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Angela Ahrendts DBE/Former SVP, Apple Retail & Former CEO, Burberry: 

The Parsons New School of Design "The New School" hosted Its Annual 2021-72nd Parsons Benefit Gala Honoring:Jeff Gennette, Angela Ahrendts,Gabriela Hearst, Kerby Jean-Raymond, Travis Scott & Carrie Mae Weems, Celebrating Its 125th Anniversary and for their Contributions to the World of Design..! 

NEW YORK, NY(SMI-FASHION, 06.15-06.16.21)-The Parsons School of Design, also known as "The New School" hosted its annual Parson Benefit Gala Today (Tuesday, June 15), honoring: Jeff Gennette, Angela Ahrendts,Gabriela Hearst, Kerby Jean-Raymond, Travis Scott & Carrie Mae Weems, Celebrating Its 125th Anniversary and for their Contributions to the World of Design, during special virtual and in-peson awarding honoree presentation & ceremony at the Seaport District in New York City.

The 2021-72nd Parsons benefit gala was produced by JWP and co-chair by Liz Rodbell(Group President, Steve Madden) and Gena Smith (SVP, Human Resources & Head of Global Executive & Creative Recruitment, LVMH Inc).

Angela Ahrendts DBE/Former SVP, Apple Retail & Former CEO, Burberry:

Angela Ahrendts DBE was most recently Senior Vice President, Apple Retail based in Cupertino, CA.  During her five years, she integrated Apple's physical and digital businesses to create a seamless customer journey for over a billion visitors a year.Under her leadership she redesigned the stores and recrafted the roles for 70,000 globally.  She also reimagined the retail experience with the launch of a transformative educational program focused on coding, music creation and the arts.

Prior to Apple, Angela relocated to London to join Burberry where she served as Chief Executive Officer for nearly nine years.  She led the company through a period of phenomenal global growth repositioning Burberry as a global luxury brand. Her unique leadership style and focus on culture, values and purpose resulted in tripling the business and quadrupling the share price.  During her tenure, she was a member of the UK’s Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council, and named Honorary Dame Commander of the British Empire.  


Prior to Burberry, Angela spent 25 years in New York serving as Executive Vice President, Liz Claiborne Inc., where she oversaw the acquisition and integration of over 25 brands.  Earlier in her career she was President, Donna Karan International at the height of their global expansion and IPO. 
Angela is currently on the Board of Ralph Lauren Corporation., Airbnb, Inc., and WPP plc.  She is also on the non-profit Boards of charity: water, and the HOW Institute for Society; and in January 2021 became Chair of the Board, Save the Children International. She is a member of the Global Leadership Council of the Oxford University Saïd Business School and the BritishAmerican Business Advisory Board.
Angela has consistently been recognized by Forbes, Fortune and the BBC as a Top 100 Global Executive.  In 2010, she has was awarded an honorary doctorate of Humane Letter from her alma mater, Ball State University.  In 2019, Angela was honored with an Indiana Living Legends award.  

The Notable attendees/Guests included:

● Brent Faiyaz, Musician

● Donna Karan, Designer

● Elaine Welteroth, American Journalist

● Joey Bada$$, Musician

● Jonathan Singletary, Musician

● Kennedy Yanko, Artist

● Lena Waithe, Actress/Writer

● Rishi Rajani, Film Producer

About the Parsons Benefit

The Parsons Benefit is an annual celebration of the inspirational and transformational role that fashion, design and the arts play in today’s world. The evening highlights the outstanding work of our fashion, design, and performing arts students, and brings together an esteemed group of tastemakers, industry leaders, Parsons alumni, and other luminaries from the global Parsons network. Most importantly, the event raises critical scholarship funds for current and future students who would be unable to attend without the generosity of our donors.

The New School was founded in 1919 as an institution dedicated to intellectual and artistic freedom. Today it is a leading university offering some of the nation's best-respected degree, certificate, and continuing education programs in design, the social sciences, liberal arts, management and public policy, and performing arts.