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Fall 2018 Talking Trade @FIT foums

Flyer for both Fall 2018 Talking Trade forums (.pdf)


Learning from FIT Faculty Scholarly Publications

Wednesday, 7 November, 2018

12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

FIT’s Dubinsky Student Center, 8th Floor Alcove


  • Carla Quatraro-D'Arcy, Adjunct Instructor, Department of International Trade and Marketing


  • Kelly Burton, aka Kate Black, Adjunct Instructor, Department of International Trade and Marketing & Founder, Magnifico.com and EcoSessions®
  • Deanna Clark-Esposito, Esq., Adjunct Instructor, Department of International Trade and Marketing & Founder and Managing Attorney, Clark-Esposito Law Firm, P.C.
  • Dr. Shireen Musa, Assistant Professor, Department of International Trade and Marketing

ITM faculty will discuss their publications, the inspiration for them and offer guidance for setting one’s own undertakings.

Pictured (left to right): ITM Chair and Professor Christine Pomeranz, Professor Deanna Clark, Professor Kelly Burton, 
Professor Dr. Shireen Musa, ITM Dept. & Industry Coordinator Stacey Sedereas, and Professor Carla Quatraro-D'Arcy

Dr. Shireen Musa
Professor Shireen Musa, presenting the dissertation she wrote in order to obtain her Doctor in Professional Studies.

Deanna Clark
Professor Deanna Clark signing copies of her textbook entitled, "A Practical Guide to Fashion Law and Compliance".

Panelists certificates

The Professsors holding Recognition Certificates, honoring and thanking them for their spectacular participation.
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A Day in the Life of a President

Ida Simonsen

Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

FIT’s Katie Murphy Amphitheater (D112 - Ground floor of the Pomerantz Design Center) 

Introduction: Steven Frumkin, Dean of the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business & Technology

Distinguished Speaker: Ida Simonsen, President, Stella McCartney (Americas) 

The exciting Ida Simonsen will share her experiences through the lens on a day in the life of the President of one of the most successful, international and ethical fashion businesses, how she began her career and rose to the top of one of the most competitive industries in the world. This session is designed to provide valuable information and exciting insights to assist you in planning your professional trajectory, attaining your own career goals, and obtaining helpful advice for a similar professional path.

No prior registration required. Free events. Bring picture ID for entry.

Group Photo

Stage Stella
Ida Simonsen with Chair Professor Christine Pomeranz

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Spring 2018 Talking Trade @FIT foums

Three, Nine, Twelve, Seventeen, Twenty Years Post-Graduation
ITM Alumni discuss their strategies for finding that first position, opportunities, challenges, and the trajectories of their career paths.

Panelists at Alumni Talking Trade
Pictured (Panelists):
Top Row (left to right): Elizabeth Pulos, Professor Andrea Reyes, Mildren Susana Mercedes, Professor Sonja Chapman
Sitting (left to right): Jacqueline Caterina, Professor Yelena Mogelefsky

Stage View of Talking Trade

Pictured (Panelists):
(left to right): Mildren Susana Mercedes, Jacqueline Caterina, Professor Yelena Mogelefsky, Elizabeth Pulos, Professor Andrea Reyes, Professor Sonja Chapman

No prior registration required. Free event. Bring picture ID for entry.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
FIT's Katie Murphy Amphitheater or online at fitnyc.webex.com/meet/itm

Co-Arranged By:
Prof. Sonja Chapman, Temporary Full-Time Professor, Department of International Trade & Marketing, Fashion Institute of Technology

FIT Panelists:
Prof. Yelena Mogelefsky, Vice President, Komar Inc., ITM Adjunct Instructor & ITM’1999

Ms. Jacqueline Caterina, Senior Production Manager, American Eagle Outfitters, ITM'2001
Ms. Susana Mildren Mercedes, Shipping and Receiving Manager, AeroFarms LLC, ITM’2005
Prof. Andrea Reyes, Chairperson, New York City Fair Trade Coalition, ITM Adjunct Instructor & ITM’2009
Ms. Elizabeth Pulos, Manager, Responsible Sourcing and Production, Macy’s, Inc., ITM’2015

The Active Pursuit of Shared Value through International Corporate Responsibility

