Honorees & Notable Attendees

2017 Women of Inspiration Luncheon Honorees

Gaye Dean

Director, License Marketing at Target

Gaye Dean is Target’s Director of License Marketing. In this role she is responsible for leading the marketing strategy development and execution of key license merchandise programs. She is the key liaison for a large segment of the entertainment, brand and license industries.

Gaye is a 29 year Target veteran and has held a variety of positions across the company including areas in merchandising, merchandise presentation and marketing. In these roles she has worked on multiple areas of Target’s business including apparel, company space and on branding and seasonal campaigns.

Tracy Reese

Fashion Designer

Tracy Reese is an American designer whose signature rich, daring colors and unique prints are crafted into joyful, feminine pieces for the modern woman. Tracy Reese’s design philosophy is rooted in a commitment to bringing out the beauty in women of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Stimulated by the world around her, Tracy Reese takes inspiration from nature, art, dance, travel and global cultures.

Tracy attended Parsons The New School for Design where she received an accelerated degree in 1984. Upon graduation, Reese apprenticed under designer Martine Sitbon while working for the small contemporary firm Arlequin. Tracy has also worked at some of the industry’s top fashion houses- including Perry Ellis where she was thdesign director for Women’s Portfolio.

In 1997, Tracy Reese launched her eponymous collection to rave reviews. By combining bold hues and prints with modern silhouettes and shapes, Tracy Reese creates fresh designs perfect for the confident, sophisticated woman.

Her secondary line, plenty by Tracy Reese, was introduced in 1998. Plenty embodies the modern bohemian spirit, offering a distinctive combination of joyful color palettes and playful details. plenty by Tracy Reese is all about versatile everyday essentials with effortlessly, sexy styling.

Tracy Reese designs have been featured in the top fashion publications – Vogue, Elle, Glamour, InStyle, O, the Oprah Magazine, Essence and Cosmopolitan. Her distinct point of view has also made her a celebrity favorite. Notable fans of the brand include First Lady Michelle Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tracee Ellis Ross and Mindy Kaling.

A member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America since 1990, Tracy Reese serves on its Board of Directors. Tracy is a champion for many charities and social causes. She is an advocate for HIV/AIDS charities and has served on the AIDS Fund Committee for the New York Community Trust for five years. She is also part of the Turnaround Arts program through the President’s Committee of the Humanities and Arts and is the Turnaround Artist for Barnum School in Bridgeport, CT.

Tracy Reese and plenty by Tracy Reese are sold nationwide in top department stores and specialty boutiques as well as retailers throughout Europe & Asia.

Lana Todorovich

President, North American Wholesale, Ralph Lauren

Lana Todorovich is President of women’s apparel, accessories and dresses for Ralph Lauren North America Wholesale. She is the founder of Circle of Hope Children’s Foundation, dedicated to providing need-based aid to underprivileged children from all walks of life and across national boundaries. In 2009, Lana received the 2009 Ellis Island Medal of Honor for her passionate pursuit of philanthropy.