The Fashion Group Interna1onal (FGI) is an Interna1onal, non-‐proﬁt, professional organiza1on that promotes professional careers in the ﬁeld of fashion. The FGI mission is to be the pre-‐eminent authority on the business of fashion and design and to help its members become more eﬀec1ve in their careers. To do this, FGI provides: insights on major trends in person, online and in print, access to business professionals and a gateway to the inﬂuence fashion plays in the marketplace. Currently FGI has over 5000 members in the fashion industry including apparel, accessories, beauty and home. FGI has chapters in ci1es all over the world, with the major head quarters based in New York City. For more informa1on about FGI, please visit www.fgi.org.
FGI was founded in 1930 in New York City by a group of seventeen women who wanted a change. Led by Vogue Editor-‐ In-‐Chief Edna Woolman Chase and other charter members like: Elizabeth Arden, Julia Coburn, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helena Rubinstein, Lilly Dache, Edith Head, Mary Brooks Picken, Claire McCardell and Tobé Coller Davis. FGI con1nues to promote fashion based and crea1ve related ﬁelds to adults all over the world. Some of FGI’s goals are:
• To advance professionalism in fashion and it’s related lifestyle industries. • To provide a public forum for examina1on of important, contemporary issues in the business of fashion. • To present 1mely informa1on regarding na1onal and global trends that have an eﬀect on the fashion industries. • To aaain greater recogni1on of men’s and women’s achievements in business. • To encourage men and women to seek career opportuni1es in fashion and related industries. • To provide ac1vi1es and programs which enhance networking skills and encourage interpersonal contacts so as to further the professional, social and personal development of members.
BEING A MEMBER HAS ITS BENEFITS... * BENEFIT and learn from contemporary trend and business informa1on, industry sources and market data. * BENEFIT and increase your visibility in the compe11ve business environment and receive advantages for you and for your employees. * BENEFIT and connect with fashion’s leaders and decision-‐makers. Our global talent pool of execu1ves, entrepreneurs and professionals from every sector of the industry include your counterparts in design, marke1ng, ﬁnance, manufacturing, retail, media, educa1on and consul1ng.
Member Services * FGI Trend Reports – seasonal fashion trend informa1on from the American and European RTW Collec1ons including apparel, accessories and beauty. * FGI Bulle9n – newsleaers featuring industry reports, business insights, event coverage, member highlights and career advice. * FGI Membership Directory – published annually, this powerful networking tool lists our worldwide membership by region and classiﬁes each by business, specialty and job for easy iden1ﬁca1on. * www.fgi.org – The FGI online community at your ﬁnger1ps 24/7 brings industry professionals together and provides informa1on on of-‐the-‐moment topics, announcements and regional calendars. The “member’s only‿ houses the Fashion Access Network (FAN) with the FGI Execu1ve Job Bank, Member Proﬁles and Contacts, Discussion Forum, links and more. * The Fashion Group Archives – a resource library of slides, photographs, publica1ons, transcripts, ﬁlms and videos, organized chronologically with over 75 years of fashion. * " FGI Beneﬁts Style" – a members only program of perks, privileges, special oﬀers and no-‐fee events.
