Michael Carlson is a Co-Founder of Thursday Finest, in charge of the company’s pioneering on-demand production system, 3D-knitting automation and customization e-commerce experience. A veteran of New York’s technology circuit, Carlson has worked with countless start-ups, Fortune 500 companies and public-private partnerships; his work has earned the Webby, EMEA Award for Best Digital Magazine and a coveted presentation during Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference. He is also a Cookie Monster.
Lèna Saltos is Associate General Counsel, Global Director of Intellectual Property at Urban Outfitters, Inc., parent company to retailers Urban Outfitters, the Anthropologie Group, Free People and the Vetri Family restaurants, where she is responsible for managing all intellectual property, internet and social media matters across all brands. She is involved with a number of legal organizations, including the New York City Bar’s Art Law and Fashion Law Committees, as well as serving as co-chair of the Copyright Society of the USA’s Special Events Committee. Lèna is also involved in a number of arts-related non-profits, including the International Studio and Curatorial Program, a Brooklyn-based international residency program; the American Friends of the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, a 501(c)(3) supporting an Athenian museum preserving the legacy of the jeweler Ilias Lalaounis; and Ensemble Signal, a contemporary classical music ensemble which performs the music of Steve Reich and other composers internationally.
Rima Reddy is the Principal at XRC Labs, where she leads the development of XRC’s relationships with brands and retailers, as well as XRC’s startup sourcing and diligence process. She most recently worked in Strategy and Business Development at Ralph Lauren, with a focus on e-commerce and omni-channel initiatives. Prior to RL, Rima served as an Equity Research Analyst at Goldman Sachs covering the Consumer Staples sector with a focus on Packaged Food and Household Products.
Rima speaks extensively on the topics of retail technology and women in entrepreneurship. She has been featured live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange with the Cheddar, and was a speaker at the 2017 Fashion Tech Consortium at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, the 2017 FashTech Stage Conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, and the 2018 Wearable Technology Show in London, U.K.
Joe is originally from Denver, Co, and attended undergraduate studies at Willamette University in Salem, OR where he studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador. After graduating, Joe moved to London, UK on a temporary work visa and was employed at a Solicitors office while he traveled throughout Europe. He returned to Oregon to attend Law School at Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law in Portland, where he was an Associate Editor of the Lewis and Clark Law Review. He became a member of the Oregon Bar in 2010 and began work at Nike in 2013. He became the North America Brand Protection Manager in March of 2016.
Carolyn Libretti is the leader of EY’s Americas Law practice. She has over 24 years of experience in international, corporate tax and corporate legal services. She has built and led global account teams primarily for Fortune 50, CAC 40, FTSE 100 and BOVESPA clients. Carolyn is a JD/MBA and speaks several languages, which she has used over the course of her career having lived and worked with the firm in four different countries and in many different roles.
Carolyn also has significant experience leading tax and legal teams across the globe in the design and implementation of business strategies, especially in the areas of post-merger integration, intellectual property location, operational efficiency, finance transformations, co-sourcing and outsourcing opportunities, and shared service migrations.
Carolyn has a broad range of experience advising international businesses, including operational and legal restructurings, tax-efficient cash redeployment and repatriation, as well as global policy and controversy matters.
Daniel represents corporate clients, global influencers and high profile creative professionals on a wide-range of sophisticated intellectual property matters and commercial transactions. Daniel works closely with the firm’s clients to assist with brand-building and strategic development and enforcement of intellectual property assets.
Cheryl Wang has been in-house counsel at David Yurman since 2014. While her main practice area is intellectual property, her responsibilities cover a wide range of practice areas. As the sole intellectual property and brand enforcement at the company, she is responsible for managing all of the company’s copyrights, trademarks, and patents worldwide, which includes liaising frequently with outside and/or foreign counsel but with much more involvement in the drafting and filing process in the United States.
Her work further includes litigation, sweepstakes rules & administration and licensing agreements, as well as compliance related matters covering a broad spectrum of commercial and business regulations, ranging from privacy and data protection, OSHA, to FTC advertising disclosures for jewellery specific industries and social media.
GEORGETTE FARKAS created her restaurant, ROTISSERIE GEORGETTE, inspired by the simple yet sensual and time honored traditions of rotisserie cooking. Her love of those succulent roasts sets the tone for refined French accented comfort food, paired with her caring service. The setting combines Georgette’s own personal take on relaxed refinement and every restaurateur’s dream – creating wonderful memories around enjoying meals together.
“I started out as a cook and worked at just about every job there is in a restaurant, “explains Georgette. “I would never have fulfilled my dream of becoming an independent restaurateur without having first built that early, strong foundation in the kitchen.”
This native New Yorker is a restaurant professional with an international career over 20 years. She began apprenticing as a cook from age 16 gaining hands-on culinary experience at Roger Vergé’s Moulin de Mougins, Alain Ducasse’s Louis XV in Monte Carlo and with Daniel Boulud while he was executive Chef at New York’s Hotel Plaza Athenée. Georgette later returned to work for Daniel serving as his Public Relations and Marketing Director from 1995 to 2012. During her 17 year tenure she was one of a small group of executives who helped to extend Boulud’s Dinex Group to 14 venues.
While entrepreneurial spirit is woven in to her DNA (her family is known for having created Alexander’s department stores), Georgette learned her trade hands-on through the discipline of various operational positions at fine hotels and restaurants. After studying European history at Harvard, Georgette went on to attend the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne. Early on she trained in esteemed establishments including the Hotel Richmond in Geneva, Hotel de Crillon in Paris, even worked as a bartender at Blake’s Hotel in London and with night club impresario Régine at the Hotel Marignan in Paris. Her first exposure to culinary communications came as assistant producer for Chef Pierre Franey’s 26-episode PBS “Cooking in France” television series.
Today she is extending the lessons she’s learned across the world of hospitality to delivering pleasure to her guests at Rôtisserie Georgette. Ms. Farkas and her restaurant have been recognized with a “Restaurateur of the Year” (2015) award from the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, a Wine Spectator “ Award of Excellence” (2015), a Women Chefs & Restaurateurs “Golden Fork Award” (2014) for excellent service and NYC Hospitality Alliance “Front of House Award” (2018).
Simon Bock is the Associate General Counsel, IP, at Tommy Hilfiger, which is owned by PVH Corp.
He works on intellectual property licensing, advertising, marketing and entertainment law, trademark and copyright clearance, protection and enforcement and intellectual property litigation matters.
He has over 25 years’ experience advising and representing both Fortune 500 and early stage companies in various fields of business, including the apparel and toy industries and has managed and implemented major international and domestic brand clearance and protection programs including worldwide brand filing programs and anti-counterfeiting seizures and training as outside counsel.
Mr. Bock holds a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and a BEE from Pratt Institute.