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Posted October 2017

Estefania Garcia-Correa, ITM 2014, in Charge of Vilebrequin's Business Development for Latin America, The Caribbean, Hawaii, and Canada

Since I, Estefania Garcia-Correa, graduated from the International Trade & Marketing major, I have been able to apply valuable lessons I learned in all my classes. My first job was at a publishing house called Perseus Books Group where I was part of the international selling team taking care of Latin America and the Caribbean.This gave me the opportunity to travel all over the region and learn more about international business transactions.

Now I work at Vilebrequin, a french luxury swim brand, in charge of Business Development for Latin America, The Caribbean, Hawaii and recently Canada. I am also a finalist in the 2016 Business of Fashion Future Voices and an alumni member of the FIT diversity council. This new role allows me to learn about new territories while strengthening my passion for the fashion industry, and supporting local entrepreneurs.

As a scholarship recipient myself during my ITM days, I continue to serve annually in ITM's PVH Corp. Scholarship Selection Committee.

Estefania and Anthony Battaglia celebrated their wedding on 29 September
Estefania and Anthony Battaglia celebrated their wedding on 29 September


Posted October 2017

From Hue Magazine (Page 29), The Magazine of the Fashion Institute of Technology: Volume 11 | Number 1 | Fall 2017
Article from Alumni Notes: About Payal Parekh Bugbee, ITM 2003 alum

ITM Payal Parekh Bugbee

"Payal Parekh Bugbee, International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries, Photography '99, produces limited-edition silk scarves,
shawls, and other textiles that are handprinted in her family factory on the outskirts of Mumbai. The factory employs and trains villagers in this
traditional printing technique; creating each scarf takes almost a week. She herself photographs and markets the final products, which are sold
under the Parekh Bugbee brand. 'Scarves is a very untapped market in women's accessories,' she says. 'I want American women to enjoy
changing an outfit just by changing the scarf'."


Posted October 2017

Sonne Bajwa and Kathleen Frey Win the Prestigious FIT and Infor Design and Business Plan Competition
Fall 2017 Field Trip to Better Team USA
 

ITM students, Sonne Bajwa, President of FIT Government Association, and Kathleen Frey won the first FIT and Infor Design and Business Plan Competition 
held at Infor's headquarters with their presentation as Team Rc.e on 23 June 2017.  

In addition to the $5,000 prize they are sharing, they attended Harper's Bazaar's Icons event during New York Fashion Week on 8 September 2017,
posing with fashion influencer and blogger, Olivia Perez, who wore the winning design by Fashion Design student Brandon Johnson.

The faculty advisers were Profs. Patrick Boylan of the Fashion Design program for the design portion of the competition and
Christine Pomeranz, Chair of the International Trade and Marketing program for the business plan portion of the project.

Please see the article from Harper's Bazaar featuring our students.

Sonne Bajwa and Kathleen Frey Win the Prestigious FIT and Infor Design and  Business Plan Competition

On-site visit organized by Mr. Sanjay Israni, former Vice President of Ralph Lauren Corp., and Mr. Martin DiBattista, Principal of Better Team USA. 

With a family history of Italian tailors and aiming to revive the garment industry in the USA, the company produces innovative high end,
outerwear and sells locally to leading brands as well as exports to Asia. 

Collage of pics from Fall 2017 ITM Field Trip to Better Team USA


 

Posted August 2017

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Joel Charles Yates, ITM 2017, represents FIT at Barneys New York's Summer Intensive Program

Joel Charles Yates, who just graduated summa cum laude from ITM last May, represented FIT at Barneys New York Foundation's Summer Intensive Program.

Following his experience there and an illustrious presence at ITM where he minored in Economics and Italian Studies, production designed for the student club, FIT Runway 27, and worked in the Office of the Dean for the School of B&T, he will be moving to Austin, TX to work for a branding/marketing firm that plans pop-up events at festivals and city locations, as part of a strategy for brands like HelloFresh and Xfinity, among others, who are looking to enter the growing market.

We wish Joel success as he undertakes this next exciting step of his professional life!


 

Posted June 2017

Courtney Deacon Lalotra, ITM 2010, with Christine S. Pomeranz, ITM Chair

Courtney Deacon Lalotra, ITM 2010, with Christine S. Pomeranz, ITM Chair

 

 

Courtney and son Vikramaditya with some of the girls in One Life to Love primary school

Courtney and girls from One Life to Live school

One Life to Love education Program in HARYANA India
Courtney Deacon Lalotra, ITM graduate 2010, with her husband and son, and some of the children from One Life to Love orphanage.

Courtney Thrives in India


Posted June 2017

Two Students to Share PVH Corp. ITM Scholarships Totaling $10,000

ITM is proud to announce that the Selection Committee has chosen William Rossi and Maria Cecilia Celis Hermida as co-recipients of the 2017-2018 PVH Corp. scholarships.  They were so impressive that PVH intends to augment the scholarship funds allocated by FIT’s board of trustees to ensure that each of them receives $5,000.

The Selection Committee included Guy Vickers, President of The PVH Foundation and Senior Vice President of Global Community Relations at PVH Corp; Amy Anderson, University Program Manager, Talent Acquisition of PVH Corp.; Joanne L. Krakowski, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Māt and ITM alumna; and Estefania Garcia-Correa, PVH scholar 2014 and Business Development Latin America & Hawaii, Vilebrequin.

The recipients were selected for their commitment to giving back to the community, the interdisciplinary educational projects in which they plan to allocate the scholarship resources, and their embodiment of PVH Corp.’s dedication to corporate social responsibility in their current studies and future aspirations.

Will is a member of the FIT President’s Sustainability Council, Director of Sustainability of the FIT Student Government Association, Community Engagement and Marketing Intern at Project Just, Sales Advisor of Warby Parker, Net Impact Healthy Food Fellow, Fashion Revolution Student Ambassador, and active volunteer in ITM’s Talking Trade @ FIT guest lecture series as well as its Sustainable Global Sourcing Forum.   He also contributes as an organizer for People’s Climate Movement and prepares, packs, as well as delivers meals at God’s Love We Deliver.

In describing his accomplishments, Suzanne McGillicuddy, Assistant Dean of Students and co-Chair of the Sustainability Council, stated that Will’s “leadership, organizational skill, resourcefulness, follow-through, communication, dedication, networking ability, maturity, patience, and flexibility” were key to the success of the College’s initiatives.  Will’s ability to infuse his ITM background with his extra-curricular activities while exhibiting a clever sense of humor and sound perspective under pressure has consistently come through on their collaborations together.

Will represented ITM at the Third Annual Wharton-Baker Invitational as well as participated in an Economy Panel Discussion by the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program at Columbia University featuring sustainability-focused master programs to compare approaches to drive sustainable change within their schools and professional networks.

In addition to the financial benefits the scholarship will bring, it will also enable Will to focus on filming and constructing a virtual reality series on the lives of garment workers in India, aiming to foster a culture of discussing empathy for such workers in consumer purchases and company supply chains.  He also plans to apply some of funds to participate in the 2018 International Trade Practicum to Hong Kong and Taipei.

In addition to majoring in ITM, Will is minoring in Ethics and Sustainability, Economics, as well as International Politics.  As a Presidential scholar, Will intends to pursue a research thesis possibly along with a documentary film covering the entire fashion industry from farmer to consumer to lay out the benefits and disadvantages of a company’s transition to sustainable practices.

With a desire to work with companies to find an analytical and strategic role in a company’s supply chain as well as to serve in the Peace Corps’ environmental program in South America,

Will ultimately aims to become an influential leader of the global fashion industry, helping to shape it better serve the world.  Expressing his fervent commitment to environmental and social sustainability, Will believes that fashion has the power to reverse pollution, innovate ways to “recyle fabrics, utilize natural fibers and dyes, cherish the work of artisans, and create fair wage jobs” around the world, ultimately transforming the industry to operate in the interest of humanity.

Maria Cecilia’s volunteer activities include participation in the FILA Festival, planning activities and raising funds for a children’s shelter, sorting food at a nursing home, and tutoring kids on bed-time stories as well as English learner speakers on Math.  She is developing a marketing strategy to share the mission of a Venezuelan non-profit organization and generating ideas to raise funds and awareness of its cause.

Maria Cecilia is supplementing her ITM major with minors in Art History and Economics.  She also completed her Associate in Applied Science degree in Photography, an art-form she believes can be used by communities as a tool to work through trauma and promote human and social capital growth based on global awareness of their environment.  She is currently tutoring at the Academic Skills Center at FIT, served as Production Assistant for the Stand Riendo documentary in Venezuela, worked at Hall of Art at FIT, created a nutrition magazine targeted to third grade students at School Independencia in Venezuela, and acted as this school’s yearbook photographer and Creative Director.

Given the complexity of Venezuela’s financial and economic challenges, Maria Cecilia has had to deal with seeking funds to continue her studies abroad.  Noting the value of the ITM education more than ever,, Maria Cecilia intends to apply the knowledge gained from her ITM studies by helping others.

In his recommendation of Maria Cecilia, Prof. Lawrence Delson indicated that she is a mature and excellent student, and participates actively in class discussions while intelligently articulating the pertinent issues discussed from an international business perspective.

We hope that you will all join us in congratulating Will and Maria Cecilia as the new PVH Corp. ITM scholars!


Posted June 2017

Kate Swain, ITM 2014, joined Christine Pomeranz, ITM Chair, at the New York City Fair Trade Coalition's event on 30 May.  Kate is now the fashion business consultant for Zuhair Murad, Paris-based fashion designer, and is working on developing his label into a global brand.  They are shown in the photo in front of the products made by single mothers in Uganda for A. Bernadette, a company founded by ITM 2009, Prof. Andrea Reyes.

Kate Swain, ITM 2014, joined Christine Pomeranz, ITM Chair, at the New York City Fair Trade Coalition's event on 30 May. Kate is now the fashion business consultant for Zuhair Murad, Paris-based fashion designer, and is working on developing his label into a global brand. They are shown in the photo in front of the products made by single mothers in Uganda for A. Bernadette, a company founded by ITM 2009, Prof. Andrea Reyes.


 

Posted May 2017

Deborah Cast, ITM'2017, paid tribute to Professor Larry Delson with a playful tariff number on her graduation cap.

Deborah Cast tribute to Larry Delson

 

Posted May 2017

ITM Graduates 2017 at Arthur Ashe Stadium on 25 May, 2017.  Congratulations!

