Our leadership team

Buddy Teaster
Chief Executive Officer & President

As CEO, Buddy uses a mix of entrepreneurship, C-level leadership skills and extensive nonprofit experience to lead Soles4Souls as President and CEO. His experience at Soles4Souls, along with the organization’s global impact, is chronicled in his book, Shoestrings: How Your Donated Shoes and Clothes Help People Pull Themselves Out of Poverty (2018).

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Prior to Soles4Souls, Buddy was the President/COO of StarKart and the National Association of Local Advertisers where he first encountered Soles4Souls. Before that, he served as Chief Network Officer for Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), a non-profit organization committed to developing better leaders through education and idea exchange. YPO is the largest CEO network in the world with more than 25,000 CEOs in 130 countries. He has been a YPO member since 2010 and received several awards from the organization, including the “Global Impact Fellow” honor and the “Inclusive Business and Community” Award.

Buddy was also named to the National Retail Federation’s 2018 List of People Shaping Retail’s Future.

His extensive speaking experience includes topics ranging from leadership and philanthropy to managing excess inventory and social enterprise. Over the years, he has shared his experience and lessons with groups such as YPO, the Footwear Distributors and Retailers Association; Universities like Belmont, DePaul and William & Mary; and forums including TEDx St. Louis, the Social Enterprise Alliance Summit, the Seattle Council on World Affairs and the Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit.

Buddy earned his BA in Religious Studies and French from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, and holds an MBA/MA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He serves on the national board for the Social Enterprise Alliance, as board chair of I.D. Plates in Mesquite, TX and is on the advisory board of GHP Environmental + Architecture in Nashville, TN.

His energy and enthusiasm for work spills over to his passion for running. Having run his first marathon in 1994, Buddy enjoys trail and long-distance running, and has since finished almost 70 ultra-marathons (50K +) including seventeen 100-mile runs. He and his wife Becca have been married since 1992 and have two daughters.

Robert Adams-Ghee
Chief Financial Officer
Robert Adams-Ghee joins Soles4Souls from middle Tennessee’s primary HIV/AIDS services organization, Nashville CARES and brings with him more than 25 years of experience in operations and financial management.
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Adams-Ghee began his career working with the Community AIDS Partnership at United Way of Metropolitan Nashville. In 1992, he shifted his efforts to become the first Business Manager, then CFO and COO at Nashville CARES where he helped build the organization from a budget of $700,000 to more than $30 million.

Adams-Ghee is also a founding member of Planet Nashville — a grassroots non-profit that sends volunteers to do HIV fieldwork in Africa. The same organization just recently created the Robert Adams-Ghee Global HIV/AIDS Education Scholarship to honor his work in the community.

Rod Arnold
Chief Marketing Officer

Prior to joining Soles4Souls, Rod founded Leading Good and served as COO of charity:water, a nonprofit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. He was also President of the Nonprofit/Cause-Related Group at Media Ventures Group, where he helped drive strategic growth for brands, sports and entertainment properties, and nonprofit organizations.

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Rod’s clients have included Ronald McDonald House Charities, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Save the Children, Compassion International, Dr. Oz’s HealthCorps, World Relief, and others. His work has also included developing partnerships with the NFL and NASCAR, as well as with celebrities and brands.

Mike Shirey
Chief Operating Officer

Mike Shirey joined the Soles4Souls team as Chief Operating Officer in 2020, and brings over 25 years of retail and wholesale experience in the footwear industry.   Prior to joining Soles4Souls, Mike held various Senior Executive roles leading premium wholesale, design, planning and sourcing teams at Aerosoles, Nine West, Highline United and Nina Shoes organizations.  In 2018 he founded C&O Trading where he partners with companies to build and launch new divisions, entering new global markets with acquired brands.

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Mike earned his BS in Business Administration and Spanish from the University of Delaware. While working at his first footwear firm Meldisco / Footstar, he earned his MBA in Finance from Seton Hall University. Mike is a lifetime member of the TwoTen Footwear Foundation, and past Trustee the River Vale, NJ Board of Education.

Mike and his wife Christine live in River Vale, New Jersey with their two sons.  Mike and the family often find themselves enjoying weekends at the Jersey Shore.

