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Rebecca Judith Billante

MS fashion design ’08

Rebecca Billante

Job Title, Employer: Senior Knitwear Designer, Nordstrom Product Group, Seattle, Washington

My Greatest Accomplishment:
One of my greatest accomplishments in my career to date was about a year and half into my employment. I was working at my first job as an Associate Designer for the international, multibillion dollar corporation, LF USA. I was selected out of a design division of 40 plus seasoned employees by the division’s Senior Vice President to launch a special project in Hong Kong. I was relocated by the company and lived and worked there for just shy of 6 months. I was the only US employee in the HK office. I traveled periodically into Southern China to assess sample room capabilities and met with a bevy of different supply vendors to establish and define new working relationships. I assisted in staffing and supporting our HK Product Development team. I also served as a daily liaison between the New York office and our Hong Kong and Shanghai counter parts.

I am also very proud of my successful career path and where I am today. I entered the job market during the economy crash of 2008, making for a very difficult start. My family, friends, and confidence in my superior education have continuously helped me to keep going. I have fought hard to get where I am today. All of my experiences thus far, both positive and negative, have shaped me into a resilient, hard working, accomplished professional.

How Drexel Helped:
My Drexel education was one of the best life decisions I have ever made; I never look back and regret my educational choices. I am so very proud to call Drexel my Alma Mater and with that pride has come confidence in myself and confidence in my career. Drexel’s Fashion Design program is phenomenal; I truly feel that I have one of the best educations/foundations out there. It is a very well balanced program with a solid mix of technical and fine arts that has given me the tools to really understand and excel in all aspects of my industry. The program is also staffed with a network of wonderful, experienced educators. When asked where I went to school, I am always very proud to say, Drexel!

Where will I be in 5 years:
In 5 years I aspire to continue to grow in my career. I’d love to be a Design Director leading a knitwear department of a successful fashion company.