Last week, we were proud to welcome new grads to the FIT alumni community at the 2014 commencement ceremonies! Ushering in the new generation of leaders, commencement speakers Bobbi Brown and Christian Louboutin shared a wealth of advice and inspirational stories. Bobbi Brown, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, offered her “Five Pillars of Success” at the ceremony for the School of Business and Technology and School of Liberal Arts. Later that afternoon, Christian Louboutin, Founder of Christian Louboutin SA, emphasized the value of friendship and freedom at the ceremony for the School of Art and Design and School of Graduate Studies. Take a look here and please share your own words of wisdom for our newest alumni!
Bobbi Brown’s Five Pillars of Success
2. More doing and less thinking. That means go with your gut. If you always worry about what you want to do, you won’t do it.
3. Work hard, but work smart. Always. Everyday. Nothing is handed to you. And nothing is easy. You are not owed anything.
4. Have no fear. Don’t be intimated by adults. If you’ve earned a place at the table, take it.
5. Just be nice. Now this is to yourself and to others. Not everyone in business, especially in our fashion business, is always nice. Get ready. Don’t take it personal. Kill them with kindness.
Christian Louboutin on friendship and freedom
“Everyone told me never to do business with friends. Well, I started my company with my two best friends and 23 years later, we are still the three best friends… There is the freedom of joy and working, which I want, but freedom is different for everyone…. It’s freedom of creativity.”