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Recap: Mark Weber, CEO Speaker Series

Posted by Gabrielle Aranda on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 @ 02:08 PM

Mark_Weber_JacquiThe former Chairman and CEO of Donna Karan International, former CEO of Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy USA and the author of Always in Fashion, Mark Weber, paid a visit to the MBA and MPS students of LIM College on Tuesday night, February 17. Mark really captivated the students with his passion, wit and stories on how he has climbed the ladder of success.

He explained how “the Godfather” analogy helped him aspire to be the best that he can be. In the logo of the Godfather, you see the image of a puppeteer running the show. Well, Mark did not want to be at the bottom of the strings—having a puppet master dictate his every move. In terms of relating it to the fashion industry, Mark said that he loved design but explained that he was not an expert on finance or merchandising. He already realized that by not understanding these two important disciplines, he would inevitably end up at the bottom of the strings. He needed to study these aspects in the industry. Mark went out of his way to excel in these fields because he knew what he had to do in order to succeed.

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When asked why he got into fashion, Mark said, “He ended up here by accident.” Actually, he had always wanted to be a newscaster, but was lucky to get into the fashion industry because, as he said, it’s relatable and easy.

He quickly found what his strengths were and used them to his advantage. Mark said that he has always been a student of life and people. In the first chapter of his book, he emphasizes, “You have to know how to relate with people if you want to be in business.” According to Mark, it’s all about building and forming relationships and it’s equally important to find people that you emulate and respect.

Mark went on to explain that one can truly be successful only when you are able to identify what you excel in. On our own journey to success, he said, you are always going to meet people who aren’t good—but great at what they do.

It’s essential to keep adding to your experiences and wisdom, said Mark. “The more experienced you are, the more it adds to your package.” He explained that your package is your brand and it’s extremely important how you present yourself in the dog-eat-dog world of fashion.  

He continues to give advice on making negotiations in business, and said that leverage is always with the person who can walk away. When you show that you are in need of something only that person can give, Mark said, you are already giving away the possibility to make further compromises. A good negotiation is when both parties leave the room satisfied.

He concluded by saying that balance is another important factor in being successful. According to Mark, business life and family life have to be attended to with equal weight. Mark Weber is a proud father and loving husband. One of his sons was in the audience, smiling at his father, as he was giving his talk. Mark’s success would be incomplete without the love and support he continues to receive from his family.

Mark Weber's autobiography will be available at the LIM Bookstore until Friday 2/27. $30.50 plus tax.

Gabrielle Aranda

 

 

Topics: careers, CEO Speaker Series, Always in Fashion, career advice, Mark Weber

Tenacity Rules! (When getting an internship.)

Posted by Gabrielle Aranda on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 @ 01:24 PM

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"Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.”

- Louis Pasteur

I have always believed the old adage that experience is the best teacher. Don’t get me wrong—theoretical learning is just as important. I value the lessons I learn in my classes but more than that, I love hearing about my professors and their careers, and how much of the knowledge and skills they’ve acquired has come from their experiences.

With this on my mind, I decided to take on an internship. I figured I would get the best of both worlds by learning in the four walls of a classroom while getting my foot in the door with an internship.

I went on so many fashion sites and blogs to look for the perfect one. As an international student, it wasn’t easy for me to find an internship because I didn’t really have that many connections in the city. Unfortunately, not a lot of the companies I sent my resume to, got back to me but, I was persistent. I wasn’t going to take no for an answer. I sent emails and drafted various cover letters. I also asked a few of my friends to edit my resume.

I was scheduled to meet up with my career adviser so I decided to consult her about my dilemma in finding an internship. When I met up with her, she told me about Symplicity, which had a ton of listings for internships. I also saw that they were accepting volunteers for fashion week. So, I applied to be a volunteer for Altuzarra during market week. Fashion week was just around the corner so I made the most out of it and I also decided to volunteer for a series of fashion shows for Australian designers, which I also came across in Symplicity.

A few days later, I got an email from Atluzarra for an interview! When I want to their office, I didn’t realize that I was being interviewed for an internship and not just for fashion week. This was a hidden blessing because I didn’t get a chance to be too nervous. Then a week later, I got an email saying that I have been offered a fall internship in the wholesale department. I was thrilled! Here’s what I learned in my journey to find an internship.

