“Designer as Entrepreneur” RFP: Seeking Proposals

By Meghana Gandhi, Eric Johnson, Kristy Sundjaja, and Steven Strauss
Center for Economic Transformation

We recently released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to find organization(s) to develop and run our new “Designer as Entrepreneur” program, an intensive, classroom-style mini-MBA for fashion designers.

As you may recall, “Designer as Entrepreneur” is one of six Fashion.NYC.2020 initiatives that Mayor Bloomberg announced this past November. Launched in January 2010 by NYCEDC in partnership with fashion industry stakeholders, Fashion.NYC.2020 is a program to identify the important trends affecting the City’s fashion industry and to develop actionable initiatives based on such findings.

A key opportunity identified through Fashion.NYC.2020 is the need to support emerging design talent in order to grow New York City’s status as a global capital of fashion design. The Designer as Entrepreneur program will educate designers on the day-to-day aspects of running a fashion business, such as merchandising a line, promotion, sourcing, and other relevant topics. It will enrich participating designers’ understanding of all the elements required to run a fashion label and will provide critical insight on how to accelerate the growth of their businesses. The overall goal is to equip participants with the business skills and tools – including fully-formed and vetted business plans – to be successful entrepreneurs.

If you or your organization is interested in developing and implementing this program, please submit a proposal by June 30th. We look forward to receiving your responses!

Ohno Satoshi Designs for JAL “Fly to 2020″ Campaign

Japan Airlines Co. on June 27 started flying a Boeing 777 jet decorated with images of the five Arashi members on the body. Arashi, who has served as ambassadors for JAL, was present during the unveiling of the design at Haneda Airport hangar. The event was also attended by JAL’s President, as w…

College Seniors: Are You NYC’s Next Top Fashion Executive?

By Meghana Gandhi, Eric Johnson, Kristy Sundjaja, Victor Wong
Center for Economic Transformation

Get on the fast track to becoming NYC’s next top fashion executive with Fashion Draft NYC. NYCEDC and Parsons are teaming up to recruit talented business-minded college seniors for management-track positions at some of NYC’s top fashion firms, including Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Gilt Groupe, and LF USA. The program will provide select students with an all-expense-paid trip to NYC from February 16th-18th, 2012; these students will participate in interviews for full-time jobs in fashion business. In addition to the interviews, events will include:

  • A keynote address
  • Company tours that provide a behind-the-scenes look at the industry
  • A networking dinner with fashion executives and human resources managers

The deadline to apply for this unique opportunity is 11:59PM EST on November 3rd. Any undergraduate senior on track to graduate in Spring 2012 is welcome to apply so long as he/she has at least a 3.5 GPA and has completed at least one internship relevant to business and/or fashion. For full program and application details, visit

Fashion Draft NYC follows on the heels of Fashion Campus NYC, an annual weekend immersion in fashion and retail management for college interns. Fashion Draft NYC and Fashion Campus NYC are two of six initiatives resulting from Mayor Bloomberg’s Fashion.NYC.2020, an ongoing examination of the challenges facing the fashion industry to help the City build on its competitive advantages to maintain its status as a global fashion capital. Learn more at

U.S. Spending on Space Protection Could Hit $8 Billion through 2020

Emerging threats from Russia and China and an eye-opening government study known as the Space Portfolio Review have led the White House to add as much as $8 billion to intelligence and defense budgets over the next five years for activities to improve the resiliency of U.S. national security space capabilities, sources told SpaceNews.

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Vet School Application Recap and Tips - VMCAS and other gross things

Here is the start of my vet school application recap and general tips. I will begin with the application itself, and all that it involves.

In general (though it varies), the process is: fill out application (VMCAS) by Sept 15th, get interview invites (Nov-March, it might be earlier this year though!), attend interviews (Nov-March), and get final decision from schools (Dec-April) via email, snail mail, or phone call.  Not all schools interview however, and some have different dates for instate and out-of-state applicants as well. It can be difficult to juggle all the dates and deadlines for all of the schools, especially if you apply to more than one. I applied to 5, which seemed to be the perfect amount for me, though some will apply to 10, and others will apply to only 1 or 2. Currently there are 30 vet schools in the US, and each school has different criteria for selecting applicants, so it’s important to apply smartly to schools that will weigh your strengths highly (For example, it could be beneficial to an applicant with a cum GPA of 3.9 to apply to a school that counts cumulative GPA as 40% of the applicant score).

