Stephanie Lesko '08

Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising, College for Adults

After finishing two majors and three minors in four years, having just one thing on my mind is impossible for me.

Hometown

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Deciding on an Area of Study

Stephanie credited her professors at St. Kate’s for helping shape her education. "At St. Kate’s I could go to my professors and tailor my projects to my interests. And I could always go to them for help — they’re here to help you and answer your questions.”

Building Experience

Stephanie was part of the Family, Consumer and Nutrition Science Club (FCNS), helping to plan the annual Katwalk Fashion Show and working on theater productions at St. Kate’s. Eventually, she prepared her own fashion line for the runway, giving her a taste of the real-world.

After showing her senior line in the Katwalk Fashion Show, Stephanie's work was selected for shows in Milwaukee, including The Fashion Revolution. “I use my portfolio that I produced at St. Kate’s when I apply to show my new designs.”

Today

Stephanie has always been a busy and focused individual. "After finishing two majors and three minors in four years, having just one thing on my mind is impossible for me."

Two weeks after graduation, Stephanie got a call from a corporate recruiter from The Bon Ton Stores, Inc. She now works in private label shoes, working with products from the development stage to the time they hit the shelves.

She speaks highly of her job, describing how it combines knowledge from both of her majors. "I learned about materials, design and construction and also merchandising and product development — everything I learned applied to what I’m doing now. Everyday, there’s something where I can say, ‘Yeah, I learned that at St. Kate’s.’”

Stephanie's portfolio