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Graduate Studies Symposium Series 2012-2013

Diversity and
Globalization in the
Beauty Industry

Friday, November 16, 2012 9am-12pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Center

The symposium was sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies at FIT and was supported by an FIT Diversity Council Grant.  The symposium explored the issues of globalization and diversity from multiple perspectives, including those of students, scholars, and corporate leaders, and focused on the ways in which best practices in diversity–whether in global sourcing, product development, micro-financing, or human resource management–can create a richer environment for innovation in organizations and a broader dialogue with consumers. 

The symposium included a keynote address by Tonie Leatherberry, a principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP and the former chairperson of Deloitte’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee; a panel discussion moderated by Ellen Byron of the Wall Street Journal featuring Nicholas Gavrelis, Vice President – Global Product Development, MAC Cosmetics, The Estee Lauder Companies, and Cheryl Wilson, Director – Global Business Development Ethnic Hair Care, Unilever; and an interview with Mark Davis, Director, Community and Ethical Trade, The Body Shop International PLC, followed by Q and A with pre-selected students.

The symposium was built upon research completed by Class of 2012 graduates of FIT’s unique graduate business program for the beauty industry, which was done in collaboration with L’Oreal USA’s Corporate Diversity Department.

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