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.
As a major voting rights organizer, his social impact campaigns have reached millions featuring the likes of Vice President Al Gore, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Taylor Swift. He has written for National Geographic, PBS and the World Bank, and has been featured by Vogue, Nature and the New York Times.
Saad went to Harvard University where he studied Environmental Science and Public Policy and was a Fellow at Yale University’s Public Voices on the Climate Crisis with The OpEd Project.
As the first African-American female founder accepted by Y Combinator, Bea was named an Entrepreneur to Bet On by Newsweek Magazine and one of the 100 Most Inspirational New Yorkers by Bumble.
Ms. Arthur is the founder and CEO of The Difference, the first on-demand therapy service for in the moment issues; and co-host of Tribulations, a live comedy/therapy show with Roy Wood Jr.
Coming from a low-income, immigrant background, she found the opportunity to gain scholarship awards through competing in pageants. Then, she found her initial inspiration for starting Queenly from this unique experience and seeing so many women struggle to find and afford their dream dress for their special event. She now strives for Queenly to reflect the progressive, inclusive goals that she stands for and to be able to provide access and affordability to women everywhere.
She is also CEO and co-founder of the startup In the Loop. In the Loop is on a mission to make selling secondhand easier through a software that allows thrift/ consignment store owners and secondhand marketplace users to generate an accurate and detailed resale listing with just a picture of a garment, cutting down the time it takes to list by 80% and empowering buyers with the information they need to make a confident purchase.
In her role overseeing a bicoastal editorial newsroom in New York and Los Angeles, she is responsible for guiding content on the sector's biggest issues, from sustainability, circularity and ethical labor practices to technology, logistics, retail trends and material innovation.
Trndsttrs' client portfolio includes the likes of McDonald's, Johnson & Johnson, L'Oreal, PacSun, The North Face, California Public Utilities Commission, Los Angeles Unified School District, and more...
Prior to launching Warby Parker in 2010, Neil served as director of VisionSpring, a nonprofit social enterprise that trains low-income women to start their own businesses selling affordable eyeglasses to individuals living on less than $4 per day in developing countries. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. He serves on the boards of Allbirds, sweetgreen, and RxArt.
A native of New York City, Neil received his BA from Tufts University and his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Neil lives in Greenwich Village with his wife, Rachel, the founder and CEO of Rockets of Awesome, and their two children.
Louise is a Board Member at the Open Banking Initiative Canada and Earth Rangers and a Strategic Advisor to bciti in support of their mission to help make cities smarter. She is a mission-driven leader, an active and engaged mentor across the technology ecosystem and speaks at a wide range of industry forums on Future of Work, DE&I and Gender Equality including The Women in Retail Leadership Circle, The Retail Influencer CEO Forum, Store Operations Council keynote and The Women Leading Travel and Hospitality Summit.
Louise is a graduate of York University and resides in Toronto, Canada.
Coles is the former Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines, responsible for 300 magazines globally. She is also a director of the private tech companies Density, and Grover, Europe’s largest tech-rental platform based in Berlin, and KDC the global beauty manufacturer. And she advises the non-profit Women Entrepreneurs New York City, an initiative to expand female entrepreneurship, with a focus on underserved women and communities. In 2020 she also raised the Northern Star Special Acquisition Series, NSI merged with Bark, the dog toy and treat company.
The British-born editor moved to the U.S. in 1997 as the New York Bureau Chief for The Guardian, before becoming the New York Bureau Chief for The Times of London.
Coles joined Hearst in 2006 as editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, where she co-produced the Style Network’s unscripted show Running in Heels. She was also the on-air mentor for Project Runway AllStars. She was named editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, the world’s largest women’s media brand, in 2012. She was the executive producer of the unscripted series So Cosmo on E! in 2017.
Over the course of her career, Coles has won numerous prestigious awards for journalism and media leadership, including a Matrix Award, and a National Magazine Award for Cosmopolitan. the first in its 50 year history. She was recently described by The New York Times as “one of the most powerful people in media.”
Coles is the author of the best-selling Love Rules, published by HarperCollins, about relationships in the digital age, now being made into a TV show for FX.
She lives in Manhattan and has two sons, with the author Peter Godwin.
In May 2022, Dunn released a memoir titled Burn Rate: Launching a Startup and Losing My Mind, which explores the intersection of entrepreneurship and mental illness.
Dunn’s next business venture, called Pie, is a social media app currently in beta that aims to create more in-person, human connections.
