Since its inception in 1999, Cherie Phipps has been the catalyst behind the design and delivery of this vital competency-based program. In her role, Cherie oversees the curriculum and learning outcomes, and works closely with community colleges and retailers across the nation to prepare workers for advancement and cultivate leadership at all levels.
Cherie Phipps began her career in the retail industry as an entry level clerk, bagging groceries and then progressing into management for a major grocery chain. She simultaneously completed bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Sociology. She also earned her certificate in Food Industry Management (FIM) from University of Southern California (USC), and an MBA (emphasis Organizational Leadership), also from USC’s Marshall School of Business. Cherie also has a lifetime teaching credential with CA Community Colleges.
As her retail career progressed, Cherie held positions in Retail Management, Labor Relations, and Human Resources. Her focus on leadership development and succession planning inspired the development of the original Retail Management Certificate Program in the year 2000.