F*it - Life's Too Short Not To Love Your Work


This month Worn hosted its 11th F*it focused on how incredible women are thriving as entrepreneurs and leaders through moments of grit, grind and hustle. 

Our November F*it, hosted at R/GA Ventures in NYC, sparked some especially awesome conversations, thanks to our four speakers:

Each of these ladies bravely shared their personal stories of struggle and ultimate redemption. Here's a snapshot of each one.

Stephanie Manning, Director of Platform, Lerer Hippeau Ventures


Stephanie Manning kicked off the conversation, describing a challenge she faced early in her career within the startup and venture capital world.

While at her first job, Stephanie debated whether to leave the company, due to office politics and her ambition to expand professionally. Her father also passed away from cancer around this time which convinced her that life was too short to stay at a job you don't like. Her supervisors discouraged her from making the jump, saying she wasn’t in the right emotional state to make a sound decision. But Stephanie knew she was thinking clearly. She boldly left the company and landed on her feet. She's now the Director of Platform at ‎Lerer Hippeau Ventures, which is an NYC-based seed stage VC fund. She’s also passionate about mentoring and helping women within the VC space.

"Whenever another woman in the VC world reaches out to me for advice, I always make time to talk with her. Women in our industry need to stick together."  - Stephanie Manning

Erin Carpenter, Founder, Nude Barre

 Erin Carpenter || CEO & Founder of Nude Barre

Erin Carpenter || CEO & Founder of Nude Barre

The concept behind Nude Barre sparked from unfair and embarrassing industry rules Erin Carpenter faced as a young ballet dancer. When auditioning, Erin was asked to wear “nude” colored hosiery. After being unable to find a hosiery line in her exact skin tone and wearing beige colored hosiery instead, Erin was turned away from dance auditions, told she didn’t follow instructions. After years of hand-dyeing tights and “pancaking” pointe shoes with makeup to match her skin tone, Erin had had enough. She had trained with the Dance Theater of Harlem, Alvin Ailey and the Knicks City Dancers, and nowhere in this time could she find hosiery to match her skin tone.

In 2009 Erin took the leap to start Nude Barre, and soon after worked up the courage to send TV host Wendy Williams product samples. Wendy loved the product and bought Erin’s entire stock in her size. Nude Barre has now been worn by The Lion King cast on broadway, celebrities like Star Jones, and countless others. The company offers twelve different shades of tights and undergarments in children’s women’s and plus sizes. 

Coco and Breezy Dotson

Coco and Breezy

We just can’t get enough of Coco and Breezy. These twin founders and designers rocked the stage at F*it, showing their edgy personal style and best-friend relationship as sisters and business partners. What's even more impressive is that these twins are completely self-taught, having started their eyewear brand by hand-gluing rhinestone studs to safety goggles in their apartment.

As the business grew, the twins learned to navigate “make it or break it” situations, and after a large scale product shipment cancellation, they faced their hardest days the brand had seen. The twins gave everything they had to keep the brand alive, even going on food stamps to literally make ends meet. And these women kept going. They “stopped giving a fuck” about what others thought, worked harder, smarter and faster, and after some time, gained big-time attention from key players in the entertainment and fashion world.

Today Coco and Breezy's avant-garde designs have ranged from the "third-eye" sunglasses for the late Prince to recent collaborations with Hershey's, Ciroc, and SIX:02. These twins certainly have our hearts, and our eyes.

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Camp Worn in Montauk


Hot Town, Summer in the city” is right, so Worn took full advantage of the weather by heading out to the beaches of Montauk, NY for our annual retreat that was anything but a lazy vacation. “CAMP WORN” was fun, productive, inspiring, action packed and, well...

 … just plain awesome.

Some of us rocked our hidden talents while some of us overcame our fears during early morning surf sessions on the beach. We cooked up ideas in the kitchen while sharing chef duties. We kicked our naming meetings into gear while hiking the winding beachside trails. (Who says we don’t put sweat into our work?)  

We shared scary, funny, and inspiring stories around the beach campfire, literally strengthening our close bond with the glue of sticky s’mores. We experienced a meditative horse ride in the woods to help creative juices flow (...and get a feel for what it’s like to be a real life Khaleesi).

We also brainstormed while floating in the pool and dreamed up some pretty BIG goals, such as our goal to help 500 female entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses by 2025!

Check out our adventures below… and if you’ve never been to camp before?  We’re Hiring!

