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Posted December 2018

Taylor Kent Wins Prestigious Gilman Scholarship


Taylor Kent
I am so excited to be a recipient of the prestigious Gilman Scholarship!  The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide. I will be studying at Donghua University in Shanghai during my Spring 2019 semester at FIT. My focus will be on my major which is International Trade and Marketing. I plan to further my Chinese studies to learn the culture, language and fashion industry throughout China. Winning this scholarship will help me grow my knowledge and bring back my experience to further my studies. I am very grateful for the study abroad program through FIT’s International Trade and Marketing Degree. The scholarship and program will allow me to experience a life unlike anything I know and get to see the world with the backing of FIT and the Gilman Scholarship. It will help me change the course of my life into one that is interculturally competent and ready to succeed in the global economy. Our world and fashion industry are strongly influenced by the history and culture of China and I am excited for the opportunity to experience this. 


Posted December 2018

ITM Adjunct Instructor, Mark Greiz, discusses Dolce & Gabanna’s recent ad controversy on CGTN (China Global Television Network)

Date: November 30, 2018

Prof. Mark Greiz

See interview here: 


Posted November 2018

Kate McShane, CFA | Managing Director, Citi Research visits Professor Pomeranz's IN442 class on November 14, 2018

Kate McShane


 

Posted November 2018

Aila Pernambuco, International Trade and Marketing Alumni

Aila Pernambuco
Pictured (left to right): Prof. Patrick Yanez, Aila Pernambuco, Prof. Christine Pomeranz, Dept. & Industry Coordinator Stacey Sedereas

 

Aila, ITM 2013', was born in Brazil to two architects, was educated in New York, is now based in Hong Kong.

Surrounded by art, design and fashion, Aila began studying fashion design in Brazil but quickly moved to the Big Apple to pursue her Bachelor of Science degree major in International Trade and Marketing and minor in Asian Studies.

While attending FIT, she was an exchange student at City University of Hong Kong for a semester, aiming to have a better understanding about the whole manufacturing and sourcing process, and the “Made in China” phenomenon.

Since graduation, Aila has combined her passion for traveling with her fashion work by working for major fashion houses such as Burberry as well as moving to Shanghai and Hong Kong to work for large manufacturers, making garments for the big brands. She has traveled to over thirty countries and counting.

One year ago, Aila teamed up with Hong Kong local Vincy Lee, a former Nike employee, to create a luxury fashion accessories brand called AP CULT.  Throughout her Asian experience, Aila has mastered the nuances of Asian culture as they relate to production, sourcing, and making a difference in the lives involved in these efforts.  Some of the proceeds of her company's sales are donated to the betterment of society in the region. We wish Aila success in her new endeavor.

Learn more about AP at www.apcult.com
Instagram @apcult
Personal instagram @aila.pernambuco
LinkedIn: Aila Pernambuco
Email: aila.pernambuco@gmail.com

 

Posted October 2018

ITM adjunct instructor, Mark Greiz, discussed fitness trends in China with CGTN- China Global Television Network on October 12, 2018

Prof. Mark Greiz

See interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=4VhPPtPNPIQ

CGTN's Roee Ruttenberg spoke to marketing strategist, Mark Greiz, about fitness trends in China and around the world.


Posted September 2018

ITM Chair Attends New York/New Jersey Port Authority Reception at TWA Lounge, 1 World Trade Center regarding Holland as a Gateway to Europe on October 4, 2018.

Group shot

Pictured (left to right): Myles Matthews (President/CEO, Global Trade & Technology Center), Nancy Ploeger (Executive Director, International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge Foundation), Christine Pomeranz (Professor and Chair, Department of International Trade and Marketing, Fashion Institute of Technology), Thomas A. Bizzarro (General Manager, Mitsubishi Logistics America Cooperation), Rado Saragih (Manager of Outreach, BCO and Industry Relations, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey), Brian Martorano (National Director of Business Development, Ocean Import)

 

Christine with Carmella and Stan

Pictured (left to right): Christine Pomeranz (Professor and Chair, Department of International Trade and Marketing, Fashion Institute of Technology), Carmela Mammas (Director, U.S. Commercial Service in NY), Stan de Caluwe (Sr. Manager Supply Chain Solutions, Holland International Distribution Council)  

 

Myles Matthews    
Myles Matthews (President/CEO, Global Trade & Technology Center)

View of 4 World Trade Center from TWA Lounge
Magnificent View of 4 World Trade Center from TWA Lounge

Otto Spaan
Otto Spaan (Commercial Director, VCK Logistics)

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Pictured (left to right): Nancy Ploeger (Executive Director, International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge Foundation),
Myles Matthews (President/CEO, Global Trade & Technology Center)

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Pictured (left to right): Sam Ruda (Deputy Director, Business Development & Strategy Port Department, The Port Authority of NY & NJ), Nancy Ploeger (Executive Director, International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge Foundation), Myles Matthews (President/CEO, Global Trade & Technology Center)


Posted September 2018

Cotton Board's Visit to the ITM Department

Cotton Board ITM visit
Pictured (left to right): Prof. Sonja Chapman, Christi Chadwell, Brent Murphree, Shelley Heinrich, Stacey Gorman, Emily Wyonzek, Kim Kitchings, Becky Bain, Monty Bain, and Shethir Riva

The Cotton Board visits ITM for a presentation on Cotton in the Tariff.   They also toured FIT's Textile labs, Fragrance lab, and Style shop. 


