LEF Program Descriptions

 

The LEF Master Class

In this semester-long course, MBA students from Columbia Business School and Design students from Parsons The New School of Design work in teams of eight to solve timely case studies created exclusively for this class by the participating companies and interact with senior executives of these world-renowned firms who guide them throughout the project. The goal of this course is to understand the significant role that each field plays in the creation and marketing of luxury goods, as well as the importance of communication and collaboration between disciplines.

 

LEF Scholarship Program

In this semester-long course, MBA students from Columbia Business School and Design students from Parsons The New School of Design work in teams of eight to solve timely case studies created exclusively for this class by the participating companies and interact with senior executives of these world-renowned firms who guide them throughout the project. The goal of this course is to understand the significant role that each field plays in the creation and marketing of luxury goods, as well as the importance of communication and collaboration between disciplines.

 

Luxury Round Table

The LEF Luxury Round Table (LRT) is an annual panel discussion in which three to four industry leaders share their views on current trends and challenges facing the industry with an enthusiastic group of business and design students, alumni and friends of LEF. The event targets an audience of approximately 150 and is designed to inspire the future business and creative leaders in luxury.

 

Executive Breakfast Series

These intimate breakfast sessions allow a small group of students committed to the luxury goods space to have rare access to important figures in the luxury field and engage in informal and intimate dialogue with the presidents and CEOs of leading luxury firms. 

Marketing Luncheons

This lunchtime panel discussion provides MBA students interested in marketing with the rare opportunity to have an open dialogue with leading marketing professionals and gain a better understanding of career paths and opportunities for MBA graduates in the luxury industry. LEF is proud to collaborate on this program with the Marketing Association of Columbia (MAC) and Retail & Luxury Goods Club (RLG) at Columbia Business School.

Corporate Classroom Tours

This series of educational company tours allows a select group of students to spend the day at the New York headquarters of leading luxury brands for a rare glimpse into their day-to-day operations. Visits include special company presentations, meet and greets with senior level executives, and tours of flagship stores with a focus on providing students with hands-on education in the luxury industry

Conversations on Luxury

This series of evening conversations with luxury experts at Columbia Business School features guest speakers from the luxury industry and other relevant industries.  The first in this special series featured a conversation between the legendary Burt Tansky, Chairman & former CEO of the Neiman Marcus Group, and Bridget Foley, Executive Editor of Women’s Wear Daily.  Other Conversation Series have featured renowned chef and restaurateur, Daniel Boulud and most recently Carolina Herrera, fashion designer and icon, interview by Richard David Story, Editor-in-Chief of Departures.

 

Luxury Approach Block Week

In this weeklong intensive course, MBA and EMBA students from Columbia Business School work in teams to solve a timely case study chosen by the participating company and interact with senior executives of these world-renowned firms who guide them throughout the project The block week format allows students to collaborate and create marketing models and campaign strategies tailored especially for today's luxury consumer.

 

Retailing Lunch Panel

This unique lunchtime panel discussion provides MBA students interested in careers in luxury with the rare opportunity to have an open dialogue with leading luxury executives and Alumni to gain a better understanding of career paths and opportunities for MBA graduates in the luxury industry. The discussion brings together 2 CEOs and one to 2 Alumni with experience in retail internships to offer students insight into the role and importance true retail experience can have for an executive working at a luxury firm.  This dynamic group of speakers will engage with a select audience of about 50 students from the RLG club.

LEF Internship Program

The LEF Retailing Internship and Shadowing program addresses the specific need for MBA and EMBA students to gain valuable experience in the luxury retail environment. Luxury retailers recognize that their future leadership requires hands-on experience of the day-to-day operations at the retail level. LEF works directly with the Retail and Luxury Goods Club to connect Columbia Business School students interested in the field and luxury retailers for one of the following three programs: on-going academic-year internships, summer internships, and week-long in store shadowing programs.

LEF Podcasts

A new initiative launched in Summer of 2017, featuring conversations of Alumni panel events as well as interviews with LEF Advisory Board executives on relevant topics in the Luxury fashion industry.  These podcasts allow LEF supporters to have unique access to LEF leaders as they share their perspective on timely topics relevant to theindustry.

LEF Alumni Programs

In 2015, coinciding with its 10th anniversary, LEF reached out to 12 Alumni from both Columbia Business School and Parsons School of Design, and created the LEF Alumni Council, whose goal is to continue the unique LEF mentoring spirit beyond graduation by developing platforms and programs to strengthen and tighten this community and allow LEF Alumni to continue developing their leaderships skills, while giving back and mentoring current students

The LEF alumni programs focus on mentoring and networking using various tools, including video discussions, social media, amongst this growing community.  Program offerings include connecting Alumni through Linked-In and Facebook Groups to communicate with one another and exchange of common challenges they might face, Think Tank Series to share industry knowledge, mentoring breakfasts for Alumni to interact with the Advisory Board as well as breakfast meetings for Alumni to mentor current students, invitation to exclusive video discussions, access to Podcast content, and lastly networking events such as the spring Alumni Networking Event to connect LEF Alumni, soon to be LEF graduates and the LEF Advisory Board.