National Geographic Channel And Katie Couric Chronicle The Gender Revolution With Moving Human Stories In Two-Hour Documentary

Two-Hour Documentary Hosted and Executive Produced by Couric to Premiere Feb. 6 at 9/8c Timed to National Geographic Magazine January Single-Topic Issue Exploring Gender Issues Around the Globe

It used to appear so simple for many of us: you were a boy or you were a girl. Girls wore pink, and boys wore blue; girls played with dolls, and boys played with trucks. Yet around the globe, these traditional notions of gender are changing rapidly, and labels are no longer so clear cut. National Geographic sets out to explore this evolving concept of gender through the lens of science, society and culture in the groundbreaking new two-hour documentary Gender Revolution: A Journey With Katie Couric, premiering Monday, Feb. 6, at 9/8c. Produced by Katie Couric Media with National Geographic Studios and World of Wonder Productions, the special will also air on National Geographic around the globe in 171 countries and in 45 languages.gender-revolution-ngm-covers-transparent-adapt-1190-1

Gender Revolution will explore the complexities of gender in everyday life, from the moment we are born through our twilight years. To better understand this complex social and scientific issue, Couric crisscrossed the U.S. to talk with scientists, psychologists, activists, authors and families to learn more about the role of genetics, brain chemistry and modern culture on gender fluidity. With conversations that range from the scientifically enlightening to the deeply personal, Couric’s unflinching search for truth sheds light on countless untold stories of struggle, understanding, ignorance, hurt and love.national-geographic

It’s hard to avoid hearing about some aspect of gender these days. Every time you check your phone, turn on the TV or scan Twitter, there’s another story that’s challenging our preconceived notions of what gender is, how it’s determined and the impact these new definitions are having on society,” said Couric. “I set out on a journey to try to educate myself about a topic that young people are living with so effortlessly — and get to know the real people behind the headlines. Because the first step to inclusiveness and tolerance is understanding.”

Among those Couric meets on her journey are the following:

  • Georgiann Davis, an activist who explores how intersex traits are defined, experienced and contested in contemporary U.S. society; intersexuality is a condition doctors estimate affects one in every 1,500 to 2,000 births
  • Dr. Joshua Safer, an endocrinologist engaged in clinical research who addresses a lack of knowledge on medical topics regarding transgender-identified individuals
  • Prof. Kristina Olson, who is conducting a 20-year study of hundreds of young transgender and gender-nonconforming kids
  • Transgender individuals of almost every generation — from a 4-year-old in Washington, D.C., to a retiree in California — who with their families face unique challenges as the result of their evolving gender identities
  • Michaela Mendelsohn, a trans woman who owns six franchise businesses around Los Angeles and who, in response to tragically high jobless rates among transgender people, has dedicated her efforts to hire and promote trans workers at her restaurants
  • Celebrity activists and pioneers such as tennis star Renee Richards and model and actress Hari Nef
  • Gavin Grimm, a trans teen whose lawsuit seeking equal bathroom access is headed to the Supreme Court
  • Countless other doctors and scientists who are on the frontlines of gender issues helping shape medical, social and psychological well-being

Further enhancing Couric’s intimate conversations are innovative graphics and animations that will help viewers understand the physiological nature of sex and gender like never before.

The broadcast premiere of Gender Revolution will come on the heels of the January 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine. The entire single-topic issue will be devoted to examining gender from different perspectives, providing a 360-degree look at what gender means in science and in social systems and civilizations throughout the world. With powerful storytelling through text, photographs, maps and graphics, pairedimages with video and other content online, the issue will address gender identity and sexuality, coming of age for children in various cultures and the threats that those with certain gender identities face worldwide, among other topics. The January issue will be available on print newsstands beginning Dec. 27 and was uploaded online in its entirely at www.natgeo.com/genderrevolution on Dec. 19.

National Geographic is also developing a comprehensive discussion guide for schools and young adult groups to help guide conversation around the themes and topics covered in both the documentary and the magazine. This guide will be available for download beginning in January on www.natgeo.com/genderrevolution.

