Empowered women empower other women – was the motto of the panel. Highlighting the importance of inclusivity and equality when it pertains to representation. Jordan Emanuel, Model, Philanthropist & Founder at 844 Swim; Sydney Maisel Straitman, Director at Commonwealth Packaging, and Elle B. Mambetov, Founder & Designer at Elle B. Zhou, moderated by Ayesha Barenblat, Founder & CEO at Remake, created this dialogue, also highlighting that there’s no trend that each person needs to follow, what they portray is the definition of style. Just like Emanuel said, “women haven’t been empowered, historically speaking, to activate multiple sides of themselves and as we continue to branch out in any interest that we have, it’s going to cause a little discomfort”.
From the US to China, to the UK, the fashion designer and now author is expelling her journey of how an African American female can cross borders to create a name and legacy, breaking barriers and bouncing back after each pitfall to create her womenswear brand Elle B Zhou.
Ayesha Barenblat is a social entrepreneur with a passion for building sustainable supply chains that respect people and our planet. With over a decade of leadership to promote social justice and sustainability, she founded Remake to ignite a conscious consumer movement.
Jordan has a philanthropic spirit and uplifting energy, both leading to her position as Co-Founder of Women’s Non-Profit Organization, Women With Voices. Within this organization, Jordan focuses on two main initiatives – Mental Health Awareness and Sexual Education & Liberation.
Sydney’s grandparents started Commonwealth Packaging Company and her Dad and Uncle took the reins in the 90’s when she was a little girl. The sentences “high and low-density plastic” and “kraft paper bag with twisted handle” are part of her daily routine in the company.
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