November 19 - 21, 2024 | Austin Convention Center | Austin, TX

Mentorship 101 for Specialty Retail Professionals

Virtual Discussion

Mentorship 101 for Specialty Retail Professionals is a one-hour virtual discussion about the importance of mentorship, peer-to-peer learning, and career support within the industry.
This presentation has concluded. Watch the on-demand recording to catch what you missed, and click below to join the TRE Peer Mentor Program.


The significance of mentorship reaches far beyond the mentor/mentee relationship. From career empowerment and personal growth, to pushing the industry forward and strengthening the running and outdoor community, mentorship within specialty retail is invaluable.

Erin Flynn (Professor, Bentley University) facilitates the virtual conversation and covers key areas of focus for retailers. You’ll also hear from a panel of leading specialty retail professionals, who will share tips and advice for cultivating a mentor/mentee relationship.

Learning Objectives
  • Discuss the importance of mentorship in the industry
  • Consider the triple bottom line (people, planet, profit) and the critical topics within each area that retailers should be discussing with each other
  • Get tips and advice for building a successful mentor/mentee relationship—and where to start in the first place
  • Understand how the new TRE Peer Mentorship Program can benefit you, your employees, your store, and the run specialty community

At the end of the webinar, participants had the opportunity to participate in a live Q&A as well as join the TRE Peer Mentor Program.


Erin Flynn, Professor, Bentley University

Erin Flynn is a 15-year running industry veteran and a former NCAA 5k/10k athlete at Georgetown University. Throughout her time in the industry, Erin has held senior-level positions with several global brands – including Saucony and adidas – and has consulted to numerous running specialty retailers across the United States. She is a Professor at Bentley University, one of the nation’s top business schools, where she teaches MBA and Undergraduate marketing courses. Much of her coursework involves strategy development for top running brands. Erin is actively involved in Bentley’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) efforts, having served on the Racial Justice Task Force and currently facilitating cross-departmental discussions on racial identity, white privilege, and anti-racism. She is also actively involved in the running industry’s DEI efforts, serving as the research lead for the Running Industry Diversity Coalition.

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