Janet Lee’s will discuss the challenges of ensuring that apparel and designcompanies of all sizes start, stay, grow and hire in San Francisco. She will cover the manufacturing sector, the increase in the number of apparel/accessory product design companies and how San Francisco brand helps locally manufactured products differentiate themselves in the marketplace. FashionSF, is a new economic development initiative focused on supporting the retention and growth of apparel manufacturers and fashion designers in San Francisco. BOOK/RSVP HERE.

Janet Lees played a lead role in launching SFMade and has been with the organization since its inception. As SFMade’s Senior Director, Janet oversees SFMade’s educational programming, the Local Retail/Brand platform, workforce programs, and the organization’s marketing communications strategy. Janet also oversees the City of San Francisco’s Fashion SF initiative. Janet has over 20 years of experience in small business, workforce, and economic development. Prior to SFMade, Janet served as Program Director at Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, a position she held for over 10 years. Under Janet’s leadership the Renaissance Center became the first and only organization in the Bay Area to provide industry specific support to apparel entrepreneurs, expanded its footprint to operate in three Bay Area locations, and received numerous national awards for program innovation and excellence.