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MBA Alumna Finds Success Working in China


Fabric Nkonye Nmorka helped develop featured on cover of WWD

The November 29 cover of Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) featured a garment from Ivanka Trump’s women’s apparel line made from fabric that Nkonye Nmorka, who graduated from LIM College’s MBA program in May 2011 helped develop.

Nkonye, who is from Bowie, Maryland, currently works as a Merchandiser of Raw Materials for GTL-Asia, Ltd., in Shanghai, China. In this capacity, she develops and supplies fabrics for many leading U.S. brands, including Gap, J.Crew, Ann Taylor, and Michael Kors.

A major function of Nkonye’s job at GTL is to serve as a liaison to the company’s customers. She receives inquiries about developing various types of fabric and then works closely with a production team and eventually with fabric mills to bring the client’s idea to fruition. Ensuring that customer quality and aesthetic standards are maintained throughout the process is an important part of her job.

Nkonye has been with GTL for just over nine months and reports that it has been an invaluable learning experience. She says, “I simply took advantage of some of LIM College’s best resources -- the professors. This started as a three-month training opportunity that I was introduced to by Professors Derek Cockle and Paula Wang. Then, within my first two months, I was offered a full-time position.”

She continues, “Living here in Shanghai and working with GTL at the source of production is enabling me to take my industry experience to the next level.”

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