Fifth Annual Retail Symposium Brings Industry to Students

Professionals from nationwide corporations will gather to educate students on the retail industry.

Human Sciences

The Texas Tech University College of Human Sciences Retail Management Program will host the H-E-B Retail Management Symposium from 2 to 7:30 p.m. April 4 at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center. 

The event, sponsored by H-E-B, and Target provides students with the opportunity to network with industry professionals while gaining valuable career advice. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about the sponsoring companies as well as Texasliving Magazine, Costco and Suit Supply. Piper, a local women’s boutique, and Dillard’s are supporting the event. 

The students will have the opportunity to hear professionals speak, and they can develop their networking skills throughout the symposium,” said Deborah Fowler, director of the Retail Management Program. “Many students participate in leadership roles throughout the day. This is one of the opportunities the Retail Management Program offers students to make a successful transition from collegiate life to the professional world.”

Deborah Fowler

Deborah Fowler

This year, the Retail Symposium welcomes its first international speaker, Gill Stark, head of the School of Creative and Liberal Arts at Regent’s University-London. Her research is focused in fashion lingerie and corsetry as well as the catwalk show. Gill is completing a book for Bloomsbury Publishing about the history, theory and practice of fashion show production.

Brandon Smith, a senior team leader for Target, will speak about developing network skills and the importance of LinkedIn to young professionals. Colton Batchelor, unit director for H-E-B, will speak about the rewards and challenges of a career in store management.  

There is no cost to attend the event. Registration is open. For more information on the Retail Symposium or to register for the event, visit the website.


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College of Human Sciences

The College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University provides multidisciplinary education, research and service focused on individuals, families and their environments for the purpose of improving and enhancing the human condition.

The college offers a Bachelor of Science degree with disciplines in:

  • Apparel Design and Manufacturing
  • Community, Family, and Addiction Services
  • Early Childhood
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Interior Design
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management
  • Retailing

The college also offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

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