Virtual Unity, Real Action, One Heart
The fashion industry, after having gone through a massive “shake down” alongside the rest of the world, is pivoting to innovate towards the “next normal”.
On NYFW – September 10th, 2020 –
Powered in partnership with the Conscious Fashion Campaign and in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships – Fashinnovation will bring global leaders in fashion, technology as well as cross over industries to discuss upcoming industry trends & more…
Bringing the world together will give the lifeline & hope in which startups, fashion designers, entrepreneurs need to survive and the established to thrive!
3rd Worldwide Talks 2020
After pivoting online & a very successful 2 past editions, we are BACK in hosting our NYFW Summit – this time “online” as the 3rd “Worldwide Talks”!
International leaders in the fashion and technology industries as well as personas from various institutions will gather to discuss the “next normal” in fashion, foreseeable trends, sustainability, and much more…
The event will take place during NYFW on September 10th, 2020.
It will be online, “live” streamed in real time worldwide.
08:15 AM EST to 07:00 PM EST
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The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. The 17 Goals are all interconnected, and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve them all by 2030.
The Sustainable Development Goals are vital for a recovery that leads to greener, more inclusive economies, and stronger, more resilient societies.
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Meet Our FASHINNOVATORS
A community of powerhouses, international business leaders, founders, entrepreneurs, fashion designers, innovators, influencers, artists, CEOs.
Co-Founder, Director, Studio One Eighty Nine Faculty, Parsons School of Design
Abrima Erwiah (based between Accra and New York), with actress and activist Rosario Dawson, is the co-founder of Studio One Eighty Nine, an artisan produced fashion lifestyle brand and social enterprise that has recently won the prestigious CFDA Lexus Fashion Initiative for Sustainability. The brand is made in Africa and produces African and African-inspired content and clothing. The brand currently operates a store in NY and Accra (Ghana), an ecommerce site, a manufacturing facility in Accra, and supports various community led projects in Africa and in the USA. Studio 189 works with artisanal communities that specialize in various traditional craftsmanship techniques including natural plant based dye indigo, hand-batik, kente weaving and more. Studio 189 focuses on empowerment, creating jobs and supporting education and skills training.
Erwiah teaches an undergraduate BFA course called “Systems & Society” at Parsons School of Design at the New School.
Erwiah believes that fashion can be an agent of social change and her mission is to to do work that contributes to society, that has sustainable impact, that is innovative and strategic. Erwiah is a luxury goods industry executive with experience in sustainable development, global sales and marketing, production, operations, digital, general management and international development. She has worked in luxury goods, fashion, accessories, beauty as well as in the agriculture sector. She has worked with corporations, NGOS and governments. She has worked as an advisor to the United Nations International Trade Center Ethical Fashion Initiative and has worked as the Global Associate Communications and Marketing Director as well as the Worldwide Social Media Director at Bottega Veneta (Kering Group). Additionally, she has held various positions at luxury brands including Hermes/John Lobb, Cesare Paciotti and Bureau Betak. She has worked and traveled extensively internationally and has lived in New York City, Milan, Florence, Kampala and Accra. She is fluent in English, French; proficient in Italian and understands Spanish.
She developed a master’s at NYU Gallatin studying the economic impact of luxury goods in Africa and wrote her thesis at NYU Ghana. She graduated with a bachelor of science in finance and international business from NYU Stern School of Business.
She was appointed marketing mentor for Afripads in Uganda through the Kering Foundation for Women’s Dignity & Rights. She supports various organizations including V-day, the Lower East Side Girls Club, Fashion Revolution USA, 14plus foundation, the High School of Fashion Industries committee, Shine on Sierra Leone, etc
She has also recently joined Vanity Fair and One Young World’s list of people leading the charge towards achieving the UN’s 17 SDGs. She was featured in Nike’s campaign celebrating Women entrepreneur’s. She is the recipient of various awards including the Martin Luther King Jr Social Justice award from Upenn, the MOCADA Social Justice award, the Design Miami Visionary award, the Filming On Italy Social Justice award, the Africa-America Institute Entrepreneur Impact Award, the international women of power sankofa award and more.
She is a published author. She has guest lectured at various universities and spoken at various conferences including Harvard, NYU, Upenn, RISD, Radford University, Google, CFDA, IMG, Estee Lauder, One Young World and more.
CEO & Designer
Rachel Zoe is a distinguished designer, editor, author, TV personality and entrepreneur renowned for her effortless take on glamour. As a designer, Zoe makes her exceptional taste accessible as Creative Director of the Rachel Zoe Collection, comprised of ready-to-wear, footwear and accessory lines available at shoprachelzoe.com and in more than 200 stores worldwide.
Zoe is also the Founder and Chief Curator of the luxury fashion, beauty and lifestyle membership , CURATEUR (fka Box of Style) and serves as Founder and Editor-at-Large of online style destination, The Zoe Report, which covers fashion and beauty trends and inspiration to reach more than 14 million monthly users worldwide.
Zoe also recently added Parrish LA the luxe sweater and knitwear collection brand to her portfolio. Beginning her career as a world-renowned stylist, Zoe revolutionized the styling business,inspiring future generations of stylists.
Zoe is committed to philanthropic organizations, serving as an Ambassador for Save the Children and on the Board of Directors for Baby2Baby. In addition Zoe has been on countless “Most Influential” lists from virtually every domestic and international fashion and financial publication.
Rachel and her husband Rodger Berman run their global fashion brand all while being parents to their two young boys Skyler and Kaius.
An industry leader in accessible luxury handbags, accessories, footwear and apparel, Rebecca Minkoff’s modern bohemian designs are inspired by strong, confident and powerful women who are drawn towards a west-meets-east sensibility.
After developing an affinity for design while in the costume department in high school, Rebecca Minkoff moved to New York City at age 18 to pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer.
In 2001, Rebecca designed a version of the “I Love New York” t-shirt as part of a five-piece capsule collection, which appeared on The Tonight Show and became an overnight sensation.
In 2005, Rebecca designed her first handbag, which she dubbed the “Morning After Bag,” a.k.a. the “M.A.B.” This iconic bag ignited Rebecca’s career as a handbag designer and inspired her edgy, feminine creations in the years to come. Rebecca’s success was further enhanced by the support of her brother, the company’s CEO and co-founder, Uri Minkoff, who helped usher in and pioneer the company’s industry-leading innovations with technology and fashion.
After four years of designing statement-making handbags and accessories with her trademark leathers, studs and hardware, Rebecca returned to her roots of apparel design and introduced her first ready-to-wear collection in 2009.
Today, Rebecca Minkoff is a global brand with a wide range of apparel, handbags, footwear, jewelry and accessories products. In the spring of 2017, Rebecca Minkoff Watches was launched, reimagining the category through their decidedly downtown, rock-and-roll aesthetic.
The brand has 3 national retail stores, eight international locations, and is distributed in over 900 stores worldwide. In 2015, Rebecca Minkoff stores unveiled the first ever “Magic Mirror” technology, where customers could interact with mirrors installed in the dressing room walls of her store and tap to pick out additional sizes, colors and styles of clothing.
In 2011, Rebecca won industry recognition when she was awarded the Breakthrough Designer Award from the Accessories Council. She is an active member of the CFDA, and supports multiple philanthropies including Baby2Baby organization. In August of 2017, she was announced as a member of the first-ever New York State Council on Women and Girls, in the company of other female industry leaders including Refinery29 founder Christene Barberich, SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan and Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert. Rebecca is dedicated to bringing women together to enact positive change.
In September of 2018, she established the Female Founder Collective, a network of businesses led by women who invest in women’s financial power across a socio-economic spectrum by enabling and empowering female-owned businesses.
In 2020, Rebecca will launch a diffusion line of children’s clothing called ‘little minkoff”, marking a foray into designing a truly sustainable and environmentally friendly collection. She will also launch a new name sake fragrance to be sold at retailers nationwide. Rebecca is married to director Gavin Bellour, and they reside in Brooklyn with their three children.
Head of Fashion & Beauty, YouTube
Derek Blasberg is YouTube’s Head of Fashion and Beauty, and a New York Times best-selling author.
He was born and raised in St Louis, Missouri, and attended New York University, graduating in 2004 with two degrees, Journalism and Dramatic Literature.
His first job was as an assistant at Vogue, and in his career he has been the Editor-At-Large of Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair’s Man on the Street. In 2016, it was announced he would be the host of the revamped ‘CNN Style’ on CNN International, which profiled Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino, Tracey Emin, Emma Watson, Kendall Jenner, and Reese Witherspoon. In 2018, he joined YouTube in his newly created role. Derek is the author of a 2010 collection of humorous essays about etiquette, ‘Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady,’ which was translated into several languages and published in Asia, South America and Europe. He published a sequel, ‘Very Classy: Even More Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady,’ in 2012.
In 2015, he published ‘Bazaar: Models,’ a survey of the most influential faces in fashion history. Blasberg has been a staffer of the Gagosian Gallery since 2014, and is currently the executive editor of Gagosian Quarterly. He lives on New York’s Upper East Side with a dachshund called Monster.
Co-Founder & President of rewardStyle & LIKEtoKNOW.it
Amber Venz Box
As long as she can remember, Amber Venz Box was determined to work in the fashion industry. With an innovator’s vision and a designer’s eye, Amber cracked the code for monetizing digital lifestyle content at the young age of 23, launching rewardStyle as a solution for her own blog, venzedits.com. Founded by influencers for influencers, rewardStyle utilized Amber’s unique perspective to connect top-tier influencers with more than a million brand partners worldwide. A three-time featured keynote speaker at SXSW, she has been named a Forbes’ 30 Under 30, Inc. Magazine’s Most Influential Millennials, a member of Business of Fashion’s 500, and one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s “15 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch.” Amber’s dedication to the influencer industry is unrivaled, she is constantly testing and dreaming up new technology to propel this career path forward — particularly focused on rewardStyle’s shopping app, LIKEtoKNOW.it, which has revolutionized retail in the digital era.
Yeli Gu is a leading Chinese fashion entrepreneur, fashion curator, film stylist, and art director. Recognizing how much potential yet how little support that Chinese independent designer labels had, Gu founded the fashion trade show Ontimeshow in 2014, held biannually during Shanghai Fashion Week. Under her leadership, Ontimeshow has grown into the leading fashion trade show in China, offering four core services to brands: order processing, sales, business operations, and incubation.
In 2019, she was recognised for her work by the Business of Fashion (BoF), and named to the BoF 500.
Ontimeshow’s name takes inspiration from Confucian philosopher Mencius, who spoke of the favourable situations (such as timing, geography and social contexts) that allow for an event to take place — a fitting idiom for China’s current business landscape.
The brands that gather at Ontimeshow include some of China’s most exciting independent designer brands, such as Qiuhao, Angel Chen, and Haizhen Wang, alongside international brands brought in partnership with leading platforms like the British Fashion Council, Tranoï, CFDA, and White. These brands have access to some of the top buyers across China and abroad, such as Lane Crawford, Labelhood, and H.Lorenzo. Ontimeshow also regularly hosts runway shows, panel talks and exhibitions, with brands such as Swarovski, Adidas, and the Woolmark Company.
A Shanghai native, Yeli Gu earned a degree in graphic design at Donghua University, and started work as a stylist and art director with some of China’s finest artistic talent such as Yang Fudong and Chen Man, on advertising campaigns for top global brands like Prada, Apple, Nike, Adidas, and Coca-Cola, as well as for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.
Gu has worked on editorial projects with top publications such as the Chinese editions of Vogue, Elle, Elle Deco, and AD. She has also worked as a stylist for numerous Chinese and international films and TV shows, including Spike Jonze’s Oscar-winning title Her (2013).
Beauty Director, BuzzFeed
Essence Gant is the Beauty Director at Buzzfeed, where she hustles to get readers all the trends, news and funny memes on all the things in beauty. After first getting started in the industry at a magazine that supported black businesses, Black Enterprise Magazine, she moved on to her current role at Buzzfeed.
Co-Founder & CEO, Birchbox
Katia co-founded Birchbox in 2010, driven by a fascination with the business dynamics of the beauty industry and a mission to redefine the way people discovered and shopped for beauty online. Today she is more passionate than ever about building the destination for the everyday consumer who is not passionate about beauty and grooming. Birchbox, which is best known for its monthly subscription of personalized samples, has more than 2.5 million active customers, 500 beauty and grooming brand partners, operations in six countries, and retail experiences in select Walgreens locations across the US.
Katia holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in International Studies & Economics from Vassar College. Prior to graduating business school, she worked in structured finance and commercial real estate. She has been honored with accolades including Advertising Age Women to Watch, CEW Achievers Award, Fortune 40 Under 40, Inc. 30 Under 30, Marie Claire’s New Guard, WWD Digital Innovator of the Year, and YMA Fashion’s Entrepreneur of the Year, among others. In 2016, Katia was featured as an investor on Lifetime TV’s “Project Runway: Fashion Startup” series.
She is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School, meeting with students and faculty as an official advisor on campus. A native Texan, Katia lives in New York City with her husband and four children.
Fashion Photographer, Author and TV Personality
Nigel Barker is an internationally renowned photographer who opened his New York studio in 1996. He served 17 seasons as photographer and judge on the hit TV show, America’s Next Top Model, which airs in over 140 countries, and hosted Oxygen Network’s modeling competition series, The Face, starring alongside Naomi Campbell. Barker’s latest hit show Top Photographer premiered to rave reviews and a second season is in the works.
Barker has directed and produced films, documentaries and commercials for Hollywood clients to international charitable organizations and was awarded the “Film Heals” Award for Humanitarianism at the 6th Annual Manhattan Film Festival for Dreams Are Not Forgotten. Using the power of photography and motion pictures he has been able to spread his humanitarian message to vast audiences through films, PSA’s and traveling exhibitions.
He has worked with several charitable organizations including The UN Foundation for Girl Up and He For She, The Humane Society of the United States, The Humane Society International, Make A Wish Foundation, The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation (of which he is a board member), The Edeyo Foundation, JumpStart (board member), and the USO where he serves as a digital advisory committee member and most recently as an ambassador for the Special Olympics
Drawing upon his 20+ years of experience in the fashion and beauty industries, he has two books—The Beauty Equation, published by Abrams, and his latest book, New York Times Best Seller Models of Influence published by Harper Collins. Nigel currently lives in New York with his wife and renown Yogi, Cristen AKA @ChinTwins and their two children Jack and Jasmine.
Chair of the Board for A Better Chance & Tailored Brands, & Board Member Claire's
Veteran Executive and former CEO of the Zale Corporation, after graduating from the Hill School, Theo studied English and History at Tufts University, graduating in 1973. He went on to get his Master of Education, also from Tufts, in 1975. Throughout his time in Boston, he was friends with a large group of other A Better Chance alumni attending the city’s many universities and colleges, which formed the basis for lifelong friendships that have followed him for fifty years.
In 1975, Theo started working at Macy’s, a company he would stay with across 20 years and multiple positions, including operations, human resources, and buying. He went on to work in executive level positions for the Home Shopping Network, the Limited, Tommy Hilfiger, and other major retailing companies before becoming an executive vice president of the Zale Corporation, a major jewelry retailer, in 2008. Later that year, he became the company’s president, and in 2010 was appointed CEO.
Over the next four years, Theo led a dramatic turnaround of the struggling business, defying the trends affecting the retail sector as a whole. When he became CEO, Zales was losing $120 million per year and the company stock was trading at $1.69; by the time he left in 2014, profits were at $90 million and the company stock had reached $21. He served as the Vice Chairman of Herbert Mines, an executive search firm, and as a managing partner of the Sierra Institute, a Dallas-based human resources consortium.
In addition to serving on the boards of various for-profit entities, including Claire’s and Tailored Brands (the parent company of Men’s Wearhouse and Joseph A Bank), he has been on the board of A Better Chance since 2016.
Mara Hoffman founded her label in 2000 after graduating from Parsons School of Design in New York City. Fifteen years later, the brand committed itself to implementing more sustainable and responsible practices.
In an effort to foster mindful consumption habits, the brand maintains an open conversation about its approach and encourages consumers to reevaluate the relationship society has with clothing. The company continues to focus on sustainable materials, processes, and production in order to improve and extend each garment’s life.
President and Creative Director, Mara Hoffman, presents collections with a devotion to color, each inspired by and in celebration of women.
Born in Porto Alegre, located in the South of Brazil, Brazilian beauty Sofia Resing comes from a small family. Her fondest childhood memories involve endless vacations at her family beach house, reading books at her favorite hammock, and surfing. Having never opened a fashion magazine, in her early years she spent her free time reading Brazilian literature in the school library.
Often called “the broom” in her school for her tall frame and bulky thick hair, modeling was never on Sofia’s mind until she escorted her sister to a local model contest. Sofia ended up in the final but she decided to stay in school instead and did a few modeling jobs on the side. In her last year of school, she traveled to Europe, cast by a European agency, and began to work immediately in the European market. It was her first time ever out of Brazil.
While on a trip in Miami, she attended a Halloween party dressed as the Green Hornet and, fully in costume, was scouted by a New York agent. This chance meeting led her to the Big Apple where she signed her first big modeling contract in the United States.
Living in New York since then, Sofia has been featured in numerous editorials in several countries for ELLE, Glamour, Marie Claire, VOGUE, L’OFFICIEL, Harper’s BAZAAR, MAXIM, and GQ. As well as been working with iconic photographers such as Mario Testino, Thierry Les Goues, Phil Poynter and Ruven Afanador. 2016 brought Sofia a most coveted spot in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
This Brazilian beauty has also strut several catwalks for designers as VERSACE, ARMANI, ZUHAIR MURAD, as well walked for major brands as Spanish PRONOVIAS and french ETAM on Paris fashion week. She also ranges from Haute Couture campaigns, as her Zuhair Murad Ad seen on French Vogue, to underwear campaigns as seen on major Italian brand LA PERLA.
Sofia is a nature lover, loves the outdoors, and loves to travel. She leaves her Instagram and Social Media followers speechless with countless photos and videos from most beautiful locations she goes around the world. Between Bodyboarding and Snowboarding, her biggest hobby at the moment is kitesurfing. You may find her in a lineup somewhere in Costa Rica or kitesurfing in the Northern winds of Brazil. While in the big city she is adept of a healthy lifestyle, including starting her day with Vinyasa Flow and ending many times with a training session paired with an organic meal.