 Elizabeth Davis and Carolyn Rush Worn Female Led Agency Retreat Montauk
 Worn Creative Female Agency Retreat
 Angela Pavone Worn Agency Retreat
 Nicole Corbett CEO Worn Agency Retreat

Our Newest Addition: Jamie Jordan, Senior Designer


We're excited to announce that we've welcomed a new leading lady to the team! Jamie Jordan joined the Worn family last Monday as our new Senior Designer. Jamie is Filipino-American, living in Brooklyn, NY. She studied at Parsons School of Design and spent the next five years working with great creatives to hone her amazing design skills. Here's a quick Q&A between Nicole Corbett, CEO of Worn and Jamie to help you get to know her and see why we couldn’t be happier to have her on our team.


N: What was the #1 thing that made you want to work at Worn?

J: Confidence & collaboration. Those are two things, but they go hand-in-hand, so I hope they count as one! Before I had even spoken to you and the rest of the Worn team, I researched and studied the projects you had done and was completely enamored. I've never worked for a mission-based agency and right away I knew it was for me. The Worn team is not only smart, confident and talented, but most of all, caring! They are true collaborators and motivators; qualities that are incredibly rare to find in any workplace.


N: Describe your first week at Worn. Was it what you expected?

J: I would describe my first week at Worn as the feeling you get from watching the scene in Trolls when Princess Poppy was inviting everyone to her party. Energetic, positive, motivated and most of all: HAPPY! The dynamic at the office is unlike any place I’ve worked at and I feel so lucky! My first project is working on redesigning the Worn website and re-visiting the brand’s color palette. Through this, I’m learning more about Worn and the team.


N: What is one of your favorite design projects you have worked on?

J: My favorite design project would be a branding and packaging design for Jean Prounis, a jewelry designer. Jean designs and hand makes all of her jewelry! She is a small business owner and has great vision for her brand. Because her jewelry is so tactile and personal, she wanted her branding and packaging to feel the same. We went to a printing press in Brooklyn to look through a collection of Linotype typefaces and type set her logo. Just the smell of the ink gave me shivers!     


N: Why are you passionate about empowering women?

J:  When you research great designers online, only a handful of women make the list and minority women are close to none. It’s incredibly unfortunate because I have worked with the most talented female creatives that deserve as much recognition and applause as who are regularly recognized on these “best of” lists. Growing up it was difficult finding relatable heroes and mentors. I’d love for the future generation to see a wider range of figures to look up to. Most importantly, to feel that they could achieve their goals!


N: Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

J: I love this question because I am an absolute eater (easily confused by the term foodie), love to cook and prep for parties (I wish I had a backyard/bigger apt to entertain)! I would invite my mom who’s an incredible cook and sister who’s a chef. They would definitely offer to cook for the party!  Irma Boom is Dutch book designer and my ultimate idol. Also, Massimo Vignelli who designs everything from furniture to signage. A few years ago, I saw them both speak at a book design panel and they were a riot! They both have amazing quirky personalities and incredible insight on the design industry. My dream has always been to meet Michelle Obama and Princess Diana! I think I wouldn’t be able to speak if I was in front of them. sAlso, I would love to converse with some great entertainers: Tracee Ellis Ross, Queen Bey, Denzel Washington (my celebrity crush), Daenerys Targaryen (I’m not opposed to riding a dragon!) and 2 Dope Queens: Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams.Saving the best for last: My Worn family!


Want to work with Worn? Get in touch with Jamie at jamie@worn.nyc

PaperChef Website Redesign: Transforming the Art of Cooking with Parchment

PaperChef is a fantastic brand that puts food preparation at the center of creative expression, bringing friends, families, and entire communities together in celebration. Through their parchment papers, PaperChef takes a classic French cooking staple and reimagines it for a modern world--from on-trend foodies to the environmentally conscious.

Our challenge was to take the original PaperChef logo and brand colors, and place them in a new refreshed digital environment--one that is honest, natural, and that lets the colors and flavors of the foods shine through--all while staying true to other brand properties, like the existing parchment packaging. Not to mention the entire website needed to be fully translated into French for Canadian users.

We approached this redesign by dissecting who and what the PaperChef name and image really is, beginning with reshaping the brand around a new image style. The new style resulted in imagery that felt like home; like you're in someone's quiet kitchen on a Sunday afternoon. They emphasizing white, natural light, and muted colors, with a focus on the process of cooking bringing people together, rather than just the final plate.

This mood was the jumping off point for new messaging, typography, and additions to the original PaperChef color palette.

 Imagery compiled in a mood board directed new website photography and was a jumping-off point for the overall mood. 

Imagery compiled in a mood board directed new website photography and was a jumping-off point for the overall mood. 

We jumped from the overall strategy into an extensive web design process, beginning with sitemapping, wireframing, and rounds of designs. Throughout the entire web design process, not only did we have to account for the new brand vision aligning with the existing brand components, we also had to develop a flexible site--one that was able to be easily updated as new foods come into season, but also have a site that was easily navigated in both French and in English and one that integrated Shopify for online purchasing.

After compiling the new website copy in English, it was translated into French and the site was duplicated so it as users visit the site from an IP address in a French-speaking region, they are seamlessly served the French version of the site and vice versa. We subsequently integrated Shopify, so that bundles of PaperChef products can be bought directly from the new website, rather than moving back and forth between browser windows.

In the end, PaperChef.com was completely transformed from a static site to a new robust vision that showcases the company's strong values right next to their outstanding product. You can view the new website and purchase your own PaperChef parchment here.

 The PaperChef Story page, showcasing imagery with natural light and a unique page structure that used pull quotes to help the user's eye move down the page.

The PaperChef Story page, showcasing imagery with natural light and a unique page structure that used pull quotes to help the user's eye move down the page.

24 Hours for Women: International Women's Day

Worn agency team womens march on washington nicole corbett, carolyn rush, elizabeth davis, lela feldmeier

Dear Friends,

International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the contribution that women make to society as a whole and act on moving women’s rights forward to achieve gender equality globally. Many women today are celebrating by participating in a general strike and choosing not to work or shop, in order to make a statement about women’s impact on the economy.

At Worn, we work to lift up women in business every single day and we don’t plan to stop doing that today. Instead, we’re ramping up our work for women this month by dedicating a full 24 hours of pro-bono services to women-owned businesses until the end of March, starting today.

Thank you for your interest! The sign up has been closed.

If you run a business or organization that is lead by women, makes products/services for women, or is focused on women, you can sign up here to meet with the Worn team for pro-bono work on your brand strategy, talk through ideas for your next campaign, get feedback on your messaging or packaging, or learn how to get better results from your digital marketing. 

If you know a woman-owned business who’s hustling on her own and could use pro-bono advice from creative experts - send her our way! 

Yours in the hustle, 

Bumble Celebrates 250M First Moves on International Women's Day

In our feminist utopia, it isn't strange for a woman to make the first move and ask out someone they're interested in. Lucky for us, there's Bumble and today on International Women's Day they're celebrating 250 million first moves made by women on the app by shining a spotlight on four women who have made the first move, and made history. 

Worn worked with Bumble to tell the stories of Aly Raisman, the first American to win Olympic Gold on floor, Barbara Corcoran, the first woman to start a realty firm in New York City (and sell it for $66M), Sophia Danenberg, the first African American woman to climb Mt. Everest, and Kelsea Ballerini, the first female country artist to have three consecutive #1s. 

Here are some behind the scenes images of the Bumble shoots - one of the most fun and rewarding projects we've been proud to be a part of. 

Watch all of the videos here

alex williamson, bumble, barabara corcoran, carolyn rush, worn agency
barbara corcoran, bumble, and the worn agency team nicole corbett, carolyn rush, lela feldmeier
barabara corcoran, tucker bliss, william crouse, alex williamson, carolyn rush of worn agency
Aly Raisman, Tucker bliss, alex williamson, caroyln rush, william crouse
Aly Raisman, Carolyn Rush, Worn Agency Bumble

F*it Radio: The Personal Is Political

Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas Executive Director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

On this episode of F*it Radio, Jessica González-Rojas, Executive Director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health shares her personal story of being assaulted by protesters outside a Planned Parenthood and how the experience turned her into an activist for reproductive justice. 

Jessica spoke from the stage at the Women's March on Washington just a couple of weeks ago and at Worn's live F*it the night before the March. The story of her political awakening and how simply getting healthcare turned into a "political act of courage" truly moved us. Take a listen. 

Jessica González-Rojas is Executive Director at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the only national reproductive justice organization working to advance reproductive health, rights and justice for the 28 million Latinas in the U.S. Learn more about NLIRH and donate at latinainstitute.org/en.

