Women in Business Career Panel
Dana Rae Ashburn ’07 is a makeup artist, entrepreneur, and inventor. Ashburn grew up in a creative environment and found herself on sets at an early age. She attended Syracuse University and Parsons The New School for Fine Arts and went on to study prosthetic makeup. In 2015 Ashburn launched ABLE Cosmetics with a goal of solving beauty application problems through design, high quality formulas, and simple instructions. ABLE has been written about in W Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Seventeen, and Allure, to name a few. Ashburn received her first patent in 2017 for the design of her product CatEye101. Sephora has named Ashburn as part of “the next generation of beauty industry leaders to watch.”
Marly Faherty '08 is currently based in Los Angeles and works for Endeavor, a global leader in sports, entertainment, and fashion. She handles business development and operations for Endeavor's new Experiences division, which curates, creates, and activates once-in-a-lifetime moments for businesses and consumers around the company’s assets. She originally began her career in TV and news production, working for ABC on programs like Good Morning America, Nightline, and The View. She eventually transitioned to working in talent and events and, a few years later, made the move to California to work for Kobe Bryant’s new venture, Kobe Inc., her latest role prior to Endeavor.
Gillian Kemmerer ’07 is the anchor and U.S. head of programming for Asset TV, a financial news network based in New York. She has reported around the globe from the World Economic Forum in Davos to the Rio 2016 Olympics, and has been a cohost with Larry Kudlow of CNBC and Liz Claman of Fox Business. Kemmerer was appointed to the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the Emmys) in 2017 and is a voting member of the New York chapter. She started her career in journalism as a hedge fund reporter for Absolute Return magazine. Kemmerer holds a master’s degree in international management with distinction from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree in economics with honors from Columbia University.
Kristin Lubsen ’05 has a passion for people, food, creativity, and collaboration in her community. In 2010, she graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in painting and entrepreneurship. Her experiences while traveling abroad sparked the idea to create a business that could positively affect the local community. Excited by the idea of sharing the benefits of juice, Lubsen opened the original Sip-N-Glo Juicery in Philadelphia in 2013 and continued to push the boundaries of what a juice shop can be with a second store in 2015; her third store due opened in April 2017.
Heather Rosenthal ’04 graduated from Syracuse University with a B.F.A. degree in communications design and went on to gain a master’s degree in short film from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Through the lens of visual storytelling, Rosenthal has continually pursued career opportunities that tie together her interest in brand narratives and commerce. Early on, she began working for publications such as Nylon and Lucky magazines and moved forward to fashion brands such as Kate Spade, J.Crew, and Opening Ceremony. Currently, Rosenthal is the vice president brand creative at Rebecca Minkoff LLC, overseeing all of the brand’s visual communications: digital, print, social, packaging, and store design.