Oct 04 2013
NC State University & SKEMA Global Luxury Management Students to Learn from Luxury Sector Leaders in New York City Study Tour
RALEIGH, N.C. – October 3, 2013 - Students in the North Carolina State University Poole College – SKEMA Business School Global Luxury Management (GLM) program (http://poole.ncsu.edu/glm/) are getting a one-of-a-kind learning experience during a New York City study tour October 8-10, 2013.
Experiential learning is a key component of the one-year dual-degree graduate management program designed to prepare the next generation of leaders for the burgeoning global luxury goods and services market.
In addition to the New York City study tour, students will complete a Carolinas experiential tour, coursework at NC State’s Poole College of Management and College of Textiles, coursework at SKEMA’s Sophia Antipolis campus and study tours in France, and a summer internship.
During the New York City tour, the 46 GLM students from nine countries will immerse themselves in the luxury consumer’s world for three days. The program’s study tours provide students a unique opportunity to learn the business and experience the world of luxury in ways they are unable to do in the classroom alone.
“The GLM program’s strategic management focus integrates academic and experiential learning organized around innovation, leadership and globalization,” said Nancy Cassill, director of the Global Luxury Management program and professor in NC State’s College of Textiles.
“The students will come away from this study tour with a depth of understanding of the luxury industry and consumer made possible by the unmatched exposure and networking opportunities they will have with luxury industry executives. That will give them an insider’s perspective and competitive edge as they prepare to enter the job market,” Cassill said.
The GLM program is offered jointly by the NC State Poole College of Management and SKEMA Business School. Students complete their fall semester at NC State University in Raleigh, N.C., with coursework at both the Poole College of Management and the College of Textiles, and the spring semester at SKEMA Business School’s Sophia Antipolis campus in France, followed by an internship.
Highlights of the study tour include:
- Networking reception with the GLM Industry Advisory Board at the Ralph Lauren Corporate Office, hosted by Jerome Espinos, president, footwear and accessories, Ralph Lauren
- Presentation and discussion with Steven DeLuca, senior vice president and publisher, American Express Publishing
- Industry panel discussion hosted by Alberto Milani, chief executive officer of Buccellati-Americas
- Retail and corporate tours with brands like Bergdorf Goodman, Hearst Corporation, Tiffany & Company
- Tour of the Morgan Library & Museum
- Company visit to Kerwin Communications, premier marketing agency partner to luxury brands, featuring an industry presentation from Jim Kerwin, president and chief executive officer
Optional activities include visiting the Four Seasons Hotel and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) museum, and shopping on Madison Avenue.
The tour is made possible by the program’s strong industry ties through its 18-member GLM Industry Advisory Board (http://poole.ncsu.edu/glm/industry-engagement). In conjunction with the tour, the board will host its annual fall meeting on October 8 at the Ralph Lauren Corporate Office. Board members include executives from luxury organizations such as Buccallati-Americas, Carlyle & Co., Christofle Silver, Inc., Peter Millar, Ralph Lauren, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Vacheron Constantin and VIETRI.
“The GLM Industry Advisory Board is pleased to help develop future leaders in the luxury industry by supporting the NYC study tour. Getting in front of industry decision makers can make all the difference in launching a career in the luxury industry,” said Ellen L. Rohde, former executive with VF Corporation and chairman, GLM Industry Advisory Board.
About the Global Luxury Management Program
Global Luxury Management (GLM) is a unique academic program offered as an option in the Master of Global Innovation Management (MGIM) program in the Jenkins Graduate School at North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management. The GLM option was developed and is offered as a partnership between NC State’s Poole College of Management and College of Textiles in Raleigh, N.C., U.S.A., and SKEMA Business School’s Sophia Antipolis campus in France. These academic institutions have created a rigorous one-year dual degree graduate program that provides students with a solid foundation in global luxury management coursework combined with experiential activities to prepare future leaders for the dynamic global luxury marketplace. Students earn two masters degrees, one from NC State and one from SKEMA, while studying on two continents during the one-year program.
About NC State University Poole College of Management and Jenkins Graduate School
The NC State University Poole College of Management focuses on management education for a technology driven global marketplace. The college offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting, business administration and economics, as well as custom and open enrollment executive education programs delivered by the college’s Executive Programs, LLP. Poole College’s accounting and business programs are accredited by AACSB International. www.poole.ncsu.edu
About NC State University College of Textiles
The College of Textiles has 114 years of teaching, research, and extension. Undergraduate degrees can be obtained in textile engineering, polymer and color chemistry, fashion and textile management, fashion and textile design and textile technology. Graduate degrees such as master of science and master of textiles and two doctorate degrees in fiber and polymer science and textile technology management are available, as well as a graduate certificate in nonwovens. The College of Textiles has proven to be the leading textile college in the world covering all aspects of textiles from molecule to market. www.tx.ncsu.edu
About SKEMA Business School
SKEMA Business School is one of France’s largest Grandes Ecoles with 6,600 students and its 30,000 alumni. The school offers a wide range of degree programs, including bachelors, Grande Ecole (Masters in Management), Masters of Science, specialized masters and Ph.D. The school currently has sites in France (Lille, Sophia Antipolis, Paris), China (Suzhou) and the United States (North Carolina). www.skema.edu