NEW YORK, Nov 5, 2012/ — With Tonie Leatherberry, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP as Keynote Speaker, the FIT School of Graduate Studies will hold the “Diversity and Globalization in the Beauty Industry” symposium on Friday, November 16, 8:30 am –noon.

Topics for the symposium will focus on the ways in which best practices in diversity–whether in global sourcing, product development, micro-financing, or human resource management–can create a richer environment for innovation in organizations and a broader dialogue with consumers.

Sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), with support from an FIT Diversity Council Grant, the symposium brings under one roof noted industry leaders and scholars that include Keynote speaker: Antoinette (Tonie) Leatherberry, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Northeast practice leader for Information Management and Business Analytics, and former chairperson of Deloitte’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Panel discussion: Moderator: Ellen Byron, consumer products reporter, The Wall Street Journal.

Panelists: Nicholas Gavrelis, vice president, Global Product Development, MAC Cosmetics, The Estée Lauder Companies; and Cheryl Wilson, director, Global Business Development-Multicultural Hair, Unilever

Guest Interview: Mark Davis, director, Community Fair Trade, The Body Shop, interviewed by FIT students

Friday, November 16, 8:30 am –noon
FIT Katie Murphy Amphitheater
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
27th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues

REGISTER: Free and open to the public

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