By Frances Harder
For those of you who know me, then you will know that over my many years in the apparel industry I have worked hard and for the most part enjoyed most of my experiences. I have been very fortunate to have had some amazing work assignments, and luckily for me I still do. However, I think that knowing me you will also appreciate that I would never accept these many different job opportunities if I did not find them a challenge, and feel confident that I could accomplish the tasks at hand, plus at the same time enjoy them!!
My latest International invite is from the US government to lecturer on the latest technology uses in the fashion industry to a variety of fashion colleges in Saudi Arabia. The other recent invite is to Shanghai to discuss the possibilities of creating a Fashion Business Inc. (FBI) certified job training program in China. This would mean setting up a licensing agreement with my nonprofit here in the US. I am also very excited that one of my goals for the past few years will soon become realized and has been approved by the LA school district. The program will help inner city kids understand career opportunities in the apparel industry. The twelve-week program will bring the high school kids to the LA Fashion district and learn from industry professionals about some of the many career choices available.
So, who you may ask would ask me these two offensive questions? MEN!!! Do you really think a man would ask these questions to another successful man? But being fair, I have also experienced female nonchalance. But that said I also have some amazing female friends who are incredibly supportive. Some of whom work and others who don’t. I realize I am old enough to retire and knit, or play cards but I happen to LOVE what I do! I also feel confident enough (I hope) that I have enough time left to still make a difference by helping others. But if not, the fact is that this is my journey and I really wish that others could respect this and do what they wish to do with their lives but PLEASE don’t inflict their views of what I should be doing with their own limited expectations. Please show a little respect!