Bringing women entrepreneurs from New York and around the world together to build skills to advance their businesses

Vital Voices Global Partnership and Bank of America are connecting women entrepreneurs from the New York region and around the world for the Global Ambassadors Program (GAP), an initiative that advances women’s economic empowerment through mentoring, skills-building and a broader peer network. The program takes place in New York City from March 19-23, and marks the fourth U.S. based Global Ambassadors Program (#GlobalAmbassadors).

Launched in 2012 by Vital Voices and Bank of America, the highly competitive program connects women leaders of small and medium sized businesses and social enterprises to mentoring and workshops focused on building organizational management, financial acumen and leadership skills. Global Ambassadors, high-profile, distinguished women executives from a range of organizations, including Bank of America, who serve as mentors, are each paired with a mentee to build critical business skills and strategies needed to grow and advance her organization. The New York program will pair 10 Global Ambassadors (mentors) with mentees from the larger New York area, Miami, San Francisco, Argentina, Swaziland, Hungary, Nigeria and Ukraine, who operate in a wide range of sectors including fashion, food manufacture, biotechnology, media, renewable energies, technology, insurance and risk management, and more.

“Women are a driving force for economic, political and social change. Connecting women entrepreneurs to skills-building and a network of expertise through the Global Ambassadors Program is part of our broader commitment to advance sustainable economies,” said Anne Finucane, vice chairman, Bank of America.

The New York program marks the seventeenth Global Ambassadors Program held since the initiative’s inception in 2012, with more than 140 women from 65 countries participating in the program. The program also connects women mentees to Bank of America Business Banking volunteer coaches to provide additional expertise on financial management for long-term growth. Mentees from 2014-2016 reported the following results:

  • An average of 61% increase in sales & revenue growth
  • 14% growth in the number of full-time employees
  • 106% growth in the number of clients served

“To be able to continue to provide women from around the world with critical training and mentorship opportunities through an innovative partnership with Bank of America is a tremendous achievement,” said Alyse Nelson, president and CEO of Vital Voices. “Our work is rooted in a shared history of investing in leadership development, guided by a belief that strong women leaders are necessary for healthy, vibrant communities and core to creating economic growth."

In conjunction with the New York program, Bank of America will host a global forum on March 21 featuring distinguished speakers who will discuss women’s roles in driving economic progress. Speakers include Tory Burch, CEO and chief creative officer of Tory Burch LLC and founder of the Tory Burch Foundation; Anne Finucane, Bank of America vice chairman; Janice Bryant Howroyd, founder and CEO, ActOne Group; Ambassador Melanne Verveer, co-founder of Seneca Women and executive director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security; and Suzy Welch, best-selling author, television commentator and business journalist.

In addition to global initiatives like its partnership with Vital Voices, Bank of America partners with many other national and local organizations that work to improve the lives of women and advance thriving economies. Working to reflect the communities where its employees live and work, the bank has strong representation of women at all levels of the organization and supports women through career development programs and industry-leading benefits including 16 weeks of paid parental leave, back-up child care and adult care services.

For more information on the Global Ambassadors Program, visit www.bankofamerica.com/globalambassadors. Follow @BofA_News and @VitalVoices for updates via #GlobalAmbassadors.

New York Global Ambassadors

Ruba AbdelHadi
Director of Marketing & Business Development, Silver Coast Holding United Arab Emirates

Ruba is an accomplished senior executive with over 17 years of experience in marketing and communications. Prior to joining Silver Coast Holding, where she is currently director of marketing and business development, Ruba managed marketing and communications for the Abu Dhabi Government at Media Zone Authority and headed up the Abu Dhabi Media Summit-ADMS14.

Ruba previously was vice president of marketing and consumer banking at Arab Bank Palestine and UAE. Her expertise spans the banking, defense, military and telecommunications industries.

Ruba was elected to the Khalil Al Sakakini Cultural Center Board of Directors as a head of the treasury committee, and serves as a member of the Al Nisr Al Arabi Insurance Company Board of Directors (Arab Bank Group). She previously served on the board of the Advisory Directors for the Palestine Association for Children Encouragement of Sports (PACES).

