After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Marketing and a BA in Plan II Honors, Erin Patten spent 4.5 years working in the fashion and online retail industries in New York City at luxury department stores Bergdorf Goodman and Lord & Taylor. At Bergdorf Goodman, Erin assisted top Personal Shoppers with private wardrobing appointments and special occasion dressing. Erin then joined the new e-commerce team at Lord & Taylor serving as an online merchandiser across all departments (men, women, kids, jewelry) and helped grow the website business to outperform all other Lord & Taylor retail stores. Additionally, Erin volunteered and served on the junior board of the non-profit organization New York Needs You (NYNY) for two years. NYNY seeks to close the achievement gap for first-generation college students by pairing high-potential students with professionals and providing students with the support and access necessary to realize their career aspirations. Erin’s interests still lie in the fashion and retail sectors and she hopes to create luxury fashion online platforms in countries across the world while simultaneously fulfilling her passion for the arts by creating her own non-profit dedicated to providing arts education in under-served communities.