ITM 2017 grads   ITM Grads

ITM Graduates     ITM grads    More ITM grads     ITM grads lineup

 


 

Posted May 2017

2017 Suny Chancelor Awards for Student Excellence           

ITM's Gabriella Manduca (left) and Bruno Meira (second from left) receive the SUNY Chancelor Award for Student Excellence with other award recipients and President Joyce Brown.                                                                                                                                                                            

 


 

Posted: April/May, 2017

Ralph Lauren Corp. and New Times Group 2018 Scholarships Awarded

NICOLE NAIM DIB, ELISHA BLAKE, MARIA CECILIA CELIS HERMIDA, AND WILLIAM ROSSI SELECTED TO SPLIT RALPH LAUREN ITM SCHOLARSHIPS TOTALING $15,900 AND NEW TIMES GROUP SCHOLARSHIP FOR $2,700

Nicole Naim DibElisha BlakeMaria Cecilia Celia William Rossi

      Nicole Naim Dib                Elisha Blake               Maria Cecilia Celis Hermida             William Rossi

We are pleased to announce the Selection Committee has chosen Nicole Naim Dib, Elisha Blake, Maria Cecilia Celis Hermida, and William Rossi to receive the 2018 Ralph Lauren ITM Scholarships and 2018 New Times Group Scholarship.

The committee was composed of David Uricoli, Vice President of Global Human Rights Compliance at Ralph Lauren Corporation; Meghan Campbell, Manager of Global Talent Management, Human Resources at Ralph Lauren Corp.; Ajay Chidrawar, Vice President of Global Product Management Application Solutions at Computer Generated Solutions; Claudia Huerta, Assistant Manager of International Business Development at L’Oreal and ITM alumna; and Analeesa Ciampi, Trade Compliance Manager, Louis Vuitton Americas and ITM alumna.

The recipients were selected from a strong pool of candidates with commendable volunteering credentials as well as future aspirations in international trade and marketing.  They stood out in terms of their passion, drive, commitment, humility, and excellent communication skills.

Nicole Naim Dib is currently interning at Oscar de la Renta, increasing her responsibilities as the company recognizes her invaluable international trade and marketing as well as design skills.  She was also Production and Design Coordinator at Someone Somewhere and interned at Modelos Yasiro in Mexico City.  In New York, she interned in the Production Departments at Carolina Herrera and Badgley Mischka.

Coming from a country where only eight out of every hundred people complete a university degree, Nicole feels fortunate to be in the ITM program and intends to pay this opportunity forward by opening up prospects for those who aspire to follow in her lead.  By studying abroad, she has learned to interact with people from various cultures, gained a global perspective, and immerse herself in proposing solutions to challenging situations.  She believes that international trade means “connecting people from all over the world, building bridges and connections from country to country” and seeks to apply this conviction throughout her fashion career.

She volunteered at ITM’s Second Biennial Sustainable Global Sourcing Forum, was Director of Programming at FIT’s Student Government Association, and performed the role of Student Ambassador, welcoming potential students to the College.  Nicole also participated in the Breast Cancer Walk, attended the Leadership Retreat, helped the Fashion Revolution Week committee, and volunteered at New York Fashion Week, New York Fashion Gallery, and Plitz New York City.  She also tutored English to Latin American immigrants and their families and helped them avail of other programs at El Centro del Inmigrante.  Further, she helped feed people and cleaned their homes during her involvement at Mother Theresa of Calcutta in Mexico.  In addition, she helped cancer patients in raising funds by volunteering at Luz de Vida in Mexico.  As a member of Runbo and Comite Ciudadano Bosques de las Lomas y Cuajimalpa, she worked to overcome harassment and pollution in her community.  In this capacity, Nicole engaged in activities to save abandoned forests, restore recreational spaces, and build awareness of these causes.  In Thailand, she helped orphanages, especially children who suffered from the great tsunami and performed missionary and social work in Tepetlayuca, Hidalgo in Mexico.

Beyond the glamour of fashion, Nicole perceives the industry’s ability to touch almost every individual.  Accordingly, she intends to combine her passion for fashion, the arts, and the traditions of Mexico with her desire to further humanize the creative industries by helping them to become more sustainable and ethical.  As a result, she hopes to establish a company that produces handcrafted goods in Mexico and sell them to the global market with ethical values as the pervading guiding principle.

In enthusiastically recommending Nicole for this scholarship, Prof. Henry Welt indicated that she is an exceptional student with “significant analytical skills coupled with an impressive ability to construct and articulate persuasive arguments through which she advanced her points of view.”  She sees fashion as a “vehicle” to make a difference in peoples’ lives.

 

Elisha Blake is keenly interested in international trade because of the hope it brings to underdeveloped nations and its role in transforming destitute countries to prosperous ones.  She is equally fascinated with learning global marketing as it relates to fashion and hopes to become multi-lingual, attaining fluency in French, Arabic, and Spanish.

Working as Administrative Assistant at Fifth Down Management, she is aiding in the marketing of memorabilia via social media.  As Social Media Assistant for Style Fashion Week, she assisted the team in marketing and publicizing the fashion week shows.  Elisha also held positions as a bank teller at Wells Fargo, Sales Specialist at Armani Exchange, and Trade Show Model and Event Assistant at the Semi-Annual Magic Trade Show in Las Vegas.

In her new role as Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion at FIT, Elisha will liaise between the Student Government Association and the students as well as ensure that international, commuter, and other students value their stay at FIT by getting involved in extra-curricular activities.  She is also associataed with the Ministry of Arts and Culture in Harlem, where she plans events for the youth and underprivileged families.  Elisha has helped to raise funds so that these children learn to build toy robots, experience paint nights, and attend events like the Alvin Ailey dance company productions.  In addition, she works with a consulting company in developing programs and strategies to help school principals and their teams promote harmony and amity in the public high school system.  In that capacity, she is working on a new initiative to “practice building bonds and relationships with other women, working together on team projects and preparing them to conduct themselves professionally.”

 

Maria Cecilia Celis Hermida aims to working in a multinational company’s corporate social responsibility unit, then move on to a non-profit organization to solve global problems, foster a productive, comfortable, and safe environment, and improve people’s lives. Her volunteer activities include participation in the FILA Festival, planning activities and raising funds for a children’s shelter, sorting food at a nursing home, and tutoring kids on bed-time stories as well as English learner speakers on Math.  She is developing a marketing strategy to share the mission of a Venezuelan non-profit organization and generating ideas to raise funds and awareness of its cause.

Maria Cecilia is supplementing her ITM major with minors in Art History and Economics.  She also completed her Associate in Applied Science degree in Photography, an art-form she believes can be used by communities as a tool to work through trauma and promote human and social capital growth based on global awareness of their environment . She is currently tutoring at the Academic Skills Center at FIT, served as Production Assistant for the Stand Riendo documentary in Venezuela, worked at Hall of Art at FIT, created a nutrition magazine targeted to third grade students at School Independencia in Venezuela, and acted as this school’s yearbook photographer and Creative Director.

Given the complexity of Venezuela’s financial and economic challenges, Maria Cecilia has had to deal with seeking funds to continue her studies abroad.  Noting the value of the ITM education more than ever,, Maria Cecilia intends to apply the knowledge gained from her ITM studies by helping others.

In his recommendation of Maria Cecilia, Prof. Lawrence Delson indicated that she is a mature and excellent student, and participates actively in class discussions while intelligently articulating the pertinent issues discussed from an international business perspective.

 

William Rossi is a member of the FIT President’s Sustainability Council, Director of Sustainability of the FIT Student Government Association, Community Engagement and Marketing Intern at Project Just, Sales Advisor of Warby Parker, Net Impact Healthy Food Fellow, Fashion Revolution Student Ambassador, and active volunteer in ITM’s Talking Trade @ FIT guest lecture series as well as its Sustainable Global Sourcing Forum.   He also contributes as an organizer for People’s Climate Movement and prepares, packs, as well as delivers meals at God’s Love We Deliver.

In describing his accomplishments, Suzanne McGillicuddy, Assistant Dean of Students and co-Chair of the Sustainability Council, stated that Will’s “leadership, organizational skill, resourcefulness, follow-through, communication, dedication, networking ability, maturity, patience, and flexibility” were key to the success of the College’s initiatives.  Will’s ability to infuse his ITM background with his extra-curricular activities while exhibiting a clever sense of humor and sound perspective under pressure has consistently come through on their collaborations together.

Will represented ITM at the Third Annual Wharton-Baker Invitational as well as participated in the Economy Panel Discussion by the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program at Columbia University featuring sustainability-focused master programs to compare approaches to drive sustainable change within their schools and professional networks.

In addition to the financial benefits the scholarship will bring, it will also enable Will to focus on filming and constructing a virtual reality series on the lives of garment workers in India, aiming to foster a culture of discussing empathy for such workers in consumer purchases and company supply chains.  He also plans to apply some of funds to participate in the 2018 International Trade Practicum to Hong Kong and Taipei.

In addition to majoring in ITM, Will is minoring in Ethics and Sustainability, Economics, as well as International Politics.  As a Presidential scholar, Will intends to pursue a research thesis possibly along with a documentary film covering the entire fashion industry from farmer to consumer to lay out the benefits and disadvantages of a company’s transition to sustainable practices.

With a desire to work with companies to find an analytical and strategic role in a company’s supply chain as well as to serve in the Peace Corps’ environmental program in South America, Will ultimately aims to become an influential leader of the global fashion industry, helping to shape it better serve the world.  Expressing his fervent commitment to environmental and social sustainability, Will believes that fashion has the power to reverse pollution, innovate ways to “recyle fabrics, utilize natural fibers and dyes, cherish the work of artisans, and create fair wage jobs” around the world, ultimately transforming the industry to operate in the interest of humanity.

We hope that you will all join us in congratulating Elisha, Nicole, Maria Cecilia, and Will as ITM’s new Ralph Lauren Corp. ITM and New Times Group scholars.


 

​World Trade Week Scholarship Announcement 2018

WILLIAM ROSSI IS THE FOURTH ITM MAJOR TO RECEIVE THE WORLD TRADE WEEK SCHOLARSHIP GRANTED BY 

THE NEW YORK DISTRICT EXPORT COUNCIL

                                                                                      William Rossi headshot

ITM is very pleased to announce that the Selection Committee has chosen William Rossi as the fourth recipient of the World Trade Week Scholarship funded by the New York District Export Council (NYDEC) to nurture the next generation of international traders.

The committee included Eric Hertz, President of Center for Executive Development and recipient of ITM’s Global Service Excellence award for his contribution as an exemplary Advisory Board member; Pete Hagen, Director of Target Sourcing Services and ITM Advisory Board member; as well as outstanding ITM alumnae, Joanne Krakowski, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Māt, and Elizabeth Pulos, who herself was the first recipient of this scholarship, and is now Associate Manager of Compliance at Macy’s.

The committee was most impressed with Will’s application, which reflected his commitment to embodying ITM’s mission and international trade’s role as the ideal vehicle to promote ethical business principles. Will’s current volunteer service and clear vision of how he intends to apply the scholarship to further his education toward becoming the next generation of international trade leader resonated well with the judges.

