GCU New York hosts retail career development conversation

04 December 2015

GCU New York hosts retail career development conversation

In partnership with Dress for Success®, GCU New York hosted a conversation entitled ‘The Community of Fashion: Connecting Career Pathways to Job Mobility’, the third of a seven-part salon series in retail education.

The panel focused on ways to cultivate job mobility and career advancement and to stimulate employer productivity through positive workforce environments.

The panel featured John Seery, Vice President of the Fifth Avenue Club and Personal Service Experiences at Saks Fifth Avenue; Karen Newman, Senior Consultant for the United Nations Development Programme; and Mileisa Gomez, Education Advocate at Advocates for Children of New York and former career training program specialist at Henry Street Settlement. Frank Zambrelli of the design, sourcing and branding firm Banfi Zambrelli and Chairman of the Accessories Council moderated the salon.

The panelists discussed best practices, training programmes and services that aim to improve low-income women’s long-term employment prospects and that support employers in filling a broad range of skills requirements.

“GCU is committed to sharing best practices in the fashion industry. With our Dress for Success partnership we are able to empower the future of the fashion industry with key learnings and training programmes to create a positive workplace atmosphere,” said Cara Smyth, Founding Vice President at GCU New York.

Angela Williams, Executive Vice President of Program Development at Dress for Success Worldwide, said: “The Salon Series, hosted in partnership with GCU, is a great opportunity to engage diverse stakeholders, encouraging them to think outside the box and take a creative approach to collectively designing best fits between training programs, employers and job seekers. My recommendation for maximising the value proposition of training programmes is to ensure that the focus is placed on unveiling the leader in each individual, by expanding their horizons and encouraging them to see how dynamic they truly are. Leadership skills and attributes are universal.”