Daiana Hidalgo is a Global award-winning Ivy League-educated product development leader with 15+ years leading as a strategic and versatile product development and production executive. Experience in platform thinking, creating strong partnerships, balancing pragmatism with forward-thinking leadership, and maintaining a pulse on market trends. Originally hired by Tory Burch in 2005, while a startup, as one of only two people in production. Since 2006 helped led the brand’s footwear line, growing the line from 0 to over three million pairs sold annually today. Expert in outsourced, in-house product development and production with process development, systems upgrades, and PLM program prowess working with manufacturers in Asia, Italy, Spain, and Latin America. In her recent role as Senior Director of Product Development at Tory Burch LLC, she plays an instrumental role in elevating the product development process. Sets and achieves ambitious growth strategies while assembling and nurturing high-performing teams. Proficiency in driving product strategy, promoting cross-functional collaboration, and ensuring the delivery of high-quality, on-time products are hallmarks of her skillset. Her communication acumen is an asset as she engages effectively with stakeholders, facilitating operational improvements that drive success. Daiana is a subject matter expert in entrepreneurship and continues to provide consulting services to startups and mentorship for High School Students. She is open to speaking on Women, entrepreneurship, DEI, product and business development, fashion and the Latino/a community. Daiana is based in New York City and is active with the Latino/a community. She continues to be a business advocate and women empowerment role model for the students she mentors. Daiana will be speaking about navigating business at a startup company.