the world’s most fascinating leaders from the retail, beauty, and technology industries.
JUV has worked with over 20 Fortune 500 companies, has been profiled by the New York Times, and has launched major purpose-driven TikTok campaigns. Because of JUV, Ziad was named to the 2019 Forbes #30Under30 list when he was just 19-years-old.
Recently graduating from Yale, Ziad is the Founder of Redefy, a youth-run non-profit committed to furthering equality. He speaks often on the power of his generation, and seeks to use his voice to push the envelope forward wherever/however possible. Overwhelmingly though, he’s just another Gen Z'er spending way too much time on TikTok. You can learn more about him via @ziadahmed.
Amanda is a veteran of the beauty industry, and before joining Supergoop!, she was a member of the operating team at L Catterton, led the omnichannel marketing strategy of Dior Beauty at LVMH, Inc. and held several positions at Clinique, a part of The Estee Lauder Companies.
Amanda earned an A.B. magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and an M.B.A. with honors from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Palmer Scholar.
Amanda was recently named one of the top 25 Women in Consumer HealthTech and a Woman of Influence by the New York Business Journal.
Amanda lives in Manhattan with her husband and eight-year-old son.
New York native Ms. Bendet founded alice + olivia in 2002 with the quest to create the perfect pair of pants. Shortly after launch, Andrew Rosen joined as a partner. Since then, the company has grown into a lifestyle brand, including ready-to-wear, gowns, shoes, handbags, all while empowering women with the company run by women, for women.
Stacey Bendet is also a wife and mother of three daughters who makes supporting charity endeavors a priority in her personal and professional activities.
She is a member of the board of trustees for GOOD+ Foundation, Jay H. Baker Retailing Center of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and supporter of the Ronald McDonald House.
MaryLeigh has worked with a range of Fortune 500 brands, and has been quoted as a youth insights authority by publications including The New York Times, Digiday, Business Insider, and Adweek. She has appeared as a Gen Z and Millennial expert on Bloomberg News, Fortune, and NPR Marketplace, and been a speaker at many off-sites and conferences.
MaryLeigh's interest in youth culture originated from her love of YA literature and pop culture anthropology, and she is continuing her passion for decoding and demystifying the next generations of consumers at YPulse.
Leading the strategic and creative engine of AE, Craig's mission is to simultaneously build the brand, customer base and business while positioning AE at the heart of youth culture and digital innovation. Since joining AE, Craig has led successful partnerships with Tik Tok, Snap, and Twitch placing the brand at the fingertips of Gen Z.
Craig's passion for purpose is rooted in research, ensuring alignment with what his customers care most about. Craig has supported partnerships with Bring Change 2 Mind, Surfrider, and America's Food Fund. Most notably, Craig spearheaded Gap's RED campaign to increase awareness and inspire action toward fighting against AIDS. Craig's ability to cultivate success driven global teams is a result of his relationship driven approach to leadership. Previously, Craig served as Global Marketing Executive for Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Calvin Klein.
Craig resides in Connecticut with his wife and two daughters.
Liberare recently rasied $1m from the British Fashion Council as their first investment with other investors including Steph Korey (co-founder of Away) and Michelle Kennedy (founder of Peanut).
In August, Liberare launched its collaboration with Aerie to bring adaptive intimates to the Aerie community.
Liberare has been featured in Vogue Business, Glamour, Forbes, and Cosmopolitan.
Coles is the former Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines, where she was responsible for 300 magazines globally. She sits on the boards of Snap Inc., Sonos and Bark and is a director of private tech companies Density and Grover and the nonprofit Women Entrepreneurs New York City.
The British-born editor moved to the U.S. in 1997 as New York Bureau Chief for The Guardian, before becoming New York Bureau Chief for The Times of London. She joined Hearst in 2006 as Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire, where she co-produced the Style Network’s unscripted show Running in Heels. Coles was also the on-air mentor for Project Runway All Stars. She was named Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan, the world’s largest women’s media brand, in 2012. Coles also was the executive producer of the unscripted series So Cosmo on E! in 2017.
An internationally recognized fashion leader and tastemaker, Ken spent most of his career at leading retailer Neiman Marcus as Senior Vice President/Fashion Director, overseeing the fashion direction and image of the company. A front row fixture, he has a keen sense of trends and style, with the ability to anticipate the consumer’s desires before fashion’s newest ideas go mainstream. Ken presently serves on the boards of the FIT Museum and Delivering Good.
Ken has homes in Dallas, New York City and Detroit, where he is currently renovating a 1917 historic property. An avid art collector and patron, he is also a collector of mid-century and architect-designed furniture.
Bubble’s passionate community of Gen Z consumers led Shai to develop formulations that are both accessibly priced and incredibly effective. This winning combination has turned Bubble into one of the fastest growing skincare lines ever, evolving from a DTC-only brand at launch two years ago to disrupting the shelves of 3900 Walmart stores and 4100 CVS stores nationwide today.