Gender Revolution is produced by Katie Couric Media, World of Wonder Productions and National Geographic Studios for National Geographic. For Katie Couric Media, executive producers are Katie Couric and Mitch Semel. For World of Wonder, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato and Jeremy Simmons serve as executive producers. For National Geographic Studios, executive producers are Jeff Hasler and Brian Lovett. For National Geographic, Tim Pastore is president, original programming and production, and Michael J. Miller is executive producer.

Donald Trump Wins — Again! President-Elect Nabs Coveted Honor as Esquire Magazine’s 2016 ‘Dubious Man of the Year’

Surprise Future Chief Executive Bests Former Presumed President-Elect Hillary Clinton, Roger Ailes, Rudy Giuliani, Ryan Lochte, Creepy Clowns and Other Dubious Achievers

Extremely “Bigly” News Also Heralds the Triumphant Return of ‘Dubious Achievement Awards’ to Esquire After An Eight-Year Hiatus

Having been swept into the highest office in the land on November 8, President-Elect Donald Trump reached another pinnacle of achievement today, when it was announced by the editors of Esquire that he had been elected to the prestigious, hard-won title of Dubious Man of the Year.”Esquire Logo

The Dubious Achievement Awards (“an annual celebration of mendacity, mediocrity, and moronic behavior”) first appeared in Esquire in January 1962 as “a salute to those many whom the rest of us owe so little.” They ran in the magazine until 2008, when they were accidentally left behind in the coat room at Elaine’s restaurant for eight years.

It was a crowded field,” said Jay Fielden, editor-in-chief of Esquire. “But very early in the running the rest of the year’s bad hombres – blue-haired prevaricator Ryan Lochte, greedy extortionist Martin Shkreli and all those creepy clowns hanging around schoolyards with hockey sticks – fell away and it was clear who was going to be the winner whichever way the Presidency went. Not since Richard Nixon became the annual patron saint of these awards in 1963 have we seen such a worthy and unanimous winner. We congratulate President-Elect Donald J. Trump, his family and his entire team on this historic effort, which almost transcends last week’s, in our opinion.

Esquire Dec-Jan

December/January issue of Esquire Magazine (PRNewsFoto/Esquire)

In addition to the high honor accorded to Mr. Trump, the 2016 Dubious Achievement Awards in the new December/January issue are bestowed upon a host of other figures who have defined the outer limits of acceptable behavior during the calendar year, including Chappaqua resident Hillary Clinton, Libertarian spoiler and weed broker Gary Johnson, previously disgraced and upcoming Presidential advisor Roger Ailes, Blind Bill Cosby, and anyone who played Pokémon Go.

When it comes to truly dubious figures, Donald Trump has stood hair and shoulders above everyone this year,” said Esquire Contributing Editor David Hirshey, who piloted the renewed awards this month as well as during the dubious heyday of Michael Jackson, O.J. Simpson and George W. Bush. “Without his contribution, it would have been a relatively normal year of stupidity and greed, but our ‘Dubious Man of the Year‘ elevated his game to a level so spectacularly dubious that it may have actually swept him into the Oval Office. We really had no choice but to award him this accolade for which he has so clearly been preparing for his entire adult life.”

Esquire is the most-honored monthly magazine in America, with 26 National Magazine Awards, including one for its iPad app, and 88 nominations. In its digital expressions, Esquire.com has an audience of 11.3 million (comScore, Sept. 2016), and a social media following of 2 million. In addition to its U.S. flagship, Esquire publishes 26 editions around the world. Esquire is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst, one of the nation’s largest diversified media and information companies. Hearst Magazines‘ print and digital assets collectively reach more than 128 million readers and site visitors each month, or 53 percent of all adults in the U.S.; nearly two-thirds of all women and 69 percent of all millennial women (source: comScore/MRI 9-16/S16).

The December/January issue hits newsstands on November 22.

Annenberg Space For Photography Skylight Studios And Amanda de Cadenet’s Girlgaze Present #girlgaze: a frame of mind

Immersive Exhibit Celebrates the Contributions of Female Photographers, Presenting a Girl’s-Eye View of the World, October 22, 2016 – February 26, 2017

Girlgaze is a Multimedia Platform That Generates Visibility and Community for the Next Generation of Female Photographers.