Posted September 2018

Cecilia Su Reports Life-Changing Study Abroad in Shanghai Experience

ITM Students in Shanghai

Pictured (left to right): Cecilia Su, Celeste Ferrin, Jalisia Wright

Studying abroad in Shanghai was a fantastic life-changing experience that not only enabled me to learn about a new culture, but also challenged me to grow as an adult. My Shanghai experience was remarkable for I stepped out of my comfort zone to explore a new world that was bigger than what I had known. Being the largest city in the world at 24 million as of 2018, Shanghai is astonishingly multi-cultural and perfectly welcoming. I made unforgettable memories with locals, whom I am proud to call my life-long friends. In turn, they showed me the beauty in their world and taught me life lessons that will resonate with me forever. The challenge to adapt to a new environment, new culture, and new people helped me become a stronger individual and a more understanding, versatile person. Living in Shanghai showed me the impressive pace in which China is growing in technology, and it was exciting to see the robust future growth of this country. Shanghai is truly a dazzling, invigorating, and vibrant city that you can't miss. Studying abroad in Shanghai is a fabulous opportunity to see the world you've always been curious about, and to be a part of the future.

 


Posted September 2018

Pamela Gorman, ITM 2017 Earns US Customs Broker License

Pamela Gorman alumni
 
Pamela Gorman, ITM 2017passed the US Customs Brokers License Exam this past April.  
 
According to Pamela, "Having this license will open so many doors for me, and I definitely thank ITM for giving me a wonderful foundation of knowledge that helped me pass the exam!  Majoring in ITM was such a great experience, and is the reason why I got to where I am now. 
 
One of my most amazing experiences in ITM was the semester I spent in Shanghai at Donghua University, where we practiced cross cultural studies relating to the global fashion business. This is an experience I would recommend to any ITM student who really wants to obtain a global perspective, and stand out to future employers.
  
When I graduated from FIT, I started a position at YOOX NET-A-PORTER as a Trade and Transport Assistant. My job primarily involves US Customs compliance and logistics with our imported merchandise from brands all around the world."
 
Let us join together in congratulating Pamela for her significant accomplishments!
 

Posted August 2018

Cotton Board

Cotton Board Elects New Chairman and Officers
 
The Cotton Board elected Peter McGrath, an importer, as Chairman of the Board, and an entire slate of new officers for the 2018/2019 Program year. McGrath is an importer from Colorado who owns a consulting business for major brands and retailers. McGrath was Executive Vice President and Director of Product Development and Sourcing for J. C. Penney Company, Inc. one of America’s largest department store, catalog and e-commerce retailers. He joined J.C. Penney in 1973 as a trainee in merchandise distribution in New York City and subsequently held merchandise positions of increasing responsibility in New York, California and Texas until his retirement from the company in 2010. McGrath also serves as the Chairman of the Human Rights Center at the University of Dayton. McGrath commented on his election, saying, “I am honored to be given this opportunity to help lead the industry, and work on behalf of the cotton producers and importers who invest in the Cotton Research and Promotion Program. In 2019, we are going to focus on cotton’s sustainability, new products and innovation, farm profitability, cottonseed research and marketing, contamination, and fiber competition.” The full slate of newly elected Cotton Board officers is as follows: Peter McGrath, Importer from Snowmass Village, Colorado, Chairman; Jeff Posey, Producer from Roby, Texas, Vice Chairman; Jimmy Webb, Producer from Leary, Georgia, Secretary; and Sonja Chapman, Importer from Boonton, New Jersey, Treasurer.
 
Sonja Chapman
Prof. Sonja Chapman, ITM Assistant Professor

 

Posted June 2018

Denise Bar Aharon    Denise

Denise Bar-Aharon, former ITM Advisory Board member now based in Israel, visited ITM on Thursday, 28 June.  She and her husband, Avi, founded and ran BTC International, a buying office/sourcing agency exporting merchandise for wholesalers and retailers like Macy's Calvin Klein, Bebe, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls for over twenty years.  After the passing of her brother, she, along with Avi, decided to found and become CEO of Make-A-Wish Israel, which grants 300 wishes to children with medical issues.  In propagating the awareness of her organization around the world, Denise says, "The doctors provide the medicine and Make-A-Wish provides the magic."