Will is a member of FIT President’s Sustainability Council, Director of Sustainability of the FIT Student Government Association, Community Engagement and Marketing Intern at Project Just, Sales Advisor of Warby Parker, Net Impact Healthy Food Fellow, Fashion Revolution Student Ambassador, and active volunteer in ITM’s Talking Trade @ FIT guest lecture series as well as its Sustainable Global Sourc​​ing Forum. He also contributes as an organizer for People’s Climate Movement and prepares, packs, as well as delivers meals at God’s Love We Deliver.

In describing his accomplishments, Suzanne McGillicuddy, Assistant Dean of Students and co-Chair of the Sustainability Council, stated that Will’s “leadership, organizational skill, resourcefulness, follow-through, communication, dedication, networking ability, maturity, patience, and flexibility” were key to the success of the College’s initiatives. Will’s ability to infuse his ITM background with his extra-curricular activities while exhibiting a clever sense of humor and sound perspective under pressure has consistently come through on their collaborations together.

Will will be representing ITM at the Third Annual Wharton-Baker Invitational as well as participating in an Economy Panel Discussion by the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program at Columbia University featuring sustainability-focused master programs to compare approaches to drive sustainable change within their schools and professional networks.

In addition to the financial benefits the scholarship will bring, it will also enable Will to focus on filming and constructing a virtual reality series on the lives of garment workers in India, aiming to foster a culture of discussing empathy for such workers in consumer purchases and company supply chains. He also plans to apply some of funds to participate in the 2018 International Trade Practicum ​in​ Hong Kong and Taipei.

In addition to majoring in ITM, Will is minoring in Ethics and Sustainability, Economics, as well as International Politics. As a Presidential scholar, Will intends to pursue a research thesis possibly along with a documentary film covering the entire fashion industry from farmer to consumer to lay out the benefits and disadvantages of a company’s transition to sustainable practices.

With a desire to work with companies to find an analytical and strategic role in a company’s supply chain as well as to serve in the Peace Corps’ environmental program in South America, Will ultimately aims to become an influential leader of the global fashion industry, helping to shape it better serve the world. Expressing his fervent commitment to environmental and social sustainability, Will believes that fashion has the power to reverse pollution, innovate ways to “recycle fabrics, utilize natural fibers and dyes, cherish the work of artisans, and create fair wage jobs” around the world, ultimately transforming the industry to operate in the interest of humanity.

We hope that you will all join us in congratulating Will as ITM’s fourth World Trade Week scholar.


 

Gemini Shippers Association Scholarship Announcement 2018

                              MARIA CECILIA CELIS HERMIDA AND WILLIAM J. ROSSI III SELECTED TO SPLIT $3,200 SCHOLARSHIP

                                                                  William Rossi headshot       Maria Cecilia Celis Hermida
                                                                           William Rossi             Maria Cecilia Celis Hemida

We are pleased to announce that the Scholarship Selection Committee, comprised of Kenneth O’Brien, Chief Operating Officer of Gemini Shippers Association, and outstanding ITM alumnae, Prof. Carla Quatraro‐Darcy, ITM’2015 and ITM Mentoring Coordinator, as well as Prof. Andrea Reyes, ITM’2009, Founder of A. Bernadette, Chair of the New York City Fair Trade Coalition, and past recipient of the Gemini Shippers Association Practicum Scholarship to Argentina, have chosen Maria Cecilia Celis Hermida and William J. Rossi as the recipients of the 2017‐2018 Gemini Shippers Association Academic Scholarship.

Gemini Shippers Association is a long‐time supporter of ITM students, having donated more than $160,000 to the ITM program. Through Ken and Sara Mayes’ leadership, the company was also chosen by the New York District Export Council as last year’s recipient of its Global Logistics Award at its Annual International World Trade Week NYC Awards Breakfast.

The Selection Committee recognized Maria Cecilia primarily for her charisma, passion for volunteerism, and the benefits the scholarship would bring to realizing her goal of working initially in a multinational company’s corporate social responsibility area, then in a non-profit organization, to solve global problems, foster a productive, comfortable, and safe environment, and improve people’s lives.

Maria Cecilia’s volunteer activities include participation in the FILA Festival, planning activities and raising funds for a children’s shelter, sorting food at a nursing home, and tutoring kids on bed-time stories as well as English learner speakers on Math.  She is developing a marketing strategy to share the mission of a Venezuelan non-profit organization and generating ideas to raise funds and awareness of its cause.

Maria Cecilia is supplementing her ITM major with minors in Art History and Economics.  She also completed her Associate in Applied Science degree in Photography, an art-form she believes can be used by communities as a tool to work through trauma and promote human and social capital growth based on global awareness of their environment . She is currently tutoring at the Academic Skills Center at FIT, served as Production Assistant for the Stand Riendo documentary in Venezuela, worked at Hall of Art at FIT, created a nutrition magazine targeted to third grade students at School Independencia in Venezuela, and acted as this school’s yearbook photographer and Creative Director.

Given the complexity of Venezuela’s financial and economic challenges, Maria Cecilia has had to deal with seeking funds to continue her studies abroad.  Noting the value of the ITM education more than ever,, Maria Cecilia intends to apply the knowledge gained from her ITM studies by helping others.

In his recommendation of Maria Cecilia, Prof. Lawrence Delson indicated that she is a mature and excellent student, and participates actively in class discussions while intelligently articulating the pertinent issues discussed from an international business perspective.

 

Will is a member of the FIT President’s Sustainability Council, Director of Sustainability of the FIT Student Government Association, Community Engagement and Marketing Intern at Project Just, Sales Advisor of Warby Parker, Net Impact Healthy Food Fellow, Fashion Revolution Student Ambassador, and active volunteer in ITM’s Talking Trade @ FIT guest lecture series as well as its Sustainable Global Sourcing Forum.   He also contributes as an organizer for People’s Climate Movement and prepares, packs, as well as delivers meals at God’s Love We Deliver.

In describing his accomplishments, Suzanne McGillicuddy, Assistant Dean of Students and co-Chair of the Sustainability Council, stated that Will’s “leadership, organizational skill, resourcefulness, follow-through, communication, dedication, networking ability, maturity, patience, and flexibility” were key to the success of the College’s initiatives.  Will’s ability to infuse his ITM background with his extra-curricular activities while exhibiting a clever sense of humor and sound perspective under pressure has consistently come through on their collaborations together.

Will will be representing ITM at the Third Annual Wharton-Baker Invitational as well as participating in an Economy Panel Discussion by the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program at Columbia University featuring sustainability-focused master programs to compare approaches to drive sustainable change within their schools and professional networks.

In addition to the financial benefits the scholarship will bring, it will also enable Will to focus on filming and constructing a virtual reality series on the lives of garment workers in India, aiming to foster a culture of discussing empathy for such workers in consumer purchases and company supply chains.  He also plans to apply some of funds to participate in the 2018 International Trade Practicum to Hong Kong and Taipei.

In addition to majoring in ITM, Will is minoring in Ethics and Sustainability, Economics, as well as International Politics.  As a Presidential scholar, Will intends to pursue a research thesis possibly along with a documentary film covering the entire fashion industry from farmer to consumer to lay out the benefits and disadvantages of a company’s transition to sustainable practices.

With a desire to work with companies to find an analytical and strategic role in a company’s supply chain as well as to serve in the Peace Corps’ environmental program in South America, Will ultimately aims to become an influential leader of the global fashion industry, helping to shape it better serve the world.  Expressing his fervent commitment to environmental and social sustainability, Will believes that fashion has the power to reverse pollution, innovate ways to “recyle fabrics, utilize natural fibers and dyes, cherish the work of artisans, and create fair wage jobs” around the world, ultimately transforming the industry to operate in the interest of humanity.

We hope that you will all join us in congratulating Maria Cecilia and Will as ITM’s new Gemini Shippers Association academic scholars!



Field Trip to Maersk Line (USA) Newark Terminal
ITM field trip to Maersk's shipping facilities as APM Terminal on 5 April, 2017 covering vessel and on dock rail operations.

Company: Maersk Line (USA)
Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Tour starts at 12: 15 p.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m.
Location: APM Terminals Port Elizabeth, 5080 McLester Street, Elizabeth NJ 07207

Field Trip Attendees
Attendees pictured: McKenzie Asia, Tamar Benshalom, Elisha Blake, Julia Cataldo, Professor Sonja Chapman, Victoria DiRaimondo, Victoria Espineira, Pamela Gorman, Maria Hermida, Michele Irizarry, Mariza Navera, Jessica Newman, Toby Reiss, Alicia Scarpinito, Marie Singletary, and Samantha Velez. 


Kering's Comptroller Presents to International Finance Students

Girogio Motta, Mall Company Director of Kering, owner of Gucci and other luxury brands, gave the students of the IN442.701 International Finance class in spring 2017 an overview of Kering's strategy and financial outlook as well as tips for successful career applicants. What stood out in the audience's mind was the was most excited about hiring someone who is passionate about the company as well as its strategies, is interested in learning all aspects of its structure, and relishes handling projects. With respect to project management, the company looks for someone who can see the big picture, i.e. the ultimate goal, while paying attention to details, yet not get lost in them.

Gucci Visit

December 12, 2016

Prof. Sonja Chapman has just been promoted to Adjunct Associate Professor of the Department of International Trade and Marketing (ITM). As a licensed customs broker, she has been teaching ITM courses since 2003 and is introducing IN320 Compliance Management in International Trade this spring 2017 semester. Prof. Chapman has also been instrumental in helping ITM and other FIT programs obtain scholarship funding from Cotton Incorporated. We offer Prof. Chapman our heartiest congratulations!


 
November 28, 2016

Talking Trade @ FIT: A Day in the Life of an International Executive

A panel of experts discussed the attributes and factors they consider valuable and needed to climb the corporate ladder and succeed in an international career. Key takeaway: where you start is not where you end.

Collaborator/Moderator 
Professor Mark Greiz

Panelists 
Sydney Price, Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Kate Spade & Company
Dina Avramidis, Vice President of Production, Production & Quality, Stella & Dot
Steven Hurwitz, Senior Vice President, Product Development, Manufacturing & Sourcing, Tumi Inc.

View Presentations (.pdf - large file)

Volunteers 
Juan Fernandez (photography)
Casey Stuart
Christina Gemerek
Bianca Villanueva 

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left-right: Sydney Price, Dina Avramidis, Steven Hurwitz, Prof. Christine Pomeranz
Photo: Juan Fernandez, ITM Student


 

September 14, 2016 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Talking Trade @ FIT: Luxury African Fashion: Entrepreneurship and E-Commerce

The diversified panel of speakers discussed their experiences with and lessons learned from building their luxury African fashion businesses.