Globally, Ruba was part of the Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership in 2007, and attended Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit in California. She was a speaker at the Media-me Conference in Jordan and introduced the Social Media & Corporate Businesses Integrated Communication plan in 2010.

Ruba was invited guest of honor speaker on managing cultural diversity in human resources in Chennai, India in 2017, and served as a mentor in the Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk in Dubai that same year.

Amanda Hearst
Co-Founder, Maison-de-Mode
New York, New York, USA


Amanda is an activist and co-founder of the hybrid luxury ethical fashion retailer, MAISON-DE-MODE. The concept, born in 2012, fuses pop-up brick and mortar experiences alongside a seamless online boutique, specializing in unique ready-to-wear, fine jewelry, accessories and home goods.

Amanda served on the executive board of The Humane Society of the United States and founded Friends of Finn, a group dedicated to stopping the inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills. She also sits on the advisory board of NEST, a non-profit committed to the advancement of global artisans, and is a contributing editor at Town & Country magazine. Amanda earned a bachelor’s degree in art history at Fordham University.


Mine Ozturk
General Manager, Baxter International
Istanbul, Turkey


Mine began her career in 1990 at Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a Johnson & Johnson company, as a sales representative, working her way up to sales manager and then franchise director.

In 1999, Mine moved to Boston Scientific International as country director for Turkey and Central Asia. She established the direct subsidiary for the company operations in Turkey, then moved to Boston, Massachusetts as global marketing director for Cardiology Products Group.

Promoted to general manager and vice president for operations in Israel, Turkey, South Africa, India and Greece, Mine gained experience in people and business management working on three different continents with yearly revenue of more than $250 million.

In 2008 Mine returned to Turkey and became general manager at General Electric Healthcare for Turkey and Central Asia operations, managing more than 200 people and 25 staff members in eight countries, including Iran and former Russia states. She also led the Woman Leadership Council within GE in Turkey and participated in Global Woman Leadership Conferences in the U.S. and Germany, representing Turkey.

Mine joined Baxter International as general manager for Turkey in 2014. She is a member of its EMEA Diversity & Inclusivity Council. She has been a board member of American Business Forum in Turkey and leads the Healthcare and Life Sciences Committee as well as the Woman Leadership Council.

Mine studied public relations and journalism at Istanbul University. She holds an MBA from Marmara University in Istanbul.

Claudia Castellanos Roques
Founder and Managing Director, Black Mamba Foods
Swaziland


Claudia Castellanos Roques is the founder and managing director of Black Mamba Foods, a fair trade brand based in Swaziland that manufactures and distributes gourmet chili products. Claudia has over 12 years of experience working as a marketing consultant for several businesses in Swaziland, as a marketing business advisor for TechnoServe, and as a lecturer at Mananga School of Management for the Australian Institute of Business programs.

Previously, Claudia worked as a marketing manager and a marketing and management lecturer for the European School of Economics, and as a regional manager for Central Italy for SAIWA SpA in charge of trade marketing and sales activities with the main retailers of the area.

Claudia has been the chairperson of the Swaziland Fair Trade Network for the past four years and is passionate about training, mentoring and helping young entrepreneurs achieve their goals. She has also developed and led marketing webinars and coaching sessions for the Vital Voices GROW Fellowship, a program of Vital Voices Global Partnership.

Claudia holds an MBA with a specialization in marketing from ESADE Business School in Barcelona and a major in finance and international relations from Universidad Externado de Colombia.


Judith N. Batty
Chair, Board of Trustees, Arena Stage
Washington, D.C., USA


Judith is an executive with experience in structuring and negotiating complex international acquisitions, divestitures, financings and market entry. With a proven track record of working at the top executive levels, Judith brings experience in legal, public and government affairs, and business operations.

Judith served as an executive and senior attorney at Exxon Mobil Corporation for over 28 years, and has experience in all areas of the oil industry. In addition to her legal positions, Judith has worked on a range of policy issues, including trade sanctions, patent reform, STEM education, women's and girls' economic empowerment. Prior to her tenure with ExxonMobil, Judith was a corporate attorney in private practice, and participated in civil and criminal investigations and trials at the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division.

