Catherine Malandrino invited to Speak at Step-up Women’s Network Panel hosted by Google


Catherine Malandrino joins Step-up Women’s Network and Google to host Visionary Panel

On October 19th, 2010, Catherine Malandrino participated in a professional development panel titled “The Visionary View”. Panel members were hand-picked by the Step-up Women’s Network for their contribution as visionaries and game-changers in their respective fields.

About the Panelists:

Mary Ann Belliveau, Director, Health, Google (*Please note panelist change.)

Mary Ann Belliveau, Director, Health, Google Mary Ann Belliveau leads the team responsible for developing and managing Google’s relationships with healthcare companies. Her team works across Google’s full suite of products and provide partners with a deep knowledge of their business. Mary Ann joined Google in 2002 after more than 17 years in the healthcare industry. Most recently, she worked at ClearGauge, a leading online business-to-business marketing consultancy, where she represented online titles such as Medical Economics, and Patient Care. Prior to ClearGauge, she worked for six years at Jobson Publishing, a specialty healthcare communications, publishing and medical education company. Mary Ann holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Fordham University.

Catherine Malandrino, designer

Catherine Malandrino arrived on the fashion scene with the idea of blending the romance and elegance of Paris with the energy of Manhattan. As a French designer in New York, Catherine has a universal appeal. She channels her energy into poetic designs that encourage women to express their personality. With unique craftsmanship, color palette, and innovative draping skills, she conveys a timeless femininity and “joie de vivre” that Catherine values in her own life. Infusing this idea with a youthful spirit, Catherine Malandrino delivers a chic, feminine, and recognizable silhouette. Born in the French Alps, Catherine Malandrino knew she wanted to be a designer from a very young age. After graduating from Esmod she worked in the Paris couture houses of Dorothée Bis, Louis Féraud, Emanuel Ungaro, and in the 90’s was the creative force at the French label ‘Et Vous’ in Paris. In 1998 she met Bernard Aidan, her partner of love and life and followed her heart to New York City. The fashion designer Catherine Malandrino currently designs two collections: her contemporary Catherine Malandrino line and her runway line Malandrino which features shoes and accessories including jewelry, handbags, and belts. The company operates 11 boutiques today and the collections are represented in more than 400 stores around the world.

Lisa Price, founder, Carol’s Daughter

From humble beginnings in her Brooklyn kitchen, Founder of Carol’s Daughter, Inc., Lisa Price transformed her beloved hobby of mixing up fragrances and creams at home into a multimillion dollar beauty empire. In the early 1990’s, Price began experimenting with making her own fragrances and perfume sprays when she wasn’t busy working on the legendary sitcom The Cosby Show. She added oils to unscented lotions, and began learning the aromatherapeutic and healing properties of the oils. With $100 in cash, her own kitchen, and the simple notion that people should follow their hearts, Lisa started building the collection that would become a beauty revolution. In 1994, Price officially established Carol’s Daughter (the company lovingly named after her mother). Almost overnight, celebrities like Jada Pinkett-Smith, Erykah Badu, Rosie Perez and Halle Berry became loyal customers. Price is the recipient of numerous awards, among them the National Black MBA Association’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2000), the Working Woman Magazine’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Award (2001), the National Book Club Conference Terrie Williams Inspiration Award (2004), the YWCA “W” Award (2010) and the FFAWN I’m Power – I’m Beauty Award (2010). She is also the author of Success Never Smelled So Sweet. Today, Carol’s Daughter sales top $30MM annually, employs more than 80 staff members and boasts nine stores across the country, with a flagship store in Harlem. Price is dedicated to giving back to the community through both her business and her personal life. She currently sits on the board of the Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN). Price and her husband, Gordon, have two sons and a daughter and live in Brooklyn. When she can find the time (between managing her business and family), Price enjoys going to the beach, reading, crocheting, and watching movies.

Carol Smith, vice president, publishing director, Condé Nast Food Group

Carol A. Smith was named Vice President, Publishing Director for Bon Appétit and the Gourmet brand in April, 2010. A specialist in magazine start-ups, re-launches and acquisitions, Carol Smith was the founding publisher of Parenting, which launched in 1987 and was acquired by Time Inc. three years later. Appointed president and CEO in 1993, Ms. Smith built Parenting from a single title to a multi-brand business. She established a custom publishing division and a book series and oversaw the ParentTime website. During her tenure, she also became the founding publisher of Vibe, and served on the launch team for Martha Stewart Living. For the past eight years, Ms. Smith was the Senior Vice President of the Elle Group at Hachette Filipacchi Media where she oversaw the business and editorial operations of Elle, Elle Décor and the ELLE digital properties. She headed-up the re-launch of prior to joining Hachette. In her career, Ms. Smith has served as president and CEO of Miller Sports Group, Publisher of American Heritage and founder of American Photographer. Other publishing positions include stints at The Village Voice, The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal, where she was the first woman to hold a sales position. She also helped launch two e-commerce Web sites, and Ms. Smith sits on the Advisory Board of The New York City Ballet. She is a graduate of George Washington University and lives in Greenwich Village with her husband, Richard, and daughter, Rebecca.