Hear Three New York Business Success Stories Talk Branding

Get set for a very productive morning of business learning on June 12th in Manhattan. WCBS 880 Bloomberg Business Anchor Joe Connolly will be hosting our interactive session with three big brand personalities on our panel being held at the Manhattan Pavilion on West 18th Street.

You will hear from fashion icon Cynthia Rowley. Her lifestyle brand is built on the philosophy that fashion should be an adventure. Hear how she has remained relevant for decades in the fast-moving fashion industry.

Cynthia will be joined by the founder and CEO of the Med-Tech start up Capsule. Eric Kinariwala is rebuilding the pharmacy experience from inside out with technology that gives control back to the consumer. Hear how he turned a trip to the pharmacy into a thriving start up.

Our third special guest brings a wealth of business experience to our event. Peter Madonia was on the executive staff in three New York City Mayoral Administrations including his day to day operational role working for Michael Bloomberg. Peter also ran the Rockefeller Foundation until the family business called. You will now find him up on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx helping manage Madonia Bakery.

Three special guests ready to spend the morning talking about building, growing, and maintaining a brand – one of the most important elements of your business.

Registration begins at 7:30AM, our program gets underway shortly after 8AM. Come enjoy a Manhattan style breakfast of coffee, bagels, fruit and yogurt, and then sit for our 90-minute session that will send you on your way with real ideas on growing your own brand.

We look forward to seeing you at the Metropolitan Pavilion on West 18th street just off Sixth Avenue.

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. 

Peter Madonia

Peter Madonia, owner of Madonia Bakery

Peter Madonia is the third-generation family owner of Madonia Bakery, along with his business partner and head baker for the past 25 years, Charles LaLima. 

In addition to having the bakery in his family for a century, Peter has a legacy of public service. For the past 17 years, Peter spent 12 years as the Chief Operating Officer of the Rockefeller Foundation and helped that institution celebrate its Centennial in 2013. Prior to that, Peter was Chief of Staff to Mayor Michael Bloomberg from 2002-2006, when he was responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations. 

Peter came back to the bakery in early 2018 to celebrate its own Centennial. He also serves as the Chairman of the Bronx Little Italy Business Improvement District. 

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