Mentors Share Insight with Jenkins Global Luxury and Management Students

“Think carefully about the title of this program: global + luxury + management,” said Philip Kowalczyk, managing director at Deloitte Management Consulting and member of the board of directors for the Global Luxury and Management (GLAM) program, a one-year, dual degree graduate program offered jointly by the NC State Poole College of Management’s Jenkins Graduate School and Skema, a global business school with a campus at NC State’s Centennial Campus. 

He was speaking in late August at an initial gathering of the GLAM program’s 2020 class, whose students came who came from 20 undergraduate universities and nine countries.

“You also need to inherently understand what luxury means: personalization,” Kowalczyk said. 

The 48 students got a taste of that personalization as they heard from 12 luxury professionals – Kowalczyk and five others on site and six who participated remotely – at NC State’s Centennial campus. All shared from their career-building experiences in various aspects of the luxury market, from airlines to pharmaceuticals, retail to consulting. 

They are among the NC State GLAM Industry Advisory Board members who have been paired up with the Global Luxury and Management students and will be their mentors throughout the course of their studies – and after. 

The GLAM students are completing their first semester this fall at NC State’s campus. In January, they will transition to Skema’s campus in Paris for the spring semester. 

Mentorship is integrated into the academic and experiential GLAM program, said Kristie McGowan, GLAM program director at the NC State Poole College of Management. “The mentors provide a professional touchpoint for the students as they progress through their coursework, participate in study trips to New York, North Carolina and France, and prepare to enter the global luxury marketplace,” she said.

“This is an exciting time for all of your lives and careers, to have an opportunity like this, to prepare for the working world and to shape the next years of your lives,” said Anna Reynolds, who joined the session from her base in San Francisco. A 2014 alumna of the program, she launched her career at Merz North America as a marketing manager. She then moved to a role as brand manager with Rodan + Fields, and now is a brand manager with Apple.