Category Archive: Americas

Natalia Modenova

Natalia has more than 10 years of experience in the fashion industry, her main activities include founding a showroom More Dash in Paris and international conference Fashion Tech Summit alongside her business partner Daria Shapovalova. Natalia was a curator of the Fashion Business course at Kiev Fashion Institute, curator at Creative Ukraine conference, organized by the Ministry of Culture in Ukraine, an expert at Google Woman Digital Academy.

After 4 seasons as press-attaché at Mercedes-Benz Kiev Fashion Days, Natalia became it’s COO. Later she co-founded More Dash showroom in Paris, initiating and curating showcases for promotion and sales of the designers’ collections internationally. In 2019 More Dash expanded to the US with its Fashion Experience Pop-Up Stores in Los Angeles. In 2020 Natalia (along with her co-founder) launched their first tech company DRESSX. Natalia Modenova is in the list of Highsnobiety for TOP13 experts weigh in on Fashion NFT and in Threedium TOP50 Voices driving the conversation in AR, VR and 3D and featured in Forbes USA, Financial Times, Vogue Business, WWD, Business of Fashion, Dazed and other media

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Jarno Vanto

Jarno Vanto (CIPP/E, CIPP/US) is a partner in the Privacy & Cybersecurity Group in Crowell & Moring’s New York office. With an extensive understanding of the complex international regulatory environment and cross-industry technologies, he provides a differentiated global perspective to clients on personal information privacy, cybersecurity, technology transactions, and corporate matters.

With a keen understanding of client risk level and risk tolerance, he partners with clients to help them achieve their business goals and provides a range of legal services, including privacy and cybersecurity compliance counseling, complex cross-border and domestic technology and data transactions, data and software licensing, other technology and data transfer agreements, as well as regulatory investigations involving personal information. Jarno frequently serves as counsel for foreign technology companies on the legal issues they encounter in the U.S. market, advising on their U.S. corporate presence and acting as outside general counsel. Additionally, he counsels cross-industry clients on global privacy and cybersecurity compliance programs for companies ranging from advertising to health technology to industrial machinery, as well as corporate restructuring for venture finance and IP management purposes.

Jarno has advised companies ranging from venture-backed startups to Fortune 50 companies on their compliance with personal information and information security laws such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation, the California Consumer Privacy Act, and emerging state laws. He provides privacy compliance counseling to companies that provide software-as-a-service, data-as-a-service, automotive and connected vehicle technologies, mobile applications, location-based technologies, financial services, server technologies, HR services, and health care technologies. Additionally, Jarno holds CIPP/E and CIPP/US information privacy professional certifications and has received a legal certification to evaluate information technology products and services with the intent of awarding companies with the EuroPrise European Privacy Seal.

He is fluent in Finnish, Swedish, and German. He has a working knowledge of Dutch.

Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner in the New York office of another AmLaw 100 firm

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Jonathan Shiffman

Jonathan Shiffman graduated from the New York University School of Law and practiced employment litigation at Weil Gotshal before joining Ralph Lauren.  At Ralph Lauren, he heads our employment law, litigation, risk management, and health and safety functions. 

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Randy Samson

Randy is responsible for legal coverage for all licensing, corporate transactions and commercial contracts in the Americas He has been with  Ralph Lauren since 2013.  Previously Randy was with Davis Polk & Wardwell, working in the intellectual property group of the corporate department.  H received his JD from Seton Hall University School of Law and BA/BS from Boston University 

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Charles Damga

Charles Damga is the first Director of Creator Relations at Foundation. He founded independent record label UNO NYC in 2011 with an eccentric roster of artists including Mykki Blanco, Arca, Ian Isiah and Fatima Al Qadiri. Charles was the North American Head of A&R at Warp Records for the last eight years signing artists like Oneohtrix Point Never, Kelela, Yves Tumor and Danny Brown. He previously worked at James Murphy’s DFA Records, launched Boiler Room TV in North America and attended Mcgill University, Montreal, QC.

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Vanessa Barboni Hallik

Vanessa Barboni Hallik is the founder and CEO of Another Tomorrow, an end-to-end sustainable luxury design company and platform for discovery and action committed to transparency and a circular economy. She is also an investor in early-stage companies with strong ESG commitments catalyzing system change. Vanessa serves on the Board of the Accountability Counsel and the Advisory Boards for the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Trust for Public Land.  

Prior to founding Another Tomorrow, Vanessa was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, where she held several leadership roles in the emerging markets institutional securities business. While at Morgan Stanley, she served as a Trustee on the Board of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and represented the firm at the Council on Foreign Relations. She likewise chaired the Fixed Income Philanthropy Committee, during which she initiated and subsequently led the firm’s mentoring program with East Side Community High School, in partnership with  

Vanessa holds a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University and is an M.S. Candidate at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. She resides in New York City with her family and two dogs.  



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Katy Gaul-Stigge

Katy Gaul-Stigge is the President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc., one of a national network of 155 nonprofit organizations serving individuals with disabilities and other barriers to connect to employment.  She joined this historic social enterprise 2016. In 2020, during the pandemic Goodwill NYNJ served over 14,000 individuals virtually and in person with mental health, job training, transitional work, and job coaching.  Including keeping people in work and placing nearly 1400 in new jobs outside of Goodwill thrift stores.  Gaul-Stigge oversees the operations of 64 Goodwill NYNJ programs and 23 retail locations in the New York City metropolitan area, Northern New Jersey, Long Island, and the capital region of NY. Last year, Goodwill NYNJ launched a bridge pathway pilot to prepare job-seekers for advanced technology training programs. The Thrift retail operations opened first multi-purpose outlet, eCommerce, warehouse facility, launched the Curated concept, created new corporate donation opportunities, and rescued over 43 million pounds of clothes, shoes and household items from the landfill in 2020.    

Prior to Goodwill, she led workforce and human service initiatives in key City-wide agencies in her fourteen years of city service.  Gaul-Stigge gained national attention for her development of Mayor de Blasio’s Career Pathways strategy as the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development. Her leadership includes service as Deputy Commissioner at Human Resources Administration (HRA) for Employment & Contracts workforce program including the Back 2 Work, launching Jobs-Plus, and subsidized job programs. Gaul-Stigge was also Assistant Commissioner at New York City’s Small Business Services (SBS) where she led the Training and Advancement team which launched NYC Training Guide and expanded anti-poverty programs for working New Yorkers.  Katy Gaul-Stigge lives in Brooklyn and is a graduate of Columbia School of Social Work and Mt. Holyoke College. She is a member of Coro Leadership NY, Greater NY, and is a mentor for 92 St Y Women in Power fellows. She wears clothes from Goodwill every day. 

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Kristy Caylor

Kristy Caylor is an entrepreneur and fashion industry vet dedicated to building circular, waste-free systems for the industry. Three years ago, she founded zero-waste fashion brand, For Days. Prior to launching For Days, Caylor founded Maiyet, a pioneering, ethical luxury brand, and spent her early career growing businesses for Gap, Inc. (she was instrumental in forging Gap’s Product (RED) division). A member of the CFDA, Caylor also sat on the Lexus Fashion Initiative advisory board, and w Kristy Caylor is an entrepreneur, fashion innovator, and sustainability visionary.  She brings a unique understanding of the circular economy and an extensive background in fashion to For Days.   

 Previously, Caylor co-founded Maiyet, a pioneering luxury brand that seamlessly integrated world class design with a transformative social philosophy.  As president, Caylor built a global artisan supply chain, launched Maiyet on the Paris runway, opened a store in New York’s Soho neighborhood, and sold the collection to major retailers including Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Saks.    

Caylor spent her early career launching and growing businesses for Gap, Inc. including Banana Republic Petites, Banana Republic Japan, and was instrumental in leading Gap’s Product (RED) division.   

She is a member of the CFDA, has worked with the Lexus Fashion Initiative advisory board, Cradle to Cradle’s Fashion + and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Textile Initiative.    

In 2014, she was recognized by the Voss Foundation as the Woman Helping Women Honoree and regularly participated with the UN Foundation.  In 2016 Caylor was appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Consumerism, and was invited to speak on the SXSW 2018 panel “Sustainability or Bust: The Future of Brands.”  Since launching in For Days in 2018, Caylor was named to the Glossy 50:  Fashion Digital Front Runners and For Days was named as one of Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas.   

Caylor holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BS in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Fine Arts Painting from Northwestern University.  

Academic Achievements 

  • Northwestern University – Bachelors of Science – Industrial Engineering  
  • University of Southern California – Marshall School of Business – MBA, Entrepreneurship, Finance  
  • Honors & Awards 
  • Fast Company’s Innovation By Design Award  
  • Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas  
  • VOSS Foundation Woman Helping Women Honoree 2014 


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