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Power Player Breakfast: Desiree Gruber, Co-Creator and Executive Producer, Project Runway

The Power Player Breakfast Series brings women at the top of their career game to NYWIFT for intimate, inspiring discussions on their current projects, working their way to the top and other exciting industry insights! For May, NYWIFT welcomes Desiree Gruber, Co-Creator and Executive Producer, Project Runway.

Who doesn’t love Project Runway?! Start the day with NYWIFT and hear from Desiree Gruber as she shares what it takes to develop and launch a hit series like Project Runway – and keep it sizzling for 13 seasons – all while managing other ventures. The 10-time Emmy nominee is also an entrepreneur leading the multi-media company, Full Picture. The Power Player Breakfast provides an enjoyable, informal setting in which Ms. Gruber will speak about her ups and downs and accomplishments in a career path that goes well beyond the runway and has earned her numerous and varied awards. It is sure to be fascinating and inspiring.

Desiree Gruber is a media executive and entrepreneur whose multimedia company, Full Picture, operates at the crossroads of fashion, style, entertainment, and branding. She is the Co-Creator and Executive Producer of Project Runway and the Co-Founder of Theodora & Callum, an accessories-based line inspired by world travel. She has also guided the careers of high-profile personalities such as Heidi Klum. Gruber has received a Peabody Award, a GLAAD Media Award, and ten Emmy nominations for executive producing Project Runway. She was selected as one of Dolce & Gabbana’s Women to Watch of 2014, one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs of 2010 and has also been honored with over 20 media industry awards. Additionally, she is an advisor to Jawbone, Fashion GPS, Songza, Cognite, Sneakpeeq, and Popchips. Gruber serves on the boards of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in New York and God's Love We Deliver. She has been profiled in numerous publications, including O: The Oprah Magazine, Variety, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, New York Magazine, and Women’s Wear Daily.


Produced by the Power Player Breakfast Committee:

Bobbi Alpert, Christina Brown, Carey Graeber, Eileen Newman, Julie Poll, Janet Stilson and Susan Wagner

Special Thanks to Power Player Breakfast Sponsor
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts