Board Of Directors

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A first generation American, born to English and Turkish parents, Dee Hilfiger grew up in Rhode Island. While still in high school, Dee was discovered by a modeling scout. She eventually signed with the iconic Ford Modeling Agency and moved to Paris. While there Dee discovered her passion for global travel, which would continue to inspire and influence all elements of her life. After years spent exploring the world, Dee focused inwards. Motherhood became her priority as she raised two sons in Monaco with her first husband. In 2006, Dee met Tommy Hilfiger. What started as a long-distance friendship grew and the two eventually married. In 2009, Dee and Tommy welcomed their son Sebastian, the youngest of their combined seven children.

Building upon her international aesthetic, Dee Hilfiger was soon ready to take the next step in her career. Combining her unique style with her husband’s innate business sensibility, Dee launched The Dee Ocleppo brand. Dee’s immersion in the world of fashion during her time as a model and her life with fashion icon and legend Tommy Hilfiger have served as significant influences throughout the brand’s launch and evolution. Dee is the creative and stylistic source for Dee Ocleppo and continues to draw inspiration from her family life and the places she has traveled. Along with her creativity and strong design aesthetic, Dee brings an inherent understanding of versatile luxury and how it translates to every part of a woman’s life.

Melisa Goldie is the Chief Marketing Officer of Calvin Klein, Inc., overseeing all global consumer-facing marketing initiatives for the iconic $8 billion lifestyle brand.

Ms. Goldie is responsible for consumer engagement, media planning and buying, as well as, public relations and social media across Calvin Klein, Inc.’s owned and licensed businesses. She also leads the company’s in-house ad agency and creative studio.

Hired by the company’s founder in 2001, Ms. Goldie has risen through the organization, first as a key member of Mr. Klein’s team, before ultimately assuming his role as the brand’s creative marketing leader. She began as Vice President of Broadcast & Print Production for CRK Advertising, and in 2009, was named as the company’s Executive Vice President & Chief Creative Officer. Ms. Goldie was appointed to the role of Chief Marketing Officer, a newly created position at the organization, in October 2014.
Under Ms. Goldie’s guidance, the brand has moved dramatically and memorably into the digital age with the creation of #mycalvins, the critically acclaimed interactive social media campaign that establishes real-time connections with core consumers and has created thousands of brand evangelists. In 2015, she led the decision to feature Justin Bieber in the global multi-media advertising campaign for Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein Underwear, which has already lifted consumer engagement with the brand to historic levels.

Ms. Goldie graduated with honors from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography and Art Education. She resides in Brooklyn, New York with her family.

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Adam Glassman has been Creative Director of O, The Oprah Magazine since 2000, overseeing O’s fashion, beauty and style pages and is involved in all aspects of the magazine’s cover shoots. He pioneered the idea of using real women in O’s fashion pages and his column, “Adam Says,” has been fielding questions from O readers on a wide range of fashion topics since 2007. In 2013, Glassman debuted ‘Why It’s Worth It,’ a full page dedicated to featuring higher price point items, while teaching the reader “why it’s worth” the investment.

He has translated Oprah’s personal sensibility and world-famous brand into a strong and compelling visual statement by creating bold, lush, colorful, and exciting visual images that reflect Oprah’s style.

Adam has developed a strong network of relationships with A-List publicists, agents, and managers in order to secure a celebrity presence in the magazine and collaborates with the OWN network to create synergy between the magazine and the Oprah.com website.

 Glassman is currently the resident style correspondent for ExtraTV, reporting on award show red carpets and sharing his expertise, style, and wit for millions of viewers. He can also be seen regularly on ABC’s Good Morning America and The View, as well as other national television shows.

He is an ASME award winner for O at Home magazine, and an Emmy award winner for his work on ExtraTV.

Prior to joining O, Glassman was a Contributing Editor to House & Garden and Style Director at SELF magazine. He has also worked as a freelance stylist and Art Director for clients including GAP, Ethan Allen, Spanish Vogue, Saks Fifth Avenue and London Fog to name a few.  Glassman is a native New Yorker and currently lives in Manhattan.

Serge Normant, renowned hairstylist, has created an eponymous line of transformative hair care and styling products that make vibrantly healthy hair and heart- stopping glamour achievable for every woman.

Transforming a woman from her everyday appearance into something magical is a dream that Serge Normant turns into reality using hair as the medium. Serge has worked his magic for some of the world’s most beautiful women including Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore and Sarah Jessica Parker, as well as supermodels Gisele Bundchen, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford to name just a few. On the covers of top global fashion magazines and down countless red carpets and catwalks, Serge has showcased his enviable ability to manipulate tresses from everyday looks into elegant and sophisticated styles to the most avant-garde and glamorous.