VP of Content, Retail Touchpoints
In her work, she has interviewed some of the top C-level executives from retail brands and tech companies, and has recently focused on analyzing some key trends in social commerce, new media and community-driven store experiences.
Ariana grew up in Michigan, where she originally learned to ski. Upon moving to Colorado, she was incredibly frustrated by the lackluster outdoor apparel industry, specifically due to its lack of focus on women.
Prior to starting Halfdays, Ariana was working closely with Fortune 100 retailers, helping them leverage big data to make strategic decisions. Ariana's retail consulting and analytics background led her to identifying the major opportunity in the ski wear market to build an authentic brand by and for women.
Hyman has interviewed newsmakers as varied as Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg, NBA star Kevin Love and Vista Equity Partners Founder and CEO Robert F. Smith.
Before joining Yahoo Finance in 2018, Hyman worked at Bloomberg Television in roles including senior markets correspondent, anchor and retail reporter. She originally joined Bloomberg in its Paris bureau, reporting on European stocks.
Hyman began her career at the Washington Times. She grew up outside Baltimore and attended Randolph-Macon College.
Under Jennifer’s leadership, WSI launched the first Fair Trade-Certified factory program in home retail and was a founding partner of the Nest Standard for Ethical Handcraft. Today, she is building on Williams-Sonoma, Inc.’s leadership in responsible materials and ethical production to launch a comprehensive climate strategy, including the announcement of the company’s Science-Based Target for carbon reduction across the entire value chain. These efforts have earned WSI a spot on Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies list for 5 years running.
Prior, Jennifer spent more than a decade with nonprofits and social enterprises in New York, Nicaragua, and India, working within design-driven industries to create impact through supply chain innovation.
Jennifer is an Aspen Institute First Movers fellow and an advisor to NYU Stern’s Center for Sustainable Business.
Henna & Hijabs partnered with retail giant Nordstrom to launch the retailer’s first-ever line of hijabs. This partnership was one of the first of its kind for any retailer in the U.S. Since partnering with Nordstrom, Hilal has been named to Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list, Twin Cities Business 100 People to Know in 2022 and a global list of 100 Muslim Startups to Watch in 2022.
A medical professional by training, she also serves on the board for the Park Nicollet Foundation, and currently lives in Minnetonka, MN.
Prior to joining Coach, Klein served as Vice President of Ecommerce at L’Oréal USA’s Luxe division, where she oversaw Lancome.com and drove triple-digit year-over-year growth while maintaining P&L and financial accountability across sales, inventory, DC and supply chain operations, media activations, SEO, CRM and loyalty. She previously worked at Gilt Groupe for six years, initially as a buyer before being named Director of Site Merchandising and then Product Lead.
Prior to that, Klein founded and served as managing partner of Presse Productions, through which she launched an online luxury fashion boutique and created pioneering web content while building relationships with prestigious fashion brands in the US and Europe. She began her career working as a Senior Fashion Editor for Hearst and Condé Nast, developing content for publications that included Cosmopolitan, Seventeen and Self. Klein holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Rutgers University and an AAS in Fashion Merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
For 22 years of his life, Mayen lived in a refugee camp in northern Uganda. A few years back, Mayen saw a laptop computer at a registration station for the refugee camp. He told his mother he wanted one. She saved money for three years to get the $300 to buy it for him. He discovered Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and the joy of playing at an internet cafe. He regularly walked three-hours to get to the internet cafe to charge his computer and play games.
As a child born in a violent war, Mayen thought about how to create a game that could inspire peace. He taught himself to make games and formed his own company, Junub Games. Based on the realization games can be helpful and a powerful tool to bridge communities together and contribute for peace and conflict resolution. Lual started making a video game for his country, so video games could divert their minds from destructive activities. His first game, Salaam (an Arabic word that means peace), is about protecting communities from being destroyed. It was a 10-megabit mobile game, but he could only distribute it via Bluetooth networking. It spread in a viral way.
A conference organizer at A Maze discovered Lual's game, tracked him down, and asked him to speak at a conference on games in South Africa.
Since 2014, she has led the marketing team for Aerie, a $1.4B lifestyle intimates and activewear brand that is a pioneer in the body positivity and women’s empowerment movement through #AerieREAL. Her expertise in driving customer connections through innovative and authentic experiences has empowered women around the world to love their real selves.
In her current role as SVP - Aerie Marketing, Stacey is responsible for customer engagement strategies, overseeing all creative, public relations, social media, multi-channel direct and store visual marketing, and activations.
Her team’s passion is to challenge the fashion industry and beauty norms by creating a supportive community for the millions of customers they serve.
In 2021, Stacey was named to the inaugural TikTok “Culture Driver” list, highlighting the successful partnerships between brands and creators.