1. Don’t be afraid to talk to your career adviser. They are there to guide and impart knowledge.

2. Use all avenues in looking for an internship. Explore various fashion sites as well as Symplicity.

3. Have someone check your cover letter and resume. It’s always good to have a second set of eyes in making sure your resume reflects all your strengths.

4. Never give up! Persistence is key. Right now, with fashion week coming up again, companies, designers or stylists are in need of happy helpers! Even just assisting them for one day could help widen your network and eventually, this could become an internship or a job!

With the spring semester just beginning, I encourage everyone to get an internship. It’s a great way to learn and network at the same time. Good luck in landing your dream internship!

Gabrielle Aranda

 

Topics: New York Fashion Week, internships, career advisor, Symplicity, Tenacity, Atluzzara

LIM Grad Student Turns Dreams Into Reality

Posted by Gabrielle Aranda on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 @ 11:33 AM

GabrielleSome people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them.

- Anonymous  

Growing up in the Philippines, I’ve always dreamed of studying fashion in NYC. I got my undergraduate degree in economics, but I’ve always been intrigued by the creativity and beauty of the world of fashion. So after graduating, I decided to do a 180 and visit my sister who lives in New York, and take a short fashion course. I enjoyed my experience, but my stay was short-lived and I eventually had to return home.

I worked for a couple of years in Manila as an assistant to a celebrity stylist. It was a great way to immerse myself in the crazy and spontaneous side of the industry. Someone told me that if anyone really wanted to be in fashion, they should experience living and working in the center of it all—New York City, the fashion capital of the world.

The MPS Fashion Marketing program at LIM College Graduate Studies became the obvious choice for me. No other school in the city offered the same Master’s program. Months after sending my application and the nerve-racking wait, I was more than pleased to receive my acceptance letter to the program beginning in the fall of 2014.

Everything was falling into place and before I knew it, I was on my way to New York. The city was just as vibrant and exciting as I remembered. I wanted to make the most out of my time here so I also took on an internship because my classes were at night. I interned for the women’s clothing brand Altuzarra in the wholesale department, and worked closely with the sales team in organizing the collection for market week—which is just as busy as fashion week.

I didn’t realize that the workload from school and the responsibilities from my internship would be difficult to balance. On top of that, I had to adjust being away from the familiarity of home and my loved ones. I told myself to snap out of it. Who was I to complain? I was studying in one of the best fashion schools…and in the best city in the world!

All it really took was some getting used to, a lot of sacrifices and following through on the journey that I embarked on. After all, it is not our decisions that make us who we are but our commitment to them. I was out of my comfort zone but I’ve never been more comfortable. I enjoyed the independence and the freedom of being on my own.

Don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t easy to have all these on my plate but, I know that these challenges have helped me develop my character and bring me one step closer to reaching my goals.

This affirmed my dreams and I immediately started looking for schools and programs that would help further my career. I love the artistic side of fashion but with my economics background, I knew that it would have to be supplemented with knowledge of the business side of it. I would really like to work in Public Relations or Marketing for a luxury fashion brand one day and eventually have my own company.

Gabrielle Aranda

Topics: public relations, fashion marketing, mps, LIM Graduate Studies, LIM Grad Student

CEO SPEAKER SERIES: ERIK NORDSTROM

Posted by Paul Mucciarone on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 @ 03:58 PM

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Erik Nordstrom visited LIM College to participate in our monthly CEO Speaker Series for the Center for Graduate Studies. Of the many topics he mentioned, Nordstrom’s customer focused strategy was the one that left a major impression on the audience. LIM College interviewed a few graduate students who talked about the experience from their point of view. 

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LIM College:  What was the most interesting thing Erik spoke about?

Nargiza Dakmak, Graduate Student: The most interesting thing for me was to learn that Nordstrom’s philosophy is focused on customer and making his/her life easier. The customer is the most important segment followed by sales and support people because they have direct interaction with the customers. The executive team and board of directors are at the bottom.

Uzoma Ejiasa, Graduate Student: Their # 1 goal is to make sure customers feel good because the better service you give the more you sell. 

