NYCEDC and 92nd Street Y today announced the inaugural class of NYC Fashion Fellows, and the start of a year-long fellowship program for these rising stars in fashion management. The 20 fellows will receive executive-level mentoring, networking and community-building opportunities, as well as continuing education workshops with industry professionals and their peers. The program will help fellows achieve the next stage of career growth, increase their value to their current employers, and strengthen New York City’s community of fashion professionals as a whole.
Over the next year, NYC Fashion Fellows will have the opportunity to attend relevant programming at 92Y, including the StyleCaster’s State of Style Summit; the Fashion Icons series with Fern Mallis; and Captains of Industry, a series of interviews with business leaders. Throughout the fellowship, fellows will also participate in educational seminars and skill-building workshops as well as breakfasts with fashion industry CEOs.
“We are excited to welcome the members of the inaugural class of NYC Fashion Fellows who, through this program, will develop skills that will help accelerate their careers in fashion. These fellows will have the unique opportunity to receive one-on-one mentorship from some of New York City’s top fashion executives, positioning them well to become the next generation of leaders in this bedrock City industry.” – NYCEDC President Seth Pinsky
All selected fellows have at least five years of work experience and currently work at NYC-based companies or internationally-based companies with US headquarters in NYC. The NYC Fashion Fellows Class of 2013 includes:
Sarah Adelson, CEO and President, Sally LaPointe
Jon Alagem, CEO and Founder, Trendabl
Jessica Begley, Manager of College Relations, Bloomingdale’s
Yvonne Botchey, Founder and Chief Principal, YYB Luxury Brand Consulting
Annie Chen, Senior Manager, Global Merchandising for Handbags, Coach
Jenel Chesley, Director of Operations, Tucker by Gaby Basora
Hillary France, Vice President of Sales, Merchandising, Operations & Marketing, Kimberly Ovitz
Melissa Hall, Founder, The Emerging Designer
Alison Jonas, Strategy Associate, LF Beauty
Tracy Kennard, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Lauren Moffatt
Alice Kim, Asia Pacific Retail and Wholesale Director, Diane von Furstenberg
Priyanka Sen Kundu, Product Development Manager - Handbag, Coach
Amy Levin, Founder and Creative Director, College Fashionista
Leah Macdonald, Senior Manager, E-Commerce, Alice + Olivia
Kate Nadolny, Account Manager, Men’s Sportswear, Furnishings and Kid’s, Lacoste Wholesale
Stacey Nathan, Manager Japan Merchandising, Tiffany & Co.
Guilford Robinson, Vice President of Finance and Operations, PVH Corp. - Retail Management Division