Nancy Youssef
Chief Corporate Development

Nancy Youssef currently serves as Chief Corporate Development Officer for Soles4Souls, a non-profit enterprise based in Nashville. She is also the Founder and President of Curves with Purpose, established in 2017, a women’s e-commerce marketplace celebrating shape diversity, serving sizes up to 5X, curating global brands, utilizing fit tech and helping disrupt the cycle of poverty through charitable partnerships.

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Nancy Youssef currently serves as Chief Corporate Development Officer for Soles4Souls, a non-profit enterprise based in Nashville. She is also the Founder and President of Curves with Purpose, established in 2017, a women’s e- commerce marketplace celebrating shape diversity, serving sizes up to 5X, curating global brands, utilizing fit tech and helping disrupt the cycle of poverty through charitable partnerships. She served as senior vice president, international business development for Destination XL group, the largest omni-channel speciality retailer of big and tall men’s apparel. Prior to Destination XL, Nancy was vice president, international business development for Genesco, Inc. where she pioneered the Fortune 1000 footwear and apparel retailer’s portfolio of brands outside the United States. She currently serves as a director on the Nashville Chamber of Commerce International Business Council, the Mayor’s Advisory Council for Minority and Women Owned Businesses and the Mayor’s Advisory Council for New Americans. Nancy earned her B.S. in Marketing from The Pennsylvania State University and has also completed International Fashion Design studies at the Instituto Marangoni in Milan, Italy which gave her the opportunity to become fluent in her fifth language, adding Italian to Arabic, English, French, and Spanish

Michael Brown
Vice President, Warehouse & Logistics

Michael Brown serves on the front lines of Soles4Souls. As the Vice President of Warehouse and Logistics, Michael manages the daily movement of thousands of pairs of shoes and pieces of clothing to locations in the United States and around the world. He works closely with our field officers as well as those from partner agencies to ensure the product arrives on time and is appropriate for the recipients and the local climate. “I feel grateful and blessed to be working with a fantastic team and for such a meaningful cause, said Brown. It is incredibly rewarding to think about how many lives are made better each time a shipment leaves our warehouse, and I am motivated every day by the knowledge of how many more people are still in need.”

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Michael Brown serves on the front lines of Soles4Souls. As the Vice President of Warehouse and Logistics, Michael manages the daily movement of thousands of to various locations in the United States and around the world. He works closely with our own field officers as well as those from partner agencies to ensure the product arrives on time and is appropriate for the recipients and the local climate. I feel grateful and blessed to be working with a fantastic team and for such a meaningful cause, said Brown. It is incredibly rewarding to think about how many lives are made better each time a shipment leaves our warehouse, and I am motivated every day by the knowledge of how many more people are still in need.

Michael has previously served as Director of Logistics and Distribution and Logistics and Compliance Manager of the Alabama warehouse. He was responsible for managing the crew, coordinating the transportation of incoming and outgoing shipments, and streamlining the paperwork process for individuals and organizations as they submitted requests for footwear and/or partnerships. Michael is a native of Nashville, Tennessee and now resides in Wadley, Alabama with his wife Suzanne, and children Lindsey and Bryce.

Kellen Clawson
Vice President, Product Management

Kellen Clawson has been with Soles4Souls since 2017, serving in various positions on the Community Partnerships team before becoming Vice President of Product Management. His entire professional career has been in the non-profit sector, with roles at Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee and the American Junior Golf Association. 

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Born and raised in Illinois, Kellen is a graduate of Lewis University, first with a Bachelors in Sport Management in 2010 and a Masters of Business Administration in 2012. He and his wife, Clare, live in Old Hickory, Tennessee with their son James and dogs Penny and Bulleit. He and his wife, Clare, live in Old Hickory, Tennessee with their sons James and Decker, and dogs Penny and Bulleit. You can find him on weekends watching the Blackhawks and scouting out rare bourbons across middle Tennessee.

