Sustainable Business and Design Conference: 2022 Pathways to Impact: Alumni Spotlight in Sustainability

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Sustainable Business and Design Conference: 2022 Pathways to Impact: Alumni Spotlight in Sustainability


FIT’s 16th annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference: Pathways to Impact centers on four core themes that highlight the intersectionality of sustainable practices. Over the course of two intensive days, attendees will be immersed in keynotes, talks, and panel discussions providing pathways to Social Justice x Social Responsibility, Environment x Materials, Consumption x Waste, and Design x Business. The speakers are trailblazers in numerous facets of sustainability and emphasize the FIT community’s commitment to best practices in all its operations—including student projects, faculty and staff initiatives, and campus facilities.
Conversation: Ann Cantrell in conversation with Julia Viner.
Ann Cantrell is an associate professor in the Fashion Business Management Department at FIT, with a focus on sustainability. On campus she is an advisor to the Ethics and Sustainability minor as well as the Style Shop and a member of the President's Council on Sustainability. In the fashion industry, Ann's focus was on planning and then product development at companies such as Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren, and Coach. With an (S)MBA and a focus on both environmental and economic sustainability, Ann has also been a shop owner for the past fourteen years in Brooklyn, New York. Her store, Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store, is a community staple in Park Slope.
Julia is an investment associate at Closed Loop Partners, a New York–based investment firm comprised of venture capital, growth equity, private equity, and project finance, as well as an innovation center focused on building the circular economy. Julia supports deal origination, investment due diligence, and portfolio management for early-stage venture capital and growth equity fashion investments. Julia received her Bachelor of Science from the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she majored in Business Management. During her studies at FIT, Julia conducted research on supply chain transparency and the benefits of blockchain traceability from both a business and consumer-facing perspective.


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