2017 Stephan Weiss Apple Awards, NYC


Affair: 2017 Stephan Weiss Apple Awards

When: Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Hot Spot: Stephan Weiss Studio, NYC

Deets: On Wednesday, June 7, Urban Zen Foundation, founded in 2007 by fashion designer and humanitarian Donna Karan, will honor Nadja Swarovski, Executive Board Member of Swarovski, alongside the former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the 2017 Stephan Weiss Apple Awards in New York. Past honorees include Bill Clinton, Mehmet Oz and Courtney Sale Ross.

The Urban Zen Foundation creates, connects and collaborates to raise awareness and inspire change in three areas: preservation of culture, healthcare and education. Through the Foundation, Donna Karan created the Stephan Weiss Apple Awards in memory of her late husband and business partner. The awards celebrate luminaries who are making a difference in the areas that the Foundation supports. The first awards ceremony was held on June 9, 2011.

This award recognizes that Nadja Swarovski shares the same values at the Urban Zen Foundation, and honors her achievements in driving positive change. Nadja is the first female member of the Executive Board of Swarovski and over the past 20 years has played an instrumental role in evolving the iconic crystal company into the $3.5 billion brand it is today. She has commissioned countless collaborations across the fashion, entertainment, art, design and business worlds— positioning Swarovski at the vanguard of creative and lifestyle trends.

Additionally, Nadja Swarovski serves as an ambassador for Women for Women International, a patron for Films Without Borders and as Chairperson of the Swarovski Foundation, which focuses its efforts in three areas: fostering culture and creativity, promoting wellbeing and conserving natural resources. Currently, the Swarovski Foundation has 30 initiatives in place across 14 countries. Under Nadja’s leadership, Swarovski has committed to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles and the UN Global Compact. Earlier this year she was made a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) in recognition of her contribution to French culture.

Swarovski delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, the company designs, manufactures and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones as well as finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. The Swarovski Crystal Business is run by the fifth generation of family members and has a global reach with approximately 2,800 stores in around 170 countries, more than 27,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.6 billion euros in 2016. Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2016, the Group generated revenue of about 3.37 billion euros and employed more than 32,000 people. A responsible relationship with people and the planet is an integral part of Swarovski’s heritage. The global Swarovski Waterschool education program has reached 461,000 children on the world’s greatest rivers, and the Swarovski Foundation, set up in 2013, works to support culture and creativity, promote wellbeing, and conserve natural resources to achieve positive social impact. www.swarovskigroup.com

The Urban Zen Foundation, founded in 2007 by fashion designer and humanitarian Donna Karan, seeks to raise awareness and inspire change in three initiatives: preservation of culture; empowering children in mind, body and spirit; and integrating Eastern healing techniques with Western medicine. Urban Zen designs forums, partners with and provides funding for like-minded organizations, and brings together experts to define solutions, implement action, and create programs and meaningful events to develop a community of like-minded people.

Who You May Spot: Donna Karan, Nadja Swarovski, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Notable guests confirmed to attend the event include: Hugh Jackman, Sean Penn, Jon Bon Jovi, Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Von Fürstenberg, Vera Wang, Tory Burch, Calvin Klein, Christie Brinkley, Kenneth Cole, Ralph Lauren, Zainab Salbi and Barry Diller, among others.

Hint For The Average Socialite: For ticket information, please contact Deborah Hughes Inc at deb@deborahhughesinc.com​

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