Recaps of Fashion Business Webinars
Past Meet the Fashionistas Webinars
Financing an Omni Channel Fashion Business
Presented By: Tim Moore, Hilldun Corp
Tim Moore, Executive VP of Hilldun Corporation discusses the key financial fundamentals and how to finance an omni channel fashion or luxury brand business.
About Tim Moore
Executive VP and Director at Hilldun Corporation is an expert in the Key Financial Fundamentals in the Fashion Industry and how to finance an omni channel fashion business. Hilldun has been financing fashion brands along with manufacturers, wholesalers, importers, and service providers across a wide range of industries since 1958. Hilldun provides credit protection/Accounts Receivable management, accounts receivable and purchase order financing along with a variety of other financial programs. Hilldun represents over 500 of America's top fashion designers including R13, IRO, Jason Wu, Ulla Johnson, Nili Lotan, Naeem Khan, Mansur Gavriel, Cushnie Et Ochs, ALC, Jonathan Simkhai, Isabel Mirant, Mara Hoffman.
Supply Chain of the Future
Presented By: Nancy Marino, Columbus Consulting
Nancy Marino, Principal at Columbus Consulting, and an expert in Go-To-Market Strategies discusses the Supply Chain of the Future.
About Nancy Marino
Nancy Marino is a Principal at Columbus Consulting with a proven track record of successfully leading retailers and brands for implementation of processes from design to delivery and development of their Go-To-Market strategies. She is respected for her leadership skills and project management oversight for executing system initiatives and international acumen having managed global sourcing and buying offices in over 50 countries. Nancy is a decision leader and change management expert. Nancy’s focus is on merchandising, product development, international operations, and supply chain strategies from design to delivery for retailers and brands.
Nancy most recently was EVP/Chief Supply Chain Officer of Gloria Jeans located in Russia and prior to this assignment was President of Design, Sourcing & Production for Russell Newman, an intimate apparel company selling to U.S. and International better specialty, department and mid-tier stores. Prior to joining R.N. Designs, Nancy was Senior Vice President of Hanes Branded Apparel, responsible for international operations for Hanes’ buying offices worldwide, including oversight for sourcing and production for all branded apparel brands.
Nancy also lead Brand Development and Worldwide Sourcing, as Senior Vice President for Sears, with offices located throughout the Far East, South East Asia, and Europe. Nancy was responsible for the design and development of all Sears’ Private Brand programs for Apparel and Home Fashions, along with direct responsibility for Sears’ International Buying Offices worldwide, providing merchandising, quality control, technical design and support for production follow up and compliance.
Prior to joining Sears, Ms. Marino was President and CEO of Linmark, an international sourcing agent operating a B2B Global Marketplace, which provided a trading environment for worldwide sourcing and production for hard lines and apparel. Before joining Linmark, Ms. Marino was President and CEO of Frederick Atkins, a leading international marketing and product development buying office wholly-owned by U.S. and international department stores with a combined retail sales volume of $14.0B.
Nancy also spent over 8 years at Associated Merchandising Corporation as Executive Vice-President, International Operations, Sourcing and Production. AMC was one of the largest overseas buying agents with offices in 54 countries.
Nancy started her career at Federated Department Stores and held various buying and management positions before joining Bradlees as Senior VP/GMM of Softlines, followed by an assignment at Lerner's, a division of The Limited, as VP/GMM.
The Future of Digital Marketing
Presented By: Madison Fiore, Hawke Media
Madison Fiore, Director of Growth at Hawke Media and an expert on Performance Marketing and Business Strategies.
About Madison Fiore
Madison Fiore is a Performance Marketing and Business Strategist at his core. Over the last 10 years, he has worked with and professionally consulted over 200 brands.
As the Director of Growth at Hawke Media, an award-winning Outsourced CMO and marketing agency, Madison has helped scale the agency from less than 50 employees to over 150 by growing, grooming, and managing Hawke's 20+ consulting team. In three years with Hawke Media, Madison has contributed to remarkable revenue growth from $5M in 2017 to $20M+ in 2019.
