Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University, has been invited to speak at The International New York Times Luxury Conference Series in Singapore

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Academy of Art University is pleased to announce that Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University, has been invited to speak at The International New York Times Luxury Conference Series in Singapore. Dr. Stephens will talk about “The Asian Wave of Talent” during the afternoon of Thursday, November 21, 2013.

Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University, has been invited to speak at The International New York Times Luxury Conference Series in Singapore

Academy of Art University is pleased to announce that Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University, has been invited to speak at The International New York Times Luxury Conference Series in Singapore. Dr. Stephens will talk about “The Asian Wave of Talent” during the afternoon of Thursday, November 21, 2013.

The International New York Times Luxury Conference series is the premier annual forum for business and creative leaders from across the global luxury goods industry. Since its inception in Paris in 2001 as the International Herald Tribune Luxury Conference, the conference has spanned the globe and has been held in London, New Delhi, Moscow, Istanbul, Dubai, Berlin, Hong Kong and São Paulo. The Singapore series will be held from November 21-22, 2013.

“I am honored to be a part of The International New York Times Luxury Conference and included in a group of such illustrious leaders,” said Dr. Stephens.

In addition to Dr. Stephens, speakers will include blogger Bryanboy, Angelica Cheung, Editor in Chief of Vogue China. Sandra Choi, Creative Director of Jimmy Choo, HRH Princess Marie-Chantal, Founder and Creative Director of Marie-Chantal, James Ferragamo, Women’s Leather Product Director of Salvatore Ferragamo, Livia Firth, Creative Director of Eco Age, Andrew Keith, President of Lane Crawford and Joyce, Fashion designer Phillip Lim, Pierre Rainero, Director of Image, Heritage and Strategy of Cartier, and Domenico De Sole, Chairman of Tom Ford International, among others.

Hosted by the International New York Times' world renowned International Fashion Editor, Suzy Menkes, and attended by CEOs and directors of luxury brands, creative directors, designers and suppliers to the industry, the conference regularly attracts the highest level of keynote speakers from the commercial and creative sides of the business, and an annual international audience of over 500 delegates from more than 35 countries.

For more information on The International New York Times Luxury Conference Series in Singapore:
http://www.inytluxury.com/

To watch the conference series on live stream:
http://www.inytluxury.com/free-live-stream.aspx

About Dr. Elisa Stephens:

Dr. Elisa Stephens became President of the Academy of Art University in 1992, as the third generation Stephens to lead the university, she continues the mission since its founding by her grandfather in 1929 and the commitment of her predecessors.

Under her leadership, the Academy of Art University has become the largest accredited private university of art and design in the United States with over eighteen thousand undergraduate and graduate students on a unique urban campus in downtown San Francisco, and throughout the world online. Dr. Stephens has pioneered the creation of online education programs in art and design, which have propelled the Academy of Art University to its premiere position in the digital education world.

Dr. Stephens has developed a comprehensive education program that prepares today’s students for the art and design jobs of the 21st Century innovation economy. The opportunities for highly skilled artists and designers exist in a global marketplace, of which the Bay Area is a thriving center. A recent report found that the Academy of Art University “provides significant benefits to the San Francisco region” and is a leader in developing talent to fuel the creative industries locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.” The Academy brings together the stakeholders in the creative industries, including students, alumni, faculty, professionals and firms. Those influencing hiring decisions have worked with students in the academic setting, while graduates are exposed to professional performance standards. This provides tremendous opportunity for the institutional transfer of knowledge, and produces professionals who contribute right from the start.

Dr. Stephens acknowledges the importance of scholarships within the greater Bay Area community and beyond for undergraduate, graduate and high school students. To that goal, the Academy of Art University has numerous full degree, partial, and high school scholarship programs benefiting: San Francisco Police and Fire Departments, John O’Connell High School, SF Unified School District, Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of SF, West Contra Costa Unified School District, Oakland Military Institute, “Back on Track,” KIPP schools, Oakland Fund for the Arts, Elks Club. In addition, Dr. Stephens has significantly increased the Academy of Art University High School Scholarship Program, offering thousands of current high school students tuition free classes that count towards college credit. Dr. Stephens and the Academy of Art University faculty and students, embrace a socially responsible role within both the city of San Francisco and the world of art and design.

Dr. Stephens actively supports a wide spectrum of community outreach programs, and makes it possible for students from the Academy of Art University to contribute their artistic and community efforts for maximum impact. Current and past beneficiaries include: Fleet Week, KIPP Schools, SF MOMA, MoAD, de Young Museum. Dr. Elisa Stephens received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Vassar College and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco in 1985, and is a member of the California Bar Association. She also completed the Foundations curriculum at the Academy of Art University. She served as a Law Clerk at the San Francisco Superior Court from 1985 to 1986, as In-house Counsel at Cellular Holdings, Inc., 1987-1988, and as Contributing Editor to Barclays Law Publishers, 1986-1988. She also worked as legal counsel for the Academy of Art College until 1992.

About Academy of Art University
Academy of Art University, the largest private university of art and design in the United States, is educating students for the art and design jobs of the 21st Century. Established in 1929, the Academy is an output-based higher education model that provides open admissions to all students, but imposes a rigorous curriculum that requires the students to produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates a mastery of their field in order to graduate. Students are taught by a faculty of professionals from the existing marketplace, both online and on campus in San Francisco, who provide them with an understanding of what it takes to succeed in today’s business environment. The Academy’s hands-on curriculum produces graduates that possess great artistic and design skills -- and equally as important, the ability to put those talents to work immediately after graduation. As a result, Academy graduates are ready to compete for and win the jobs of the 21st Century in the fields of Acting, Advertising, Animation & Visual Effects, Architecture, Art Education, Art History, Fashion, Fashion Journalism, Fashion Styling, Fine Art, Game Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Jewelry & Metal Arts, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures & Television, Multimedia Communications, Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media, Photography, Visual Development, Web Design & New Media and Art Teaching Credential. Academy of Art University is accredited by WASC, NASAD, Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) (BFA/MFA-IAD), and NAAB (B-ARCH*, M-ARCH), California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). *B-ARCH program in candidacy status. Visit http://www.academyart.edu for more information.

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