Collaborator/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

Guest Speakers
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

Fall 2016 Talking Trade @ FIT Luxury African Fashion: Entrepreneurship and E-Commerce

 


PARIS TAYLORY, ITM 2014, GETS PROMOTED AT MACY'S

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I was part of the Dec 2014 ITM graduating class. Macy's offered me a position to commence in March of 2015 for their Executive Development Program, a 3 month program to learn about the company and all the positions within out wheel of influence. After finishing the program, I was placed in merchandise planning; where we focus on creating and assortment by climate, region, store volume and demographics.

My first assignment was in the Cosmetics department, where I worked with brands such as Mac, Benefit, and Anastasia Beverly Hills. I helped expand Anastasia Beverly Hills and other young brands into 200 locations. We plan the breadth and the depth of the assortment by doing extensive analysis to learn about who our consumer is in each prospective store location.

I have now recently been promoted to a different family of business, swimwear, which is seasonal and highly licensed area, vastly different from Cosmetics. We plan and manage swimwear in a very different way from other conventional family of businesses. Being an ITM graduate has given me the knowledge and skills I needed to excel in retail. It has helped me adapt to change and understand the bigger picture in the retail landscape.


 

Najam Mufti, ITM Student, Revels in China Study Abroad Experience

Study Abroad Experience - Spring 2016 Semester at Donghua University Shanghai, China.
By Najam Mufti – ITM - FIT New York.

ITM prepared me for a semester abroad through its foundation courses. I chose to attend Donghua University in Shanghai as suggested by ITM chairperson, Prof. Christine Pomeranz, (suggest deleting "guide and advise me to take study abroad semester in China") to learn about Chinese fashion production, culture, and business environment. With the help of Mr. Dino Rodriguez and Mr. Brian Walters, I made excellent arrangements with the Office of International Programs at FIT.

While studying abroad in China during the Spring 2016 semester, I observed and love four attributes, respect of teachers, family values, hospitality, and friendship, in China.

In China, where there is a strong cultural emphasis on the importance of education, teachers enjoy a high status and considered to be the most respected in their careers. A large majority of adults in China believe that students should respect their teachers 100% of the time in contrast to most European countries where I observed that only a minority view that students should show deference to them.

While China has increasingly adopted western influences while undergoing significant changes in recent years, the traditional family structure and family values are still highly valued and hold prominent importance in the Chinese culture. Families are still cherished, honored and respected, whether one lives in the traditional, rural environment or in the modern, urban city. Both traditional and modern Chinese families have similar values and morals and these have been a part of daily life for many centuries.

In the Chinese language, there are many words and phrases associated with making friends. One Chinese poet wrote: "To have a good friend has nothing to do with distance. Even if the friend is far away, he is as close as a good neighbor." China is a hospitable nation because the Chinese attach great importance to making good friends, reflecting the value of guanxi in its culture. From great nightlife to festivals, most cities throughout China provide many avenues for making friends and meeting people with like-minded interests.

All throughout my stay in China I’ve seen Chinese people wearing shirts with English words on them, university students playing soccer with Western-brand cleats, and American music coming from speakers. American products Chevy, Starbucks, Apple, New Balance, Oreo, KFC, MacDonald are very popular in Chinese market. The U.S. and China, are miles apart in some cases, with amazingly different populations and histories, but are still united by people co-existing in this vastly evolving world.

It was wonderful experience of delectable authentic Chinese cuisine from Beijing duck to Shanghai dumplings and hot pot. Living abroad provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build friendships with people across the globe. Every day was exciting. In the beginning of semester, it was great cultural shock. but within a few weeks everything becomes easy with the help of Chinese classmates. Everywhere I went in China, I always felt welcome at all times. I had no bad experience whatsoever.

It was an exciting semester in China filled with infinite knowledge, exotic sights, alluring smells and the constant sound of beeping bicycles, scooters, cars and vans. From the imperial grandeur of the Forbidden City in Beijing to the unforgettable sights of the Great Wall, China offers an unparalleled heritage of history and culture to explore.

I am sure this lifetime experience in China will be helpful in my future fashion profession and involvement in International trade. Thanks to ITM, thanks to FIT, thanks to Donghua University, best wishes for all my classmates.


 

June, 2016

Laura Chamoun, ITM 2011, Joins Tory Burch's E-Commerce/Logistics Operations

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I began my career at the UK brand AllSaints in E-Commerce working out of their Distribution Center in New Jersey. Shortly after I began, they relocated to Chicago so I transitioned into retail for my love of the company. I started as a store manager, then quickly grew into a District Manager for their US concessions. After three years with the company, I was ready for a new challenge. I became the Assistant General Manager at Prada. It was a wonderful learning experience to see the difference between luxury and contemporary brands. I realized that my career was moving in a retail direction, and truly missed working in E-commerce/logistics. I made the difficult decision and left Prada. I am in my new role at Tory Burch, working with online orders out of their distribution center in New Jersey. I feel very lucky to part of a brand based on entrepreneurship, passion, and creativity.

I am forever grateful to the ITM program and all of the professors I was lucky enough to learn from. What I admired most about the program was its goal of preparing us for our careers and the future of global trade. The advice I would give students is to get out there as soon as possible- part time work, internships, anything. Make as many connections as possible and never be afraid to try something new! If you work hard and are passionate, you will thrive in any position.

Thank you, Professor Pomeranz, for leading a department full of endless talent, knowledge and inspiration.


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ITM alumna 2010 and The Warnaco Group Inc. scholar, Cynthia Cheung, Fabric Research and Development Manager at Chico's headquarters in Fort Myers, Florida. In this photo, she is with her husband, Chris, and their son, Christopher.


Posted: May, 2016 

Ralph Lauren Corp. and New Times Group 2017 Scholarships Awarded

GABRIELLA MANDUCA, TAMAR BENSHALOM, ERIKA RENSTROM, AND ALEKSANDRA STEPNIK SELECTED TO SPLIT SCHOLARSHIPS TOTALLING $17,000 AND ORIANA DELGADO PICKED TO RECEIVE NEW TIMES GROUP SCHOLARSHIP FOR $2,800

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We are pleased to announce that the Selection Committee has chosen Gabriella Mandula, Tamar Benshalom, Erika Renstrom, and Aleksandra (Ola) Stepnik as co-recipients of academic year 2017’s Ralph Lauren Scholarships and Oriana Delgado as the beneficiary of the 2017 New Times Group ITM Scholarship.   

The committee was composed of David Uricoli, Vice President of Global Human Rights Compliance at Ralph Lauren Corporation; Robin Solow, Senior Director of Global Talent Management at Ralph Lauren Corporation; Meghan Campbell, Coordinator of Global Talent Management, Human Resources at Ralph Lauren Corp.; Paul Magel, President of Business Applications and Technology Outsourcing Division at Computer Generated Solutions and ITM Advisory Board member; Claudia Huerta, International Business Consultant and L’Oreal and ITM alumna; and Analeesa Ciampi, Trade Compliance Specialist, Louis Vuitton Americas and ITM alumna.

Read Full Announcement (pdf)           


THREE ITM MAJORS TO SHARE THE 2016-2017 PVH CORP.SCHOLARSHIP TOTALLING $15,000

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Aleksandra (Ola) Stepnik  - Tamar Benshalom -  Yihyun (Kara) Kim

ITM is proud to announce that the Selection Committee has chosen Aleksandra (Ola) StepnikTamar Benshalom, and Yihyun (Kara) Kim as co-recipients of the 2016-2017 PVH Inc. scholarships. They were so impressive that PVH intends to augment the scholarship funds allocated by FIT’s board of trustees to ensure that each of them receives $5,000.

The Selection Committee included Guy Vickers, President of The PVH Foundation and Senior Vice President of Global Community Relations at PVH Corp; Amy Anderson, University Program Manager, Talent Acquisition of PVH Corp.; Joanne L. Krakowski, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Māt and ITM alumna; Estefania Garcia-Correa, PVH scholar 2014 and Account Executive for Latin America Business Development, Vilebrequin; and John Garcia, PVH (formerly Warnaco Inc. Group) scholar in 2009 and currently in transition from Project Manager at NBC Universal to Marketing Specialist at BBC Latin America in Florida.

Read Full Announcement (pdf)


Talking Trade Guest Lecture Series on
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Updates on Other Trade Agreements
see program

May 2nd Talking Trade

Left to right:
Beth Ring, Prof. Christine Pomeranz, Edward Hertzman, Julia K. Hughes, and Thomas Crockett


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: April, 2016

Gemini Shippers Association Academic 2016 Scholarship Awarded

ERIKA RENSTROM SELECTED TO RECEIVE $3,100 SCHOLARSHIP

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We are pleased to announce that the Scholarship Selection Committee comprised of long‐time ITM supporter, donor, and Lifetime Achievement Awardee ITM advisory board member, Sara Mayes, President of Gemini Shippers Association; Sophie Miyashiro, International Trade Specialist and U.S. Customs Broker and exceptional ITM alumna 2013; and Prof. Carla Quatraro‐Darcy, ITM Mentoring Coordinator and outstanding ITM alumna 2015, have chosen Erika Renstrom as the recipient of the 2016‐2017 Gemini Shippers Association Academic Scholarship.

Read Full Announcement (pdf)


Talking Trade Guest Lecture Series on
Understanding the Importance of Cultural Diversity in Global Business
see program

April 21st Talking Trade

Left to right:  
Terrence Clark, Prof. Christine Pomeranz, Derek Burks, Dean Steven Frumkin, Ms. Nicole Arnaboldi, Prof. Subash Midha, and
Patricia Goodwin-Peters



Posted: April, 2016

New 2016-2017 ITM WORLD TRADE WEEK SCHOLARSHIPS

Through the fundraising efforts of World Trade Week NYC (WTW NYC) committee of the New York District Export Council (NYDEC), a next generation five-year program has been developed. It is a very exciting endeavor by WTW NYC to foster an environment in the tri-state area that inspires undergraduates and recent graduates to work in international trade. This, in turn, is intended to support talent educated by key New York City and state institutions and further grow our local economy. The launch of the WTW NYC Next Generation Program will start with two scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each that will be offered in 2016 to help cover educational expenses for an academic year for undergraduate students majoring in international trade or international business. One scholarship will be awarded to a student at the Department of International Trade and Marketing (ITM) at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), SUNY and one scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in international business at Baruch College/CUNY.

The scholarship is for students with a record of strong scholastic achievement and volunteer work in the community. This year’s recipients will be announced at the World Trade Week NYC 2016 awards breakfast on May 16, 2016.

World Trade Week Scholarship due Monday, April 25 (.pdf)


 

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Join me in congratulating Guillermo C. Jimenez and Elizabeth Pulos on the publication of their open textbook, Good Corporation, Bad Corporation: Corporate Social Responsibility in the Global Economy!

