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Emily Friedman Emily Friedman
Senior Commitments Manager, Clinton Global Initiative

Emily Friedman oversees the student Commitment to Action process for the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U). Prior to joining the Clinton Foundation, Emily led social impact campaigns for GOOD and Participant Media in Los Angeles, focused on raising awareness about and driving innovation towards poverty alleviation efforts worldwide. She is the founder of an English language program in Costa Rica and worked on a sustainable tourism initiative in Colombia.

Emily holds a Master’s degree in International Development from Columbia University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Skidmore College. She is passionate about leveraging unlikely partnerships to inspire social impact.
Kindley Walsh Lawlor Kindley Walsh Lawlor
Vice President, PACE, Gap Foundation, Gap Inc.

Kindley Walsh Lawlor is the vice president of Gap Inc.’s Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement (PACE) program, which provides essential work and life skills education and is focused on the empowerment of women and girls globally. Gap Inc. launched the PACE program in 2007 and will reach one million women and girls by the end of 2020.

Kindley has been with Gap Inc. for more than 19 years, getting her start in garment production at Gap and then at Banana Republic. She recently transitioned from Gap Inc.’s sustainability team, where she worked on human rights and the environment across the company's supply chain and currently serves as the U.S. buyer representative on the International Labour Organization’s Better Work Advisory Committee. She held past advisory roles with academic partners and collaborative initiatives focused on worker rights and regularly advises smaller, artisan companies.

In 2015, Kindley was recognized as one of the Bay Area’s Most Influential Women by the San Francisco Business Times and as one of the National Retail Federation’s List of People Shaping Retail's Future (Giver Category).

Kindley graduated with a degree in Apparel Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology and resides in San Francisco.

Recent Alumni Panel Members

Jacquelyn Costello Jacquelyn Costello
AAS, Jewelry Design; BS, International Trade and Marketing

While earning her degrees in Jewelry Design and International Trade and Marketing, Jacquelyn pursued double minors in Latin American Studies and Ethics and Sustainability. She was a member of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps serving the Midwest region, beginning after her graduation in 2015.

Jacquelyn recently moved to New Orleans where she is currently a key holder at a growing vintage apparel store.
Meghan Navoy Meghan Navoy
AAS, BS, Textile Development and Marketing

Meghan Navoy is a textile artist and designer creating pieces using recycled and plant-based materials for her line of home and apparel items, A Wool Story. She utilizes natural dyes, found materials, and secondhand fabrics to create beautiful handmade pieces with a focus on sustainability and ethical production in her Detroit based studio. She also teaches textile classes that engage the community in questioning where their clothes come from and provides a creative and environmentally sustainable alternative to fast fashion.
Caitlin Powell Caitlin Powell
BS, Textile Development and Marketing

After graduating from FIT in 2014, Caitlin Powell landed a job with Cabela's Inc., the world's largest retailer of hunting and fishing clothing and gear. With knowledge gained from her studies at FIT, she started out as a Materials Specialist doing fabric development for both casual and technical clothing. She has now transitioned into a sourcing role, which allows her to broaden her horizons across the business. Being a part of the outdoor industry has offered insight into the factors that plague the performance apparel industry as well as some of the things that companies are doing to help mitigate these, such as conservation and supply chain management.

Caitlin lives in Sidney, Nebraska with her boyfriend, three dogs, and a cat.
Elizabeth Pulos Elizabeth Pulos
BS, International Trade and Marketing 

Elizabeth Pulos is Senior Manager of Compliance Administration at Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), a nonprofit dedicated to promoting ethical manufacturing around the world through certification and education. At FIT, Elizabeth was president of the CSR Club, co-author of the Open SUNY textbook Good Corporation, Bad Corporation: Corporate Social Responsibility in the Global Economy, and a recipient of scholarships from World Trade Week, New Times Group, and PVH. She was also a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Before coming to FIT, Elizabeth studied music performance at Mount Royal Conservatory and environmental science at the University of Calgary. A classically trained violist, she has performed in New York, Canada, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
Daniel Silverstein Daniel Silverstein
BFA, Fashion Design

Daniel Silverstein is a New York-based clothing designer and manufacturer of zero waste apparel. His namesake label has been seen in boutiques and specialty stores around the world and gained the attention of both buyers and the audience on season two of the NBC reality competition, Fashion Star.

Last year, Daniel embarked on a new journey with the creation of Zero Waste Daniel (ZWD). ZWD will create a closed loop option for the apparel industry to aid in ending the catastrophic pollution that plagues the earth and tarnishes our reputation as designers. This process will create jobs as well as a workforce training program for the future innovators of zero waste design that needs encouragement as we think about the future of our planet.