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Spring 2021 News & Events

Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology Dean's Forum
Presents: Leslie Short, CEO and President of the Cavu Group Moderated by
Assistant Professor Elena Romero of Advertising & Marketing Communications on "Power, Privilege and Support: Leadership, Company 
Culture, Representation and Building a Business."

When: Thursday, March 25th at 12:30pm on WebEx

From the FIT Newsroom: 
Baker School of Business & Technology Faculty discuss adapting to remote learning. 

Spring 2021 Talking Trade @ FIT forums 

Managing Your Suppliers During the Pandemic
When:  Tuesday, April 20, 3:30–5 pm
Where: online, click on name of event to access the session  

This event will provide different perspectives, one on apparel and the other on vaccines, on how the pandemic has reshaped the way companies are managing the logistical challenges of their supply chains. (in collaboration with the New York District Export Council on the occasion of World Trade Month)
Moderator/Co-Arranger: Mr. David Uricoli, CSR and Sustainability Consultant, Uricoli Consulting Inc.
Panelists: Phil Marsom, Director of Internal Audit, Factory Compliance, VF Corp.; Jeffrey Debany, Assistant Director, Corporate Partnerships, UNICEF USA, ITM '08; Joe Ruiz, Vice President, UPS Foundation

Other News and Events

Special Virtual Guest Lecture on Women Leadership
When: Tuesday, May 4, 6:308 pm 

Rep. Carolyn Maloney will speak about the ways she has helped New York entrepreneurs of small- to medium-sized businesses flourish. (in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce and New York District Export Council on the occasion of World Trade Month)
Moderator: Nancy Ploeger, Executive Vice President, International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge Awards
Ngozi Okaro, Founder of Custom Collaborative, Selected for Kate Spade and Conscious Company's World-Changing Women List, and Recipient of Gucci Changemakers Impact FundBarbara Barran, Founder of Classic Rug Collection and NYDEC Legislative Committee member; Irina Kapetenakis, Vice President of Succhi Inc., Founder of Obscur Intimates, and Advisory Board Member of Fashion Institute of Technology's International Trade and Marketing program; Wendy Shen, CEO, Flomo USA

Skill Building and Hiring Practices During the Pandemic

When: Thursday, May 6, 6:30–8 pm
Where: online, click on name of event to access the session  

The panel will focus on building valueble skills, the interview process, and networking in the home-based work place. (in collaboration with the New York District Export Council on the occasion of World Trade Month)
Moderator/Co-Arranger:Sonja Chapman, Associate Professor, Dept. of ITM, Jay and Patty Baker School of Business & Technology, FIT
Panelists: Esther Murry, Principal Administrative Associate, NYC Department of Finance, Certified Career Coach, and ITM '12; Matthew Prail, Vice President, Human Resources, Golden Touch and Jaclyn Groups; Victoria Selig, Marketing and Business Development Assistant, Mallory Group, and ITM’2020

Dr. Jay and Patty Baker Help Honor the Memory of a Beloved Friend

Steven FrumkinSteven Frumkin, Dean of FIT’s Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, passed away on July 23, 2020 due to COVID-19.

Beloved by faculty and staff, he was known for his kindness, sense of fairness, his inimitable humor, and the support he provided willingly to all. He happily mentored new faculty and was deeply student-centered.

His family—in collaboration with the FIT community and thanks to a generous gift from Dr. Jay and Patty Baker—was able to establish The Dean Steven Frumkin Scholarship Fund at FIT in his memory. The scholarship will help financially disadvantaged students studying in the School of Business and Technology, providing them with tuition assistance and other critical support so they can pursue their dreams.

He is sorely missed, but thanks to the generous support of Dr. Jay and Patty Baker, we can honor his memory by giving the gift of education to FIT students.

To donate:
https://impact.fitnyc.edu/ stevenfrumkin

Technical Design students big win at Gerber Ideation Conference

Winner Alan Ramo, a recent Technical Design graduate, won for his laser cut coat with attachable dress. The coat is made of biodegradable pineapple leather-like fabric. Ramo used technology and sustainable fabrics to win the competition. Three other Technical Design students were finalists. They all won Accumark software and Ramo also won 3D software. The convention took place at the New York Marriott Marquee.