Posted June 2018

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Natalie Martinez, ITM' 2018, and Mentor, Eric Hertz, President at Center for Retail Real Estate

Natalie Martinez, ITM' 2018, and Mentor, Eric Hertz, President of Center for Retail Real Estate
 
Natalie Martinez recently graduated from ITM and found her dream entry position, (specify what it is), largely crediting ITM's mentorship program with Eric Hertz, President of Cneter for Retail Real Estate, as her mentor.  She said, 
"I cannot thank FIT (ITM) enough for the wonderful 4 years, as well as the mentorship program.  Eric is a great mentor, he offered the right guidance and advice because he understood my objectives and goals which we discussed during our first meeting. Additionally, he was readily available ...by phone or setting up an in-person meeting. Although we were both very busy, we found ourselves communicating and following up. He witnessed my growth and was there all along the way from applying to the practicum, my spring internship with the DOC, and interviewing for a position in my desired field."
 
 

Posted April 2018

ITM Students Are Honored at Graduation

   Parker Ward ITM Valedictorian 2018Will Rossi award
ITM student, Parker Ward, is this year's FIT valedictorian, and ITM student, William Rossi, was awarded the SUNY Chancellor Award for Student Excellence. With Will in the photo are SUNY Chancellor Johnson and Dr. Juhi Bhatt, FIT Assistant Dean of Students for Community Standards and Student Involvement.

Parker Quinn Valedictorian  
Parker Quinn, 2018 ITM Valedictorian, acceptance speech 

Sonne Bajwa 

Sonne Bajwa, President of Student Government Association & ITM graduate, with Stacey Sedereas, ITM Dept. & Industry Coordinator

 


Posted April 2018

ITM Chair Attends European American Chamber of Commerce (EACC) Event on the Future of Global Trade with Hon. Pascal Lamy, Former Director-General of the World Trade Organization

  european-american-chamber-of-commerce-event-with-pascal-lamy                           European Chamber tableEuropean American Chamber of Commerce Event with Pascal Lamy
From left to right, Yvonne Bendinger-Rothschild, Executive Director of EACC; Pascal Lamy; Stephanie Pierrard, Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Louis Vuitton Americas, and Christine S. Pomeranz, ITM Chair


Posted April 2018

The 13th Annual International Trade Awards Breakfast & Expo
World Trade Week logo
Monday, May 7, 2018
8:30 am – 11:00 am

ITSA table
ITSA Club students with important industry figures:
Joe Schoonmaker, Chair of New York District Export Council, Andrea Ratay: VP of TD Bank and Vice Chair of New York District Export Council, J​ames​
Cox: Northeast Regional Director at the Commercial Service​ at ​US Department of Commerce, Joan ​Kanlian: Director for Westchester, etc., Commercial Service, US Department of Commerce 

Group Shot ITSA
ITM Students Pictured:
Back Row
(left to right): Sylvie Cubbage, Lauren Gardner, Madison Hale, Professor Lawrence Delson, Maria Cecilia Celis Hermida, Majlinda Qafa
Front Row (left to right):  Angela Serpe,  Yulia Sazonenko, Amanda Farr, Christina Fasulo

ITSA Group Shot
Left to Right: Professor Lawrence Delson,
Madison Hale, Amanda Farr, Lauren Gardner, Jade Didonato, Sylvie Cubbage, Angela Serpe


Jade winner

Pictured (left to right):
World Trade Week Scholarship Recipient: Jade DiDonato, ITM Student Sylvie Cubbage, Joan Kanlian, James Cox, Andrea Ratay, and Robert Leo

Christina Fasulo
ITM Student Christina Fasulo

itsa-table
Left to Right: Andrea Ratay: Vice President and Senior Regional Trade Manager at HSBC Bank USA, Jade DiDonato: ITM Student and World Trade Week Scholarship Recipient, Jim Cox: Regional Head of Commercial Service at US Department of Commerce

Andrea Reyes
Professor and ITM Alum: Andrea Reyes (left)


Posted April 2018

Dr. Shireen Musa

Shireen Musa

Dr. Shireen Musa has earned a Doctor of Professional Studies in Business from Pace University.  Her dissertation is titled “The Role of Compassion and Sustainability Awareness on Fair Trade Fashion Consumption.”  Dr. Shireen Musa’s research focused on certain emotional and educational attributes that are held by consumers of Fair Trade fashion and consumers of conventional fashion.


Posted April 2018


Peer Reviewed Article by Prof. Kelly Burton, ITM and CCPS Faculty 

Kelly Burton

Prof. Kelly Burton wrote Reducing Textile Waste in the Apparel Industry: Examining EPR as an Option for the inaugural issue of the International Society for Sustainable Fashion Journal, a peer-reviewed publication.

Prof. Burton is an adjunct ITM Instructor and teaches  'Ethical Fashion' and 'Social Responsibility in the Apparel Industry' at FIT's Center for Continuing and Professional Studies. A graduate of the University of Toronto, she is now pursuing graduate studies in Sustainability at Harvard University. In 2013, she launched EcoSessions®, a global event platform connecting industry, designers and citizens to discuss change. Since its launch, over 50 events have been held across ten cities, on topics ranging from: Innovations in Textiles, Fashion and Sustainability, Nontoxic Beauty, Ethical Retailing and Fashion in Africa. 


