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Tory Burch

2014 Speaker

Tory Burch is CEO and designer of Tory Burch, an American lifestyle brand. The collection, known for color, print and eclectic details, includes ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, accessories and beauty. She has worked in public relations and marketing for some of the most influential American designers, including Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang and Narciso Rodriguez at Loewe. She launched Tory Burch in 2004 with a small boutique on Elizabeth Street in Manhattan, and since then the brand has grown into a global business with more than 125 freestanding stores, and a presence in more than 3,000 department and specialty stores. Tory Burch has been recognized with numerous awards, including the CFDA for “Accessory Designer of the Year,” Glamour’s “Women of the Year,” and Forbes’s “Most Powerful Women in the World.”

A dedicated philanthropist, Burch launched the Tory Burch Foundation in 2009 to support the economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs and their families in the U.S. Through loans, mentorship and entrepreneurial education, the foundation invests in the success and sustainability of women-owned small businesses. In addition, Burch serves on the boards of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Startup America Partnership and the Barnes Foundation. She is also an inaugural member of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship. Raised in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Burch graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in art history. @toryburch