TC students win Gerber
Technical Design students and their models. Left to right: John Bell, Nicole Pearson, Taylor Byron, Alan Ramo  


 Event: The Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology Dean's Forum,
featuring the Business of Modest Wear
Wednesday, October 10 at 6pm in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Modest wear has gained in popularity with Christian, Jewish and Muslim women thirsty for

stylish clothes that satisfy their religious preferences and for women with a preference for wearing less skin-revealing clothes.

The audience will hear from modest wear industry professionals Lisa Vogl, Director of Verona’s Collection which is sold on Macy’s.com and through her store in Orlando, FL., Nailah Lymus, CEO of Underwraps, the first Muslim/Modest female modeling agency, Veronica Marrinan, one of the partners in Litany, a modest wear company targeting Catholic women, and Sumiyyah Rasheed, CEO, SWH Apparel, a domestic manufacturer of plus size women’s active wear and lingerie. The panel will be moderated by the renowned plus size advocate, Catherine Schuller, CEO/Executive Director of Runway the Real Way. 

The panel will address and dispel myths and stereotypes commonly attributed to modest wear consumers, such as the misconception that equates modesty with drab or lack luster apparel and style. “Just because a woman dresses modestly doesn’t mean she’s lacking in fashion sensibility, said Ms. Rasheed. Furthermore, we want to encourage the future designers to explore a career in the lucrative modest wear industry and, armed with their technical and creative expertise, they can lead the effort in the fashion industry to bring fashionable styles and change to the market place.”

There will be a Q&A session after the panel discussion.

This program is part of FIT’s Civility Week, which seeks to engage the community in a
discussion of respectful ways of living and learning. Learn more at fitnyc.edu/civilityweek

To watch the Dean's Forum again, click on below link.


News: FIT Awarded Accreditation of Its Business Programs

The Fashion Institute of Technology’s Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology has been awarded accreditation of its business programs by the Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of  Commissioners of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

FIT Awarded Accreditation of Its Business Programs (FIT Newsroom)

Event: The Business of Curves: Fashion's Future

The Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology Dean's Forum, in collaboration with Technical Design
Wednesday, November 15, 6pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall

Watch the Archived Live Stream

The Dean's Forum will present “The Business of Curves: Fashion’s Future,” featuring industry pioneers and visionaries Emme, Susan Moses, and Catherine Schuller. This groundbreaking event will highlight the extraordinary growth and expansion of the plus size fashion marketplace. The forum is designed to introduce and encourage Business and Technology students to think about the business of design with integrity and high style for all women, to eliminate the dearth of options still faced by this demographic, and to embrace the concept that curvy women are glamorous, fashion forward, and a highly lucrative untapped market. Fern Mallis, creator of New York Fashion Week, will moderate the presentation and question and answer session.  “The Business of Curves: Fashion’s Future,” heavily supported by fashion and beauty brands, modeling agencies and retailers, will also feature a video presentation, fashion show and exhibit.  The Dean’s Forum takes place at 6:00 pm in the John E. Reeves Great Hall.

About the Presenters

Emme, known as the first plus size supermodel, is a five-time author, former television show host and founder of Fashion Without Limits, a design initiative promoting the creation of size 12 and up designs. 

Celebrity stylist Susan Moses’ is the author of The Art of Dressing Curves, touted as the plus size fashion bible by InStyle magazine. Her talent has been showcased on red carpets from the Oscar’s to the Grammy’s, in print and television advertising and a host of magazines.

Catherine Schuller is a former model, image consultant, curator of Runway the Real Way, a monthly, diverse fashion event, and an instructor for FIT’s Petites and Plus Size Continuing Education Studies.

