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Center for Retail Leadership
The Center for Retail Leadership began in 1994 as a partnership between Portland State University's School of Business and the food industry. Retail and packaged goods companies provided seed funding in order to establish a world-class resource for recruiting and developing top management talent specific to the food industry.


Today's Managers Tomorrow's Leaders


The scope of The Center for Retail Leadership is threefold:

  • The Center is a leader in what it provides: lifelong learning and career development for professionals within the food industry.
  • Ongoing executive education programs help participants gain applicable skills and knowledge.
  • Center for Retail Leadership students gain valuable industry knowledge, customized skills and important industry executive contacts.

Why The Center for Retail Leadership?

The Center is a leading university-affiliated resource designed by and tailored to the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry. Located at Portland State University, the Center works to promote education, leadership and research critical to this field. The Center has a strong applied-research component that draws upon PSU faculty expertise in marketing, supply and logistics management, human resources, accounting, finance, information systems, and strategy. Faculty are conducting research on issues such as leadership, supply/logistics, electronic commerce, global markets and many other areas.