Judith is active on numerous committees and boards of professional and charitable organizations, and is a past president of ExxonMobil’s Black Employee Success Team (BEST). She currently serves as chair of the Board of Trustees of Arena Stage, a major arts and cultural center in the nation’s capital. Judith also serves as a member of the executive committee of National Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of the USA and serves as the International Commissioner.

Judith received her bachelor of arts from New York University College of Arts and Sciences and her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law.

Donna Childs
Founder and CEO, Prisere LLC
Warwick, Rhode Island, USA


Donna Childs founded Prisere LLC to develop capacity for climate and disaster risk resilience, building on her previous experience as a senior executive in the reinsurance industry. Prisere LLC was named one of the 50 most innovative start-ups by Kauffman Foundation during Global Entrepreneurship Week in its first year.

Donna and Prisere have led projects for the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Asian Development Bank. Donna serves as the risk partnership advisor to the climate change group of the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery.

Donna began her career as a research associate at Harvard Business School where she contributed to research and case development on insurance and risk management topics. She then worked on capital strategies and capital raising for global insurance companies as an investment banker on Wall Street. Donna subsequently served as a senior columnist for Dow Jones, where her commentary on insurance and risk were featured in The Wall Street Journal.

Donna is the author of an acclaimed book on small business disaster preparation and recovery. She is a past winner of the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge and a “Woman Business Owner of the Year” of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

She holds a B.S. from Yale University, an MBA from Columbia Business School, and is a graduate of the Owner President Management Program at Harvard Business School. 


Jo Russell
Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, Pearson
London, United Kingdom


Jo Russell is currently the senior vice president of corporate communications and investor relations for Pearson. Jo is a graduate of Edinburgh University, where she received a bachelor of science honour degree in physics with maths.

After graduation she spent two years in the Royal Air Force gaining experience as a pilot and competing in the Tall Ships Race. In 1997 Jo moved into Investment Banking where she spent 13 years working as an equity and primary analyst culminating her career as one of two female managing directors at JPMCazenove in 2008. During this time she also ran a female mentoring group within the bank to promote women in finance.

Jo moved into investor relations in 2010, starting her career at Mothercare before moving to Whitbread PLC in 2011. Here she re-shaped the corporate communications strategy, diversified the shareholder base to a more global weighting, delivered four Capital Market Days and championed the Women in Whitbread forum to increase the diversity across the business growing to 100 members in three years.

Habiba Ali
CEO, Sosai Renewable Energies
Kaduna, Nigeria


Habiba has been in the renewable energy industry since 2005. She co-founded the Developmental Association for Renewable Energies, and worked as national coordinator. She worked on the Clean Development Mechanism project Efficient Cook Stoves for Nigeria, the Solar Lamps Assembly and sales training program, and the solar dryers for healthy foods project.

Habiba branched out to handle the commercial aspects of the renewable energy industry by launching Sosai Renewable Energies, a social enterprise which offers efficient, reliable and sustainable products including solar lamps, solar home systems and water filters to the people of the rural and peri-urban communities of Northern Nigeria.

As managing director and CEO of Sosai Renewable Energies, Habiba is manages a partnership with C-Quest LLC to implement a nationwide Programme of Activities for improved cook stoves in Nigeria. Sosai is currently empowering communities and businesses with solar technologies ranging from roof top solar panels, solar home systems, 10Kw Micro Grids for communities, solar dryers and integrated energy centers.

Habiba is a member of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and holds the office of Kaduna North Regional Coordinator. She is currently the vice president of the Renewable Energies Association of Nigeria and is a member of the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air, the Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves, the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves, and the Nigerian Energy Network.

Habiba was named a Cherie Blaire mentee in 2016 a GSBi fellow 2017. She has also been named a Vital Voices GROW fellow, a World Bank Womenx fellow a graduate of the Cherie Blaire Road to Business Growth program and a fellow of the SEForum Business Accelerator.

Habiba holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting, a master’s degree in banking and finance.


Anjali Besley
Enterprise Independent Testing Executive in Global Risk Management, Bank of America
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA


Anjali Besley is the Enterprise Independent Testing Executive in Global Risk Management at Bank of America. Anjali is focused on driving operational excellence through enhancing enterprise testing and driving responsible growth within our risk framework.