Special Guest Moderator

Fern Mallis is the award winning creator of New York Fashion Week. She has also been called an industry titan, doyenne and the Godmother of Fashion. As the creator and host of the premiere conversation’s series Fashion Icons w/Fern Mallis at New York’s prestigious 92nd Street Y, Mallis has assembled and interviewed a stellar roster of fashion insiders.

Event funded by the Student Faculty Corporation.

News: Dean Frumkin interviewed by Salon

Under Armour is betting high-tech “Made in U.S.A.” apparel manufacturing will revive its growth

News: FIT Wins World Retail Congress Competition a Third Time

Meghan McCarty, Eleonara Mazzetti, Alaina McGuihan, and Yuen wing Tai

FIT’s winning team: Meghan McCarty (FBM), Eleonara Mazzetti (FBM), Alaina McGuihan (CFM) and Yuen wing Tai (AMC)

April 2016For the third time in four years, a team of four students in FIT's Jay and Patty Baker School of Business, representing the U.S.A, has won the Retail Future’s Challenge, an international competition that takes place at the annual World Retail Congress.  The FIT team traveled to Dubai and topped teams from Portugal, Hong Kong, Italy and England with Fora., a retail concept that "revolutionizes the status quo of department stores."

News: FIT Wins World Retail Congress Competition for 2nd Consecutive Year

World Retail Congress winners

The student team with their award (left to right): Victoria Kulesza, Paula Cushman, Alison Rebozo, and Cassandra Napoli

October 01, 2014. For the second consecutive year, a team of four students in the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, representing the United States, has won the Retail Futures Challenge, an international competition that takes place at the annual World Retail Congress. The FIT team, who traveled to Paris for the competition, bested teams from Hong Kong, London, Tokyo, and Marche, Italy, on September 30, with their concept for the Samsung Life Store "The Smart Apartment."

Paula Cushman is a second-semester student in the one-year program in Advertising and Marketing Communications. She is from Locust Valley, NY. Victoria Kulesza is a fifth-semester Fashion Merchandising Management student from Morris Plains, NJ. Cassandra Napoli is a seventh-semester International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries student from Glen Cove, NY. Alison Rebozo is a seventh-semester FMM major and comes from Hillside, NY.

For the 2014 competition, the student teams were challenged to develop a new retail concept for the Samsung Life Store. They had to consider the needs of the millennial consumer in order to understand how the "internet of things"—the connected home, the convergence of products, and changing lifestylesdictates the look, role, and delivery of a store selling Samsung appliances. Based on this, each team developed a retail store concept that included a basis for their concept, an explanation of the shoppers journey, a business model, and an earnings forecast. Samsung worked closely with the competing teams to advise and mentor the development of their ideas.

Each teams preliminary work had been submitted prior to the competition. Then, the retail concepts were displayed at the World Retail Congress, with teams on hand to discuss their concepts with executives. Finally, the teams made formal presentations to a panel of judges and an audience of retail executives.

The panel of senior retailers, design experts, editors, and Samsung executives included Ian McGarrigle, founder and chairman, World Retail Congress; Gerald Reitmayr, head of retail Europe, Samsung; Robert Thiemann, founder and editor in chief, Frame; Alexander Salzer, COO, Liganova The Brand Retail Company; Bernie Brookes, CEO and MD, Myer Holdings Limited; and Nora Fehlbaum, co-CEO, Vitra. 

"It really says a lot about the students and FIT that we have won this major competition for the second consecutive year," said Robin Sackin, chair, Fashion Merchandising Management, and advisor for the FIT team. "The students gave an exceptional presentation. They worked extremely hard and made all of us at FIT so proud."

News: FIT Wins World Retail Congress Competition

Four FIT students participated in the World Retail Congress Competition held in Paris from October 7-9, 2013. Alexis Katsafanas (FMM), Jaime Duncan (FMM), Eleanor Arye (AMC), and Wen Jenny Zhao (TDM) presented their idea to take the retailer STORY and expand it to Paris and other cities around the world. Theirs was the winning presentation. The team was accompanied by FMM Chair, Robin Sackin.

World Retail Congress winners