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.

  Merin Guthrie, CEO of Kit-made to fit women's clothing

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, Professional publicist and marketing director, helped launch Chloe Dao, represented many others in New York.  This year she has launched her own PR and consulting firm, Squid, Inc.

Sarah Shah, Image & TV Expert, Author and Speaker

 Abigail Diaz, Account manager at Remy Cointreau, co founder of Aces of Taste, founded shopgirlblog.com, and recently launched Lush Puff

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, Sales Director for Stash Co., ecommerce, wholesale and retail, marketing and social media, previously Brand Manager for AA Concepts

 DeeDee Pierson, Store Community Leader Athleta GAP Corporation

  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

 Martha Mtegha, Owner/Designer Marrittah, Co-owner of Croquis Stencil, Regional Director FGI Houston

  Jon "Cabby" Caballero, Co-owner & President of "The Classroom" men's boutique in Rice Village

H. Faculty required workshop during 1st set