As early as 2014, Adam Goldenberg, was named by Built in LA as “one of LA’s CEOs you need to know now.” Goldenberg is the co-founder of a fashion retailer deeply rooted in the tech world, TechStyle Fashion Group.
TechStyle started as JustFab in 2010, and in a few saw a meteoric rise in success and influence, expanding rapidly to become a global presence—making available its bags, shoes, athletic wear and jewelry to Canada, the UK, Germany, France and Spain. Its expansion has been due to savvy business choices, unparalleled financing opportunities and collaboration with such celebrities as Kimora Lee Simmons and Kate Hudson for TechStyle’s divisions, including FabKids, Fabletics and Shoedazzle.
Goldenberg has had amazing success in the business world long before TechStyle. In 1999 his gaming network, Gamer’s Alliance, was bought by Intermix Media, when the company was only two years old and Goldenberg still a teenager. In 2006, four years before co-founding JustFab, Goldenberg started Intelligent Beauty, an internet brand incubator.
Three years after JustFab was founded, it became a “unicorn,” the term given to companies valued at over one billion dollars. Despite their massive success, being part of the “unicorn” club did not go to Goldenberg’s head. While he welcomed the validation, knowing that every hardworking member of the JustFab team deserved it, he acknowledged that it didn’t change much by way of their day-to-day operations. The team continued working hard to make their members happy and to build amazing apparel, footwear and jewelry brands. He emphasized that the team would focus on expanding both online and in storefront retail.
The name change from JustFab to TechStyle occurred just last year, in 2016. Many had expected the change, as it underlined the company’s deep roots in the tech world, having built their brand based on the analysis of members’ personalized data, a successful meeting of Silicon Valley and Fashion Avenue, as Goldenberg himself said to WWD magazine in an interview last year. TechStyle is the natural evolution of both JustFab and Intelligent Beauty, as it combines the essence of both companies. The name change fits in perfectly with the brand’s corporate identity—as they have successfully merged fashion with technology in all aspects of the business.
To date, TechStyle continues to thrive, with more than four million VIP members all across the globe.
Conquering an industry that has long been dominated by men is no simple feat, but Susan McGalla has mastered it. Having climbed the ranks of the business world, McGalla is considered one of the leading business women in America.
Susan McGalla is currently the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburgh Steelers. McGalla credits her business success to growing up with two brothers and a father who was a football coach. She says that she was never given any breaks for being the girl of the family and had to work hard for everything she wanted.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from Mount Union College, McGalla went on to tackle American Eagle Outfitters. From 1994 to 2009 she climbed through the various ranks of the company, eventually becoming the President and Chief Merchandising Officer. The retail giant credits her with incredible profit growth and industry-leading revenue during that time. McGalla would then go on to become the CEO of Wet Seal, where she improved product quality and hired world-class talent at executive and middle management levels. Following this, she would go on to create P3 Executive Consulting, an advisory service to the financial and Wall Street community.
In 2015, Susan McGalla became the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for Pittsburgh’s renowned NFL team. Regarded as one of America’s leading business women, McGalla has managed to shatter the glass ceiling so many struggle to reach. While there are many networks and initiatives available for women to seek business careers, it is still difficult for women to truly break into the industry. With women filling only a quarter of the leadership roles in companies around the world, men still hold the majority of powerful positions in business. This disproportionate distribution of power makes it difficult for women to climb the ranks of the business world.
A possible solution to this problem may be support from executive sponsorship. An executive sponsor who can recommend women for certain roles and projects can help women to excel in business much like Susan McGalla has.
Richard Mishaan has built a reputation in New York as the chief architectural designer and interior decorator who know how to achieve a unique sense of decorative styles using techniques that are authentic to create special effects. He has been featured in AD 100, and in other prestigious magazines and establishment dealing with décor such as the A-list of Elle Décor as a highly skilled artisan. His work enjoys popularity mainly because of the way he combines excellent decorations pieces to achieve a unique effect. Richard Mishaan Design uses curated pieces, vintage antiques and boldly patterned objects that are colored to decorate rooms.
Apart from decorating hotels, offices and high-class residences, the artisan is also the author of the famous Artfully Modern and Modern Luxury which was published and printed by the Random House Monacelli Press. Richard Mishaan says that he gets a lot of inspiration from a house that is decorated through assembling several exotic pieces over an extended period. During the recently concluded House show organized by Bay Boys and Girls Club Decorator, and which was held on Tuesday 6 th June at 125 East 65th Street, Richard Mishaan said that his style is an imitation of the way traditional Venetia families decorated their houses using Silks and Velvets from a great artisan. The families from Venice and Florence put together an assortment of various works by different artisans to create spending layers of decorations. When he is assembling pieces for decorating a room, Richard Mishaan Design takes particular care to get everything right.
Another thing he enjoys doing is to host parties and entertaining guests in a room that he also keeps as a library. The technical styles he uses applies yards of silk and gimps with animal prints, cords, and woven tapes to create layers of decorations. By adding Fortuyn fabrics, he can make a chamber look quite elegant. He began his career as an apprentice of Philip Johnson, but later he proceeded to the Columbia University School of Architecture and the University of New York where he obtained a BA degree. His most famous work is the interior decoration of the Presidential suite of St. Regis Hotel in New York
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There is a difference between men and women in the workplace, as to pay scale and promotion. While there is no rational reason why there should be a gender gap, no one denies that the discrepancy exists. This gap continues despite the recognition of this discriminatory practice by both private and public organizations.
If one stands side by side a woman and a man in the same position, a woman would be just as effective no matter the level of responsibility. However, there is a gender difference as to how a woman approaches a task versus a man on the same tasks. Women’s personality has unique characteristics that make them better suited for corporate leadership and with their ventures.
Susan McGalla is a case in point of a woman who is very successful in breaking the glass ceiling and has been accepted in traditionally male roles. She does not turn her back on another woman, encourages networking, and acts as a good role model. She takes nothing for granted and recognizes that she has the necessary traits to be successful.
She has empowered herself, which has given her the energy to release her unique abilities. For instance, she has founded and has excelled as a consultant in P3 Executive Consulting, LLC and is presently the Director of Strategic Planning and Growth for The Pittsburgh Steelers.
McGalla is an expert in the retail and clothing spheres and has been recognized for her uniqueness by prominent personalities in finance that can use her insight and skills in marketing, talent management, product merchandising, and branding.
Before her work with the Pittsburgh Steelers, McGalla was employed by Joseph Horne Company, from 1986 until 1994, and worked in marketing and managerial positions. She later joined American Eagle Outfitters which led her to be promoted to the President and CMO of the flagship American Eagle brand. McGalla was then promoted to be the Presidency and Chief Merchandising Officer of the whole company. Before her position, with the Picksburge Stellers, Susan McGalla became the CEO of Wet Seal Inc, and in January 2011 she left to work at her present position.