GLAM4GOOD Hosts Inspiring Mentoring Initiative With #VISIONQUEST Panel Discussion and #SHOPPINGSPREE4FREE for NYC High School Students

Nine West Eyewear Provided Access to Free Eye Glasses and Eye Exams with New Optical Offering for Teens
Jun 8, 2018 2:40 PM ET
GLAM4GOOD Founder, Mary Alice Stephenson poses with High School of Fashion Industries students and volunteers.

NEW YORK, JUNE 8, 2018 /3BL Media/ – GLAM4GOOD, the award-winning empowerment platform and non-profit organization, in partnership with Nine West Eyewear hosted 150+ students at New York City’s High School of Fashion Industries on Wednesday, June 6th with an inspiring panel discussion and mentoring initiative focused on preparing students for college, job interviews and presentations.

Titled #VISIONQUEST, the event focused upon an interactive, experiential curriculum which the GLAM4GOOD Foundation has built around self-esteem, confidence, fearlessness and the power of presentation to enhance and promote entrepreneurship in high school teens.

The event included an engaging panel of fashion industry visionaries which was moderated by GLAM4GOOD Founder & CEO, Mary Alice Stephenson. The panelists included style expert Stacy London; Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, Creative Director of Judith Leiber and Founder of Dee Ocleppo; Adam Glassman, Creative Director of O, The Oprah Magazine; Mara Hoffman, Founder, President & Creative Director of Mara Hoffman; and Ty Hunter, fashion guru and motivational speaker.

The discussion touched on themes of confidence, the power of social media, the importance of having a future vision as well as discussing their first jobs, how they deal with rejection, and using meditation as a means of maintaining a positive disposition. The panelists each shared personal stories and specific ideas with the students, encouraging them to empower their dreams and plan for their aspiring futures.

“These teens are the future of our industry,” said style expert and GLAM4GOOD Board Member, Stacy London. “It’s crucial that we enable them to ask questions and listen to each other in a supportive and collaborative environment. GLAM4GOOD makes an incredible impact in the lives of so many through these events and I am always thrilled to be a part of them.”

Following the panel, students were invited to participate in a GLAM4GOOD #SHOPPINGSPREE4FREE where the students could “shop” and select work and interview appropriate fashion and accessories from dozens of designer brands, as well as receive eye exams and optical eye wear as well as sunglasses from Nine West Eyewear, all free of charge.

“GLAM4GOOD is honored to empower these inspiring students at the High School of Fashion Industries with a thoughtful discussion on how to activate their dreams and a well-deserved wardrobe refresh to help them achieve their goals,” said Mary Alice Stephenson, fashion and beauty expert and the Founder & CEO of GLAM4GOOD. “We know this event provided them with the tools and inspiration to seize their future.”

“We are delighted and grateful to be part of GLAM4GOOD and Nine West Eyewear’s #VISIONQUEST event, which emulates the spirit of our school and Mary Alice Stephenson’s mission to educate, mentor and inspire,” said Daryl Blank, Principal of the High School of Fashion Industries. “#VISIONQUEST’s esteemed panel and positive messages of empowerment and entrepreneurship make it the ultimate event for our students to complete their school year and prepare for what lies ahead.”

Coinciding with the event, Nine West Eyewear gifted optical frames to the students from their new, first-ever optical offering designed specifically for pre-teen and teen girls. The new styles are spirited and youthful and feature a smaller fit with on-trend details such as faux pearls, metal studs and heart details. Additionally, Nine West Eyewear enlisted the VSP Global “Eyes of Hope” Mobile Eye Care Program to come to the High School of Fashion Industries for the day to provide access to free eye exams and fit students for prescription glasses. The eye exams were provided by local VSP network eye doctors and most prescriptions were able to be fulfilled on-site.

The #SHOPPINGSPREE4FREE garnered support from some of the world’s most influential brands and retailers – including Mara Hoffman, Lulu Frost, American Eagle Outfitters, Drew Barrymore’s Flower Beauty, Eloquii, FabFitFun, Fallen Jewelry, FUN SOCKS, H&M, J.Crew, Kendra Scott, Marchon Eyewear, Nine West Eyewear, A Peace  Treaty, Rachel Roy, Saturdays NYC and Stila Cosmetics, as well as donations from the personal closets of model Hailey Baldwin and actress Frieda Pinto – GLAM4GOOD’s charitable efforts will help students put their best foot forward as they prepare to enter college or the job force, providing new workwear, sportswear, accessories, and beauty/hygiene essentials.

The GLAM4GOOD Foundation is a non-profit organization that creates and celebrates social impact, and empowerment through beauty and style. The GLAM4GOOD Foundation harnesses the healing power, joy, and attention that fashion and beauty bring to raise awareness, bolster self-esteem, promote healing, honor courage and provide life-changing makeovers, clothing giveaways and confidence-bolstering fashion and beauty initiatives for everyday heroes and people in need. GLAM4GOOD is proud to be the fashion and beauty industry’s go-to partner for corporate social responsibility and philanthropic initiatives. If you wish to support this initiative or contribute to future GLAM4GOOD giving events, please contact

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