Noelle Smith has a BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design and a Master’s Degree in Professional Studies from Pratt’s Design Management Graduate School. Over her 20+ years of career experience in the Home Furnishings Industry, she has managed Design and Product Development Teams both domestically and overseas. Her specialty is building product development strategies through building equity in private and national brands. Currently, Noelle is a Visiting Graduate Professor in the Design Management Program at Pratt, where she teaches Product Development and Sustainability. Noelle is also an Adjunct Professor at FIT where she teaches Analytical Strategies in the School of Business and Technology. Professionally, Noelle is a Director of Sales and Merchandising for a large home textiles importer that supplies the largest retailers in the US.