To listen to this episode on iTunes, click here and don't forget to subscribe! You can also listen on Soundcloud, or your favorite podcast app.  

If you’re enjoying the show write a review on iTunes—or hit us up on Twitter or Instagram. See you on the next episode of F*it Radio every Wednesday. 

Tell Us Why You Did or Didn't March

 Illustration by  Kathryn Zaremba

Illustration by Kathryn Zaremba

Over the past week, we have been receiving dozens of emails and questions around the women’s march. The march was a monumental day. It showed us the importance of one’s community. That we are not alone. And, that we are marching, and not marching, for many reasons. One of the most thought-provoking questions we received was,

“What is (are) the reason(s) you chose to march or not? I don’t want a list of what all the issues are or what the media was highlighting or the answer that “sounds right?” All I want to know is as an individual, with your specific beliefs and opinions, did you participate or not?”

In response to these questions, two of our Worn women, Carolyn Rush and Elizabeth Davis (Crush N’ Davis) recorded a podcast episode for F*it Radio. Listen to it here. While we started the conversation we would love to hear from YOU. We will feature two women with various viewpoints on the next episode of F*it Radio to have a conversation around why we did and didn’t march. We've found that when people come together to collaboratively express their differences, good things can happen. Please fill out this form and take this opportunity to really reflect on why you personally did or didn't participate in this movement. You could be on the next episode of F*it Radio.

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Yours in the hustle,

The Worn Team

Elizabeth Davis Joins Worn as Director of New Ventures


We're excited to announce that we've welcomed a new leading lady to the team! Elizabeth Davis joined the Worn family this month as Director of New Ventures. Originally from Montana, Elizabeth has spent her career focused on mission-driven projects from the World Wildlife Fund to The Coca-Cola Company. She is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and incredibly passionate about empowering women. Here's a quick Q&A between Nicole Corbett, CEO of Worn and Elizabeth to help you get to know her and see why we're so crazy about her. 
N: What was the #1 thing that made you want to work at Worn?
E: The people. When I met you (Nicole) and the rest of the Worn team I was blown away. The culture you have built here, where mission is embedded into everything that we do as a company and success metrics around working with women-owned business, were something I had never seen. So many organizations say they are mission-driven, but at Worn it is something that is core to what we do. And it starts with the women we work with on a day-to-day basis.
N: Describe your first week at Worn. Was it what you expected?
E: From hosting F*it: A New Manifesto in D.C on Friday with women storytellers, musicians and performers to marching on Washington in the Women’s March surrounded by 500K+ women, men and children, it was one of the most inspiring, empowering, and energizing weeks. I was having a conversation with Lela (rare Unicorn Creative Strategist) about my first week and how I feel like I have been here for months! These women have become like my family in a little more than a week.

 Lela Feldmeier, Nicole Corbett, Madame Gandhi Carolyn Rush and Elizabeth Davis at Worn's F*it, pre-March event in Washington, D.C

Lela Feldmeier, Nicole Corbett, Madame Gandhi Carolyn Rush and Elizabeth Davis at Worn's F*it, pre-March event in Washington, D.C

N: Why are you passionate about empowering women?
E:  One of my responsibilities on the Global Sustainability team for The Coca-Cola Company was  to work on the company’s 5by20 initiative which was to empower 5 million women by 2020. I had the opportunity to meet entrepreneurial women in developing countries around the world who were working to support their family, and yet I was stunned to come back to the United States and see women trying to beat other women down in the workplace. It made me realize that there are not just problems abroad but that we have so much work to do in equality in our own workforce. Only 24 of the Fortune 500 have women CEOs. We need to work harder in this country for equality, whether that’s equal pay, or having the same number of board seats and C-Level executives.
N: What are you most looking forward to in 2017?
E: Seeing how the momentum from the Women’s March translates into action and impact.
N: Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? 
E: Such a good question!!! My Worn family (obvi), Mom, Dad and brother, Gloria Steinem, Nelson Mandela, Sheryl Sandberg, Aristotle, Michael Bloomberg, Ajum (an 18 year-old-woman I met in India who started a store to support her two sisters), Louis L’Amour (one of my favorite western novelists), Sophie Cruz from the Women’s March, and Harry Truman. I love connecting people, building partnerships, and understanding where we came from, so this dinner would hopefully be all three!

