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(Orangeburg, NY) – On Tuesday, March 3, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Lawrence Room of Rosary Hall, the Palisades Institute will present Mark Cohen, Director of Retail Studies at Columbia University Business School.

Retail customers are now calling the shots.  In 2015, customers are demanding transparency, real time availability, unlimited access and unfettered value.  They want to participate in retail entirely on their own terms – and not on the traditional business owners’ model.At the end of the day, the greatest challenge that retailers face is change and retailers must position themselves as change management leaders to be effective in the future. The status quo is not sustainable.  Mr. Cohenhas worked in the retail industry for 35 years with more than 20 years in president, chairman and officer level positions at Sears & Roebuck & Co. Canada, Bradlees and Lazarus Department Stores.  He writes and speaks to retailers as well as to technology, marketing and manufacturing partners about the current trends and the future of retailing.  Mr. Cohen talk about what retail leaders must do to defend and improve their place in the market.

A continental breakfast will be served starting at 8:00 a.m. The interactive forum will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end promptly at 10:00 a.m. The cost is $25 and pre-registration is preferred. Free parking is available by entering the campus on the west side of Western Highway just north of Mountainview Avenue in Orangeburg, NY.

The aim of the Palisades Institute of Dominican College is to assist leaders in advancing their organizations and supporting long-term success. Providing professional development and information that integrate the concepts of Leadership, Quality, and Ethics, The Palisades Institute serves the regional interests of corporations, small businesses, the non-profit community, and the government sector. The Institute also aims to serve Dominican College students by fostering their participation in these interactive educational opportunities.

For more information or to register for this event please call (845) 848-7806 or visit


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