Posted April 2018

World Trade Week Scholarship Announcement 2019

JADE DIDONATO IS THE FIFTH ITM MAJOR TO RECEIVE THE WORLD TRADE WEEK SCHOLARSHIP GRANTED BY THE NEW YORK DISTRICT EXPORT COUNCIL (NYDEC)

Jade DiDonato headshot

ITM is pleased to announce that the Selection Committee has chosen Jade DiDonato as the fifth 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 Selection Committee included Peter Bengston, International Trade Resources Specialist of The New York Public Library and Charles Dugan, Vice President of TD Bank, who are both members of NYDEC’s World Trade Week Steering Committee.

The committee was most impressed with Jade’s academic accomplishments, her volunteer experience at NEST. which assists women in impoverished nations protect their clothing designs and improve their apparel manufacturing working conditions, her success as a Resident Assistant at FIT’s Alumni Hall, and her commitment to elevating the fashion industry through improving sustainable practices, strengthening intellectual property laws, and contributing to international affairs. 

Jade was a Merchandising and Sales Intern at White and Warren as well as Sales Associate at Unode50 and J&M Home and Garden.  She also volunteered at NYPL and the Style360 fashion shows and continues to be a member of the National Retail Federation Student Association.

Jade expressed how this scholarship would support her ITM education and help her steer the fashion industry toward adopting greener policies.  For her, learning extends beyond the classroom as she works to protect the designs of hard-working women in developing countries and propose a Model UN Club at the College.  In addition, she has helped build programs to learn about LGBTQAI at Residential Life while fostering service opportunities at the Covenant House.

As a World Trade Week scholar minoring in International Politics, Jade aspires to foster international trade and continue to dedicate her efforts to streamlining the global supply chain in fashion companies.  As she rises in her profession, Jade aspires to become the director of sustainability and social compliance for companies like Reformation or ASOS with the view to becoming a role model for other companies to replicate.  She is also open to a career as an intellectual property lawyer for a luxury company or international trade organization like the International Chamber of Commerce. 

We hope that you will all join us in congratulating Jade as ITM’s fifth World Trade Week scholar!


Posted April 2018

Ralph Lauren Corp. and New Times Group 2018 Scholarships Awarded

DEANNA DAHL RODRIGUEZ, SHREYA GADIA, AND KARIN HORIKOSHI SELECTED TO SPLIT SCHOLARSHIPS TOTALLING $13,500 AND EMILY MAESTRANZI PICKED TO RECEIVE NEW TIMES GROUP SCHOLARSHIP FOR $2,300

Deanna Dahl Rodriguez Shreya Gadia Karin Horikoshi Emily Maestranzi
  Deanna Dahl Rodriguez          Shreya Gadia         Karin Horikoshi      Emily Maestranzi

We are pleased to announce that the Selection Committee has chosen Deanna Dahl Rodriguez, Shreya Gadia and Karin Horikoshi as co-recipients of academic year 2019’s Ralph Lauren Scholarships and Emily Maestranzi as the beneficiary of the 2019 New Times Group ITM Scholarship.

The committee was composed of Anindita Dey, Director of Talent Acquisition, Global People and Development at Ralph Lauren Corporation; Danielle Ginley, Manager of Global People and Development at Ralph Lauren Corporation; 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; Estefania Garcia-Correa, in charge of Business Development for Latin America, The Caribbean, Hawaii and Canada at Vilebrequin; and Prof. Carla Quatraro-D’Arcy, Consultant, Business Leader, and ITM alumna.
  
The recipients were selected from a strong pool of candidates with commendable volunteering credentials as well as future aspirations.  They stood out in terms of their passion, drive, commitment, excellent communication skills, sustainable goals, and strong representation of ITM as the paramount international fashion business program.
 
The Committee found Deanna to be an exemplary candidate, returning to College despite her considerable work experience and personal challenges while volunteering at FIT and the global community.  She impressed the Committee with her fortitude to learn corporate responsibility practices from the ground up even as she held senior positions at her own enterprises as well as Robert A. Becker, Euro RSCG, Business Link Communications, The Diebold Group, Inc. and Artisan Apparel Group. 
Deanna’s passion for corporate social responsibility (CSR) inspired her to focus her International Trade Practicum research on innovation and circular fashion through H&M and their Global Change Award.  She also values empowering the supply chain as well as ensuring that the welfare of women and children in the labor force are constructively addressed.
 
As a resourceful student and global citizen, Deanna found time and funding to represent ITM at the US Fashion Industry Association’s Trade and Transportation Conference, soliciting industry’s interest in contributing to the program.  She also volunteers at the New York City Fair Trade Coalition, Special Olympics New Jersey – Hillsborough Division, Princeton Progressions Youth Mountain Bike Team, Princeton Skating Club, as well as Quince Orchard Girls Basketball and is an advocate for parents and students in Special Education meetings.
 
