ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT SERIES: AN INTERVIEW WITH QUINEECE HUNTLEY
February 3, 2022
In our Associate Spotlight series, we are highlighting associates across the company who are shaping our community and who embody our Life at Centric philosophy every day.
Meet Quineece Huntley, Coordinator, Data Management at Centric Brands. Quineece has been with Centric Brands since July 2021 in our Greensboro, North Carolina office.
Did you always want to be in fashion? What was that journey like?
I have always enjoyed all things fashion, but I didn’t really know how to “get into” fashion. My first “real” job was working for Kohl’s which kind of introduced me to the world of fashion and the endless options available! I really enjoy how people can put various clothing items together and it is always unique to that individual. Fashion is just one of the ways where you can express yourself and show your personality, it’s your first impression to the world!
What is your passion outside of work and why?
I enjoy being with my son and just watching him learn and grow and become his own person. I love seeing the world through his eyes. Just being around him helps me to remember what’s really important, especially in a time where the world is a little overwhelming.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black History is American History. We should all learn, remember, and celebrate the sacrifices and contributions the black community have made and still make today. It isn’t a fun, pretty story, but it is reality, and it is just one of the many parts of American History.
What does the word ‘community’ mean to you?
Community is a group of people with whom you feel a connection. Community provides individuals a space where they can be themselves.
What resources and program would you like to see at Centric Brands to better serve and support our Black associates?
I think having programs and open discussions geared toward people of color are great, but without tangible results, there won’t be any change. Any programs created need to have the goal of providing development opportunities that result in an increase of representation among senior leadership.
How can we support the next generation of Black talent in the fashion industry?
By being intentional when choosing new hires, designers, buyers, etc. If Centric Brands is committed to supporting their associates, they must be intentional their decisions. Anyone can say they are committed to diversity and inclusion, but one must be intentional to bring about change.
Who in your career has been a mentor and why?
Dana Howard was someone I looked up to. She proved that there is room for us at the top!