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International Women’s Day

Please join Bottomless Closet and Swarovski for “The Future Is Equal” — an exclusive International Women’s Day panel discussion featuring an exciting mix of women who are blazing a trail in their respective fields. Ticket price includes light bites & cocktails. All proceeds benefit Bottomless Closet.

Our Moderator:

Hitha Palepu, Author, Entrepreneur, Investor 

As a published author, entrepreneur and investor, Hitha is committed to sharing her experience and solutions to help women live their best lives. Her blog, Hitha On The Go reached hundreds of thousands of readers worldwide and her first book How to Pack: Travel Smart for Any Trip was published in 2017 and is currently in its 3rd printing with 50,000 copies in circulation.

Our Panelists:

Joanne Edgar, Founding Editor, Ms. Magazine

As one of the founding editors of Ms. Magazine where she worked for 17 years, Joanne has been a leading voice in the women’s empowerment movement for four decades. On August 26, 1970, as one of 50,000 women parading down Fifth Avenue, Joanne knew that gender parity was something worth fighting for and that it still is today.



Candice Huffine, Model, Designer

Candice Huffine has been a renowned, game-changing model in the fashion industry for nearly two decades, best known for her advocacy for inclusivity and body positivity. She has graced the covers of Italian Vogue, Elle, iD and represented notable brands like Levis, Torrid, Anthropologie and many more. With an everlasting personal mission to empower women to embrace their authentic selves and love the skin they are in, Candice has combined her two passions of fashion and sport by stepping into a much dreamed about role of designer with the creation of her new brand DAY/WON.

Monica Phromsavanh, CEO ModaBox

Having grown up on a refugee camp in Argentina, Monica is no stranger to overcoming obstacles. When she arrived in New York with $200 in her pocket and a big dream, she used her resilience and strength to make this dream a reality and today is the Founder of leading fashion company ModaBox.

Zoe Sheppard, Author of Poetic Recovery/ Life Don’t Rhyme 

As a recovering drug addict, Zoe is well placed in her job as a substance abuse counselor where she helps others find recovery. A former Bottomless Closet client, Zoe’s memoir Poetic Recovery/Life Don’t Rhyme details her 29 years through and out of active addiction, including her 18-month prison term and how she is committed to empowering others on their own journeys to healing.

Rebecca van Bergen, Founder & Executive Director, Nest

Rebecca van Bergen is the Founder and Executive Director of Nest, a nonprofit committed to advancing global artisans, their families, and their communities by helping them build sustainable businesses within the competitive landscape of today’s global economy. Leveraging craft development as a tool for social change, Nest helps artisans achieve poverty alleviation, women’s empowerment, and cultural preservation.