Brittany Alexander, Graduate Student: What was most interesting to me were how new trends like personalization, strategic partnerships with other brands, fast in-store check-out, organic searches, social engagement and embracing social media were the best channels of spreading awareness incorporated in Nordstrom’s business strategy.

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LIM College: What are some of the audience’s questions for Erik?

ND: I asked if he had any recommendations for students graduating this term. Erik recommended to be curious, passionate and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

UE: I asked him was his first job in fashion. His first job was a shoe sales associate at Nordstrom, where he started his retail career.

BA: I asked him how are pop up shops affecting operations/sales at Nordstrom and how are they going to compete with Amazon if they open up a store in Seattle next to their flagship. 

LIM College: What advice did Erik leave you with?

ND: Make yourself an expert of what you are doing.

UE: Be willing to learn and find answers, never be afraid to ask questions.

BA: Have passion and excitement of what you are doing and understand every part of your company.

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Erik Nordstrom was named president of Nordstrom Direct, the company’s $1.6 billion online, full-price business in 2014.  "As we work to further leverage our capabilities across Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com in what today is a growing $10B regular price business, we believe this move will help us meet that goal " said Eric Nordstrom. 

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Topics: graduate school, Nordstrom, fashion, amazon

CEO Speaker Series: 12 Lessons to SUCCEED in the Fashion Business

Posted by Paul Mucciarone on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 @ 04:44 PM

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Have you ever heard of or seen a house coat? Most will quickly say no, until they see what one looks like. It will bring you back to that childhood memory where your grannie serving you cookies and milk wearing this comfortable dress with a zipper up the front, probably in a loud color or print.

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When I think of house coats, I usually think of cheap, matronly, brightly-printed sack dresses sold on the sidewalk outside the dollar stores in my neighborhood. In the early 1900s, a house coat was a woman's robe or dress-like garment for casual wear around the house. No woman would be caught wearing this running household errands or hosting a dinner party.

You might be thinking to yourself, why is this vintage obsession of an era way before our time relevant? The reason is that the grandson of the creator of the house coat visited LIM College this past week. Charlie Komar of Komar, Inc. participated in LIM College's CEO Speaker Series on October 15, 2014.

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Charles Komar (our guest speaker's grandfather) founded The Atlas Underwear Company in 1908. After WWII, Sidney, Herman and Harold Komar joined and the company became Charles Komar and Sons. Today, third generation Charlie and David operate the brand as Komar and have transformed it to a small domestic housecoat manufacturer to a global sleepwear and intimate industry leader. 

Mr. Komar offered lessons for the graduate students in hopes of applying them to their careers in fashion companies and entrepreneurial ventures.  Here are Charlie Komar's top 12 pieces of advice for thriving in the fashion business. 

 

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  1. If you want to be successful in business don’t just STUDY accounting, LEARN accounting. Understand how to read financial statements. Without this knowledge it will be very hard to succeed.

  2. Being a good sales person is more important than you realize…SMILE, don’t BAD MOUTH, ask QUESTIONS and LISTEN more than you TALK. 

  3. Merchandising 101...FIND THE WHITE SPACE!

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  4. A sale for the sake of a sale is useless, know your costs to insure all sales are profitable.

  5. If a bank does not want to loan you money, don’t take it personally. Listen to their reasoning, they might be smarter than you are.

  6. There are times in business where you have to make TOUGH DECISIONS. You always have to keep your eye on the overall success of the business even if it means making very PAINFUL CHANGES. 

  7. If you have a weakness, seek out help sooner rather than later.

  8. Inventory is milk not wine. Manage your inventory, always value it conservatively.

  9. Always believe, never give up!

  10. Learn from your mistakes.

  11. Don’t be afraid to hire people that are smarter than you are!

  12. When considering an investment don't focus on how much you can make, focus on how much you can lose. Understand the downside and can you afford it if things go wrong.

 

 

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LIM College Graduate Students Travel to Seattle to Attend Shop.org 2014 Summit

Posted by Paul Mucciarone on Thu, Oct 16, 2014 @ 11:48 AM

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More than 5,400 students and professionals gathered in Seattle for the Shop.org Summit, a 2½ day event specifically for digital and multichannel retailers. Attendees got the rush of discovering new ideas while building strong relationships with the brightest and most innovative players in the digital retail world.

