Chandler ASU grad takes a career in the fashion industry

By Morgan Harrison
Guest Writer

Her study abroad term may have been cut short due to the pandemic, but Chandler’s Macey Sierka will never forget the four weeks she spent in Paris and how it further fueled her passion to start. her own clothing business after graduation.

Sierka earned a degree in Supply Chain Management from the WP Carey School of Business with a minor in Fashion from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

During her studies abroad, she took a course called “Business and Fashion in France” where she learned about the business side of the fashion industry from the perspective of luxury fashion brands. She gained several views on fashion from her teachers who were knowledgeable in areas such as design, marketing, and forecasting.

“I spent countless hours window shopping and visiting fashion museums in Paris trying to absorb as much knowledge and inspiration as possible,” she said. “What I loved about ASU was that I could take advantage of all the opportunities that attending a large public research university offered, but still had a small community to call home. me with Barrett, The Honors College,” Sierka said.

ISierka started at WP Carey as a business entrepreneurship specialist with plans to give him a holistic business knowledge.

However, after her first class, she discovered that it wasn’t exactly what she expected. In January 2020, she changed her major to Supply Chain Management as it is a highly ranked program.

Sierka acknowledges that she was blessed with many amazing teachers throughout her time at ASU, but one class she won’t forget is her first supply chain class taught by the Professor Craig Carter.

“Before his course, I recognized that sustainability was the antithesis of capitalism,” Sierka said. “I have always believed that efforts to protect people and the planet are for profit. His expertise in sustainability and the concept of the triple bottom line completely changed my perspective and made me realize that companies can actually improve their bottom line by acting ethically. »

The inspiration for her thesis stems from Carter’s lesson on sustainability. She plans to emphasize the concept of the triple bottom line in building her sustainable business.

As she begins to take the next step in launching her brand, she reflects on her time at ASU and thinks she wouldn’t be prepared for this next endeavor if it weren’t for her experiences learning about business and fashion and the people she met.

“Starting a business can be scary, but all the professors I worked with on my business plan, especially professors Katy Keane and Cindie Blackmer, encouraged me to pursue my dream,” Sierka said. “I am so proud to have graduated from a university that values ​​entrepreneurship and has encouraged me to pursue my passion, even if my postgraduate projects are somewhat unique.”

While at ASU, Sierka was awarded the New American University Scholar – President’s Award, Steve Brabec Scholarship, William Feldhorn Family Scholarship, and Study Abroad Office Scholarship.