This Tuesday, March 22 at 7:00pm, SHEI Magazine will host "Work It", a fashion career forum, at the Michigan League Ballroom. Work It was created as a way to engage students interested in building a career in the fashion, luxury, and publishing industries through a series of speaking engagements followed by a networking session. If you've ever considered working in fashion, PR, or social media, Work It provides a great opportunity to hear from and interact with thought leaders in the field.
The event will feature 6 speakers from Shinola, Bloomingdales, and many others. Speakers for the evening include:
Christopher Hull, Head of Merchandising at Shinola
Chris joined Shinola in the Fall of 2015 as the Head of Merchandising, leading the “go to market” vision for the Shinola stores and digital channel including product adoption and storytelling. Prior to Shinola, Chris held several global leadership roles within Nike, Inc including product management, retail strategy, and merchandising. Most recently Chris led footwear merchandising and product creation for the Converse brand (a subsidiary of Nike, Inc) in Europe.
Jacqueline Ranieri, Founder and President of Jacqueline Rose Jewelry
Jacqueline Rose Ranieri is the Founder & President of Jacqueline Rose Jewelry; a positive energy jewelry line dedicated to funding educational resources for foster children in NYC. With over a decade of experience in the fashion jewelry industry, she has successfully executed product launches and assortments for leading brands such as Anthropologie, Nordstrom, BCBG and many more. She has a vast array of industry knowledge, ranging from manufacturing and trend forecasting to entrepreneurship. Jacqueline is currently the Foster Leader Representative for her hometown of Brooklyn, NY, where she conducts fashion workshops for underprivileged youth in the local community. She is inspired by her own upbringing as a foster youth and adoptee and enjoys giving back.
Farissa Knox, Founder and President of WhatRUWearing
Farissa Knox is the Founder and President of WhatRUWearing, one of the leading mobile fashion forums for the style savvy and fashion obsessed. She also holds the same titles for her seven year old boutique advertising agency, RLM Media.
At the young age of 27, Farissa made the life-changing decision to step out on her own and start her own business, but she did not stop there. After a couple of years into her first company, the idea for WhatRUWearing came to her and it was then Farissa decided she wanted to build the type of business empire that not only could make her a successful businesswoman, but be an inspiration to those paying attention.
Over the years, it has spiraled into positive success all while doing it with her own voice and her own style.
Amanda Munz, Founder of The Fashion Foundation
Amanda Munz is the Founder of The Fashion Foundation—a nonprofit organization that merges fashion with philanthropy. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Amanda began the organization as a place for designers and individuals to donate their unused merchandise for resale through an online store. With the funds raised through sales and donations, The Fashion Foundation purchases school supplies for students who do not have the means to afford them. To learn more about The Fashion Foundation, please visit www.thefashionfoundation.org
Bruna Camargo, Blogger and Author of StyleMile
Five years ago, the idea of making a living off of social media and blogging was just that – an idea. Today, Bruna Camargo is a prominent style blogger in the Detroit area, working full-time as a social media professional, part-time as a photographer and doing it all in a pair of stylish kicks. Brazilian bred with Detroit cred, Bruna created Style-Mile.com as an outlet for her overflowing wardrobe, knack for storytelling and sass-piration.
Lisa Wang, Omni Senior Assistant Buyer at Bloomingdale's
Lisa was born in Ann Arbor and graduated from Michigan with a BBA degree from Ross in May 2013. Before graduating, she was heavily involved with SHEI Magazine holding positions such as Assistant Editor, Fashion Editor, and Creative Director. Lisa pursued her interest in fashion with an internship after sophomore year at Marie Claire in NYC. Although this was a great experience, she realized she needed a more analytical and challenging role, which led Lisa to her next internship at Bloomingdale’s. After an amazing experience, she accepted a position as an assistant buyer after graduation. Lisa’s first role was in Contemporary Collections with Vince and Theory, and in Summer 2015 she was promoted to Senior Assistant Buyer in Tees and Active. This is Lisa’s third year living in NYC and she is more in love with the city than ever!
"Work It" is free and open to all University of Michigan students. Doors open at 7:00pm on Tuesday, March 22, with the first speaker scheduled to being at 7:30pm. Dress code for the event is business casual.