Center for Retail Leadership
The Center for Retail Leadership prepares students for successful careers in the industry by creating hands-on learning experiences focused on innovation, collaboration, and thought leadership. We provide a unique opportunity for students and industry to engage, innovate and collaborate with a focus on two industry verticals, talent development and innovation. We are working together to solve problems to support our industry partners and prepare our students for success.


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Why The Center for Retail Leadership?

The Center is a leading university-affiliated resource designed by and tailored to the athletic & outdoor and food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industries. Located at Portland State University, the Center works to promote education, leadership and research critical to these fields. 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.


From concept to consumer, the Athletic and Outdoor Industry Certificate program explores the unique challenges and competitive issues within the athletic and outdoor industry. Go beyond product design and sports management to examine the larger competitive industry issues in marketing, retailing, distribution, and sales. 


Explore the ins and outs of the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry, from distribution to marketing and management. Study the competitive business market of the food world and prepare to hit the ground running in this exciting field with tremendous growth opportunities.

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Pop-up events are a collaborative effort between the CRL and our industry partners. We aim to educate students on the changing retail environment through the creation of a disruptive retail pop-up experience that catches their attention, provoking their own innovative thinking. 

If you are interesting in partnering with us, please contact Jennifer Nolfi at Pop-ups can range from a prototyping experience, a new product, an emerging brand, a testing lab, an art studio, or any other creative experience you wish to cultivate. We will help you promote, maintain, set-up, staff, and tear down your exhibit space. Our pop-up space is 500 square feet and highly visible through floor-to-ceiling glass walls. 


Pop-Up Description Flyer (PDF) 

Apply to partner with the Center for Retail Leadership today!