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WithIt to host student mentoring, other High Point Market events

HIGH POINT — Century Furniture, Judy George International and 40 WithIt members are sponsoring WithIt's Student Mentoring Day at the High Point Market, set for Wednesday, Oct. 26.

The event, one of three WithIt will produce during the market, will deliver business and design insights to students pursuing careers in home and furnishings related fields, according to the women's leadership development organization.

"WithIt greatly appreciates the sponsorships provided by Century Furniture and Judy George International, as well as our host, Market Square," said WithIt Vice President of Outreach Amy Voelker Schmidt, of "Without these companies' support, plus the donations of 40 members who answered WithIt's call to donate, this season's student-focused programming would not be possible."

WithIt's Student Mentoring Day, which begins at 8:30 a.m. in Market Square, Room 272, will feature an updated program.

"We wanted to shake things up this year," Voelker Schmidt said. "We've added business-focused roundtable discussions and style-specific showroom tours."

Carol Gregg of Red Egg Design, Shannon Hamed of Scott Thomas Furniture, Stephanie Lowder of Rare Bird Creative and Julia Rosien of Social North are among those who will lead roundtable discussions. Students have the option to tour 220 Elm or the Century Furniture, Hotel Maison, Lexington Home Brands or Taylor King showrooms.

WithIt also will present two other events at market, its educational breakfast and its Competitive Intelligence/Trends Forecast report.

The breakfast will feature Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, founder of Apartment Therapy. "The 10 Things You Need to Know about Apartment Therapy" will offer a history of the design website, and explain how to understand design and the role it plays in people's lives. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, in the IHFC, Green Wing, 11th floor, Ballroom A.

WithIt's Competitive Intelligence/Trends Forecast will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in the Braxton Culler showroom, 310 S. Elm St. Interior designer Libby Langdon will moderate a panel of trend and design experts, which will include Luca Rensi, designer and co-founder of Bungalow 5; Susan Victoria, former Metropolitan Home editor; and Tobi Fairley of Tobi Fairley Interior Design.

To register for Student Mentoring Day or to reserve a seat at WithIt's other market events, visit Registration information is in the right column of the homepage. Seating is limited for all WithIt programming.

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