Frances Harder selected as Empowered Woman of the Year by IAOTP

Frances Harder selected as Empowered Woman of the Year by IAOTP

Frances Harder, Founder, President and Owner, was recently selected as Empowered Woman of the year for 2024 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for her outstanding leadership, dedication, and commitment to the industry.

Inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself; only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations, and contributions to their communities. All Honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements.

With more than four decades of experience in the industry, Ms. Harder has certainly proven herself as an expert in her field.  As a dynamic, results driven leader, Ms. Harder is the founder, president, and owner of Fashion for Profit Consulting in California for almost 25 years. She is also the founder and president of Fashion Business Inc., (20 years) the first of its kind, industry specific, business educational not for profit 501c3. They provided entrepreneurial training, displaced workers retraining, resources and networking. Through their webinars and seminars globally they serve both the US apparel market and internationally.  She is also a curriculum advisor of fashion programs and an adjunct professor at California Polytechnic State University.  She has advised numerous colleges, which has included sitting on the dean’s advisory board for the merchandising department at California Polytechnic State University.  With an expert’s eye, she provides clients and students with experienced, helpful overviews and insights into the latest happenings in the fashion industry as it relates to design, product development, marketing, manufacturing, and almost everything that goes into producing garments.  She also started her own publication company, Harder Publications, where she self-published Fashion for Profit, now in its 11th edition, along with Costing for Profit 3 edition, and Brand Building for Profit 3rd edition. All publications address the business side of starting an apparel business.

In addition, she is a consultant with the International Trade Centre, the World Trade Organization, the United Nations, and an apparel business and design consultant with various companies in England. Ms. Harder also serves as an expert witness regarding industry-related issues such as chargebacks, trademarks, copyrights, trade dress, trade secrets, patent infringement issues, and research and development.

Ms. Harder is also an international presenter, organizer and moderator as she has shared her knowledge through creative works at various trade shows in the United States, England, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Nepal, Peru, Egypt and other worldwide locations. 

Ms. Harder’s areas of expertise include but are not limited to fashion design, product development, marketing, trends, styling, global business development, brand management, sustainability training, fashion illustration, public relations, graphic design, and branding.

Before embarking on her career path, Ms. Harder planned on a career in graphic design, however she earned a Bachelor of Arts in fashion, with honors, from the University of Salford in the United Kingdom.  She was heavily influenced by her father, a textile engineer, and her mother, a fashion designer for her uncle who owned a factory. 

Throughout her illustrious career, Ms. Harder has received many awards and accolades and has been recognized worldwide for her accomplishments.  Recently she was selected as Top Founder/President of the Year by IAOTP and she will be featured on the famous Nasdaq billboard in Times Square NYC during fashion week.  This year she will also be considered for a feature in TIP (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine. She will be honored at IAOTP’s annual awards gala at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville this December for her selection as Empowered Woman of the Year.

In addition to her successful career, Ms. Harder also emphasizes that the most important thing to her is her family. She is married with two grown, professionally successful children and has two grandchildren. In her personal time, she paints, presents art exhibitions, and exercises. 

The President of the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP), Stephanie Cirami, stated: “Choosing Ms. Harder for this honor was an easy decision for our panel to make. She is inspirational, influential, and a true visionary and thought leader. We cannot wait to meet her and celebrate her accomplishments at this year’s gala.”

Looking back, Ms. Harder believes her success is the result of enjoying her work, being open to networking, her willingness to change especially when opportunities arise, recognizing opportunities and striving to do her best to make them work for her and others. Looking forward, she expects to continue consulting with new companies to help them flourish, conducting seminars, and serving as an expert witness for industry-related legal issues.

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