Claire Harper

Blackstone Women's Networking Event at Burberry

16th Mar 2016 • CLAIRE HARPER

Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment firms who seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for investors, companies, and the communities in which they work. They are a firm of more than 2,000 employees in 17 offices worldwide. Their portfolio companies employ more than 520,000 people across the globe.

I was delighted to be invited by Blackstone to be a guest speaker at their women's network hosted at Burberry on the 15th March 2016. The theme of the event was to celebrate brand heritage. I was asked to share my own story working across many different brands and to engage and inspire the audience. My own journey and experiences reinforced the key guardian principles shared by Blackstone of accountability, teamwork, excellence, integrity and being entrepreneurial.

Speaking at a venue such as Burberry was incredibly inspirational. Burberry is a distinctive global luxury brand. The Company designs, makes, sources and sells products under the Burberry brand. The business is led by the brand, with decisions taken in its best long-term interests. Burberry is committed to the creation of authentic and distinctive products and continuous innovation in design and UK manufacturing. Burberry aims to be sector-leading in understanding, engaging and serving its customers, both online and offline. More productive and efficient ways of working are a priority across the organisation, together with ensuring a culture of responsibility.

Following my speech we all got an opportunity to really get up, close and personal with the products. Burberry kindly hosted a styling session with the iconic trench coat and we all got an opportunity to preview the new season ranges especially the brand new 100 lace trench coats in partnership with Vogue to celebrate a century of style.

A fantastic evening of fashion, inspiration and such a great opportunity to work with two leading brands who really champion the importance of brand heritage. 

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