Going forward, Deanna intends to assist the United Nations in realizing its seventeen sustainable development goals, help to discover and promote fashion innovation, as well as utilize her creative, business, and advocacy skills in working for an international sportswear company like Patagonia or global cycling brands, such as Rapha, reflecting her success as a one-time triathlete and avid cyclist.   By interconnecting the appeal of cycling, as a sustainable transportation mode, and CSR into her ideal career path, Deanna hopes to accelerate the global fashion industry’s transformation towards the circular fashion model.
 
Shreya’s ultimate goal is to establish her own business to export Indian textile and ready-to-wear fashion lines to western countries and utilizing her business as a means to spawn career opportunities for women and underprivileged residents brought up in a traditional patriarchal society by having them create indigenous styles like bandhani, gota work, block printing, and hand dying.

In the meantime, she is currently a Press Relations intern of Bibhu Mohapatra, himself an outstanding graduate of FIT who designed dresses for Michelle Obama when she was first lady.  She was Social Media intern at Vanity Room New York, where she edited images for websites and social media.  Shreya also interned at Sataara, India and Pyjama Party, where she created preliminary sketches and designs.
An active seeker of volunteering opportunities, Shreya contributed to Style Fashion Week and Oxford Fashion Week as well as translated documents for as well as kept track of Hindi-speaking immigrants at New York Immigration Coalition.  She currently serves as the Office of Admissions’ student tour guide; volunteers at ITM events; was President of Indian Cultural Society at FIT, where she helped to organize the Indian festival, Holi; and was Secretary of People’s Voice Youth Wing in Rajasthan, India.  Prior to these initiatives, Shreya taught less fortunate students basic drawing and sketching at Gyandeep School, participated in the cleanliness drive organized by Paryaah NGO, and managed the merchandising stall at Jaipur Literature Festival, all in India.

Having grown up in Asia and learning about the U.S. culture, Shreya plans to use the scholarship to fund her study abroad in Prague, which will serve as her base to learn about European culture, art, and business practices next semester.

In one of her references, Shreya was commended for having grown and achieved so much in her role as a student tour guide, consistently exhibiting professionalism, enthusiasm, diligence, and amicability.  Given this track record, the committee was convinced that applying the scholarship funds for the purpose she expressed is the logical next step to attaining her career aspirations.
 
As a Public Relations Writer and Researcher Intern for Neol.jp, Karin interviews artists in New York City and writes fashion articles in English and Japanese.  She also tutors Microsoft Excel, Advertising, Statistics, Fashion Business, and Japanese at FIT’s Academic Skills Tutoring Center.  Karin was Sales Assistant at Michael Kors, Showroom Assistant at Yoshi Yoshi by pj, Public Relations Intern at Fashion Color Magazine, and Brand Representative at Hollister Co.
 
Karin volunteers at the YMCA where she organizes team building activities, leadership initiatives, and charitable events, international cultural affairs, mock Olympic games, and language exchanges for youngsters aged five to fifteen.  During two summers, she oversaw over forty camp counselors and three hundred children campers at the Catskill Mountains.  As a volunteer of the FIT Dance Company, she performed and worked with her team to create interactive experiences at the One Billion Rising event that supports actions to end violence against all women, FIT Alumni Weekend, and the Annual Drag Pageant.  She has also worked with Concept Korea, as a dresser and makeup artist during New York Fashion Week shows, and believes some designers gained recognition through her interviews.  She is a co-founder of FIT’s United Nations Club.
  
A tri-lingual, who also speaks French, Karin hopes to apply this linguistic skill, the scholarship funds, and her cultural awareness to effectively represent Ralph Lauren Corp., ITM, FIT, New York City, and Japan during her study abroad program in France, where she intends to complement her Liberal Arts courses with experiential opportunities to learn about Europe and its neighboring region’s ports as well as logistical practices.

Consistently interested in immersing herself in ethical initiatives, Karin is also open to a career in marketing as well as licensing and strives to work for a company that supports initiatives in education and service in underserved communities to fortify her international business skills while contributing to the community.
 
Minoring in Economics, Ethics and Sustainability, and International Politics, Emily tutors Italian and other courses at FIT’s Academic Skills (Tutoring) Center, oversaw cash and credit transactions at Des Aspes Mood Club in Italy, Week, and served as Assistant Model Coordinator at FIT Runway27.  She also interned at Apropo Showroom, where she assisted its wholesale account executives in dealing with the supply chain from vendors in India to the final buyers in Italy.
 
Emily plans to take the customs broker license exam as a stepping stone to working in compliance and international trade regulations.  Ultimately, she intends to blend this career with her passion for philanthropy, which began with fundraising efforts she led for the victims of the tsunami in Haiti in 2010.  The funds raised were used to construct a home for abandoned children with the collaboration of Fondazione Don Bosco Nel Mondo through a project called, LAKAY.  Since then, she travelled to Tanzania, collected clothes and medication for distribution to inhabitants of a small village called Uroa on the island of Zanzibar.  Her family is in the process of establishing a non-profit company in the area.
 
