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WithIt to host Student Mentoring Day event at Market

Association to present two other events during High Point

Century Furniture, Judy George International and 40 individual WithIt members are sponsoring WithIt's Student Mentoring Day, held Wednesday, Oct. 26.

The event, one of three WithIt will produce during the High Point Market, will deliver business and design insights to students pursuing careers in home furnishings related fields, according to the women's empowerment organization.

"WithIt greatly appreciates the sponsorships provided by Century Furniture and Judy George International, as well as our host, Market Square" said WithIt Vice President of Outreach Amy Voelker Schmidt, FurnitureDealer.net. "Without these companies' support, plus the donations of 40 members who answered WithIt's call to donate, this season's student-focused programming would not be possible."

WithIt's Student Mentoring Day, which begins at 8:30 a.m. in Market Square, Room 272, will feature an updated program that includes more specialized focus topics.

"We wanted to shake things up this year," Voelker Schmidt said. "We've added business-focused roundtable discussions and style-specific showroom tours."

Carol Gregg of Red Egg Design, Shannon Hamed of Scott Thomas Furniture, Stephanie Lowder of Rare Bird Creative, and Julia Rosien of Social North, are some of the professionals who will lead roundtable discussions. Students have the option to tour 220 Elm, Century Furniture, Hotel Maison, Lexington Home Brands or Taylor King showrooms.

WithIt will present two other events at Market, its semiannual educational breakfast and its Competitive Intelligence/Trends Forecast.

WithIt's semiannual educational breakfast will feature Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, founder of Apartment Therapy. "The 10 Things You Need to Know About Apartment Therapy" will offer a history of the design website, and explain how to understand design and the role it plays in people's lives. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, in the IHFC, Green Wing, 11th floor, Ballroom A.

WithIt's Competitive Intelligence/Trends Forecast will be held Monday, Oct. 24. Interior designer Libby Langdon will moderate a panel of trend and design experts, which will include Luca Rensi, designer and cofounder of Bungalow 5; Susan Victoria, former Metropolitan Home editor; and Tobi Fairley of Tobi Fairley Interior Design. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Braxton Culler showroom, 310 S. Elm St.

To register for Student Mentoring Day or to reserve a seat at WithIt's other Market events, visit withit.org. Registration information is located in the right column of the withit.org homepage. Seating is limited for all WithIt programming.

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