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Young Alumni in Retail Network

The Columbia Business School Young Alumni in Retail Network (YARN) brings together the Business School’s graduates who work in retail, and helps them to reconnect with one another, enhance their ties to the Business School, and participate in scholarly discussions concerning their industry.

If you want to join this initiative, registration is free.


This initiative aims to provide graduates with several networking opportunities and ongoing educational experiences throughout the year.

Inaugural Breakfast & Discussion (Spring 2013)

The inaugural breakfast will be hosted at Columbia Business School on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. 


Mark Cohen ‘71

Professor, Columbia Business School and former Chairman and CEO, Sears Canada Inc.
"The Catastrophe of J.C.Penney"

Karen Gray ‘81
Director of Retail and Global Expansion, Eileen Fisher
"Eileen Fisher Global Expansion Strategy: Challenges and Opportunities"

Burt Steinberg ‘70
Former President and Director, Dress Barn
"Trends in Supply Chain"

Deming Cup 2013

Read the highlights from the 2013 Deming Cup Award Ceremony



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Call for Nominations. DEMING CUP 2014

Nominations are accepted until June 1, 2014

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A judging committee, led by co-chairs Terry Lundgren (Chairman, President and CEO, Macy’s Inc., 2012 Deming Cup Winner), Sergio Marchionne (Chairman and CEO, Chrysler Group LLC; CEO, Fiat SpA, 2011 Deming Cup Winner) and Paul O’Neill (72nd Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, former Chairman and CEO, Alcoa), will evaluate the nominees. The winner will be honored at a dinner on October 28, 2014 at Columbia University.

To nominate an individual fill in this form.

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2013 Deming Cup Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce that the winners of the 2013 Deming Cup are H. Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO, SC Johnson & Son, Inc. and Paolo Rocca, Chairman and CEO, Tenaris S.A.

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The Deming Cup Award ceremony was held on October 29th 2013. Read the highlights here.

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Lessons learned
from the Deming Cup Winners