Mentors

FiSF’s world-class network of mentors helps designers drive business results and scale their businesses for success.

Andria Brugioni   Sales Executive & Entrepreneur   Expertise: Brand Management, Account Management, Marketplace Trends Assessment, Product Development

Andria Brugioni
Sales Executive & Entrepreneur
Expertise: Brand Management, Account Management, Marketplace Trends Assessment, Product Development

Annabelle Azadé Journalist and Fashion PR    Expertise: Brand Management, Celebrity and Influencers Outreach, Social Media Campaigns and Media Relations

Annabelle Azadé
Journalist and Fashion PR

Expertise: Brand Management, Celebrity and Influencers Outreach, Social Media Campaigns and Media Relations

Annie Banks   Marketing Executive & Entrepreneur   Expertise: Marketing Plan, Brand Development, Marketing Strategies for Traditional and Social Media

Annie Banks
Marketing Executive & Entrepreneur
Expertise: Marketing Plan, Brand Development, Marketing Strategies for Traditional and Social Media

Betsy Nelson   Former VP Media Relations & Cause Marketing, Macy's, Inc.   Expertise: Merchandising, Marketing, Public Relations, Media Relations

Betsy Nelson
Former VP Media Relations & Cause Marketing, Macy's, Inc.
Expertise: Merchandising, Marketing, Public Relations, Media Relations

 
Catherine Bartels   former VP Trade Area General Manager, Bloomingdale's   Expertise: Omni-channel Retailing, Merchandise Localization, Multi-Store Leadership

Catherine Bartels
former VP Trade Area General Manager, Bloomingdale's
Expertise: Omni-channel Retailing, Merchandise Localization, Multi-Store Leadership

Charlene del Muro   Associate Director Campaign & Special Events, SFSU   Expertise: Event Planning & Marketing, Vendor Management, Negotiations, Fundraising

Charlene del Muro
Associate Director Campaign & Special Events, SFSU
Expertise: Event Planning & Marketing, Vendor Management, Negotiations, Fundraising

Dan Stevens   Senior Partner and Global Managing Director, Fleishman-Hillard   Expertise: Media Relations, Brand Marketing

Dan Stevens
Senior Partner and Global Managing Director, Fleishman-Hillard
Expertise: Media Relations, Brand Marketing

Gym Tan   International Apparel & Lifestyle Advisor/ Consultant   Expertise: Branding Architecture, New Market Developments, Brand-Retail Relationships

Gym Tan
International Apparel & Lifestyle Advisor/ Consultant
Expertise: Branding Architecture, New Market Developments, Brand-Retail Relationships

 
 
Harold S. Brooks   Former President of Global Merchandising, DFS   Expertise: Business Plan, Retail Strategy, Market Opportunities, Brand Strategy

Harold S. Brooks
Former President of Global Merchandising, DFS
Expertise: Business Plan, Retail Strategy, Market Opportunities, Brand Strategy

Janice Paredes   Department Coordinator, Fashion Design, Product Dev, & Manufacturing, FIDM   Expertise: Line Editing/ Merchandising, Technical Design Direction, Garment Fit, Fabric Selection

Janice Paredes
Department Coordinator, Fashion Design, Product Dev, & Manufacturing, FIDM
Expertise: Line Editing/ Merchandising, Technical Design Direction, Garment Fit, Fabric Selection

Jeanine Silberblatt    Head Of Retail, Stockwell   Expertise: Merchandising, Retail Strategies, AI

Jeanine Silberblatt
Head Of Retail, Stockwell
Expertise: Merchandising, Retail Strategies, AI

Jeanne L. Allen   President at Jeanne Marc, Inc.   Expertise: Design, Merchandising

Jeanne L. Allen
President at Jeanne Marc, Inc.
Expertise: Design, Merchandising

 
Jordan Wahbeh   Managing Partner, Bay Angels   Expertise: Operations, Business Development, Fundraising, Team Development

