USC Spectrum, the USC Career Planning and Placement Center and the Queer & Ally Student Assembly (QuASA) present 

CareerFest 2011 Keynote Address 

Tim Gunn

2/3/2011 | 6:00 PM
Bovard Auditorium

Tim Gunn is Chief Creative Officer at Liz Claiborne Inc. In this newly created role, he is responsible for attracting, retaining and developing the creative talent within the Liz Claiborne Inc. portfolio of brands.
Prior to joining Liz Claiborne Inc., Gunn served as a member of the administration and faculty at Parsons The New School for Design for almost 24 years, where he had a rich and deep history with the institution. Gunn joined the staff in 1983 as Assistant Director of Admissions. In 1985, he was promoted to Associate Director of Admissions and to Director of Admissions in 1986. In 1990, he became Associate Dean.
In August 2000, Gunn was appointed Chair of the Department of Fashion Design at Parsons with the charge of retooling and invigorating the curriculum for the 21st century. Under Gunnís direction, the department was repositioned as the indisputable leader in fashion design education in America and as one of the industryís leading programs in the world. Gunn is currently Honorary Chair of Fashion Design at the school.
Gunn has lectured widely on fashion and lifestyle design and Parsonsí profound role in putting America on the global design map. His interviews have appeared in a diverse range of publications, from Newsweek and The New York Times, to Entertainment Weekly and Martha Stewart Living, to Womenís Wear Daily and People.  
Gunn covered the red carpet at the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards and Golden Globes in 2006, 2007 and 2008 as a fashion correspondent for The Today Show and Entertainment Tonight. In 2009, he covered the red carpet for the Academy Awards Pre-show on ABC. He has written articles for Elle, Seventeen, People and US Weekly. He was also named one of People magazineís ďsexiest men aliveĒ in 2006.
In 2008, Gunn also completed the second season of his own show, Tim Gunnís Guide to Style, which is based on his book, Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style, which was published in 2007. Gunn released his second book, Gunnís Golden Rules: Life's Little Instructions to Making It Work, on September 7th, 2010 which immediately went to #5 on the NY Times bestsellers list.
In 2009, Gunn guest starred on Lifetimeís hit dramedy, Drop Dead Diva and was seen on the CBS comedy, How I Met Your Mother and in, Sex and the City 2. He will also soon be seen in The Smurfs Movie, a live-action take on the beloved childrenís cartoon. Gunn is also a regular contributor on the Dr. Oz Show.  
Additionally, Gunnís wisdom and wit has been captured in the Atari Project Runway video game, which will put players in the role of an aspiring fashion designer.