Event Honored Bethann Hardison, Fern Mallis and Edward Wilkerson in Recognition of their Achievements and Contributions to Advancing Diversity in Fashion
By BlackGivesBack NY contributor Akira Barclay
Diversity Affluence, the New York-based consultancy specializing in marketing communication, research and business development hosted the second Leaders, Achievers & Pioneers Brunch Series™ on July 25 honoring groundbreaking former model BethAnn Hardison, owner of Bethann Management; Fern Mallis, president of Fern Mallis LLC, founder of New York Fashion Week and former president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA); Brian Reyes, Colombian-American fashion designer; and Edward Wilkerson, the accomplished design director of Lafayette 148. Katherine Creag of WNYW-TV’s “Good Day New York,” hosted the event. Pictured above are honorees Bethann Hardison, Fern Mallis and Edward Wilkerson.
The brunch series, presented by Jaguar to herald the new 2011 Jaguar XJ, celebrates individuals who have achieved success and advanced the diversity agenda in America. The first event, held on July 11th, honored individuals from media and entertainment. In addition to an awards presentation in which honorees received a personalized crystal award from Diversity Affluence and Jaguar, honorees were chauffeured to and from the event in the new Jaguar XJ. All guests had the opportunity to enjoy a test ride by driving the 2011 Jaguar XJ and 2011 XK along East Quogue’s scenic Dune Road.
Jaguar’s Leah Watkins-Hall; Andrea Hoffman, President and CEO, Diversity Affluence; Honoree Edward Wilkerson, design director, Lafayette 148; Jaguar’s Connie Cunningham; attorney Bernie Jackson, Diversity Affluence
Event Host Katherine Creag, reporter, FOX-5; Andrea Hoffman; Honoree Fern Mallis, founder, New York Fashion Week and owner, Fern Mallis LLC
VOSS, artesian water from Norway, is being offered exclusively at the events which are inspired by the highly-touted book, Black Is The New Green: Marketing to Affluent African Americans, co-written by Diversity Affluence Founder Andrea Hoffman with Len Burnett. The brunch series is planned in collaboration with global public relations agency, Ruder Finn, Inc., Bernie Jackson for Diversity Affluence and a stellar Planning Committee including:
BJ Coleman, Coleman Entertainment Group
Keenan Davis, Deputy Director, The New York Times
Dr. Erika Faust, Owner of Elite Orthodontics
Latoya Henry, Marketing and PR Expert
Diana Hilson, Integrated Marketing Manager, Black Enterprise
Princess Keisha Omilana, Model, Actress, Philanthropist
Cookie Patten, Event Producer and Business Consultant
Pamela Pickens, Co-Founder of UrbanAdServe
Nkrumah Pierre, PLG Consulting Group
Jocelyn Taylor, JRT Multimedia LLC
Troy White, Founder, Whytehouse Marketing
The third event in the series will be held Sunday, August 22nd honoring non-profit and philanthropic leaders.