WCBS 880 is pleased to announce that our June WCBS Business Breakfast will be presented in partnership with the upcoming BRANDXCELERATOR conference at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan.

BRANDXCELERATOR is a new innovative two-day event in New York City that targets mid-market companies to strengthen their brands and take their business to the next level.

It will kick off on the morning of June 12th with the WCBS Business Breakfast, hosted by WCBS/Bloomberg business reporter Joe Connolly. The breakfast will focus on growing your business by building your brand.

One of the confirmed speakers, Cynthia Rowley will trace her brand strategies as she grew her first collection back in 1988 into the leading CFDA award-winning global lifestyle brand it is today. Inspiring, indeed.

We'll also hear from Eric Kinariwala the Founder and CEO of the med-tech firm Capsule, which is rebuilding the pharmacy industry from the inside out with an emotionally resonant brand, and technology that enables customized outcomes for doctors, hospitals, insurers, and manufacturers. 

BRANDXCELERATOR is designed to let you discover, develop and advance your company's vision by learning from authors, strategy specialists, tactical experts, and peer to peer networking.

The partnership with BRANDXCELERATOR is taking the WCBS 880 Business Breakfast Series to the next level, kicking off two days' worth of learning and discovery. 

Learn more about the BRANDXCELERATOR event here. Register by 4/29 and use promo code "880" for a special discount.

Cynthia Rowley
Credit: Nigel Barker

Cynthia Rowley, fashion designer:

Cynthia Rowley began her career in fashion while studying at the Art Institute of Chicago (where she had every intention of becoming a painter). After graduation, she took what little seed money she had and moved to NYC to start her eponymous fashion brand. Whether she’s exploring on a far-flung getaway, surfing secret spots in exotic destinations, or scuba-diving in an arctic glacier, it’s safe to say the designer is known to take risks. It’s this unparalleled sense of adventure that effortlessly translates into the spirit of the brand through a playful assortment of pretty dresses, beachy separates, and swim/surf.

Cynthia Rowley has gone on to win numerous accolades including a CFDA Award and Designer of the Year at the American Image Awards. She is also a best-selling author and has appeared on numerous television shows.

Her brand is built on the philosophy that fashion should be an adventure. The brand’s signature pretty-meets-sporty assortment features ready-to-wear, surf and swim, fitness, accessories, and home decor as well as exclusive collaborations with like-minded brands including Goop, Bandier, Maisonette, among others. Deemed the pioneer of “surf-leisure” by Vogue, Cynthia Rowley exudes a spontaneous spirit and fearlessly redefines the boundaries of fashion.

Based in New York City, but always reaching new places with it’s nomadic pop-up retail concept, the collection is sold in Cynthia Rowley boutiques nationwide and online at www.cynthiarowley.com, as well as select specialty retailers.

Eric Kinariwala
Eric Kinariwala, founder and CEO of Capsule:

Eric Kinariwala is the founder and CEO of Capsule, a technology business rebuilding the pharmacy industry from the inside out with an emotionally resonant brand, and technology that enables customized outcomes for doctors, hospitals, insurers, and manufacturers. Capsule has raised $70 million from Thrive Capital, Glade Brook Capital, The Virgin Group, and Sound Ventures.  
Prior to founding Capsule, Eric invested in global healthcare, technology, and retail companies as part of the investment teams at Bain Capital and Perry Capital. He received his undergraduate degree as a University Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and earned his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he held the position of Chief Investment Officer of GSB Endowment Student Investment Trust. 
Eric has been interviewed in publications including Fast Company, Fortune, and the Wall Street Journal; appeared on television including CNBC, PBS, and ABC; and presented at conferences including ShopTalk, HLTH, NRF Big Show, and TechCrunch Disrupt. 

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