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2024 Visionaries: Rebecca Hessel Cohen

At The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach

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Please join us for our annual Visionaries Luncheon on Thursday, March 14, 2024 at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach. This program takes you into the lives and minds of creative visionaries as they chase their dreams, challenge norms, and build businesses that embody their values and unique stories. Engaging dialogues, expertly moderated, reveal narratives of innovation, learning, and empowerment.

2024 Visionary Rebecca Hessel Cohen
Founder and Creative Director, LoveShackFancy
in conversation with
Sarah Wetenhall 
Owner and CEO, The Colony Hotel

11:30 AM-12 PM: Reception
12-2:30: Luncheon and Program

Luncheon Tickets*:
Gold Table: $7,500
Silver Table: $5,000
Gold Ticket: $750
Silver Ticket: $500

*Tickets are not refundable. The non-deductible amount per ticket is $60.00.

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ABOUT VISIONARIES

Visionaries, an influential program at Guild Hall, takes you into the lives and minds of creative visionaries as they chase their dreams, challenge norms, and build businesses that embody their values and unique stories. Engaging dialogues, expertly moderated, reveal narratives of innovation, learning, and empowerment.

“Visionaries is an essential program at Guild Hall because it champions creativity, originality, and resourcefulness and introduces new ways of thinking about business and the arts. Participants engage with next-generation leaders and learn how they are igniting change in their respective fields.” – Andrea Grover, Guild Hall Executive Director.

PAST VISIONARIES EVENTS

2021: Vanessa Price, a rising star of the wine industry and best-selling author of Big Macs & Burgundy: Wine Pairings for the Real World, captivated the audience at Almond Restaurant in Bridgehampton with moderator Mary Ferrara, Manager of The American Hotel.

2020: Christina Isaly Liceaga, the creative force behind Amaganset’s Rosie’s restaurant, shared her inspiring journey in fashion, sales, Broadway production, and hospitality. Guests learned what motivated Christina to create a restaurant grounded in beach living, wellness, local produce, and family bonds.

2019: At THE POOL, Executive Director Andrea Grover led a conversation featuring visionary artists Shantell Martin and Sunny Khalsa, as well as Marguerite Zabar Mariscal, CEO of Momofuku.

2018: Andrea Grover moderated the enlightening panel discussion with artist Zoë Buckman, Surf Lodge founder Jayma Cardoso, and Hello Alfred co-founder Marcela Sapone. Guests enjoyed the afternoon at Tom Colicchio’s stunning Riverpark overlooking the East River.

2017: The inaugural Visionaries Benefit Luncheon was launched by Guild Hall Executive Director Andrea Grover, setting the stage for an exploration of creativity and entrepreneurship. Panelists included Magda Sayeg, artist, restaurateur, Guerrilla Knitting; Madison Utendahl, Museum of Ice Cream founder; and Joey Wölffer, Co-owner of Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Joey Wölffer clothing, and other Wölffer brand

 

  • Rebecca Hessel Cohen

    Rebecca Hessel Cohen is the founder and creative director of LoveShackFancy, a brand that has become synonymous with love, celebration and leaning into what makes you fascinating, beautiful and confident. Her love of vintage clothing and a belief that playing dress up never has to end guides her clear creative vision and maximalist aesthetic.

    She began her career early, interning at Vogue, Elle and Teen Vogue before ultimately becoming Cosmopolitan’s Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor, where she learned the true power of memorable storytelling. During that time the very first LoveShackFancy item, a hand-dyed halter dress, was made to celebrate Rebecca’s wedding in 2013. That one article of clothing has turned into a rose-colored world and true romance with all things dreamy and drenched in optimism, beloved by women of all ages and generations.

    Today, she oversees the entire LoveShackFancy universe, from fashion to beauty to home to lifestyle to collaborations and events all over the world. Her favorite day is one where she is opening a store, dancing with her family and friends, and dreaming up the next chapter in the LoveShackFancy story.

    LoveShackFancy is an award-winning and family-owned company with 17 stores worldwide, 450 retail partners including Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods, and Selfridges, plus select online retailers like Net-A-Porter and Revolve, and collaborations with Gap, Pottery Barn, State, Bogner, Supergoop, Hurley, American Girl, Bandier, and Roller Rabbit. Millions of friends have joined the party, sharing in the belief that being in love with love is a state of mind that can take you farther than you ever imagined

    Photo: A. Braithwaite

  • Sarah Wetenhall

    Sarah Wetenhall is the Owner and CEO of The Colony Hotel, and the visionary behind Palm Beach’s historic Pink Paradise. A native of the Midwest, Wetenhall is a nomad by nature, having lived in more than six cities during the first twenty years of her life. Her vagabond roots inspired a love of travel and developed storytelling skills that proved essential in molding this natural-born hotelier. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, she began her career in New York where she spent a decade-plus spearheading public relations and marketing efforts for major fashion houses including Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana and Hugo Boss. Her experience in the fashion industry honed her keen aesthetic acumen and strong sensibility for the luxury market.

    After wholly acquiring The Colony Hotel in 2016 from a previous generation of ownership which included her father-in-Law, Wetenhall commenced a devoted restoration and relaunch of the hotel.  Guided by decades of cherished time in Palm Beach, Wetenhall sought to create a stylish, multigenerational oasis that both preserved the property’s storied history and engaged visitors with a vibrant and refreshed luxury experience. Wetenhall initiated major renovations, brand partnerships, and carefully curated activations, evolving The Colony into an internationally recognized design-forward hotel. Among her industry-defining projects are the resurgence of the iconic Manhattan boîte, Swifty’s, the hotel lobby transformation featuring bespoke DeGournay wallpaper, the Villa redesigns by Kemble, Aerin Lauder, and Mark D. Sikes, along with fashion partnerships with Bergdorf Goodman, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, and Dolce&Gabbana – to name a few.

    In addition to leading The Colony Palm Beach, Mrs. Wetenhall is a mother of three young children, a Board Member of the Worth Avenue Association, the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, and the Couture Council of The Museum at FIT.  She sits on the Visionary Board of the Southampton Hospital Foundation and is a member of the Board of Directors of The Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy. Mrs. Wetenhall is also a committee member of City of Hope, Palm Beach’s Old Bags Luncheon and the Kips Bay Designer Show House. She is also a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames, studying early U.S. history and promoting historic preservation of critical sites and objects. Mrs. Wetenhall was most recently named one of HOTELS Magazine’s Top Ten Independent Hoteliers in 2021.

    Photo © Nicholas Mele

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