Dunn, a graduate of Northwestern and Stanford's MBA program, also serves on the boards of Monica + Andy, an organic baby apparel company founded by his sister Monica Royer, tech social good nonprofit Raised By Us, and the Network for Executive Women.
Prior to starting Bubble in 2018, Eisenman started her B.A. at 15, and began her career in business at 16. While in university, she worked for up-and-coming high-tech security start-up, Bullet Plate, where she was responsible for new business development. Eisenman then wanted to take her experience to the tech world, where she managed compliance and Business Development for Babylon.com, a company in the AdTech world. Then, at 21, she moved to Playtech, the world’s largest online gaming software supplier traded on the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market, where she was the CEO of a B2C subsidiary of over ~90 employees.
Prior to Marimekko, Suvi-Elina worked in many corners of the design industry, from start-ups to agencies to brand-side environments within sales, marketing, and business development. This diverse experience has allowed her to build an extensive network throughout the international design and consumer goods industry across Europe, North America, and Asia, which has been an invaluable resource for understanding and addressing the challenges and opportunities that face the industry today.
Suvi-Elina graduated from Aalto University School of Business and studied circular economy at the University of Exeter.
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.
At 20, Patrick pivoted toward a value-add investment approach and created a small fund to engage the elusive and highly sought-after Gen-Z market. With an innovative process cultivated through years of firsthand experience, his incredible outreach of social media influence, and a large network of invaluable connections, Patrick has invested in a significant amount of the hottest companies in recent history and is now onto his third fund. His early investments illustrate Finnegan’s professional savvy and varied taste. They include lifestyle brands such as Starface, WinkyLux, Poppi, Augustinus Bader, Quip, PicsArt, Hims, Bumble, Parade, Owner, Public, Moov and many more.
With over 20 years of experience in the beauty industry, Jacqueline has grown and led marketing and sales operations for global beauty, health and wellness brands utilizing innovative creative and analytical strategies.
Jacqueline has a B.S. in Business & Economics Marketing from Lehigh University and sits on the Board of Seton Hall University's Stillman School of Business. Born and raised in NYC, she currently lives in Northern NJ with her husband and two children.
Fonrouge is an investigative journalist whose reporting has changed laws and garnered a series of awards. She has reported from Germany, Puerto Rico, the southern border of Mexico and just about every pocket of the U.S. She regularly speaks about her work and has appeared on CNBC, NBC News Now, NPR, Fox News, Investigation Discovery and Oxygen, among other outlets.
Giles has been named Editor of the Year by Adweek (2019) and among the Women to Watch by AdAge (2019). Under her leadership, Cosmopolitan has been celebrated as the Hottest in Fashion by Adweek (2021) and was the only media brand named to the inaugural Fast Company Brands that Matter (2021) list recognizing companies and nonprofits that continue to have an undeniable impact on business and culture.
Prior to becoming Cosmopolitan’s youngest editor-in-chief in October 2018, Giles served as the digital director of Cosmopolitan, where she led the site to its highest readership of all time. Earlier in her career, she worked as the digital director at Marie Claire, features editor at Teen Vogue and held various editorial positions at Glamour.
Emily began her career in strategy consulting working with consumer and technology clients at BCG London. More recently, she worked at Google X on a stealth fashion concept. Her work at Google made her keenly aware of the environmental impact of the fashion industry, and she focused her graduate studies at Stanford University on how the circular economy could reduce fashion’s environmental impact.
Archive, founded in 2020, works with global brands including The North Face, Oscar de la Renta, and Marimekko to build authentic resale experiences that keep clothing in wear, while simultaneously bringing brands new revenue, building customer loyalty, and driving new customer acquisition.
Emily holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and a MS MBA in Environmental Science from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
A passionate mentor and strategist, Melissa works hand-in-hand with clients to understand their greatest aspirations. She leads creative teams and delivers authentic design solutions from concept to completion, helping clients achieve their ultimate vision. An innovator at heart, she is consistently recognized as one of the leading ‘Women In Design’ and ‘Top 10 Retail Design Influencers of the Year’.
When she’s not dreaming up innovative spaces, Melissa can be found seeking in unexpected places (like skydiving 10,000 feet above ground).
Laurie Lam is the Chief Brand Officer at e.l.f. Beauty, a multi-branded portfolio which includes namesake brand e.l.f. Cosmetics, e.l.f. SKIN, Well People and Keys Soulcare. She is responsible for strengthening e.l.f.’s branding and setting its strategy for growth across all categories, as well as championing their mission to make the best of beauty accessible to every eye, lip, face and paw.
Taylor finds it interesting that as a generation we are challenging the status quo, inspiring employers to rethink the employee experience, and have had multiple opportunities to present to business leaders how to better engage and communicate with Gen Z.
