Corporate Partners Luncheon


The Fashion of Innovation

The 2018 Corporate Luncheon featured a panel discussion about the ever-changing impact, expectations, and innovations occurring in the fashion industry. Panelists explore the fashion industry’s response to advances and issues in environmental sustainability, health and wellness, social justice, and the impact of disruptive technologies and retail strategies on consumers and investors, with questions like:    

  • Environmental Sustainability: The fashion business engages a long supply chain, but how is the industry dealing with its impact on the environment?
  • Health and Wellness: Wearable tech and its impact on health outcomes is one part of the fashion industry’s foray into the health and wellness sector. What tech trends are on the horizon? What work are SAIC faculty and students doing in this arena?
  • Social Justice: Fashion has provided a visible platform for people to publicly declare their identity and what they care about. What social justice issues are SAIC faculty and students using their fashion practice to speak about and how?
  • Disruptive Technologies and Retail Strategies: Advanced robotics, virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and digital only e-commerce companies have dramatically altered how consumers engage with the fashion industry. How does the industry adapt to these new technologies and strategies?


Luncheon Panelists

Dawn Gavin (Moderator) is the inaugural Smith-Buonanno Family Director of Contemporary Practices at SAIC. Her work investigates issues of loss, appropriation, identity, and displacement, employing a range of media from collage and installed drawings to digital video. Dawn has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally, including at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and the DCA Visual Research Centre (Scotland). She received a Bachelor of Arts in Drawing and Painting, a Master of Fine Arts, and a Master of Science in Electronic Imaging from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Scotland.

Liz Gomez (BFA 2014) is the Education Coordinator for The WasteShed, which provides Chicago with an organized, affordable, and reliable resource for repurposed art, craft, and school materials, and with a dynamic center for activities related to sustainability, art, craft, education, and material culture. She received her Associate of Arts in San Antonio and spent several years working as a portrait artist in various venues around the United States before moving to Chicago for education.  She completed her BFA in 2014, from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently holds residency in The Hunter Radcliffe Artist Residency program and the Chicago Artist Coalition, Field/Work Residency program.

Liz Gomez is a multidisciplinary artist, activist, and educator currently based in Chicago, IL.  Gomez uses her work to celebrate freedom, vulnerability, and the endless depths of the spirit.  Her visual practice includes portraiture, mixed media assemblage, and fiber work based in spirituality and meditation.  Her portraiture practice focuses on broadening the range of representation within history, to include those who legacies have been minimized or misrepresented.  She creates life-size images of individuals from different lifestyles, social classes, ages, and cultures.   Her work seeks to deepen our understandings of one another and foster forgiveness, healing, and acceptance amongst all people.

Abigail Glaum-Lathbury is an Assistant Professor of Fashion Design at SAIC and a Chicago based artist and designer. For nearly a decade she produced a women’s ready to wear collection that showed during New York Market week and sold nationally and internationally. Her recent work takes the form of a counter-practice within the emergent field of critical fashion. In 2014 she co-founded the Rational Dress Society, a collective that raises questions around identity and consumption through a radical approach to inclusive sizing. Her most recent project, the Genuine Unauthorized Clothing Clone Institute (Project G.U.C.C.I.) investigates how copyright and trademark law is being leveraged by luxury conglomerates to form what can only be described as a modern sumptuary code. Using the fundamentally relational aspects of fashion as a critical platform, her work explores the discursive potential found in clothing and dressing, arguing for a rethinking and transformation of the fashion system.

Dr. Anthony Perry is the Vice President of Ambulatory Transformation at Rush University Medical Center. A physician with a foundation in geriatric medical services, Dr. Perry has been at Rush for more than 25 years. Prior to his Vice President role, Dr. Perry was the Chief Medical Officer of the Rush University Medical Group (RUMG), responsible for quality planning and quality reporting to federal agencies and oversight of the quality committee processes. Additionally, Dr. Perry helped to launch several new and innovative technologies in the patient care environment such as SmartExam (e-visits), Seamless MD (an integrated app to support surgical processes of care) and Proteus Digital Health (a digitized medical innovation.)

Maria Pinto (BFA 1990) is a fashion designer and artist who creates beautiful, modern fashion for women and is the creative voice behind M2057 by Maria Pinto, a ready-to-wear collection inspired by urban architecture and design. Maria gives women fashion that is chic and versatile. She has dressed iconic women like First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Brooke Shields, and her designs have been featured on the hit show Empire and in publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Maria celebrated her 25th anniversary in fashion design in 2016 with a retrospective at Chicago’s City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower. Maria is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), Chicago’s Advisory Council on Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and is on the board of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Architecture and Design Society. The School of the Art Institute has awarded Maria both its “Legend of Fashion” award in 2009 and an Honorary Doctorate in 2017.

Jeffrey Spivock is a Vice President, Client Experience (Retail) at Weber Shandwick, a leading global marketing and communications firm. He spearheads a unit of their Business Intelligence team and helps run consumer media strategy and seasonal programs for one of the nation’s fastest-growing retailers. He has worked for Weber Shandwick in Toronto, Tokyo and Chicago, developing projects for Amazon, Airbnb, Casper, Evian, Facebook/Instagram, Nespresso, Weight Watchers and more. He also worked on projects for Olay, Pantene, Covergirl, Ford and Kohler, as well as led public relations at Gap Inc. Canada. Jeffrey holds an MBA and a master’s in marketing from Melbourne Business School, and studied luxury retail strategy at SDA Bocconi, Milan. Prior to his graduate work, Jeffrey spent nearly a decade at a boutique fashion agency in Montreal helping to launch fashion brands like Belstaff, ACNE, Adidas Originals and Nudie across Quebec and Canada. He also promoted local fashion brands, including Renata Morales and Want Essentiels, abroad. He began his studies in Fashion Design at Toronto’s Ryerson School of Fashion

Featured Corporate Partner

Kisha Reid
Head of Trade Marketing for Swarovski Professional (North America)

Kisha is the thought leader behind the development and administration of the marketing strategy for the crystal components business at Swarovski North America. Spanning over multiple categories within the fashion industry. Kisha has over 15 years of experience in consumer engagement through experiential marketing from digital, in-store campaigns and events to drive brand awareness and sales. Building value beyond the crystal components purchase is at the forefront of establishing successful partnerships with brands.