Speaker Series

During the year, we invite fashion industry CEOs and presidents to campus to speak with our graduate students about their rise through the corporate ranks - their challenges, their successes, and their advice for our students as future leaders in the fashion industry. These frequent opportunities to interact with fashion industry executives give our graduate students insight into what it takes to reach the top of a company. 

Uri Minkoff

Co-founder & CEO, Rebecca Minkoff, LLC

Shauna Mei

Founder and CEO, AHAlife.com

Marc Schneider

CEO, Kenneth Cole Productions

Some past speakers in our C-Suite Speaker Series have included: 

  • Steven Sadove, CEO of Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSN, Inc.
  • Paul Charron, former CEO of Liz Claiborne, Inc. 
  • Eugenia Ulascewicz, former president of Burberry Americas
  • Susan Davidson, president and CEO of Zac Posen and Scoop NYC
  • Mindy Meads, former CEO of Aeropostale 
  • Denise Seegal, executive director of Magaschoni Apparel Group, Inc., former CEO of Nautica
  • Jill Granoff, former CEO of Kenneth Cole Productions
  • Susan Falk, former CEO of Betsey Johnson
  • Jeffry Aronsson, former CEO of Chado Ralph Rucci, former CEO of Oscar de la Renta
  • Peter Kim, Founder of Hudson Jeans
  • Mark Mendelson, CEO of Ellen Tracy
  • Gary Sheinbaum, CEO of Tommy Hilfiger North America
  • Ellen Rodriguez, CEO of French Connection USA
  • Ben Fischman, CEO of Rue La La
  • Lisa Gersh, Former CEO of Martha Stewart Omnimedia
  • Karen Castellano, CEO of T.R. Designs (Tracy Reese)
  • Chris Fiore, President of Henri Bendel
  • Rachael Shechtman, Founder of STORY
  • Howard Levitt, Former CEO of Tourneau
  • Andrew Jennings, CEO of Karstadt Group
  • Paul F. Rosengard, president of Li & Fung USA, Men's Apparel
  • Glenn McMahon, Former CEO of St. John
  • Rick Helfenbein, president of Luen Thai USA
  • Bud Konheim, CEO of Nicole Miller
  • Michael Gould, CEO of Bloomingdale's