Taylor looks forward to bringing her unique perspective and experience to the Z Suite!
Taylor was a Division 1 softball pitcher, born in Rochester, NY, and now lives in Austin, Texas.
Manoff joined Glossy from Mode Media, where she was the editor of Glam.com starting in July 2015. Prior, she was the editor of searsStyle and head copywriter in Sears’ apparel division. She spent the start of her career in St. Louis as the fashion editor of Alive magazine, the fashion director and co-founder of Saint Louis Fashion Week, and a freelance fashion stylist, working for brands including Anheuser-Busch and Caleres.
Maggie loves a good Forbes list: she is the editor of the 50 Over 50 and the World's 100 Most Powerful Women, and previously edited the 30 Under 30 Food & Drink list and the Just 100. She's worked at Forbes since 2013 and in that time has written on everything from the student debt crisis to Triple Crown-contending (and winning) horses. Before coming to Forbes, Maggie worked with TODAY show financial editor Jean Chatzky.
Ben came to Groupon through the acquisition of Savored, which he founded in 2009. Savored was the nation's leading provider of yield management technology to the restaurant industry. Prior to Savored, Ben worked in Merrill Lynch's technology investment banking group.
Ben is a graduate of Georgetown University and currently lives in North Carolina with his wife and kids.
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.
A sought-after speaker and educator, Danny has set industry standards for innovative hiring practices, building culture, corporate responsibility, and leading change. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Trinity College.
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 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.
With a passion for empowering teams and scaling global businesses, Ahmed leverages his extensive knowledge of the entire retail ecommerce ecosystem to drive growth for some of the world’s top brands, including Nike, Estee Lauder, and J. Crew. Earlier in his career, Ahmed held leadership roles in sales, marketing and product development with Aramex, Cellutopia and DHL. Ahmed holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rutgers University and is an investor and board advisor to multiple technology startups.
Elizabeth enjoys developing new leaders and has established nine core skills for insights professionals, each designed to influence organizations to act on insights. She shares her knowledge as a regular guest-lecturer at the University of Wisconsin School of Business. Elizabeth has been recognized as one of the Top 8 to Watch by the University of Wisconsin School of Business and a finalist for the Quirks Media Transforming Insights honor. Elizabeth is a founding member of the Retail Think Collective, a group of future-forward minds leading human-centric innovation in retail.
Outside of the office, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family, including her two daughters. She is an ultra-marathoner, avid traveler and a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Hero.
Over the course of her career, Shawn has distinguished herself as an innovative thinker, a focused and results-oriented business driver, and a strong and inspiring leader. Starting out as an Executive Trainee at Abraham & Strauss before joining Lord & Taylor and then Macy's, Shawn advanced rapidly through the Buying and Merchandising functions before taking on broader management responsibilities over high growth businesses ranging from weddings, gifting and electronics to leased, licensed and culinary/food service.
An advocate for multicultural businesses since 2009, Shawn has a rich history of identifying, working with and developing minority and women-owned opportunities. In 2011, she designed and led a retail development and mentorship program called The Workshop at Macy's. Created to educate and train minority and female business owners for success in the retail industry, the program is now in its 10th year, and has become an industry benchmark and model for retail supplier diversity.
In 2018, Shawn was appointed by the CEO to become the first Chief Diversity Officer of Macy's, Inc. and co-Chair of the Company's Diversity & Inclusion Business Council. In her first year in that role, Shawn developed a bold vision and charter to advance and embed strong, forward-looking D&I practices across the entire Macy's, Inc. organization (Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Bluemercury, STORY). She is the architect of the Company's D&I strategy, structure, focus areas, key initiatives, and performance metrics, and is the voice of the work and its mission within Macy's, Inc. and out to the retail industry.
In addition to being a frequent speaker and panelist on many aspects of diversity & inclusion, Shawn has been been recognized or featured for her professional accomplishments, including: Black Enterprise magazine Women of Power and Most Powerful African American Executives in Corporate America; National Retail Federation (NRF) People Shaping Retail’s Future, Black Retail Action Group Power of Excellence Award, NAACP Community, Business, Service and Multicultural Award, and Syracuse University's Chancellor Citation for Distinction in Retailing and Multicultural Development.
Shawn is a member of the LIM College Fashion Industry Advisory Board and The Women's Forum of New York, co-President of the Black Retail Action Group, and a member of the Syracuse University Multicultural Advancement Council. Shawn received an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree and Distinguished Achievement Award from LIM where she delivered the keynote address at the 2018 commencement ceremony.