Katherine Eboch
Senior Director of Information Technology
Katherine Eboch joined Soles4Souls in July 2018 as Inventory & Database Manager. With the switch to remote work in the last year and rapid growth within our organization, it made perfect sense for her to move into a new role overseeing all of our technology platforms, CRM and database management as Senior Director of Information Technology. Previously, she worked in Supply Chain at Dollar General HQ in Goodlettsville and in several regional theatres as an Automation Technician and Stage Crew Head.
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Katherine graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Business Administration from Bowling Green State University. She’s originally from Toledo, OH and is now happy to be back there with her husband Christopher, dog Roger, and cats Princess and Pumpkin in their first home.

Jamie Ellis
Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Jamie joined Soles4Souls in January 2019 and leads the Marketing and Communications team, which includes all things digital, content, photo and film, media relations, and graphic design. Her professional career has taken her through a variety of industries, including music business, tech, event management and finance, with nearly 8 years at Nashville-based Ramsey Solutions handling public relations and corporate communications.

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Jamie joined Soles4Souls in January 2019 and leads the Marketing and Communications team, which includes all things digital, content, photo and film, media relations, and graphic design. Her professional career has taken her through a variety of industries, including music business, tech, event management and finance, with nearly 8 years at Nashville-based Ramsey Solutions handling public relations and corporate communications.

Originally from Montgomery, Alabama, she is an avid sports fan (War Eagle) and can be found on weekends either working on a DIY project around her house or out in the booming Nashville restaurant scene. Jamie graduated in May 2008 from the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts in Entertainment Industry, Publicity and Promotion. She lives in Nashville with her token British husband, James, and their non-human children, Paddington and Pippa.

Kelly Modena
Vice President, Community Partnerships

Kelly Modena joined Soles4Souls in 2011 after hosting her own local shoe drive and collecting more than 2,500 pairs of shoes. It was a natural fit for her to lead the Community Partnerships team, which concentrates on collecting shoes for Soles4Souls’ micro enterprise program. Kelly and her team create new shoe drive programs, seek new shoe drive partners and are constantly looking for ways to raise awareness for Soles4Souls.

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Kelly Modena joined Soles4Souls in 2011 after hosting her own local shoe drive and collecting more than 2,500 pairs of shoes. It was a natural fit for her to lead the Community Partnerships team, which concentrates on collecting shoes for Soles4Souls’ micro enterprise program. Kelly and her team create new shoe drive programs, seek new shoe drive partners and are constantly looking for ways to raise awareness for Soles4Souls.

Kelly has a degree in Journalism, with minors in English and Health, from Middle Tennessee State University. She lives in Nashville with her two amazing daughters in a loud, busy house that’s full of life, laughter, and an insane amount of love.

Alessandra Roberts
Senior Director, Marketing

Alessandra joined Soles4Souls in April 2019 as a member of the Global Experiences team prior to joining the marketing team in 2020. Currently, as Senior Director of Marketing, she leads the marketing team, which includes digital, content, photo, and graphic design. Alessandra has spent most of her professional career in the non-profit sector, including completing two years of Teach for America in Nashville, TN. 

Kim Shamley
Vice President, People and Culture

Kim joined Soles4Souls in January 2022 as their first Vice President of People & Culture. She has more than 15 years of hands-on experience in human resources administration and management, employee relations, performance management, benefits administration, and Diversity,  Equity, and Inclusion.

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Kim joined Soles4Souls in January 2022 as their first Vice President of People & Culture. She has more than 15 years of hands-on experience in human resources administration and management, employee relations, performance management, benefits administration, and Diversity,  Equity, and Inclusion. Prior to joining Soles4Souls, Kim worked in the HR and Operations space across a variety of industries in the non-profit, public, and private sector – taking care of the organization’s most valuable asset – its employees. People are Kim’s passion, and she is excited about continuing to develop the great culture of Soles4Souls. She earned a Master of Science degree in public service administration and management from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in international business administration and management from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Kim is most proud of her three wonderful daughters and her husband who she has known since high school.

Tiffany Turner
Vice President, Outreach
Tiffany has been a part of Soles4Souls team since 2008, after headlining a benefit concert in Nashville. When she got the chance to volunteer at a local shoe distribution at the Nashville Rescue Mission shortly after, she was hooked.
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In 2011, Tiffany started working full-time for Soles4Souls, working to ensure that our shoes find homes on the feet of those who need them most. As the Vice President of Outreach, she oversees the free distribution efforts of the organization and ensures that, with intention and compassion, we align with community partners and make the greatest global impact. She also travels internationally and serves as a guide for volunteer groups through our Soles4Souls Global Experiences Program.
 
Tiffany is originally from Paxville, SC and graduated from North Greenville University with a BA in Christian Studies. Tiffany and her husband Lee, and their furbabies, live in Nashville, and in their spare time make a little bit of music together!
Robin Wagher
Vice President, Business Development

Robin Wagher joined Soles4Souls as the Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships in February 2022. Prior to joining Soles4Souls, she led corporate engagement and university programs at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Foundation, where spent more than 8 years creating a scholarship portfolio (awarding more than $.5 million each year), designing educational programming for University students and educators, and raising funds for the NRF Foundation programs and annual gala.

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Robin Wagher joined Soles4Souls as the Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships in February 2022. Prior to joining Soles4Souls, she led corporate engagement and university programs at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Foundation, where spent more than 8 years creating a scholarship portfolio (awarding more than $.5 million each year), designing educational programming for University students and educators, and raising funds for the NRF Foundation programs and annual gala.
 
Robin is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who has worked in the non-profit world her entire career, including organizations like Peace Corps, National Industries for the Blind, and the American Red Cross.
Robin lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two cats, and spends her free time mentoring and coaching at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy

Our board

Raji Behal

Head of Western & Southern Europe, UK & Ireland, Klarna

Raji Behal is an innovative, entrepreneurial and creative executive with 14+ years of experience across strategic partnerships, business development omni-channel merchandising, digital/e-commerce, marketing, and P&L management. She began her career at Macy’s in the Executive Development Program as an Assistant Buyer in Men’s Casual Shoes. She progressed to various buying roles within Men’s footwear, Buyer of Women’s Junior & Contemporary Shoes and Buyer of Women’s Contemporary Fashion Ready-to-Wear. In 2016, she became the Vice President of the Leased Division where she managed Macy’s largest partnerships with brands such as FinishLine, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and others. In July of 2020, Raji joined Klarna, Europe’s highest valued private fintech company, where she’s currently the Head of Western & Southern Europe, UK & Ireland.

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Raji received a BBA from Goizueta Business School at Emory University where she studied Marketing and Organization & Management. Raji was born in Glasgow, Scotland and now resides in Dumbo, Brooklyn with her husband, son Jai and daughter Mila.

Raji joined the Soles4Souls Board of Directors in 2021.  Raji was also featured in Footwear News’s inaugural 40 Shoe Executives Under 40 Revolutionizing the Business in 2018 and was honored as a 2021 Amazing Women in e-Commerce by Yotpo.

Aaron Belville
Chief People Officer at the Carolina Center for ABA and Autism Treatment
Aaron Belville currently serves as the Chief People Officer for the Carolina Center for ABA and Autism Treatment, an organization committed to improving the lives of individuals with ASD, their families, and their surrounding communities. Prior to his current role, Aaron worked for Dollar General for 12 years where he held a variety of leadership roles across multiple HR verticals. Before pursuing a career in Human Resources, Aaron was a licensed attorney focused on representing employers in employment law matters. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb University, a law degree from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from Ole Miss.
 

Nicholas C. Birren

Vice-President at Private Wealth

Nicholas Birren is a Vice President and Financial Advisor in the Nashville office of Bernstein Private Wealth Management. He works closely with business owners, non-profits, and private families on issues ranging from family success and engagement, planned-giving, and 401K & 403B plans.

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Prior to joining the firm in 2019, Nick served as the Director of Development for a marketing technology firm where he helped clients such as Procter & Gamble, McDonald’s, Bridgestone and Netflix optimize their marketing budgets.

He is also a two-time Emmy-nominated television producer for CBS, NBC and the Hallmark Channel, and helped launch OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network in 2011. Nick lives in Sumner County with his wife and two young daughters.

Ashley Chang

Global Marketing Lead, Google Payments

Ashley is a storyteller with more than a decade of experience leading marketing and sales teams at Google. She’s recognized as an exuberant problem solver and culture champ who has built and launched helpful products across Google’s portfolio. Early stage startups also turn to Ashley as a trusted advisor for her storytelling magic, sharp execution, and “only Ashley” enthusiasm.

