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Women inspire me every single day. Their tenacity, wit, enthusiasm, power and grace have provided the world with amazing businesses that have transformed industries. Her Success Story is a podcast that allows these impactful and fascinating women to share their success journey with the world. Their triumphs, along with their failures. Their lessons, along with their leadership. And their determination to follow their dreams. Listen in each week as we talk to women in fashion, coaching, corporate, legal and so much more.

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Dec 14, 2020

Suzanne McKenzie 





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 Foundation.

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:

  • How to partner and collaborate to fund your business
  • How to work the strategy of your relationships
  • Retail development in 2020
  • Staying local to grow business
  • Pivoting to online by leveraging technology and creative experiences
  • How passion gives the strength to get through the hard days