Sofia’s easygoing but yet strong personality, career, and style is indeed out of the books and as said by Brazilian VOGUE, she is a must-follow on Instagram to keep seeing this Brazilian bombshell in many more extraordinary things to come.
CEO, Urban Zen
Helen Aboah is no stranger to change. Born in Eritrea, Africa and raised in Sonoma County, CA, she moved to NYC to study at Columbia University in NYC. She first achieved success in television and film where she learned the importance of storytelling, before pivoting to the retail industry where she mastered the art of combining product & design narratives with technology to create innovative
She is currently the CEO of Urban Zen, a design vision and philosophy created by Donna Karan that defines the space where creativity, culture, and collaboration converge with retail, technology, wellness/ healthcare, and social impact.
Aboah oversees the brand’s operations including the Urban
Zen Collection and artisanal partnerships, Urban Zen retail stores, Urban Zen Center, and the Urban Zen Foundation. She also leads the groundbreaking Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT) Program that integrates eastern healing modalities with western science. UZIT has trained over 900 integrative therapists who operate in UCLA Hospital, Motion Picture and Television Hospital, Northwell Hospital, Ohio State, and Stanford Medical Center to name a few.
Prior to this, Aboah was a member of the executive team at the global luxury brand LVMH/Donna Karan International, where she was an early adopter to the increasingly important role technology was beginning to play and one of the first in the industry to embrace and adapt in order to maintain
and future-proof the company’s position in the market. She moved on to Alexander Wang, where her interest and involvement in technology deepened as she partnered on the in-house rebuild of the brand’s e-commerce site.
Now, as CEO of Urban Zen, she combines her past and present experience to seamlessly integrate and connect industries — retail, healthcare, philanthropic organizations, etc. She leads multiple disciplines from design, digital / web marketing, content marketing, sales, and product.
Aboah is an innovative and analytical leader, with experience driving growth and expanding businesses. She is dedicated to leading her team with a thoughtful and clear strategy and serving the customer by its deft execution.
Host + Producer, E! Entertainment & Founder
Emmy-winning host and tv personality Lilliana Vazquez is a trailblazing interviewer, style expert and author. The enterprising star has curated an inspiring career that began from a small blog to being seen by millions daily on numerous platforms.
At barely five feet tall, Vazquez brings a larger than life presence to everything she does – her upbeat personality and approachable style combined with her natural ability to connect with audiences have made her a household name. Vazquez was the host of E! Entertainment’s daily morning shows E! News and Pop of the Morning, the first and only Latina to hold the role in the show’s 30 year history. Today, Lilliana has her sights set on the future of the industry as she leads a new team as both producer and host for E’s newest show, Pop on Peacock, produced exclusively for NBC’s Peacock streaming service.
For the previous five years Vazquez was a regular contributor on TODAY where she shared her experiences and expertise with millions of viewers each week, covering the latest in technology, business, travel, entertainment, and lifestyle. As a correspondent for “Access Daily” and “Access Hollywood”, she brings wit and passion to Hollywood’s most watched red carpets, from the Oscars to the Golden Globes, and gives viewers entree into the lives of the biggest names in entertainment including Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez, Robert De Niro, Charlize Theron and Garth Brooks. Whether as a panelist or style expert, she’s a go-to personality for a breadth of entertainment shows.
Vazquez has always been at the forefront of digital media. In 2008, she launched her bargain- hunting blog, CheapChicas.com, where she offered innovative ideas on how to shop smart along with a fresh perspective on fashion. To mark the 5th anniversary of the blog, Vazquez released the ultimate bargain-hunting guidebook, The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style: Secrets to Shopping Cheap and Looking Chic (Penguin). More recently she founded TheLVGuide.com, where Vazquez and her team of tastemakers share the best shopping, trends, and inspiration to help consumers live their most stylish life, effortlessly. Last year, in a partnership with Kohl’s, she launched The Outfit Bar, a new guided in-store shopping experience featuring hand-picked looks curated by Vazquez for every occasion.
Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas to a Puerto Rican father and Mexican mother, Vazquez is first-generation Latinx who radiates gratitude for the dedication and sacrifices that her family made for her. Among the first in her family to attend college, her parents insisted on investing in her early education, paving the way for her to earn a full academic scholarship at The George Washington University, where she earned a double-major in international business and entrepreneurship.
Focusing her charity efforts on community organizations, Vazquez is most actively involved with the Hispanic Federation, the nation’s premier Hispanic nonprofit organization seeking to support in-need families and advocate on issues such as education, health, immigration, and economic empowerment. She also embraces and welcomes her responsibility as a role model for others in the Latinx community who aspire to work in fashion and television.
Co-Founder of E! Entertainment Television & President/CEO, Metan Global Entertainment Group
An entertainment industry veteran with close to 50 years professional experience in cable television, live events and new media, Larry Namer is a founding partner of Metan Global Entertainment Group (MGEG), a venture created to develop and distribute entertainment content and media specifically for Chinese speaking audiences in China and abroad. In 2018, the company launched MGEG Film Fund I and serves as managing partner. He is also the executive producer on the recently announced feature film “EMPRESS,” drama TV series “Nova Vita” and a new travel series for the China audience, titled “Explore The World.”
Mr. Namer is the co-founder of E! Entertainment Television, a company now valued at over four billion USD, and the creator of several successful companies in the United States and overseas. Among those companies are Comspan Communications that pioneered Western forms of entertainment in the former Soviet Union and Steeplechase Media that served as the primary consultant to Microsoft’s MiTV for developing interactive TV applications.
Early on, he was named the youngest general manager of a major cable system at Valley Cable TV (VCTV) in Los Angeles. His vision and direction garnered VCTV several Emmy and Cable ACE award nominations, as well as recognition by Forbes magazine as the national model for local cable television programming. In 1989, he was awarded the prestigious President’s Award from the National Cable Television Association. He was honored with the “Outstanding Contribution to Asian Television Award” at the 19th Asian Television Awards in Singapore, and most recently was presented with the International Media Legacy Award at the 2017 Elite Awards Foundation Gala and the Hollywood Lifetime Achievement Award in Entertainment at the 2018 Hollywood Tribute Awards and the 2019 Hollywood China Night by the American-Chinese CEO Society (ACCS), both in celebration of the Academy Awards®. He also was awarded The Tribeca Disruptor Award at the Novus Summit, held at the United Nations in July 2019.
Artist. Founder & Creative Director of Osklen. Founder & President of Instituto-E. UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Culture of Peace & Sustainability
Oskar Metsavaht. Artist. Academic degree in medicine. Founder and Creative Director of Osklen. Creative Director of studio OM.art, where hosts his art studio, an exhibition space and the studio for the development and production of art projects. Environmental activist. Founder and President of Instituto-E, a non-governmental organization that acts as a hub to promote more sustainable human development through socio-environmental projects. UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for culture of peace and sustainability. Board member of Inhotim Institute.
Oskar’s constant need for experimentation and a lifestyle in touch with the city, nature and the arts are the main sources of inspiration of his creative process. Internationally renowned as one of the forerunners of the New Luxury concept that advocates conscious fashion and sustainable luxury. According to him, “a brand is identified as luxurious if it involves so-called noble values. These, however, imply social concern and the preservation of natural resources for the next generations.”
Tanya Taylor is a New York based womenswear brand whose mission is to inspire all women to live in color. By celebrating individuality, we aim to create a community where every woman feels included. Through the artful use of color, texture and original hand-painted prints, each Tanya Taylor collection is designed to bring confidence and high-energy happiness into a woman’s daily life. The collections have been worn by a diverse range of inspirational women such as Former First Lady Michelle Obama, Jennifer Garner, Taylor Swift, Tracee Ellis Ross, Beyoncé, and Aidy Bryant.
Tanya Taylor is an inclusive brand defined by a point of view and is proud to offer styles in sizes 0-22 each season. Raised in Toronto, Tanya Taylor grew up surrounded by three generations of fiercely ambitious women whose creative approach to fashion inspired her from an early age. After graduating from her studies in finance at McGill University, Tanya enrolled in the AAS Fashion Studies program at The Parsons New School of Design. In 2012, at the age of 25, Tanya Taylor launched her eponymous collection, which is sold at retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, and Neiman Marcus. Tanya Taylor was a top-ten finalist in the 2014 CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund and became an official member of the CFDA in 2015.
Deputy Fashion Editor at Bustle
Jessica is the Deputy Fashion Editor at Bustle. She oversees all things fashion, from red carpet roundups to trend reports. Jessica has over 10 years of experience in the fashion industry.
Previously, she was the deputy fashion director at Refinery29 and before that, the fashion features editor at Teen Vogue. Prior to joining Teen Vogue, Jessica contributed to ELLE, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and Essence while also running her fashion and travel blog, Glamazonsblog.com.
She has a BA in English from Columbia University. When Jessica isn’t interviewing designers backstage or typing away on her laptop, she enjoys traveling, taking dance classes, volunteering through her church, and spending time with her family in New Jersey.
Fashion Director, BEAUTYKWEEN
The iconic Richie Rich is an American fashion designer, legendary club kid, pop-culture star, and revered style idol. Richie Rich always sees the runway as his Hollywood studio and the audience as his fans. In 1999, Richie Rich and Traver Rains founded the cult-classic fashion label, Heatherette. Heatherette’s runway shows would kick-off Fashion Week throughout the world, from New York to Tokyo.
The Heatherette runway established itself as the only runway to walk, and a seat in the front row was the only ticket to have. Richie Rich’s designs became instantly known for adorning the likes of a who’s who in young Hollywood- including Paris Hilton, Miley Cyrus, Naomi Campbell, Pink, and Fergie. Richie Rich would be dubbed fashions “Transformer” and he set up shop in Los Angeles and New York.
His namesake design factory “House Of Richie Rich” would go on to be an innovative fashion label creator and first-of-its-kind trendsetter for fashion collaborations. He unleashed a fashion powerhouse with appearances on his runway shows by Ellen DeGeneres, Pamela Anderson, and Dita Von Teese. The in-the-know stars always have Richie Rich in their phone favorites for his latest stylings and he can often be seen as a special guest on select US and international broadcast television series, such as America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway.
Richie Rich was inducted into New York’s The Metropolitan Museum of Art for an award-winning dress in 2019. In 2020, he was named Fashion Director of BEAUTYKWEEN. Richie Rich’s motto remains, “Everybody is a star!”
CEO & CHAIRMAN, AQUAFIL
Giulio Bonazzi has dedicated his career to evolving Aquafil S.p.A. into a leading player in the global carpet and textile materials industry. Aquafil was founded by Bonazzi’s parents 50 years ago in Arco, Italy. An innovator and disruptor, Bonazzi is transforming his family’s manufacturing business into a sustainable global enterprise.
To achieve this vision, Bonazzi challenged the organization to develop a recycled nylon material by turning trash from landfill and oceans into high-quality, beautiful fibers.
Where others see waste, Bonazzi saw opportunity.
After several years of investment in R&D and a relentless pursuit of a new way to regenerate nylon, ECONYL® was born. Aquafil launched ECONYL® in 2011 and today it is one of the most sought after yarn materials in the world for fashion designers and carpet manufacturers.
Bonazzi was appointed CEO of Aquafil in 2001 and added the role of chairman in 2008. He started his career at Aquafil in 1987, starting on the ground floor at the Aquafil plant in Arco. Since then he has helped the company grow, developing 16 plants in eight countries across three continents. Today, Aquafil is recognized as a sustainability leader, a stalwart example of the circular economy and an innovator within the synthetic textile industry.
Fortune has highlighted Aquafil on its Change the World list of companies that are addressing social challenges through their core business activities and the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy has awarded the company with a Transatlantic Award for fostering positive transatlantic relations between Italy and the U.S. for its investment in a carpet recycling plant in Phoenix, AZ.
He is a sought-after speaker and has shared insights on creating a circular economy at leading conferences including Texworld USA, Fashionnovation, the One Ocean Forum, the Responsible Business Summit, the Ethical Corporation Summit and the Copenhagen Fashion Summit. He is recognized by Forbes Italia as a Top CEO for innovation, international competitiveness and creating a great work environment.
Model, Sustainability Consultant and Environmental Activist
Arizona Muse has fronted campaigns for some of the world’s biggest brands including Chanel, Estée Lauder, Prada, Louis Vuitton & Yves Saint Laurent, and graced the cover of over 40 international Vogue Magazines.
With an increasing awareness of the world around her, she has become a passionate advocate for sustainability and environmental regeneration and one of the leading voices on the topic from the fashion industry. As well as starring in the campaign of fast retailer giant Mango’s first ecological line, Arizona has been engaged as a sustainability-consultant for fashion companies who wish to lower their environmental impact. Arizona sits on the board of The Sustainable Angle, a non-profit organisation that initiates and supports projects that minimise the environmental impact of the fashion industry, and contributes to Fashion Revolution, a team of business leaders, policymakers and brands who work together towards radically changing the way clothes are sourced, produced and consumed. She is an ambassador for Greenpeace and Women For Women and has also collaborated with Extinction Rebellion, Oxfam and more recently Remake on their #PayUp Campaign.
CEO & Co-Founder, Aulera Authentication
Bill Dixon is CEO and Co-founder of Aulera Authentication where he is working with global brands to disrupt the counterfeit goods market. Aulera’s solution allows customers to instantly check authenticity of products and have richer brand engagement while allowing brands to unmask gray market sellers. Using the same secure technology as Apple Pay and Google Pay, Aulera enables brands to protect their physical products through embedded, unclonable NFC tags that can be instantly authenticated with the tap of a customer’s smartphone.
Before founding Aulera, Bill led business development at LeafLabs, a custom engineering solutions shop, partnering with the world’s leading firms such as Google, Airbus, and DARPA. An entrepreneur with a passion for cycling, Bill also started Ashton Instruments, a MassChallenge Gold Prize winner and MIT delta v accelerator company. Bill began his career as a field engineer in the Middle East for oilfield service giant Schlumberger. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University.
Designer & Founder, Vanassibara
Diego Vanassibara is from the countryside of south Brazil. Living in London for the past 15 years, today he runs the shoe label Vanassibara together with his partner.
Before moving to the UK and after college, Diego decided to pursue a career in the creative industry where he trained to study architecture at university. Soon, however, he realised that he wanted to combine both the structural and engineering sides of architecture with the free creative, exciting and fast pacing world of fashion. Footwear seemed to be where those two fields met.
Once in England, he entered Cordwainers, the shoemaking institute with deep traditions in the City of London Livery Company and the history of footwear making in this city. After graduating, and with a ton of confidence, he set up his eponymous label, which was launched at London Fashion Week Men’s in 2013, receiving positive acclaim from press and buyers alike.
After six seasons under the NEWGEN initiative and a couple of solo shows, a period that built both the designer’s reputation – as stated by L’Uomo Vogue ‘His volcanic creative vein leads him to create distinctive, unique and original designs’ – and the expansion of the brand internationally through wholesale, the Vanassibara took a decisive step towards a new future.
In the recent past, the fashion industry has created trends from excessive hype and design has taken a backseat to this. Hype = Money? Seriously that approach adds an unnecessary premium to the actual cost …then add the cost of overhead for a typical ‘bricks & mortar’ retailer and next thing you know, prices have been multiplied many fold!
For a brand like Vanassibara who has always been fiercely independent, completely self-funded, and believes wholeheartedly that a great design comes first, supporting hype does not interest us. Like Diego says himself ‘we do not dress followers, we dress leaders …let’s break this trend together!!!’
Co-Founder & CEO, Evolved By Nature
Dr. Gregory Altman
A leading expert in natural silk biomaterials, Greg heads strategy and innovation at Evolved By Nature™. His extensive research into silk’s biocompatibility with the human body led to the creation of his first company, Serica Technologies, where he and Dr. Rebecca Lacouture developed the first FDA-approved silk-based medical device for soft tissue reconstruction.
This breakthrough technology was acquired by Allergan, where Greg served as Vice President of Research and Development and General Manager before co-founding Evolved By Nature in 2013. The inventor for several patents on clean silk technology, Greg holds a PhD in Biotechnology Engineering and BS in Chemistry from Tufts University. He is married to an environmental sociologist and is the proud father of two boys.
Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, CuteCircuit
Founded in 2004, CuteCircuit is the world’s first wearable-technology fashion brand. A pioneer in this field, CuteCircuit interweaves leading edge fashion design with emerging technologies and smart fabrics to create fashion design that not only looks beautiful, but also features magical interactive capabilities.
CuteCircuit’s co-founders, Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz, come from a heritage of couture in fashion design (Valentino), and Interaction Design and Anthropology respectively. After a decade and a half of innovation, the brand holds a number of patents in the field of wearable technology, such as 3D Spatial Audio, Haptics for Augmented Reality , Interactive Luminous Garments, Multimedia Wearable Telecommunication Devices, and Sensor Enhanced Fabric constructions.
Founder of Gifting Brands & SVP of Merchandise Operations at Michaels
Jeannie is the Founder and CEO of Gifting Brands. Jeannie’s mission is to help solve excess inventory for private label and luxury brands, create a fun and fulfilling shopping experience for consumers while giving back to charities that are making a difference in the world.
Jeannie held executive leadership roles at Gap Inc, Talbot’s, and Zales Jewelers. Leaving the corporate world in 2016, Barsam set out to create a business model that combined her passion for retail with the opportunity to give back to her community. Recalling her time at Zales, where there was excess inventory, but no nonprofit partners in which to donate fine jewelry, thus Gifting Brands was born.
Through Gifting Brands, Barsam is now focused on creating a social enterprise that elevates the way luxury and upscale brands will make an impact in the world. Barsam is committed to helping nonprofits, retailers, and consumers make a difference through inventory philanthropy and shopping.
Jeannie serves as an advisory board member for S5 Stratos which uses leading-edge technology to help retailers better plan and forecast their inventory assortment.
With parents from Mexico and a San Diego upbringing, Jonathan Cohen was a product of the cultural heritage he was exposed to growing up. In High School, he would see the surfers changing out of their wet suits into their school outfits with only the ease and laid-back nature that one from a beach town could. With parents originating from Mexico, he was surrounded by strong willed individuals who loved to immerse themselves in the colors and textiles reminiscent of their childhood. Eventually, when Cohen moved to New York City, the modernity of Manhattan and the on-the-go fluidity of the city shaped his design direction and inspiration – which eventually shaped the Jonathan Cohen woman. The Mexican prints and patterns and colors, the laid-back ease of the San Diego surf culture and the modern city approach have manifested into what the brand has become.
Cohen met business partner Sarah Leff while attending Parsons School of Design. Together, they formally launched Jonathan Cohen in 2011. After he received much recognition and encouragement from his peers and teachers for his senior thesis, he left New York and spent a year in California, where he continued to build upon his senior thesis by creating new pieces and silhouettes aligned with his final school project. He came back to New York City, connected with Leff, and had his thesis (along with those new items he created while on the West Coast) photographed into a re-interpreted look book. Together, they selected a group of editors and stores and sent out their materials to gain market reaction. The attention was organic and began to build slowly, and as the conversations started to evolve, so did the definition of who the Jonathan Cohen is. She’s an artistic female who values the story of the brand and the pillars in which it is built upon. She’s a multi-dimensional woman who cannot be defined by a singular quality….and those descriptors are constantly evolving. She is someone who has many facets which help to shape her sense of self and awareness. She’s a woman who values quality over quantity, values the craftsmanship that goes into creating her garments and when she spends money on a piece, she wants to make sure when she puts it on, she feels both unique and special.
Co-Founder & CCO, Alivia
Jovana Mullins is the co-founder of Alivia, a social-impact womenswear brand inspired by the artistic expressions of people with developmental disabilities. Although her career to date has centered around fashion, her true passion is volunteering—using art as a vehicle for empowering individuals with disabilities. In 2019, she founded Alivia with the mission of providing purpose and voice to the previously unheard, showcasing the many talents and abilities of people with disabilities, and pushing the fashion industry further towards inclusivity.
Jovana graduated with honors from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in Fashion Design, and has spent the past 10-plus years designing for luxury and contemporary fashion brands such as Matthew Williamson in London, Alice + Olivia, Sam Edelman, and Coach.
Co-Founder of Kmana, Civic Engagement Expert, Philanthropy Advisor
Bea Sanz Corella
Born in Barcelona, at the shores of her beloved Mediterranean, Bea (@bea_thewanderer) is an anthropologist and economist, life-time yogini, horse lover and mother of twins. She has lived and worked in more than 80 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Mediterranean, as a civic engagement and civil society expert, trainer and philanthropy advisor, working for institutions like the UN, the European Union, the World bank and the Interamerican Development Bank and several international foundations, NGOs and local governments.
In 2013 she moved with her family to Bali and in 2017, together with her husband, a multi-disciplinary designer (@caceres_tous_studio) she founded Kmana (@kmana_travelbags). Kmana is an ethical and slow-design social enterprise producing vegetable-tanned leather travel bags and accessories, handcrafted in Indonesia by skillful artisans, using ancestral materials and techniques’ (such as Rang Rang weaving). Her mantra and that of Kmana is that we are constantly creating the world we live in. It all comes down to the decisions we make. Their invitation is to shake the world in a gentle way.
Founder & CEO, Fashwire
Having owned a specialty retail store for many years and with a prestigious background in tech, Kimberly saw a need for a low cost, scalable solution to help emerging fashion designers succeed with discoverability and brand awareness. Combining her previous experience in mobile and tech, she applied her fashion knowledge and industry experience to develop a platform where emerging and established brands could co-exist in one space, providing valuable data for the industry as a whole. Hence, the creation of Fashwire.
A successful owner of retail stores for more than 14-years and with over 20 years of experience in marketing for wireless and tech companies, Kimberly has a unique perspective into fashion’s interplay of data and marketability. An advocate for innovation and disruption in the retail digital sector, Kimberly is a rare mix of fashion and tech that intertwine two worlds.
Co-CEO & Founder, lablaco
Lorenzo Albrighi was born in London and grew up between Florence and Milan, cultivating a deep passion for design and Italian bespoke tailoring, which brought him to start sewing as an apprentice tailor at twenty years old in the historical sartoria A. Caraceni in Milan.
After five years of cutting and sewing suits for some of the most influential international figures in fashion and finance, he set up his own tailoring house, before dedicating himself to building lablaco with former Giorgio Armani buying and merchandising manager, ShihYun Kuo, creating a universal platform connecting all stakeholders to accelerate digitization and transition towards a multi-dimensional circular economy for fashion.
With a mission to digitize fashion, redefining the relationships between suppliers, designers, brands, retailers, content creators, and individual customers through transparency and circularity.
Creative Director, ARTivist & Founder, Point Off View
Marina Testino is a creative director specializing in brand consultation and digital content creation for brands, organizations and creative alike. By recognizing the objectives of her partners and the needs of their respective audiences Testino, personally or under her label Point Off View, develops brand and product awareness, but most importantly, conversion through impact partnerships and social campaigns. In parallel, and as an intrinsic part of her work, Marina also develops ARTivism campaigns bringing together sustainability, creativity and innovation to instigate positive change.”
Director at Africa-Related Inc. I Ita’i Our Cloth
Miamah J. Richards
Miamah J. Richards has extensive working with leading multinational financial institutions like J.P Morgan and Société Generalé, as well as consulting with small-medium enterprises and not-for- profit organization in the U.S and Africa. She also has broad knowledge in business development, management, marketing and research in the private sectors in both Africa and the U.S.
Ms. Richards obtained her Masters (MA) in International Relations from the City University of New York and a double Bachelor’s (BA) in Political Science and African Studies from The University of Albany in New York. She has lived and worked in the U.S., Nigeria, Liberia and Switzerland. Ms. Richards is passionate and support causes that empower women and girls in Africa and globally.
CEO & Designer of Luxury Leather Brands at Morin.O
Iam Morin Obaweya, NLP Certified Practitioner, a public speaker, an ordained church minister and the creative force behind Morin.O, one of Africa’s fast-rising designers of luxury leather brands.
As a serial entrepreneur, I have had the privilege of being called the “Queen of Arts” in Nigeria because of my work as a gallery owner. I opened my first art space in highbrow Ikoyi, Lagos and later at the prestigious Nicon Hilton, Abu- ja, where art collectors and aficionados shopped for artworks and antique pieces.
This was instrumental to the discovery and growth of most of the successful contemporary artists whose works found the oxygen of exposure at my highly trafficked art galleries and promotional exhibitions held in Nigeria and other parts of the world.
Transiting to my new endeavour came with amazing tons of creative depth having participated in global initiatives directed at harnessing and promoting the art and skills of female creative. One of such was the Vital Voices Women Entrepreneurs in handcraft Programme.
Under my strategic and innovative oversight, Morin.O has not only captured the attention of the continent’s sassy and fashionable clan within the short years of its existence, notable international publications like the Huffington Post have written glowingly about the brand.
From the gift supply and art décor company, Mauba Enterprises, which I co-founded with my husband, I began my career as a curator and promoter of indigenous art and craft in 1992, to my first art exhibition at Didi Museum Lagos, under the distinguished chairmanship of the then Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana in November 1994, to the establishment of Lifestrokes Gallery in 1995.
I am a proven cloth in dye creative maverick whose penchant for innovation and excellence always locates the next big thing within the creative space.
Journalist/ Producer/ Broadcaster at Africa-Related Inc.
Oyiza Adaba is a Nigerian journalist & media personality whose vast experience in the industry spans over 25 years to include television production, news reporting, photography, TV hosting, media and artist management. She was born into a media family, and is the daughter of veteran media icon Tom Adaba.
Before founding her New York/Lagos-based media and content development company Africa- Related in 2008, Oyiza had drawn media and production experience from Multichoice (DStv) in Nigeria, South Africa; and as the US Correspondent for AIT International’s New York Bureau covering African news throughout the western hemisphere.
She has produced commissioned/independent content for various media and corporate organiza- tions including Multichoice Africa, CNBC Africa, DStv Africa Magic, UNtv, Trim Communications, AIT, Ben TV, Nigeria Info FM, Lagos State Tourism, South Africa Tourism, Cross Rivers Tourism etc.
Oyiza is a firm promoter of African arts & culture, and of women/community-driven sustainability initiatives such as Ita’i Our Cloth. Above all, the adventurous traveler who enjoys music and meet- ing people is passionate about and motivated by using media tools to tell authentic African stories. She is currently producing her first feature film on the life and works of world-renowned artist El Anatsui (www.elanatsuithefilm.com/photos).
In Oyiza’s world, ’Everyone and everything matters’. From the resolution tables of the United Nations in New York to bike-riding through the rugged roads of West Africa; from covering Presidents at the White House in Washington DC to uncovering underground pirates in eastern Nigeria; from boxing rings at Madison Square Garden to the undiscovered talents on the village football pitch; from the popular to the nameless and exploited, all does matter.
Founder & Creative Director, VERDI
Tomás Vera Gutierrez de Piñeres
Tomás Vera Gutierrez de Piñeres – Barranquilla, 1985.
Tomás was born in Barranquilla, Colombia in 1985. He started a career at Bogota’s renowned business school, CESA, to later spend a few years in Barranquilla and finally major in Business in London and Barcelona.
Even if he had a more business-focused academic approach, his heightened creativity, passed on to him by his late father, Latin-American textile pioneer Carlos Vera Dieppa, has always run through his veins and was what inspired the creation of this legacy-driven textile studio, VERDI.
Today, as founder and Creative Director at VERDI, Tomás leads a team of more than 50 people and continues to strive for a brand that rescues ancestral know-how and reinterprets traditions through innovative, sustainable design.
CEO & Fashion Designer of Couture Apparels at Zizi Cardow Clothing
Zizi Cardow is a forerunner in contemporary African fashion. She founded her self-named haute couture label in 2000, and pioneered a revolution for wearing indigenous African fabrics, with a view towards globalization.
After her debut in the Nigerian fashion scene, Zizi received the prestigious Designer of the Year award at the Nigerian Fashion Show. This marked the launch of her designs across the continent, and internationally. From 2001 her designs could be seen on the runways of South Africa, Italy, France and the UK. In 2002 she staged a first- of-a-kind fashion show dubbed ‘Jungle Renaissance’ which received local and international rave reviews and critical acclaim.
By 2006, Zizi Cardow had become a household name in the African and global fashion scene. She continues to challenge the fashion industry with her bold and daring designs, keeping close to her African themes and roots. Her collections and shows are infused with thought-provoking messages on subjects like the environment, social injustice, governance, culture and history etc.
With nearly 20 years of designing under her belt, the mother-of-one daughter also champions women/girls and community causes. Cardow serves in various capacities, lending her voice to social issues like domestic violence, child abuse, entrepreneurship and education. An ordained minister, she is also a public/ motivational speaker across multiple platforms.
The journey has been ‘incredible’, and career path ‘fulfilling’ for a self-taught 19-year old with no degree or formal training, who took up sewing as a hobby and means of survival in her Lagos-Apapa neighbourhood. Her awards and recognitions continue to amass to date. Among them are the Peace Ambassador (United Nations), Fashion & Life Achievement Award, African Leadership Excellence Award, Contribution to Fashion Sector Award, St. Moritz Style Selection Award, Fashion Ambassador Award etc.
Designer & Founder of ALFEYA VALRINA
Alfeya Valrina graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. During her time in New York and Los Angeles, she work with designers and stylists performing different roles from designing, creative directing, production to styling.
Alfeya started her accessories line with a mission to promote fair labour practice and sustainability practice in Indonesia. She often finds her inspiration from her personal experience growing up in Indonesia. Her bag silhouettes are inspired by the traditional basket of “Mbok Jamu,” a traditional medicine drink seller in Indonesia that soon became Alfeya Valrina’s signature.
Embracing traditional technique of production, all of Alfeya’s products are proudly handcrafted in her studio with the help of Indonesian local artisans. She also sources her materials ethically and carefully.
Founder, Custom Collaborative
Ngozi Okaro advocates for a fashion industry that honors planet and people. Ngozi founded Custom Collaborative, to support immigrant & low-income women launching sustainable fashion careers. Custom Collaborative serves US designers who want to design and produce locally, fashion-industry workers, and consumers who want ethical fashion. Among other distinctions, Ngozi is a 2020 “World-Changing Women in Conscious Business” winner, from Conscious Company Media and Kate Spade, 2019 NYC Fair Trade Coalition “Changemaker of the Year”, and 2019 New York Women’s Foundation “Spirit of Entrepreneurship” awards.
She is certified by New York University’s Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, was a 2014 Environmental Leadership Program Fellow, and is a graduate of the Coro Leadership New York program. Ngozi is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Morgan State University. She is licensed to practice law in Louisiana and New York.
Community Leader at Ita’i Our Cloth I Broadcaster at Africa-Related Inc.
Rosemary Onubaiye holds a B.Sc. in Public Administration from the University of Abuja. After graduating in 2015, she pursued her passion for broadcasting with her first official media job with Africa-Related Inc as an Administrative Assistant. She has continued to hone her production, presenter and writing crafts.
As an Indigenous Ebira woman from Okene, Rosemary is the Country Head for Ita’i Our Cloth, a grassroots initiative which developed into an apparel/home brand company that not only promotes weaving as a cultural heritage, but also empowers women and the develops the community. The mother-of-three girls is a passionate reader, hardworking, creative and open to learn new skills.
Founder & Creative Director of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi, BE NEXT and Art & Culture Center in Tbilisi
Sofia Tchkonia – who established the BENEXT Art and Fashion Foundation while acting as its Creative Director – divides her time between France and Georgia, looking for new and fruitful partnerships between the worlds of fashion and art.
The organizer of the BENEXT International Art and Fashion Festival and Fashion Design Contest, as well as the author of the “Icons and Muses”, “Legends of Fashion” and “Muse” projects.
Born in Georgia, studied in Germany, USA, and France.
Author of the documentary project “Icons and Muses”, and “Legends of Fashion” whose heroes are famous fashion designers, writers, artists.
Among the interviewees are the founder of the fashion house Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Berge, couturier Madame Carven, perfumer Serge Lutens, designer Rick Owens, Claude Montana, Michele Lamy, Jean-Paul Goude, Betty Catroux, Herve Leger, ORLANE – artist and other iconic characters of 20th-21st Century.
The film about the legendary editor in chief of the French magazine «Vogue» in the 50s, a biographer of Coco Chanel and president of the Academy Goncourt Madame Charles – Roux was featured in the international festival ASVOFF founded by Diane Pernet, in Centre Pompidou.
Founder of the art and fashion foundation which helps talents from around the globe.
Creative director and producer of the International Art & Fashion Festival and the contest of fashion designers.
Founder of the creative agency BE NEXT and Art & Culture Center in Tbilisi.
Founder and Creative Director of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi.
CEO, bluesign technologies
Jill Dumain stepped into the role of CEO at BLUESIGN in January of 2017. She has been a strong advocate and supporter of BLUESIGN since its inception in 2000 and paved the way for Patagonia to be the first brand member. For over 27 years, Jill held various senior positions in different sectors at Patagonia including textile research and development and environmental strategy.
She has also held leadership and board positions at the Organic Exchange, Textile Exchange and the Sustainability Working Group at the Outdoor Industry Association. She was the Chairwoman of BLUESIGN’s Advisory Board from 2011-2017. Throughout her career, Jill has traveled extensively, which gave her a chance to interface with many different types of companies throughout the supply chain committed to performance in textiles and environmental responsibility.
Community Manager, Tailwind
Melissa Megginson is Community Manager and resident Cat Lady at Tailwind, the leading visual marketing tool for brands. As Community Manager at Tailwind, it is her job to make Tailwind’s members look GOOD and find success in their marketing efforts. In her 7 years at Tailwind, Melissa has won an ADDY award worked with major brands like Adobe and JCPenney, and recently graduated with an MBA from the University of Oklahoma.
Founder, Conscious Fashion Campaign
Kerry Bannigan is an event creator, producer and entrepreneur curating global activations and initiatives that advocate sustainable development. Bannigan champions the intersection of events, fashion and media as key shapers for global good. Bannigan is the Founder of the Conscious Fashion Campaign, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, engaging leading global fashion industry event stakeholders to facilitate collective action towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Bannigan serves as the President of the Board and Executive Commitee Member of the PVBLIC Foundation, an innovative 501c3 organization that harnesses the power of media, data, and technology to drive social change, steering the United Nations convenings including the SDG Media Summit, Blockchain for Impact and the Latino Impact Summit. As a founding member of the SDG Media Zone with the PVBLIC Foundation, Bannigan today serves as the Executive Producer in partnership with the United Nations Department of Global Communications.
Co-Creator & Host Retail Revolution Podcast
Gucci, Omega, Donna Karan and Barneys New York are just a few of the well-known brands Christopher has worked with in his 20+ years. He has developed a specialty for creating meaningful customer experiences especially for affluent clients. Lacy is the Founder and CEO of Christopher Lacy Consulting a firm dedicated to building strategic client and team development programs. Through leveraging data from quantitative and qualitative research, CLC combines deep industry knowledge with leadership, sales coaching, CRM data, and operational expertise to elevate brand profiles and client experience.
Christopher is currently Assistant Professor at Parsons School of Design in the Fashion Management graduate program as well as Curriculum Developer for Parsons New School Executive Education Program. In addition to teaching at Parsons, he is also Co-creator and Host of Retail Revolution Podcast which features in-depth conversations with experts in omni-channel retailing with myriad perspectives: technology, consumer engagement, data analytics, merchandising and more. Christopher has shared his knowledge and industry outlook by facilitating workshops for Polimoda, writing articles for WWD, providing insight to Business Insider and participating on multiple panels including Fashinnovation NYC.
Founder & CEO, AVRIO
John Matthews believes the future of sustainable fashion will depend upon cooperation and collaboration and education. John is the founder and CEO of AVRIO, a brand created to showcase the entrepreneurs of our world who have a vision and a passion to help Make Tomorrow Beautiful.
After college and the Air Force, he spent his professional career working in the manufacturing space, establishing factories and offices in the U.S. and around the globe. Each country and culture brought their own challenges, but all of them shared a similar desire to improve their operations which for John included their social and eco-impact on the planet. John was looking at sustainability before it became the cool thing to do because he believes a company can improve the operations while also improving the workplace, the community and the environment.
After spending the years in the manufacturing side of footwear, John left a position as the Chief Operating Officer of an international company to start AVRIO. The question wasn’t whether the world needed another shoe company, the question was, who was going to make the impact to be the change we needed.
The pillars in the AVRIO logo stand for Collaboration, Eco-Innovation & Transparency, all of which stand on the foundation of Education.
Jackie Mallon is a former fashion designer turned writer and educator. She received her Masters at London’s Central St Martins before spending a decade designing for labels such as Giorgio Armani and Moschino in Italy. Her arrival in the United States coincided with the movement to increase scrutiny on the fashion industry regarding its inhumane practices and environmental recklessness.
While freelancing for Anthropologie she wrote a fashion novel, Silk for the Feed Dogs, which seeks to capture a disappearing moment in time for this previously untouchable industry so blatantly unaware of the revolution that was coming. The novel gained the attention of international B2B platform FashionUnited.com which hired her as US editor where she has since been covering topics of sustainability, diversity, runway reports, fashion education, graduate success, and the future of fashion. Her second novel is due out next spring, she is working on her first non-fiction work, and she teaches junior fashion designers in New York City.
Managing Director of New York Fashion Tech Lab (NYFTL)
Jackie Trebilcock is a fashion, technology, and business development executive with over 15+ years experience working with entrepreneurs to grow their vision and company via strategic planning and relevant industry introductions. Jackie is the Managing Director of The New York Fashion Tech Lab, founded in 2014 by Springboard Enterprises and sponsored by 30+ leading retailers and brands. The non profit program connects a select cohort of early and growth stage fashion-focused technology companies with leading fashion retailers and brands fostering iteration, validation, and acceleration of technologies to advance the industry
She has spoken about the topic of Fashion & Retail Technology via Panels, sessions, and presentations at VOGUE, Time Inc/InStyle, Hearst, SXSW, Yale, Parsons, The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and LIM.
Founder of Techstyler & Senior Contributor of Forbes
Techstyler is a publishing platform and communications agency that uncovers the newest innovations in sustainability and fashion tech. Techstyler services include journalism, communications partnerships, events, academic research and media partnerships with international fashion summits. Founder Brooke Roberts-Islam is an industry insider with over 15 years experience as a designer and brand owner working with global mills and manufacturers, providing her with direct access to latest industry news and developments through her extensive knowledge and network. In addition to Techstyler, she writes extensively on sustainability and fashion-tech for publications including Forbes, Eco Age and Chaos 69.
Co-Founder of Mataano & Ditto Africa
Ayaan Mohallim, a Somali-American fashion designer, is co- founder of Mataano, a fashion brand based in New York City and Ditto Africa, a technology platform revolutionizing the way people shop African fashion.
Mataano was cofounded in 2009 with Ayaan’s twin sister Idyl Mohallim. It went on to garner critical acclaim from press like Oprah, CNN Inside Africa, New York Times, Vogue.It etc. Mataano also won several awards and recognitions and the label has showcased in fashion runways in New York, Nigeria, South Africa, Jamaica and Ethiopia just to name a few.
In 2019, after noticing a lack of visibility and opportunity in the global fashion market for African designers, Ayaan launched Ditto Africa a tech fashion platform, which has so far raised capital as a tech startup. The goal of Ditto Africa is to share the dynamic and innovative fashion and design industries emerging in every major city in Africa, whose cultural and historical points of reference and artistic brilliance and sophistication have yet to be experienced by global consumers to their full expression.
Hyper immersed in the digital age, MISTER D is a creative visionary, an American entrepreneur, and a brand hitmaker. He is acclaimed for creating original, award-winning, category-killing pop-culture concepts that elevate fashion labels to rock star status around the globe from VERSACE to NARS.
MISTER D blazed the trail in bringing fashion out of industry circles, onto the world stage; and to the tip of everyone’s tongue. Standing at the forefront of what’s hip and new for the youth generation, MISTER D has a proven secret sauce for turning brands into larger than life properties and building massive fanbases for them.
Now with BEAUTYKWEEN, he welcomes superfans into THE virtual beauty club he has always dreamed of. “Let’s all have fun and live our best lives in a glitter-filled world!”, says MISTER D.
Brand Strategist & Executive Coach BRAND: NEW DAY
Larry is a brand architect and strategist, executive coach, keynote speaker, and growth advisor with a track record for positioning an eclectic range of brands to compete more effectively in today’s rapidly evolving business landscape.
He founded and moderates the annual CEO Brand Leadership Roundtable and CEO Fireside Chat at the Harvard Business School, now celebrating its 12th year. These popular programs have showcased over 50 CEOs of iconic and leading brands including Delta Air Lines, Dunkin’ Brands, Keurig, Ritz-Carlton, NBC Sports, Harley-Davidson, PGA of America, Converse, Newman’s Own, Zumba, Girls Scouts of the USA, TaylorMade Golf, Joseph Abboud, Birkenstock, Wheels Up, Bose.
Larry created BRAND: NEW DAY, a one-of-a-kind brand-building and thought leadership retreat designed exclusively for an individual company looking to take a fresh look at their brand and determined to take it to the next level. This company-focused program is based on a proven concept originally created in tandem with the Disney Institute. Under the BRAND: NEW DAY umbrella is Brand Dive, an immersive C-Level thought leadership roundtable emulating an open-enrollment idea exchange with peers. Both programs are delivered in-person and on a virtual platform.
He and Roger Berkowitz, CEO of Legal Sea Foods, host Name Brands, CBS Boston. This insightful and entertaining brand leadership podcast show features in-studio conversations with iconic brands and CEOs who share their insight to create and build best-selling brands, dominate product categories, enhance consumer affection, and drive brand performance and business growth.
In partnership with the Harvard Business School Association of Boston, Larry created the CEO Lounge. This online communications platform features up-close-and-personal interviews with dynamic business leaders spanning numerous industries and market sectors.
For 20 years, his advertising and brand consultancy agency Gulko & Company launched and positioned brands for the Fortune 500, middle-market companies, entrepreneurial ventures, and non-profits.
A sought-after thought leader, Larry has delivered numerous keynotes, commencement addresses, is a MassChallenge business mentor and has lectured at the Babson College Graduate School of Business and Executive Education Program.
Larry is an advisor to the C-level community and has served on boards and committees including Babson Advisory Council, ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership, The American Marketing Association, Gifting Brands, and The George Washington University.
Manager, Research, and Communication at Jaipur Rugs
She is a Manager, Research, and Communication at Jaipur Rugs. She has worked on projects of the Ministry of Handicrafts for Rajasthan and Gujarat and works closely on grass-root problems as well as represented company on international platforms. She has worked on digital literacy programs, brand building initiatives. She works on social impact initiatives and sustainable development initiatives for the company.
She has earned her MA Development Degree with Specialization in Law, Governance, and Policy from Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. She is an avid researcher and working on social impact reforms. Her passion for craft and artisans leads the organization to mark its presence directly to the consumer market globally.
Inspired by the beauty of craftsmanship infusing soul into products, she took years of experience, in facilitating the connection between 300+ global influencers with practitioners of the 2500-year-old art form of weaving, exquisite rugs from their houses in the rural villages of India.
She found her passion for connecting rural India and its craft to the consumers, who are in search of meaningful products.
Artisan Leader from Aspura, Rajasthan
Prem Devi is an experienced artisan leader from Aspura, Rajasthan. She has 20 years of experience with weaving. She is a Bunkar Sakhi, which means weaver’s companion, going beyond the call of duty to guide them and support them. She is an accomplished leader, transforming the lives of many weavers in the Aspura village, 5 of them getting their own International Design Awards like German Design Award, European Product Design Award, Elle Décor International Award to name a few.
On a global platform, she was a panellist at Women In Design 2020, sharing her insights on the creativity hidden in the villages, and how to bring them out. As a weaver, artisan, Bunkar Sakhi, leader, she is an ambassador connecting hearts on a global scale, being the point of direct contact from weavers to international
She has been visited by over 300 international clients which led to a dramatic transformation to the personality and the lifestyle found there. She is a guide to over 100 weaver designers in Aspura, and is a key person in the initiation of a design lab in the village, giving design training of global caliber to the artisans there.
The Design lab trains these artisans in concepts of design and creating designs on software, all from prestigious design personnel. The lab was started in collaboration with the Royal Rajasthan Foundation, the first of its kind, making changes in a direction unheard of.
Jenny is co-founder of Mingyian, a talent-first, digital marketing and technology company that redefines the way global celebrity and entertainment brands are developed and delivered to Chinese millennials. Our roster of 50+ clients include A-listers like Chris Hemsworth, John Legend, Tom Brady, CJ McCollum, the NBPA, etc.
Having worked in the cross-border space between China and the US for 15 years, Jenny has consulted companies in Beijing, Shanghai and New York, specializing in brand development and digital and print media in the Chinese market. Jenny served as Executive Director of Girls in Tech China, Director of International Relations, Asia of Girls in Tech, and Co-Founder of Girl 2.0. She was also Editor-in-Chief of Hanyushijie, a Chinese business and culture magazine published by The Commercial Press, China’s oldest publishing house.
She has also been a Board member of the American Chamber of Commerce, Greater Tianjin Branch, as well as Tang Jin Real Estate Group. Jenny holds a BA in Communications and Philosophy from Vanderbilt University.
Academic Director, Istituto Marangoni Miami
Massimo Casagrande, the Director of Education at Marangoni Miami, pursued his fashion design studies at Istituto Marangoni in Milano and then went on to receive his Masters of Fashion Design from the University of East London. After several years of experience as a Senior tutor of Fashion Design at Istituto Marangoni London, Massimo was appointed as the program leader for the Fashion Design Undergraduate Courses on that same school.
Prior to this, Massimo was part of Versace, first as a designer for Versus menswear, then as a designer for Versace Sport and Versace Jeans. Casagrande then went on to launch his own label in 2012, MCG Massimo Casagrande. His collections have been shown in Paris and London as part of the Fashion East Menswear: Installations.
Currently, Massimo collaborates with a number of international clients as a stylist, designer, and as a contributor to fashion magazines such as Surface, Rodeo and Independent Style. For the past two years, he has been an official partner of London Design Festival, where he has exhibited and curated site specific collections in sync with contemporary cultural and social issues. Massimo also travels often as a guest lecturer holding seminars and workshops around the globe.
Ophelia Chen co-founded Bobblehaus in 2020 with Abi Lierheimer, driven by a passion and mission to build a community-led digital and retail space dedicated to the multicultural Gen Z across the world. Bobblehaus is a New York-designed, Shanghai-made sustainable genderless elevated streetwear brand, created for global youth tastemakers to express their inner absurdities.
Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Ophelia and her family moved to Missouri when she was 13 for high school. Ophelia graduated from Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis in 2017 with double majors in Economics and Marketing. She then joined Bloomingdales as an Assistant Buyer before she pursued Bobblehaus full-time in 2019.
Managing Director, Inside Fashion
Jane Singer is Managing Director at Inside Fashion, the leading market intelligence platform for the global apparel and retail industry.
Ms. Singer developed the Current Situation in Sourcing, a C-suite advisory service that brings together sourcing analysis, forecasting and industry consensus.
She also initiated the developement Consumer Lab and ASQ, consumer research platforms, which provide key insights into consumer attitudes about fashion and lifestyle.
In 2019, she led the company in launching FASHCON, an industry conference.
She hosts the podcast “A Seat at the Table” featuring industry experts and thought leaders.
Ms. Singer is a featured expert speaker at prominent trade fairs, industry events and corporate meetings around the world.
She also serves as a consultant to several leading apparel and textile companies, helping them to identify new opportunities and supporting them with sales and market development.
Ms. Singer is a graduate of Vassar College with a degree in Economics.
Researcher & Designer
Charlotte McCurdy is an award winning interdisciplinary designer and researcher who works at the intersection of technology, futuring, and existential threats. Her work on carbon-negative materials, “After Ancient Sunlight,” debuted as part of “Nature — The Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.”
Fast Company selected it as the winner in the Experimental category in the 2019 Innovation by Design Awards and her work has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Wallpaper, Dezeen, NowThis, Buzzfeed, and beyond. Based in New York City, McCurdy is a partner of the One X One initiative with the support of Swarovski, the UN Office for Partnerships and the Slow Factory Foundation; a member of the New Museum’s cultural incubator, NEW INC with the support of Science Sandbox; and a member of Alternative Thinkers, a collective of change-making designers.
She is a 2019 PopTech Fellow, a 2020 Dezeen Awards long-listed Emerging Designer of the Year, and a co-founder of cofutures, a platform for futurist creatives focused on directly impacting the world around them. She is a visiting professor at the Rhode Island School of Design where she previously served as the inaugural Global Security Fellow with the support of the MacArthur Foundation.
She holds a Master of Industrial Design from RISD, and a Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs from Yale University.
Daily Mail US Style Director & DailyMailTV Correspondent
Pandora Amoratis is the Daily Mail’s US Style Director. In this role, she creates original fashion content for the site and makes regular appearances on DailyMailTV to discuss top trends and news. Prior to joining Dailymail.com, she held the position of Style Director at OK! Magazine for five years.
Pandora began her career at Cosmopolitan magazine where she was assistant to the fashion editor. After honing her skills at Cosmo, she moved on to become an assistant editor at SELF magazine where she produced and styled numerous fashion photo shoots.
Deciding to strike out on her own, Pandora dedicated her talents to a variety of top magazines including In Style, Glamour and In Touch where she worked with celebrities like Kerry Washington, Jordana Brewster, Adriana Lima, Jewel, Zendaya Coleman and Taryn Manning.
Pandora’s impeccable eye for all things style coupled with an easy-going personality have made her a leading industry expert. And her personable and gracious approach to her profession and her love of fashion have secured her a spot as a sought-after specialist. A self-professed Instagram fanatic, you can follow her at (@pandoraAmoratis).
Junior Reporter, Executive Lifestyle at Business Insider
Dominic-Madori is a junior reporter at Business Insider, where she covers luxury and all-things Gen-Z. She has written about luxury fashion, style, art, and design, contributed to New York Fashion week coverage, covered topics such as sustainability in retail, and what the latest trends are among the high-spenders. As a Gen Z member herself, she covers the lifestyle and business endeavors of the “TikTok” generation — from the rise of their consulting firms, to the state of their mental health amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Beauty Editor, The Zoe Report
Khalea Underwood is Beauty Editor of The Zoe Report. She writes, edits, reports, and conceptualizes features and photoshoots on all things hair, makeup, skincare, nails, and fragrance. You can catch her lurking backstage at international fashion weeks, picking up tips from artists and assistants or cornering models about their favorite SPF moisturizers. A proud graduate of Howard University, Khalea’s bylines have also appeared on Refinery29, Us Weekly, College Candy, MTV, and the New York Daily News.
She earned a Webby Awards 2019 nomination for Best Use Of Photography for a Refinery29 feature on the beauty of natural hair. When she’s not swatching products or tweaking her four-step skincare routine, she enjoys decorating her new apartment, reading, shopping, and spending time with her family. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @letsbeKHAlear.
Senior Vice President, Merchandise & Design, White House Black Market
Kirsten Bowen is Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Design at White House Black Market. Ms. Bowen rejoined the Company in September 2019 (previously with the brand from 2005-2008) and is a 35-year retail industry veteran. In her current role, she is responsible for the vision, strategy and tactics of the product assortment and growth of the brand.
Prior to joining White House Black Market, Ms. Bowen served as EVP, GMM of Merchandising, Planning, Marketing and Digital at JackRabbit. Previously, she held various leadership roles within merchandising at Anthropologie, Limited Brands and Holt Renfrew.
Ms. Bowen received her degree in Fashion Merchandising from Ryerson University. She currently resides in Naples, Florida with her husband and three children, and has a passion for distance running.
Founder & Managing Partner, Reformation Partners
Formerly Vice President at FirstMark Capital where he focused on consumer & enterprise investing for five years. Prior to FirstMark, David worked in the capital markets at Goldman Sachs. He graduated as Valedictorian and Summa Cum Laude from Dartmouth College. David shares his thoughts on his blog.
Vice President, Victress Capital
Madeline Keulen leads consumer investments at Victress Capital, a Boston-based early-stage venture capital firm whose portfolio includes Daily Harvest, Alyce, Rae Wellness, Summersalt, and Vincere. Prior to Victress, Madeline worked at Oliver Wyman, where she advised some of the world’s largest firms on growth, pricing, and post-merger integration.
Madeline is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is actively involved in organizations that support inclusion and diversity including Subiendo Academy, Forte Foundation, and Jump Start and currently serves on the boards of the HBS Association of Boston, Synergist, and Crimson Bikes.
Staff Writer, TIME
Raisa Bruner is a writer, reporter, producer and cultural critic. As a staff writer with TIME Magazine for over four years, Raisa has published work on the culture, entertainment and business industries, conducting interviews with global stars like BTS, Lizzo, Dua Lipa, Barbra Streisand, Paris Hilton and Yo-Yo Ma and helping produce the weekly TIME100 Talks virtual event series. She approaches journalism as a way to share fresh perspectives and explore the intersection of technology, identity and culture.
Prior to TIME, Raisa wrote for Business Insider, directed marketing at a tech start-up and managed brand social media strategy at an agency. She studied cultural anthropology at Yale University and lives in New York City, although her roots are in southern California.
Editor, Beauty & Influencers, WWD
Alexa Tietjen is a writer and video producer specializing in prestige beauty and influencers. She graduated from Boston College in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and, against all odds, landed a job at VH1.com writing about popular music.
She joined WWD’s Eye desk in 2016 and switched to the beauty beat in 2018. You can usually (always) find her at her desk, but if not, she is probably memorizing Bretman Rock’s YouTube page, tweeting about Rihanna or checking her horoscope.
Vice President of Brand, People and Culture at Mara Hoffman
Céline is the Vice President of Brand, People and Culture at Mara Hoffman and joined the company in 2015 after a 10 year career with CNN International as a global senior executive overseeing the Africa portfolio. Since joining the contemporary womenswear brand, Céline has concentrated on organizational improvement, and leads partnerships focused on social engagement and community organizing, while building out the company’s sustainability framework.
Having co-founded the New York Fashion Workforce Development Coalition and the Women in Sustainability Business Coalition, Céline also sits on the Board of the Women’s Prison Association, the Corporate Executive Council of Custom Collaborative, the Advisory Council of the social enterprise program the New Standard Institute, and is a member of Maestra, a women-led creative, social impact strategy company.