1979 - Present

Continuing Ed

NYU, New School, Parsons & FIT

Graduate level education courses, 1979 - present

1979 - 1983

BA Finance

Syracuse University - Martin J. Whitman School of Management

Awarded paid consulting position at Carrier Corporation from my Professor of Finance and worked 10 hours a week during my senior year.

1976 - 1979

High School of Art & Design

Advertising & Marketing Major

Work History

Work History
2011 - Present

chief frameologist

manhattan frame & design
Jan 2008 - Dec 2010

chief cause officer


we cause an effect

As a fervent believer in the "stakeholder" business model - which is accelerating at exponential speed and will soon become "normal operating procedure" - I founded causology to “lead by example" and "be the change" in an effort to play a pivotal role in the "Conscious Capitalism" movement.

To do this, we partner with forward thinking and socially responsible companies - and causes - to collaboratively design and develop compelling and innovative product offerings that integrate and support their overall business goals and strategic marketing objectives to proactively add value, differentiate their brands, amplify and drive profitable sales, increase margins and build market share while generating unprecedented consumer demand, loyalty and satisfaction.

  Selected Accomplishments:

  • Michael J. Fox Foundation - at the request of Tracey Polan we worked with her daughers to design and handmake 600+ bracelets from the 3000 magazine beads purchased from a Guadamalen Womens Cooperative featured in Teen Vogue selling out before being featured on the site generating over $12,000 for the foundation
  • Komen Teens for the Cure - pitched fundraising concept to engage teens to make and sell jewelry at their signature Tickled Pink Event held annually at Diane Von Furstenberg Studio - rolled out concept to an additional 30+ cause's generating over $150,000 to date
  • Stand Up to Cancer - collaborated with Executive Leadership Committee to develop and manufacture signature SU2C items as well as develop long term strategic alliances in support of the movement
  • Brighter Futures Project – conceived, initiated and executed initiative to educate, empower and enable teen orphans to become self-sufficient and self-reliant women. Secured Mary Louise Parker as fan. Expanded mission to encompasses impoverished and disadvantaged girls around the world
Jan 2002 - Dec 2009

Chief Idea Officer and Founder


doing well by doing good - a company with heart 

  • Pioneered and launched first "socially responsible" cause products and brand marketing company in industry - grew sales to $1 million+ in  2 years donating a percentage of every sale to the cause of client’s choice
  • Crafted and developed signature private label programs across multiple platforms and channels of distribution to enhance marketing initiatives
  • Supervised merchandising, sourcing (domestic and abroad), and manufacturing, including innovative branding and packaging solutions
  • Created effective added value premiums and incentives for clients ranging from Neiman Marcus, American Express and Martha Stewart to Nickelodeon, Universal Television and Pfizer

   Selected Highlights:

  • O, The Oprah Magazine - preferred vendor for 5 years – developed numerous product tie-ins for     advertisers, consumers and employees - successfully contributed over $100,000 (financial + in-kind support) to Oprah’s Angel Network and other select NPO’s due to high sales volume
  • Susan G. Komen - designed signature products and created strategic alliances which developed new streams of revenue and generated over $1,000,000 for the cause. Secured product placement in ELLE to raise awareness, drive traffic and increase sales
  • Nordstrom - conceived and manufactured line of innovatively packaged t-shirts in support of the ShoesThat Fit charity, resulting in sales of over $250,000 and effortlessly generated a $10,000  donation to the cause
  • Kenneth Cole – launched “char-i-tee” initiative - became a permanent staple in client’s product mix - generating over $100,000 in sales and a donation of $2500 for AmFar, benefiting Aids research
  • Music-For-All - a not-for-profit whose mission is to keep music education in the school - designed and manufactured cause-related product campaigns for fundraising initiatives - generated over $600,000 for the cause
  • Heart of Gold Girls – conceived, developed and built online lifestyle/shopping site targeting teen girls using entrepreneurship and social activism to help girls realize their dreams. Designed signature “Follow Your Heart” jewelry to engage and teach teens to activate dreams. Author “Follow Your Heart” mini-book
Jul 1991 - Dec 2001

EVP Design and Product Development

  • Aggressively recruited to expand sales and spearhead new business development initiatives - grew wholesale volume from $3.9M to $20M+ annually for this domestic manufacturer of private label sportswear
  • Secured Victoria's Secret Catalogue account - maintained status as leading knitwear vendor. Collaborated and attended internal merchandising meetings and traveled extensively with VSC management - was instrumental in growing their cut-n-sew sportswear division from $60M to $900M in annual retail sales over 15 year period
  • Led and managed team of 17 with 3 direct reports. Built, developed and maintained long standing relationships with retailers and brands including Victoria's Secret, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Coldwater Creek, JCPenney, Lane Bryant, Macy’s, Chadwick's of Boston, Newport News, Bloomingdale's and The Limited. 
  • Key participant in client strategy, branding, design, brainstorming and merchandise planning meetings
Jul 1985 - Jul 1991

