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CEO, Council of Fashion Designers of America
Steven Kolb, CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, oversees all operations and activities for the American fashion industry's renowned group of more than 450 American fashion women’s wear, menswear, jewelry and accessory designers. The organization's goal is to strengthen the influence and success of American Designers.
One of Kolb’s largest contributions to American fashion has been his leadership role in cultivating the next wave of emerging American fashion talent through programs such as the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and the CFDA Fashion Incubator. Under Kolb’s guidance, the annual CFDA Fashion Awards has become the pre-eminent event featuring American fashion.
Kolb helped establish the Strategic Partnerships Group at the CFDA. This group works to align corporate partners with CFDA members in an effort to help both the partner and the designer. Kolb has also helped develop the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative, an investment fund to help revitalize New York City’s garment industry. The fund offers matching financial grants to fashion manufacturing production facilities looking to grow and sustain their business by acquiring innovative equipment, expanding their services, training workers and creating professional development programming.
Before taking the helm at the CFDA, Kolb was focused AIDS research and on raising funds for fights against cancer and HIV.