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Theodora Papamihalakis and Nargiza Dakmak were given the opportunity to attend the event in Seattle. Both MBA students were chosen by LIM College based on an essay submission and their passion to pursue a career in ecommerce.  

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At the summit, a variety of panel discussions took place including  a keynote speech by Jamie Nordstrom, president of Nordstrom stores, who told Student Program attendees at the Shop.org Summit that the company’s location is a reminder that retailers must constantly innovate or risk extinction. “When you stop evolving with your customer, you die,” he said. He was passionate about his retail journey and encouraged students to work in retail.

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As part of the Shop.org Summit Student Program, students had the opportunity to sit down with retail veterans. Students received career advice and learned what soft skills are needed to successfully transition from the classroom to the workplace. Theodora and Nargiza both got the opportunity to be mentored by Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, CEO and Co-Founder of Gilt Groupe, Mindi Grossman, CEO of HSN and more. Check out this YouTube video of the mentoring session from Shop.org. (LIM College MBA students Theodora and Nargiza make their brief appearance 00:56 seconds into the video) 

 

LIM College graduates also were given  a tour of Amazon from one of its communications reps. Amazon has what is probably the biggest urban office space in the world. Its main offices are just a few blocks from Lake Union, right in the heart of Seattle. It's less than 30 minute walk from downtown, or tourist spots like Pike Place Market, or nice neighborhoods like Queen Anne. Amazon's buildings blend right in with their urban environment. Walking past Amazon's buildings, you wouldn't even realize you were in the middle of its corporate headquarters unless someone told you. 


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Topics: Nordstrom, fashion, retail environment, seattle, Ecommerce, shop.org

CEO Speaker Series: Daniella Vitale, COO and SVP of Barneys New York

Posted by Paul Mucciarone on Tue, Oct 07, 2014 @ 01:22 PM

Work ethic, leadership and mentoring are the three key points Daniella Vitale, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Barneys New York, spoke about at the most recent CEO Speaker Series at LIM College Center for Graduate Studies. Students eagerly listened to the advice Daniella voiced to MBA and MPS students along with the esteemed faculty and members of the college.

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"Work ethic is a skill of one's personal development" mentioned Daniella Vitale to the audience of attentive students. Barneys’ chief operating officer and senior executive vice president urged graduates to endure their first jobs with vigor, insisting that a positive attitude will serve them well. She also offered to, “...enjoy what you do. Have fun and laugh along the way because people underestimate the power of humor and how that shapes a career. I know that my success has also been being able to laugh at many situations over my tenure in this industry.”

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Graduating from LIM College years back, Daniella spoke of her many jobs throughout her career. Starting from Ferragamo to Gucci and ending at Barneys New York, leadership has always been present in her positions from assistant merchandiser to senior vice president. She mentioned that her mentors, two people with whom she worked while she was at Gucci and Ferragamo, kept her driven to succeed and move on to bigger and better positions.

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Daniella Vitale delivered the keynote address at LIM College’s 75th annual commencement exercises on May 22 at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York.  Daniella received LIM College’s Distinguished Achievement Award and an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree at the ceremony. “I am honored to receive this recognition and more importantly getting any opportunity to speak to a graduating class on all the good things to come,” said Vitale.

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Topics: mps, MBA, LIM, barneys ny, fashinvest

Fashion Industry Mentoring Opportunities for Graduate Students

Posted by Paul Mucciarone on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 @ 02:12 PM

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Whether you aspire to become a buyer, a merchandiser, a PR manager or an e-commerce expert, "making it" in the fashion industry doesn't come easy. Mentoring events are an essential activity for graduate students because it provides a systematic way to meet and speak with professionals in the fashion industry who can offer advice, encouragement, and support concerning future career goals.

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Every mentor has something to offer, and the benefits of mentoring can go both ways.  Mentors have information, contacts and perspectives to share which can help students to more clearly focus on their long term ambitions, hidden talents and skills as well as how to map out a strategy to achieve professional goals. 