Shawn is a graduate of the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University and resides in New York City.
Sapna’s expertise is in building high-performing digital teams and driving step change growth through digital innovation. Sapna previously built digital organizations at both Avon and Clarins Groupe but has spent most of her career at high-growth ecommerce start-ups.
As a true pioneer in the industry Sapna has been profiled in countless media outlets including, Forbes.com and on the cover of Beauty Store Business, has won numerous awards, and has been invited to share her experiences on many stages.
Maya graced the cover of Vogue alongside Billie Eilish, wearing her eco-designs and speaking on climate action. Maya is certified in Circular Economies and Sustainable Strategies by Cambridge Business School, and she consults Fortune 500 brands. She's taught classes on ESG and biomimetic design.
Maya received a commendation from President Obama for outstanding achievement in environmental stewardship. She made history when she was commissioned to animate the first ever digital report presented to Congress, which was to get an American Museum of Women’s History built in Washington.
Maya attended the 2023 Met Gala wearing a sustainable gown created in partnership with Coach, after she helped them launch their eco-fashion innovation lab Coachtopia.
A former Cosmopolitan magazine columnist, Pierre-Bravo has written on career advice, mental health, and financial wellness with an emphasis on women of color. Her work has been featured on the Today Show, CBS Mornings, Telemundo, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, Refinery29, New York Magazine, and more.
By making it easy to buy and sell secondhand, thredUP is helping to make used clothes the new normal and ushering in a more sustainable future for fashion. James’ passion for circularity and the role that education plays in our communities is what drives his vision of reducing the fashion industry’s negative impact on the planet. These values are reflected in his work prior to thredUP, in which he helped develop one of the nation’s premier public schools, Pacific Collegiate School.
James is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School where he earned a joint degree in public policy and business. In his free time, he is an avid golfer, cyclist, and whiskey drinker (just not all at the same time). While a proud New Jersey native and diehard Bruce Springsteen fan, he lives with his wife Michele and three children in Oakland, CA.
Michael also leads product management at Carefull, a Bessemer-backed fintech that partners with financial institutions to defend aging clients from fraud and scams. Before Carefull, he worked at innovation agency Fahrenheit 212, where he developed new products for brands like Oreo, Toblerone, Estée Lauder, and Panasonic.
Michael received his BA from Williams College, where he studied political theory and founded an underground prank collective. He also volunteers as a growth advisor for OneTable, a nonprofit funding thousands of shabbat dinners across the United States.
To support social issues and causes that matter most to today’s youth, Ashley engages in meaningful partnerships for AE with America’s Food Fund, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Delivering Good, and It Gets Better, among others, and focuses on ensuring the brand aligns with rising talent who reflect its core values of self-expression and individuality.
Prior to AE, Ashley worked at Coach Inc. and held positions of increasing responsibility to lead global expansion across EMEA, LATAM and APAC and global strategy to build fashion credibility in the affordable luxury sector. Ashley joined the team at AE to lead its international marketing strategy and launched the brand in Europe and India before moving into her current role. Ashley excels in and is adaptive to moments of change, and also anticipates strategic trends.
Prior to joining Tapestry, Inc., Joon led transformative change at Louis Vuitton and Victoria’s Secret, implementing bold visions for the customer experience and incubating new businesses. She began her career as a cultural anthropologist, receiving a B.A. in Anthropology from Columbia University before conducting fieldwork as a Fulbright fellow. She earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and built her retail and consumer expertise at The Boston Consulting Group.
Susman was recognized by Forbes as one of the 2022 World’s Most Influential CMOs and by LinkedIn as a 2019 Top Voice.
Breaking Through is her first book.
Prior to this role, Stacy was SVP of Brand Marketing for Frito Lay where she ran a portfolio of snack brands including Doritos, Cheetos, Lays and Ruffles.
Stacy has been with PepsiCo for 15 years and has held a variety of brand management, innovation, and channel roles across the company. She grew the Water+ portfolio to be the #1 contributor to category growth, led award winning brand campaigns for Pepsi, and launched the Pure Leaf Iced Tea brand.
Prior to PepsiCo, Stacy spent 4 years at American Express. She graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. Stacy serves on the Board of two non-profit organizations and has been recognized by the Advertising & Marketing industry with several awards throughout her career.
Since joining Facebook in 2015, Karin has developed go-to market strategies tailored for retail, fashion, beauty and luxury marketers and built a best-in-class team that has forged senior-level partnerships within the industry. Karin has pioneered initiatives such as CEW’s Digital Learning Series and Facebook & Instagram’s first-ever Beauty and Luxury Summits.