Designer and Divisional Director

Guess? Knitwear/American Standard
  • Repeatedly promoted internally to lead design, merchandising and sales - managed staff of 15 with 4 direct reports
  • Launched American Standard - the Private Label Division of Guess? Knitwear - worked directly with CEO and management to exponentially increase sales, driving wholesale volume from zero to $12M annually
  • Collaborated with senior management at retailers, brands and catalogues to consistently design and develop best selling product across multiple categories
  • Identified trends, prospected clients and built long-standing relationships, designing and developing programs for prestigious brands and leading retailers such as Spiegel's, Maurice's, Macy's and Victoria's Secret Catalogue
  • Responsible for design and merchandising responsibilities for Guess? Knitwear - a licensed junior and contemporary line with 75% sell-thrus; worked with licensor, senior management & key accounts growing wholesale revenue from $15M to $60M in 3 years
  • Managed brand compliance, quality standards and approval process with licensor in addition to consistently designing signature t-shirts, graphics and seperates for exclusive line of knitwear
May 1983 - Jul 1985

Executive Assistant to President

Levine & Levine Associates & Graphic Originals

Worked alongside premier fine art publisher of original limited editions pieces for prominent artists i.e. Dali, Rizzo, Erte - Met directly with lithographer, screen printers and fine at printers on color and supervised printing - attended artist signings

Key Strengths

  • Collaborate with leading brands to merchandise product - generated over $1 billion in retail sales
  • Leading designer of best selling apparel/accessories - exquisite aesthetic - consistently exceeds plans
  • Strategic left brain/right brain thinker, creative merchant and proactive leader - strong business acumen
  • Lead teams to develop distinct/exclusive product to differentiate brands and satisfy consumer demand
  • Results-driven, branded and licensed, private-label designer and hybrid product development expert
  • Instrumental in identifying, and growing new business units to diversify sales and improve efficiencies
  • Effectively partner with retailers/manufacturer's to create innovative product - repeatedly delivering measurable ROI
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and distill trends into profitable sales and build market share
  • Creative problem solver, brand manager and master juggler with proven and successful track record
  • Adaptable, resilient and flexible mindset, works exceptionally well in fast paced and stressful environments
  • Cause marketing pioneer, passionate visionary and “embedded giving™” champion
  • Conceived, developed and executed fundraising products and initiatives raising millions for NPO's
  • Skilled at emotionally connecting consumers with brands to build loyalty and achieve strategic goals

About Robin

I thrive in multi-faceted, complex, and fast paced environments collaborating with people and organizations where I can successfully leverage my unusual combination of 20+ years experience, proven business acumen, infinite creativity and brand marketing expertise to strategically develop exceptional product and facilitate extraordinary consumer experiences that differentiates the brand, integrates marketing objectives and builds sales across all channels to revolutionize retail.

As a born merchant, design maven, strategic problem solver and idea champion, my passion for business innovation that challenges the status quo - coupled with my relentless commitment to do well by doing good - ignites and fuels my infectious enthusiasm, tenacious resolve and innovative creative spirit to lead, manage and propel organizations forward, distill trends into profitable sales and create unprecedented consumer demand enabling brands to consistently drives profitable sales, increases margins, generate customer satisfaction and build market share.

Noted Conferences and Seminars Attended

NRF Big Show - 2010

Conceptualizing Conscious Capitalism – invited attendee, Bentley University – 2009

Seth Godin Workshop 2008, 2012

Online Media NA - 2008, 2009

Entrepreneurs Organization Nerve Conference – 2009

United Nations, Global Women’s Initiative – 2008, 2009

Womensphere Conference, speaker - 2008, 2009

Ad-Tech – 2006, 2007, 2008

Oprah’s O You! – 2003 – 2008

OMEGA Institute Annual Conference - 2002 – 2008

Woman's Leadership Exchange - 2007

Word of Mouth Marketing Association, Annual Conference – 2007

Jim Rohn's 2004 Weekend Leadership Event

Jay Abraham Ultimate Business Building Bootcamp 1996

Tony Robbins Mastery University 1994, 1995, 1996

Select Professional Workshops and Certificate Programs

Seth Godin Marketing Workshop – 2007, 2009

Holt Learning Project Management and Presentation Skills Workshops – 2006, 2007

Woodhull Institue Weekend Workshp - 2007

Kaufman Institute Workshop – 2005

Franklin Covey Workshop - 1996, 1999

Dale Carnegie Training – 1998, 1999

  • Leadership Training for Managers
  • Presentation Skills, Public Speaking, Effective Communications & Human Relations
  • Sales Advantage 


Housingworks NY

Design on a Dime Committee Member and Donated Framing

2013, 2014, 2015

Boys & Girls Club of America and National Kids Day

Co-Founder NKD and Committee Chair

August 2001- present Developed initiatives with title sponsors like Disney and Kraft to showcase celebrity spokespersons like Miley Cyrus, BowWow and Rosaria Dawson, secured Old Navy sponsorship, work with PR team to secure local press, radio spots and TV news coverage

Dress for Success

LuckyShops Committee Member


Stand Up to Cancer

Collaborate on Fundraising Initiatives and Product Development

2008 - present

Do Something

Brick Award Committee

2006 – 2010

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

NY and NJ Committee Member

2003 – present.


Committee Member

1999 - present

Awards and Recognition

Larson Juhl Design Star - Mirrors 2015

Counselor Magazine “Bess Cohen Humanitarian Award” Finalist - March 2009

Journal News - “Gifts that Gives Back” feature article - December 2008

Women’s Presidents Organization (for companies with $2MM+ in revenue) - Member at Large - 1999 – 2008

Womensphere Conference - "Women Who Make a Difference" speaker - 2008, 2009

Fashion Group International - Member at Large - 1989 - present

Graduate Scholarship in Finance awarded by Syracuse University - 1983