On October 22, 2016, the Annenberg Space for Photography will amplify its current exhibit with #girlgaze: a frame of mind, a stunning, never-before-exhibited collection of more than 150 photographs by young female-identifying photographers from around the world. The exhibit curators are Girlgaze, a collective founded by the famed British-born television host, women’s advocate and photographer Amanda de Cadenet to give visibility, opportunity and support to the next generation of female photographers and artists.

Now, through its interactive, digitally driven collection of work from young, emerging photographers, #girlgaze: a frame of mind will present a wide range of diverse female perspectives that engage visitors on a broad range of topics from sexuality, objectification and body image to mental illness, addiction and more. The exhibit, which was designed by Commonwealth Projects, also includes a section featuring the work of trailblazing women photographers such as Imogen Cunningham and Dorothea Lange.

The collection will be on display at Skylight Studios through February 26, 2017. Both #girlgaze: a frame of mind and the current Annenberg Space for Photography exhibit, IDENTITY: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders The List Portraits, explore themes of self-definition by celebrating the achievements of communities that have traditionally been marginalized. On view at the Annenberg Space for Photography through February 26, 2017, IDENTITY features more than 150 photographs from Timothy Greenfield-Sanders‘ acclaimed collections The Black List, The Latino List, The Women’s List, The Out List and The Trans List.annenberg-space-for-photography-logo-logotype-880x660

We’re thrilled to work with Girlgaze to create another very special interactive experience at Skylight Studios,” said Cinny Kennard, Executive Director at the Annenberg Foundation. “#girlgaze: a frame of mind will allow us to program vibrant discussions that look at the world from a different perspective, engaging with complicated themes of identity, beauty, sexuality and culture in a manner sure to resonate with audiences of all ages and from all walks of life.”

Girlgaze began as a movement on social media, where aspiring photographers posted more than 450,000 pictures on Instagram with the hashtag “girlgaze.” The project has garnered support from powerhouses from the media, fashion and photography worlds, including Inez van Lamsweer, Amber Valletta, Lynsey Addario, Sam Taylor-Johnson and Collier Schorr, all of whom sit on Girlgaze‘s curating committee.

In addition to its curated digital collection of images, Girlgaze provides a larger ecosystem supporting the work and careers of fledgling female photographers, artists and creatives, from providing grants to securing jobs. Girlgaze curated the September edition of Teen Vogue, the first issue of a Conde Nast magazine to be created entirely by girls, for girls.

Amanda de Cadenet, the thoughtful multi-hyphenate known for her photography as well as her substantive and diverse discussions with top female talent on The Conversation interview series, as well a the founder and CEO of Girlgaze, said, “The Girlgaze team is extremely honored to be chosen by the Annenberg Space for Photography to exhibit the work of female photographers from around the world. We are thrilled to share the views, experiences and ideas of so many talented girls — however they identify and wherever they come from — with a new audience. Female voices are so often marginalized. If we are ever to achieve gender equality, which is what we’re striving for, it’s crucial to include their voices. This exhibition shows girls as they are: smart, perceptive, creative and bold.

The Annenberg Space for Photography Skylight Studios (10050 Constellation Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90067 ) is a 5,000-square-foot multimedia studio and retail gallery located directly across Century Park from the Annenberg Space for Photography. Skylight Studios is the home of the Annenberg Space for Photography‘s Iris Nights lecture series, a free public program of presentations by photographers and other notable experts and guest artists.

Skylight Studios (10050 Constellation Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90067) is open Wednesday through Sunday: 11am – 6pm and Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free.