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A journalist by training, Ashley began her career at NBC, ABC, and The Coca-Cola Company, as a marketing specialist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. She also serves as the Emeritus Chair of the Asian Google Network and as an Advisory Board member of the Coca-Cola Scholarship Foundation, which has invested in exceptional high school students with $70M+ in scholarships awarded since 1989.

Ashley created The ABC Digest, a children’s book collection designed to bring more flavor️ and representation to the ABCs. A true labor of love, The ABC Digest was written and illustrated (by Ashley’s husband, Jeff!) …in their Brooklyn apartment.

Ellen Davis

EVP, Business Strategy and Industry Engagement, U.S. Travel Association

In her role as Executive Vice President, Business Strategy and Industry Engagement, Ellen Davis is responsible for uniting the travel industry’s stakeholders, strengthening the association’s value to members and driving organizational growth through events and other initiatives.

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Davis has more than 20 years of association experience uniting stakeholders, diversifying value propositions and creating thoughtful growth strategies. She joined U.S. Travel from the Consumer Brands Association, where she built a strong community of industry CEOs, substantially grew membership and created new educational offerings – efforts which drove a 50% increase in revenue in three years.

Prior to joining Consumer Brands, Davis held positions spanning public affairs, communications, research and events at the National Retail Federation (NRF), culminating as President of the NRF Foundation, NRF’s philanthropic arm. In that role, Davis conceptualized and launched the NRF Foundation Honors, which raised $15 million in five years to fund the foundation’s efforts, and led the launch of RISE Up, the NRF Foundation’s training and credentialing program that helps people secure jobs in retail and advance into meaningful careers. She is also well-known for her role in defining the official kickoff to the online holiday shopping season as “Cyber Monday,” and has appeared frequently on broadcast news programs including Fox News, CNBC, CNN and ABC News.

Prior to NRF, Davis served as a managing associate with Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates and an assistant project manager with JC Dolan & Associates.

Davis holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Millikin University and an executive MBA from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. She serves on the board of directors of Soles4Souls, an acclaimed philanthropy that turns unwanted shoes and clothing into opportunity by providing relief, creating jobs and empowering people to break the cycle of poverty. Davis lives with her husband and two boys in Arlington, Virginia.

Tianne Doyle

President, Bealls Inc.

Now President at Bealls Inc., Doyle joined Bealls in 1991 as the buyer of misses’ sportswear and swimwear. A Tampa native, Doyle graduate from Florida State University and currently resides in Bradenton, FL.

Dan Friedman

Chief Sourcing Officer, Caleres, Inc.

Dan is a senior executive with over 30 years of retail and wholesale footwear and accessories experience with industry-leading companies. Progressive front-end and back-end strategic leader with a uniquely abedexterous ability to successfully lead branded P&L and end to end sourcing, product development, manufacturing and supply chain operations.

Angela D. Harrell

Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity and Corporate Responsibility Officer at Voya Financial President, Voya Foundation

Angela Harrell joined Voya Financial in 2014 and serves as senior vice president, Chief Diversity and Corporate Responsibility Officer. Angela also leads Voya’s philanthropic work as President of Voya Foundation. Voya’s corporate responsibility strategy is based on its work across the enterprise in four pillars: Empowering Our Employees, Serving Our Clients, Investing in Communities and Protecting the Environment. Angela leads these efforts and the Foundation’s mission to help young people achieve financial resilience and to empower educators to attain excellence in the classroom.

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Prior to joining Voya Financial, Angela spent 12 years at The Coca-Cola Company, where she led initiatives across a broad range of disciplines including corporate responsibility, media relations, financial and sustainability reporting, internal and executive communications, digital/social media and community affairs. Her final position with Coca-Cola was as global director of operations, Coca-Cola Ambassador. Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Angela worked as an executive recruiter, a business analyst and an English as a Second Language teacher in several countries.

Angela earned a bachelor’s degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in international affairs from Yale University. She serves on the nonprofit boards of Junior Achievement of New York and Soles4Souls. In addition, she is a director on the advisory board of ClearRock, a Boston-based human capital consulting firm and certified Women Business Enterprise.

