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J.Mendel will be this year’s fashion design award winner at the National Design Awards of The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York.

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DOCTOR GRANOFF: Jill Granoff, former chief executive officer of Kenneth Cole Productions Inc., whose résumé includes top jobs at Victoria’s Secret Beauty, Liz Claiborne Inc. and the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., told graduates at LIM College’s 72nd annual commencement exercises at Avery Fisher Hall Thursday to take responsibility for their futures. “First and foremost, you are in charge of your own destiny — you have to believe in the power of your dreams and make things happen. Don’t be one of those people who watch things happen. Make things happen! Remember, your values drive your behaviors which drive your results,” Granoff told the 330 undergraduates and 38 M.B.A. graduates who received degrees.

A Duke and Columbia Business School grad, Granoff offered insight into her success and spoke about the lessons she’s learned along the way. “One thing I’ve become famous for — both with my kids and at work — is my strong belief that you need to focus on the solution, not the problem. It certainly helps that my blood type is B positive (really it is), but we can all benefit by positive thinking,” she said. Granoff was presented with LIM College’s Distinguished Achievement Award and an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree at the ceremony.

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