Good Corporation, Bad Corporation: Corporate Social Responsibility in the Global Economy by Guillermo C. Jimenez and Elizabeth Pulos, is available at: Open SUNY Textbooks

Full Announcement (pdf)


Posted: March 21, 2016

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ITM adjunct instructor, Marie Driscoll wrote an article published in Luxury Daily on 21 March, 2016 about the merits of considering Amazon's strategies for staying competitive in the global fashion market.

See Article


Posted: February 24, 2016 

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Photo credits to FIT Photography Student Nikki Taylor Massaro

ITM Student Bruno Meira is planning a Models and Stylists Networking Conference on April 9th, 2016 1-5pm

Bruno is the president and founder of the FIT Models and Stylists Association, now in its fourth season. Together with his team, Bruno has created a networking platform at FIT for models, stylists, photographers, videographers, bloggers, hair/ makeup artists, future and current industry leaders. Last year, Bruno produced the first Models and Stylists Networking Conference at the Katie Murphy Amphitheater featuring Claire Unabia from America's Next Top Model and Q Model Barrett Pall and it was a key event that brought the members an opportunity to form connections and ideas.

This year FITMSA will collaborate with Menswear Club to incorporate fashion show segments with collections by and for FIT, in order to showcase the association’s talents in action and open a door for our members during the networking reception. The collection is being coordinated by head student designer and Menswear Club Vice-President Dakota Campbell and supervised by designer Sylvio Kovacic.

FITMSA is looking to have a production that reflects their spirit in every aspect, from classic invitation boxes to their very own publication, MODE, that features FIT models, stylists and fashion staff.

Interested in attending or being a sponsor? Reach out to Bruno - #BelieveInTheDream


Posted: January 21, 2016

Talking Trade @ FIT Guest Lecture Series - Spring 2016 
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Fashion Law and Ethical Fashion:  Fashion Licensing and Responsible Sourcing

Thursday, 3 March, 2016
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
FIT’s Employee Dining Room, Dubinsky Student Center, 8th Floor Alcove 

As the fashion industry moves overwhelmingly to address labor, ethical and environmental challenges in sourcing, increasing pressure is also brought to bear on licensees. Licensing, which is perhaps the most prevalent business mode in the fashion industry, can complicate the process, because both licensor and licensee have interests in maintaining a clean supply chain. In this Talking Trade panel, two fashion law experts will review the law and practice of responsible sourcing in the licensing context.

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
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Understanding the Importance of Cultural Diversity in Global Business
Thursday, 21 April, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
FIT’s Dubinsky Student Center, 8th Floor Alcove, 27th St. & 8th Ave. 
in Partnership with Prof. Subash Midha, Global Strategy Advisory (India) International Business and Finance, NYU

A panel of experts will discuss how cultural diversity serves to enrich career satisfaction while achieving
corporate missions in the global marketplace.

Welcome: 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

Panelists:
· 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
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TransPacific Partnership and Updates on Free Trade Agreements
Monday, 2 May, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
FIT’s Dubinsky Student Center, 8th Floor Alcove, 27th St. & 8th Ave. 
in Partnership with Sourcing Journal and the New York District Export Council during World Trade Month

The distinguished panel will discuss the benefits and challenges derived by international fashion companies from free trade agreements with emphasis on the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Moderator: Ed Hertzman, Founder and Publisher, Sourcing Journal

Panelists:
• 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

Eventbrite URL will be ​open for Registration until ​May 2​​nd 4:00pm:


All events will be available for attendance in person or online



Posted: January 21, 2016


Fall 2016 Field Trip to American President Lines' (APL) Operations at Maher Terminals
see full details (.pdf)

Convening Time:   10:00 a.m.
Date:   Wednesday, 6 April, 2016. Presentation and tour start at 11:00 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m.
Location:    1210 Corbin Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07201

Tour will cover: 
Tour will cover the vessel operations and on dock rail operations.  
Space is Limited


Posted: January 21, 2016

2016-2017 ITM Scholarships 

All completed applications must be hand delivered in both hard copy and on a USB drive to the ITM Department Assistant in
B436 no later than 3 pm.

Ralph Lauren Scholarship due Monday, Monday, March 28 (.pdf)
New Times Group Scholarship due Monday, March 28 (.pdf)
Gemini Shippers Association Scholarship due Monday, Monday, March 28 (.pdf)
PVH Scholarship due Monday, March 28 (.pdf)

Sample Scholarship Questions (.pdf)


Posted: January 21, 2016

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ITM Alumna Named 2016 NYC Venture Fellow

Jade Huang, CEO of StyleSage (FIT ITM 2006), has been named a 2016 NYC Venture Fellow, by the NYC
Economic Development Corporation and 92nd Street Y. She joins a class of accomplished entrepreneurs
for a year-long mentorship from well known industry executives and investors. NYC Venture Fellows
alumni include CEO and founders from Foursquare, Etsy, SecondMarket, Warby Parker, MakerBot, Rent
the Runway, and Paperless Post.

Feature in WWD on 22 December, 2015


Posted:  November 11, 2015

Talking Trade Guest Lecture Series on
Your Head-to-Toe Guide to International Ethical Fashion & Non-toxic Beauty

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Left to right: Profs. Christine S. Pomeranz and Guillermo Jimenez with Kate Black, Founder, Magnifeco, at the Talking Trade @ FIT event, Your Head-to-Toe Guide to International Ethical Fashion & Non-toxic Beauty on 11 November, 2015 and her book signing sponsored by FIT's Barnes and Noble bookstore immediately following the guest lecture.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Posted: October 16 , 2015

Digital Learning Event with Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Victorian And ChristineITM Chair, Christine Pomeranz, and Honorable Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia and current Chancellor of Ducere, about the future of education at LiveTiles on 30 September, 2015. Photo by: Don Pollard


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: October 16 , 2015
Bottega FieldTrip 2015
Bottega Veneta's Mr. Sung An, CEO of the Americas; Ms. Jessica Ferguson, Manager of Human Resources; Mr. Tyler March, Store Manager of the U.S. Flagship store; and Mr. Paolo Reategui, Sales Manager of the U.S. Flagship store hosted ITM students at a field trip in which they discussed the global brand's identity, craftsmanship, timelessness as well as their own careers and internship opportunities there.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Posted: October 16 , 2015
NY Fashion Week Spring 2016 Badgley Mischka Collection

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ITM alumnae, Carla Quatraro-D'Arcy and Sophie Miyashiro, along with GFM alumna, Hutoxi Antia, joined ITM Chair, Christine Pomeranz, at Badgley Mischka's presentation of its spring 2016 collection at The Arc at Moynihan Station, new site of New York Fashion Week.

Posted: August 24, 2015

Talking Trade @ FIT Fall 2015 Guest Lecture Series
see flyer details(.pdf)

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 fitnyc.edu/itm

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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Marketing and Licensing in Latin America
Tuesday, 27 October, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
8th Floor, Dubinsky Student Center or attend online at fitnyc.edu/itm

Speaker:  Ms. Karina Spar, Executive Vice President of Licensing, Tommy Hilfiger
Ms. Sylvia Reyes, Director of Apparel and Textiles USA, Procolombia (invited)

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.

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Your Head-to-Toe Guide to International Ethical Fashion & Non-toxic Beauty
Wednesday, 11 November, 2015
9:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
8th Floor, Dubinsky Student Center or attend online at fitnyc.edu/itm

Master of Ceremonies:  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.


Posted: August 24, 2015 

Fall 2015 Field Trip to Bottega Veneta
see full details (.pdf)

On-site visit organized by Mr. Sung An, Chief Executive Officer, and Ms. Jessica Ferguson, Human Resources Manager, Bottega Veneta.

Convening Time:   10:00 a.m.
Date:   Tuesday, 6 October, 2015. Presentation and tour start at 10:00 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m.
Company:   Bottega Veneta
Location:    Bottega Veneta's U.S. flagship store at 699 Fifth Ave., New York City  10022

Tour will cover: 
A visit to Bottega Venetas flagship store and its home products showroom
A presentation from the company's Chief Executive Officer on his career and the company's leaders regarding internships and its international activities.  Space Limited


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Posted: Jun 4, 2015

RALPH LAUREN ITM AND NEW TIMES GROUP ITM SCHOLARSHIPS
AWARDED TO FIVE ITM MAJORS

We are pleased to announce that the Selection Committee, composed of Mike Cottell, Senior Vice President of Menswear at Ralph Lauren Corporation; Erin Erotokritos, Manager of Talent Management at Ralph Lauren Corporation; Fariba Jalili, Executive Vice President of Global Operations at Diane Von Furstenberg, ITM Advisory Board member, and ITM alumna; Paul Magel, President of Computer Generated Solutions and ITM Advisory Board member; Analeesa Steiha, Customs Compliance Coordinator at Louis Vuitton and ITM alumna; and Claudia Huerta, recent intern at Stella McCartney at Adidas in Germany and ITM alumna, has chosen Selamawit (Selam) Remillard, Estefania Garcia-Correa, and Manjing Yang as the recipients of academic year 2015’s Ralph Lauren ITM Scholarships and Marta Mizgala and Elizabeth (Liz) Pulos as the co-recipients of the 2015 New Times Group ITM Scholarship.

Read Full Announcement (pdf)



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: Jun 4, 2015
Gemini Shippers Association Academic 2015 Scholarship Awarded
Bruno G. Meira Selected to Receive $3,000 Scholarship

We are pleased to announce that the Scholarship Selection Committee comprised of long-time ITM supporter, donor, and Lifetime Achievement Awardee ITM advisory board member, Sara Mayes , President of Gemini Shippers Association; Prof. Amanda Barlow, Vice President of Roanoke Insurance Group, ITM advisory board member and outstanding ITM alumna 2005; and Sophie Miyashiro, Customs Broker and exceptional ITM alumna 2009, have chosen Bruno Meira as the recipient of the 2015-2016 Gemini Shippers Association Academic Scholarship.

Read Full Announcement (pdf)


Posted: Jun 4, 2015

THREE ITM MAJORS TO SHARE THE 2015-2016 PVH CORP. SCHOLARSHIPS TOTALING $15,000

ITM is proud to announce that the Selection Committee has chosen Ayanna Clarke, Bruno Meira, and Kelsey Antonino as co-recipients of the 2015-2016 PVH  Inc. scholarships.   They were so impressive that PVH intends to augment the scholarship funds allocated by FIT's board of trustees to ensure that each of them receives $5,000.

The Selection Committee included Guy Vickers, President of The PVH Foundation and Senior Vice President of Global Community Relations at PVH Corp; Joanne Krakowski, Special Consultant and ITM alumna; and Estefania Garcia-Correa, current PVH scholar and graduating ITM student.

Last year's recipients, Estefania Garcia-Correa and Elizabeth Pulos, also just received the SUNY Chancellor Award in Student Excellence earlier this year.

