SOURCE: United Way of Miami-Dade

United Way of Miami-Dade

September 08, 2011 08:45 ET

Donna Karan to Keynote 11th Annual United Way Women's Leadership Breakfast

1,000 Women Unite to Support United Way's Work in Education, Financial Stability and Health

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - Sep 8, 2011) - A designer by trade and a philanthropist at heart, international fashion icon Donna Karan will be the keynote speaker at the 11th Annual United Way Women's Leadership Breakfast on Sept. 28. Co-chaired by the mother-daughter team of Sue Miller and her daughter Leslie Saiontz, this annual breakfast brings together 1,000 of the most driven, influential women in the community to advance United Way of Miami-Dade's work in education, financial stability and health -- the building blocks for a good quality of life.

While still actively engaged in designing, today Karan channels much of her time and energy toward philanthropy through the Urban Zen Foundation, which she founded in 2007. Her passion for merging commerce with philanthropy, which has made her a leader in this new model in retail, will be the focus on her remarks at the breakfast.

The invitation-only breakfast is open to Women Leadership members and to women who are interested in joining the group. Women's Leadership represents 2,500 women who each make an annual gift of $1,000 or more to United Way, and enjoy networking, volunteering and professional development opportunities, as well as a number of events throughout the year. For more information, please contact wl@unitedwaymiami.org.

Aetna Health Inc. is the presenting sponsor of this year's breakfast. Additional sponsors include: Assurant; BankUnited; Bijoux Terner; The Biltmore Hotel; Bilzin Sumberg; Covanta Dade Renewable Energy; Macy's; Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLP; UPS; Waste Services of Florida; World Waste Recycling; and media partners, The Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald.

About Donna Karan
"Everything I do is a matter of heart, body and soul," says Donna Karan, chief designer of the international company that bears her name.

The daughter of a tailor and showroom model, Karan was born into fashion. She credits her feminine instincts for the success of the company she founded in 1984 with her late husband Stephan Weiss. She has created one of the world's leading design and personal products companies, with more than 70 stores and thousands of outlets worldwide.

In an extraordinary career, Karan has won every significant fashion design award in her industry, including winning three times the Council of Fashion Designers of America Designer of the Year.

In 2007, she founded the Urban Zen Foundation as a culmination of her philanthropic efforts focused on advancing wellness, preserving culture and empowering children, causes that "mean the world to me." Her Urban Zen stores continue to use the retail platform to raise awareness and inspire change.

About United Way of Miami-Dade
United Way is working to advance the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. We are focused on improving education, financial stability and health -- the building blocks for a good life. Our goal is to create long-lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place. We invest in quality programs, advocate for better policies, engage people in the community and generate resources. We invite you to join us in this work and LIVE UNITED. For more information visit www.unitedwaymiami.org, www.facebook.com/UnitedWayMiami or www.twitter.com/UnitedWayMiami.

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