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Initiatives in Art & Culture Announces Its 18th Annual Fashion + Design Conference: “Pioneers”

Initiatives in Art & Culture Announces Its 18th Annual Fashion + Design Conference: “Pioneers”

Initiatives in Art & Culture (IAC) announced the agenda for its roster of presenters at its 18th Annual Fashion + Design Conference, entitled “Pioneers,” taking place November 4 & 5, 2016. The event also will feature a reception and private screening, beginning at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, November 4, ofSharing the Rough,” a film directed by Orin Mazzoni, with introductory remarks by Jewelry Designer Mark Schneider.

“IAC was deeply engaged with the exploration of pioneering endeavors in the fashion and jewelry worlds when developing topics covered in the presentations in this event,” said Lisa Koenigsberg, Founder, IAC. “We wanted to showcase innovation while laying bare the creative core of dynamic areas of design so that those who attend can learn from legends and visionaries as they reveal their powerful and informative stories.”

The conference will feature presentations on creative design innovation, advancements in materials technology, and cutting-edge business methods and strategies from industry pioneers past and present.

Formal sessions for this event will be held at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (365 Fifth Avenue). Presenters include Teri Agins, Author; Simon Bath, Technical Sales Manager, Johnson Matthey; Kate Black, Founder,; Larry Bock, Sales Director, Hoover & Strong; Robert Burke, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Burke Associates; Stephen Burrows, Designer; Tricia Carey, Director of Global Business Development Apparel—Denim, Lenzing Fibers;  Carly Cushnie, Designer, Cushnie et Ochs; Kristy Caylor, Founder, CERCI; Pat Cleveland, Model; Jo Confino, Executive Editor, Impact & Innovation, The Huffington Post; Lauren Croke, Consultant; Evert deGraeve, Consultant; Chris Del Gatto, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, The Del Gatto Luxury Group and DELGATTO; Eileen Fisher, Founder and Chairwoman, Eileen Fisher; Teresa Frye, President and Chief Executive Officer, TechForm Advanced Casting Technology; Jean Hegedus, Global Director, INVISTA—Denim and Wovens; Susan Helmich, Owner, Susan Helmich Design; Jose Hess, Jewelry Designer; Andrea Hill, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hill Management Group; Margo Isadora, Designer, Urban Zen; Erin Isakov, Co-Founder and Designer, Erin Snow; Lucy Jones, Designer, Lucy Jones Design; Joshua Katcher, Founder and Creative Director, Brave GentleMan; Mickey Alam Khan, Editor in Chief, Luxury Daily; Nikolay Tamazovich Khikhinashvili, General Director, New Diamond Technology; Sara Kozlowski, Director of Education and Professional Development, CFDA; Alvyda Kupinas, Design Director, Kaltex America; Joseph Kuzi, Founder, Diamond Services Ltd.; Nili Lotan, Designer; Orin Mazzoni, Director, “Sharing the Rough;” Kara Nicholas, Vice President Product Development and Marketing, Cone Denim; Paul W. Nordt III, Executive Vice President, John C. Nordt Co.; Michelle Ochs, Designer, Cushnie et Ochs; LloydPasach, Designer and Chief Operating Office, ALTR and R. A. Riam Group; Jason Payne, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ada Diamonds; Kevin C. Reilly, Vice President, Platinum Guild International; Ralph Rucci, Designer; Susan Scafidi, Professor and Academic Director, Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School; Mark Schneider, Jewelry Designer; Amish Shah, President, ALTR & R. A. Riam Group; Jeffrey P. Silberman, Professor and Chairperson, Textile Development and Marketing Department, The Fashion Institute of Technology; Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator, The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology; Andre Leon Talley, Contributing Editor, Vogue; Jim Tuttle, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Green Lake Jewelry Works; Gary Wassner, Chief Executive Officer, Hilldun Corporation; Rie Yano, Co-Founder, Material Wrld.

For further information regarding presenters, schedules and locations for events related to this conference, please see the following agenda. The agenda for this event follows this release. Those interested in attending can register at,


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