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Talking Trade @ FIT Lecture Series


African Fashion and International Business: Creative Economies Powered by Capacity Building, Education, Entrepreneurship, Women Empowerment, and Innovation

Thursday, 24 September, 2015
9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Katie Murphy Amphitheater, Ground Floor, Pomerantz Center or attend or online at

Speaker:  Ms. Roberta Annan, Founder and Principal, Roberta Annan Consulting

African fashion is on the rise.  Africa is making waves in the commercial fashion industry with the use of traditional patterns and textiles.  Yet, failing economies and lack of investment opportunities have put African Designers out of focus and exclusion from the global fashion market.  Join Roberta Annan, Founder of Fraillain, as she discusses the Frallain Initiative and its role in creating a platform for African designers through capacity building, education, and women empowerment.

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We wish you success in your Virtual Meeting.  Enjoy! 



China's Super Consumers: Changing China, Changing the World
Wednesday, 6 May, 2015
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Katie Murphy Amphitheater, Ground Floor, Pomerantz Center.  Attend online at
Master of Ceremonies: Thomas Pollak, President, Tally-Ho Creations, Pollak Import/Export Corp. and ITM Advisory Board member
Mr. Michael A. Zakkour, Vice President, China/Asia Pacific Practice Leader, Tompkins International and co-author of book, China's Super Consumers
Mr. Jason Merritt, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Foreign Exchange Sales, HSBC Bank USA, NA


New Era of Global Sourcing
Thursday, 23 April, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Morris and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium, 2nd Floor, Marvin Feldman Center, 27th St. and 8th Avenue or online at
Mr. Edward Ertzman, Founder and Pulbisher, Sourcing Journal
Ms. Trent Janik, Vice President of Sourcing and Manufacturying, Kate Spade
Mr. Pete Hagen, Senior Product Manager, Target Sourcing Services
Mr. Jeremiah Griffiths, Founder and President, AGARTHA Studios
Mr. Munir Mashooqullah, Founder and President, Synergies Worldwide
Ms. Karen Smith, VP Supply Chain, Sportswear Coalition, VF Corp.


Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety:  Progress to Date
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
6:30pm – 8:00pm
in the Pomerantz Center “D” 405 and available online at 

Elizabeth Pulos
, President of Corporate Social Responsibility Club, ITM 2015’

Ian Spaulding
, Sr. Advisor, Alliance & Sr. Partner, Elevate Global
Tom Nelson, VP, VF Corporation

The panel will discuss initiatives being implemented by members of the Alliance to improve working safety in the factories in Bangladesh


How Governmental Policies are Helpful in International Trade 
Tuesday, 21 October, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
FIT’s Employee Dining Room Dubinsky Student Center, 8th Floor Alcove or online at

Nikolay Anguelov, Ph D., Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, ITM’ 2000
Sophie Miyashiro, United States Customs Broker, ITM’ 2014

A panel of International Trade and Marketing alumni, who authored the book, Policy and Political Theory in Trade Practice:  Multinational Corporations and Global Governments, and the Central American/Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement Best Practices manual being used by industry, provide perspectives on trade liberalization and other policies that provide benefits to companies and business people buying and/or selling in the channels of trade.


Tariff Engineering: Strategic Designing for the Bottom Line
Thursday, September 18, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Lagary Boardroom, 9th Floor, Marvin Feldman Center, 27th Street Between 7th and 8th Avenues

Prof. Sonja Chapman,Department of International Trade and Marketing, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Director of International Traffic and Customs Compliance, The Golden Touch Group 

Karen Gross Vig,
Traffic/Import Manager at Carlisle Eteetera LLC
Prof. Sudhir Sachdev,Farmingdale State College and LIM College, Principal of The OysterBridge Group, Inc., and Vice President and New York City Business Development Manager of APICS NYCLI Chapter
Erin Williamson,Cusotms Compliance Analyst, JFK Americas, Barthco International DBA OHL International

A panel of distinguished speakers will discuss how duty considerations drive fabric development, garment and shoe design/construction, and increase the profitability of fashion companies.


Technology in International Fashion Trade
Friday, 2 May, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
FIT's Katie Murphy Amphitheater on the ground floor of the Pomerantz Center on the northwest corner of 27th St. and 7th Avenue or online at

In collaboration with the New York District Export Council as part of its World Trade Week event 


Prof. Christine S. Pomeranz
, Chairperson, Department of International Trade and Marketing, FIT

Paul F. Magel,
President, Application Solutions Group, Computer Generated Solutions, Inc.
Marc Ionnotta,Sr. Director of IT and IP, IT, Alice + Olivia
Phil De Pasquale, Director of PreSales, Application Solutions Group, Computer Generated Solutions, Inc.
Dana Hall,Intern, Computer Generated Solutions, Inc., ITM 2014

The Speakers will introduce BlueCherry’s comprehensive suite of integrated apparel software solutions, provide a demonstration of its features, and discuss a fashion company’s experience with the system.