Parking with validation is $3.50 Wednesdays – Fridays and $1.00 on weekends https://annenbergphotospace.org/skylight-studios

First CES 2017 Keynote Announced: NVIDIA CEO to Address Latest in Artificial Intelligence, Self-Driving Cars, Virtual Reality, Gaming

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ announced its first keynote speaker for CES® 2017: NVIDIA co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, who will deliver the event’s preshow address at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association, CES will run Jan. 5-8, 2017, in Las Vegas, NV.Print

NVIDIA has spent the last two decades pioneering Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) computing. It invented the GPU in 1996 and has evolved it into a computer brain that gives humans the power to simulate virtual worlds and gives computers the intelligence to understand the real world. NVIDIA is now the world leader in AI computing — turning science fiction into reality.

Huang co-founded NVIDIA in 1993 and has served since then as president, chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors. Noted by Harvard Business Review as one of the world’s 100 best-performing CEOs, he is a recipient of the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award from the Global Semiconductor Association and has received other accolades, most notably the Daniel Epstein Engineering Management Award from the University of Southern California, and an honorary doctorate from Oregon State University. He is also a founding honoree of the U.S. Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

The Autonomous Vehicle Marketplace — formally known as Vehicle Intelligence — has grown by 75 percent since its inception at CES 2014. NVIDIA will exhibit alongside automotive manufacturers in the North Hall at CES 2017. Plus, more than a dozen CES conference sessions are dedicated to autonomous vehicles and vehicle technology.

NVIDIA plays a central role in some of the most important technology forces changing our world today,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association. “Its work in artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, VR and gaming puts the company on the leading edge of the industry. Mr. Huang is a visionary CEO who consistently anticipates trends well before their arrival. I am especially pleased to welcome him to the keynote stage given the growth we’ve seen in all of these areas on the CES show floor.

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ is the trade association representing the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. The Association also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.

CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years – the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the technology trade association representing the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed.

For a sneak-peek into Huang’s CES keynote address, check out what NVIDIA has to say about it. Registration for CES 2017 is now open. Visit CES.tech for more information. Check out CES video highlights. Follow CES online at CES.tech and on social.

Fast Company Announces The Second Annual Fast Company Innovation Festival

Featuring Melinda Gates, Tim Armstrong, Cher, Samantha Bee, Danny Meyer, Joe Jonas And More3034007-slide-s-12-whats-the-difference-between-a-logo-and-a-symbol

Fast Company announces its second annual Fast Company Innovation Festival, taking place November 1-4, 2016 in New York City. Over the course of the week, the festival’s theme of “Find Your Mission. Deepen Your Purpose” will bring together extraordinary personalities from the worlds of business, technology, design, and entertainment for bold conversations, hands-on workshops, and exclusive inside company tours. The festival will also feature an array of gatherings such as the social enterprise breakfast, where exceptional people from a diverse group of nonprofit organizations will network to discuss their shared goal of improving the world. To purchase tickets and to see complete festival information, go to www.fastcompany.swoogo.com/innovationfestival.

Innovation Festival attendees will design their own agenda, selecting from a series of high-level keynote conversations taking place at New York University‘s Skirball Center; intimate panel discussions and lively happenings at Civic Hall, a community center for civic innovators in the Flatiron District; and more than 100 Fast Tracks—behindnewhousead-300x180-fcny-the-scenes tours of some of the most creative companies and institutions across New York City.

Fast Company is one of the world’s leading business media brands, with an editorial focus on creativity and innovation in technology, ethical economics, leadership, and design. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, along with its sister publication Inc. and can be found online at www.fastcompany.com.

CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE:

  • Melinda Gates, Philanthropist and Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Indra Nooyi, Chairperson and CEO, PepsiCo
  • Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Chobani
  • Tim Armstrong, CEO, AOL Inc.
  • Neil Blumenthal, Cofounder and co-CEO, Warby Parker
  • Samantha Bee, Host “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”
  • Cher
  • Joe Jonas, DNCE
  • Kevin Jonas
  • Phil McIntyre, Entrepreneur, CEO and Founder, Philymack
  • Kimberly Bryant, Founder and Executive Director, Black Girls Code
  • Hugh Evans, Cofounder, Global Citizen
  • Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder and CEO, FEED
  • Emily Weiss, Founder and CEO, Glossier
  • Eileen Fisher, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Eileen Fisher, Inc.
  • Princess Reema bint Bandar al-Saud, Founder of Alf Khair and Cofounder of the Zahra Breast Cancer Association
  • Danny Meyer, Union Square Hospitality Group
  • DeRay Mckesson, Activist
  • Mike Krieger, Cofounder and CTO, Instagram
  • Janet Mock, Author and TV Host
  • Sam Kass, Food Entrepreneur

Fast Company is proud to welcome this year’s Festival sponsors from across the most innovative and forward-thinking industries, from automotive to biotechnology, who will be represented on panels, Fast Tracks, and on-site activations.

