2016 Fashion My Future Career Conference

Legacy Award Honoree

Kay King


Mistress of Ceremonies

Diane LaDuca


Keynote Speaker

Sameera Faridi

Director/Designer at Poshak; Designer at Sameera Faridi Design Studio


A. The magic of Computer Design

Jessica McMahon

Patricia Dunn, Fashion Design Instructor, HCC  and Patternmaker for Houston designers

  Steven Guthrie, Fashion Designer, HCC professor Lifestyles, Art and Design Dept.

B. The Art of Fashion Show Production

Lenny Matuszewski

Tamara Bonar

C. The secrets of interviewing and etiquette in the workplace

Suzette Brimmer, HCCS Dept. Chair of Fashion and Life Style Arts

Andrea Bonner, Style on Demand, owner, Fashion Merchandising Adjunct Professor HCCS, freelance fashion writer, former Regional Director FGI Houston, and much more.

D. The inside story on Social Media Marketing

Sydney Dao

Sarah Shah, Image & TV Expert, Author and Speaker

      Shawna Fornaqaa

E. The innovations of being a Designer today

 Chloe Dao, Owner/Designer DaoChloeDao

 David Peck , Owner/Designer Miles David

 Vivian Andrus, Vivian Andrus Designs, Owner/Designer, One of a kind pieces

 Mary Ruppert-Stroescu, Ph.d., Assistant Professor Oklahoma State University, Director, Center for Wearable Electronic Sensing Systems, Paris American Academy Alumna

F. The mystery of enticing customers

Jackie Adams, Owner: Melodrama Boutique

Davina Tweedy

DeeDee Pierson

  Trang Nguyen, Co-owner of Myth & Symbol women's lifestyle boutique, formerly with Franchesca's in multiple capacities including photography and social media

G. The challenges of being an entrepreneur

  Josephine Firat, Chief executive and co-founder of Uzo Umbrella, a high end line of luxury umbrellas currently sold in Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman's and select boutiques all over the world.  Uzo is one of many businesses Firat owns. 

 Dr. Barbara Stewart, Professor and coordinator of Retail and Consumer Science at U of H, numerous professional organizations, author of 225+prof. papers

H. Faculty required workshop during 1st set