Now more than ever, brands are expected to take social and environmental action by their employees, investors, and customers. However, oftentimes, corporations rely on diffuse, uncoordinated programming rather than a unified corporate social responsibility platform. Presenters from the social impact sector will discuss how international corporations can maximize their positive impacts on the social and environmental systems in which they operate by designing cogent strategies that align with their core business.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017. 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
FIT’s Katie Murphy Amphitheater

Co-Arranger and Moderator:
Ms. Andréa Pellegrino, Founder and Strategy Lead, Impact Collaborative

Ms. Linda McNair, Director of Impact Strategy, Impact Collaborative
Ms. Beth Haddock, Founding Principal, Warburton Advisors

Flyer for Event (.pdf)

Luxury Trade: Its History and Future
The speaker will discuss early global trade in Chinese, Southeast Asian, and West Asian luxury goods and rediscover the related trade flows among Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

No prior registration required. Free event. Bring picture ID for entry.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017. 10:30a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
FIT’s Katie Murphy Amphitheater
Stream Online Live at fitnyc.edu/itm

Distinguished Speaker:
Mr. Boon Hui Tan, Vice President, Global Arts & Cultural Programs and Director of Asia Society Museum, Asia Society
Program By:
Dr. Kyunghee Pyun, Assistant Professor, Department of History of Art, Fashion Institute of Technology
Mr. Henry Welt, Professor, Department of International Trade & Marketing, Fashion Institute of Technology
Professor Christine S. Pomeranz, Chairperson, Department of International Trade & Marketing, Fashion Institute of Technology

Flyer for Event (.pdf)

Pictures from Event (.pdf)

International Trade Post Election
A panel of experts will discuss the implications of the new executive branch's agenda on free trade agreements, duty savings from first sale, eco-friendly materials, and intellectual property protection.

No prior registration required. Free event. Bring picture ID for entry.

Thursday, May 4, 2017. 6:30-8:00 p.m.
FIT's Robert Lagary Board Room, Marvin Feldman Center, 9th Floor (27th St. between 7th and 8th Avenues)
Stream Online Live

Arranged by: Mr. Robert Chi Quee, Senior Vice President, Geodis USA, and ITM Advisory Board Member
Moderator: Ms. Erin Williamson, Trade Compliance Analyst, Geodis USA

Ms. Julie K. Hughes, President, United States Fashion Industry of America
Pamela Church, Esq., Baker & McKenzie LLP, and ITM advisory board member
Ms. Cynthia F. Whittenburg, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Ms. Mary Jo Muoio, Senior Vice President, Geodis USA

New York Fashion and Beauty Entrepreneurs’ International Business
An impressive panel of entrepreneurs and business executives will discuss how their businesses started and expanded internationally.

Free event. Bring picture ID for entry.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017. 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Katie Murphy Amphitheater
Watch online at https://livestream.com/FIT/talkingtrade
Arranged by:
Dr. Anastasia Xenias, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce
Ms. Melissa Hill, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce
Ms. Nancy Ploeger, Executive Director, International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge

Keynote Speaker: Honorable Carolyn Maloney, Representative, 12th District, New York (Pre-taped)
Introduction by: Dean Steven Frumkin, Jay and Patty Baker School of Business & Technology, Fashion Institute of Technology
Moderator: Prof. Virginia Bonofiglio, Chair, Department of Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing, Fashion Institute of Technology

Prof. Joanne DeMartini, Vice President, Jump Design Group
Mr. Josh Gordon, Founder & CEO, Noyah Cosmetics
Ms. Olga Vidisheva, Founder & CEO, Shoptiques.com
Ms. Karolina Zmarlak, Designer, Karolina Zmarlak

A Day in the Life of an International Executive
Monday, November 7, 2016 

Luxury African Fashion: Entrepreneurship and E-Commerce
Wednesday, 14 September, 2016 
The diversified panel of speakers will discuss their experiences with and lessons learned from building their luxury African fashion businesses.
Moderator: Alexis Rai Gaynor, CEO/Founder of the Rai Group International, Executive Director of African Fashion Fund, and Contributor, Influencer,
and Elite Global Ambassador for MOGUL

• Julien Labat, Chief Executive Officer, Edun-Americas, Inc.
• Afua Dabanka, Founder of Mo'saique, London
• Autumn Adeigbo, Founder of Fashion Design Company Autumn Adeigbo
• Stevie Boi, Founder of the Luxury Eye-Wear Line & Brand SBShades
• Hanneli Ruppert, Founder of Merchants on Long, South Africa

