Fashion & Beauty Series
Katie Ann Rosen Kitchens
Co-Founder of FabFitFun
Co-founder of FabFitFun, Katie Rosen Kitchens has led its evolution as a female-focused media brand, from writing about great lifestyle products to getting them into people’s hands. Since launching the FabFitFun lifestyle box 2013, Rosen Kitchens has shifted her energy toward curating fresh and exciting brands for FabFitFun members and overseeing all brand partnerships and product development.
Building on this to place the brand at the intersection of content, community and commerce, Rosen Kitchens has spearheaded FabFitFun’s evolution into one of most-loved membership services that spans beauty, fashion fitness, home, tech and more. As editor in chief, Rosen Kitchens continues to oversee all of FabFitFun’s content including it’s quarterly lifestyle magazine, video, online and social posts, and spearheads FabFitFun’s charity initiatives.
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Director of US Operations and Merchandising at Yves Salomon
Alexandra Bonvouloir is the US Director of Operations & Merchandising at Yves Salomon based in New York. She manages Yves Salomon’s US retail and wholesale sales, merchandising, analytics, business development, and people operations. Her roles at both Dolce & Gabbana and Deloitte in merchandising and strategy prepared her for the responsibility of managing the US market at YS. Alexandra’s passion project is financial empowerment, a topic she made a focus of the 2014 Spring Conference as Co-Chair and which she also established as part of Deloitte’s national onboarding curriculum. She continued to build on this interest as a volunteer with the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) and in her role on the junior board at JumpStart, a national early education organization. Alexandra graduated from GW’s School of Business in 2014 with a dual concentration in Marketing and International Business.
Food & Hospitality Series
Founder and Co-Owner at Farmers Restaurant Group
A lifelong restaurateur, Dan Simons has become known for his ability to lead teams and communicate effectively while developing systems that deliver profitability. His tenacity for good management and desire to get the work done efficiently and creatively is balanced with a belief that providing reliable mentorship and sophisticated staff development is critical to any company’s sustained success. Named Ernst & Young’s 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year Mid-Atlantic for his business acumen and novel approaches, Simons is a champion for responsible industry standards, sustainability, and community engagement. He and his partner, Michael Vucurevich, are Co-Owners of Farmers Restaurant Group with the North Dakota Farmers Union, and operate seven restaurants in the Washington DC region and outside Philadelphia (five Founding Farmers, Farmers Fishers Bakers, Farmers & Distillers) and the Founding Spirits Distillery. Simons is also the founder of Our Last Straw, a non-profit working to eliminate plastic straws and other single-use plastics.
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Co-Founder of Chaia
Suzanne Simon co-founded Chaia after identifying a niche market for seasonal, flavorful and healthy urban street-style food. Inspired by her personal experiences of growing up in the Midwest and traveling in Mexico, she worked to create a unique relationship between farmers and consumers, presenting a new culinary experience they call ‘farm to taco’. Chaia was selected by the Washington Post “as one of nine up- and-coming DC Tastemakers” and opened its first brick and mortar location in Georgetown in November 2015.
Simon has her B.S. in Environmental Science from Ohio University and a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University. She previously worked as an editor for John Wiley & Sons and as an environmental consultant focused on sustainability and remediation.
She is a 2017 recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership fellowship award. The program comprises an annual fellowship for a class of 20 women to attend a five-day entrepreneurship and leadership training program, developed with and hosted at Babson College.