Sara Irvani

CEO at Okabashi Brands

Sara Irvani is the CEO of Okabashi Brands, one of the remaining 1% of domestic shoe manufacturers. Established in 1984, and now a third generation family business, Okabashi has sold over 35 million pairs from its Buford, Ga factory. With its closed loop manufacturing and recyclable bio-based footwear, the team is on a mission to prove that sustainable American manufacturing can flourish at scale.

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Sara Irvani is the CEO of Okabashi Brands, one of the remaining 1% of domestic shoe manufacturers. Established in 1984, and now a third generation family business, Okabashi has sold over 35 million pairs from its Buford, Ga factory. With its closed loop manufacturing and recyclable bio-based footwear, the team is on a mission to prove that sustainable American manufacturing can flourish at scale.

Sara has a Bachelors in Philosophy with High Distinction from University of Virginia, a Masters of Finance from University of Cambridge, and a MBA from INSEAD. Sara is an Associate Board Member of the Two Ten Foundation, a 2018 Most Admired CEO by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, a Global Shaper with World Economic Forum, and on the Board of Councilors of The Carter Center.

Michelle C. Krall, Esq.

Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, Designer Brands Inc.

Michelle is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Designer Brands Inc. and has been with the company for over 14 years. She leads DBI’s legal, real estate, construction, facilities, and procurement teams.  Michelle focuses on problem solving, providing practical business advice, expense management and creating operational efficiencies.

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Designer Brands is one of North America’s largest designers, producers, and retailers of footwear and accessories. The Company operates a portfolio of retail concepts in nearly 650 locations under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse® and The Shoe Company® banners. The Company designs and produces footwear and accessories through Camuto Group, a leading manufacturer selling in more than 5,400 stores worldwide. Camuto Group owns licensing rights for the Jessica Simpson® footwear business and footwear and handbag licenses for Lucky Brand®. In partnership with a joint venture with Authentic Brands Group, the Company also owns a stake in Vince Camuto®, Louise et Cie®, and others. More information can be found at www.designerbrands.com

Michelle started her legal career at Schottenstein, Zox and Dunn (now known as Ice Miller).  Prior to joining DSW she worked at Glimcher Realty Trust (now known as Washington Prime Group) and L Brands.

Andy Lew
CEO, St. John

Prior to his current role, Andy Lew served as President, Lifestyle, expanding ABG’s Lifestyle portfolio’s branded licensing and distribution in two primary regions, APAC and EMEA. Lew has 30 years of experience, having worked with esteemed brands and retailers like Ermenegildo Zegna and Nordstrom.

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Andy joined Brooks Brothers Group, Inc. in 2011 as Managing Director of the company’s Asia Pacific region where he successfully launched and lead rapid expansion in countries including China, India and Australia. Today this encompasses 450 points of sale for America’s longest established brand.

Andy also serves on the board of Brooks Brothers India, a joint venture with Reliance Brands, Brooks Brothers GCR, a joint venture with Lane Crawford Joyce Group, and Brooks Brothers Far East, the company’s sourcing subsidiary, Brooks Brothers Australia, Singapore and Malaysia all subsidiaries of Brooks Brothers Group. Andy also serves on the board of August Purple Holding Company of Ace Turtle, an E-commerce Solutions company for Asia Pacific and India. 

 

He currently serves as Chairman of the Advisory Council of Soles4Souls, a Non-Profit focused on creating a sustainable opportunity for those in need. 

 

Andy previously held leadership positions at Ermenegildo Zegna where he was a member of their executive team in Greater China and Vice President in North America.  Prior to that he was a Divisional Merchandise Manager for Nordstrom in North America overseeing one of the largest divisions within the organization. 

A native of Los Angeles, California, Andy has spent most of his career in New York and in Washington D.C. before relocating to China. He returned to the United States in 2017 is based at Brooks Brothers’ NYC headquarters.  Andy has two children, a daughter currently attending University and a son who is a media professional in NYC.

Aaron Lord

Vice President, Supply Chain Planning, Capri Holdings Limited

Aaron Lord is a supply chain leader with over 25 years of experience working in various supply chain roles and verticals. His career includes roles in integrated business planning, distribution center management, transportation operations, lead logistics provider services, project management, Six Sigma and Lean implementation. Aaron is a Six Sigma Black Belt, ASQ Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence and currently serves as Vice President, Supply Chain Planning for the global fashion luxury group Capri Holdings Limited.

