Emily Friedman, Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), Senior Commitments Manager
Jacquelyn Costello, AAS Jewelry Design, BS International Trade & Marketing
Elizabeth Pulos, BS International Trade & Marketing
Meghan Navoy, BS Textile Development & Marketing
Caitlin Powell, BS Textile Development & Marketing
Daniel Silverstein, BFA Fashion Design
Speakers and Presenters
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
Kindley Walsh Lawlor
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.
While earning her degrees in Jewelry Design and International Trade and Marketing,
Jacquelyn Costello 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
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.
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 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 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.