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I am a Teaching Professor in the Design & Merchandising Program. I provide the department with expertise in the areas of entrepreneurship, global product development and career development.
After a successful career in marketing luxury European fashion and home design companies in the United States, I re-engineered my skills to become a Career Transition and Development Coach. My consultancy, Phillips Career Strategies (phillipscareerstrategies.com), works one-on-one with recent graduates and business professionals to identify their skills and interests for life's next challenges. I co-authored Fashion Careers: The Complete Job Search Workbook.
I see my job as not just imparting knowledge but training the next generation of design and merchandising professionals. Success in the global design industry hinges on the ability to pivot quickly and take advantage of unexpected market opportunities. I consistently augment successful teaching methods with abundant real-world examples and up-to-the-moment business simulations in which students are challenged to develop, present, and defend their strategic responses. I am passionate about teaching students the skills required to implement successful job searches starting with their first full-time position and continuing throughout their career.