Previous to Meta, Karin Tracy was Publisher of InStyle from 2012-2014, following four highly successful years in senior leadership within Time Inc.’s Style and Entertainment Group as Publisher of Entertainment Weekly and People StyleWatch. At InStyle, she oversaw the magazine’s marketing, advertising sales and brand strategy for the monthly and annual special issues. In addition, she oversaw marketing and sales strategy for InStyle.com and its social platforms, including product innovation, branded content, audience development and ad solutions.
Before joining Time Inc., Tracy was Associate Publisher of Lucky and held Sales Director positions at Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, and Teen Vogue. She began her advertising career at Giorgio Armani and spent a year in Saks Fifth Avenue’s Marketing Department.
Tracy is a lifelong New Yorker, is a board member of CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women) and VP Partnerships on the NY Women in Communications executive board. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a B.S. degree in marketing, is a member of the FIT Alumni Advisory Board and was the recipient of FIT’s 2022 President’s Award. In 2022 Karin was listed as one of BCG/WWD's 25 Most Inspirational Women. She resides in downtown Manhattan with her husband and their three children.
Phil joined Fortune in 2014 from Reuters, where he covered retail, corporate bankruptcies, the stock exchanges, and wrote a weekly column about IPOs. He has also worked as a trade commissioner in New York for the Canadian government. He holds a B.Comm from HEC Montréal and an MBA from the University of Ottawa. In 2007, he graduated from Columbia University with a Masters in Journalism. He is also a CFA charterholder. In addition to his native French and English, Phil speaks Danish, Spanish, and German. He has run a marathon in every U.S. state.
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 awarded for her work in leadership by being named one of The 2023 Most Inspirational Women Leaders by WWD Magazine and Berns Communications Group. She was profiled in Forbes Magazine and WWD 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.
As a keynote speaker, Theresa has spoken at large conferences such as CCW Women, The National Retail Federation, The Lead and many others. As a mentor to many, Theresa is committed to developing, building, and strengthening the leadership abilities of others.
Alex has experience interviewing successful business owners, fortune 100 executives, and brand leaders across industries like retail, healthcare, media, venture capital, and more. She is based in New York City and received her B.S. in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University.
LFX venture Partners’ mission is to help build a more efficient and sustainable global supply chain through investing in disruptive technologies and innovative business models. Our investment theses are centered around data infrastructure, AI applications and process automation in the global value chain. Current portfolio companies include Shippeo, Worldly, GoFreight, and Flamingo. Past investments include Celect, Centric, Narvar, Olapic, GTNexus, ecVision, to name a few.
Prior to becoming an investor, Janie was with Burt’s Bees, focusing on driving international growth, where she gained the appreciation and foundational knowledgeable on how technology could truly drive business growth and the greater good. Before starting her business career, she was a journalist for BBC and PRI’s “The World”, reporting in China.
Janie obtained her M.A. degree from Harvard University, where she received the prestigious Fung Fellowship, sponsored by the Victor and William Fung Foundation. Janie grew up in China and received her B.A. in journalism from Communications University of China, graduating with first-class honor.
TZ (Tiffany Zhong)
TZ is also widely recognized for her marketing talent, featured in Forbes 30 Under 30, Adweek’s Young Influential, Vanity Fair's Future Innovators, TIME’s Most Influential Teen, etc.
She actively invests and advises companies, including in board advisory positions. She was a board advisor of Otto Radio (acquired by Ximalaya valued at $3.5B) as well as Distributed Systems (acquired by Coinbase).
After founding her first startup, she worked with Snapchat, Levi’s, Google, and many other major corps to reach Gen Z.
Now, in her current startup, she's building apps to make social media social again.
In 2019, Bunny Zingler, who trained in cosmetology, launched her first endeavor, Bunny’s Bae Bar – a one-stop glam shop at the world’s largest hip-hop festival, Rolling Loud. Offering makeup, hair and temporary tattoo services all designed by Zingler, the Bae Bar quickly became one of the most sought after activations at Rolling Loud festivals across the globe. Through the success of Bunny’s Bae Bar, Zingler recognized a missing piece in the cosmetics space and was inspired to create a line that provided unique, high quality and longwear products that lent itself to users creating looks for festivals and costuming or anyone looking to turn an avante-garde look.
Loud Bunny Beauty launched in Forever 21 stores this July and completely sold out in under a month. Zingler furthered her partnership with Forever 21, launching an exclusive Rolling Loud x Forever 21 fashion collection, which she served as the face and creative director.