Founder + CEO, Creative Director
Personal Passions: Seeing hard work payoff with results, heart heath education, anything artistic, pink grapefruit with honey on top
Suzanne leads Able Made as Founder and CEO, focusing on product development with her creative leadership partners. Her responsibilities include designing the impact made through the sale each piece, as well as creating strategies for bringing communities together to spark the dialogue that leads to action.
Suzanne is an award-winning designer with over 12 years of experience in the advertising and design consultancy worlds. She has worked with and helped launch numerous national and global products and brands. Most recently she was Principal and Creative Director of Buoy Inc, a branding design studio focused on making a social impact by collaborating with clients who share the same objective. She has served on the AIGA Boston Board from 2004-2010, two of the years as President. She is also a part-time faculty member of the School of Visual Arts teaching a Designing the Greater Good course. Suzanne founded the Ucal McKenzie Breakaway Foundation, which provides soccer and health education to Boston city youth, a passion project that inspired the launch of Able Made.
Suzanne’s design work has been featured in Graphic Design USA, Business Week, Vanity Fair, Elle Girl Magazine, and Time Out New York Magazine, as well as been recognized by The Museum of Modern Art and sold in their retails stores in New York City.
Personal Passions: Type 1 diabetes advocacy, allergen awareness, playing Legos with her kids
Lisa provides Able Made with creative communications and strategy, with a focus on branding and integrated storytelling. She is a creative copywriter with thirteen years of industry experience, working with agencies and clients of all sizes. Before dedicating herself fulltime to her business, Taylor Writing Integrated Copywriting and Creative, she was an associate creative director at Arnold Worldwide on the Ocean Spray global account.
Lisa believes communication problems are solved with great ideas, in all mediums. In the beginning of her career, she wrote a recipe ad for Marshmallow Fluff’s Never Fail Fudge. She was excited at the time, but now realizes it was an unnecessary exercise. Fudge sells itself. More recently, Lisa collaborated with Toth+Co on the Keds x Taylor Swift multi-media Bravehearts campaign. Launched in January 2013 Bravehearts has dramatically increased traffic (2.4 million YouTube views and counting!) and sales, as well as been recognized by The New York Times. Additional client experience includes: Battat Toys, Fidelity Investments, Insulet, Talbots, TJX and Volkswagen.
Personal Passions: self healing through meditation, yoga, food and healing energy. . . and believing in the process
Bonnie helps guide Able Made’s product lineup and partnership development. Her innate sense for design and materials, combined with an understanding of the financial needs of a business enables her to help Able Made create exclusive products that are innovative and unique, creating a distinctive niche in the social impact retail community. And through her extensive global retail experience in product sourcing and development in Europe, Scandinavia, India, and Asia, she maintains her important contacts and excellent relationships.
Until recently, Bonnie was the Director of Creative and Marketing at MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art. Previously, she was Operating Vice President, Fashion Director at Bloomingdales. She had an immense impact on product and brand development in her roles at MoMA and Bloomingdales where she brought her unique understanding of brand identity to a diverse roster of brands including MUJI, Alessi, Kartell, Vitra, Moleskine, NUNO, Echo Design Group, Design House Stockholm, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
Launch Collective provides crucial early stage strategic planning and implementation to entrepreneurs looking to launch and cultivate sustainable businesses. When launching a fashion brand, the industry can often seem opaque, confusing and archaic. Launch Collective breaks through the gatekeepers and old school ways offering best practices, industry expertise, and valuable relationships. Launch Collective works with Able Made’s management team to define growth plan and financial strategy.
Advisory Board Team
Senior Vice President and Managing Director IMG Fashion
Personal Passions: her daughter, tennis, and traveling
Catherine Bennett joined IMG Fashion in the spring of 2013 as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, spearheading IMG’s global portfolio of the fashion industry’s most impactful events and initiatives. In this role, Ms. Bennett oversees over 30 events a year including fashion weeks in New York, Berlin, Istanbul, Toronto, Mumbai and Sydney.