Want to work with Worn? Get in touch with Elizabeth at elizabeth@worn.nyc

F*it: A New Manifesto

Worn’s January 20th F*it: A New Manifesto event in D.C. was filled with vulnerability, honesty and strength. Bringing together storytellers, performers, and musicians focusing on women speaking their minds, the night included a musical performance by Madame Gandhi and stories from Jessica González-Rojas, Jodi Ovca, and Elena Cohen. They shared what it is like to free bleed at the London Marathon, the importance of listening, flaws in our criminal justice system and what to do if you are arrested during a protest.

  Kiran Ghandi (Madame Gandhi) || Musician, Drummer and Feminist Activist

Kiran Ghandi (Madame Gandhi) || Musician, Drummer and Feminist Activist

Have you ever had your period when you ran a mile? Let alone when you ran 26.2? Kiran Gandhi, known as Madame Gandhi, did just that when she ran the London Marathon. This rockstar woman, activist, drummer and artist speaks freely about the importance of being confident and comfortable in your body. She has become an advocate for women’s rights, body-positivity and the importance of finding your own voice.

In her recently released song, “Future is Female” Kiran shows why it is important to focus on different demographics to build them up. This echoes one of our favorite quotes of the night, was from Kiran, “Just because we say save the whales, that doesn’t mean kill the dolphins.” It’s about empowering women to be confident in who they are and bringing others along on the journey.

Just because we say save the whales, that doesn’t mean kill the dolphins!
— Madame Gandhi
  Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas || Executive Director National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas || Executive Director National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

At 26 years old Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas won her first campaign for the New York State Democratic Committee for the 39th Assembly District from 2002-2006, representing the diverse communities of Jackson Heights, Corona, Elmhurst and Woodside. On the campaign trail, she realized a common theme amongst her constituents, that so many people just want someone to listen to them. One of the last nights before the election, they were going door to door when they met this elderly woman who had very few visitors. After speaking with Jessica for a few minutes she went and got a blazer. You may be wondering… what is the significance? This woman realized that Jessica would listen to her. And not just listen, but hear her. Jessica showed us the importance of each person and the power of listening.

  Jodi Ovca || Executive Director ACCESS Youth Inc.

Jodi Ovca || Executive Director ACCESS Youth Inc.

Close your eyes. Imagine seeing an 8-year-old boy holding his 4-year-old sister’s hand walking her home from school. Suddenly another boy comes up and pushes the little girl. Understandably, the brother in her defense, pushes back. Policeman nearby immediately arrested the little boy on the spot and took him to jail. Echoes throughout the audience included some you may be feeling, “How can this happen?” “Why did this happen?” This story is just one example of how our criminal justice system has failed our kids. Jodi Ovca, Executive Director of ACCESS Youth, is working to break this cycle and help our next generation.

  Elena Cohen || Civil Rights Attorney, Professor and Activist

Elena Cohen || Civil Rights Attorney, Professor and Activist

For many of our attendees, the Women’s March was their first protest. So how could we prepare them for what they would be seeing, hearing and their rights as a protester?  Enter the incredible civil rights attorney Elena Cohen. Elena shared what to do if you get arrested, who you should call, and what you can expect as a protester. You may be wondering… what do you do if you get arrested in D.C.? Have $100 to pay for your citation on the spot, make sure to have a local DC number to call, and the golden rule… if a policeman tells you to do something, you should do it if you don’t want to be arrested.  

The Golden Rule for not being arrested at protests: if the police tell you to move and stop doing something, you should do it if you don’t want to be arrested.
— Elena Cohen

This event could not have come together without these incredible speakers and our sponsors Republic Restoratives, Jrink, Denizen Brewing Co., Heavenly Organics, Stumptown Coffee, &pizza, Human Foods, Rip Van Wafels , the attendees and the entire Worn team who made this night and march possible.

While this event and the Women’s March started the conversation, as Gloria Steinem said, we must “decide what we are doing tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow.” So… it is now tomorrow. Are you looking for something to do to support women in business? Learn more about Worn's work here.

  Worn team members Lela Feldmeier, Elizabeth Davis, CEO Nicole Aguirre Corbett and Carolyn Rush

Worn team members Lela Feldmeier, Elizabeth Davis, CEO Nicole Aguirre Corbett and Carolyn Rush

A Letter from Worn to America

Dear America, 

This morning many of us woke up in a parallel universe where the first woman President wasn’t actually elected and a candidate that does not share our values of female empowerment, will be President. What does this mean for Worn and the people who share our mission? It means our work just became 10x more important overnight.

