Rory Tahari is an entrepreneur, branding and marketing executive, fashion industry alum, and keynote speaker. She is the founder and CEO of STATE OF MIND PARTNERS, a strategic branding and investment firm that guides entrepreneurs and companies BY strengthening their resilience IN THE CURRENT DISRUPTIVE MARKETPLACE THROUGH brand innovation and strategy.
Rory currently serves on the board of Directors of STEEL PARTNERS holdings (NYSE:splp), a global diversified holding company with $3.6 billion in revenue. SHE ALSO IS ON the Advisory Board of Omnicom’s culture-tech agency, Sparks & Honey.
Prior to founding State of Mind Partners, Rory was the CEO of Elie Tahari, a global apparel and retail company. During her tenure, she led the company during a time of hyper growth with sales increasing from $50MM to $500MM over a twelve-year period. she gained unique consumer insights by navigating in the fast-moving fashion industry BY respondING quickly to market trends. She deeply understood how to set priorities and build a long-term strategic framework.
Rory is a member of ypo and the women’s forum of ny. She is passionate about elevating women’s opportunities for advancement and leadership in the workplace. Respected as a credible voice in the business of fashion and branding, Rory appears often in various media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal; The New York Times; WWD ; Vogue; Vanity Fair; W Magazine CNN; and Good Morning America, and is sought out as a keynote speaker for high profile events and industry conferences. Rory holds a Ba in Journalism from the COLLEGE of Communication at Boston University. She is a native of Atlanta, GA.