August 30, 2016
Inspiration was in the air on the URBN campus last week as Girls Inc. Philadelphia chapter visited with Free People to learn more about employees working in the brand. Free People hosted Girls Inc. for a career exploration workshop on Thursday, August 25, at the URBN campus in the Navy Yard. About 15 members of the local Philadelphia Girls Inc. affiliate program, ages 12 – 17, attended to learn firsthand about the various career paths and opportunities available at Free People.
Starting with a panel of FP team members from Design, Buying, Planning, Merchandising, Graphic Design, Catalog Production, Store Operations, and Social, each panelist told the girls about their own path that led each of them to their current role. It was an inspiring message for the girls to hear: that every person’s path is unique and sometimes unexpected opportunities or challenges may arise, but they take you to the place you’re meant to be.
After the panel, the girls rolled up their sleeves to take part in interactive breakout gropus to teach them more about the product life cycle, which gave the girls a chance to be a decision-maker and understand what really happens behind the scenes at Free People. The girls also had the chance to tour the Free People building and a few other areas of the URBN campus. Both the FP team members and the girls who attended walked away having learned something new and having inspired one another. One Girls Inc. girl said she felt compelled to start sewing again and another said coming to FP and learning about the brand made her realize that she wants to work in this industry. Thanks to everyone involved - we can't wait to continue partnering with Girls Inc.!
About Free People and Girls Inc.
Free People has been partnering with Girls Inc. to develop a charity-driven social campaign in celebration of the individuality, creativity, ambition and spirit of women. Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold and it provides girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences which empowers girls to succeed.
@freepeople has been highlighting several women each month who best embody the Girls Inc. mission across their social channels through the hashtag #FPGirls. In addition, through December, any customer who skips or reuses a cloth Free People bag, the brand will donate $0.25 from the transaction to Girls Inc.