Meet The Speakers

We’ve invited select speakers to join us as our friends, partners, and faculty. Together they represent some of the most successful leaders at the intersection of fashion, technology, design, and entrepreneurship.

Abi Muller, Picki Picki
Abi is the founder and CEO of Picki Picki, a marketplace that brings consignment and thrift shopping online. She has two Congressional recognitions for Artistic Discovery and had her own line which sold at 14 stores and boutiques across Manhattan by the time she was 17. In college, Abi worked with Peter Som and The Calvin Klein Celebrity Atelier to create runway finishes and red-carpet pieces.
Alisa Gould-Simon, Pose
Alisa Gould-Simon is the Director of Marketing & Communications at Pose. She is a fashion writer and consultant. She founded the consulting firm The Rackit in 2010. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, theWall Street Journal and the Guardian among other titles
Amanda Uprichard, Amanda Uprichard
Fashion designer Amanda Uprichard moved to New York City in the 1980s to attend the Parsons School of Design and launched the Living Doll clothing label not long after. She founded the Amanda Uprichard clothing line in 2003. She’s known for easy-to-wear, pull-it-on clothes that are comfortable and luxurious with a splash of sexiness.  Her clothing can be bought at all major Department stores, as well as 400 boutiques nationwide.
Anthony Santagati III, JD, Lacoste USA
Anthony Santagati III is a creative and social media professional with a focus on high-end fashion brands and more than 10 years of involvement with e-commerce solutions. Anthony earned an undergraduate degree in experimental studio art from Howard University and a J.D. from Howard University School of Law. A native of South Carolina, he currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Brooke Moreland, Fashism
Brooke Moreland is CEO & co-founder of, the website and mobile app that let’s users ask fashion questions and share their style inspirations. After launching in 2009, Fashism is now a global fashion community that’s been featured in The New York Times, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Lucky Magazine and Vogue. Brooke has contributed to the Huffington Post,, and Yahoo’s OMG and edits the Fashism blog.
Caroline Waxler, Lucky Magazine
Caroline Waxler is the digital content director of and the executive producer of the Lucky FABB conferences. She has done digital strategy work for companies including, VH1, Business Insider, and the NYSE. She has written for Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, Glamour, Huffington Post, Newsweek, New York Post, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
Cate Corcoran, Fashion Writer
Cate Corcoran writes about technology and fashion for such publications as Women’s Wear Daily, the New York Times, and Slate. As technology editor at WWD, she wrote groundbreaking, early stories about how social media is changing the fashion industry. She has also taught a class on social media at New York University and worked as a cool hunter identifying trends on the street in New York for Outlaw Consulting.
Chantel Waterbury, chloe + isabel
Chantel is Founder and CEO of chloe + isabel. She created an innovative jewelry brand to connect women through a modern social-shopping experience. She has developed jewelry for almost every major retailer in the US including Target, Macy’s, Gap, LVMH and Kenneth Cole. This launch combines her passion for jewelry and wisdom of sales to inspire and empower the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Dane Aprino, Alluring Logic
Dane Arpino co-founded Alluring Logic in 2009.Graduating from James Madison University with degrees in Integrated Science & Technology, Computer Science, and Mathematics, he has “engineered” in many different technology sectors.From building a marketplace for in-flight airline advertising, to consulting with retailers on GUI’s for RFID-deployments, when not engineering, he’s out on Pier 40 playing soccer, and taking it too seriously.
Daniel Saynt, Rebecca Minkoff / Ben Minkoff
Daniel Saynt has broken boundaries in the industry by becoming the first recognized fashion blogger to become Director of Marketing of a major label. He created and Socialyte.Co, a company that represents top influencers to brands. Sanyt has guided social media campaigns for Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Harry Winston and H&M. He currently leads marketing for Rebecca Minkoff, Ben Minkoff, R&Em and Remi & Emmy.
David Whittemore, Clothes Horse
David Whittemore (Twitter: @dwhittemore) is the co-founder of Clothes Horse, a fashion technology startup focused on helping consumers buy clothes that fit. He’s an entrepreneur with a rich background across consumer, fashion and financial services industries. Previously, he co-founded V Bespoke and managed products at On Deck Capital and Monitor110. David received a BA in Economics & Philosophy from Columbia University.
Erica Cerulo, Of a Kind
Erica Cerulo is the co-founder and president of Of a Kind. Prior to starting the site with Claire Mazur—who she met as an undergrad at University of Chicago— she worked as an editor at Conde Nast (Details and Lucky) for five years and is passionate about the power that editorial and curation can have in driving consumer behavior.
