- Know what they want before they do.
- Well read. Well said. Well aware.
- Play nice. Enjoy. Repeat. Play nice. Enjoy. Repeat.
- Ask with respect and respect the answer.
- Get busy doing and doing and doing.
- Drive profitable sales where everyone wins.
- Engage curiosity via active observation.
- Authenticate + Validate + Substantiate = Celebrate.
- Not having a strategy is a strategy.
- Cultural intimidation limits innovation.
- Negatives nullify, not nurture.
- Fear destroys creativity.
- Leaving it up for interpretation promotes ambiguity.
KelliRae wants to get things done and not spend a lot of time talking about them – she is a woman of action. She collaborates very well and comes up with creative solutions for problems and focuses on outcomes – learning outcomes for students and profitable outcomes for business.John SchulzAcademic Director | Retail ProfessionalThe Art Institutes International Minnesota
Fashion Group InternationalProfessional Member
University of Minnesota: Retail ConnectIndustry Supporter
Conde Nast | Fairchild Fashion MediaManuscript Reviewer
KelliRae Sebwe subscribes
to the idea that fashion is anything that is temporarily accepted and celebrated, only to be rejected and replaced by something else. Based on this philosophy, she continues to explore her passion for futurology and prides herself on innovative trend observation and analysis. She enthusiastically engages the creative concept to completion process by utilizing her strategic skills in designful thinking, trend forecasting, dynamic imaging and high-impact brand management.
Sebwe brings over 18 years of corporate retail merchandising and design experience to her classroom and clients. Her professional work includes multimillion-dollar experiences with Target Corporation’s department store division, Jones New York’s apparel group, and Wal-Mart’s stores. Her main focus is always to drive and deliver profitable sales.
She has served as a full-time college instructor in Fashion & Retail Management at The Art Institutes International Minnesota since 2008. Her primary responsibilities include developing curriculum, lesson plans, syllabi and classroom policies. She assesses the results of stimulating lectures and learning centered activities via comprehensive exams and industry standard projects. Sebwe’s extremely creative teaching techniques include engaging advanced organizers, industry guests, coaching professionalism, real world experiences, current pop culture topics, and good humor.
Over the years, Sebwe has become a communications and presentation expert. Her entertainment experience includes live vocal performance, KLBB AM1220 on-air radio personality, professional spokesperson and promotional voiceover work. Her public speaking and seminar addresses are dynamic, passionate, insightful and always delivered with ease.
Most recently, Sebwe has combined her unique mix of skills and strengths in retail merchandising, product design and development, higher education and performance to launch Sebwe Strategy, a results-focused consulting firm located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
University of Wisconsin
BS Apparel Design | Consumer Science:
Quick Sweet ‘n Sour Dressing Recipe
- 4 T sugar
- 2 T poppy seeds
- 2 t salt
- ½ t pepper
- 4 T cider vinegar
- ½ C olive oil
Toss on a chop-chop salad of shredded iceberg lettuce, diced chicken, green onion, slivered almonds, and chow mien noodles.
Exercises in Style by Raymond Queneau
Published 1947, France
The plot is simple: a man gets into an argument with another passenger on a bus. However, this anecdote is told 99 more times, each in a radically different style, as a sonnet, an opera, in slang, and with many more permutations. This virtuoso set of variations is a linguistic rust-remover, and a guide to literary forms.