Having recently attended the Global Engagement Summit 2018 at the United Nation’s General Assembly, where issues involving women empowerment, climate change, refugee crisis, and global development were deliberated, along with Karin and other peers, Emily cofounded FIT’s United Nations Club, which intends to create forums to discuss solutions to world challenges.
 
Recognized by her professors as someone who brings a unique global perspective to class discussions, Emily is a recipient of the QVC International Scholarship Fund.
 
We hope that you will all join us in congratulating Deanna, Shreya, and Karin as ITM’s new Ralph Lauren Corp. ITM scholars and Emily as next year’s New Times Group scholar!

Posted April 2018

Gemini Shippers Association Academic 2018 Scholarship Awarded

KARIN HORIKOSHI AND DEANNA DAHL RODRIGUEZ SELECTED TO SHARE $3,000 SCHOLARSHIP
Karin Deanna Dahl Rodriguez
Karin Horikoshi Deanna Dahl Rodriguez

We are pleased to announce that the Scholarship Selection Committee comprised of Arlene Blocker, Membership Director of Gemini Shippers Association; Fariba Jalili, ITM Advisory Board member, and Prof. Andrea Reyes, Chairperson of the New York City Fair Trade Coalition and outstanding ITM alumna 2009, have chosen Karin Horikoshi and Deanna Dahl Rodriguez as co-recipients of the 2018-2019 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 Sara Mayes’ leadership as its President, the company was also chosen by the New York District Export Council as its 2016 Global Logistics Awardee.

In her selection as this year's scholarship co-recipient, the Committee recognized Karin primarily for her preparation, demonstrating detailed knowledge of Gemini Shippers Association and how her future career aspirations greatly align with the company, following in the footsteps of prior scholars as an exemplary role model of a Gemini Shippers Association scholar and ITM student.  At the same time, the Committee recognized her expansive interest in international trade, discovering her passion for cultivating a career in this field when she was just fifteen years old, and a remarkable intention to contribute to the advancement of women in international business.

Karin volunteers at the YMCA where she organizes team building activities, leadership initiatives, and charitable events, international cultural affairs, mock Olympic games, and language exchanges for youngsters aged five to fifteen.  During two summers, she oversaw over forty camp counselors and three hundred children campers at the Catskill Mountains.  As a volunteer of the FIT Dance Company, she performed and worked with her team to create interactive experiences at the One Billion Rising event that supports actions to end violence against all women, FIT Alumni Weekend, and the Annual Drag Pageant.  She has also worked with Concept Korea, as a dresser and makeup artist during New York Fashion Week shows, and believes some designers gained recognition through her interviews.  She is currently working with her peers to establish a United Nations Club at FIT.

As a Public Relations Writer and Researcher Intern for Neol.jp, Karin interviews artists in New York City and writes fashion articles in English and Japanese.  She also tutors Microsoft Excel, Advertising, Statistics, Fashion Business, and Japanese at FIT’s Academic Skills Tutoring Center.  Karin was Sales Assistant at Michael Kors, Showroom Assistant at Yoshi Yoshi by pj, Public Relations Intern at Fashion Color Magazine, and Brand Representative at Hollister Co.

A tri-lingual, who also speaks French, Karin hopes to apply this skill, the scholarship funds, and her cultural awareness to effectively represent Gemini Shippers, ITM, FIT, New York City, and Japan during her study abroad program in France, where she intends to complement her Liberal Arts courses with experiential opportunities to learn about Europe and its neighboring region’s ports as well as logistical practices.

Consistently interested in immersing herself in ethical initiatives, Karin is also open to a career in marketing as well as licensing and strives to work for a company that supports initiatives in education and service in underserved communities to fortify her international business skills while contributing to the community.

The Committee found Deanna to be a living example of social responsibility, overcoming personal challenges by returning to College despite her considerable work experience while serving FIT and the global community at large.  She impressed the Committee with her fortitude to learn modern international business practices from the ground up even as she held senior positions at her own enterprises as well as Robert A. Becker, Euro RSCG, Business Link Communications, The Diebold Group, Inc. and Artisan Apparel Group. 

Deanna’s passion for corporate social responsibility (CSR) inspired her to focus her International Trade Practicum research on innovation and circular fashion through H&M and their Global Change Award.  She also values empowering the supply chain as well as ensuring that the welfare of women and children in the labor force are constructively addressed.

As a resourceful student and global citizen, Deanna found time and funding to represent ITM at the US Fashion Industry Association’s Trade and Transportation Conference, soliciting industry’s interest in contributing to the program.  She also volunteers at the New York City Fair Trade Coalition, Special Olympics New Jersey – Hillsborough Division, Princeton Progressions Youth Mountain Bike Team, Princeton Skating Club, as well as Quince Orchard Girls Basketball and is an advocate for parents and students in Special Education meetings.

