Dec 14, 2020
Suzanne McKenzie is an award-winning entrepreneur, Chief Creative Officer and designer, passionate about using design and collaboration to make the world a better place.
She is Founder and CCO of Able
Made, an active lifestyle brand that inspires healthy living and
combines bold design with responsible manufacturing and giving
back. While leading Able Made, Suzanne has designed eco-friendly
and domestically-produced products and secured designer
collaborations that have helped raise awareness, loyalty and funds
for Pencils of Promise, VH1 Save the Music Foundation, CFDA Fashion
Targets Breast Cancer, Guggenheim Museum, The Met, High Line and
her 11-year-old non profit, Ucal McKenzie Breakaway
Suzanne's 21 years of leadership experience includes work in the advertising and design consultancy worlds for numerous national and global brands at Arnold Worldwide and Continuum. As VP Creative Director, Design and Strategy Consultant, she has worked for Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Tom Ford, IDEO, 1 hotel, FEED Projects, Supergoop with Maria Sharapova, the Olympic Games, AIGA, ESPN, and Institute of Contemporary Art. As Co-Founder of Farm to Home/VP Creative of ECOfashion Corp, Suzanne oversaw the launch, branding and product development of its affordable organic home and lifestyle GOTS-certified product offering, produced responsibly in India. Its Farm to Home collection launched in 2019 and sold out on QVC.
Suzanne has been on the jury for numerous international design award shows, including the One Show and the Ad Club. She was selected and recognized at the White House by President Obama as a Global Emerging Entrepreneur, and also is a Sappi Ideas that Matter North America Grant recipient. Suzanne has taught Design and Social Entrepreneurship at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and leads the Ucal McKenzie Breakaway Foundation, a non profit that gives city youth access top soccer, health and art education in collaboration with Puma, Jaden Smith's JUST Water, Whole Foods, MLS, Children's Hospital, and more.
Suzanne’s Purposely Podcast on iheartradio features conversations with her creative collaborators on how they help build stronger communities. Her work has been featured in Business Week, Vanity Fair, Graphic Design USA, Vogue, and WWD. Her work has been recognized by the Art Directors Club, the Hatch Show, the One Show, WebAwards, and Mobius Awards.
In this episode, we discuss: