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October Guest Speakers in Introduction to Management


Visual Manager for Bulgari and LIM alum speak in Intro to Management

Kristen Conklin’s Introduction to Management class continues featuring interesting guest speakers from the fashion industry with two more presenters in October.

On Wednesday, October 7th, Visual Manager for Bulgari Christian Seno will speak. Christian studied Painting and Drawing at The Cooper Union School of Art (Class of 2005) and the Chelsea School of Art and Design in London. After graduation, he worked at Louis Vuitton in sales and visual merchandising. In September 2006, he left Louis Vuitton to manage the Dolce and Gabbana shop at the Men’s Store at Saks Fifth Avenue. He moved to his current position at Bulgari in the spring of 2007.  

As Visual Merchandising Specialist at Bulgari, Christian is responsible for overseeing visual merchandising in the wholesale and accessories business in the United States and Canada. In addition to his merchandising duties, Christian works on numerous projects with the Special Events and External Relations departments, designing events for Save the Children, High Jewelry Trunk Shows, and various press launches.
On Monday, October 26th, LIM alumna Paloma Belara will speak. Paloma was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and gives credit to New York City for developing her business-savvy state of mind. With an education in Fashion Merchandising Management and Marketing, she began her career in the music industry when the playing field was shaken by the development of mp3s and iPods. A brief position at a digital distribution company gave Paloma the opportunity to attend the Midem Music Conference in Cannes, France, where she discovered the desire to pursue a career in music on her own terms. Paloma has since taken on artist management, publicity, promotions, distribution, and licensing, combining her well-rounded background in the music business with her roots in fashion and retail. 

Paloma also incorporates education with youth into her work, and is currently creating PR/Marketing workshops for the classroom as well as mentoring and partnering with several youth organizations. With the Bay Area as her home base, Paloma’s efforts are focused on building the awareness of independent businesses through publicity and marketing with her company, Papa Lo Down.

Professor Conklin is also the General Manager of the legendary Henri Bendel flagship store located on 5th Avenue.

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