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Talking Trade @ FIT Lecture Series



Technology in International Fashion Trade
Friday, 2 May, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
FIT's Katie Murphy Amphitheater on the ground floor of the Pomerantz Center on the northwest corner of 27th St. and 7th Avenue or online at

In collaboration with the New York District Export Council as part of its World Trade Week event 

Moderator: Prof. Christine S. Pomeranz, Chairperson, Department of International Trade and Marketing, FIT

Paul F. Magel,
President, Application Solutions Group, Computer Generated Solutions, Inc.
Marc Ionnotta, Sr. Director of IT and IP, IT, Alice + Olivia
Phil De Pasquale, Director of PreSales, Application Solutions Group, Computer Generated Solutions, Inc.
Dana Hall, Intern, Computer Generated Solutions, Inc., ITM 2014

The Speakers will introduce BlueCherry’s comprehensive suite of integrated apparel software solutions, provide a demonstration of its features, and discuss a fashion company’s experience with the system.


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The Effect of T_TIP on the Fashion Industry
Thursday, March 13, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
John E. Reeves Great Hall, Ground Floor between the Marvin Feldman and Pomerantz Centers

Moderator: Matt Miller, Editor, Global Business Navigator

Arthur Bodek,
Partner, Grunfeld, Desiderio Lebowitz Silverman & Klestadt LLP
Justine Badimon, Director, Regional Initiatives, US Council for International Business (USCIB)
Maristella Iacobello, Vice President, Customs Compliance & Government Relations, PVH Corp. 

The panel of industry experts will discuss the effects the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) will have on the global fashion industry as they relate to international business and intellectual property rights.

Specifically, they will touch on the Challenges of the TTIP Negotiations including:

- Different labeling and product safety requirements between EU and US are identified as the two leading regulatory hurdles for the apparel business.
- Minerals reporting requirements, customs procedures and chemical management regimes.
- Disparate and rigid legislative procedures and regimes


Lessons from a Global Sustainability Leader
Thursday, February 20, 2014
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
John E. Reeves Great Hall, Ground Floor between the Marvin Feldman and Pomerantz Centers

Guest Speaker:  Julie MacKenzie, Senior Advisor, Sustainability, United Nations,
will discuss the trials and tribulations of managing a sustainability movement at the United Nations.


Careers with a Conscience: Working in Global Social Responsibility
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Organized with the cooperation of the FIT Club on Corporate Social Responsibility

Elizabeth Pulos, President,
FIT Student Club on Corporate Social Responsibility

Amy Hall,
Director of Social Consciousness, Eileen Fisher
Susan McPherson, SVP/Director at Fenton Communications
Nadiyah Bradshaw Spencer, Sourcing & Production Expert Specializing in Africa and Other Emerging Markets; Head of Production/Sourcing, SUNO
Summer Rayne Oakes, Environmental Scientist, Model and Social Entrepreneur

The panel will consist of four experts in corporate social responsibility (CSR), who will discuss the best ways to prepare, search and interview for jobs and internships in CSR. Panelists will explore the range of available options, including supply chain management, public relations and marketing, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), social entrepreneurship and international volunteering.


Navigating Customs Clearance
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
In collaboration with the US Department of Commerce and European American Chamber of Commerce
Prof. Sonja Chapman,Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of International Trade and Marketing, Fashion Institute of Technology
Robert Cavallone
,Deputy Chief, Passenger Processing, John F. Kennedy International Airport/NYFO and the JFK Customers team
Nicholas J. Recupero,Customs and Border Protection Officer, DHS
Frank, J. Desiderio,Esq., Partner, GDLSK - Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman, & Klestadt, LLP
A panel of experts will discuss the typical issues and challenges faced by importers and exporters and propose ways to streamline the process to ensure smooth clearance of goods and services through country borders..  


South East Asia:  The Next Engines of Growth
Thursday, May 2, 2013   

In collaboration with the New York District Export Council and The United States - Indonesia Society

Tanjila Islam,
Chief Executive Officer, TigerTrade
Panelists:  (click here for program)
Ma. Theresa (Tess) Dizon-De Vega, Deputy Consul, Philippine Consulate General, New York
Svida Alisjahbana, Chief Executive Officer, Femina Group and Founder & Chair, Jakarta Fashion Week
Prof. Anna Blume, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of the History of Arts, FIT
Linh M. Nguyen, USA General Manager, TNG Investment and Trading JSC
Mr. Muhd Shahrulmiza Zakaria, Trade Commissioner / Consul (Trade), Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE)

The speakers will discuss how the fashion industry is helping to fuel growth in this fast growing area including the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and the rest of the region. 


