Founder and Creative Director of Rachel Roy
“Women’s advances in technology and innovation are hard fought. Equal opportunities for women creates a more robust and fruitful landscape for innovation, progress, and healthy families and communities. Education and encouragement from a young age that science, technology, engineering, and math are fields that could greatly thrive with more involvement from girls and women is empowering, encouraging, and can lead to lasting and permanent change.”
Rachel Roy is the founder and creative director of her eponymous brand and a tireless activist for using your voice to encourage change and to design the life you wish to live. Created in 2004, Rachel has built her ready-to-wear and accessories business into a globally recognized brand with product categories including contemporary, curvy, outerwear, jewelry and swim.
Rachel is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Rachel founded Kindness Is Always Fashionable, an entrepreneurial philanthropic platform to help women artisans around the world create sustainable income for their families and communities. Rachel nurtures young design talent globally through her work with the Who’s Next/Vogue Mexico, WoolMark Prize and CFDA incubator programs.
She is an advisor to World of Children a national non-profit organization that serves underprivileged children. Rachel is a sought-after speaker on entrepreneurship and philanthropy and has shared her story at forums ranging from the White House to the Fortune Most Powerful Women conference. Rachel has been recognized by the Accessories Council with an ACE AWARD for best brand launch as well as Mattel’s 10 Women to Watch and numerous best dressed honors including Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed List. Rachel has also been recognized for her innovative brand and film work by AdWeek Media and the LaJolla Fashion Film Festival. Rachel has been a contributing columnist to Huffington Post and InStyle magazine. Rachel’s work has been featured on CNN, The Today Show, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and numerous other publications. In 2015 Rachel wrote, Design Your Life.