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Mara Hoffman founded her eponymous label in the year 2000, directly after graduating from Parsons School of Design in New York City. Privately owned since then, the lifestyle brand now encompasses Women’s Ready to Wear, Swimwear, Childrenswear, Bridal and Active.
Historically known for her signature prints and silhouettes, Hoffman’s compass of late points toward simpler, textural pieces that accentuate the female form, highlighting powerful feminine aesthetics. Hoffman, both the company’s President and Creative Director, is a true, living embodiment of her designs, taking inspiration from her own travels around the world as well as the beauty in everyday experiences. Headquartered in New York City with her close-knit team, Hoffman believes strongly in mindful and conscious practices, which are at the crux of the company’s ethos.

Known in the industry as “The Cool Hunter,” fashion stylist and Brooklyn mom Jessica Richards is a California native who looks like a surfer girl but with a downtown edge. She founded Shen in 2010 after a calamity with a face cream sent her up to Smith and Court Streets in search of a suitable replacement. Coming up empty handed with the realization that there was “no beauty in Brooklyn,” the idea of Shen was born. What began as a neighborhood haven for undiscovered, organic lines and exclusive British imports soon started attracting consumers from Manhattan, Europe, Asia and beyond.

Jessica is renowned in the industry for her considered, relevant curation, and has been featured in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Interview, Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, The Huffington Post and Goop. “I think that fashion and beauty are very much the same – people want something special, they want to feel cool – like they have a gem, and then they tell their friends about it,” she says. “I love hunting for cool brands and supporting the people behind them.

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Stacy London is one of America’s foremost fashion experts. She is best known as the co-host of TLC’s hugely popular show, What Not to Wear for 10 years, and most recently hosted 3 seasons of Love Lust or Run. She’s also a style contributor on Rachael Ray.

From 2005 – 2010, Stacy joined The Today Show on NBC as a style correspondent and has regularly appeared on Access Hollywood.  Prior to her career in television, she worked at Vogue Magazine as a fashion assistant and later returned to Conde Nast as the senior fashion editor at Mademoiselle.  Stacy has styled fashion photo-shoots and fashion shows, as well as dressing many celebrities over the years.

Her first book, which concentrates on style by body type, entitled Dress Your Best, was published to stellar reviews.  Her second book, The Truth About Style, a New York Times bestseller, is both a memoir and a style guide. In The Truth About Style, Stacy shares her story and focuses on the healing power of personal style and using that expertise to overcome past problems.

Stacy has appeared on numerous national talk and news shows. In addition, she has been an expert contributor in countless magazines and newspapers. Stacy speaks at public events and has appeared at ones such as Starwood Hotels, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Oprah University (O You!), Harvard University, Mount Sinai and the 92nd Street Y.

Described As “One Of The Greatest Jewelry Designers Of The 21st Century”, Alexis Bittar Went From Hawking His Wares On The Streets Of New York, To Selling His Eponymous Jewelry Collections In More Than 34 Countries Around The Globe.  Alexis Bittar is the CEO and Creative Designer of the eponymous jewelry company, best known for his signature Lucite bangles and high fashion runway collaborations. In 2004, Bittar was named the “Rising Star of the Year” by the prestigious Accessories Council of Excellence (ACE). In 2010, he won the CFDA Accessory Designer of the Year award. In November 2014, Bittar received the ACE Award for Brand of the Year.

At age ten, Bittar began selling flowers from a hand-painted cart near his home in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn. As a teenager, he sold antique jewelry and vintage clothing on St. Mark’s Street in New York City. Once, as a birthday present, Bittar’s parents purchased him $300 worth of vintage jewelry that he then used as the seedlings of his nascent commercial operation. Bittar discovered the New York club scene while attending the Bronx High School of Science, which fueled his interest in fashion and design.

Bittar briefly attended State University of New York at Albany, but dropped out during his second semester. When he returned to New York, Bittar continued to party and supported himself selling antique jewelry and vintage clothing on the streets of lower Manhattan.

Using Lucite and semi-precious stones and metals, Bittar began selling handmade pieces on the streets of Soho. In 1992, Dawn Mello, the fashion director of Bergdorf Goodman agreed to carry his designs, followed by Saks Fifth Avenue, the Museum of Modern Art and Harrods.

In 1998, Bittar launched the first of what would become many designer collaborations, working with Burberry, the British luxury fashion house. Bittar designed Burberry’s first ready-to-wear jewelry collection, interpreting their trademark plaid onto Lucite. Subsequent collaborations include legendary stylist and costume designer Patricia Field for Sex and the City, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Estee Lauder Michael Kors, Jason Wu, Jeremy Scott, Michael Angel and Phillip Lim.[1]

In 2004, the first Alexis Bittar boutique opened on Broome Street in New York City. A second Manhattan location was opened in 2008, soon followed by two more. Today, there are a total of ten Alexis Bittar boutiques throughout the United States.

Michelle Obama regularly chooses to wear Alexis Bittar pieces.

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Amanda Ross is an internationally renowned fashion director, stylist, costume designer, and consultant for brands, film, television as well as designers.

ARossGirl.com shares the life of Amanda Ross, the quintessential Upper East Side Bohemian, inviting the audience into her world: global and chic, sophisticated and effortless.

Amanda draws inspiration from ARossGirl from years of expertise as a renowned editorial fashion director, stylist, costume designer and consultant for celebrities, film, and TV series. She is known for her elegant eye, refined by her global travels and her special penchant for locating the unique and extraordinary. For the first time, ARossGirl is excited to share her eye through her own platform, which serves as an online magazine and a place to view her carefully curated collection of jewelry, clothing and accessories.

As the creative force behind Stella & Dot, Blythe Harris has built a world class team of designers and merchants in both our New York and Sausalito based design studios. Recipient of FGI’s Rising Star Award for Accessories, the ACE (Accessories Council) Award for Retail Innovation, and the Drapers Accessories Designer of the Year Award in the UK, Blythe’s leadership has helped grow Stella & Dot into a global brand. Originally inspired by her grandmother Dot’s vintage jewelry box, Blythe’s creative vision mixes the beauty of vintage design and craftsmanship with the modern aesthetic and versatility of today’s stylish woman. Blythe’s design experience is truly global, ranging from working with local artisans in India and Ecuador to the fashion houses in Paris. As an artist in residence of the prestigious Parson’s School of Design/Paris, Blythe studied sculpture and accessories design. Upon returning to her native New York, she pocketed an MBA from Columbia and was identified as a rising star at LVMH. At Banana Republic, she led the dramatic growth of the jewelry department. Her entrepreneurial leanings arose at an early age. While many college grads were mastering the art of the interview, Blythe was launching Primordial Toys, makers of the award-winning Zoob. Above all, she is a fearless innovator and inspired collaborator who puts the style in Stella & Dot.

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Kate Doerge is a public relations powerhouse. 

As a Partner in Fleishman-Hillard Inc., one of the world’s leading public relations firms, Kate oversees each of its five divisions: Fashion, Beauty & Wellness, Accessories, Culture & Lifestyle, and Special Projects.  She works closely with a wide array of top tier brands including Estee Lauder, H&M, Kate Spade, Tag Heuer, and MAC Cosmetics.

Kate has a reputation for delivering what clients value most: meaningful, positive, and measurable impact on the performance of their brands.  She recently shepherded the launch of Lane Bryant’s provocative #imnoangel campaign, celebrating women of all shapes and sizes.  Women across the country instantly seized on the trending hashtag, posting their own photos and declarations with #imnoangel.  Kate’s effort engendered more than 19 billion media impressions and effectively changed the conversation about body positivity.

Kate graduated with Honors from Hamilton College with degrees in Art History and Spanish in 1996. Immediately following her graduation, she joined Paul Wilmot Communications as an assistant and was consistently promoted to senior agency positions before being named a Partner in 2007. In 2008, PWC was acquired by Fleishman-Hillard Inc..

In 2015, after 6 years as a Board member, Kate was appointed Vice Chair of the Board of Advisors of the Hospital for Special Surgery, the country’s top ranked hospital for orthopedics and rheumatology. She sits on the HSS Pediatric Council and Raising Awareness sub-committee as well as the Development Committee.  For the past 8 years, Kate has Co-Chaired HSS’s largest and most successful fundraiser for the Pediatric Pavilion to date, raising more than xx million dollars to date.

Kate’s additional philanthropic interests include membership on The Associates Committee of Memorial Sloan Kettering as well as Board member of the Glen Cove Girls and Boys Club.

Kate lives in Glen Cove, NY with her husband, Chad and three children, Henry, Penny and Frankie, all of whom are grateful patients of HSS.

Richard E. Farley advises and represents some of the world’s leading commercial and investment banks in sophisticated and complex domestic and international financing transactions, in particular leveraged buyout financings, recapitalizations and refinancings. Mr. Farley’s work on behalf of these clients includes syndicated financing transactions and private placements, acquisition financing, asset-based financing, first and second lien debt transactions, high-yield debt issuances, loan assignments and participations, and project finance.

Among his most notable work, Mr. Farley represents global banking and finance companies in numerous transactions, most recently including as lead arrangers, lenders and the administrative agent in a $4.3 billion senior secured term loan and a $750 million senior secured ABL facility; as lead arrangers in connection with a $1.16 billion acquisition financing; and as the administrative and collateral agent, and lead arrangers, in connection with the financing for a $3.75 billion acquisition of offshore oil and gas assets.

