Tory Burch Receives Retail Excellence Award From Wharton’s Baker Retailing Center

“As a Penn graduate, it is especially meaningful to be recognized by Wharton and the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center. I believe so much in the school that I even hired a Wharton graduate, Pierre-Yves Roussel, and then I married him, too, and he’s my CEO.” – Tory Burch

Tory Burch was honored with the inaugural Retail Excellence Award from the Wharton School’s Jay H. Baker Retailing Center and Retail Leaders Circle on Monday night, in recognition of her industry leadership in supporting female entrepreneurs.

Held at the Rainbow Room in New York, guests included Jay Baker, retired president and director of Kohl’s Corp.; Jeff Raider, co-founder and co-chief executive officer of Harry’s; Todd Kahn, CEO of Coach; Laurent Claquin, head of Kering Americas; Debra Perelman, CEO of Revlon; Ryan Breslow, founder and executive chairman of Bolt; Jill Granoff, managing partner, Eurazeo; Steven Sadove, former chairman and CEO of Saks Inc.; Joe Gromek, former chairman of the New School and former CEO of Warnaco Group; Brendon Hoffman, CEO of Wolverine Worldwide, and Hayley Boesky, vice chairman of global markets, Bank of America.

The event kicked off Wharton’s 2022 CEO Summit on March 1. The theme of the daylong event is “Values + Purpose: Leading the Neo-Renaissance,” featuring mission-driven leaders and companies.

Burch, who founded her eponymous brand in 2004 with a boutique in New York City on Elizabeth Street, has created unique retail environments that have felt like a home. Today she has 345 stores around the world, including its new global flagship on Mercer Street in New York City, and sells at 3,000 department and specialty stores globally.

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