We firmly believe that more women leading and building companies lifts up the economy and that leads to a better world for everyone. Women still hold up half the sky. That has not and will never change.

Let’s not forget that women hold tremendous economic potential and we will continue to work to turn that potential into power for the benefit of everyone, regardless of politics. We will continue to work with women, men, companies, and organizations to build and grow businesses, launch impactful campaigns, and design bold creative work that lift women up.

If you’re a woman who runs a business, is launching a business, or already leads in business and wants to lift other women up in the process, let us help you.

If you’re a man who believes that women deserve equal opportunities to succeed in business, and wants to put the talents of women to work on your business, we want to work with you.

If you’re an organization that is dedicated to furthering gender equality in some form, get in touch with us. Let us use our talent and passion to help reach our collective goals. 

We're all in this together. 

Forever yours in the hustle,


F*it x Worn at Tory Sport

 Carolyn Rush, Nicole Aguirre Corbett, Reena Ninan, Laurie Fabiano, and Ilana Kloss. Photography by Jen Trahan.

Carolyn Rush, Nicole Aguirre Corbett, Reena Ninan, Laurie Fabiano, and Ilana Kloss. Photography by Jen Trahan.

Last night's F*it was filled with honest and inspiring stories from three incredible women - Reena Ninan, Ilana Kloss, and Laurie Fabiano - who opened up and shared their fears, struggles, and ultimate successes with us. They told us what it's really like to be a woman on network television, to report from Iraq, to travel the world as a professional tennis player, and to be an AIDS activist. Read their stories and wisest lessons below. 

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 Reena Ninan || CBS News Correspondent & CSBN Anchor

Reena Ninan || CBS News Correspondent & CSBN Anchor

While being based in Jerusalem, Reena Ninan missed Mother's Day - twice. This wasn't because she didn't enjoy being a mom but because she saw an opportunity to pursue her on-air ambitions by going to Iraq to cover the war. Her toughest critics were the other women who thought she was not putting her family first.

Reena started in the newsroom as a producer before pursuing her on-air career, as a Middle East correspondent for Fox News for five years. Initially, her bosses at Fox News didn't think she was the “right fit” (she wasn't blonde) for being on camera, until she got a break when the channel needed someone to go to Iraq. After talking it over with her husband, she went for it. It wasn’t an easy decision. 

I did what any woman would do in this situation: grab my eyeliner.
— Reena Ninan

While in Iraq, Mother's Day was the least of her worries. Her hotel got car bombed and an entire wall of her hotel room disappeared. She was shocked and scared, but soon fear turned into exhilaration. “I did what any woman would do in this situation: grab my eyeliner.” She put herself together in front of her dust covered mirror and went live on air from the scene of the bombing. It was her first ever broadcast.

Reena could’ve gone to pharmacy school and chosen a career path that “had great hours” —something more along the lines of what her parent’s had in mind. But Reena had other plans. She went on to report everywhere from Lebanon to Gaza, interviewing Hezbollah figures while pregnant, and reporting from Benghazi just four months after giving birth.

It’s not always easy being a reporter and a mom, but Reena isn't sorry. “Never apologize. Don't ever say sorry for working toward what makes you happy." 

Bio: Reena Ninan is a correspondent for CBS News and an anchor for CBSN. She was previously a reporter for Fox News where she reported from Egypt, India, Lebanon, Iraq, Libya and Israel. She covered the trial of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and reported on the rise of Al Qaeda in the Maghreb from Morocco. Her work abroad also earned her notice from Glamour magazine, which included her in a "Women on the Front Lines" story.

 Ilana Kloss || CEO & Commissioner, World Team Tennis

Ilana Kloss || CEO & Commissioner, World Team Tennis

Ilana Kloss is the perfect example of how individual people's mentorship and example changed her life, despite the odds against her. As a kid in South Africa growing up during apartheid, Billie Jean King noticed Ilana hitting balls on the tennis court, stepped in to play with her, and then offered to put her in touch with her personal coach and contacts. Before she knew tennis could be a career, Billie's generosity and openness set Ilana on a path to becoming a professional tennis player. "Ever since then I always play it forward," she said. 

