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Our Story

Karen Harvey founded Fashion Tech Forum in 2013 to create a space for fashion and technology leaders to come together to better understand how each industry was approaching the future of retail. In 2010, as her consulting firm was sitting at the center of the global luxury, fashion, retail and related innovation communities, Karen and her team identified a seismic shift developing globally that would revolutionize these industries. As she explored these changes, Karen realized this new dynamic would alter what leaders needed to compete, creating an identity crisis for fashion and retail. Traditional approaches to developing leaders suddenly seemed insufficient. Karen could see outsiders would disrupt fashion and retail at all levels, from new types of companies to emerging technologies to the next generation of talent that was impatient, hungry, digital and independent. She was both deeply curious and nervous. Mostly, Karen wanted to learn more to help her consulting clients maintain their edge and recruit the right talent to lead their brands, ultimately ensuring relevance for Karen Harvey Consulting Group for the foreseeable future

Maia Wojcik was then the VP, Global Talent Scout at Karen Harvey Consulting Group. She understood, almost more than anyone else in the field, what was happening with creative millennials, how they were thinking about their work and how they wanted to express themselves. Maia and Karen both believed there could be power to bringing together multiple generations to share ideas and give voice to a new way of working. They realized they could connect the most inspiring people from their networks, combining Karen’s years of developing live content and training programs with their shared insights into global talent trends to create Fashion Tech Forum. They envisioned a high-level event that would create the space for the most influential fashion and tech innovators to develop ways to collaborate, discover innovations, and share best practices in a unique format, in which discovery and honest dialogue would naturally occur. With this inspiration and with true entrepreneurial spirit, we launched the first FTF in 2014. Our annual conference is an invitation-only event with 800+ industry leaders, including CEOs, founders, creative directors, investors, and disrupters

OUR MISSION

Fashion Tech Forum provides a platform of discovery and inspiration for the leaders of fashion, retail and technology sectors to collaborate  to build communities and the disruptive, sustainable brands of the future. FTF provides an environment for the most curious, committed

and bold innovators, who are willing to understand the inherent cultural differences between fashion and technology creators so they can create authentic conversations and true collaborations.

ABOUT THE TEAM

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Karen Harvey

CEO & FOUNDER Fashion Tech Forum & INDX
CEO Karen Harvey Consulting Group

Karen has spent her career working with global brands in the areas of luxury, retail, fashion and innovation. Karen launched her consulting firm in New York and London in 2001, in order to apply her methodology of working with clients to build their brands in a highly customized way. Her ability to work in both traditional and non-traditional ways earned her firm international recognition for her unique approach to executive search and for bringing some of the industry’s most successful CEOs and creative leaders to powerful global companies. The firm is widely recognized for its Advisory Services, Storytelling Workshop and Brand Incubation practices. Some of the company’s clients have included: Burberry, Coach, lululemon, Nike, FarFetch, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany, Amazon and The Row. The firm’s Advisory Services engage with entrepreneurial ventures, investors, and large companies, helping them think about investment and acquisition, talent needs and company structure. Storytelling Workshop was initially developed in 2003 to assist Nike’s global creative leaders in the areas of presentation and storytelling, and now provides training for a select group of clients and members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

In 2014 Karen founded Fashion Tech Forum, and the firm is in the midst of launching INDX, a digital talent marketplace between brands and creative talent, which will be released in the Fall of 2016.

A Zen practitioner for the past thirty-five years, Karen’s methodology is based on combining her studies in psychology with her focus on integrating Eastern Thought with Western business practice. As an early innovator of this approach, Karen continues to devote herself to the practice of awareness and quieting the mind. Karen is on the Board of Women In Need, the firm is a CFDA Business Service member, and she created the Business Innovator award with Fashion Group International. She is also the Founder of The Blue Project, a mentorship program for disadvantaged women. Karen is a graduate of the OPM program of Harvard Business School.

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Maia Wojcik

CO-FOUNDER Fashion Tech Forum & INDX

Maia is the Co-Founder of Fashion Tech Forum, and also of INDX, a digital platform connecting top creative talent with brands and opportunities, globally. Over the course of her career, Maia has been a champion and advisor for creative talent in fashion, with a more recent focus on supporting emerging brands and businesses in the fashion technology space. She is particularly passionate about innovations in sustainability, including localized and customized production, negative-waste material development and biofabrication.

Prior to launching FTF and INDX, Maia was the Vice President and Global Talent Scout at Karen Harvey Consulting Group, where she oversaw all creative search projects and partnered directly with client companies to support their creative evolution and business growth.

In this role, Maia placed top creative leaders at iconic global brands including Kate Spade, Coach, Michael Kors, Tiffany & Co., Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, A.L.C. and Edun.

Maia is a frequent commentator and panelist on all things fashion and tech, including wearable technology and product innovations, the future of retail and shifts in business trends, talent trends and company culture. Her insights helped fuel the initial mission behind FTF: to create a platform where leaders from the fashion, retail and technology communities better connect and collaborate to build the companies of the future.




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