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Forever Employable
Most of us look for employment at some time in our lives. Journey with us as we search the meaning of “forever employable”…..from the latest survey by MOTIF on the “2020 State of Skills in the Apparel Industry”, containing recruiting trends and skill gaps. The Dean of Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) based in Los Angeles provides us insight on the path from student course curriculum, updates on evolving learning strategies, lifelong learning, and e-Portfolio musts for free lancers. Also joining us will be recently unemployed and the mid-career strategies that they are engaging to further reskill training and development, instigate their entrepreneurial vibes to ignite start-ups, and the importance of their network to stay engaged

Dec 10, 2020 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jill Coleman
VP Global Business Development & Sales @MOTIF
Jill Coleman serves a joint role as vice president of global business development and sales at MOTIF and global business development Alvanon, Inc. Prior to Alvanon and MOTIF, Jill served as global market development manager - compliance & technology solutions of Avery Dennison, where she was responsible for data project management of global markets, finessing the triangle sell with retailers, brands and factories. With over 30+ years experience in multi-tiered relationships from factory to retailer, Jill Coleman has an outstanding record in helping clients across the apparel value chain, from retail, manufacturer to suppliers. Jill is passionate about interconnecting the needs to the supply chain and pivoting the skills sets to succeed in today's landscape. Jill Coleman holds an International MBA degree from H. Wayne Huizenga School Of Business And Entrepreneurship, serves as a board member of AAPN, and is a key member of the Detroit Fashion Council.
Roni Miller Start
Dean of Academic Development Department Chair, Apparel Industry Management; Menswear @Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM)
Roni Miller Start is the Dean of Academic Development and Dept Chair of Apparel Industry Management &Menswear at FIDM. The college focuses on educating students for the Fashion, Interior, and Entertainment industries. Ms. Start has also taught at Golden Gate University, Mount St Mary’s University, Pierce College and Los Angeles City College teaching courses in marketing, economics, international business, advertising, trend analysis, finance and management. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from California State University, East Bay and her MBA from California State College, Northridge. Ms. Start was a retail store buyer for a major department store in the United States for over ten years and is considered to be one the leading experts in retail market planning, customer analysis, business opportunities and budgeting. She is the author of two textbooks: Effective Marketing Management and Merchandising Mathematics: A Marketing Approach.
Kirsten Harris
Principal & Managing Partner @EarthFirst Consultants
Kirsten K. Harris has spent the past 25 years focused on the Active apparel industry. A graduate of the University of Texas, Austin with a B.S. in Textiles and Clothing, Kirsten began her career at Nike’s WHQ working on product development in the Nike Team Sports division. Kirsten has also led Eddie Bauer’s Outerwear, Gear and Accessories team, Nordstrom’s Callaway Golf and Private label Women’s Active product development teams, and was recruited by Amazon to build the framework, sourcing strategy, and commercialization process of the Active apparel business for Amazon’s new Private Label division. Kirsten then pivoted to focus on marketing for Nilit for North America. Kirsten recently left Nilit to launch EarthFirst Consultants as the Principal and Managing partner, to focus on assisting both NextGen and power brands ensure that they have the necessary skillsets needed to commercialize and market apparel in a pandemically challenged world.