Before joining Condé Nast, McDowell reported for publications including W, Marie Claire, San Francisco Chronicle and Business of Fashion, and was the first technology reporter for WWD.
Mehta sits on the boards of the American Society of Magazine Editors, the Women’s Forum of New York, and Airbel Impact Lab, the research and innovation arm of the International Rescue Commission.
Mehta began her career as a business reporter at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia. She received a BA in English and an MS in journalism from Northwestern University. A Chicago-area native, she now lives with her husband and two children in Scarsdale, New York.
Hilary delivers powerful strategic direction and has a history of building some of the world's most coveted tech, luxury, and lifestyle brands. Her high-profile campaigns and content integrate digital marketing, social media, influencer programming, PR, events, advertising and thought leadership. Before Google, Hilary started YOOX.com and founded a tech & fashion PR agency, banzai!
Hilary is known for connecting companies with culture, amplifying their voice and making them truly iconic.
Maya consults a number of brands from Fortune 500 businesses to small start ups. She has received a commendation from President Barack Obama for outstanding achievement in environmental stewardship and is Oprah’s youngest Supersoul 100 entrepreneur and change maker.
Maya has been featured in Forbes, TIME, People, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, Marie Claire, The View, Grist, and more. Maya’s book You Got This (Published by Simon & Schuster) is being used in schools around the world from Cincinnati, US to Bangalore, India as curriculum to teach youth sustainable entrepreneurship.
Co-founder & co-CEO , Wondermind
She started her first company, The Newsette, as a sophomore in college, and despite not having any VC funding, seven years later The Newsette closed 2021 with $40M in sales and 8-figures of profit. This success has enabled her to invest in BIPOC brands she believes in, as well as large companies such as SpaceX, and be a part of funds like Serena Ventures.
Daniella is very open about having ADHD, OCD, and depression, and is passionate about showing the world that you can achieve success at any age, even without millions of VC dollars, while struggling with learning disabilities and mental health disorders. Her total current net worth is $230M+. She has been on the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine, and profiled in Forbes, Business Insider, USA Today, CNBC, and beyond. She also achieved the Forbes 30 Under 30 list at age 24.
One of only three U.S. gymnasts to make back-to-back teams in more than 20 years, she helped guide the team to gold and landed a silver medal performance in the All-Around competition at the 2016 Games.
A leader on and off the floor, Raisman uses her platform to help normalize the conversation around mental health, encourage positive body image and promote the importance of self-care. In her New York Times best-selling memoir, Fierce, she shares the highs and lows of her journey, including her survival of sexual abuse. Inspired by an army of survivors, Raisman continues to advocate for systematic changes within the sport of gymnastics and the eradication of sexual abuse.
Prior to founding Trove, Ruben led a number of transformational efforts at Walmart, including launching the company’s sustainability efforts and leading its global e-commerce strategy and private brand and omnichannel initiatives.
In addition to his current role at Trove, Ruben serves on the Zevia Board of Directors and the Competitive Council at Cerberus Capital Management. He holds a BS in Engineering and an MBA, both from Washington University in St. Louis.
Neha began her career at Google, where she was a Software Engineer and Tech Lead for 5 years and worked on Google AdWords and Google News. She holds an undergraduate Computer Science degree from The University of Texas at Austin and a graduate Computer Science degree from MIT.
Sadove held a series of positions of increasing responsibility with General Foods (now Kraft) and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, where he had direct responsibility for the Clairol business in the US and all of the consumer businesses in Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.
Sadove is a graduate of Hamilton College and holds an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. He is also a recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science Degree from LIM College.
Sadove currently serves on numerous community and civic boards, including those of Hamilton College, AmeriCares and the National Retail Federation (former chairman), as well as the public company boards of Colgate-Palmolive (lead director), Aramark, and Park Hotels and Resorts. He is also a founding partner of JW Levin Management Partners, a private equity firm.
Scipioni began her journalism career at Court TV before joining CBS News as a producer of The Early Show. She then returned to Court TV (now called In Session) as special projects producer, working on long-form packages and key interviews for the relaunch under CNN’s HLN brand. Scipioni then joined Bloomberg News as an international business news producer before moving to Fox Business, where she worked as a reporter covering business leaders, markets, health and environment issues, startups, politics and sports.
In her current role, as the leader of the human resources function, Theresa is responsible for linking HR strategies with organizational and departmental processes and several key organizational development initiatives including: Diversity, Recruitment and Retention Strategies, Initiating Action Learning Paradigms, Designing and Implementing Organizational Culture Shift Strategies, Management Change Initiatives, Leadership Development Initiatives, and Organizational Performance Improvement Strategies.
Theresa was profiled in Forbes Magazine regarding the diversity initiatives she has implemented as well as her philosophy surrounding the impact of a diverse workplace on the organization and the surrounding communities.