Record attendance at Marist College fashion industry leadership brunch Sunday
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (November 17, 2015) – The Fashion Program and Raymond A. Rich Institute for Leadership Development at Marist College worked together to host The Brunch Sunday, a fashion industry networking and leadership event. For the third consecutive year, The Brunch was held at Payne Mansion in Esopus, N.Y. This year, a record 152 people attended the event, including Marist College students, faculty members and alumni.
Keynote speaker Teri Agins, a Wall Street Journal columnist and an award-winning fashion industry journalist, gave a presentation that emphasized points of interest in her recent 2014 book, Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers. “Focus on fashion that’s new and novel so that you’re not duplicating what’s already been done,” said Agins while sharing her insight regarding future trends on the business side of the fashion industry. “Discover what’s missing - what’s known as the ‘white space’- so that you’re actually filling a void in the marketplace. Take the time to find out what people really want and what they don’t already have,” Agins continued.
Kelly Wall, member of The Brunch logistics team said, “It was a privilege to have Teri Agins speak at our event. The event planning class worked diligently to carry out the tradition of The Brunch and make every detail memorable.” The work that went into planning the event, from the menu to the program, was obvious to those in attendance. “I was so impressed by the overall aesthetic and how efficiently my classmates worked. Interacting with my professors in a setting like this was also something I really enjoyed,” said Kimberly Spingler, a Fashion Merchandising senior at Marist.
Marist Fashion Program alumni Annie Major, wholesale merchandise coordinator for Oscar de La Renta, and Alyssa Rossi, treasury analyst for Advance Publications, Inc., were part of the class that founded The Brunch. “It is amazing to see how the event has evolved since we first helped plan it,” said Major. Rossi added, “The Brunch was beautifully executed, and it is gratifying to see how students bring their new ideas and strengths to make it unique from year to year.”
The Brunch is one of many conferences and workshops offered by the Institute for Leadership
Development. The Institute focuses on developing students into successful leaders. Hosting The Brunch at Payne Mansion is possible because of 20th century businessman Raymond A. Rich’s generous gift to Marist College. Rich also provided an endowment of approximately $10 million to support the Institute for Leadership Development. Marist Fashion Program faculty members use this resource to provide exclusive learning opportunities in the fashion industry like The Brunch for their students.
About the Marist College Fashion Program
The Marist College Fashion Program includes thorough training in fashion design, product development, and fashion merchandising. The program also offers a worldwide range of internship opportunities and study abroad programs. In addition to participating in New York Fashion Week, hosting the Marist Silver Needle Runway Show, and fully operating a Marist Brand on-campus boutique, the program ultimately prepares students to enter the fast-paced fashion industry as innovative and skilled professionals. To learn more, visit http://www.marist.edu/commarts/fashion/.
About the Raymond A. Rich Institute for Leadership Development
Raymond A. Rich, a prominent businessman who grew his success despite the Great Depression, founded the Institute for Leadership Development. Part of the institute is the Payne Mansion, which was left to Marist College in 1986. The institute’s mission is to work congruously with Marist College’s overarching educational themes while providing superior opportunities to mold the minds of young professionals. To learn more, visit http://www.marist.edu/richinstitute/.This news release was written by Marist College Public Relations senior Amanda Orzo from Deer Park, N.Y. Follow her on Twitter @AmandaOrzo.
Keynote speaker Teri Agins delivers her presentation Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Raymond A. Rich Institute’s Payne Mansion in Esopus, N.Y., during Marist College’s annual fashion industry leadership event called The Brunch. Agins discussed her 2014 book, Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers.
Wall Street Journal columnist and fashion industry journalist Teri Agins takes questions from Marist College Fashion Program students during The Brunch leadership development event Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Raymond A. Rich Institute’s Payne Mansion in Esopus, N.Y.