Frances Harder, Founder/CEO
Frances Harder authored and published a series of books dealing with starting a fashion business. Fashion for Profit (10th edition), Costing for Profit, Brand Building for Profit and Forms for Profit are industry focused texts used both by new companies and for further education programs.In 1999 she foundered the FBI (Fashion Business Incorporated), an educational not for profit 501c3 organization, which provided vital business development, resources and certified job training programs to both the US, and to the International apparel industry.
Shazad Malik, Director of Technology
Julia Szkiba, Director of Education
Julia Szkiba's career in the apparel industry spans over 20 years as a fashion designer, graphic/textile pattern artist, product developer, and educator. Julia gained invaluable industry expertise in her role as an independent contractor with the Disney Store, Universal Studios, Paramount and Warner Bros., where she worked with their licensees on several key product launches. Other clients have included: Posh Paws/ED pet products for Ellen DeGeneres, JLA Pets, the Tangerine Tree for children's apparel, Glossy Chick for girls, and Natural Wondies organic children's sleepwear.
Julia is a lecturer and instructor for Fashion for Profit. She also teaches at the Art Institute of California - Hollywood campus and for several online fashion programs. Julia holds a Bachelors of Applied Arts in Fashion Design and a Masters of Fine Arts in Fashion Merchandising from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Susan has worked in multiple fields: fashion merchandising, the wine industry, gym owner, crisis intervention, E-commerce, and program management.
Her first couple of jobs out of college were in fashion merchandising and marketing. After her children were born, her focus turned to working with abused children in residential treatment. It was in this position that she earned her certificate as a crisis intervention counselor and decided to pursue a master’s degree in Psychology.
While getting her degree she went to work for a small start-up company that grew into one of Inc. Magazines Top 500 E-commerce companies. She started in the sales department and worked her way up to marketing and merchandising. When the company was purchased by a $1.5B corporation.
With a passion for adult education and instructional design, Jessica develops ground based and online curricula covering topics such as entrepreneurship, personal branding, social media, blogging, storytelling and more. She has taught workshops and classes and given talks in each of these areas at higher education institutions such as Cal State University Fullerton, Cal State University Northridge, the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and the Art Institute of California—Hollywood.
Jessica is deeply involved with organizations that provide professional development and career advancement opportunities for women. She is an active member of the National Association for Professional Women , where she supports corporate driven marketing initiatives for the Western Region, coordinates communications for the Western Region board leadership team and serves as the social media board chair for the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley Local Chapters. Jessica became a charter member of the NAPW eChapter in 2015 and was recognized as part of the Woman of the Year Circle 2015-2016.
She was recently recognized as a final nominee and ranked in the top four for Connected Women of Influence 2016 Orange County Woman to Watch award.