TransPacific Partnership and Updates on Free Trade Agreements
Monday, 2 May, 2016 
Moderator: Mr. Edward Hertzman, Founder and Publisher, Sourcing Journal

• Julie K. Hughes, President, United States Fashion Industry Association
• Nicole Bivens Collinson, International Trade and Government Relations, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg
• Thomas Crokett, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America

Understanding the Importance of Cultural Diversity in Global Business
Thursday, 21 April, 2016

Welcome Remarks: Dean Steven Frumkin, Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, Fashion Institute of Technology

Keynote Speaker: Ms. Nicole Arnaboldi, J.D., Managing Director & Vice Chairman, Asset Management Division, Credit Suisse group AG

Collaborator/Moderator: Prof. Subash Midha, Global Strategy Advisory (India), International Business and Finance, NYU

• Olga Vidisheva, Founder and CEO, Shoptiques.com
• Terrence Clark, President and CEO of the New York New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council
• Patricia Goodwin-Peters, Vice President of Global Rewards, Kate Spade & Company

Fashion Law and Ethical Fashion:  Fashion Licensing and Responsible Sourcing
Thursday, 3 March, 2016

Moderator: Guillermo Jimenez, Associate Professor, International Trade & Marketing (ITM), Fashion Institute of Technology

Speaker: Mr. Adam Ziedenweber, Vice President, Sourcing Compliance, G-III Apparel Group

Your Head-to-Toe Guide to International Ethical Fashion & Non-toxic Beauty
Wednesday, 11 November, 2015

Moderator: Prof. Guillermo Jimenez, Associate Professor, Department of International Trade and Marketing, Fashion Institute of Technology

Speaker: Kate Black, Founder, Magnifeco.com and EcoSessions, and Author, Magnifeco: Your Head-to-Toe Guide to Ethical Fashion and Non-toxic Beauty

Our distinguished guest speaker will highlight how the fashion industry's reputation for international social responsibility can be elevated through brands and designers leading the way so that consumers can make more ethical choices and feel better about what they wear.

Marketing and Licensing in Latin America
Tuesday, 27 October, 2015

Ms. Karina Spar, Executive Vice President of Licensing, Tommy Hilfiger
Ms. Sylvia Reyes, Director of Apparel and Textiles USA, Procolombia (invited)
Ms. Ximena de Peralta, Editora, Grupo Editorial COSAS, Editorial Letras e Imágenes S.A.C.

A panel of experts will discuss their career path, experience with licensing in Latin America, in which countries they are focusing, the challenges they are facing, as well as how they are competing with international and local brands there, and provide advice to students and graduates who aspire for a similar careers.

African Fashion and International Business: Creative Economies Powered by Capacity Building, Education, Entrepreneurship, Women Empowerment, and Innovation
Thursday, 24 September, 2015

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.

China's Super Consumers: Changing China, Changing the World
Wednesday, 6 May, 2015

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

Moderator: Mr. Edward Ertzman, Founder and Publisher, Sourcing Journal

Ms. Trent Janik, Vice President of Sourcing and Manufacturing, 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

Moderator: 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

Nikolay Anguelov, PhD., 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

Moderator: 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 Etcetera 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,Customs 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
In collaboration with the New York District Export Council as part of its World Trade Week event

Moderator: 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 introduced BlueCherry's comprehensive suite of integrated apparel software solutions, provided a demonstration of its features, and discussed a fashion company's experience with the system. 

The Effect of T_TIP on the Fashion Industry
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Matt Miller, Editor, Global Business Navigator

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

The panel of industry experts discussed 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 touched on the challenges of the TTIP negotiations including: different labeling and product safety requirements between EU and U.S. are identified as the two leading regulatory hurdles for the apparel business; minerals reporting requirements, customs procedures, and chemical management regimes; and disparate and rigid legislative procedures and regimes.

Lessons from a Global Sustainability Leader
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Guest Speaker: Julie MacKenzie, Senior Advisor, Sustainability, United Nations, discussed 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

Moderator: 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 U.S. Department of Commerce and European American Chamber of Commerce

Moderator: 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

Moderator:  Tanjila Islam, Chief Executive Officer, TigerTrade

Panelists: (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 discussed ways 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

Moderator: 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 panel discussed ways that they mapped out their careers following graduation from FIT, their past and present strategies for developing their careers, and advice for current students and prospective graduates going forward.