How To Integrate Sustainability Into Any Fashion Business

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Did you know the fashion industry is responsible for 8-10% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions and 20% of industrial wastewater pollution? With the pandemic changing how business is done all over the world, now is our chance to create seismic change in the fashion industry! Even by adopting just one of the SDG goals into your business you can help make the world a better place.

Runa Ray, Fashion Designer

Runa Ray, Fashion Designer

Wondering where to begin? Join us for a discussion with Runa Ray, a fashion designer who established her brand in 2012 to be a sustainable fashion company with commitments to fair trade garments, organic fabrics, and zero waste initiatives. She designs with the ‘end in mind’ by incorporating the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ model into her collections through executing a low emissions manufacturing process and converting garment scraps to paper to offset her company’s carbon footprint.

Bring your questions and challenges. We are committed to helping you build a business that is both profitable AND sustainable, because as Runa Ray often says: “There is no planet B”!


  1. How to choose the SDG goals that are right for your business.
  2. Why you should educate your team and customers about your goals.
  3. How embracing diversity will help you achieve your SDG goals.
  4. Where to select suppliers who share your values.
  5. Why celebrating your progress with customers can increase loyalty.

Mingle Mastermind Team

Meet the Mingle Mastermind Team that you'll be seeing every week, LIVE from New York City! Learn more about each member and see what expertise and experience they'll be bringing to the Mingle Mastermind program.

Melissa Shea

Melissa Shea is the CEO and cofounder of Fashion Mingle, a networking platform for fashion industry professionals. With over 5000 members in over 200 cities world-wide, Fashion Mingle is often called the “LinkedIn for the fashion industry”.

Melissa has spent over 20 years in the tech industry fueled by a love of learning about the “next new thing”. Fashion Mingle is designed to help fashion industry professionals succeed.

Beth Smith

Beth Smith is the CMO and cofounder of Fashion Mingle. As a seasoned startup veteran, all of her entrepreneurial ventures have had one goal in mind: to help entrepreneurs succeed.

With over 20 years in publishing and technology, she has focused on creating a platform where fashion industry entrepreneurs can find the resources and connections to build strong fashion businesses.

Shirin Movahed

Shirin Movahed has over 13 years experience practicing corporate, commercial, litigation and intellectual property law. She brings her formidable years of experience to her clients in fashion, financial, entertainment, consumer product, celebrity, and art industries.

Shirin has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as a New York Super Lawyer and one of the top female attorneys in New York.

Dee Riviera

Dee Rivera, CEO of DCG Public Relations/DCG Media Group, has nearly 15 years of public relations experience working with some of the most recognizable fashion, beauty, luxury, lifestyle brands and celebrities in the world.

Dee has been featured as a lifestyle expert on WPIX11, FOX TV, NBC and more. She is the Founder of and Hamptons Fashion Week and a professional speaker and author of the book "Glambition: Knocking Down walls In Heels".

Lori Riviere

Lori Riviere is the founder of The Riviere Agency, which specializes in producing fashion shows for New York Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, and Paris Fashion Week for international fashion clients and brands.

Lori has worked with some of the world's largest brands creating experiential consumer-facing events. She has been quoted in U.S. News and World Report, PR Insider, Rachael Ray Magazine, and Refinery 29, and has appeared as an expert on networks such as Fox and MTV.

Catherine Schuller

Catherine Schuller is a former model, actress, comedian and performer who is now an icon in plus size fashion events and productions.

Catherine Schuller Enterprises curates events that celebrate diversity in fashion and teaches at FIT and LIM in New York City. She is and Image and Style Advisor for the charity outreach, Divabetic, where she imparts a “Don’t Get Down, Get Diva” attitude for managing one’s diabetes.

Dale Noelle

Dale Noelle is​ the CEO of TRUE Model Management​ where she works with brands such as Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Gap, Victoria’s Secret, and more.

Dale Noelle has been featured in Bloomberg, Forbes, Fox Business News, Worldwide Business with Kathy Ireland®, The Huffington Post, and New York Times.

Claire Perez

Claire Perez is the founder of New York Makeup Academy, New York’s top training provider for makeup and hair styling professionals.

Claire provides many of her students with backstage experience at New York Fashion Week on some of the biggest designer fashion shows.