Audi of America is the Official Vehicle of the 2016 Fast Company Innovation Festival. Scott Keogh, President of Audi of America, will be joined by visionary industry experts across sectors to host a productivity-meets-creativity-themed Fast Track, moderated by a Fast Company editorial representative. The interactive experience will explore the challenge faced by truly disruptive products and services to gain widespread adoption.

Marriott International is the Official Hospitality Partner for the Fast Company Innovation Festival. Marriott International will create engaging experiences for attendees that highlight the lifestyle portfolio of brands including Autograph Collection Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy Hotels, and Renaissance Hotels. In addition, this year’s annual Innovation By Design Awards will be presented by Marriott International including a celebration and reception hosted at the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel.

GE and Intel will host an interactive panel discussion on new Ecomagination research that explores how companies across sectors are using digital innovation to address big global issues such as water, energy and efficiency.

As one of the world’s leading and largest global communications agencies, Weber Shandwick has a pulse on the challenges brands face engaging with people in an interdependent world – and the opportunities for companies large and small to place purpose at the heart of their marketing approach. At Civic Hall, Weber Shandwick President Gail Heimann will join leading global brands and influencers in a conversation about what it takes to evolve a legacy brand for a new purpose-driven world.

Bristol-Myers Squibb presents a conversation on the Civic Hall stage with Chief Commercial Officer Murdo Gordon and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and leading cancer researcher, Siddhartha Mukherjee on the evolving nature of cancer treatment and its business impact.

CES® will offer a Recharging Coffee Bar and Charging Station, allowing attendees to connect over refreshments while learning about C Space at CES 2017, the program designed for advertising, content, entertainment and marketing professionals.

Fjord will host a partner Fast Track at their New York studio, demonstrating that there is no such thing as failure with a behind the scenes look at the tools, processes, and spaces powering the Fjord continuous design approach to rapid innovation.

Karen Harvey Consulting Group Announces New High Profile Speakers and Moderators for its 3rd Annual Fashion Tech Forum (FTF)

Speakers and Activations Now Include Sarah Robb O’Hagan, Intel, Tamara Mellon, Movado, Away, Evrythng, and KidBox

Moderators Now Include Those From: Fast Company, Digital Times, Business of Fashion, and Refinery29

Karen Harvey, CEO of Karen Harvey Consulting Group is pleased to announce that some of the most important leaders in Fashion Tech will now be joining Fashion Tech Forum (FTF) on October 13 at Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn. Ms. Harvey launched Fashion Tech Forum in 2014 to provide a platform for the fashion, retail, technology and investment communities to better connect and collaborate on how to work together in the future.

The annual conference is an invitation-only event with 800+ industry leaders. Last year, Fashion Tech Forum brought together the most exceptional CEO’s, innovators, thinkers, founders and investors in fashion, retail, media and technology. This year’s conference will engage Founders and CEOs in sharing their stories of leadership and transformation.

FTF Speakers

Karen Harvey Consulting Group Announces New High Profile Speakers and Moderators for its 3rd Annual Fashion Tech Forum (FTF) At Duggal Greenhouse In Brooklyn On October 13th, 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Karen Harvey Consulting Group)

FTF 2016, which was officially announced on August 3rd is a platform for the fashion and technology sectors to gather for powerful conversation and to share new information fostering future collaboration. CEO’s, founders, leaders and investors from both sectors will discuss a broad range of issues, fueling the genesis of the hybrid companies of the future.

