Mike Watson

Undergraduate Director, Department of Retailing University of South Carolina

Mike Watson is empowered and inspired by the integration of seemingly disconnected elements in the service of others: these elements include spiritual intelligence, leadership, design, integrative thinking and higher education. His purpose of inspiring others to stand in their brilliance is the outcome of weaving together these elements. Let me expand on the elements and concepts:

Spiritual Intelligence/SQ (the elevation of all personal intelligences through self-awareness, compassion and the desire to serve something greater than yourself).

He purposefully utilize SQ to guide and inspire collaboration and interdependent teamwork to accomplish challenging goals in a variety of settings: academic, peer-to-peer, and organizational and through various platforms: lectures, keynotes, workshops, podcasts, and community design projects.

MALS, Consumer Behavior Retail Studies 2002 - 2006
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Organizational Leadership 2014 - 2018
BS, FashionTextile Design 1981 - 1985
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Universities Need AI Skills In the Curriculum to Create Competitive Graduates

Mike Watson - December 20, 2023

The job market is quickly evolving and at the moment AI skills are becoming a leading conversation for many industries. About three quarters of todays employers are now seeking workers with AI skills, according to a recent Amazon Web Services study.

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A Sound Loss Prevention and Asset Protection Strategy Could Mitigate the Rise in Retail Crime

Mike Watson - September 6, 2023

A spike in retail crime and the changing dynamics of the city were two reasons cited for the permanent closure of the iconic San Francisco Centre Nordstrom store, a staple for over three decades. Chief Stores Officer Jamie Nordstrom had previously alerted employees about the company's decision not to renew its lease, citing the evolving challenges of the downtown market.

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