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GCNYC Hosts Industry Experts at Continuation of Retail Education Salon Series

20 September 2017

The celebratory event launched the Lead-HER-Ship program sponsored by the Carnival Foundation and the Retail Jobs Trajectory program sponsored by the Walmart Foundation. Attendees and participants interacted in an atmosphere focused on building intentional relationships, creating professional networks and honing leadership skills. Invitees experienced a discussion surrounding leadership development and career advancement for women specifically in the retail sector.

"We are delighted to welcome Dress for Success Worldwide back on campus this fall. As the University for the Common Good, we empower our students and staff with the knowledge and skills to confront global challenges and embrace industry opportunities," said Cara Smyth, GCNYC Vice President, "The Fair Fashion Center at GCNYC is working to prove the business case for sustainability, and we, like Dress for Success, believe that the apparel industry can be a powerful force for good."

Mistress of Ceremonies Amy Tashjian, Sr. Director of Worldwide Programs at Dress for Success Worldwide introduced both workshops to be held that evening: The Power of Networking, led by Angela Williams CPO at Dress for Success® Worldwide and, Building Intentional Relationships, led by author Pasha Cook. Other remarks and acknowledgements were given by Ky Shabazz, Dress for Success Brooklyn and Queens, Regina Norman, Dress for Success Manhattan, and Cara Smyth, GCNYC Vice President and Founder of the Fair Fashion Center.

"Dress for Success is thrilled to be continuing this partnership with GCU NYC. Their collaboration at our event tonight underscores our joint commitment to the shared goals of providing the next generation of leaders in the retail or adjacent sectors with a roadmap for success, training and skills advancement, and professional development through the Lead-HER-ship and Retail Jobs Trajectory programs," said Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide.

These series of events with Dress for Success Worldwide officially launched in September of 2015 with a discussion by Angelina Garneva, Policy and Program Manager at New York City Employment and Training Coalition, and Candice J. Ward, District Director My Stylist at Macy's, which focused on creating pathways to successful careers. Over the past two years, GCNYC has hosted a stream of events in the Manhattan location, provided subject matter experts and moderators and has served as an incubator for the series. The collaboration has helped to promote the economic independence of women by providing career development tools to help them thrive.