Going forward, Deanna intends to assist the United Nations in realizing its seventeen sustainable development goals, help to discover and promote fashion innovation, as well as utilize her creative, business, and advocacy skills in working for an international sportswear company like Patagonia or global cycling brands, such as Rapha, reflecting her success as a one-time triathlete and avid cyclist.   By interconnecting the appeal of cycling, as a sustainable transportation mode, and CSR into her ideal career path, Deanna hopes to accelerate the global fashion industry’s transformation towards the circular fashion model.

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


Posted April 2018

Shreya Gadia Selected Recipient of the Professor Melinda Lorenz ITM $2,100 Scholarship

Shreya Gadia

ITM is proud to announce that the Selection Committee has chosen Shreya Gadia as recipient of the Professor Melinda Lorenz Scholarship. The committee was composed of Joanne L. Krakowski, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Māt and ITM’2007; Elizabeth Pulos, Manager, Responsible Sourcing and Production of Macy’s, Inc., ITM’2015; Maria Cecilia Celis Hermida, President of International Trade Student Association; and Sonne Bajwa, President of FIT Student Government Association.

In selecting Shreya, the committee cited her embodiment of Professor Melinda Lorenz’s passion for global marketing, ethics, and supply chain with the ultimate goal of establishing her own enterprise to export Indian textile and ready-to-wear fashion lines to western countries and utilizing her business as a means to spawn career opportunities for women and underprivileged residents brought up in a traditional patriarchal society by having them create indigenous styles like bandhani, gota work, block printing, and hand dying.

Shreya is currently a Press Relations intern of Bibhu Mohapatra, himself an outstanding graduate of FIT who designed dresses for Michelle Obama when she was first lady. She was Social Media intern at Vanity Room New York, where she edited images for websites and social media. Shreya also interned at Sataara, India and Pyjama Party, where she created preliminary sketches and designs.

An active seeker of volunteering opportunities, Shreya contributed to Style Fashion Week and Oxford Fashion Week as well as translated documents for as well as kept track of Hindi-speaking immigrants at New York Immigration Coalition. She currently serves as the Office of Admissions’ student tour guide; volunteers at ITM events; was President of Indian Cultural Society at FIT, where she helped to organize the Indian festival, Holi; and was Secretary of People’s Voice Youth Wing in Rajasthan, India. Prior to taking on these initiatives, Shreya taught less fortunate students basic drawing and sketching at Gyandeep School, participated in the cleanliness drive organized by Paryaah NGO, and managed the merchandising stall at Jaipur Literature Festival, all in India.

Having grown up in Asia and learning about the U.S. culture, Shreya plans to use the scholarship to fund her study abroad in Prague, which will serve as her base to learn about European culture, art, and business practices next semester.

In one of her references, Shreya was commended for having grown and achieved so much in her role as a student tour guide, consistently exhibiting professionalism, enthusiasm, diligence, and amicability. Given this track record, the committee believed that applying the scholarship funds for the purpose she expressed is the logical next step to attaining her career aspirations.

We hope that you will all join us in congratulating Shreya as the Professor Melinda Lorenz
ITM scholar!


Posted April 2018

Professor Sonja Chapman's participation in the US Global Value Chain Coalition's fly in to Washington DC

Prof. Chapman met with representatives from the offices of 

Rep. Norma Torres (D-35-CA) 
Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-12-NY)
Rep. Scott Peters (D-52-CA) 
Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6-NJ)
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11-NJ) 
 
to further the coalition's mission of educating policymakers and the public about American Jobs and the domestic economic growth apparel companies engaged in global trade generate through their value chains.   
 

Prof. Chapman in Wash DCProf. Chapman in front of Capital building


 

Posted April 2018

Fairchild’s Newest Fashion Law Book Provides a Fresh Approach to Building a Fashion Business

Prof. Deanna Clark with book
Whether aspiring to set up your own retail or fashion based import/export business, have your sights set on joining an established brand, or are a seasoned executive just checking in on how the business you are already running should be operating, "A Practical Guide to Fashion Law and Compliance," is a must read for anyone in the business of fashion.  Written by ITM Adjunct Professor Deanna Clark-Esposito, Esq., the book is available for purchase online and in stores.


Posted April 2018

ITM’s SPRING 2018
Field Trip to SGS North America, Inc.

On-site visit organized by
Ms. Louann Spirito, Consumer and Retail, U.S. & Canada Softlines Business & Technical Head, SGS North America, Inc.
and Sonja Chapman, Acting Assistant Professor, Department of International Trade & Marketing

Date: Company: Location:
Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Tour starts at 1:30 PM and ends at 3:30 PM SGS North America, Inc.
291 Fairfield Ave, Fairfield, NJ 07004

Tour covered:
• discussion on product compliance at the federal and statelevels,
• an overview of SGS' social and environmental compliance programs, and
• a tour of the company's testing facilities.

SGS group

SGS signStudents

Minh

SGS Vision StatementSonja and Pat at SGS

Students on Bus



Posted April 2018

The Department of International Trade & Marketing Presents

Demo of Blockchain by IBM by Mr Karl Haller of IBM 
April 4 2018: 5:10-6:25 PM in Seminar Room 9

ScreenKarl HallerKarl Haller speaking

IBM is an industry leader in the evolution of Blockchain platforms.