If there’s a man in our meeting and we find out ahead of time that he has daughters, we know we’re in.
— Ilana Kloss

Ilana's life on the road as a professional tennis player became her education. "I didn't have a formal education and I learned by having to figure out how to get myself from point A to point B." She experienced discrimination for being South African. "Martina Navratilova was told she couldn't play with me," says Kloss. 

F*it x Worn at Tory Sport

Today Ilana Kloss is the CEO & Commissioner of World Team Tennis. She shared how running the organization is an everyday battle and being prepared for every meeting is key. "If there's a man in our meeting and we find out ahead of time that he has daughters, we know we're in," she says. She attributes part of her success to one key lesson, "When someone says no, it's because they don't have enough information," and, "generate revenue for the company you work for and you'll always have a job." 

Bio: Ilana Kloss was the world's best doubles player in 1976, winning doubles titles at the US Open, Italian Open, US Clay Courts, German Open, British Hard Courts and Hilton Head. She's youngest player ever to be ranked No. 1 in her native South Africa. She's currently the Chief Executive Officer/Commissioner of World TeamTennis (WTT). 

 Laurie Fabiano || President, Tory Burch Foundation

Laurie Fabiano || President, Tory Burch Foundation

Laurie Fabiano never takes no for an answer. When she was in middle school, she wanted to take shop class but her school wouldn't let her. "So I sued them, " she said. She (and Title IX) are the reason girls in New Jersey were admitted to shop classes that were previously reserved for boys only. 

I hate the phrase ‘find your passion.’ Many times your passion finds you.
— Laurie Fabiano

After her sister in law became one of the first women to die of AIDS, Fabiano became an AIDS activist, and tried to reach the black community be reaching out to rappers to support AIDS Dance-a-thons. They all hung up on her. They thought coming near an AIDS dance would mean they would catch AIDS. People told her to give up, but she found a new angle. She decided to call female hip hop artists instead. Eventually Salt 'n Peppa and Queen Latifah took a risk and said yes, and she used those women as leverage to convince the others. Fabiano used her passion for the cause to break through fear and ultimately, her success saved lives. "I hate the phrase 'find your passion'," she says. "Many times your passion finds you.'" 

Bio: Laurie Fabiano was the Deputy Mayor of Hoboken during the administration of Thomas Vezzetti. In 1988 she became an AIDS activist producing the AIDS Walks and AIDS Dance-a-thons around the country. In the past decade, as the Robin Hood Foundation’s Senior Vice President, she helped grow the Foundation into the largest private organization fighting poverty in New York City. She's currently the President of the Tory Burch Foundation

 Worn team members Lela Feldmeier, Carolyn Rush, and CEO Nicole Aguirre Corbett.

Worn team members Lela Feldmeier, Carolyn Rush, and CEO Nicole Aguirre Corbett.

Thank you to Tory Sport, the Tory Burch Foundation, CORE water, and entire Worn team who made this night possible. Learn more about Worn's work here

The Power of the Pivot - Podcast Interview

 Nicole (Aguirre) Corbett. Photo by Lauren Kallen.

Nicole (Aguirre) Corbett. Photo by Lauren Kallen.

Last month, Worn CEO Nicole (Aguirre) Corbett hopped on the phone with Elayne Fluker, founder of Chic Rebellion Media and creator of the Support is Sexy podcast to talk about “The Power of the Pivot”. The conversation focused on how to reinvent your company in order to take it to the next level. 

In this podcast, Nicole shares her personal story of setting aside her career in foreign affairs to follow her passion as an entrepreneur. She shares her insights into how she Worn transformed from a magazine into the digital agency it is today, and mind hacks for how to think differently about your business and your own potential as an entrepreneur.

Here are a few pieces of advice for entrepreneurs who want to shift their perspective and their companies along with it: 

  1. Do everything you can to see the situation from a new perspective. Admit that what you're currently doing isn't working. 
  2. Decide where you want to be in a certain amount of time and realize what could be standing in your way. (It could be yourself.) 
  3. Do not underestimate yourself. Assume you can do twice what you think you can do.

There is something powerful that happens when you’re met at a crossroad. Learn more from Nicole and Elayne by listening to the podcast above. 

The Support is Sexy initiative is home to an online community for women and five-times-a-week podcast interviewing successful women entrepreneurs about building profitable business and purposeful lives. Learn more about Elayne and the podcast at ElayneFluker.com.

The United State of Women

It’s about time! On June 13th - 15th, the White House will be holding its first ever summit of The United State of Women. This summit is dedicated to celebrating the many extraordinary achievements of women today, while also addressing how we can make strides moving forward.    

