As an industry think tank, the FIT Masterís program has organized business conferences, seminars, panels, and speaker series on topics including luxury branding, marketing, retailing, leadership and business innovation, in cooperation with leading firms that include Target, LíOreal, Procter & Gamble, Estée Lauder, LVMH, Disney, Mastercard, The Wharton School and IDEO. Each year, the programís graduates present innovative solutions to industry issues before an audience of more than 700 cosmetics and fragrance executives, with a question and answer session moderated by the Wall Street Journal.
Often called upon as an industry expert by the press and an invited speaker by groups such as American Express, The New York Times, The Wharton School, Sothebyís Institute of Art, and BBC Radio, Professor Kanlian previously held marketing and business development positions in the corporate, public and nonprofit sectors. He was also as a diplomatic officer candidate with the U.S. Commercial Service in Washington, D.C., where he led delegations of consumer product CEOs to overseas markets for meetings with potential business partners, including organizing a Model American Home in an shopping mall on Singaporeís famed Orchard Road He continues to lead trips to Europe and Asia each year for his students, meeting with industry and thought leaders, to ensure they develop a global perspective in retail, marketing and branding.
Professor Kanlian serves on the Board of Directors, and the Strategic Initiatives Committee, of the Personal Care Products Council, the industryís regulatory and advocacy arm based in Washington, D.C. For the Fragrance Foundation, he has served for many years as a judge for the annual Fragrance Awards (Fifiís), and in academe, he has served as a member of the curriculum committee of the Levin Institute in New York City, and a member of the Industry Advisory Board for the business school at Durham University in Great Britain. In May 2008, he was a recipient of the Chancellorís Award for Excellence in Teaching from the State University of New York.
As a Presidential Management Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, he earned a Masterís in Public Administration and as a Rotary International Fellow, he earned a Master of Artís degree in the European Common Market, from Durham University in Great Britain. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, where he was a Regentís Scholar.