Blockchain transactions began in the financial arena and have rapidly spread to many other industries, including
Textile and Apparel and Transportation. 

Mr Karl Haller of IBM will present an overview of Blockchain, an overview of IBM’s joint ventures with other industry
partners such as Maersk and conduct a Q and A with our attendees.

Karl Haller has had extensive experience with well known Fashion Brands as well as his affiliation with IBM. 
His LinkedIn profile is available as noted below.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/karlhaller/

Posted April 2018


Alumni News
Nicole Lorden ITM alumni

Nicole Lorden graduated Summa Cum Laude from FIT’s ITM Program in May of 2013. During her time in ITM, she was chosen as one of the department’s top performing students to co-author the Cotton Import-Export Study, sponsored by Cotton Incorporated. The study researched how companies can receive duty free treatment for their cotton products under the appropriate duty free program. The opportunity allowed her to meet with various manufacturers and importers of cotton products as well as CBP officials.

She was the recipient of various awards and scholarships, including the Harold Sachs ITM 2013 Practicum Scholarship, the Polo Ralph Lauren ITM 2012 Scholarship, the 2012 New Times Group ITM Scholarship, the Warnaco Inc. Group Scholarship, and the 2013 SUNY Chancellor Award for student excellence. Nicole also held positions as the President of ITSA, where she was in charge of Talking Trade @ FIT events and fostering relationships between students and industry professionals, as well as the Executive Board Treasurer of FITSA, where she managed student club’s budget requests and allocated the student activities fee to various clubs and organizations on campus.

After having various positions in companies in NYC and Boston, Nicole is currently a Buyer for Rue La La, a members only online flash sale site based in Boston. She is responsible for the European Luxury Fashion and Vintage department, where she specializes in luxury accessory brands like Valentino and Prada.

Nicole’s main advice to current students is to be involved in as much as possible on campus. The clubs and activities that she was involved in opened doors to many networking opportunities which helped build her career. Be attentive in class, attend Talking Trade events and seminars, and ask for advice from Professors. Travel as much as possible and be curious. FIT, especially ITM, has many amazing opportunities available to students which she recommends you take advantage of.


Posted December 2017


In Memory of our Beloved
Professor Melinda Gist Lorenz
Thursday, December 7, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Celebration of the life of Melinda Gist Lorenz. Wife of Steve and Mother of Mark & EricThe Department of International Trade and Marketing (ITM)
extends the love and prayers to the Lorenz family upon the death of Melinda Gist Lorenz.

In Loving Memory
Melinda Lorenz pic
Professor Melinda Gist Lorenz, a long-time Adjunct Instructor of the Department of International Trade and Marketing (ITM), passed away on 16 October, 2017.
Messages to her family may be sent to Prof. Lorenz's legacy obituary at
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/Melinda-Lorenz-obituary?pid=186998399

We have set up a scholarship in her honor at the FIT Foundation.
Checks payable to FIT Foundation with Prof. Melinda Lorenz Scholarship in the memo section may be sent to:

Vicki Guranowski
Director of Special Events
FIT Foundation
236 West 27th St., 5th floor
New York, NY 10001


Posted December 2017

FIT Soccer Ends Season as #2 Team in the Region
FIT Women's Soccer Team Ends Season as #2 in the Region Led by ITM's own, Mara Herbert, ITM 2019

Down a goal after the first half, the Tigers came out with a 2-1 victory, including a "bombing break away from Mara Herbert".


Posted November 2017

29th Annual Textile & Apparel Importer Trade & Transportation Conference

United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) and the American Import Shippers Association (AISA) hold the 29th Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference on November 15, 2017.

Sonja Chapman and Deanna Dahl
Left to Right: Professor Sonja Chapman, Deanna Dahl
Stacey and Deanna
Deanna Dahl and Stacey Sedereas

 Volunteers
Karin (Josefine) Sanfridsson, Deanna Dahl, Stefanie Ramirez


Posted November 2017

kate mcshane

Kate McShane, Managing Director and Global Sector Head for Consumer Discretionary at Citi Research and ITM advisory board member. Kate is among the country's top three analysts covering apparel, footwear & textiles and retailing broadlines/hardlines. She spoke to students in the International Finance class on 8 November 2017 about her career, steps to take to prepare for a career in international finance, and her perspective on how fashion companies can thrive in the advent of new challenges and disruptive players.


Posted October 2017

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

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 and Hawaii. 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.

Infor winners


Posted October 2017

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

Joel website

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 “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.

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 associated 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 “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 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!


Posted May 2017

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. 

Posted December 2016

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!


Posted November 2016
 
Talking Trade @ FIT: A Day in the Life of an International Executive

November 28, 2016

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 

photo of panelists

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


Posted September 2016

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.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: May, 2016

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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 

Bruno event

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

Carla Christine And Sophie

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 will 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 will 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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