The 6 main topics that will be addressed are economic empowerment, health & wellness, educational opportunity, violence against women, entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as, leadership and civic engagement.

Worn is fortunate enough to have its very own CEO, Nicole Aguirre, selected to attend this monumental event.

The United State of Women Summit serves as a major step in formally addressing the variety of issues women face around the nation on a daily basis. Most importantly though, this conference provides the opportunity for these leaders to create a plan of action to resolve these problems.

Worn is already taking action by working with female leaders and their supporters to build and grow businesses and give women a larger stake in the business world. Additionally, Worn empowers women through our F*it speaker series, where female leaders share stories of the challenges they have overcome on their way to success.

Sign up here to attend F*it on June 22nd.

We look forward to standing together with The United State of Women.

Promundo State of America's Fathers Video Campaign

Promundo promotes gender justice and prevents violence through engaging men and boys in partnership with women and girls. This year, along with Fatherly, and Johnson & Johnson, Promundo is hosting the State of American Fathers Summit where the country's leading influencers, policymakers, and game changers, will come together to discuss what it means to be a father in America.

When Promudo chose Worn to produce this video campaign, we saw it as an incredible opportunity to carry out our mission of empowering women, by working on a campaign to support men in being better fathers. 

Our challenge on this campaign was to develop a concept that would portray the diversity of fathers in America and capture the genuine struggle, joy, and challenges of raising children in today’s world. We needed the perspective of real fathers, and that’s what we brought. 

Our approach was to produce a compelling mini documentary of real stories about men's struggles with fatherhood, and what it means to them to be a father. 

Worn cast 5 real fathers and their children and partners to tell their stories on camera. We carefully crafted each question to bring to light the hidden truths of being a father, and emotional storytelling came naturally. 

The final video above will debut on June 14th at the State of America's Father's Summit. Follow the conversation at #AmericasDads.

Here's what some of Promundo's biggest supporters are saying about this campaign:

Jessica Seinfeld, Founder & Board President of GOOD+ Foundation

#AmericasDads report lays out a plan for how fathers can be positive role
models for children & equal partners in parenting. —@JessSeinfeld

Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America

It’s crucial #AmericasDads “are becoming more involved in parenting &
sharing the responsibility of housework & childcare.” —@CecileRichards

Anne-Marie Slaughter, President & CEO of New America and author of Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family

The state of #AmericasDads is as important as the state of America’s moms for our collective health & wealth. —@NewAmerica’s @SlaughterAM

The Beeck Center for Social Impact And Innovation Website Redesign

The Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown does incredible work in policy innovation, impact investing, and using data to bring about social change and solve global problems. Their work is hugely important but difficult to boil down to just a few sentences. This was the main challenge the women who lead the Beeck Center were facing when they came to us to redesign their website. It was more than just a new look they needed - it was a new way to communicate with students at Georgetown, policy experts, and the private sector.

Worn redesigned the original Beeck Center website, edited the messaging across the site, photographed the staff and students for the Team page, selected and edited the photography across the site, and developed the website. 

Our approach was to communicate through images and color, telling the story of their work and the experience of working at the Beeck Center without overwhelming visitors with text. The Beeck Center staff, led by Sonal Shah, were open to taking risks with the design. They wanted the site to reflect the energy of the Beeck Center staff, the startup mindset of students, and the truly global reach of their work. We accomplished this through a dual navigation across the site, a content rich blog, and an incorporating subtle animation across the site. 

 Beeck center website sitemap

We started by completely rethinking the user experience of the website to make it as easy as possible for students to get involved and for visitors to read content on the blog. We accomplished this through a dual navigation, putting the Students, Blog, and Calendar pages on top navigation and the remaining pages on a hidden navigation sliding out from the side. This allowed us to let the photography stand out without overwhelming the eye with drop downs or tabs. 

The Beeck Center website wireframes

Next we designed wireframes for every page on the site, laying out the bones of the site one page at a time before adding color, final content, or imagery. 

 Beeck Center website style tiles

Finally we selected fonts, color, photography filters, and button styles through a series of style tiles. We followed Beeck Center's existing branding and expanded upon it with new supporting colors, typography, and photography style. We provided four different directions for style tiles. Once Beeck Center selected one to move forward with, we applied this design approach to all of the pages on the site. The finish product are the pages you see here