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Murray Hill Institute invites you to a symposium designed to increase knowledge and appreciation of the fashion industry, and to create a network of students and young professionals interested in this field.  The symposium will bring together designers, boutique and department store buyers, bloggers and other opinion leaders, image consultants, and consumers.


Teri Agins
Fashion Journalism
Teri Agins is a freelance writer and the Ask Teri columnist at The Wall Street Journal.  Her second book  Hijacking the Runway, How Celebrities are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers, was published in October, 2014 by Penguin Random House. She has written for Vogue, Essence, Town & Country, Fortune and Harper’s Bazaar. She is a popular lecturer and has been a TV guest on “Oprah”, “Project Runway”, “The View,” “Full Frontal Fashion,” “The Today Show,” CNN, CNBC and Fox Business News.   Teri joined The Wall Street Journal in 1984, where she developed the fashion beat. Teri’s first book The End of Fashion, The Mass Marketing of the Clothing Business, 1999, Harpercollins, continues to be used in university fashion and marketing courses.

Paloma Diaz-Soloaga
Style Trends
Trends in fashion: we all follow them. But, did you ever wonder how trends are  created, and who are the trendsetters? Ms. Diaz-Soloaga will share the secret of trendsetting and how designers get their cue for what will hit the runway next. Discover how current fashion trends can be tailored to a style that reflects the real you.

Paloma is the Program Director of the Degree in Fashion Communication & Management of Villanueva University College. She graduated with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, in Journalism at Universidad de Carlos III, Madrid, and holds a doctorate in Advertising and Public Relations from UCM. She was a Visiting Research Scholar at Harvard University, Fashion Institute of Technology, UCSD and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She worked for five years at Telva, the principal Spanish women’s fashion magazine. She was Director for Communication and Fashion at ISEM Fashion Business School, Madrid.

Joan Volpe
Fashion Industry 101
How does fashion get from the drawing board into the dressing room? Drawing on 30 years of experience, Ms. Volpe will decode the complexities of the fashion industry by giving an insider's look at how fashion integrates a variety of industries, including textile, manufacturing, merchandising, distribution, and advertising to produce an apparel line and  explain the role of the global economy in this fast paced industry.

Joan is the Managing Coordinator of The Center for Continuing and Professional Studies, and Adjunct Professor of Fashion Merchandising Management at the Fashion Institute of Technology. The brands she manages are Professional Studies and Company Training Options. She oversees the creation, development, promotion, registration and financial management of over 500 short programs annually. A veteran of the fashion industry, Joan is also active in a variety of professional fashion and retail associations. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Caldwell College, and a Master of Arts from the New School University.

Karinna Nobbs
Building Brands via Social Networks
Ms. Nobbs, a seasoned digital branding and marketing specialist will explain, in practical terms, the emergence of social media as a dynamic influencer of how fashion brands reach large, highly targeted audiences and how  the customer experience, the sales process, and the  dynamic peer-to-peer approach to promoting, selling, and distributing fashion has been directly influenced.

Karinna is a researcher, consultant and senior lecturer within the fashtech field.  Currently she is creating the first ever Masters degree dedicated to Digital Fashion Strategy which is launching at The British School of Fashion London in Sept 2015.  Previously a senior lecturer at London College of Fashion and before that a visual merchandiser for Benetton, Kookai and Ralph Lauren, Karinna is completely curious about the spaces where fashion and technology collide.

Janice Chik Breidenbach
Beauty Inside Out
What makes a person beautiful? Explore the relationship between beauty, fashion, and self-image as Ms. Breidenbach reveals the essence of beauty and challenges women to see themselves differently.

Janice began her education at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, where she started learning violin at the age of five. Janice received her A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, while also majoring in Musical Performance. She earned an M.A. in Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Janice is currently an Assistant Professor in Philosophy at Ave Maria University in Florida.


Break-out Sessions:

  1. Become a Fashion Buyer with Jillian Scorsese Harsch, buyer, Barneys New York

  2. Fashion Journalism with Kara Eschbach, co-founder, Editor in Chief & Publisher of Verily Magazine

  3. Executive Presence Training for Leaders with Ginny Baldridge, President and founder of Your Executive Image, LLC

  4. A Day in the Life of an Image Consultant: is this profession for you? with Mary Sheehan Warren, co-founder of Elegance In Style and author of It's So You! Fitting Fashion to Your Life 

  5. Styling the look for less with stylist, blogger and social media guru Brynn Eliot Watkins

  6. Blogging - The best advice I have ever received with Katie Hinderer, freelance writer, high school teacher and blogger


Symposium organizers

Murray Hill Institute promotes effective and ethical leadership among women. The Institute, based in New York City, affirms women in the unique role they play in promoting a more just and harmonious workplace.

Centro Universitario Villanueva, a private university college accredited by UCM (Complutense University, Madrid), offers a degree in Fashion Communication & Management - the only BA degree program in Fashion Communications & Management offered by a Spanish university.

The Center for Continuing and Professional Studies of the Fashion Institute of Technology offers credit and non-credit courses in fashion, business, design, computer technology, and marketing, as well as a range of certificate programs to help one enter and advance in the fashion and related industries.