Kerry Tham received a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Alberta and worked as an accountant before coming to Parsons. Her educational and professional background served Tham well in the AAS program, where her business analysis skills opened up a path for a career in merchandise planning.
An AAS-organized competition to develop a lifestyle collection for Under Armour was part of her career preparation as well. After Tham and a BFA Fashion Design collaborator won the contest, they entered an intensive fashion design and merchandising mentoring program at Under Armour’s headquarters. An internship at Donna Karan helped Tham land a job as a merchandise planner on Karan’s team immediately after her graduation from Parsons. According to Tham, “The program opened doors to the fashion industry. Parsons provided a strong support network and exposed me to opportunities in a fiercely competitive market.” Now, after returning to her home country, Tham is directing operations for Canadian luxury fashion retailer Blu’s Womens Wear.