Prior to this role, she was the Financial Center Operations & Business Controls Executive, where she led consumer controls and financial center operations to drive responsible growth, build talent, and manage risk in an operationally sound environment.

Anjali also served as the Consumer Banking Southeast Region Executive. She joined Bank of America in 1989 as a Financial Center Manager in Miami, Florida. During her 29-year tenure, she has held several leadership roles, including Consumer Service Process and Cross-channel Customer Experience Executive, Consumer Market Executive, Regional Business Support Executive, Capacity Management Executive, and Group Banking Executive.

Anjali is an executive sponsor for several Bank of America employee networks, including the Tampa Bay chapter of Leadership, Education, Advocacy & Development (LEAD) for Women, the South Florida chapter of the Asian Leadership Network, and the Jacksonville chapter of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Pride. She is also active in her local community and supports Women in Distress, the largest domestic violence organization in Florida, which provides victims of domestic violence with safe shelter, crisis intervention, and resources. In 2018, Anjali has also taken a leadership role representing Global Risk Management on Bank of America’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Council.

A native of Chennai, India, Anjali holds a degree in Business Administration from Clemson University and resides in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with her family.

Iryna Rubis
CEO, Ekonomika+
Kyiv, Ukraine


Iryna joined Ekonomika+ 12 years ago as a contributing editor. Two years in she was promoted to deputy chief editor of Marketing Media Review. In 2011, she took over as CEO of the firm, and in 2014 she made a management buyout of the business.

Ekonomika+ aims to be the clearest business and sustainable services content provider for businesses in Eastern Europe. Through media, events and consultancy projects Ekonomika+ empowers stakeholders to move forward, make experiments and grow.

Iryna is a columnist at multiple online business media sites run by Ekonomika+. Iryna is also the creator of an online platform and community for working mothers. She has spoken at business events in Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Belarus. In 2015, she was nominated for the Idea of the Future Award, and has twice been a recipient of the Best Marketing Team in Media Award.

Iryna has an MBA in general management as well as a master’s degree in marketing. She is a graduate of the IE Business School in Spain and an alumna of the Swedish Management Institute.


Heba Ramzy
Global Citizenship Senior Director, Avanade
Seattle, Washington, USA


Heba is currently the global citizenship senior director for Avanade, a global professional IT Consultancy company. She is an accomplished leader with over 20 years of professional experience forging strategic initiatives, successful partnerships, innovative communities and productive teams while also advancing critical public policy dialogues.

Prior to Avanade, Heba worked at Microsoft for 14 years, serving most recently as its corporate affairs regional director for Middle East and Africa. Heba is also the founding partner of H&E consult, a practice focusing on strategic partnership and policy development to advance digital transformation in emerging markets.

In 1997, Heba created the first internationally acclaimed Egyptian children gateway, known as "Little Horus," and she also co-founded 21st Century Kids Clubs. She has received several national and international awards including the National Honorary award by Egypt’s First Lady, Cable & Wireless Childnet International Award for excellence and Microsoft's highest award, Circle of Excellence, in 2007.

Heba has served on several national and international NGO boards, currently as the chairwoman of the MasterPeace board, a member of the Co-Opinion advisory board and as a member of the Eisenhower Fellow President Advisory Council.

Heba holds master’s degree from the London School of Economics in Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo.

Johanna Symmons
CEO and Co-Founder of SCICONS
Szirák, Hungary


Johanna Symmons co-founded SCICONS (English & Scientific Consulting Kft), a biotech company which produces and distributes to scientists in over 45 countries worldwide four specialty antibodies that bind double-stranded RNA molecules. Customers include researchers at many internationally renowned research institutes, and the use of SCICONS antibodies is documented by over 400 scientific articles.

SCICONS’ vision is to help scientists do better research, and Johanna has spearheaded the company’s efforts to expand into new markets.

Johanna originally trained as a lawyer in Germany and the United Kingdom. She has a passion for public international law and has worked as a legal researcher for the London Institute of Space Policy and Law. She was also a full-time financial journalist for several years, appearing in publications such as Financial News and The Wall Street Journal. She has also been involved with the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition at the national and international level in various roles.

Johanna is currently a member of a charity that supports the development of the disadvantaged rural community where SCICONS is headquartered. She also sits on the board of United World Colleges Hungary, an educational non-profit organization.