Michele Love

Executive Consultant, Sunrise Brands

Michele S. Love is a seasoned retail leader who most recently served as CEO at DSW Inc. Love developed a passion for shoes early in life, and began her career working in the stockroom at Nordstrom’s West Side Pavilion in Los Angeles. She worked her way up through the Nordstrom organization as a buyer, store manager, and later Nordstrom’s first-ever female merchandise manager. She later served as vice president of designer and salon shoes and was then named as senior vice president of Stores and Operations for Nordstrom Rack, where she led the division’s growth, opening more than 250 Rack stores across the U.S. She joined DSW in 2017. She holds a B.A. Political Science & B.A. Special Education from the University of Wisconsin.

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Equally passionate about philanthropic work, Love was a founding board member of Shoes that Fit, a Clairmont, California-based organization that provides brand new shoes to children in need within the U.S. Shoes that Fit has donated more than 2,000,000 pairs of shoes to date. Love also served on the Women’s Auxiliary Board at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, which worked to opened Lytle Center for Pregnancy and Newborns, supporting women’s and infants’ pre- and post-natal health.

Love lives with her husband and six children in Columbus, Ohio.

Walter Porter

Global EERPS Leader, US EERPS and TSO Leader
Principal, Deloitte Consulting

Walter Porter is a Principal of our Enterprise Performance portfolio where he is the US and Global leader of the Emerging ERP (EERPS) offering responsible for the Workday Financials, Infor, and Hybrid Solutions practices. In his 23 years with Deloitte, he has focused on growing practices through sales and strategic delivery across a number of industries including Financial Services.

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In addition to the above, Walter will assume the role as the Offering Leader for TSO. He also focuses on process improvement to help organizations sustain cost containment for the betterment of profitability enhancement. Considered a leader in the field, Walter has participated in videos discussing the impact of Workday on the life as a CFO as well as changes under Health Reform. Lastly, Walter served as the Co-Dean for our inaugural Black Leadership Summit as well as Board Council 2021.

Tony Waller
Vice President, Constituent Relations and Racial Equity, Walmart

Tony Waller is Vice President, Constituent Relations and Racial Equity for Walmart in Bentonville, AR.  In his position he sets strategy for driving reputation, augmenting outreach opportunities, and maximizing social investments in diverse and multicultural communities.  His portfolio includes the African American, Hispanic, Asian American & Pacific Islander and Native American communities as well as Women, LGBTQIA+, People with Disabilities and Emerging Generations. Tony is also tasked with being a critical “integrator” engaging across Corporate Affairs teams, with real depth in helping to shape public policy, communication strategy, federal and state government relations, and community relations through a racial equity lens. Additionally, Tony and his team help lead efforts to expand the company’s racial equity work across all the diverse and multicultural communities of focus. Tony joined Walmart December 2006.

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Tony Waller is Vice President, Constituent Relations and Racial Equity for Walmart in Bentonville, AR.  In his position he sets strategy for driving reputation, augmenting outreach opportunities, and maximizing social investments in diverse and multicultural communities.  His portfolio includes the African American, Hispanic, Asian American & Pacific Islander and Native American communities as well as Women, LGBTQIA+, People with Disabilities and Emerging Generations. Tony is also tasked with being a critical “integrator” engaging across Corporate Affairs teams, with real depth in helping to shape public policy, communication strategy, federal and state government relations, and community relations through a racial equity lens. Additionally, Tony and his team help lead efforts to expand the company’s racial equity work across all the diverse and multicultural communities of focus. Tony joined Walmart December 2006.

Serving is extremely important to Tony.  He has always been taught that to give real service you must add to the world something that cannot be bought or measured with money.  He currently serves as Chair of the NAACP ACT-SO Advisory Council.  His passion for the empowerment and advancement of women, has led him to serve on the Board of Trustees of Center for Asian Pacific American Women. Tony also served on the Board of Directors of the National African American Women’s Leadership Institute.  With both organizations he was the first male ever selected to serve. In 2017 Tony was elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Black Child Development Institute. In 2020 he was asked by the Mayor of Bentonville, AR to serve on the city’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Board. In 2021 he was named to the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board for the University of Arkansas.