Read Full Announcement (pdf)


Posted: Jun 4, 2015

FIT Students with North Carolina State Students in Shanghai, Spring 2016 

 

Posted: Jun, 2015

International Trade & Marketing Export Certificate of Appreciation

The U.S. Department of Commerce awarded Fashion Institute of Technology's Department of International Trade and Marketing with its Export Certificate of Appreciation at World Trade Week's kick-off Breakfast on 11 May, 2015.  Prof. Christine Pomeranz accepted the award on the Department's behalf.  ITM student leader, Kelsey Antonino, also received the Next Generation Scholarship awarded by the New York District Export Council at the same event.

                                                          


Posted: April 9, 2015

ITM Alumni at Sustainable Sourcing Forum Held on 24 March, 2015 Organized by Prof. Shireen Musa

blog.fitnyc.edu/huetoo/

  


Posted: April 8, 2015 

Two ITM Students Receive SUNY Chancellor Award for Student Excellence

Elizabeth Pulos and Estefania Garcia-Correa received the prestigious SUNY Chancellor Award for Student Excellence on 2 April, 2015.  Accompanying them in the photo is Suzanne McGillicuddy, Assistant Dean of Students.  See page 10 of http://system.suny.edu/media/suny/content-assets/documents/university-life/Program-15.pdf for their accomplishments.

SUNY Award Winners with award      SUNY Award Winners  


Posted: April 6, 2015

 ITM Faculty Update

Sonja ChapmanSonja Chapman, Secretary of the U.S. Fashion Industry Association (USFIA)

Professor Sonja Chapman, who teaches international logistics and import/export regulations in the Department of International Trade & Marketing (ITM), has been elected national Secretary to the Board of Directors of the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA). Founded in 1989 as the United States Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel (USA-ITA) with the goal of eliminating the global apparel quota system, USFIA now works to eliminate the tariff and non-tariff barriers impeding the industry's ability to trade freely and create economic opportunities in the United States and abroad. USFIA has its headquarters in Washington D.C.

Professor Chapman, a part-time adjunct assistant professor in ITM since 2003, was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in 2003 to represent importers in the Board of Directors of the Cotton Board, a national organization dedicated to the research and promotion of U.S. cotton fiber and reviewing and approving the marketing and promotion plans of its sole source contractor, Cotton Incorporated. During her tenure as member of the Cotton Board, Sonja has chaired the Strategic Assessment Committee and participated in the Consumer Marketing, Global Supply Chain Marketing, and Importer Support committees.

Professor Chapman is a Licensed Customhouse Broker who has worked in the apparel industry for over 30 years. She is currently the Director of International Traffic and Imports for the Golden Touch Group, four companies specializing in women's and junior apparel. She has developed and conducted training workshops for companies such as Philipps Van Huesen, led industry workshops both domestically and internationally, and taught at the postgraduate level for the Bangkok International Fashion Academy and Moscow State University.

Professor Chapman says that her new role as national Secretary of the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) will enrich her classes at FIT with new experiences and current debates in international trade, especially at a time when new treaties, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are being debated in Washington D.C.

ITM students and faculty congratulate Professor Chapman on her new assignment.  Full article with photo (.pdf)


Posted: Jan 20, 2015

2015 Field Trip to Material ConneXion
See Flyer Details (.pdf)
Time: 12:15 pm
Date: Tuesday, March 3
Place: Material ConneXion lobby, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, 17th Floor
Tour will cover Material ConneXions extensive collection of fashion apparel & footwear and presentation on how they relate to international trade and marketing.


Posted: Jan 20, 2015

Talking Trade @ FIT Spring 2014 Guest Lecture Series
See Flyer Details (.pdf)

Ethiopia's Strategy for Harnessing Supply Chain Textile Opportunities in East Africa
In partnership with U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Commercial Service in Ethiopia

Friday, 27 February, 2015
10:30 am Noon
John E. Reeves Great Hall, 28th Street at Seventh Avenue

Moderator:  Prof. Josh Green, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Paniva and ITM Advisory Board member

Panelists:
Mr. William McRaith, Chief Supply Chain Officer, PVH Corp.
Hon. Patricia M. Haslach, U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia
Liya Kebede, Model and Proprietor of Lemlem (invited)

The panelists will explore success tools for doing business in Ethiopia, focusing on supply chain and logistics strategies for the textile industry. The panel will highlight innovative branding, partnership, and trade promotion techniques for doing business in Ethiopia. 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.

New Era of Global Sourcing
In partnership with Sourcing Journal Online

Thursday, 23 April, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Morris and Fannie B. Half Auditorium, Feldman Center

Speaker: Ms. Karen Murray, President of Sportswear Coalition; VF Corp, Nautica, Kipling and John Varvatos

As the fashion business evolves into a more global and mobile business, so too are the skill sets required to keep the more than one trillion dollar industry moving forward with innovation and newness. The Future of Fashion, presented by Fashion Institute of Technology's Library & Department of International Trade and Marketing and Sourcing Journal is an evening dedicated to shining a spotlight on the vast opportunities that extend beyond the runway available to the next generation of fashion leaders.

China's Super Consumers: Changing China, Changing the World
In partnership with the New York District Export Council at World Trade Week

Wednesday, 6 May, 2015
3:30 pm 5 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheater, Pomerantz Center

Master of Ceremonies: Thomas Pollak, President, Tally-Ho Creations, Pollak Import/Export Corp. and ITM Advisory Board member

Speaker: Mr. Michael A. Zakkour, Principal, Technomic Asia, a Tompkins Company and co-author of book, China's Super Consumers

Our distinguished speaker will discuss how marketing to China has been transformed, how China's consumers themselves are influencing marketing around the world, and how companies can enhance their sales and exports to the burgeoning Chinese market.

All events will be available for attendance in person or online at www.fitnyc.edu/ITM


Posted: Jan 20, 2015

2015-2016 ITM Scholarships 

Sample Scholarship Questions (.pdf)

Completed applications must be hand delivered in both hard copy and on a USB drive to the ITM Department Assistant in B436 no later than 3 pm.


Posted:Aug 2014

FALL 2014 NEW ITM ONLINE DEGREE PROGRAM



International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries BS Degree Program


Posted: July 22, 2014

Juliette Creglia Atwi, ITM '02, visited our offices on July 10.  Having completed a successful career in accessories sourcing for Liz Claiborne, Creglia was most recently the Director of Accessories Production and Product Development for Lucky Brand Jeans.

Creglia earned her Master of Business Administration at Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business and now teaches Retailing at LIM College.  She is also a sourcing consultant for the fashion industries and is writing a book on global sourcing of accessories.


Posted: May 13, 2014

THREE ITM STUDENTS RECEIVE THE 2014-2015 PVH CORP. SCHOLARSHIPS

ITM is proud to announce that the selection committee has chosen Estefania Garcia-Correa, Elizabeth (Liz) Pulos, and Selamawit Remillard as recipients of the 2014-2015 PVH Inc. scholarships.

The committee included Guy Vickers, President of The PVH Corp. Foundation; Joanne Krakowski, Special Consultant and ITM alumna; and John Garcia, Project Lead-Ad Sales at NBC Universal, former recipient of The Warnaco Group, Inc. (now PVH) scholarship, and ITM alumnus.

Read full Announcement (.pdf)


Posted: May 13, 2014

Gemini Shippers Association Academic Scholarship Awarded to ITM Student

We are pleased to announce that the scholarship selection committee has chosen Estefania Garcia-Correa as the recipient of the 2014-2015 Gemini Shippers Association Academic Scholarship.

The committee was comprised of Sara Mayes, long-time ITM supporter, donor, and Lifetime Achievement Awardee, ITM advisory board member, and President of Gemini Shippers Association; Prof. Nick Barratt, educator, ITM advisory board member, and outstanding alumnus (class of 1997); and Michelle Weiss, International Enterprise Singapore, New York, Co-President, Organization of Women in International Trade, and exceptional ITM alumna (class of 2009).

Read full Announcement (.pdf)


Posted: May 13, 2014

RALPH LAUREN AND NEW TIMES GROUP SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO FIVE ITM STUDENTS

We are pleased to announce that the selection committee has chosen Selamawit (Selam) Remillard, Estefania Garcia-Correa, and Manjing Yang as the recipients of academic year 2015s Ralph Lauren ITM Scholarships and Marta Mizgala and Elizabeth (Liz) Pulos as the co-recipients of the 2015 New Times Group ITM Scholarship.

The committee was composed of Mike Cottell, Senior Vice President of Menswear at Ralph Lauren Corporation; Erin Erotokritos, Manager of Talent Management at Ralph Lauren Corporation; Fariba Jalili, Executive Vice President of Global Operations at Diane Von Furstenberg, ITM Advisory Board member, and ITM alumna; Paul Magel, President of Computer Generated Solutions and ITM Advisory Board member; Analeesa Steiha, Customs Compliance Coordinator at Louis Vuitton and ITM alumna; and Claudia Huerta, recent intern at Stella McCartney at Adidas in Germany and ITM alumna,

Read full Announcement (.pdf)


Posted: May 13, 2014

ELIZABETH PULOS IS THE FIRST ITM STUDENT TO RECEIVE THE WORLD TRADE WEEK SCHOLARSHIP GRANTED BY THE NEW YORK DISTRICT EXPORT COUNCIL

ITM is very pleased to announce that the Selection Committee has chosen Elizabeth Liz Pulos as the first recipient of the newly established World Trade Week Scholarship funded by the New York District Export Council (NYDEC) to nurture the next generation of international traders.

The committee included Prof. Virginia Bonofiglio, Chairperson of the Department of Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and former ITM faculty member; Nicole Lorden, Account Executive, Inbound Sales Specialist, Panjiva, and ITM alum (class of 2013); and Sophie Miyashiro, Customs Broker, SA0000 Audit Certified, and ITM alum (class of 2014).

Read full Announcement (.pdf)


Posted: Feb 28, 2014

2014-2015 ITM SCHOLARSHIPS

Sample Scholarship Questions (.pdf)

Completed application must be hand delivered in both hard copy and UBS/CD forms to the ITM Department Secretary in B429 no later than 3 pm.


Posted: Feb 15, 2014

Kim Dabagian, ITM '13,  Moves Full-time to Production and Applies Lessons from ITM

I am a production coordinator for One World Apparel LLC in Los Angeles. We design, manufacture, and distribute missy, plus, and petite apparel for women. The accounts I work on include Kohls, Kmart/Sears, Cato, and Marks.

My daily job requirements for major factories include: issuing and maintaining purchase orders, maintaining work-in-progress reports, generating reports for packing breakdowns and ratios to ensure the factories understand how to pack appropriately based on individual procedures for each account, tracking and receiving fit/pre-production/top-of-production samples, requesting and reviewing all garment and fabric test reports until garments receive passing scores, approving care labels and joker labels, and notifying factories of all damaged goods found after our quality control department reviews bulk garments, which results in a chargeback to the factory.