In addition to his work on behalf of clients, Mr. Farley dedicates significant time to civic and community organizations. He serves as the Chair of the board of directors of the Allison Gertz Foundation, which provides AIDS education to children and young adults in New York City, and as member of the board of directors of The Common Good, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization dedicated to finding common ground and encouraging civic engagement essential for a thriving democracy. He is also a member of the board of directors of Re-Act to Film, an organization that leverages the best documentary filmmaking to promote social responsibility and spark civic engagement through its educational programs in high schools and colleges across the country, and a member of the Committee on Film of the Museum of Modern Art.

Mr. Farley is the author of Wall Street Wars – The Epic Battles with Washington that Created the Modern Financial System, a book on the creation of modern financial regulation during President Franklin Roosevelt’s first term of office. In 2012, he received Bloomberg BNA’s Burton Award for Legal Achievement, Best Law Firm Writers.

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Erica Roseman is a Founding Partner of the New York based public relations and marketing firm Company Agenda, where she  directs its fashion division, manages company operations and spearheads campaigns for a broad range of clientele from luxury to contemporary to corporate.  Erica started her career in the public relations department of Barneys New York where she worked for six years.  Prior to founding Company Agenda, she was Director of Special Projects for Hachette Filipacchi Magazines.

Additionally, Erica is a freelance writer who contributes to CFDA The Impression, the blog Exposed Zippers, and co-authored Twinkle’s Big City Knits with fashion designer Wenlan Chia. In 2014, Erica was named Entrepreneur of the Year by FGI: Fashion Group International, where she serves as Co-Director of the Regional Conference.  She is also a member of the High School of Fashion Industries Advisory Board.

Ellen Maguire, Senior Vice President, International Beauty, has over 15 years’ experience creating high-impact strategic communications programs for leading international brands. Currently, Ellen leads the global beauty division of leading luxury communications firm Karla Otto having successfully established the division in the US, UK, France, Italy, Germany, HK and mainland China. Ellen previously served as Director, International Marketing and Communications for Tommy Hilfiger where she led the execution of fashion and corporate public relations efforts across Asia, Mexico, Latin America, India and Australia. Ellen served as Vice President, Global Communications at Aveda (The Estee Lauder Companies) where she oversaw 18+ markets. Ellen began her beauty PR career at Revlon, Inc., and her initial foray into communications was as Director, Corporate Communications and Special Projects for Ralph Lauren.  Giving back is in Ellen’s DNA as she joined her parents and siblings in volunteering for environmental and social causes from a very young age.  Her passions include Glam4Good, the Humane Society and a variety of community service opportunities in and around New York City.  A global traveller Ellen also seeks out ways to bring joy to others while exploring new countries.

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Rob is an investor and advisor to 40+ startups in the technology, marketing, organic food, beverage, fashion and lifestyle spaces. Rob is also an investor and mentor at Boomtown, an AdTech and HealthTech startup accelerator, as well as SecureSet, a startup accelerator and coding school focused on Cyber Security. He is also a mentor at Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network.

Rob is currently co-creating “17Solutions”, a radical new social impact business accelerator. 17Solutions, in partnership with multinational corporations, NGOs, non-profits, governments and universities, will help launch startups that capitalize on new marketplace opportunities that scale solutions solving the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Rob also co-founded COMMON, a unique Social Venture launchpad and consultancy, which encourages start-ups and mid-stage companies to develop new enterprises addressing social issues and challenges, all under the aegis of a shared, collaborative brand.

He also co-founded FearLess, a strategic communications consultancy, that is igniting a movement for new capitalism among global enterprises. Later Fearless became Fearless Unlimited, the first social impact agency of its kind, in partnership with Disney and Univision.

From 2010 to 2015, Rob was also a Chief Advisor to Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, which he helped name, brand and re-position, as a global thought leadership and climate action organization.

 Rob Schuham was a Founding Partner of Undercurrent where he consulted with global, complex corporations and nonprofits on far-reaching digital strategy and organizational transformation, helping them become more agile and responsive to a new 21st century landscape.  His clients included GE, American Express, Estee Lauder, Ford, AB InBev, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Communities-in-Schools and many others. Rob sold Undercurrent in 2015.

Rob was also a founder and CEO of Action Marketing, a 20-yr old award-winning experiential and digital agency, concepting and executing what’s never been done before for brands such as adidas, Nike, Ford, Nissan, McLaren, Clif Bar, PepsiCo, Progressive Insurance, Dole, the NBA, Heineken, Moet Hennessy and many others. Rob sold Action Marketing to Toronto-based Match Marketing Group in 2012.