2013 a master's degree in 2014.

The alumni will speak as part of a 12:30 p.m. panel, Fowler said. Directly after the panel, attendees will have a chance to participate in speed interviews, which Fowler said are similar to the way some companies interview groups of candidates.

“One or more professionals will sit at a table,” she said. “We will ask students to move to the tables like a reverse panel interview; the professionals ask them questions and give them feedback on their responses and resumes.”

Students then move to a second table for another round. Fowler said the symposium will include four rounds, with the first taking place after a speaker panel that morning. The event will close after a keynote speech by Tom Petersen, senior director of space planning at Academy Sports + Outdoors.

There is no cost to attend the event and registration is open.

“We welcome any students or professionals who are interested in attending,” Fowler said. “We encourage registration so that we have good numbers for the seating, coffee and meal.”

For more information about the Retail Management Program, visit its website.