Most importantly, I use LDP and FOB everyday! It brings me right back to Mrs. Pomeranz's classroom where I learned the terms and so much more for the very first time.


Posted:  Jan 17, 2014

Talking Trade @ FIT Spring 2014 Guest Lecture Series
Details (.pdf)

Lessons from a Global Sustainability Leader
Thursday, February 20, 2014
3:30 pm 5 pm
FIT's Employee Dining Room
Dubinsky Student Center, 8th Floor Alcove
In collaboration with the New York District Export Council and United States Department of Commerce

International Trade Issues
Friday, 2 May, 2014
10:30 am Noon
FIT's Employee Dining Room
Dubinsky Student Center, 8th Floor Alcove


Posted:  Jan 17, 2014

SPRING 2014 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ITM MAJORS

  • Ralph Lauren International Trade and Marketing Scholarship Fund
    Deadline: 3 pm, Monday, March 31
  • New Times Group International Trade and Marketing Scholarship Fund
    Deadline: 3 pm, Monday, March 31

Posted: Dec 20, 2013

TEMIKA WALKER IS THE FIRST ITM STUDENT TO RECEIVE THE CHARLES HERTZIG FOUNDATION CHINA STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP

ITM is very pleased to announce that the Selection Committee has chosen Temika Walker as the first recipient of the newly established Charles Hertzig Foundation ITM 2014 China Study Abroad scholarship. 

The judges were impressed with Temika's demonstrated interest in China as demonstrated in her application and by her Asian Studies Liberal Arts minor, her robust volunteer experiences, and her tremendous drive to juggle full-time professional responsibilities and academic challenges while raising her children, who are equally excelling in school.  The committee saw this scholarship as essential to facilitating Temika's study abroad.

The committee included Prof. Lawrence Delson, President of Delson International and arranger of the donation; Prof. Donna Sharp, Co-founder of Sharp Global Partners and ITM advisory board member; and Jade Huang, outstanding ITM alumna and co-founder of StyleSage.

Read full Announcement (.pdf)


Posted: Dec 20, 2013

Temika I. Walker and Karla Andrea Simsch Are Chosen as the Second Recipients of the Jean and Henry Pollak
ITM Study Abroad in China Scholarship

We are pleased to announce the scholarship selection committee has chosen Temika I. Walker and Karla A. Simsch as the second recipients of the Jean and Henry Pollak ITM Study Abroad in China Scholarship.

The committee was comprised of long-time outstanding ITM advisory board member and donor, Tom Pollak, President of Tallyho Creations and Pollak Import/Export; Elizabeth Hodur, also an ITM advisory board member, exceptional FIT alumna, and Director of International Trade at Ann Inc.; and exemplary ITM alumna and faculty member, Prof. Amanda Barlow, Director of Marketing of ATA Carnet at the United States Council for International Business.

Read full announcement (.pdf)


Posted: Oct 25, 2013


An evening with Latin music, song, dance, cuisine, and culture was organized by Prof. Guillermo Jimenez as a special event in connection with FIT Diversity Council's quest to increase awareness of different cultures. Here is Prof. Jimenez with some of the students who attended the event held at the Great Hall on 15 October, 2013

 


Posted: Oct 15, 2013

 
Field Trip to Tommy Hilfiger Headquarters

ITM students visited Tommy Hilfiger headquarters to meet with Catherine Walsh of Tommy Hilfiger Foundation and Lisa Bressler, Director of Marketing for Latin America. They learned of the company's history, its present and future marketing plans, as well as its internship and career opportunities. 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: Oct 1, 2013

ITM Chair and Advisory Board Member Meet Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Christine Pomeranz with Muhammad Yunus Christine Pomeranz and Donna Sharp

ITM Chairperson Christine Pomeranz met Dr. Muhammad Yunus at an event organized by Glasgow Caledonian University. Yunis was a Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2006 for his work in microfinance. They discussed his proposed Garment Industry Transparency Initiative, which seeks to set comprehensive standards on labor conditions. Professor Donna Sharp, ITM faculty and advisory board member, also attended.


Posted: Aug 26, 2013

Talking Trade @ FIT Fall 2013 Guest Lecture Series
Details (.pdf)

Navigating Customs Clearance
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
6:30 pm 8 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall, 7th Avenue at 28th Street

Careers with a Conscience:  Working in Global Social Responsibility
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
6:30 pm 8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheater, 7th Avenue at 27th Street


Posted: Aug 26, 2013

FALL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ITM MAJORS 


Posted: May 20, 2013

THREE ITM MAJORS RECEIVE 2013-2014 WARNACO AND PVH GROUP SCHOLARSHIPS

ITM is proud to announce that the selection committee has chosen Samantha Cicarella, Stephanie Sade Fernandez Fuentes, and Wilnecia Rochester as recipients of the 2013-2014 Warnaco and PVH Group scholarships. The selection committee included Guy Vickers, President of The Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation; Les T. Hall, President of Core Brand Intimates at PVH Corp.; Eric Hertz, Vice President and Director of Education at International Council of Shopping Centers and ITM advisory board member; Steven Hurwitz, Senior Vice President at Tumi Corp. and ITM advisory board member; Joanne Krakowski, U.S. Operations Manager and Director of Creative Cotton Spin at Trident Group and ITM alumna; and John Garcia, Project Lead-Ad Sales at NBC Universal, former recipient of The Warnaco Group, Inc. scholarship, and ITM alumnus. 

Read Full Announcement (.pdf)


Posted: May 13, 2013

An a ha moment is described as a sudden realization or inspiration, a moment of clarity, or a defining moment. Tara Hoey had one of those moments when she was a student in Professor Shireen Musa's IN323 Import/Export Regulations class in 2002-2003. This class sparked her interest in compliance. Fast forward to today, and her title reads President and Founder of a U.S. customs brokerage and freight forwarding company.

Tara graduated from FIT Magna Cum Laude in 2004 and immediately landed a job working for a customs broker and freight forwarder in the area of JFK International Airport. The skills that she learned in ITM helped Tara to secure the position. In 2007 she obtained her customs broker license.

Her credentials were in demand and Tara moved on to another opportunity, serving as the import manager for a $225 million division of a large pet company.  In 2009 she was promoted to Import Export Manager and the following year she became the head of the Regulatory, Quality Assurance, and Research and Development departments.

The entrepreneurial spirit struck Tara in June, 2011 and she started her own company, TreOrra.  TreOrra is a customs broker and freight forwarding company located on Long Island.  Tara says, "Starting a company is definitely the hardest thing I have done, but it is also very rewarding."  She now has two full-time employees and her business offers services from customs compliance consulting to project cargo account management. She says that it has been a great journey. Tara hasn't forgotten that spark of interest from Professor Musa's class and thanks her for "helping me see my vision. Tara adds, Thank you for teaching and continuing to teach and lead students to their full potential.


   Posted: May 13, 2013

                               RALPH LAUREN AND NEW TIMES GROUP SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO FOUR ITM STUDENTS


We are pleased to announce that Danna Hall, Kayoko Hashimoto, and Yoona Kim have been chosen to receive ITM Departmental Scholarships for the 2014 academic year and Samantha Douglas will receive the 2014 New Times Group ITM Scholarship.

The selection committee was composed of David Uricoli, Senior Director of Human Rights Compliance at Ralph Lauren Corporation and ITM advisory board member; Mike Cottell, Senior Vice President of Menswear at Ralph Lauren Corporation; Fariba Jalili, Executive Vice President of Global Operations at Diane Von Furstenburg, ITM Advisory Board member, and outstanding ITM alumna; Paul Magel, President of Computer Generated Solutions and ITM Advisory Board member; Sara Eisman, Associate Equity Research Analyst, Energy & Metals, at MLV & Co. and exceptional ITM alumna; and Analeesa Stieha, Customs Compliance Coordinator at Louis Vuitton and excellent ITM alumna.

Read Full Announcement (.pdf)


Posted: May 1, 2013

Gemini Shippers Association ITM 2014 Practicum Scholarships Awarded to Two ITM Students

We are pleased to announce that Kathleen Su will receive the 2013-2014 Gemini Shippers Association Academic Scholarship and Daria Azolova will receive the Gemini Shippers Association ITM 2014 Practicum Scholarship to Brazil.

The scholarship selection committee was comprised of Sara Mayes, President of Gemini Shippers Association, long-time ITM supporter, donor, and Lifetime Achievement Awardee, and ITM advisory board member; Professor Nick Barratt, Educator, ITM advisory board member, and outstanding alumnus (class of 1997); and Michelle Weiss, International Enterprise Singapore, New York, Co-President, Organization of Women in International Trade, and exceptional ITM alumna (class of 2009).

Gemini Shippers Association is a long-time supporter of ITM students, having donated more than $130,000 to the program.

Read Full Article (.pdf)


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: April 30, 2013

Asian Student Network: Kayoko Hashimoto, President, and Professor Jean Amato, Advisor



My name is Kayoko Hashimoto and I am ITM student from Japan. I am the club president of the Asian Student Network at FIT because I am enthusiastic about all cultures. I was born in Japan and moved to Shanghai when I was nine years old. At first I could not speak Chinese, so it was a totally different world. But I gradually began to love learning about differences: art, traditions, food, lifestyle, heritage, music, fashions and people. This big transition made me eager to learn more about other cultures in both the East and West and cultivate a worldwide perspective. FIT has an outstanding program and is located in a cosmopolitan city for internationally-minded individuals who can act as bridges for global connections.

The Asian Student Network connects students from various majors and various ethnicities at FIT to create a stronger sense of community both on and off campus. ASN is a community of students interested in all aspects of Asian fashion, language, food, business, entertainment, and culture. I lead ASN members and the executive board to build and maintain relations with groups and organizations outside of ASN. This semester, the club organized an "Art of Kimono" lecture and demonstration event sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in New York and Japan National Tourism Organization. Due to its huge success and excellent feedback, ASN is hoping to organize a student Kimono art design competition.

Because I have the cross-cultural knowledge and experience with Eastern and Western markets necessary to succeed in a global environment, I am passionate about bridging the fashion cultures of both. I want to show that any underlying similarities and vast differences can be reconciled in a universally-accepted school of fashion. I also want to utilize Eastern and Western resources and knowledge through an interchange of ideas.


Posted: Mar 19, 2013

ITM Student, Wilnecia Rochester, Elected FITSA Executive Treasurer 2013-14

Before I go any further, let me introduce myself. My name is Wilnecia Rochester. Some of you may have seen me around campus with my long "Poetic Justice" braids (so I have been told) or maybe you've seen me helping out at various events for Student Life's SVCS office.