Verizon‘s Chief Marketing Officer Diego Scotti will talk about bringing Verizon’s mission to deliver the promise of a digital world to the forefront as they continue to evolve into a lifestyle and entertainment brand engaging with consumers across all aspects of their lives.

EBay (Nasdaq: EBAY), one of FTF’s original partners, will participate again as Bradford Shellhammer their Head of Curation and Merchandising on the eBay Innovation team will lead a discussion on human-led curation. Michael Preysman, Founder and CEO of Everlane returns to FTF’s stage along with Head of Product and Design Rebekka Bay.

Laurent Potdevin, CEO of Lululemon (Nasdaq: LULU), and Creative Director Lee Holman will share their ongoing commitment to innovation, authenticity and creating a design-led company.

Other keynote speakers will include: Robbie MyersEditor in Chief of ELLE, who will share her journey in transforming ELLE into a cultural game-changer for women; and in the areas of evolving fashion companies Diane von Furstenberg along with the brand’s CEO, Paolo Riva and new Chief Creative Officer, Jonathan Saunders will share their transformative experiences.

Ganesh Srivats, VP North American Sales from Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA) shares the advancement of luxury retail experiences.

As the leader in mobile storytelling platforms, Snapchat‘s Peter Sellis, Head of Revenue Product, along with Snapchat‘s Farnaz Azmoodeh, Director of Engineering, will discuss how the platform is transforming retail experiences.

New Additions and Updates Being Announced Today Include:

  • Levi’s Strauss & Co: Chip Bergh, CEO interviewed by David Lidsky, Deputy Editor, Fast Company and Google (Nasdaq: GOOGL): Ivan Poupyrev (ATAP) and Levi’s Paul Dillinger, VP, Head of Global Product Innovation, to be interviewed by Elizabeth Segran, Staff Writer, Fast Company about their joint initiative, Project Jaquard.
  • Intel: Sandra Lopez, VP & GM, Wearables to be interviewed around the surging value of data as an essential business commodity.
  • Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA): Ganesh Srivats, VP, North American Sales to be interviewed by Piers Fawkes, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, PSFK on the advancement of luxury retail.
  • Sarah Robb O’Hagan: Sarah Robb O’Hagan, Founder, CEO and author of the upcoming book of the same name, EXTREMEYOU will be giving an inspirational keynote.
  • KidBox: Haim Dabbah, Founder, and Miki Berardelli, CEO, will be talking about the first kids style box that combines cool brands, meaningful savings, and a mission to clothe children in need. They’ll be interviewed by Rebecca Jarvis, Chief Business, Technology, & Economics Correspondent, ABC News.
  • Emblematic Group: Jamie Pallot, Co-Founder, will be making opening remarks to kickoff this year’s event as one of our hosts for the day.
  • Theory: Andrew Rosen, CEO, and Investor, and Former Chairman and CEO of Coach: Lew Frankfort, to be interviewed by Lauren Sherman, New York Editor, Business of Fashion.
  • TMellon Enterprises LLC: Tamara Mellon, President, Movado: Efraim Grinberg, CEO and Maison de Mode: Amanda Hearst and Hassan Pierre, Co-Founders to be interviewed by Christene Barberich, Refinery29.
  • Evrythng: Andy Hobsbawm, Co-Founder & CMO, Away: Steph Korey, Co-founder and TBC to be interviewed by Robin Raskin, Digital Times on the future of the Innovation of Things (IoT).

“From Snapchat to lululemon the 3rd Annual Fashion Tech Forum brings together our vision for sharing powerful insights that are important for the leaders of both fashion and technology companies as they plan their strategy for the future. As it is my commitment to provide content from the most senior leaders from both sectors, ensuring that our C-level audience will be inspired, I am pleased to announce these new additions to our lineup. They are the experts bringing fashion and technology together and they will share both their challenges and their advances on the journey to shaping the next decade of product, retail, and innovations that will add value to all of our lives.” states Ms. Harvey

The Karen Harvey Consulting Group is an international consulting firm focused on executive search, brand incubation and advisory services for luxury, fashion, retail and innovation-driven companies. In addition to FTF, the firm also launched INDX, a two-sided marketplace for vetted, world-class creative talent to discover, connect and seek employment opportunities with top brands. Karen Harvey Consulting has earned international recognition for bringing some of the industry’s most successful CEOs and creative leaders to powerful global companies. The company is based in New York and London.

