IFDA Mentoring Night

With a focus on Home product development and marketing,  and Stacy Garcia, Keita Turner, Heather Zaretsky, Reeta Gyamlani and Laura Hays talked one on one with FIT students.   The IFDA and Obeetee were hosts.

Both the mentors and the mentees found the intimate conversations empowering and fun.

Keita Turner of KT Design Solutions said, “Being a mentor is always an enlightening and rewarding position.  It forces me to reflect back on my career journey and path, in order to thoughtfully impart advice to a younger generation of creators, developers, executives, entrepreneurs, and business people.”

Alyssa Breitweiser FIT student talks to Heather Zaretsky of Earthbound Brands

Heather Zaretsky of Earthbound Brands echoed similar enthusiasm, “Guiding and coaching the future generation of the home industry is extremely rewarding and I appreciate their passion and enthusiasm.”


“As students the ability to network with professionals working in the industry is something we strive for & it seems like the IFDA is right on the pulse of making that accessible for us.” – Alyssa Breitweiser, FIT student.

Student resumes were reviewed and future goals were discussed.  IFDA EF scholarship opportunities were discussed with Susan Hirsch, IFDA NY Educational Foundation VP and IFDA president, Richard Segal.

There was a drawing for a free IFDA student membership and a customized Obeetee Express rug.