The U.S. Department of Commerce and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in honor of World Trade Month present a guest lecture on women leadership.

Login and watch keynote speaker, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, speak about how she has helped New York entrepreneurs and small- to medium-sized businesses to flourish.

Moderated by Nancy Ploeger, Executive Vice President, International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Awards. Panelists include:

  • Ngozi Okaro, found of Custom Collaborative, selected for Kate Spade and Conscious Company’s World-Changing Women List, and recipient of Gucci Changemakers impact fund.
  • Barbara Barran, founder of Classic Rug Collection and member of the New York District Export Council’s legislative committee.
  • Irina Kapetenakis, Vice President of Succhi Inc., founder of Obscur Intimates, and advisory board member of FIT’s international trade and marketing program.
  • Wendy Shen, CEO, Flomo USA.

FIT is an internationally recognized college for design, fashion, art, communications, and business. It’s known for its rigorous, unique and adaptable academic programming, experiential learning opportunities, academic and industry partnerships, and commitment to research, innovation and entrepreneurship. While FIT’s pedagogical mission is to prepare students for professional excellence in design and business, its broader ethos is to foster creativity, inspire leadership, impart a global perspective, and educate students to embrace inclusiveness, commit to sustainability, and engage with community.

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