STEPHEN MANNELLO: Previous president of Ralph Lauren Retail. Creative and innovative business leadership focused on analyzing existing businesses and offering value added, insightful and strategic plans that address revenue growth, operational excellence and market opportunities across a spectrum of businesses.

KATE NEWLIN: Business strategist working with the Fortune 200, small businesses and visionary entrepreneurs, as well as private equity firms seeking to reinvigorate once mighty trademarks. She is known as a genuine 'Brand Whisperer,' releasing the pent-up power of brands through unprecedented understanding of their authentic value to consumers, and the people who steward them.

JANE FRANKLIN MATTESON: Trend strategist. Creator of “TrendStrategy” bi-annual reports include business and marketing analysis, strategic product development consulting, merchandising support and timeline management. Coupled with her gimlet eye, Jane forecasts product development for bottom line results. 

RICK LEVINE: Content expert and developer of magazines, digital products, research, and business. Served as Senior Vice President, Editorial Operations at Condé Nast and managed editorial teams that created and launched four major national magazines and varied successful digital products.

CHARLES TRUAX: Creative Director. Executive in marketing at Hearst, Dow Jones and private communications firms, Charles directed New York State $400 million branding campaign. He enjoys deep luxury experience working with Bulgari, Zegna, Loro Piana, Mikimoto, Jaguar, Lexus, Pratesi, Harry Winston and Asprey.

TIPHAINE GUILLEMET: Branding and design expert with broad experience with luxury and consumer brands such as Asprey, Pratesi, Steve Wynn, Coca-Cola, P&G, Merck and Bayer. Born in Gabon, raised in Switzerland, lived on 5 continents and is fluent in seven languages, her aesthetics are refined and sophisticated.

ALAN KATZ: As Publisher/CRO of New York Magazine, Cargo, Vanity Fair, Interview, DuJour, and as EVP at Direct Brands, and CEO of AKAMedia:, Alan has led and managed print and digital teams for the most iconic brands, start-ups, and product launches. He has a proven track record in monetizing content and audiences while developing unique brand positioning. 

MICHELE BARBONE: GMM and Operations expert in retail & e-commerce industry providing expertise, guidance and solutions in merchandising, marketing, planning & analytics, trend forecasting, product content, business strategies, and e-commerce initiatives. She has worked with Vivian Tam, to Anthropology and ABC Carpet and Home to Lenox.

LYDIA HUMMEL- VP of Artisans and The Design Studio, Design leader with 25+ years of experience managing creative talent and growing brands. An innovation expert developing design’s focus and capacity towards product excellence. Leads teams composed of world-renowned creators and organizations - Tiffany & Co., Nike Inc / Converse, Coach Leatherware, The Gap, Ralph Lauren.