Fashion Policy Counsel and Professor Kenya Wiley moderated a panel discussion on March 22 titled Race and Gender in the Sneaker Industry: Design, Law and the Metaverse—as part of the Fashion Law and Social Justice series. The panel featured fashion industry professionals in design and law, including Alicia Pinckney (Nike Jordan brand), Cheresse Thornhill-Goldson (adidas S.E.E.D.), Olivera Medenica (Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP) and Daniel Bellizio (Bellizio + Igel PLLC). The panelists shared several gems—covering key courses and skills for a successful career in design, IP protection and privacy in the metaverse, and the importance of building a diverse talent pipeline. Alicia Pinckney also discussed the Black Talent in Design and Fashion Fund, more details available here.
Kenya launched the Fashion Law and Social Justice series in 2019, bringing together diverse scholars and industry leaders at the intersection of fashion law, technology, government policy and social justice.