Marie Lavaud

Name: Marie Lavaud
Graduation:  2015
Position/Employer: Product Manager – Collection Merchandiser, Roger Vivier
Previous Education: Lycée Merleau-Ponty, Rochefort, France

Q: What drew you to the Global Luxury and Management program? How did the program complement your undergrad studies (or took you in a different direction)?
A. I was very keen to do this program because of the dual degree (NC State and SKEMA), the semester abroad (in the US for me), the opportunity to learn more about the fashion and luxury industry and to meet many professionals.

I was not disappointed! My first semester in the program at NC State was amazing. I was a student in a prestigious American university, I met people who are now great friends, professors and career management people were very available for us, we had great courses and had the opportunity to network with many professionals. I travelled a lot in the United States and always tried to go to events related to the industry, to visit boutiques and showrooms and to meet people.

Q: What are some value points gained from your program experience and how are you applying what you’ve learned in your current role?
A: In France, at SKEMA, we had great classes lead by professionals working for luxury companies. We were well prepared to face interviews for internships.  I found a very interesting internship as women’s ready-to-wear assistant in Louis Vuitton, which led to my first position as product manager.