The Effect of T_TIP on the Fashion Industry
Thursday, March 13, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
John E. Reeves Great Hall, Ground Floor between the Marvin Feldman and Pomerantz Centers

Matt Miller, Editor, Global Business Navigator

Arthur Bodek,
Partner, Grunfeld, Desiderio Lebowitz Silverman & Klestadt LLP
Justine Badimon, Director, Regional Initiatives, US Council for International Business (USCIB)
Maristella Iacobello, Vice President, Customs Compliance & Government Relations, PVH Corp. 

The panel of industry experts will discuss the effects the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) will have on the global fashion industry as they relate to international business and intellectual property rights.

Specifically, they will touch on the Challenges of the TTIP Negotiations including:

- Different labeling and product safety requirements between EU and US are identified as the two leading regulatory hurdles for the apparel business.
- Minerals reporting requirements, customs procedures and chemical management regimes.
- Disparate and rigid legislative procedures and regimes


Lessons from a Global Sustainability Leader
Thursday, February 20, 2014
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
John E. Reeves Great Hall, Ground Floor between the Marvin Feldman and Pomerantz Centers

Guest SpeakerJulie MacKenzie, Senior Advisor, Sustainability, United Nations,
will discuss the trials and tribulations of managing a sustainability movement at the United Nations.


Careers with a Conscience: Working in Global Social Responsibility
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Organized with the cooperation of the FIT Club on Corporate Social Responsibility

Elizabeth Pulos,
President, FIT Student Club on Corporate Social Responsibility

Amy Hall,
Director of Social Consciousness, Eileen Fisher
Susan McPherson, SVP/Director at Fenton Communications
Nadiyah Bradshaw Spencer, Sourcing & Production Expert Specializing in Africa and Other Emerging Markets; Head of Production/Sourcing, SUNO
Summer Rayne Oakes, Environmental Scientist, Model and Social Entrepreneur

The panel will consist of four experts in corporate social responsibility (CSR), who will discuss the best ways to prepare, search and interview for jobs and internships in CSR. Panelists will explore the range of available options, including supply chain management, public relations and marketing, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), social entrepreneurship and international volunteering.


Navigating Customs Clearance
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
In collaboration with the US Department of Commerce and European American Chamber of Commerce
Prof. Sonja Chapman,Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of International Trade and Marketing, Fashion Institute of Technology
Robert Cavallone
,Deputy Chief, Passenger Processing, John F. Kennedy International Airport/NYFO and the JFK Customers team
Nicholas J. Recupero,Customs and Border Protection Officer, DHS
Frank, J. Desiderio,Esq., Partner, GDLSK - Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman, & Klestadt, LLP
A panel of experts will discuss the typical issues and challenges faced by importers and exporters and propose ways to streamline the process to ensure smooth clearance of goods and services through country borders..  


South East Asia:  The Next Engines of Growth
Thursday, May 2, 2013   

In collaboration with the New York District Export Council and The United States - Indonesia Society

Tanjila Islam,
Chief Executive Officer, TigerTrade
(click here for program)
Ma. Theresa (Tess) Dizon-De Vega, Deputy Consul, Philippine Consulate General, New York
Svida Alisjahbana, Chief Executive Officer, Femina Group and Founder & Chair, Jakarta Fashion Week
Prof. Anna Blume, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of the History of Arts, FIT
Linh M. Nguyen, USA General Manager, TNG Investment and Trading JSC
Mr. Muhd Shahrulmiza Zakaria, Trade Commissioner / Consul (Trade), Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE)

The speakers will discuss how the fashion industry is helping to fuel growth in this fast growing area including the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and the rest of the region. 


Careers without Borders
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Prof. Amanda Barlow, Director,
Marketing, Carnet and Trade Services Department, United States Council for International Business, ITM 2005
Alpana Aggarwal, General Manager,
Corporate Communication and Product Development, HLEL Shanghai, China, ITM 2006
Aaron Debrah, Senior Analyst, Relationship Care Strategy and Operations, American Express, ITM 2012
Bitu Cao Minh, Licensee Supervisor, Global Human Rights & Social Responsibility Program, PVH Corp., ITM 2006
Jennifer Raines, Senior Director of Retail, Lilly Pulitzer, Harvard MBA 2013, ITM 2006
Stephanie Reilly, Co-founder, Designer, and Chief Executive Officer, Bella Linea New York, ITM 2012
Nicole Tan, Content/Social Media Executive, Inverted-Edge, Singapore, ITM 2012
Michelle Weiss, International Enterprise Singapore, New York, and Co-President, Organization of Women in International Trade, ITM 2009
Andrea Xu, Associate Product Manager, Aeropostale, ITM 2009
The The panel will speak about how they mapped out their career following graduation from the Fashion Institute of Technology, their past and present strategies for developing their careers, and advice they wish to current students and prospective graduates going forward.





















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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