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?
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.