Benefits of a Corporate Sponsorship In partnering with the Chicago chapter of Fashion Group Interna1onal, local and na1onal sponsors are given the opportunity of reaching a unique and desirable market segment in the Chicago land area. Our membership is broad based, comprised of over 150 business owners, retailers, and execu1ves of Chicago-‐based corpora1ons with experts ranging from designers to media execu1ves to fashion educators. Corporate sponsors receive wide-‐ranging beneﬁts designed to complement their strategic marke1ng ini1a1ves to reach our high-‐proﬁle audience of fashionable inﬂuencers and decision makers. The Fashion Group Interna1onal of Chicago oﬀers various sponsorship levels that allow corpora1ons to u1lize Fashion Group as an important partner in building compe11ve advantage through rela1onship marke1ng and align themselves with leading authori1es in the fashion and lifestyle industries. Please contact Lisa Ackerman for more informa1on on our Corporate Sponsorship opportuni1es. email@example.com
Biographies- Chicago Chapter Lisa Ackerman-‐ Regional Director for FGI-‐Chicago Graduated from California State University-‐Fresno in 1994 with a BA in Business/Corporate Communica1ons. Lisa is ﬂuent in Japanese, Spanish and English. She has been the regional director for FGI-‐Chicago for over and is currently working at The Interna1onal Academy of Design and Technology as a professor. She teaches Fashion Publicity and Promo1on and Retail Adver1sing and Sales Promo1on. Kerri Hannen-‐ Treasurer for FGI-‐Chicago Kerri is the buyer rela1on’s manager for apparel trade shows at the Merchandise Mart. She graduated from Indiana University Bloomington. With a B.S. in Apparel Merchandising from 1992. Kerri currently is a senior accounts execu1ve at Ben Sherman Kerri acts as a liaison between retailers and trade shows, providing informa1on about the market, the exhibitors, and the wholesale business. Work with both retailers and exhibitors to assist them in ﬁnding appropriate partners within the markets. Monique Lyle, Secretary for FGI-‐Chicago Monique is the marke1ng director at the Merchandise Mart for nine years. She has been on the FGI Board of Directors for eight years. Monique went to The Illinois Ins1tute of Art and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Marke1ng & Merchandising. Currently Monique is Marke1ng Director at Merchandise Mart Proper1es Inc.
Biographies- Toronto Chapter Leesa Butler-‐ Regional Director for FGI-‐Toronto President of Divine Lab, a marke1ng company specializing in helping brands leverage social media and events for maximum exposure and customer engagement. Founder of F-‐list., a blog devoted to fashion in Canada.
Laura Adams-‐ Membership Commiaee for FGI-‐Toronto The LA Consul1ng Group provides wardrobe shopping and sourcing, image coaching for self improvement and career transi1on, as well as seminars on ﬁrst impression, workplace and corporate image, and seasonal trend.
Kristen Mogg-‐ Programing Commiaee for FGI-‐Toronto Marketer and business writer at Gyld Collec1ve. Gyld is a collabora1ve communica1ons agency working with fashion, design and lifestyle clients to build and share their brand story with their audience. The strength of Gyld is the ability to bridge both the crea1ve aspects of the world of design with the pragma1c need of business priori1es.
Current News- Career Day Fashion Group Interna1onal (FGI) of Chicago hosts the re-‐launch of Fashion Forward Career Day on November 11, 2013 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602. As one of the most an1cipated career enrichment events, Fashion Forward Career Day sets out to support and enrich Fashion and Merchandising students in the Midwest area. Career Day beneﬁts Fashion Group Interna1onal of Chicago’s Educa1onal Scholarship Fund, which assists in realizing the professional goals of design and merchandising college-‐aged students. Addi1onally, Fashion Forward Career Day also serves as a vehicle for FGI Chicago to fulﬁll its mission to support, elevate and recognize emerging talent in the industry. “We are thrilled to host the re-‐launch of Fashion Forward Career Day,” says Melissa Gamble and Kathleen Haines-‐Finley, Co-‐Chairs of the 2013 event. “Fashion and Merchandising students in the Midwest have a unique variety of career opportuni1es in our area and we’re honored to provide the resources necessary for them to begin their careers.”
Current News- Rising Star Awards The FGI, Chicago Rising Star Awards events are held every two years. The process is modeled aper our New York governing body and designed to honor outstanding individuals for their innova1on, crea1vity and business acumen in: Accessories, Beauty/Fragrance Corporate, Beauty/Fragrance Entrepreneur, Home/Interior Design, Fine Jewelry, Men's Apparel, Retail, Women's Apparel. These awards promote the advancement of both new and seasoned professionals in the fashion industries. The Rising Stars Awards honors individuals who are up-‐and-‐coming style-‐makers. The awards recognize the extraordinary talent and drive of those who can capture imagina1ons and ﬂourish in the ever-‐more complex fashion world.