Gemma Craven, Ogilvy
Gemma Craven is the NY Group Director at Ogilvy’s Digital Influence practice, focused on the development of digital communications strategies, with an emphasis on bringing social media and word-of-mouth to some of the world’s best known brands. Her career has included roles with agencies both in the US and her native Europe, including work with leading fashion and retail brands including the Gap, IKEA
Hilary Peterson, Lyst
Hilary Peterson heads up business development for Lyst, a rapidly growing internet startup that’s revolutionizing the way people discover fashion online. She began her career by bringing Hollywood Fashion Tape to Australia and New Zealand. She has also worked for DDB Worldwide and has consulted on various branding projects for Estee Lauder, Waterford and Omega to name a few.
Hitha Prabhakar, Bloomberg
Hitha Prabhakar is a NY-based reporter for Bloomberg Television, covering business news and financial markets with a focus on retail. Previously, Prabhakar was founder and principal of The Stylefile Group. Prabhakar holds degrees from Smith College and a master’s from Columbia University. Prabhakar’s book, “Black Market Billions: How Organized Retail Crime Funds Global Terrorists,” published by Financial Times Press, will be released November 2011.
Jamal Motlagh, Fitted Fashion
Jamal believes that you should be the fit model for your clothing and started Fitted Fashion while at HBS to enable a mass fitted revolution. Jamal is one of the only California natives to sport a 3 piece suit daily; a minor change from his other suit, a speedo, which he wore playing professional water polo in Spain.
Jenny Wu, STYLYT
Jenny Wu co-founded STYLYT while receiving her MBA/MA at Wharton Business School. Her prior experience includes helping Richmond Global, a NYC-based seed stage venture firm close early stage funding on two Chinese startups – a social shopping platform and a professional social network. Prior to Wharton, Jenny was a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting based in New York City.
Jordy Leiser, STELLAService
Jordy Leiser is the CEO and Co-founder of STELLAService. Prior to starting STELLAService, Jordy worked at JPMorgan, focusing on leverage buyouts in the retail space. During college, Jordy worked at IMG, Major League Baseball and, an online retailer that sells ski and snowboard gear. He graduated from Bucknell University and also studied at the London School of Economics.
Jyothi Rao, Gilt
As GM, Women’s, Jyothi Rao brings to Gilt Groupe extensive experience in the retail sector. Recently, she served as a SVP and GM at Calvin Klein. Previously, she spent 16 years at Gap Inc. and held several leadership positions and was responsible for aggressively growing both the regular-price and outlet businesses for Gap and Banana Republic. She was educated at the University of Texas at Austin.
Kathryn Finney, TBF Group/The Budget Fashionista
Kathryn Finney is CEO of TBF Group, LLC and founder of, a popular and influential fashion blog, reaching five million+ unique visitors a year. Kathryn has been featured in more than 600 media outlets, including TODAY, Good Morning America, CNN, E!/Style and has been profiled numerous times leading publications including the New York Times, USA TODAY and InStyle.
Katia Beauchamp, Birchbox
Katia Beauchamp is Co-Founder & CEO of Birchbox, the beauty subscription brand that brings members access to the newest and best in high-end beauty. With subscribers in all 50 states and a growing list of 100+ beauty partners including NARS, Kerastase and Stila, Birchbox gives brands access to engaged consumers. Previously, Katia attended Harvard Business School where she met her business partner Hayley Barna and discovered her entrepreneurial ambitions.
Lala Lopez, Fashion Collective
Known to industry insiders for her smart insights on the digital space, Lala Lopez is a New York-based digital style correspondent and social media strategist at Fashion’s Collective. Lala has made appearances on CNN and has worked with an array of brands, including Betsey Johnson, Steve Madden, Timberland and Jeffrey Campbell.
Lara Crystal, Rent the Runway
Lara Crystal is the VP of Brand Marketing at Rent the Runway, the luxury online retailer that has revolutionized the fashion industry.  Known as the ‘Netflix for Fashion,’ Rent the Runway provides a platform for women to rent designer dresses and accessories for 10 to 15 percent of the retail price, experiment with new designers and trends and live the life they dream today.
Lauren Indvik, Mashable
Lauren Indvik is the associate editor of marketing and media for Mashable, where she covers digital marketing news, the fashion industry and the evolving media landscape from Mashable’s New York headquarters. Lauren joined Mashable in March 2010 as an assistant editor. Lauren is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where she received her B.A. in English with Honors.
Liz Bacelar, Assembled Fashion
Liz Bacelar is a PR specialist and event producer with a passion for technology. As a journalist, Liz produced for NBC’s Nightly News, Dateline and CBS’s The Early Show, where she earned an Emmy-nomination. She founded LizBMedia after executing social media strategies for Fortune 500s and heading communications for a publicly traded tech company. Liz is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and lives in Westchester, NY.