Jordan Wahbeh
Managing Partner, Bay Angels
Expertise: Operations, Business Development, Fundraising, Team Development

Kathrine Nasteva Strategy & Sustainability Consultant - Ethical Fashion   Expertise: Business Plans, Marketing & Distribution, Brand Positioning, Crowd Funding, Grant Writing, Analysis, Thought Leadership on Ethical & Sustainable Fashion

Kathrine Nasteva
Strategy & Sustainability Consultant - Ethical Fashion
Expertise: Business Plans, Marketing & Distribution, Brand Positioning, Crowd Funding, Grant Writing, Analysis, Thought Leadership on Ethical & Sustainable Fashion

Lana Hogue   Production Consultant, formerly Betabrand, Tea Living, Esprit   Expertise: Product Development, Sourcing & Costing, Local & Offshore Production, Quality Assurance

Lana Hogue
Production Consultant, formerly Betabrand, Tea Living, Esprit
Expertise: Product Development, Sourcing & Costing, Local & Offshore Production, Quality Assurance

Maureen Conners   Former Senior Executive, Gillette, Levi’s and Mattel   Expertise: Business Strategies, Consumer Products and Retail, AI, VR/AR, Wearables & Robotics.

Maureen Conners
Former Senior Executive, Gillette, Levi’s and Mattel
Expertise: Business Strategies, Consumer Products and Retail, AI, VR/AR, Wearables & Robotics.

Nancy T. Barrett   Senior VP and Private Client Advisor, U.S. Trust, Bank of America   Expertise: Budgeting, Banking

Nancy T. Barrett
Senior VP and Private Client Advisor, U.S. Trust, Bank of America
Expertise: Budgeting, Banking

Nicole Mason   Director of Marketing Strategy, Macy's.com   Expertise: Marketing Strategy, Digital Marketing Strategy, Emerging Technologies, Brand Development

Nicole Mason
Director of Marketing Strategy, Macy's.com
Expertise: Marketing Strategy, Digital Marketing Strategy, Emerging Technologies, Brand Development

Nikki Lindgren   Director of Marketing, Pennock   Expertise: Branding, Performance Marketing, Organic Marketing, Creative Direction

Nikki Lindgren
Director of Marketing, Pennock
Expertise: Branding, Performance Marketing, Organic Marketing, Creative Direction

Phil Jeudy Expert in Business Development   Expertise: Business Plans, Business Development

Phil Jeudy
Expert in Business Development
Expertise: Business Plans, Business Development

Rachel Fischbein   Founder, Law On The Runway   Expertise: Fashion Law, Social Media Law, Intellectual Property Protection, Privacy Law

Rachel Fischbein
Founder, Law On The Runway
Expertise: Fashion Law, Social Media Law, Intellectual Property Protection, Privacy Law

Sonia Lam   Regional Manager of Special Events, Macy's Inc.    Expertise: Marketing Plan, Business Goals

Sonia Lam
Regional Manager of Special Events, Macy's Inc.
Expertise: Marketing Plan, Business Goals

Tamara Samoylova   VP Strategy and Business Development, OneMarket   Expertise: Retail Industry, Future of Retail, Business Strategy. Business Modeling

Tamara Samoylova
VP Strategy and Business Development, OneMarket
Expertise: Retail Industry, Future of Retail, Business Strategy. Business Modeling

Tim Taylor   Strategic Business Development, Wine.com & Presentation Expert   Expertise: Presentations, Tactical Execution Plans and Strategy Creation, Financial Modeling

Tim Taylor
Strategic Business Development, Wine.com & Presentation Expert
Expertise: Presentations, Tactical Execution Plans and Strategy Creation, Financial Modeling

Vishal Kalia   Founder & CEO, Rogueline.co    Expertise: Customer Acquisition, Growth Marketing,  Content Marketing,  Analytics

Vishal Kalia
Founder & CEO, Rogueline.co
Expertise: Customer Acquisition, Growth Marketing, Content Marketing, Analytics

 

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