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Ellen Davis

Ellen Davis

SVP, National Retail Federation
President, NRF Foundation
Ellen Davis is senior vice president of research and strategic initiatives at the National Retail Federation and the executive director of the NRF Foundation. In her role as executive director of the NRF Foundation, Davis oversees a team charged with shaping retail’s future through awareness building, training and education, and scholarship programs. Within the first year in this role, Davis restructured the Foundation to create better alignment with NRF’s strategic plan and programs; in less than three years, she and her team launched the annual NRF Foundation Gala, which raised almost $1.2 million in its inaugural year; awarded over $1 million in student scholarships; tripled university membership; added Student Programs to signature NRF events; and formed the Talent Acquisition Group, a network of more than 60 talent acquisition executives from the nation’s most well-known retailers.

As senior vice president of research and strategic initiatives, Davis leads the Retail Research and Analysis Center, created in the spring of 2015, which serves as the hub for economic, legislative and regulatory policy, consumer and industry research. The Center will bring together all existing research within NRF and expand upon the wide range of issue areas and trends already studied.

Davis joined NRF in 2002 as manager of media relations and rose quickly through the organization on the Communications and Public Affairs team before assuming her current roles.

She holds a B.A. in communications from Millikin University, and will receive her Executive MBA from Georgetown University in the spring of 2016.

Speaking in:

Monday Jan 14
10:30 - 11:15 AM
Stage 4, EXPO Hall, Level 1
The retail industry employs hundreds of millions of people worldwide, and has the power to spark impressive change and build extraordinary careers. There are significant challenges to hiring at all levels, however: technology, the economy and... Read more
Monday Jan 14
1:30 - 2:00 PM
The Girls' Lounge, Level 3

Session open to Retailers, NRF Members, and registered Press.

Studies show that women who have mentors are more likely to get promoted. Mentorship doesn’t have to be formal, and it isn’t only top down, but all around...

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