Previously, she served as the Head of Business Affairs for Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), the leading not-for-profit trade association responsible for representing America’s foremost fashion designers. Prior to joining the CFDA, Ms. Bennett was a Business Affairs Executive at the William Morris Agency, LLC in New York where she negotiated complex transactions for clients across a variety of platforms including rights acquisition agreements, technology, new media, production, license, and partnership agreements.
Catherine has also served as a Media Relations Consultant to the Central Parks Summer Stage and as an Account Manager at Hill & Knowlton in the Arts and Entertainment Division. She is a Member of the Board of The Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter and a member of the GO Project Benefit Committee.
Partner and Global Head of Talent, IDEO
Personal Passions: bubblegum pop music and customized Mini Coopers
Duane Bray is a Partner at IDEO and Global Head of Talent, leading the firm’s strategy around everything related to people and culture. His primary work focuses on the firm’s approach to career development, mentoring and support, recruiting and on boarding and building IDEO’s external networks. Bray transitioned to this role in late 2011, after 16 years working in the firm as a practicing designer, client lead, and head of different elements of IDEO’s business.
Duane’s experience includes the development of major software and hardware programs and the integration of emerging technologies into human-centered products and services. He routinely explores the intersection of technology and people, revealing and elevating the emotional connections that we forge with digital media.
Duane has led or contributed to scores of design projects, including product interaction, interactive exhibits, and software for desktop PCs, the web, and mobile devices. Prior to joining IDEO, Duane worked for Pentagram Design, where he established an interaction design practice in its San Francisco studio.
Head of Retail Business Strategy & Innovation, eBay Inc.
Personal Passions: collecting antique cars, spending time with his kids, travel, and trying to determine his superhero skills
As head of retail business strategy & innovation at eBay Inc., David leads a team of mobile and digital strategists and developers focused on innovative technologies and experiences that drive new approaches to connecting retailers and consumers on a global scale. David and his team are focused on creating the future – transforming how retailers engage in an omni-channel world.
Over his 20-year career David went from software engineer to start-up entrepreneur and small business CEO to Fortune 200 company executive. He continues to build his patent portfolio with his most recent creation, coming in early 2013.
Melissa Joy Manning
Designer and CFDA Sustainability Committee Co-Chair
Personal Passions: social & environmental responsibility, travel, and creativity
Melissa Joy Manning began creating her jewelry using recycled metals and locally sourced stones. Today, she is recognized not only for her long standing commitment to social and environmental sustainability, but also for her continued evolution of innovative and distinctive jewelry designs. Certified “green” by state of California, Melissa’s studio employs local artisans to create her unique, handmade pieces.
Melissa continues not only to push the perceptions of precious, but also those of manufacturing processes in the fashion and jewelry worlds. She is the Co-Chair of the CFDA Sustainability Committee, which fosters and supports sustainability measures in the fashion industry through mentorship, education, and collaboration.
Principal Better Business Enterprise & Board Member SVN
Personal Passions: Poverty Alleviation through innovative business models
Shainoor Khoja operates Better Business Enterprise (BBE), a consultancy identifying new opportunities in emerging markets and the developed world for businesses to address the needs of base of the pyramid populations, to explore commercial opportunities using technology and to develop innovative business practices.Focusing on triple bottom line business models and social innovation to create maximum impact from mobilized funds. Since January 2012, BBE has secured projects in Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Zambia, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and the Middle East and in the USA. Projects have involved market research, product development, platform selection, business modeling and execution. Sectors focused on include mobile money, telemedicine, and commodity prices for farmers, human resource development, leadership training and funding high impact infrastructure projects.
The objective is to invest in communities with multiple stakeholders to build capacity, develop and grow business. Shainoor has developed relationships with organizations that are local as well as international businesses, NGO’s and civil society organizations. Examples include Regional Mobile Network Operators, Regional Emerging Market Banks, Mobile Application Solution Providers, Babson College, Bainbridge Graduate Institute and others and has since successfully closed a number of transactions.
Shainoor held the position of Managing Director Roshan Community, at Afghanistan’s #1 mobile operator, Roshan, an Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development Company, since 2004 and concluded her full-°©‐time role in 2012. Apart from her daily operational role, Shainoor has been an integral part of the fund raising cycles for Roshan that have raised in excess of US$180 million for the company. Shainoor’s contribution has been focused around innovative strategies that bring strategic value to the growth and development of the group companies. This has entailed incubating initiatives and evolving them into viable commercial products that go to market. Her focus has further been to address lenders requirements for social and economic development increasingly being termed impact investing. In addition, Shainoor has used her contacts and experience in emerging market fund raising to further attract financing from developmental finance institutions for specific projects. Shainoor holds several board positions: Social Venture Networks, FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance Program, Vision Spring and MODiSE (telemedicine).
Ameena Y. Majid
Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Personal Passions: travel and fitness (Pilates, swimming, golf!)
Ameena is a partner in the Chicago law office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, a full-service national law firm with more than 800 lawyers across 14 domestic and international offices and ranked among the top 10 most innovative law firms by the Financial Times in 2011 and 2012. She co-chairs the Firm’s national Executive Compensation practice group.
Ameena collaborates with her clients to strategize on the breadth of employee benefit and executive compensation issues. This includes advising on short-term and equity based programs that incentivize employees to achieve the clients’ business objectives. Ameena is also experienced in the preparation and negotiation of employment, severance, and change in control agreements. The other primary aspect of her practice is advising employers on all aspects of retirement plan design, implementation, and compliance. In this role, Ameena regularly advises fiduciary committees who oversee the investment and administration of retirement plans. This advice includes fiduciary committee design, training, and counseling to mitigate potential fiduciary liability.
Ameena serves on Seyfarth’s Charitable Foundation Board of Directors, promoting the charitable and pro bono efforts of her firm’s attorneys and employees. In 2013, the National Law Journal named Ameena one of the top 40 under 40 Chicago lawyers.
Co-founder, Designer, Public School
Personal Passions: New York City, Knicks
Maxwell Osborne, one of the two the founders and designers behind menswear line Public School, uses his NYC upbringing as inspiration every day.
NYC and beyond has taken notice. Public School, who got the CFDA stamp of approval back in 2010 when they were chosen to be part of the foundation’s Incubator program, also picked up the CFDA award for menswear in 2014, CFDA Swarovski award for menswear in 2013—and the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award for 2013. The Able Made x Public School Lobo Tote retailed in the MoMA Destination NYC Collection and sent 120 children to school for a year though Pencils of Promise.
Lawyer, Entrepreneur, Teacher, Advisor
Personal Passions: Engaging with young people, making meaning in business, exploration and discovery, and his wife, his sons, daughter in law, and grandchildren
Henry has practiced business and intellectual property law since 1972, was a founding member of a boutique New York City law firm, innovated new practice groups within the legal profession and has led several businesses. As a practicing lawyer, Henry developed a team of lawyers to engage in an interdisciplinary practice focused on families in business. Subsequently, he served as CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels, Inc., a luxury, family-owned jewelry business, where his focus was to build the team that would reposition the company and lead its successful and storied sale to Richemont Group. He also served as Group Chairman of the Board of the Paloma Picasso companies where he and his team led the creation of a world-wide licensing business, developing and selling products under the Paloma Picasso mark. Subsequently, Henry served as President of a Virginia Beach-based startup engaged in the design, production and sale of high security identification devices.
He has also served on the boards of The Brooklyn Museum, where he served as Vice Chairman of the Board under Alastair Martin, The Harlem School For the Arts, and The Drawing Society, where he served as Co-Chairperson of the Board with Andrea Woodner and subsequently as its Director.
In the last several years, Henry has devoted increasing time to teaching. He has taught courses, principally in the areas of law, marketing, business strategy, corporate social responsibility and negotiation at Baruch College, LIM College and the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2012, Henry accepted the challenge offered to him by the President of FIT, to launch and lead the school's newly developed Entrepreneurship program and completed that two year assignment with the graduation of the program's first cohort in June of 2013.
Henry now teaches Entrepreneurship and Global Marketing of Luxury courses at FIT, while focusing most of his time on advising startups, mentoring and commercial representations and advisory engagements.