Attending the FGI luncheon at Le Cirque on Wednesday brought me back to a time in a distant galaxy when both the internet and my children were in their infancy and I faced a not-so-secret addiction to televised home shopping. Upon learning that the featured speaker was none other than Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSN, Inc. (#22 of Fortune’s Top People in Business 2014, Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, a UNICEF board member) who would be joined on stage by friend/neighbor of 25 years Michael A. Clinton, President/Publishing Director of Hearst Magazines (also highly celebrated in photography, running marathons on all seven continents and philanthropy), I was a little startled.
|Michael Clinton & Mindy Grossman|
|Margaret Hayes addressing the audience|
|Left to Right: Nicole Fischelis, Marylou Luther, Ruth Sutcliffe,
and Robert di Mauro
Although she did not find it a hindrance as a female in the business world she now works hard to promote diversity in the workplace. Grossman began her climb in the fashion industry through menswear labels Jeffrey Banks, Williwear by Willi Smith, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and eventually to Nike as VP of Global Apparel from 2000-2006 when she made the leap to HSN. When she got to the revolving door of HSN as the eighth CEO in 10 years she learned that if you have a platform and a voice you should not waste it. On the subject of the importance of maintaining a culture of collaboration and passion (“If there is a strong one you feel it as soon as you walk in”) and it should begin from the ground up rather than from the top down. She also stressed that the corporate culture has to align with an individual employee’s values in order for the individual to engage which is one of the things that HSN looks for when hiring. Incidentally, the culture tagline at HSN is “It’s fun here” is something that employees should be able to get behind.
– Laurel Marcus
New York City
Photo: Fox News
On Thursday night, the holiday season officially began in New
York City when Lord & Taylor’s Fifth Avenue flagship store unveiled its
holiday windows for 2015. Singer Austin Mahone was featured at the event which
marked the 78th year that the
company has given this special “holiday gift” to the city. The animated windows
depict traditional holiday scenes.
|Photo: Rhonda Erb|
Liz Rodbell, president of Lord & Taylor, was on hand for the
unveiling, which was just one of the highlights of a special Charity Day in the
store to kick off the 2016 partnership between Lord & Taylor and Habitat
NYC. Throughout the day, many of the stores’ vendors, including Carolee,
Movado, Carmen by Carmen Marc Valvo and many others, featured special promotions
creating a “carnival-like shopping extravaganza.” Customers were treated to a
Carolee coffee and photo bar, hot chocolate and cookies from Movado, a candy bar
courtesy of Calvin Klein, Chloe, Marc Jacobs and Philosophy and much more.
|Photo: Rhonda Erb|
Customers could purchase a $5.00 Charity Ticket for which they
received in store discounts. All of the proceeds from the ticket sales will be
donated to the Lord & Taylor Habitat NYC project. In addition, the store
and its participating vendors will make a contribution to the project to fund
the rebuilding of a single family home in Queens next year.
World Inside You
|All photos: Eozin Che|
the human microbiome? It consists of the trillions of microbes that live
in and on your body (together they weigh about three pounds). Most of the ones
living inside you are actually vital to keeping your body, and even your mind,
functioning properly. The intricacies of this complex ecosystem are explored in
depth in the American Museum of Natural History’s new exhibit, “The Secret World
an interactive table that displays a fourteen foot projection of a pregnant
woman’s body. By touching different areas of the display, visitors can learn
the ways that microbes impact human health. The woman in the table actually
speaks to and interacts with visitors as they explore the seventeen animated
microbial scenes. She was created from a real life model, who was chosen
through a casting call.
a team that included Joe Levit, Bob Peterson and Eozin Che, who brought their
expertise to the roles of researcher, animator and programmer, respectively.
They shed some light on the experience of making the table come alive…
What was your role in putting The
Body Table together and how much time did you spend working on the
Joe Levit: I’m the writer/researcher on the media team within
the exhibition department. That means I normally complete the logic, conduct the
research for and write the content that will appear within the team’s media
interactives (not including films, which our colleague Sarah manages or
handles). For this show, I was almost exclusively working on the content for The
Body Table, because there was a lot of research to do for such large project. In
addition to selecting the stories we wanted to tell in the Table, I wrote the
narration that the actor conveys and the text for each of the 17 animated
stories. I also did a lot of research regarding the ecological relationships
between us and bacteria, or bacteria versus other bacteria, and provided our
animator Bob with some visual references for each story. I spent the better part
of 7 months doing this.
Bob Peterson: I am the animator for The Body Table. How Long
did it take? Over a period of months, as the curators and everyone in the
exhibitions department contributed their incredible ideas and creativity.
Eozin Che: I’m the programmer for this Body Table project and I
spent 1 month + one week.
What was the biggest challenge
that you faced in putting it together?
JL:The biggest challenge I faced personally was finding the
answers about how these interactions probably actually occur. Keep in mind that
many of these interactions have never been shown before in public in an animated
way. We are breaking new ground with many of the stories, bringing unseen
battles and assistance to life for viewers. I think the biggest challenge for
the team as a whole was figuring out how to meld the narration and stories as
seamlessly as possible, from both a story and graphics standpoint. That took a
lot of time to discuss and figure out.
BP: This field of study is so cutting edge and there is so much
to explore and discover. In working closely with Robert DeSalle and Susan
Perkins it was a fun challenge to recreate these amazing ecosystems and the
creatures who inhabit them.The head of our department Helene Alonso gave us
incredible direction and freedom to create and explore these unseen worlds for
The Body Table. Our project director Ariel Navarez did an incredible job helping
design the table and directing the talent. Brett Peterson and Eozin Che were the
wizards behind the programming and Joe Levit did a great job with his research
and writing. We had a blast and we all learned so much working on The Body
Table. We just hope the visitors exploring these “unseen worlds” at the exhibit
have just as much fun as we did creating this experience .
EC: The biggest challenge I had was the application’s
performance issue. Since we have many different visual contents including
background video and animation,17 feature players, animated sensors, lines and
sub-images, it was definitely challenging to get everything work well together
in appropriate play speed without any delay. I tried a couple of different
iterations in code structure and solved the issue by using image sequences to
play videos instead of normal movie clips.(So now, each animated body story is a
sequence of over 1500 images) Now you can check high-resolution animations in
the most smooth speed in the Body Table.
What is your favorite part of The
JL: My favorite part of the Body Table is the way that the
public can passively and in a subtle way pick up on the ideals of four
principles of ecology (Niche Adaptation, Commensalism , Mutualism and
Competition) while simultaneously engaging with one of 17 stories that give them
information they might use to improve or better understand their own biology and
relationships with microbes.
BP: The process of creating the BodyTable with my colleagues has
been my favorite part. They are an amazing group of talented people. The Museum
of Natural History in and of itself, is such a unique place here in NYC. And I
wish the general public would have the opportunity like I have had to see the
incredible work that takes place behind scenes of every exhibit in every corner
of the museum. Its the ultimate collective of many brilliant talented people who
everyday successfully mesh Art and Science.
EC: My favorite part of the Body Table is the moment that
highlights selected stories for each different chapter. (Niche Adaptation,
Commensalism , Mutualism and Competition) What I really like about it is its
vivid color change and integrated animation consists of vivid color change on
the background, clear narration and beautifully refined small animations on
sensors that attract the audience to try it.
14, 2016. Take a break from the usual holiday fare and pay a visit to this
enlightening exhibition. It’s an experience that will change the way you see
yourself interacting with the world around you.