Lane Bryant Set to Debut “This Body” Campaign in 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition

The Brand’s Appearance Will Mark the Start of a Groundbreaking Partnership Between Lane Bryant and Sports Illustrated

In a bold move, Lane Bryant, the nation’s billion dollar 750+ store retailer specializing in fashion for women sizes 14 to 28, is launching their national advertising campaign, This Body. The spirited campaign, fueled by her voice is aimed at their current customer, women who love the skin they’re in and are confident with the bodies they have. The provocative This Body campaign centers around a series of photographs shot by famed photographer Cass Bird. Starring top industry models Ashley Graham, Precious Lee, Tara Lynn, Denise Bidot, and Georgia Pratt, the campaign images embrace the angles and curves of today’s modern woman and challenges the idea that sexy comes in one small form. The campaign will roll out across Lane Bryant’s stores and social media channels, as well as on billboards, television, and in magazines.

image

Linda Heasley, Lane Bryant CEO and President had this to say, “We want to shift conventional perception and we’ve only just begun with This Body. Lane Bryant will continue to be her platform for celebrating her as she is. She is beautiful, she is strong. The world is ready for more curves and we are leading the charge.

We see the same stereotype of the plus size woman in the media: she is unhappy, projecting sort of a low self-esteem, not well dressed, and seemingly spends her nights at home dreaming of another life. This Body aims to celebrate who she really is. She craves the latest fashion trends. She’s the buyer of coveted brands. She should be in the pages of today’s fashion magazines and she’s the next broadway star. She’s competing in the boxing ring. She is the voice of women everywhere,” said Brian Beitler, Lane Bryant CMO.

Lane Bryant has also been named an Official Marketing Partner of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition 2016, and will make its first-ever appearance in the issue by debuting the This Body campaign.

The opportunity for Lane Bryant, as a women’s retailer, to partner with Sports Illustrated is an industry-first, and celebrates both the brand and the franchise’s message of body empowerment and inclusivity in the media and in the world. The announcement follows this week’s news that model Ashley Graham will make her editorial debut in SI Swimsuit. Graham is a renowned advocate for body positivity and healthy curves. Miss Graham is one of the three cover models—yes, three– a first for the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Sports Illustrated cover-ashley-graham

Ashley Graham–Photo Credit: James Macari/Sports Illustrated (PRNewsFoto/Sports Illustrated)

A cornerstone of the campaign will be a This Body image of model Precious Lee shot by famed photographer Cass Bird which will grace the beginning pages of SI’s 2016 Swimsuit Edition.

The message of This Body is clear: Lane Bryant is calling for ALL women to embrace what makes HER feel most beautiful – every curve, every roll, every inch. The campaign serves as celebration of the women who say “watch me” to those who doubt her and what her body can do.

We’re thrilled that Sports Illustrated has embraced the message of body positivity and inclusivity that is the mantra of our This Body campaign,” said Lane Bryant CEO and President Linda Heasley. “Not only will our brand have major visibility among some of the top consumer brands in retail, our beautiful campaign models will be seen in the pages of the magazine right alongside the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models, showing yet again that sexy isn’t limited to size or shape.”

Lane Bryant is breaking boundaries and leading the important conversation about today’s definition of sexy. Having them on –board as Official Marketing Partner for SI Swimsuit is a no-brainer,” said Damian Slattery, Sports Illustrated Group CMO. “Their campaign and models are a natural complement to the ideals of SI Swimsuit.”

The brand’s appearance in the issue will mark the start of a comprehensive print and digital partnership with the magazine. Not only will Lane Bryant’s newest campaign be seen amongst the pages of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition 2016, the brand will also be highlighted with a strong digital presence on www.SI.com/Swimsuit and at two Fan Festivals celebrating the 2016 launch in New York City and Miami.

For more information on Lane Bryant, please visit www.lanebryant.com.