The Michigan Fashion Media Summit — a day-long fashion, retail, and media event organized by students at the University of Michigan — is returning this week with a lineup of stand-out industry insiders. The event, which takes place on March 25 virtually and at U-M’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business, features panels, breakout conversations, and keynote speeches.
Following a check-in and opening remarks, the summit will feature a morning keynote with Shona Pinnock, the vice president of diversity and inclusion for Louis Vuitton North America. She previously worked at Consumer Reports and Meredith Corp., a now-closed magazine company that published titles such as InStyle, People, and Entertainment Weekly.
A panel, titled “Designing a Launch,” follows and features Matt Walker, president of fashion and beauty membership box service Curateur and Rachel Zoe Inc.; Matt Guthartz, a U-M grad and president of Steve Madden; Ben Ewy, vice president of global product design at Carhartt; and Rebecca Goodman; vice president of marketing and public relations at Manolo Blahnik. The discussion is moderated by Marcus Collins, who is the head of strategy at advertising agency Widen + Kennedy, New York.
Mid-day events include a virtual fireside chat with comedic actresses, writers, and producers Sara and Erin Foster. The sisters are best known for their VH1 show Barely Famous, and they recently launched a podcast called The World’s First Podcast. A second panel, titled “The Creator Economy,” will also take place virtually and include Kendra Bracken-Ferguson, founder of the branding consultancy BrainTrust; Kristie Dash, who leads beauty partnerships at Instagram; creator and entrepreneur Brittany Xavier; and Chrissy Rutherford, a fashion and social media expert who is the founder of the newsletter Fwd Joy. The discussion will be moderated by Bustle Digital Group President and Chief Revenue Officer Jason Wagenheim.
Breakout conversations on the evolution of digital fashion and the journey of Nike’s Air Jordan will also take place, as will a virtual keynote. Moderated by designer and stylist Rachel Zoe, the keynote features Derek Blasberg, the head of fashion and beauty at YouTube. Blasberg has also worked at Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vanity Fair, and is a New York Times best-selling author.
In-person tickets for the summit are $25 and include headshots, networking opportunities, and gifted products. Meanwhile, virtual tickets are $15 and give ticketholders the chance to build a profile on the digital platform Hopin. They can stream the event on their laptop or mobile device and interact with other virtual attendees.
For more information, visit michiganfashionmediasummit.com.