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For a mentor, it means stepping back from the routine, giving a glimpse of what the future could be like, and of their everyday lives in a broader context.  Mentoring helps our students see themselves in terms of their ultimate potential to contribute to the fashion industry.

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 (Bird's eye view of mentoring event)

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(MPS Students With Mentor, Nicole Porco - Account Executive at LF USA)

LIM College’s inaugural Mentoring Event offered MPS students the opportunity to hear firsthand from fashion industry professionals who are also alumni of LIM College. They shared their journey and experiences leading to their current positions.  The event took place in Maxwell Hall, where LIM College’s alumni mentors gathered to share their experiences within the fields of merchandising, planning, buying, management, e-commerce, global licensing and more. They opened the program by sharing their advice for getting started in the industry. 

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(Mentor Gina Mercatili, Merchandising Coordinator at Barclays Center & Brooklyn Nets, with MPS students)

“Network, network, network…” Jacquelyn Wenzel, President of JWmerchandising, mentioned to our MPS students at the event. Along with  Erica Young, eCommerce Marketing Manager for Ashley Stewart, their advice to the  students was that networking and maintaining relationships is going to be their biggest asset in “making it” in the fashion industry. While another mentor, Gina Mercatili, Merchandising Coordinator at Barclays Center & Brooklyn Nets encouraged the MPS students, “to know the value their work and never forget what they’re worth”. Nina Pantano, Associate Inventory Planner at P&G Fragrances at Macy's reminded the students that, “you learn something every single day and by acting like a sponge, absorbing as much as you can from everyone you meet can help greatly in your career”.  

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(From Left to Right: Erica Young, eCommerce Marketing Manager, Ashley Stewart, Jacquelyn Wenzel, President at JWmerchandising)

Keithen Polk, MPS Fashion Merchandising student, was the key note speaker for the event. Keithen mentioned that, “having a mentor is an extremely important key to succeed in our careers because they can provide direction, knowledge and experience in order to be led on the right path.” 

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(Nina Pantano - Associate Inventory Planner - P&G Fragrances at Macy's with MPS student)

“Believe it to achieve it to live it. Think about it.”-Keithen Polk 

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(Steven Robinson - Sr. Director of Sales and Merchandising - Juniors/Girls 4-16 at Xing Lin USA International)

The MPS Mentoring Event concluded with our graduate students having the chance to speak in small groups with the mentors. After our students wrapped up their conversations, the remainder of the evening featured “free networking” allowing our graduate students to strike up conversations with any other mentors.  All in all, there were a lot of business cards exchanged and many valuable relationships were started. The students left the event with useful advice that will help them navigate their career goals and valuable professional connections.

 

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(Rahul Zala - Operations Analyst: Warranty and Repairs Department at Alexander Wang with MPS students)

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(Jacquelyn Wenzel, President at JWmerchandising, sitting with MPS students)

(Rahul Zala, MBA - LIM COLLEGE ALUMNI 2013)

 

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Topics: LIM College, mps, networking, fashion, Mentoring, professionals, careers, fashion master's degree, fashion careers, fashion education

CEO Speaker Series: Michael Gould On Leadership

Posted by Paul Mucciarone on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 @ 03:54 PM

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 “Every one of us has it in themselves to be a leader”, said former CEO of Bloomingdale’s, Michael Gould, inspiring the graduate students of LIM College. In his most recent visit to LIM, he participated as the keynote speaker in the CEO Speaker Series where he gave a presentation about leadership, integrity, discovering opportunity and following your curiosity. 

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Michael Gould is known for encouraging today’s young professionals to become leaders. Having decades of  retail experience under his belt, , he has learned that leadership doesn’t come easy unless you work for a company that will provide opportunities to allow growth and empowerment which eventually lead to leadership roles. During the 2008 economic crisis, Bloomingdale’s, like many other companies at the time, had to make strategicbudget cuts, but Michael Gould prevented any decrease in spending for employee leadership training.  “You need to give people the opportunity to grow, that’s what it’s about. You can’t stop learning. Life is about education.” Mr. Gould is a strong believer that having trust and allowing others to trust you contributes to the leaders that are born or created in an organization like Bloomingdale’s. Mr. Gould clearly mentions that becoming a leader starts with integrity and is followed by intellectual curiosity. 

