Together we can make a difference

We are teaming up with One Voice One Team to provide employment opportunities for today’s youth. It has been a challenging year for our youth, many first-time job seekers were not able to gain their first summer job, and for retailers who employ many students, it is becoming more and more challenging to attract these first-time job seekers to their workforce.

This is why we decided to do something about it. One Voice One Team has been developing programs that empower youth and build the necessary confidence for them to be successful and contribute in a meaningful way for over a decade. At retailu we know how important it is for retail to thrive, we must fuel today’s pipeline with tomorrow’s leaders. Together OVOT and retailu are making it easier than ever to close the gap between hiring needs and employing tomorrow’s future retail leaders.



retailu have teamed up with One Voice One Team to support youth employment.

What will students learn?

  • What makes you a high performer versus a middle-of-the-road employee.
  • How to be a desirable team player by adding value to the team, like multi-tasking and taking on additional responsibilities.
  • Dressing the part – tips to being prepared the night before your shift and why dress code matters.
  • Understand what schedule etiquette means and why it matters.
  • Why not adhering to schedule practices can cost you your job.
  • Understand the impact of not managing your schedule correctly.
  • Why receiving feedback is a positive thing.
  • How to lower your defenses and be open.
  • And provide feedback positively to your peers so that you can overcome conflict easily.

How is it delivered?

Live Training

One Voice One Team have been training youth since 2005, their programs empower teens to step into their greatness, build confidence and have the skills to become employable. This program is called “GET YO LIFE” and focuses on confidence, connection and skills to help them be employable.

Pre-screening interviews

Once completed, each attendee will be interviewed and certified to apply for a internship with a retailer. This gives you the retailer a pool of trained young people excited about working for you. This provides a pipeline of part-time staff that are ready and confident to work.

Online Modules

retailu has been creating online micro-lessons, teaching retail leadership skills. This addition will teach first-time job seekers everything they need to know about taking on their first retail job and keeping it. Included are mastermind classes taught by retail experts who have had a successful careers in retail.







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This course aims to support youth gain the necessary employment skills for their first job in retail and placement at the end of the training while providing retailers qualified trained candidates to hire who are ready to work.


  • Live (Zoom) program led by OVOT with mentorship classes with live speakers and discussion groups
  • A retailu micro-course with four modules focused on schedule etiquette, how to be a good team member, how to dress the part, and how to receive feedback positively.
  • Quizzes and activities to complete after each lesson.
  • Four Masterclass video style lessons with retail experts teaching success principles for a career in retail.
  • A pre-screen interview and graduation for students to be placed into an internship.

    Course Learning Objectives include:

Are you a student who wants to get prepared for your first-time job? Take the “Ace your first retail job” knowledge is power, in this retailu on-demand online course, we give you top tips that will set you up for a successful interview and acing your first retail job.

Meet our panel of retail experts

Included in this course are masterclasses taught by industry experts, learn more about each expert and what you will learn from them.

Ron Thurston

Ron is an advocate for taking pride in everything you do. In 2020 Ron published his first book and best seller Retail Pride and was named one of the ‘Top 100 Retail Influencers” of 2021. He has held positions such as Vice President of Stores for INTERMIX and worked for brands such as Apple, Saint Lauren, Tory Burch, West Elm, and serves on the board of directors for Goodwill. In Ron’s masterclass, he shares how to have pride and make retail a successful career and shares his words of wisdom with the next generation.

Meghan Houle

Meghan started her retail career as a part-time sales associate during holiday and became a store manager for Louis Vuitton. Now, as a senior executive recruiter in the specialty retail space, for The Bowerman Group, Meghan helps people find their dream job. Meghan is also the founder and host of Pivot with Purpose, a podcast that shares career pivot stores that inspire a conversation about transitioning to a new career. She is also the founder of the Meghan Houle METHOD of coaching. In Meghan’s masterclass, Meghan shares how to ace your retail interview.

Solange Strom

Solange served as the Former CEO of L’Occitane, after bringing the brand to Canada and building it into a succeful retail chain before selling it to L’Oreal. Solange is an advocate for treating staff well, improving pay and condistions for retailers to attract and retain talent, and now serves as a guest lecturer at the Ted Rogers School of Management. When Solange was the CEO, she also held the title Chief Training Officer un officially as she is so passionate about trianing service excellence, and how important this is to a succesful retailer after building L’Occitanes superior service training in Canada. In this masterclass Solange will share her top tips for service excellence.


 Darlene Huff

Darlene started off her retail career as a part-time sales associate, like many of us, and rose the ranks growing in her retail career to the Regional Director at Davids Bridal, she also led William Sonoma, Disney, and Foot Locker as a District Manager. Now Darlene has taken all her coaching and leadership experience and supports leaders through her private coaching practice as founder of the coaching suite. In Darlene’s master class she shares how to be a great team player and more.

We’re igniting future leaders with One Voice One Team.