Kendra Scott – Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, Designer and CEO
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Kendra Scott Biography:
Kendra Scott is Chairman, CEO, and Founder of Kendra Scott, LLC, an American fashion and lifestyle brand. The brand includes collections in fashion jewelry, fine jewelry, home and beauty and is influenced by Scott’s personal style and travels around the world.
In 2002, out of the extra bedroom of her home with only $500, Kendra Scott combined her love for fashion with her creative talents and began her own line of jewelry. Today, the Austin based designs of Kendra Scott Jewelry have a home in the three gorgeous branded stores in Austin, Dallas and Beverly Hills and can be found at top retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Lord and Taylor. Celebrity fans include Sofia Vergara, Eva Longoria, Jessica Alba, Molly Sims, Cameron Diaz, Hilary Duff and Brooklyn Decker.
Ms. Scott has been involved in all phases of the brand’s development since its founding in 2002. Kendra Scott, LLC currently has over 75 stand-alone retail stores across the United States and is sold internationally in the finest specialty and department stores, as well as online at kendrascott.com.
Ms. Scott is an active philanthropist with a history of supporting women and children’s causes. Whether in business or philanthropy, she has always sought out transformative solutions for her community’s problems on a local and national level. Philanthropy is an integral part of the Kendra Scott brand and in 2017 alone, Ms. Scott gave back $4.7 million in cash to support organizations across the US, with an additional almost $10 million in in-kind donations. Her company also gave over 4,000 employee volunteer hours and partnered with more than 10,000 philanthropies at her retail locations nationwide.
She has been awarded with the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 National Award, the Breakthrough Award from the Accessories Council Excellence Awards; been named Outstanding Mother of the Year by the Mother’s Day Council; Texas Businesswoman of the Year by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce; Top 100 Entrepreneurs of the Year by Upstart Business Journal; and Best CEO by Austin Business Journal. She is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and maintains her position as Chairman of the Board of Kendra Scott, LLC. Ms. Scott currently resides in Austin, TX with her husband Matt and three children.
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