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Who We Are The Fashion Group International is a global, non-profit, professional organization with over 5,000 members in more than thirty regions around the world representing all areas of the fashion industry including apparel, accessories, beauty and home. The Chicago chapter is ranked third in both size and success and is highly regarded as one of the leading professional organizations dedicated to promoting and fostering business in Chicago for the fashion and lifestyle industries.

What We Do The Fashion Group provides a high-profile forum to promote the fashion business through hosting events that educate and also facilitate the exchange of ideas and common resources. Fashion Group events and programs are ongoing throughout the year bringing together speakers and industry leaders to address the state of business in forums devoted to retailing, cosmetics, health and beauty, accessories, apparel, home decor, marketing and communications, publishing, international trade and development as well as sociological trends. The Chicago chapter of Fashion Group International also gives back to the community through a variety of initiatives designed to help support the fashion and design related industries. We have awarded scholarships to Design students annually for over 20 years as well hosted Career Fairs and provided valuable Internship & Mentoring programs.


The mission of the Foundation is: To promote educational programs devoted to fashion and to the study of fashion related businesses through the creation and awarding of scholarships; establishment of internship programs; provision of career counseling services. Organization and sponsorship of seminars and other educational activities on a national and worldwide basis. To sponsor public service activities in which the fashion industry works, to serve relevant community needs and concerns and to stimulate and encourage membership and industry participation in such public service activities.

It all began in 1928 when 17 women, gathered by Edna Woolman Chase, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, met for lunch in a modest midtown New York restaurant. They had three things in common: Each held a job of consequence in the business of fashion, each held all the others in high regard and together they held a belief that fashion needed a forum, a stage,


or a force to express and enhance a widening awareness of the American fashion business and of women’s roles in that business. The Fashion Group®, conceived at an informal luncheon in 1928 became an organization in 1930, with a place, a purpose, by-laws, officers and women eager to be members.

To contact FGI Chicago and its’ Board of Directors: The Fashion Group International of Chicago, Inc. lisa.ackerman@live.com Phone: 312-527-7751 Fashion Group Int’l., P.O. Box 4012 Chicago, IL. 60654

Membership Chairman Linda Lasala llasala@iadtchicago.com

Lisa Ackerman is the Regional Director for Fashion Group International Chicago and a Member of the Mayor’s Fashion Council. She’s also an Adjunct Professor at International Academy of Design and Technology that’s fluent in Japanese and Spanish. Lisa is a graduate of DePaul University - Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business with an MBA in Marketing Concentration as well as California State University-Fresno with a BA in Business and Corporate Communications.


Treasurer-Kerri Hannen is a service oriented fashion industry professional that’s focusing on bringing companies together to achieve their maximum potential and profitability. She’s the Buyer Relations Manager of Apparel for Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. Kerri is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington with a B.S. in Apparel Merchandising as well as a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington with an Associate of Arts and Sciences (A.A.S.) degree in Costume Construction Technology.

Secretary- Monique Kielar is the Marketing Director at Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. She’s been on the Chicago Board of Directors for Fashion Group International for the past 8 years. Monique is a graduate of Illinois


Institute of Art with a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Marketing & Merchandising as well as a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in General Studies.

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