NEW YORK, Aug. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Karen Harvey, CEO of Karen Harvey Consulting Group is pleased to announce the third annual Fashion Tech Forum. FTF is a platform for the fashion and technology sectors to gather for powerful conversation and to foster collaboration. A fashion event, FTF will bring together the most innovative CEO's, founders, leaders and investors from both the fashion and technology sectors so that they can openly discuss the challenges, overarching business needs and new technologies available to create the hybrid companies of the future.
"As we prepare to present this year's forum, we recognize how quickly both sectors have evolved. We celebrate the numerous collaborations, new technologies and hybrid companies that have fed consumers hungry for new ways to experience fashion. We are once again at a critical juncture, though, driven by consumers who crave experiences over luxury and who long for a lifestyle in harmony with their ideals. How can our companies respond to these deeply held desires, and how should we be thinking about these global shifts in the future?" – Karen Harvey
This year's conference keynote speakers will include Levi Strauss & Co. President and CEO, Chip Bergh, who will discuss with Scott Dadich Editor in Chief of Wired, LS&Co's transformation and commitment to sustainability and innovation, as well as the company's partnership with Google's Advanced Technology and Projects Group (ATAP) (Nasdaq: GOOGL) to refine the iconic Levi's® Commuter™ Trucker Jacket, with Jacquard technology woven in—a true breakthrough in fashion technology. Joining us again for an update on the project since last year, Paul Dillinger, VP of Global Product Innovation at LS&Co. and Dr. Ivan Poupyrev, Technical Lead for Project Jacquard at Google ATAP, will share their journey as well as a demo of the jacket.
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 Myers, Editor 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, and industry icons Andrew Rosen and Lew Frankfort will talk about the need to put digital at the center of all our organizations, while 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.
Additional speakers will be announced on fashiontechforum.com.
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.
Karen 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.
About Karen Harvey Consulting
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.
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