I am pleased to announce that I am now your newly-elected FITSA Executive Board Treasurer for 2013-14. This means that as an International Trade and Marketing major, I get the make a major contribution towards growth and development of the 70+ clubs around campus. This major step within my student career goes to show that the presence of ITM students around campus is expanding rapidly throughout various FIT departments. Over the next few weeks I look forward to familiarizing myself with FITSA's government. I cannot wait to start getting to work and showing all of FIT how much a contribution the ITM department makes toward every student's college experience.

Sincerely,
Wilnecia Rochester


Posted: Mar 13, 2013

REMINDER: 2014 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ITM MAJORS

 

 


Posted: Mar 13, 2013

Through the fundraising efforts of the ITM Advisory Board, the Warnaco Inc. Group (Warnaco) has endowed, in perpetuity, two scholarships to cover educational expenses for fall and spring semesters.  We are now accepting applications for the Warnaco and PVH Group Scholarship for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.

Led by Mr. Joseph Gromek, former President & Chief Executive Officer of Warnaco, and ITM's 2006 Executive of the Year honoree, this scholarship was generously endowed by Warnaco Group (now PVH) and its business associates.  The endowed fund will finance scholarships for two students for educational expenses per school year in perpetuity.  In the past, the scholarship has ranged from $5,000 to $5,768 for each recipient.  The scholarship is for full-time ITM students with a strong scholastic record and visible volunteer work at ITM, FIT, the industry, and/or the community.  NOTE: On February 13, 2013, PVH completed its acquisition of the Warnaco Group.  Supplemental funding for the scholarship is now provided by the PVH organization.

Warnaco and PVH Group Educational Scholarship for 2013-2014
Deadline: 3 pm, Friday, March 22, 2013


Posted: Feb 28, 2013

ITSA Presents: A Global Business Event on "Social Responsibility in the Global Supply Chain"
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
6:30 pm - 8 p.m. 
John E. Reeves Great Hall

Discussion on corporate ethical standards in the supply chain in light of recent tragedies and experiences in the fashion industry.

Featuring:
Hatun Aytug, Senior Vice President, Product Management, Warnaco, Calvin Klein Jeans and Underwear
Melissa Pagan, VP Assistant General Counsel, Warnaco
Marianna Fundator, Managing Director, RELIANCE BRAND MANAGEMENT, LLC.

Moderator:
Nicole Lorden, ITSA President

$1 suggested donation with FIT ID
$3 suggested donation without FIT ID

This event has received FIT's Sustainability Council's Stamp of Support! Great source for networking!


Posted: Feb 26, 2013



Alberto Gomez
, ITM alumnus, commenced his new position at Britannica Home Fashions as its sales representative. His responsibilities include overseeing shipments, product development & conception, as well as account management. 

Alberto told us: "It almost gives goose bumps because so much, if not everything, I learned at FIT in the ITM program I will be using here in my new position."

 

 


Posted: Feb 26, 2013

Sojourner A. Edmonson-Sealy is First Recipient of the Jean and Henry Pollak ITM Study Abroad in China Scholarship

We are pleased to announce that the scholarship selection committee has chosen Sojourner A. Edmonson-Sealy as the first recipient of the Jean and Henry Pollak ITM Study Abroad in China Scholarship. Sojo also received the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship in line with her semester in China.

The committee appreciated the thoroughness of Sojo's application, in which she cited how the semester in Shanghai would enable her to deepen her knowledge of the manufacturing process, as well as gain professional contacts in China and eventually contribute to starting her own clothing business. As an ITM student, Sojo and a team of three other Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology students represented FIT at the World Retail Congress Competition in London, where they presented a futuristic avant garde retail concept, a detailed business plan, and draft of the physical environment.

In addition to her major, Sojo earned an Associates in Applied Sciences degree in Fashion Design, having graduated Cum Laude from the program. She was a Fashion Remix teacher at the Curious Jane Blue Tree Summer Camp; production assistant at SUNO fashion show and Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti fashion show, both in New York City, and at the Betsey Johnson fashion show in Atlanta, Georgia; and sales associate at Hancock Fabrics and Victorias Secret in Montgomery, Alabama.

Sojo was a member of FIT's Fashion Design and Step Clubs, volunteered for the Student Life Haiti Earthquake Relief effort and Atlanta Homeless Shelter for Women and Children, and was a model dresser for the Kevan Hall fashion show. We hope that you will all join us in congratulating Sojo as our first Jean and Henry Pollak ITM Study Abroad in China scholar.

The selection committee was comprised of long-time outstanding ITM advisory board member and donor, Tom Pollak, President of Tallyho Creations and Pollak Import/Export; Bob Eisen, also an ITM advisory board member and supporter, as well as Partner of Baker and McKenzie; and ITM student leader, Nicole Lorden, President of the International Trade Student Association.


Posted: Feb 15, 2013



Prof. Henry Welt Earns his Certificate of Continuous Employment (CCE)

Prof. Henry Welt was awarded CCE status for completing seventy-two hours of teaching in the ITM program.  Author and developer of the popular IN423 Global Marketing of Luxury class, Prof. Welt has also participated in the Talking Trade @ FIT guest lecture series, formed ITM's mentoring program, and provided  opportunities for students to collaborate with industry.  Please join us in congratulating Prof. Welt for a job well done!

 



Posted: Feb 15, 2013

The Faces of Fashion New York City: Christine Pomeranz, FIT
Independent Films, Women, Interviews

http://modelswebtv.com/movie/the-faces-of-fashion-new-york-city-christine-pomeranz-fit/33489#

This episode of The Faces of Fashion series features Christine Pomeranz, Professor and Chairperson of the International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries at the Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York City.

Prior to becoming the Chairperson of ITM, Prof. Pomeranz was an international banker for twenty years, most recently with Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) as Senior Vice President and Regional Head of Structured Trade Services for the Americas.

Transcripts / Production notes / Scripts
Production: Alexey Levchenko, Semyon Maltsev

For More Info About FIT: Fashion Institute of Technology

ABOUT International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries at the Fashion Institute of Technology:

In this Bachelor of Science program, you'll learn to navigate the complex global marketplace, including the financial, legal, logistical, and intercultural aspects of importing and exporting. You'll study international finance, business strategies, fashion law, and market research strategies. Classroom studies are supplemented with visits to corporate, customs, finance, and government offices.

Studying with faculty who work in various segments of international business, you'll experience firsthand the real-world activities of global businesses, and graduate prepared to work in international trade and global fashion companies.


Posted: Feb 15, 2013

Intern Wanted for World Fashion 4 Development Africa
May possibly lead to full time employment!

ABOUT WORLD FASHION 4 DEVELOPMENT:
World Fashion 4 Development is the non-profit arm for Fashion 4 Development. Established as a non-profit in June 2011, WF4D exists to harness the power of the global fashion industry to develop human resources and promote education and social integration to increase awareness and funding for job creation in countries with a historically slower rate of economic development.

WF4D works to support the UN Millennium Development Goals of ending poverty, promoting economic development, humanitarian cooperation, environmental awareness and social responsibility by using fashion as an avenue for global development. As part of its efforts, WF4D raises money for a scholarship that serves to educate and train individuals enabling them to harness the power of fashion to empower their communities to build a sustainable future.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
The intern will work closely with the World Fashion 4 Development Africa Co-Chair, Roberta Annan and her team. He/she will be responsible for assisting in the coordination of World Fashion 4 Development Projects and will be responsible for researching and gathering information for WF4D Co-chair, coordinating events with the World Fashion 4 Development Africa Team, communicating with organizations and companies that World Fashion 4 Development Africa works with, etc.

The intern will also have a chance to work on The Giving Back Bazaar which takes place in Seoul, Korea in March of 2013.

The Giving Back Bazaar is a two-day fashion fundraiser showcase featuring individuals, corporations and organizations in the fashion industry who are currently working towards economic development in Africa. Participants will include luxury brands such as Chanel, Givenchy and Louis Vuitton in addition to World Fashion Grand Prize honorees whose work in promoting development through fashion are in support of the UN's Millennium Development Goals.

This exciting event will also include a Charity Couture Gala Dinner Show featuring collections from some of Africa's most prominent fashion designers.

HOURS:  10-15 Hours per week. Intern may be able to work from home at times, depending on the project that they are assisting with.

Vogue Italia is our official media partner and Franca Sozzani, the Editor in Chief is the Goodwill Ambassador for Fashion 4 Development.

This is a great opportunity for fashion students to work with people in the field and to gain access to influential figures in the fashion industry. This internship may lead to a full time employment opportunity as we grow the World Fashion 4 Development Africa Team!

Interested candidates can contact Kanika Singh at kanika918@gmail.com.

Visit www.FASHION-4-DEVELOPMENT.com for more info about the organization.

Please Visit the links below for more information on Roberta Annan and WF4D Africa:
Roberta Annan's feature in the Huffington Post - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zandile-blay/roberta-annan_b_2397592.html
Roberta Annan's feature in Vogue Italia - http://www.vogue.it/en/uomo-vogue/people/2012/05/roberta-annan


Posted:  Feb 11, 2013


Nicole Tan
, ITM '13, wrote about the ITM and her experiences as an FIT student at ModelsWebTV.

 

 


Posted: Jan 29, 2013

Talking Trade @ FIT Spring 2013 Guest Lecture Series
Careers without Borders
Thursday, February 28, 2013
6:30 pm 8 pm
8th Floor Alcove, Dubinsky Center

South East Asia:  The Next Engines of Growth
Thursday, May 2, 2013
3:30 pm 5 pm
Lagary Board Room, 9th floor, Marvin Feldman Center


Posted: Jan 29, 2013

DID YOU KNOW THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE & MARKETING (ITM) HAS A LINKEDIN GROUP?

The ITM@FIT LinkedIn group is an emerging forum for graduates and students of the International Trade & Marketing (ITM) program at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) where you can stay connected with alumni, seek advice, and follow industry trends as well as share and learn about jobs leads.

http://www.linkedin.com/groups/ITM-FIT-4353882


Posted: Jan 29, 2013

DID YOU KNOW THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE & MARKETING (ITM) HAS A FACEBOOK FAN PAGE?

Find us on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/New-York-NY/FIT-International-Trade-and-Marketing-Department/251985915115?v=wall

 


Posted: Jan 29, 2013

2014 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ITM MAJORS

Click on link for more details:

2014 Gemini Shippers Association's Scholarships available to ITM Majors
Deadline: Noon, Friday, March 22, 2013

Gemini Shippers ITM 2014 Practicum Scholarship
Deadline: Noon, Friday, March 22, 2013

Gemini Shippers ITM 2014 Practicum Scholarship for Fall 2013 & Spring 2014 
Deadline: Noon, Friday, March 22, 2013

 




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