Marissa Wilson, Lineby
Marissa is obsessed with creative talent and takes her “life-long study” of pop culture seriously. Before Lineby, she was a negotiation consultant to clients from Wall Street to the Gaza Strip and did business development for companies from NBC Universal to growing startups. But that was getting in the way of her blog reading, so after attending Harvard Business School, she’s excited to have a job that requires it.
Melanie Moore, Elizabeth & Clarke
I run an awesome fashion / tech startup called Elizabeth & Clarke in New York City. Though, you might know me from my first company, ToVieFor. I love the NYC start-up community, serif fonts, node.js, and Christian Louboutin.
Michael Martin, TimeOut NY
Michael Martin is editor-in-chief of Time Out New York, responsible for the weekly print magazine and constantly updated website. He was previously the editorial director of Nerve Media, where he edited and oversaw the launch of, the online magazine and community for young urban parents.
Nizzi Karai Renaud, Refinery 29
From video gamers at Atari to DIY enthusiasts at Etsy and most recently the style aficionados at Refinery29, Nizzi Karai Renaud has successfully engaged passionate communities in many forms. As Refinery29’s VP of Marketing and Merchandising, Nizzi leads commerce and marketing efforts, ensuring that over 4 million monthly readers and shoppers revel in Refinery’s universe of hyper-curated content and commerce.
Rebecca Zhou, Raise Cache
While studying at NYU, Rebecca fell in love with the NY Tech Community and started by interning and helping high tech companies with a mix of design, community, PR, and user research. In January 2011, she had the fortunate experience of being a part of the Techstars’s Hackstar Program. Post-Techstars, she has been putting together Raise Cache, the benefit fashion show for hackNY, working with various NY startups on design & product strategy and as always, wearing and collecting high heels.
Richard Mumby, Bonobos
Richard Mumby is the VP of Marketing for Bonobos, where he leads strategic development to introduce Bonobos to new audiences and engage existing customers.  He also manages the brand, ensuring concepts and assets resonate with the target consumer and retain Bonobos distinct competitive position.  Previously, Mumby ran marketing for Gilt MAN and Gilt Home businesses, was a consultant at Bain & Company and led regional and destination marketing in American Express’ Establishment Services organization.
Ryan Junee, Inporia
Ryan Junee is a serial entrepreneur, start-up advisor, investor and technophile. He’s currently CEO and Founder of Inporia (a fashion technology start-up), and mentor at 500 Startups and StartMate. His previous start-up, Omnisio, developed innovative ways to edit and enhance online videos and was acquired by Google in 2008.  Originally from Australia, Ryan divides his time between San Francisco and New York.
Sarah Conley, Ideeli
Sarah Conley has always been a digital girl living in a digital world—and she’s used her skills, creativity and knowledge to guide some of the biggest names in fashion, beauty and luxury through the digital landscape. In fall of 2011, Sarah joined the team at ideeli as social media manager. In her new role, she oversees the brand’s social media programs, as well as develops strategy to help the multi-channel retailer reach its goals for growing sales and membership.
Seph Skerritt, ProperCloth
Seph Skerritt is the founder of Proper Cloth, the leading ecommerce site for men’s custom dress shirts.  At customers design their own dress shirts and purchase them in custom sizes.  Seph has an MBA from MIT Sloan, and studied Electrical Engineering at UC San Diego.
Shauna Mei, AHAlife
Shauna launched AHAlife after realizing that many of the best products around the world were not easily accessible to consumers. AHAlife has garnered the support of tastemakers such as Tim Gunn, Bobbi Brown, Daniel Boulud, Cynthia Rowley and Wendi Murdoch – all who have curated their favorite finds. This media-meets-commerce platform has fast become a go-to resource for those seeking exceptional content and exclusive products.
Simone S. Oliver, The New York Times
Simone Oliver is content editor, curator and contributor to the New York Times Style section online. She’s responsible for all aspects of the Styles section coverage and presentation online, including Sunday, Thursday Styles and fashion show seasons. Her reports on fashion, beauty and social media news, trends and culture have appeared in the Styles and Travel sections of the Times, as well as
Vivian Weng, FashionStake
Vivian Weng is Co-Founder and President of FashionStake (, a community marketplace for independent fashion. Prior to FashionStake, Vivian was a Senior Associate at McKinsey, where she served clients in the retail sector. Vivian previously worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs. She graduated with High Honors from Princeton University, and received her MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.
Yuli Ziv, Style Coalition
Yuli Ziv is the founder & CEO of blogger network Style Coalition, which signed the first-of-its-kind exclusive partnership with ELLE magazine; produced some of the first large scale blogger campaigns for renowned brands such as Lancome, JCPenney and Windows Phone; and helped many make a living from their blogs. Yuli also runs and recently published “Fashion 2.0: Blogging Your Way To The Front Row”.