This year’s edition of the Drapers Next Generation Academy has been my proudest yet.
This year’s edition of the Drapers Next Generation Academy has been my proudest yet. The calibre of speakers was phenomenal and I can’t thank the individuals enough for their time, support and incredible insight. As you’ll see, the delegates were treated to an Academy of the highest standard.
But the delegates gave as good as they got, asking intelligent, thought-provoking questions throughout the day. Their networking skills were to be admired, too, as they swapped business cards and made the most of the coffee and lunch breaks.
The Academy was a wonderful example of what makes the fashion industry so inspiring to work in. People whose diaries are full to the brink, who run large businesses or teams, and who are sometimes a little media-shy, gave their time generously because of their passion and commitment to our industry and to nurturing its remarkable talent. As many of them told me, it was their chance to give something back.
Among the key themes to emerge from the panel sessions, Q&As and keynote speakers, were the importance of risk-taking and technology. Speakers urged delegates to innovate and be brave, while multichannel retail will continue to evolve and drive sales.
Finally, I’d like to thank Success Appointments, our headline sponsor, for its ongoing support during the past three years. We couldn’t put on this fabulous event without them.
- Ana Santi, Deputy editor, Drapers