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Alumna to speak on fashion apparel experience

April 5, 2013

Design and Merchandising graduate Elizabeth Steed will be speaking on her extensive experience within the fashion apparel field Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in room A103 of the Chemistry Building.

“Elizabeth has an impressive background in product development with companies such as Tory Burch and Juicy Couture and technical design experience from Tracy Reese and DKNY,” said Kendra Allen, CSU Apparel and Merchandising director of academic and administrative operations.

With experiences from such well-known brands, Wednesday’s event, “Life of a Product in the Global Marketplace,” is something you won’t want to miss.

Executive in Residence

Steed’s presentation “Life of a Product in the Global Marketplace” is only one aspect of her two-day stay as that eighth Executive in Residence or EIR.

“In those two days we carefully craft a schedule that allows the EIRs time within our classes where their expertise will provide insight into our apparel and merchandising and interior design classes,” Allen said.

When asked why Steed chose to be a part of the EIR program she said, “I would have liked to have been spoken to by someone in the industry when I was in school so it didn’t seem so scary or unknown. There is a lot that you learn from job experience that you can never get in the classroom.”

Job experience advice

This idea of job experience is one that Steed emphasizes when giving advice to current apparel and merchandising students.

“Do an internship if you can- it was what got my foot in the door. Don’t be above any job or task you are given and aspire to learn, ask questions and do anything,” Steed said.

With the job placement rate at 80-90 percent for apparel and merchandising students after graduation, Allen attributes this success to internships as well.

“Like Elizabeth, the opportunities that our students are having in their internship placements are a reflection of our strong curriculum. Many of our students continue working full time at their placement after their internships end Likwe LikwLiLIkw,” Allen said.

Excitement and opportunity

With such an experienced alumna coming to campus, this open to the public event is a great opportunity for students and community members alike.

We are thrilled to have Elizabeth Steed coming to visit as our ninth Executive in Residence. From past Executive in Residence visits, we know that having alumni here to talk with our students and community about the industry has proven to be a valuable experience for our students, our programs and the community,” Allen said.

The Executive in Residence is supported by the Kotsiopulos Education Enhancement Fund. The Department of Design and Merchandising is in the College of Health and Human Sciences, formerly Applied Human Sciences.

Want more?

For more information about Steed or her presentation “Life of a Product in the Global Marketplace” on Wednesday April 10, contact Kendra Allen.