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K.I.D.S./FASHION DELIVERS’ EIGHTH ANNUAL WOMEN IN INDUSTRY LUNCHEON HONOREE Patti Buckner

Patti Buckner
On June 3rd at The Pierre Hotel in New York City K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers’ Eighth Annual Women In Industry Luncheon will honor Deirdre Quinn, CEO/president of Lafayette 148 New York, a leading fashion design company; Celeste Gudas, CEO and founder of 24 Seven Inc., a prominent talent management firm; and Patti Buckner, a vice president in the Apparel & Accessories, Licensing Division at Warner Bros. Consumer Products. Local NYC television personality, Jessica Abo, will serve as the mistress of ceremonies. To get ready for the event, we asked honoree Patti Buckner a few questions about her career and the business:

1. What is your job title and office location?
Vice-President – Domestic Apparel & Accessories Licensing for Warner Bros Consumer Products, Burbank California

2. What is your hometown?
Upland, California

3. What is your Alma mater?
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California
Major: Fashion Merchandising

4. Name a woman whom you admire?
I have been extremely blessed to have a mother who was there to raise me, but she also later returned to full-time work, teaching me by example the balance of work and the importance of family. She never called it out but lived it daily. She taught me to follow my passion through perseverance, tenacity, tolerance and responsibility, yet with kindness, helpfulness and love.

5. What is the thing you love most about your job?
Every day I’m fortunate to be able to use my years as a retail apparel buyer and combine that with the excitement of the world of entertainment. Working with talented, smart people who are equally as committed to make great product, sometimes take a risk and support our brands is such a thrill.

6. What advice would you give a young woman preparing to enter the workforce?
For me, starting out my career in a larger company was valuable for my future jobs. It helped me to understand the structure of a company and how it worked. I would pass that lesson along. I also suggest being flexible when listening to others opinions and learn as much as you can. Trust your instincts, decide what your long term goal is, believe in yourself and stick with it. If you know what your passion is, follow it. If you don’t, keep trying new things until you find what you like to do and what inspires you.

7.With your busy schedule, how do you balance work/life?
Warner Bros is a family-friendly company that allows reasonable hours to balance work and family life. I chose WB over other companies to work for because of their philosophy of family. When I’m not at work I’m with my family.

8. In your opinion, what is the most important thing about the work that K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers does?
K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers is able to immediately help children and families, which allows the kids to feel as though someone cares. They touch these lives on both the physical and emotional levels while giving 93% of the proceeds directly back to helping them.

The Eighth Annual Women In Industry Luncheon benefiting the charitable work of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc. will take place June 3 at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, visit www.kidsfdluncheon.com.

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers’ Eighth Annual Women In Industry Luncheon Honoree Celeste Gudas

Celeste Gudas

On June 3rd at The Pierre Hotel in New York City K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers’ Eighth Annual Women In Industry Luncheon will honor Deirdre Quinn, CEO/president of Lafayette 148 New York, a leading fashion design company; Celeste Gudas, CEO and founder of 24 Seven Inc., a prominent talent management firm; and Patti Buckner, a vice president in the Apparel & Accessories, Licensing Division at Warner Bros. Consumer Products.  Local NYC television personality, Jessica Abo, will serve as the mistress of ceremonies. To get ready for the event, we asked honoree Celeste Gudas a few questions about her career and the business:

1. What is your job title and office location?
CEO & Founder, New York, New York (SoHo)

2. What is your hometown?
Syracuse, New York

3. What is your Alma mater?
Smith College

4. Name a woman whom you admire?
Hillary Clinton – I have high regard for her intelligence, grace under pressure, energy and unrelenting track record of accomplishment. In particular, I admire the impact she’s had on advancing the position of women, whether by her own personal example or through her legislative, diplomatic and philanthropic leadership, both at home and abroad.

5. What is the thing you love most about your job?
The greatest sense of fulfillment I get from my position comes from the ability to empower my own employees through professionally-, personally- and financially-rewarding careers.  With a company comprised of 90% women, this is particularly meaningful.

