Spotlight on Women Presents: "This Changes Everything" with David Yurman
Carol Pennelli is the President of David Yurman, overseeing all functions outside of design and creative. She reports directly to David Yurman, cofounder, chairman and CEO of the brand. Pennelli joined the company in 2002 as Chief Commercial Officer where she oversaw all aspects of David Yurman’s commercial channels, profit & loss, and general performance including retail, wholesale, digital and outlet businesses. Prior to joining David Yurman, she served as Senior Vice President of sales, education, and global special events at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.
ABOUT DAVID YURMAN:
David Yurman is the premier American luxury jewelry brand with a mission to share in life’s exceptional moments. Founded by two artists, David and Sybil Yurman, in New York in 1980, artistic inspiration, craftsmanship and unconventional yet elegant designs are at the core of the brand. The marriage of David’s background in sculpture with Sybil’s natural understanding of color and art yields signature jewelry designs; diamond, pearl, and gemstone jewelry and Swiss-crafted timepieces that are renowned for capturing the essence of relaxed American luxury. David Yurman collections are available at 47 retail and concession locations throughout the United States, Canada, and France and at over 350 locations worldwide, through their exclusive authorized fine jewelry and timepiece network of retailers, including in the US, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, UK, Russia and the Middle East.
Simone Pero is the founder of For Impact Productions, a social impact film marketing and production company, with a roster of some of today's most visionary issue-driven films. Ms. Pero is also an active leader in thee media and entertainment industry, as Board President of the preeminent professional association, New York Women in Film & Television.
Most recently, Pero was a producer on Jennifer Fox's "The Tale," starring Laura Dern, Ellen Burstyn, Elizabeth Debicki, and Common, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to audience and critical acclaim, and in an unprecedented move was picked up for world-wide distribution by HBO Films. "The Tale" has received numerous Award nominations including two Gothams, three Independent Spirits, two Critics' Choice, one Golden Globe, and two Emmys. Under Pero's leadership, "The Tale" also launched a ground-breaking global social impact campaign, including presentations at more than 100 organizations and universities around the world, and at the United Nations. This year, Pero is also an Executive Producer on Tom Donahue's soon-to-be-released "This Changes Everything" which had its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and will be distributed by Good Deed Entertainment.
Pero's other most notable film projects include "A Woman, A Part" with Maggie Siff; "The C Word" with Morgan Freeman; "A Woman Like Me" with Lili Taylor; and Matt Heineman and Susan Froemke's "Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare." Simone's penchant for issue-driven film began as a producer of Alice Elliott's award-winning documentary "Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy."
In addition to her producing work, Simone is on the leadership team and faculty at the Stony Brook Killer Films MFA in Film program. Previously, Simone was Vice President for Corporate Communications at MTV and Director of Communication and Marketing at Rainbow Media/Cablevision (now AMC Networks). Prior to joining the media and entertainment industry, Simone's career began with a master's degree in public policy and working in national politics.
An award-winning journalist and content creator, Constance C.R. White is renowned for her
wealth of experience and creative contributions across print, broadcast and digital media
connecting brands with today’s consumers.
Her new podcast “How to Slay,” in partnership with UNIVISION has people talking as
Constance engages the most diverse coterie of guests from category leaders like Macys
and Bloomingdale’s to influential magazines like Elle and OUT in intimate conversations about
business success and what it takes to win.
A storyteller, editor and arbiter of culture and style, Constance’s podcast grew out of interest
in her recently-released coffee table book “How to Slay” which has been praised by The Wall
Street Journal, and British Vogue as well as by Tracee Ellis Ross and Halle Berry. “How to Slay” is published by Rizzoli. The highly original work is an inspirational journey through the
impact of African American culture on fashion in America from the twentieth century to
the present and features some of the most celebrated icons of Black style and taste.
When she is not creating books and podcasts, Constance connects brands to consumers and
helps consumers discover brands they can love. She has helped create editorial and steer
brand direction for some of the world’s most exciting brands including Ebay, Ozy.com, Essence.
