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    Guest Speaker for FASH455: Gail W. Strickler, Assistant US Trade Representative for Textiles (2009-2015)
    Oct. 21st, 1:25 PM to 2:10 PM
    Alison Hall 318
    Students in FASH455 will have a unique opportunity discussing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and its implications for the global textile and apparel industry with Gail Strickler, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles (2009-2015). As the top U.S. trade policymaker for textiles, Ms. Strickler supervised the negotiations of the textile and apparel chapter in TPP as well as other important trade agreements affecting textile and apparel products. She also advised US Trade Representative, including Ambassador Ron Kirk and Ambassador Michael Froman, on textile and apparel trade policy matters and worked to expand the industry's access to foreign markets. Prior to joining the U.S. Trade Representative Office, Ms. Strickler worked for Saxon Textile Corp from 1980 to 2007 serving ultimately as its President and CEO until it was acquired by Patriarch Group in 2007 and became a division of Duro Textile LLC., where she served as Vice President of the Global Apparel Division. Ms. Strickler also served as the Assoc. Director of the Institute for Textile and Apparel Product Safety (I.T.A.P.S.) at Philadelphia University and president of the Textiles Distributors Association. She further served on the board of directors of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) from its inception in 2004-2006 as a member of its Trade Policy committee. She was a board member for the USDA Cotton Board from 2002 to 2009, serving as Chairman of the Textile Research Committee. She has served on the board of directors at the Fashion Institute of Technology's Education Foundation since 2004 and its executive committee from 2006 to 2009. Due to limited seating, please RSVP Dr. Sheng Lu ( if you are interested in attending the event.  
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  • 211 Alison Hall West
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-8714