By Meghana Gandhi, Eric Johnson, Steven Strauss, Kristy Sundjaja,
and Victor Wong
Center for Economic Transformation
We recently released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to find organization(s) to develop and run our new NYC Fashion Fellows program, which will recognize selected NYC-based fashion management talent and provide them with ongoing career development.
NYC Fashion Fellows 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 develop the next generation of top-level executive fashion management talent. While there are a number of recognition programs for high-potential emerging fashion designers, there are limited programs honoring high-potential emerging fashion management talent. Moreover, the fashion industry does not have many outlets in which to provide structured career development to up-and-coming management talent.
NYC Fashion Fellows aims to address these issues by recognizing at least 20 rising stars in fashion management and providing them with educational, mentoring, and networking opportunities to measurably accelerate their careers and to positively impact the businesses for which they work. The overall goal is to prepare participants to take on the highest-level leadership roles, with the potential to become the next generation of CEOs, COOs, and other top-tier executives at companies across the fashion industry value chain, particularly at designers/brands, wholesalers, and retailers.
If you and/or your organization are interested in developing and implementing this program, please submit a proposal by September 6th. We look forward to receiving your responses!