6.What advice would you give a young woman preparing to enter the workforce?
Don’t take how far we’ve come as women for granted.  The progress we’ve made can be taken away from us at anytime, and we also have so much further to go.  As women, we need to view each other as sisters with a common goal rather than adversaries – divided we fall!  We must see it as our sisterly duty to lend a hand to the ones we’re working with, and extend our hand to pull up those coming up the ladder behind us.  The exciting thing for women about the modern workplace is that the softer skills increasingly required are what have been traditionally viewed as “feminine”.  It’s never been a better time for women to embrace our instinctual strengths – communication, collaboration and capacity for empathy.

7. With your busy schedule, how do you balance work/life?
While gender roles are evolving (slowly), women are still in a tough position juggling and managing multiple personas – me included.  What helps me is to focus on the immediate, and make a concerted effort to be completely present.  While of course I plan ahead, I allow those plans to take over so I can focus on what’s just in front of me and be 100 percent present in the moment. If I’m at work, I rely on my support staff at home or caregivers and then give 100 percent at work. If I’m at home or on vacation with the kids, I remove distractions from work. Women need to accept that complete balance is a fallacy, and adds to the pressure to be perfect.  It’s easier to work at achieving balance in specific moments at a time – just not all the time.

8. In your opinion, what is the most important thing about the work that K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers does?
I believe that the work is an equalizer for families at their most vulnerable.  In the moment that they receive their help, they are being given a fresh start, with new items representing new hope.

The Eighth Annual Women In Industry Luncheon benefiting the charitable work of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc. will take place June 3 at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.  For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, visit www.kidsfdluncheon.com

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers’ Eighth Annual Women In Industry Luncheon Honoree Deirdre Quinn

Deidre Quinn

On June 3rd at The Pierre Hotel in New York City K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers’ Eighth Annual Women In Industry Luncheon will honor Deirdre Quinn, CEO/President of Lafayette 148 New York, a leading fashion design company; Celeste Gudas, CEO and founder of 24 Seven Inc., a prominent talent management firm; and Patti Buckner, a vice president in the Apparel & Accessories, Licensing Division at Warner Bros. Consumer Products. Local NYC television personality, Jessica Abo, will serve as the mistress of ceremonies. To get ready for the event, we asked honoree Deirdre Quinn a few questions about her career and the business:

1. What is your job title and office location?
CEO / President , 148 Lafayette Street New York, New York

2. What is your hometown?
Cresskill, New Jersey

3. What is your Alma mater?
Bauder Fashion College

4. Name a woman whom you admire?
I have been fortunate to travel the world and meet so many inspiring women. From my perspective, it would be impossible to choose just one. There are so many successful women I admire. Success has many definitions, but what these women all have in common is that they work hard to make a positive impact on the world – no matter how large or small. From the lady who cleans for a living, the teacher, the mom who stays home to raise her family, to the many women I’ve met who are successful in business — I think all these women are incredible. Just like my mom who I admire every day, they are all strong women who lead an impactful, multi-tasking life.

5. What is the thing you love most about your job?
I love to see women wearing our clothing and the passion it inspires in them – how beautiful and confident our clothes make them feel. They get so excited when I tell them the story of the company and how we got started. I’m incredibly proud that we built this company from point zero to a coveted fashion brand. I look forward everyday to working with the talented team at Lafayette to continue to produce clothing that inspires loyalty and passion in our clients.

6. What advice would you give a young woman preparing to enter the workforce?
Firstly, make sure you like what you do (at least 4 of 5 days – we all have a bad day). Look for a company that’s growing, or that has the potential for growth. Try to see as much of the world as possible. Keep an open mind and follow your instincts. Finally, don’t be afraid of failure. Sometimes it can lead to success later on. In fact, I lost two jobs in one hour. What a great experience that was!

7. With your busy schedule, how do you balance work/life?
I work with my husband. Though clearly not for everyone, it works for us. It’s given us work and travel time as well as a singular focus of what we are building together. I also have a very large extended family and am equally passionate about them as I am about my job, so I always find time for both. I would say that I work to live more than I live to work — balance is really important to me.

8. In your opinion, what is the most important thing about the work that K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers does?
The most important thing about the work they do is that they let us help others who are less fortunate than ourselves.

The Eighth Annual Women In Industry Luncheon benefiting the charitable work of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc. will take place June 3 at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, visit: www.kidsfdluncheon.com.