Brian Paul Franklin, Freelance

Brian Paul Franklin is a contemporary Designer with a high taste level and track record of delivering innovative products. He embraces cross-functional team dynamics, and the importance of aligning on calendar. He is a creative and strategic thinker with experience in product development, and team and project leadership. He enjoys calendar/SKU planning, budgeting, vintage/trend research, hand sketching/illustration. He has experience …

BRIDGET LAVERY-PALMIER

Bridget Lavery-Palmieri is currently a member of the faculty at Parson’s School of Design in NYC in the Fashion Marketing Department. She is also the founder and principal of fashion retail marketing consultancy, BLP Consulting.   As an accomplished, retail executive with strong team management, merchandising, analytical and negotiating skills, Bridget has spent much of her career managing cross-functional teams …

Brien Buckman, MasterCard

Brien works at MasterCard where he is responsible for API product management, startup/developer relations and community in NYC. Brien works at MasterCard where he is responsible for API product management, startup/developer relations and community in NYC. Previously, he was responsible for sourcing global partnership, investment, and acquisition opportunities at MasterCard; he founded, grew and sold a company; he worked for …

Caryn-Neary

Caryn Neary, Bene Rialto

Caryn Neary is the CEO and founder of Bene Rialto, an innovative incubator and launch platform for fashion start-ups. A serial entrepreneur Caryn founded several businesses prior to Bene Rialto including PopShops, where she created multichannel mobile shopping experiences for emerging designers and Enspire consulting, a strategic growth firm for emerging brands in the luxury market. Her twenty five years …

Cheryl Solomon, Self-Employed

Most recently, Cheryl Solomon was the Chief Legal Officer of TOMS Shoes, advising the business on global legal issues and ethics and compliance on both the commercial and the giving side of the business. Prior to that, she was global General Counsel for Gucci Group, which included the Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Sergio Rossi, Boucheron, and …

Christian Busch, Indiegogo

Christian Busch brings a unique combination of experience and knowledge in the areas of digital content, online marketing & advertising and online transactional businesses (e-commerce, marketplaces, subscriptions). During his 15 years of leadership in the sector, Christian has developed deep operational expertise in digital content (video distribution and monetization), marketing (customer acquisition, conversion optimization, retention, CRM), advertising (brand and performance …

Chris Fortunato, KEC Ventures

Chris Fortunato has been in the venture capital industry for almost four years. As a seed investor he is focused on bringing products to market and keenly assessing market feedback in addition to building a business’ operation made to endure growth and flexibility. He spends most of his time focusing on ecommerce and digital media but closely tracks marketplaces, vertical-specific …

Crystal Ung, Saks

Crystal Ung has a breadth of retail experience having spent time at Amazon, J.Crew, the CFDA, and Chanel. She served as a consultant to the CMO of J.Crew where she worked on complex, cross-functional strategy and marketing projects in loyalty, retail, and customer engagement. She is currently the Director of Marketing and Customer Analytics at Saks Off 5th. Crystal holds …

Dave Weiner

Dave has deep experience with apparel, footwear, accessories, and luxury, having covered those sectors as a senior equity research analyst at Deutsche Bank. His industry expertise includes company financials and strategic initiatives, product trends, and shifting consumer preferences. In particular, Dave is interested in key themes including the integration of technology within new business ideas, the power of brands versus …

Deepak Rajegowda, Bombay Electric

Deepak Rajegowda is co-founder and CEO of Bombay Electric, India’s leading concept store for directional fashion & design. He is an active entrepreneur, investor and advisor with over 15 years of global experience developing disruptive technologies, consumer brands & retail concepts. Deepak received his MBA from London Business School and BA in History of Science from Harvard University.