What do schools look at exactly? Well, in no particular order:

-> Academics/GPA (Some count cumulative, science, last 45-credit)

-> GRE (A standardized test)

-> Personal Statement

-> Completion of Pre-Reqs

-> Animal and Veterinary Experience

-> Extracurriculars/Leadership

-> Research/Work Experience

-> Letters of Recommendation

-> Interview (If they have them)

My first big tip: Try not to get overwhelmed with picking schools to apply to! Start by making a list of schools, then begin with something like pre-reqs. Go through each school and cross out the ones that you don’t match (like if a school requires communications and you never had that class- so strike out that school!). Then go to something else like cost. Is there a cut-off for tuition that you couldn’t see yourself paying back? If so, cross off the schools above your cutoff. (I used this to compare costs!: Once you do that keep going down the list (location, curriculum, misc. requirements, etc.), until you have a list of schools that you are happy with. Make sure to visit their websites to see how they break down their applications as well to see if you would be a good fit or if you would be competitive. 

On to the application itself. VMCAS is an online application for all schools (except for one or two) that opens in June, and closes in September. There is a LOT of information to be filled in here. I wished I did it sooner instead of in September. BIG TIP: START EARLY as possible, and break it down into several days or even weeks. DON’T WAIT until the last minute to send transcripts or fill things in- you never know when technology will fail. 

I personally spent hours putting in all the information, contacted and updated all of my letter writers, and sent in transcripts. I then sat there… and took forever to start my personal statement. A personal statement is basically where you have to describe why you want to be a vet and why you would be a good candidate (so basically your life story), in 1.5 pages or around 5000 characters. This was ridiculously short to me, and it took me a long time to cut it down where I needed it to be (Personal Statement tips will arrive shortly!). 

Overall, the application process can be excruciatingly stressful, especially the waiting

Originally posted by redscharlach

There are several reasons for this, one of them being the timeline. Every single school has a completely different time for every step of the process!  Every school also has a slightly different process when they evaluate you as well, which can be frustrating at times or a blessing, depending on how you look at it.

Big Tip: As frustrating as it may be, try not to let the waiting get to you!  As tempting as it is to refresh your email every 5 seconds… it’s seriously NOT worth the stress. Take this time to focus on school, to find a new hobby, or to really get involved with work. Go join another club, learn to knit, or volunteer at a shelter. Just DO SOMETHING that isn’t obsessing over the application process, because not only will it help to pass time, it will also prevent you from showing up to your interviews completely bald from tearing your hair out from the stress. 

NYCEDC’s new Fashion.NYC.2020 report investigates New York City’s fashion industry, which has long been core to the City’s economy.

Mayor Bloomberg kicked off the Fashion.NYC.2020 program in January 2010 to better understand the current strengths and weaknesses of the City’s fashion industry, the trends that will impact the industry over the next 10+ years, and the actions the City can take to bolster the industry’s strengths—and address its weaknesses—in light of these trends.

Led by five industry chairs—Richard Darling, CEO of LF USA; Diane von Furstenberg, Chairman and Founder of Diane von Furstenberg Studio L.P. and President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America; Terry Lundgren, Chairman, President and CEO of Macy’s, Inc.; Andrew Rosen, CEO of Theory; and Kevin Ryan, CEO of Gilt Groupe—and conducted in partnership with Bain & Company, the Fashion.NYC.2020 effort has involved research, surveys, and interviews with more than 500 industry professionals, including CEOs of leading fashion companies. Here’s a glimpse of what we learned.

It’s Looking More Likely NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover will Drop its Samples as it Goes

NASA’s plan to simplify the Mars 2020 rover’s mission by letting the Curiosity-clone dig up and drop surface samples instead of babysitting them until a fetch rover arrives is starting to win hearts and minds within the agency, NASA’s Mars czar said in a June 25 interview.

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