Professional Pipelines: Microsoft x LCF

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When I was graduating from college in 2010, I thought about taking time off and studying fashion overseas in Europe. Safety and fear got in the way, but I wouldnn't change anything. At the time, I wanted to move to London and attend LCF (London College of Fashion) to take classes on trend, the History of Fashion and basically learn the context I thought I didn't have but needed to be successful in the industry! So, of course I was excited when I read that Microsoft has partnered with the London College of Fashion on a new cross-disciplinary course in fashion education!

Microsoft and LCF are collaborating on a short term program call the “Future of Fashion Incubator” where students studying across the school’s media, design and business departments can work together to come up with creative solutions addressing current industry and consumer needs. The program will take place over the course of a semester and will allow students to explore a range of Microsoft technologies, such as artificial intelligence and mixed reality, before choosing one area of study to concentrate on.

Through my career transitions from banking, fashion and tech, and supply chain management I understand the importance of interdisciplinary study and recognize the need for inherent and acquired diversity to drive innovation. Focusing on dynamic career paths is an important aspect of career planning if you want to have a competitive advantage in the next phase of your career since professional pipe-lining can occasionally funnel homogeneous talent into one space. The idea of Microsoft and LCF creating a mash-up that allows students to see how their creative interest can play a role in the tech space is genius and really speaks to the heart of why I created "GiFT".

Professional pipelines, or relationships universities and corporations maintain for their mutual benefit help students focus on developing a desired skillset but can limit our ability to consider using those skills in a disruptive way. “You can’t be, what you can’t see”, so while these branded relationships are a direct line of sight to future career opportunities for students, this can also drive students to approach postgraduate career decisions with a lens of limited awareness. Under the status quo, your chosen area of study or profession can feel like it’s a predetermined path, , but innovation is inevitable when students disrupt these pipelines and marry their skills with their passion. To learn more about the Future of Fashion Incubator, check out this story in WWD.

Representation in Tech: SXSW Panel Picker

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 Want to learn morea bout fit-tech, fashtch and representation in fashion? Great!!!! We pitched a talk to SXSW to teach industry stakeholders all about it! Visit this link to vote for our session so we can evangelize on behalf of women of color for representation in fashion and tech!

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Voting closes 8.30.2018!

Title: Fashions's Fit Issue: Representation in Tech

Panel Picker: 85347

There are currently $64B in annual returns due to fit, $50B of unsalable inventory and the 15M tons of textile waste produced each year by the fashion industry in the US. This panel is a discussion about fit as a a complex issue in the fashion industry related to innovation, sustainability, inclusive practices, representation and economic advantage with three industry experts working in fashion, fashion tech, fashion media, and sustainability. We intend to help people understand the future of fashion tech, customization, and consumer centricity while addressing the deficit surrounding fit.  But the solutions are a lot more complicated than just having better sizing.

#SLASHSEA

Introducing my newest project!!!!! #SLASH: "Seattle Ladies and Side Hustles", a co-working collective for Black women to focus on and grow ideas, passion projects and businesses. In Seattle, Black women represent 4% of the population and so we must be intentional about meeting and networking with like-minded people who move through the world in the same way to feel connected and understood.

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After almost a year of juggling Girls in Fashion and Tech with my day job at Amazon, plus personal hobbies, social life and my spiritual journey I realize that the most important part of my growth and development as a person and professional is centered around the people who mentor and pour into me! Dora, of Adorably Fit is the co-creator and co-founder for #SLASH! She has been living and working in Seattle growing her business for the last 2 years and we often commiserate over the challenges of staying the course! After a few conversations, and several pep talks, we decided the need for a group like #SLASH had yet to be addresses, and who better to meet the challenge than me?

We recently hosted our Kick-Off with 16 Seattle-based Black Women working to build their business. Attendees are involved in every industry from social advocacy, to podcasting, cooking, beauty and creative arts! Our first Co-Working meet-up is next on Wednesday, August 8 at The Collective, a new and modern co-working space in South Lake Union complete with full food and bar service, a rock climbing wall, hammock farm and showers! For more information on our bi-weekly meetup, check our instagram @slashsea.