Careers without Borders
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Prof. Amanda Barlow, Director,
Marketing, Carnet and Trade Services Department, United States Council for International Business, ITM 2005
Alpana Aggarwal, General Manager,
Corporate Communication and Product Development, HLEL Shanghai, China, ITM 2006
Aaron Debrah, Senior Analyst, Relationship Care Strategy and Operations, American Express, ITM 2012
Bitu Cao Minh, Licensee Supervisor, Global Human Rights & Social Responsibility Program, PVH Corp., ITM 2006
Jennifer Raines, Senior Director of Retail, Lilly Pulitzer, Harvard MBA 2013, ITM 2006
Stephanie Reilly, Co-founder, Designer, and Chief Executive Officer, Bella Linea New York, ITM 2012
Nicole Tan, Content/Social Media Executive, Inverted-Edge, Singapore, ITM 2012
Michelle Weiss, International Enterprise Singapore, New York, and Co-President, Organization of Women in International Trade, ITM 2009
Andrea Xu, Associate Product Manager, Aeropostale, ITM 2009
The The panel will speak about how they mapped out their career following graduation from the Fashion Institute of Technology, their past and present strategies for developing their careers, and advice they wish to current students and prospective graduates going forward.


Global Sustainable Design and Marketing
Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lewis Perkins,
Senior VP, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute;
Sass Brown, Acting Assistant Dean, FIT’s School of Art and Design, author of Eco Fashion, and European Editor for Coco Eco Magazine;
Samata Angel, Global Campaign Director, Red Carpet Green Dress; and
Diane Ferraro, Founder, Urban Siren

Thursday, September 27, 2012Senior VP, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute;Acting Assistant Dean, FIT’s School of Art and Design, author of , and European Editor for ;, Global Campaign Director, Red Carpet Green Dress; and, Founder, Urban Siren.

Panelists will discuss the importance of sustainability in global fashion, providing their unique insights on the stages of design, manufacturing and marketing.

The Sustainability Council of the Fashion Institute of Technology is pleased to give its Stamp of Support for this event. 


Global Sourcing Today and Tomorrow
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Master of Ceremonies:
Prof. Josh Green
, Chief Executive Officer, Panjiva







Hatun Aytug
, Senior Vice President, Product Management Warnaco, Calvin Klein Jeans and Underwear
Joseph Blumber, Co-Founder and Partner, Grupo M
Steven Hurwitz, Senior Vice President, Tumi
Bill McRaith, Chief Supply Chain Officer, PVH Corp.

The distinguished panel will speak about the evolution of global sourcing from a region- or country-centric orientation to multiple-countries of origin and distribution as influenced by the emergence of new growth markets, the necessity to diversify portfolios, the innovation of transportation and communication, as well as the establishment of free trade agreements, security procedures, and product safety measures. In view of the savvier customers around the world, brands are having to be smarter about addressing the nuances, such as fabric, finish, fit, and functionality, that the design,
merchandising, and sourcing teams have to keep in check in order to implement a successful global business model.


Export Promotion Marketing
Thursday, May 3, 2012

Moderator: Donna Sharp, Senior Partner, SHARP GLOBAL

Amanda Barlow,
Manager, Carnet Development, US Council for International Business
Herb Ouida, International Trade Consultant
John Stillwaggon, Accounts Receivable Specialist, Accounts Receivable Risk Management, LLC

The panel will discuss the different government and financial programs to help exporting companies expand aboard.


Creating Sustainable Futures: Women’s Empowerment through the International Fashion Industry
Thursday, February 23, 2012

Moderator: Chrissie Lam, Senior Concept Designer, American Eagle Outfitters & Founders of the Supply Change
Richa Agarwal
, Project Leader for BRAC Aaron or Susan Davis, President and CEO of BRAC USA
Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO, Women’s World Banking 
Craig A. Leavitt, CEO, kate spade new york
Deborah Lloyd, President and Chief Creative Officer, kate spade new york
Benjamin Stone, President and CEO, Indego Africa

The panel discussed and examined the challenges to empower low-income women and improve their quality of life through the lens of the international fashion industry from three different perspectives: access to financial services, access to markets, and financial education / capacity building. 

Creating Sustainable Futures Video
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