Tony is a strong supporter of the arts and fashion. He serves on the Board of Directors and the Corporate Leadership Council of the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, AR. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Interform, an organization focused on self-sustaining design-led fashion and art industry in Northwest Arkansas. In addition, Tony serves on the advisory board of Springclean, a nonprofit social enterprise whose mission is to create jobs and reduce landfill space by repurposing donated textile materials.

A graduate of the University of Virginia, he is a diehard WAHOO. He remains very active with THE University and served on the board of the Walter N. Ridley Scholarship Fund, named after its first African American graduate.  He is a passionate collector of Black art & sculpture, Latina art, antique watches, vintage cufflinks, eyewear, children’s story books and quotes.  Shoes however are his kryptonite.

Tony strives to live each and every day by the words of his mother, Barbara Jean Motley Waller, “Keep flowing with The River for The River knows exactly where It is going.”
David Wright
Chief Commercial Officer, U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF)

David Wright currently serves as Chief Commercial Officer at the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF). Wright oversees all outward facing business units including marketing, corporate partnerships, media / content, consumer products, events, development, and analytics. During a unique moment in time for the sport of soccer over next 10 years (2026 FIFA World Cup, LA28 and the potential of Women’s FIFA World Cup in 2031 in the U.S.), Wright is charged with driving overall sport / property relevancy, fan engagement and revenue for the National Governing Body. Since joining USSF in 2020, the Federation has made several strategic moves including retaining their commercial rights beginning in 2023 (which had been previously managed by Soccer United Marketing), securing a long-term extension with Nike (the largest partnership in Federation history and among one of Nike’s largest global investments) and finalizing a long-term partnerships with Warner Bros. Discovery and NBCU Telemundo.

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Prior to joining USSF, Wright was Minor League Baseball’s Chief Marketing & Commercial Officer. In support of MiLB’s vision to be a dynamic leader in sport and entertainment, Wright was tasked with leading all marketing and commercial business units, including strategy & research, brand development, communications, media, business development and partnership marketing. In addition, Wright oversaw the MiLB Enterprises initiative, designed to maximize enterprise value through integrated national and regional partnerships by leveraging the power and overall scale of the 160 member clubs. During Wright’s tenure at MiLB, national enterprise revenue grew by 120%+ and the property was recognized by SBJ as a Sport Breakthrough of the Year finalist.

 

Wright joined Minor League Baseball in 2016 following a 15-year run at Major League Soccer (MLS) and Soccer United Marketing (SUM), most recently as its Senior Vice President, Global Sponsorship. He oversaw new business efforts for the premier soccer properties in North America (including Major League Soccer, U.S. Soccer Federation and the Mexican National Team). Wright also managed a Partnership Marketing team tasked with day-to-day management, growth and retention of more than 40 MLS/SUM partners. Prior to leading global sponsorship efforts for MLS/SUM, Wright was Director of Fan Development, managing a department dedicated to connecting Major League Soccer to participants and key influencers within America’s soccer community.

 

A SportsBusiness Journal Forty Under 40 Award recipient, Wright earned a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology from Indiana University. While at IU, Wright was a key member of the Indiana University soccer team, winning four Big Ten Championships and competing in two NCAA College Cups (Final Fours). In addition, Wright received a Master of Science in sports management from the University of Massachusetts. Wright resides in St. Petersburg, Florida, with his wife, Jaren, and two kids, Braeden, and Riley.

Stacy Xie

Director, AlixPartners

Stacy is a Retail Strategy & Operations leader with a passion for innovation, entrepreneurship, design and social responsibility. She has worked with global retailers, private companies and major consulting firms helping brands and organizations create solutions to their most pressing problems and drive actions towards impactful change. Stacy is currently a Director of Enterprise Improvement at AlixPartners, a global consulting firm.

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Stacy is a Retail Strategy & Operations leader with a passion for innovation, entrepreneurship, design and social responsibility. She has worked with global retailers, private companies and major consulting firms helping brands and organizations create solutions to their most pressing problems and drive actions towards impactful change. Stacy is currently a Director of Enterprise Improvement at AlixPartners, a global consulting firm.
 
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