Lorie D. Jackson
Public & Government Relations Professional, ExxonMobil Retiree, Board Treasurer for the Community Healing Network
Washington, D.C., USA

Lorie currently serves on the board of directors as treasurer for the Community Healing Network, a position she has held since 2017. The Community Healing Network is designed to bring about the emotional emancipation of people of African descent through a global grassroots movement and the establishment of dedicated meeting places that cultivate emotional healing and self-realization.

Before joining the Community Healing Network, Lorie worked at ExxonMobil for more than two decades, where she served as government relations manager for the Mid-Atlantic region from 2013-2017 and the outreach manager of the Appalachian region for an ExxonMobil subsidiary from 2011-2013.

Lorie is responsible for launching ExxonMobil’s Women’s Economic Opportunity initiative in 2006. As manager of the initiative from 2006-2011, Lorie developed global partnerships with organizations, including Vital Voices, with a proven track records in training women in valuable business and leadership skills, running global networks and ultimately in improving the economic outcomes of women in parts of the world where the company does business.

Lorie has also held positions of leadership on multiple boards, including the Coalition for Economic Opportunities, Spaulding for Children, Vital Voices, Houston Area Women’s Network and Junior Achievement.

Lorie received her bachelor of arts degree in economics from Wellesley College, her master’s in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and her MBA from Stanford.

Lorie received her bachelor of arts degree in economics from Wellesley College, her master’s in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and her MBA from Stanford.

María Laura García
President and Founder of GlobalNews Group
Buenos Aires, Argentina


María Laura García is president and founder of GlobalNews® Group, an organization created to provide services such as digital clipping, corporate intelligence, media evaluation, and information for multi market activity. Founded in 1998, GlobalNews® Group has become the premier source of media monitoring in Latin-America.

GlobalNews® Group has received multiple awards and commendations, including the Eikon 2004 Communications Award, and has twice won the International Members’ Award and Silver Award in Multi Market Activity.

María Laura also holds leadership positions outside of GlobalNews® Group, serving as the vice president of the Federation Internationale Des Bureaux D’Extraits De Presse. In 2017, María Laura was invited to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, India, and in 2018 the Indian government invited her to participate in IndiaSoft.

Before founding GlobalNews® Group, María Laura worked as a press advisor for several large governmental organizations. She has also worked as a media analyst and foreign press coordinator, and as a journalist for various radio, magazine, and news sources.

María Laura has lectured at conferences and seminars throughout Latin America, and has taught communications at El Salvador University in Argentina. She has contributed to two books on media and is working on a novel about migration and culture from a woman's perspective. María speaks several languages.


Susan Danziger
Founder, Ziggeo
New York, New York, USA


Susan Danziger is the founder of Ziggeo, an award-winning cloud-based video tech company. She was named a Woman of Influence, won the SmartCEO Brava Award, and was appointed a Fellow to the Royal Society of Arts. She previously founded DailyLit, a company that pioneered digital serialization.

Susan speaks four languages (English, German, French and Italian), loves to travel the world, and is an avid ping-pong player. She is based in New York City.

Nina Farran
CEO and Founder, Fashionkind
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA


Nina's background is in developing new opportunities that make a positive impact. While at the University of Pennsylvania, she launched an on-campus extension of a humanitarian fashion effort that built schools in sub-Saharan Africa.

More recently, she initiated, built and successfully launched the impact investing program at a national investment and wealth management firm, enabling high net worth and endowment/foundation clients to construct 100 percent impact-aligned diversified portfolios.

In 2014 Nina founded Fashionkind, an initiative to change the world using luxury fashion as the vehicle. Fashionkind vets the leading ethical and sustainable luxury brands, artisans and designers from around the world, curates collections of their designs, and collaboratively creates exclusive products for its online global platform, Fashionkind.com. Fashionkind.com marries a top-of-the-line consumer shopping experience with a one-of-a-kind storytelling platform that champions the people, places, processes and materials behind each piece and each brand.

In 2017, Nina was named one of the 50 most influential young women in the world by Town & Country Magazine. In addition to Fashionkind, Nina serves as an advisor for the New York Academy of Science's Change Fashion Initiative; as an advisor for Trade+Impact, a trade association of members from the craft and natural cosmetic sectors with a focus on women-led social enterprises in Africa and the Middle East; and on the board of Power Up Gambia, a non-profit that transforms healthcare services in The Gambia via solar energy.