“The most precious and tangible quality of leadership is trust” – Michael Gould, Former CEO Of Bloomingdales

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Living in the generation where every aspect of our lives are being supported or enhanced by new technology, Michael Gould passionately spoke about how brick-and-mortar channels can avoid disintegrating.

He mentioned that if “four-wall businesses” are creative they have a far better opportunity than they ever before.  “We’ve been going to the market since the time of the Greeks. We want to be connected. I don’t see brick and mortar going away. You can’t make a connection online. You can go to the store and make a connection.” 

Post-Bloomingdale's, Michael Gould is occupying his time ensuring that leaders are being encouraged daily. During his speech he frequently referred to American writer John Gardner and his essay on personal renewal, which he himself refers to daily for his own personal renewal.  “I want to be relevant. I want to continue to learn....The day anyone on the job stops learning, that’s the day you take the pictures off your desk and go somewhere else to work.”

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Topics: LIM College, Bloomingdales, CEO, grad school, Leadership

10 Reasons Why You’ll Love Studying At LIM College

Posted by Paul Mucciarone on Tue, May 20, 2014 @ 04:31 PM

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Coming to study in the Big Apple? LIM College's Center for Graduate Studies is the best choice for practical and theoretical training in the business of fashion! Here at LIM College, we are sure that your academic knowledge and professional career will rise all the way to the top of the Empire State Building! 


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10 Reasons Why You’ll Love LIM College:

  • The City that Never Sleeps, the Capital of the World, whatever you want to call it, New York is an exciting place to live. There is always good food, new Broadway shows, and plenty of opportunities to visit a museum or two. From student discounts to countless inexpensive dining options, you don’t have to break the bank to go to grad school. Some of the best things to do in New York are free or cost very little: visit Central Park, grab a Citibike and ride down the West Side Highway to Battery Park while taking in the amazing views of the Hudson River!

  • Access to industry professionals is an important component of an LIM College education. CEO Speaker Series and Fashion Insiders Speaker Series are just two of the many ways LIM College exposes their students to industry experts who in their unique way, have made their mark on the fashion world.

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  • Internships will provide you with intensive hands-on experience in the fashion industry. Symplicity is LIM College's jobs and internships database. Students can search for full-time positions before graduation and internships while an LIM College student. Some of the companies where our MBA students have interned include Chanel, Bergdorf Goodman, Michael Kors and more. 

  • All coursework revolves around the fashion industry. LIM College is exclusively devoted to the business of fashion. The best way to grow in this challenging and competitive field is to focus your classroom learning on the industry thus becoming a true fashion expert.  

  • Small classes, many of which focus on active learning based methods that involve “hands-on,” experience-based classroom work. 

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  • LIM College Professors understand the fashion universe inside and out. LIM College faculty members are published authors, nationally known experts, in-demand speakers and experienced professionals in every aspect of the business of fashion. They’re also dedicated teachers who care about your professional and personal success. Professors work closely with students offering professional industry experience with a personal approach.

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  • Friday Seminars Series aid students by exploring many subjects that are vital to the fashion industry. Covering a variety of topics such as social media in retailing, Adobe Photoshop, design sketching and much more, these weekly seminars prepare you to a become well-rounded professional in the fashion industry. 

  • The Department of Experiential Education & Career Management at LIM College welcomes companies to our campus for many kinds of recruiting events, including Career Fairs and on-campus interviews for graduate students seeking jobs and internships. 

  • As you pursue an advanced degree at LIM College, you’ll experience the energy and excitement of urban life.  LIM College offers a friendly, close-knit environment where each student feels like they are part of a family. A truly rewarding college experience means a lot more than just going to class, working on class projects, and gaining experience in the industry. At LIM College, we know that attending graduate events, exploring the city, making important professional connections and forming lifelong friendships are just as important as your classroom studies.


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 (In photo: Jacqueline Jenkins, Director of Graduate Studies at LIM College, with graduate students)

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Topics: admission, life in NYC, 5th Ave., grad school