1 Here I am with our interns: Linda Gindi, Kimberly Kracijek, Alexus Gordon, Madison Sweedler, Madeline Sell, Jasmine Green, Jamie Kravitz, Evelyn Hoffman, Sarah Pagano, Tamara Rahoumi, Marian Kim, Samantha Frisoli, Amy Moy, Andrew Michaelis, Ellen Smid, Emily Pulliam, Jean LaFon, Lexie Liston, Mia Silvan-Grau, Cameron Niles, Madison Ottenbacher, Jessica Hopen, Sonja Hansen, and Russell Banker.
2 We held our Facebook "crafter-noon" event in one of the large showrooms at our historic New York City Starrett Lehigh Building - this group of interns is quite crafty.
4 Our director of design and video, Anduin Havens, shows the interns at this crafts station how to dècoupage clipboards. Dècoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts using a special "varnishing" medium.
5 Network administrator, Levi Garcia, and consulting executive producer of video, Karen Berner, stand nearby to make sure our Facebook LIVE event runs smoothly as Jimmy Maglione, the son of our special projects producer, Judy Morris, observes the production.
6 A variety of decoupage supplies, such as paints, stencils and adhesive medium, are laid out onto the work space.
7 One group of interns used alphabet stencils to embellish and personalize mugs.
9 We are all very focused on decoupaging our mugs. I wanted to personalize three - one for Jude, one for Truman, and one for myself.
11 Anduin shows the decorative design she chose for her clipboard.
12 During each Facebook LIVE event, I try to answer as many of your questions as possible. Members of our crew monitor the questions from a nearby computer.
13 Here I am helping Cameron Niles (fashion) to smooth out his craft paper onto the clipboard.
14 This is the decoupage medium we use to apply even strokes of adhesive to the clipboards. It's a good idea to always cover your work space with craft paper to protect the table surface underneath.
15 Here's Lexie Liston (fashion/entertainment) with her personalized mug from my Whim Collection exclusively at Macy's. http://goo.gl/2Byx7d
16 Sarah Pagano (lifestyle) personalized her mug with a single "S" for Sarah.
17 Madeline Sell, (retail merchandising) also used initials. Here she is with her finished personalized mug.
18 I had some time to walk around and see everyone's creations.
19 Every intern expressed their personal style using various paper designs - some were even layered to add more texture and color.
20 Jessica Hopen (video production) and Russell Banker (lifestyle) prepare to trim the excess paper off their clipboards.
21 Here are my finished mugs - what a fun project to do with the family. Give it a try.
22 Our special day included lunch prepared by my friend and chef of PS Tailored Events, Pierre Schaedelin. Here are my executive administration interns, Amy Moy and Samantha Frisoli, helping to prep the sandwiches and salads. http://pstailoredevents.com
23 Amy and Samantha laugh as they listen to Chef Pierre's career development stories - becoming a talented chef is very hard work, but also very rewarding.
24 Samantha works alongside Chef Pierre to garnish and plate the sandwiches.
25 Here, the sandwiches are waiting to be topped with freshly diced peppers.
26 These pesto and white bean and harissa hummus open faced sandwiches are ready - they look so delicious.
27 Here, Chef Pierre carefully puts his finishing touches on the salmon, cucumber, and apple salad open-faced sandwiches.
28 Lunch included this hearty quinoa salad with charred cauliflower, red beets, and haricots.
29 This is a vibrant Greek salad with feta cheese, baby tomatoes, cucumbers, red peppers, and olives.
30 Other open faced sandwiches included: a chicken salad with baby red cabbage, apple salad with sliced cucumbers and salmon, baguette with ham and brie, and pesto with white beans and harrisa hummus and diced peppers, and tomato marmalade with sliced avocado and seared tuna.
31 The interns eagerly lined up for lunch.
32 Madison Ottenbacher (Meredith publishing) was eager to try a little of everything.
33 Here's a first helping with a colorful selection of sandwiches and salads - of course, everyone also went up for seconds. Chef Pierre always prepares such wonderful dishes.
34 Russell Banker (lifestyle) filled his plate with the delicious Greek salad - it was definitely a popular dish.
35 And for dessert, Chef's Pierre's delicious homemade cookies - double chocolate chip and oatmeal chocolate chip.
36 Jasmine Green (graphic design) and Alexus Gordon (Meredith publishing) took this quick snapshot before our lunch began.
37 During the multi-week program, our interns are placed in a wide selection of specialized departments. It is nice to see them all together sharing their stories and experiences.
38 During lunch, I gave a very casual speech on business, and encouraged these young minds to always keep trying new things. I was also happy to share my early entrepreneurial stories, and how my career evolved over the years.
39 I asked each of the interns to talk about what they had learned so far, as well as their aspirations for the future.
40 I encouraged the interns to not let themselves become addicted to technology, but instead to learn from doing and seeing and reading.
41 I shared my thoughts on how different learning is now compared to how it was when I grew up, especially when it comes to technology.
42 Each intern listened closely as I offered advice and information on working hard, and on building a prosperous career.
43 I spoke about my catering business, and how much work that business entailed, but also how gratifying it was to learn from doing it all.
44 And, I shared my advice for facing challenges, seizing opportunities, and maintaining success - it was a fun and informative discussion and Q&A session.
45 Before our intern luncheon ended, Chairman of Sequential Brands Group, Bill Sweedler, stopped by for a short visit to greet all our interns and to impart a few words of wisdom.