Prior to Hawke, Madison co-founded and launched three brands while consulting on dozens of other projects with clients in a variety of industries. This experience led to his passion for supporting brand's growth. As an entrepreneur and brand marketing expert, Madison has become a trusted advisor and partner to companies of all shapes and sizes including Hawke Ventures.
Protecting Your Brand and the New Rules for Influencer Marketing
Presented By: Danielle Garno, Cozen O’Connor
Danielle Garno, co-chair of the Retail Industry Group at the law firm of Cozen O'Connor and an expert in fashion start-ups and multinational global brands.
About Danielle Garno
Danielle focuses her practice on issues faced by the fashion community, including startup phase and commercial advice, intellectual property such as trademark and copyright infringement, social media marketing, advertising, and anti-counterfeiting, as well as employment and general business litigation. She has significant experience litigating both individual and class actions. Danielle also has a substantial white-collar practice, defending businesses in white collar disputes, alleged fraud actions, and federal and state indictments. When necessary, she also manages internal investigations and represents clients before state and federal regulatory bodies.
Danielle represents fashion clients of all sizes from startups to multinational, global brands, helping them navigate through legal issues as well as counseling them on growing and sustaining a successful brand. She is co-chair of the firm's Retail Industry Group.
Danielle has written extensively and lectured all over the country on topics relating to fashion law and currently teaches fashion law at the University of Miami School of Law. She sits on the board of trustees of the YoungArts Foundation and is also counsel to the nonprofit organization Style Saves. Her work has been recognized by Florida Trend, Florida Super Lawyers, and Law360.
Danielle earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Miami and her law degree, cum laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law.
Fashion's Rebound, the Importance of Having the Right Accounting Relationship
Presented By: Stuart Mayer, Prager Metis
Stuart Mayer, Managing Partner of Prager Metis CPAs in New York City. Stuart is an accounting expert specializing in fashion, retail real estate, technology and entrepreneurial services.
About Stuart Mayer
Stuart H. Mayer is a Partner of Prager Metis CPAs. Stuart has over twenty years within the accounting profession, with experience in the Fashion, Real Estate and New Business Development industries. He also serves as the Managing Partner -New York, NY Office.
Stuart focuses his practice on new business and client development. He has been instrumental in the strong growth of clients in the fashion and apparel industries. His expertise working with online media and interactive services companies has helped guide them successfully through mergers and acquisition deals. Stuart’s proficiency in those industries was demonstrated when one of his clients was featured in the Wall Street Journal for impressive financial growth.
Stuart has significant experience in certified audits and reviews of financial statements. He works extensively with the real estate industry, including CIRAs, developers, management companies and rental companies.
Stuart has been featured as “Executive of the Month” by New York Real Estate Journal and was selected as a “Top 40 Under 40” by Long Island Business Journal.
Stuart joined Prager Metis upon the combination with Mayer CPAs LLP and Prager Metis in 2016.
State & Local Taxes: How Fashion Businesses Can Maintain an Edge and Mitigate Risk
Presented By: Chris Vignone, PM Business Advisors
Chris Vignone, CEO & Managing Director in Business Advisory at PM Business Advisors in New York City. Chris' specialty is in Credits & Incentives and Tax Controversy, and is an acclaimed thought leader in the area of Sales & Use Tax. Chris discusses State & Local Taxes: How Fashion Businesses Can Maintain an Edge and Mitigate Risk.
About Chris Vignone
Chris has over 20 years of experience providing business advisory services to corporate America. His clients include many Fortune 1000 companies, and he is an acclaimed thought leader in the area of sales & use tax. Chris has maintained the role of advisory practice leader for several firms before taking the helm as CEO for PMBA in 2015.
Experiential Branding and How to Reach Your Customer Post COVID-19
Presented By: David Pilnick
About David Pilnick
David Pilnick is a proven branding executive with over 30 years of experience and expertise in Global Branding and International Retail Development.
