Centenary College BRAG presented CFO of Michael Kors by Waldron, Dominique

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Special guest speaker, Mr. Joseph B. Parsons, the current chief financial officer for Michael Kors came to Centenary College on the behalf of BRAG.
BRAG is a black retail action group, that was founded in 1970 to help minorities get experience to find jobs in retail and retail related industries.
Michael Kors Inc. is much respected in the fashion industry and grossed well over 1 billion dollars in revenue in 2012 alone. The students were allowed to hear from Parsons what it is like to work for a billion dollar company.
Parsons discussed fashion companies having a short lifespan, and some of his career changes. He mentioned that smaller companies have more opportunities for growth. He touched bases on all aspect of the financial side of working for small companies to billion dollar companies. To people who wanted to start their own business Parsons gave them competitive advice.
“Keep your vision of your own DNA,” Parson said.
He also told them how to stand out to employers, saying to have experience, have expanding potential, and to be themselves. Parsons seem to have enjoyed the question session of the event because he was eager to answer all questions in such a short amount of time.
“I thought we had a great turn out,” Michael Hobbs, Community Service and Secretary of BRAG said, “ he answered a lot of questions, and hope he continues the relationship with BRAG.”
The event turnout was excellent and some students mentioned how they could benefit from hearing from Joseph B. Parsons.

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A Fashion Entrepreneur by D. Stephaine Waldron

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Women and men, both as designers and consumers who like to shop, have an interest in fashion. Some designers’ dreams are to work for major fashion companies; students like Gabrielle Pandolfi want to be their own boss. The summer of May 2012, Pandolfi gave birth to her jewelry business Fashions By Gabrielle. According to Pandolfi, her business represents who she is.

Gabrielle Pandolfi is a recent graduate of Centenary College. She is a determined entrepreneur who loves fashion. Pandolfi said she wanted to become an entrepreneur because she likes innovating new ideas and wants to be credited for her own work. Like most people with a passion for something, fashion is the only thing that keeps Pandolfi’s interest.  She started taking a course spring of 2012 called “chain mail” which focused on chain weaving.

“I wanted to start in college in hopes to have something to rely on when I graduate.” Pandolfi said.

Fashions By Gabrielle is a handmade jewelry business that sells glamorous necklaces, bracelets, and earrings all at affordable prices. Having prior knowledge of fashion design, Pandolfi previously took a business and economic class to help her with the financial aspect of having your own business. She is currently taking a business management course. When determining prices for her products, Pandolfi said, “I go based on the cost of the material and time it took to make each product.” Her products are handmade using chains, wires, and any precious jewels that can be made into something lovely. You can find merchandise like golden diamond bracelets and pearls made by this designer.

“Originally I called it Gabrielle, but it was taken. I bought the URL FashionsByGabrielle.com…” said Pandolfi explaining how she came up with her business name “…When I bought the domain name, it came with advertising credits.” Pandolfi also gave a bit of information about her website, telling how she recently bought a background for it to look more professional. Her site includes contact information, sales links, and even a blog where you can watch the designer talk about her products.

In the past, Pandolfi promoted her business by participating in two craft fairs in Hackettstown, NJ and Flanders, NJ. She also tries to promote by having sales, where customers can find high quality jewelry for a low price! Pandolfi said this is her first business where she is working alone and doing everything herself. But what does this young entrepreneur have in store for the future?

Pandolfi said her goals for Fashions By Gabrielle are to expand its fan base and gain customer loyalty.

Fashions By Gabrielle’s goal as a fashion forward business is to make everyone who buys our merchandise a little more glamorous, chic, and enticing by using alluring products.

“…I want to have actual retail locations, adding clothing and shoes as well,” Pandolfi said.

Some dream to be successful, and others like Gabrielle Pandolfi work to be successful.

To view her products and are interested in being a potential buyer please visit http://www.fashionsbygabrielle.com/products