As a long-time member of the National Retail Federation (NRF), The Container Store is proud to highlight the wide-variety of satisfying career options available in the retail industry. Whether you’re interested in sales, technology, training, charitable giving, or the creative arts, it’s an incredibly diverse industry with countless job opportunities.
The University of Phoenix shares this passion as well, and that’s why they’ve partnered with the NRF for the past five years to offer the Dream BIG Scholarship. This program offers full-tuition scholarships to retail employees seeking to enhance their careers through higher education, and we were delighted when TWO of The Container Store’s employees, Hailey McLean and Kati Mather, were selected to receive scholarships this year!
We wanted to make this announcement an extra special surprise for them, so our CEO Melissa Reiff called them both onstage during one of her quarterly “Coffee Chats” with the whole company and surprised them with the news in front of all of their colleagues. We cheered and popped confetti, and our Vice Presidents ran up onstage holding signs that spelled out “D-R-E-A-M-B-I-G-!” Check it out in the video below that features the “reveal” moments when Kati, Hailey, and several other Dream BIG Scholarship winners learned that they were winners:
Both Hailey and Kati are a part of our Customer Solutions Department. Hailey began her career in our Southlake, TX store three years ago and is now is a Quality Assurance Sales Trainer. She will be studying for her Bachelor’s degree in communication. Kati started out in our Cranston, RI store two years ago and later transferred to our Home Office to work with Customer Solutions as a TCS Closets Designer and Point Person. She plans to pursue her Master’s degree in Information Systems.
Congratulations to all of this year’s NRF Dream Big Scholarship winners!