As President of Pilnick Associates LLC, David provides advisory services to the private equity, retail, fashion and beauty industries.
Prior to founding Pilnick Associates, David was SVP of International Business Development at Hudson’s Bay Company/Saks Fifth Avenue where he was responsible for leading Saks Fifth Avenue’s international development strategy including the opening of 8 full line Saks stores in the Middle East, Central Asia and Mexico.
Prior to his leadership role at Hudson’s Bay Company/Saks Fifth Avenue, David held executive positions at Liverpool Mexico and Bloomingdale’s where he worked under the leadership of Marvin Traub.
David has been interviewed and quoted in International publications including Forbes, The International New York Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and Women’s Wear Daily and is a frequent speaker on International Business Development and Global Branding.
David holds an MBA from New York Institute of Technology and a BSc from New York University.
Fashion Brand Building & Strategic Sales
Presented By: Steve Trayner, Barbarian Marketing
Steve Trayner, Managing Director at The Barbarian Agency, a fashion business development, and creative consulting firm in New York City. Steve started his career in advertising for Nike, BMW, and Mini, and has worked as a consultant, or in executive leadership roles in New York and Los Angles for Stutterheim, Kappa, Daniel Wellington, Weatherproof, and other influential international and domestic brands. Steve brings years of holistic product development, sales strategy, and business trajectory understanding to growing brands. Join us to discuss Brand Building & Strategic Sales.
About Steve Trayner
Steve Trayner is the Managing Director at The Barbarian Agency, a fashion business development, and creative consulting firm in New York City. Steve started his career in 2007 in advertising for Nike, BMW, and Mini in Australia. He has worked as a consultant, or in executive leadership roles in New York and Los Angles for Stutterheim, Kappa, Daniel Wellington, Weatherproof, and other influential international and domestic brands. Steve brings years of holistic product development, sales strategy, and business trajectory understanding to growing brands.
The Future of Sustainability
Presented By: Kristen Kern, AAFA
About Kristen Kern
As Manager of Supply Chain and Sustainability Initiatives, Kristen leads the AAFA Sustainability portfolio, working with government and industry professionals to further environmental sustainability in the apparel and footwear industry. She also leads the AAFA Product Safety portfolio, collaborating with stakeholders to create best practices and regulations for safe, quality products for consumers. Kristen holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Fashion Merchandising and Design, and French, with a minor in Chemistry from Virginia Tech.
How to Build a Successful International Fashion Brand
Presented By: Mariam Bin Mahfouz, Julian Chang and Viviana Gabeiras
Fashion is at the intersection of creativity, innovation, art and commerce. A global industry that has accelerated its reach and impact significantly in the last decades.
As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) join us and hear from a panel of distinguished designer entrepreneurs from Saudi Arabia, Peru and Venezuela as they share their insights to create a global brand. Registration is complimentary.
Welcoming comments and introductions are provided by Beth Sobol, Founder & CEO of GFBA, and the webinar is moderated by Dr. Susan Amat, VP Education for GEN.
Fashion Consultant - Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds
Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds personifies the definition of a renaissance man. With over 20 years of professional experience in multiple industries, Hammonds has built a solid reputation as a multi-gifted and multi-purposed professional in his roles as a global educator, style expert, lifestyle consultant, and author.
Public Relations Expert - Cece Feinberg
For over 20 years Cece Feinberg has been at the forefront of fashion PR. Bringing together a unique mix of art, fashion, and luxury clients. Continuously delivering prestige value that defines and propels brands into that elusive and exclusive luxury market.
Super Stylist - Elysze Held
Style Out Of The City founder Elysze Held, is an inspiring and well known stylist, closet editor, Fashion Event Emcee, Trunk Show extraordinaire, image refresher, and STYLE discussion host. For over 30 years she has dressed everyone from ceo’s, supermodels, famous celebrities and socialites with her deeply personal and vibrantly versatile approach to building a wardrobe.
