The Baker Retailing Center provides a platform to debate opportunities and challenges around trending topics impacting today’s retail landscape

Our history & mission

The Jay H. Baker Retailing Center, an interdisciplinary industry research center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, was established in 2002 through a generous gift by Jay and Patty Baker. In 2010, the Bakers endowed the Center permanently. Jay Baker, former president and director of the Kohl’s Corporation, is a graduate of the Wharton School, class of 1956.Our mission is to be the global leader in retail knowledge by:

Wharton, the nation’s first business school, has partnered with the leaders of America’s largest industry to establish a center for retail research, education, and practice.

  • Creating knowledge and thought leadership by facilitating academic research for industry applications;
  • Sponsoring global outreach initiatives for industry, students, and alumni. We also engage retail leaders to participate in Center events;
  • Developing curriculum and course offerings, and providing career advisory services for all University of Pennsylvania students.