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The LIO Class of 2018 started at LIO in September 2017 and graduated from the program in August 2018. Their projects ranged from sustainability and supply chain research to performance apparel design to digital brand development. Each of them brought a unique set of skills, insights, and experiences to the table, and together they continue to be a strategic force to be reckoned with. Seven members of the LIO Class of 2018 received offers to continue on inside the Centric Brands family after the program concluded.

  Aleksija Vujicic    Creative Strategist    Education:  UCLA   Studied:  International Development Studies, minor in Spanish   Innovation Field:  New editorial/media platforms and the transition of traditional media into the digital age.   In my past life I was  Cleopatra

Aleksija Vujicic

Creative Strategist

Education: UCLA

Studied: International Development Studies, minor in Spanish

Innovation Field: New editorial/media platforms and the transition of traditional media into the digital age.

In my past life I was Cleopatra

  Camila Chiriboga    Creative Strategist, Inclusive Design    Education:  Parsons School of Design   Studied:  Fashion Design, Creative Entrepreneurships   Innovation Field:  The intersection of fashion, health, and technology, especially design for people with disabilities.

Camila Chiriboga

Creative Strategist, Inclusive Design

Education: Parsons School of Design

Studied: Fashion Design, Creative Entrepreneurships

Innovation Field: The intersection of fashion, health, and technology, especially design for people with disabilities.

  Cecile Mouen    Creative Strategist, Experience Design    Education:  Parsons School of Design   Studied:  Fashion Design, minor in Chinese Studies   Innovation Field:  Exploring how print design influences our interaction with our social environment and weighs on the construction of our identity.   In my past life I was:  An Elephant Trainer

Cecile Mouen

Creative Strategist, Experience Design

Education: Parsons School of Design

Studied: Fashion Design, minor in Chinese Studies

Innovation Field: Exploring how print design influences our interaction with our social environment and weighs on the construction of our identity.

In my past life I was: An Elephant Trainer

  David Gordon    Creative Strategist, Analytics & Insights    Education:  University of Pennsylvania   Studied:  Economics   Innovation Field:  Exploring artificial intelligence, customer centricity, and data science.   Question I'd like answered:  Will we be able to contain an AI that surpasses our intelligence?

David Gordon

Creative Strategist, Analytics & Insights

Education: University of Pennsylvania

Studied: Economics

Innovation Field: Exploring artificial intelligence, customer centricity, and data science.

Question I'd like answered: Will we be able to contain an AI that surpasses our intelligence?

  Elizabeth McAvoy    Creative Strategist    Education:  Rhode Island School of Design   Studied:  Industrial Design   Innovation Field:  Fostering a culture of creativity.   In my past life I was:  a six-pack of La Croix

Elizabeth McAvoy

Creative Strategist

Education: Rhode Island School of Design

Studied: Industrial Design

Innovation Field: Fostering a culture of creativity.

In my past life I was: a six-pack of La Croix

  Julian Ortega    Creative Strategist, Design    Education:  Parsons School of Design   Studied:  Fashion Design & Film (double major)   Innovation Field:  Consumer Perception   In my past life I was:  A Panther

Julian Ortega

Creative Strategist, Design

Education: Parsons School of Design

Studied: Fashion Design & Film (double major)

Innovation Field: Consumer Perception

In my past life I was: A Panther

  Katelin Collier    Creative Strategist    Education:  Parsons School of Design   Studied:  Integrated Design, minor in Sustainable Cities   Innovation Field:  Sustainable fashion and new retail experiences with integrated technology.   In my past life I was:  Julia Child

Katelin Collier

Creative Strategist

Education: Parsons School of Design

Studied: Integrated Design, minor in Sustainable Cities

Innovation Field: Sustainable fashion and new retail experiences with integrated technology.

In my past life I was: Julia Child

  Manwen Li    Creative Strategist, Product Design    Education:  Cornell University   Studied:  Apparel Design, minor in Biomechanics   Innovation Field:  New technology and the future of performance apparel.

Manwen Li

Creative Strategist, Product Design

Education: Cornell University

Studied: Apparel Design, minor in Biomechanics

Innovation Field: New technology and the future of performance apparel.

  Neva S. Carina    Creative Strategist, Design & Sustainability    Education:  Kent State University   Studied:  Fashion Design   Innovation Field:  Advocating positive materials and safe processes, and building resilient operations and sustainable systems through cross-brand collaborations.   In my past life I was:  Mulan! 100%. I still get flashbacks.

Neva S. Carina

Creative Strategist, Design & Sustainability

Education: Kent State University

Studied: Fashion Design

Innovation Field: Advocating positive materials and safe processes, and building resilient operations and sustainable systems through cross-brand collaborations.

In my past life I was: Mulan! 100%. I still get flashbacks.

  Vivian Yuen-Wing Tai    Creative Strategist, Partnerships & Technology    Education:  Fashion Institute of Technology   Studied:  Advertising & Marketing Communications   Innovation Field:  The intersection between technology and retail, especially as it relates to customer experience across channels.   What will success look like to you?  Having the means to invest in and empower underdeveloped communities across the world.

Vivian Yuen-Wing Tai

Creative Strategist, Partnerships & Technology

Education: Fashion Institute of Technology

Studied: Advertising & Marketing Communications

Innovation Field: The intersection between technology and retail, especially as it relates to customer experience across channels.

What will success look like to you? Having the means to invest in and empower underdeveloped communities across the world.

  Lindsey Saletta    Innovation Lab Manager   After years leading marketing, brand development, and brand strategy teams in fashion, film, and technology businesses, Lindsey joined Global Brands Group in May 2017 to design, build, and launch the LIO Innovation Lab program. She serves as a mentor and a guide to each of the LIO staff members.   In my past life I was:  Eleanor Roosevelt

Lindsey Saletta

Innovation Lab Manager

After years leading marketing, brand development, and brand strategy teams in fashion, film, and technology businesses, Lindsey joined Global Brands Group in May 2017 to design, build, and launch the LIO Innovation Lab program. She serves as a mentor and a guide to each of the LIO staff members.

In my past life I was: Eleanor Roosevelt