Sustainable Vegan Entrepreneurs - Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez
Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez worked together to develop a vegan leather made with nopal, a cactus. Its trade name is Desserto®. With an interest in reducing the environmental impact of traditional leather, they developed a product with equal performance and aesthetics, but also with greater sustainability.
Selling Live - Madison Schill
Madison Schill from Livescale TV -- the equivalent of QVC for the TikTok Generation - Live Shopping from the comfort of your mobile, laptop, tablet.
The Future of the Virtual Fashion Show: A Technology Summit
Anouk Wipprecht, FashionTech Designer, Engineer, Roboticist, Technologist, Innovator, Educator
Gonçalo Cruz, PlatformE Co-Founder, CEO
Daria Shapovalova, DressX Co-Founder, CEO
Natalia Modenova, DressX Co-Founder, COO
Beth Sobol, Founder, Global Fashion Business Alliance
Andrew Burnstine, Associate Professor, Marketing, Lynn University
2020 was a year of innovation, creativity and disruption. The traditional Fashion Show has been altered. Whether it's for the short, medium or long term basis no one knows. Lynn University, the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and the Global Fashion Business Alliance (GFBA) join forces to co-produce and co-promote a unique and special 90 min event showcasing technology, entrepreneurs and innovators behind Digital Fashion Shows.
Reboot: A Webinar on Approaching Your Bridal Industry Dreams - Motivation, Education and Access to Funding Opportunities
Beth Sobol, Founder, Global Fashion Business Alliance
Jane Heflin, Global Bridal Industry Consultant
Paulette Cleghorn, CMO, Designer & Creative Director Yumi Katsura Couture & Ashdon Brands
The Fashion Industry has seen a massive disruption in the last 18 months -- given the confluence of climate change, sustainability momentum, consumer consciousness, the alleged mall / retail apocalypse, the rise of the direct to consumer brands and a global pandemic. Creativity, pizzaz and innovation have given way to a reboot and a rethink about supply chains, operational efficiency, and inventory and cash management. If 2020 was the year of interruptions and survival, then 2021 is the beginning of the decade of resilience.
It's time to do things differently.
The Global Fashion Business Alliance (GFBA), World Bride Magazine (WBM) and Jane Heflin a Bridal Consultant, whose founders have deep experience in the Fashion Industry, with over 60+ years combine, have joined forces to collaborate on a comprehensive program geared to bridal designers and entrepreneurs who are ready to break out, get unstuck and grow. Join us on Wed. May 12th to learn more.
GFBA Education Program
Crowdfunding & Case Study
Pinterest Expert - Alejandra (Alex) Baca-Rodriguez
Alejandra (Alex) Baca-Rodriguez is a marketing strategist and Pinterest expert. She reaches over 18 Million viewers with her own Pinterest profile and uses her knowledge to help wedding pros reach millions with their audiences, grow their business, and book clients on autopilot.
How to Meet Buyers
Beth Sobol, Founder, Global Fashion Business Alliance
Ron Thurston, Retail Expert
Join us for a 60 min event to learn more about GFBA's 8 Week Virtual Fashion and Retail Business Management Program and hear directly from Beth Sobol, creator of Miami Fashion Week.
GFBA Education Program
GFBA Retail Fashion Industry
Retail Expert - Ron Thurston
You know who loves retail? Ron Thurston does, and he's proud of it. Ron shares his retail experience leading teams, launching brands and observing the changes of consumer behavior.
From a part-time sales associate to a Vice President of Stores, Ron has put in the hard work that a retail career requires. He wrote Retail Pride: The Guide to Celebrating Your Accidental Career to share what he learned along the way.
In 2021, Ron was named one of the world's Top 100 most influential people in retail and is a featured keynote speaker, podcast guest, and in-demand industry expert.
Meet The Fashion Institute of Technology Class of 2021
Presented By: Ron Thurston, Azka Agha, Darnisha Thomas, Jennifer Chi
How are the next generation of designers being influenced? Join the GFBA for an open discussion with recent fashion design graduates from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. With special guest retail expert Ron Thurston.