Elle, The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune. Constance has served as style director for
eBay, editor in chief of Essence Magazine, and a style reporter for the New York Times. She
most recently was editor in chief for Zink Magazine’s Spring/Summer relaunch issue and is also
a contributor to TheImpression.com. She has shared her style expertise on the Today Show,
CBS and BET.
An in-demand speaker, Constance has given keynote presentations and appeared on panels for
Macys, LIM, Syracuse University, Harvard University, Calligaris, Walmart/Jet.com, Bloomingdale’s and Woolite.
Mallory works in strategic channel partnerships for Optaros by MRM//McCann, a strategic, creative, commerce agency. Optaros is the Commerce offering of MRM//McCann, a fully owned subsidiary of the Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE: IPG). Mallory manages the agency partnerships with Adobe, Salesforce and SAP. She is also building out and managing a third-party partner program in the e-Commerce ecosystem. Mallory focuses on channel sales, marketing and events.
She began her career in e-Commerce at Saks Fifth Avenue, where she worked in e-merchandising across all product categories. As the business needs grew, Mallory worked alongside the corporate strategy team on the establishment and roll out of omni-channel merchandising strategies. Saks Fifth Avenue went on to become the first major retailer fulfilling web orders with store inventory. During this project, Mallory's work was recognized with the receipt of a Most Valuable Employee award. Mallory went on to become the e-Commerce Manager, and later Senior Manager, for Roaman's.com, a Fullbeauty Brand, overseeing the website replatforming onto Salesforce Commerce Cloud. Most recently, Mallory was the e-Commerce Manager at LeSportsac, where she worked alongside e-Commerce and marketing teams on the overall digital strategy for the brand's US market. She has been recognized for her work in the successful replatforming of LeSportsac.com in January of 2018.
Mallory is very involved with The Arthritis Foundation as a Junior Board Member. She was recently recognized as the Honoree at the 2019 Walk To Cure Arthritis.
Elnaz Zarrini is an associate in the Corporate Department in Morrison & Foerster’s New York Office. Her practice focuses on fund formation and general corporate and transactional matters. Ms. Zarrini also advises companies on significant legal and business matters, including mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, license agreements and joint ventures, counseling companies in a wide range of industries including consumer brands and the fashion and luxury markets.
In the area of fashion and luxury brand law, Ms. Zarrini counsels clients through their full business life cycle from protecting and enforcing their intellectual property and brand equity, to providing counsel on the everyday challenges such companies face online.
Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Zarrini was a complex commercial litigation and white collar associate for another international law firm. In this capacity, she represented private equity, corporate clients and executives in a broad range of matters including restructuring, contractual disputes, complex commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense, securities and intellectual property litigation, government investigations and FCPA matters.
Ms. Zarrini received her J.D. in 2011 from Fordham University School of Law, where she was the associate editor for the Journal of Corporate and Financial Law. While in law school, Ms. Zarrini also interned for Judge Donald Pogue of the United States Court of International Trade, the legal department of Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, and The Legal Aid’s Prisoners’ Rights Project.
Ms. Zarrini is fluent in Farsi.
Lilli recently began working as a Merchandise Marketing Coordinator at Bloomingdales after returning from her service as a Lone Soldier in the IDF in February, 2019. In the IDF, Lilli served as a combat soldier in the Artillery Corps for 18 months. Before drafting, she attended Columbia University where she studied Psychology and Political Science, and was a member of the varsity rowing team for all four years.
This event starts on July 16th at 6:00 PM.
YJP's Spotlight on Women is proud to be partnering with David Yurman, Executive Producer of This Changes Everything, a documentary exploring gender parity in Hollywood. This unique event will feature a panel discussion and Q&A session with Carol Pennelli, David Yurman's president, along with other outstanding women who were involved with the film's production. Expect an evening of dinner, drinks, and stimulating conversation about the past, present, and future of gender equality in the workplace. Please note, this event is open to both men and women.
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