Nancy Fahmy
Managing Director, GWIM Alternative Investments, Merrill Lynch
New York, New York, USA


Nancy is head of alternative investments and capital markets for Global Wealth & Investment Management at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, she is responsible for providing advisors and clients with access to a range of platforms and investment solutions including hedge funds, private equity, managed futures, precious metals, new issue and secondary equity, debt, foreign exchange, options, derivatives and structured offerings.

Prior to her appointment as head of alternative investments in 2015, Nancy was responsible for private equity and real assets origination and distribution within Merrill Lynch Alternative Investments.

Before joining Merrill Lynch Alternative Investments, Nancy was responsible for the third party derivatives and structured Investments business in Global Markets & Investment Banking. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in April, 2006, she was a director at Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust where she held senior derivatives specialist positions in Private Wealth Management and the Corporate and Investment Bank for over ten years.

Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance with a minor in Economics from the University of Delaware.

Nancy serves on the LP Advisory Council for Sponsors for Educational Opportunity.

Pamela Pecs Cytron
Founder and CEO, Pendo Systems, Inc.
Montclair, New Jersey, USA


Pam Cytron has more than 30 years of financial services technology industry experience. Her expertise includes tracking financial services technologies and developing innovative strategies to meet the industry’s demands while keeping her focus on providing the ultimate customer experience.

Pam launched Pendo Systems, Inc., a New Jersey-based financial technology company, in 2008. Pendo provides technology for the global capital markets industry and currently serves 25 percent of the U.S. G-SIFIs. In 2015, Pam pivoted Pendo Systems to create a machine learning platform that helps make financial institutions AI-ready by turning unstructured data into structured, AI-ready data sets at a machine scale.

Pam was named “Game Changer of the Year” in 2015 and has also been nominated to Fortune’s Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs. Pendo Systems was named one of the 20 Most Promising Companies in Capital Markets Technology and is a two-time winner of SWIFT’s Innotribe and Top Innovator Award.

Pam serves in leadership positions outside Pendo, as board chair of the National Youth Recovery Foundation, a non-profit that supports young people in recovery from substance abuse, and as an active supporter of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.


Jessica C. Abrahams
Chair of Government Contracts Practice and Global Public Procurement Practice, Dentons
Washington, D.C., USA


Jessica is chairwoman of Dentons’ U.S. government contracts practice and global public procurement practice. She offers U.S. and international clients comprehensive counsel on issues concerning litigation, compliance and transactions. Jessica is regarded as one of the nation's leading government contracts lawyers and she represents clients in a variety of industries, from biodefense and health care to information technology, defense products and services, supply chain and infrastructure development. She regularly advises global government contractors, Indian nations, nonprofit organizations and small business owners on contracting best practices and risk mitigation techniques.

Jessica has been involved in pro bono work with Children’s Law Center for a number of years, and she was named the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year in 2000 for her child advocacy work. She also serves on the boards of the American Jewish Congress and the Weizmann Institute of Science, and she was a founding member of Advising Women Executives. Jessica holds a JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, a master’s degree from Georgetown University, and a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College.

Stevie Howell
Designer and Founder of Stevie Howell LLC
San Francisco, California, USA


Stevie is a California-based artist and designer of her eponymous luxury loungewear and home textile company that specializes in sustainably made, handcrafted prints. After studying in the Glasgow School of Art and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Stevie launched the brand in 2014 with a 20-piece scarf collection. Today her collection is carried in some of the most innovative and directional boutiques in the U.S., and Stevie and her textiles have been featured in numerous national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Business of Fashion, Bazaar, and Vogue.

The Stevie Howell brand is distinguished by artful prints, ethical and sustainable sourcing, and high-quality craftsmanship. Collections are designed for comfort, versatility, and timelessness. Prints are created in limited editions in India and Uruguay, using water-based ink, humane silks, and natural fabrics and dyes. Whether it is a silk robe or wallpaper, Stevie aims to create inspiring textiles that connect with people around the world and bring joy to their lives.


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