Melissa Cohen

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Fashion executive and entrepreneur Melissa Cohen, in brief.

December 8, 2021
2 minutes
Melissa Cohen

Home: New York, NY.  Age: Is just a number.  Profession: Fashion executive and recent entrepreneur.  Organization: MBC Consulting Solutions, LLC.  Title: Founder.  Languages spoken: Rapidly losing my conversational Italian skills, so I need to visit Italy as soon as possible!

Current project: Expanding the reach of a small non-profit that focuses on girls' empowerment and leadership.  Recent professional development: Launching my own business.  Hobbies: Vintage fashion.  Last book read: First Principles, by David E. Ricks.  Recent unique acquisition: Mint condition vintage '80s denim.

What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Loyal.  Moral compass: Strong.  How do you define a perfect friendship? True friends can go weeks without speaking and know that they would drop anything for one another.  What is your greatest joy? A good night’s sleep.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Firefighters, without question. Imagine voluntarily racing toward a burning building…  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Sunshine.

What’s featured prominently on your office wall? A note my daughter wrote to me when she was six.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? It’s A Wonderful Life.  And, The Godfather.  What this says about me, I am not certain.  Who has had the greatest influence on your life? My grandfather.  What is the best advice you received in your career? Never burn bridges.  It's a small world and you will cross paths with people again.  What is your favorite app? Calm.  What company or organization do you most admire? I am on the board of HerMoveNext Foundation, Inc.  We're tiny, but we have big aspirations!  

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? I’m looking to infuse more sustainable materials and practices into apparel manufacturing wherever I can.  What change would you like to see in the world? Greater empathy, less vitriol.  What mega-trend most excites you? NFTs and the metaverse.  What mega-trend most concerns you? The impact of social media on teenagers.

Who would you like to spend an evening with, in Heaven? My Grandpa.  I still miss him greatly.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A ballerina.  Really.  What advice would you give your younger self? Don’t sweat the small stuff.  What period in your life would you do differently if you could? I don’t know that I would.  I would rather focus on making the  present and the future everything that I want it to be.

Personal motto: Every day is a second chance.  Favorite quote: “Just keep swimming” (Dory, from Finding Nemo).

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