liz-rodbellLIM College, which is located in New York City and focused exclusively on the study of business and fashion, has announced that Liz Rodbell, President of Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor, will deliver the keynote address at the College’s 78th Commencement exercises on May 25, 2017 at Carnegie Hall.

Ms. Rodbell will also receive the College’s Distinguished Achievement Award and an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree at the ceremony.

As President of Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor, Ms. Rodbell oversees merchandising, marketing, creative, stores, e-commerce direction, and overall strategy for both banners within Hudson’s Bay Company. She divides her time between the company’s dual headquarters in New York and Toronto. She also serves on Hudson’s Bay Company’s Executive Committee.

Says LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse, “Liz Rodbell is a true leader in the business of fashion and we are thrilled to have her as our next Commencement speaker. I am confident the words of wisdom she shares with our Class of 2017 will motivate and inspire these young women and men as they set out in their own careers.”

Ms. Rodbell is a seasoned retail executive with over 30 years of experience. She has held several senior leadership positions at Hudson’s Bay Company and Lord & Taylor, having risen through the ranks of the merchant organization. Prior to her current role, she had been Executive Vice President – Chief Merchant for Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor, where she oversaw the merchant organization at both banners since 2012, and successfully integrated the senior leadership of the newly-combined company.

Ms. Rodbell serves on the board of the Two Ten Footwear Foundation, the Parsons Board of Governors, and the advisory board of Fashion Group International. In 2015, she was honored by the Mother’s Day Council as an Outstanding Mother of the Year. Also that year she was named one of Crain’s 50 Most Powerful Women. In 2014, she was presented with the “Way to Win” Award from Win, a non-profit agency that helps homeless women and children rebuild their lives.