Paving the Way

By  Ann Taylor, Special for  USDR

Ann Taylor celebrates over 60 years of inspiring women to put their best selves forward every day with the launch of a new video titled, This Is Ann. The video, which launches today, highlights generations of women and the moments— personal and universal— that unite them. As we approach National Women’s History Month, this campaign also marks Ann Taylor’s commitment to the next generation of women, with the opening of applications for the HERlead Fellowship on

“As a brand, we believe that behind every great woman is another, and another,” said Holly Tedesco, VP of Marketing, Ann Taylor.  “We have a rich history of connecting with inspiring women –– it all starts with our clients. Recent partnerships have allowed us to truly celebrate the accomplishments and creativity of women who are ground-breaking entrepreneurs and powerful forces in their fields. This is Ann is a moment to reflect on the women who inspire us and the real lives they lead, honoring the generations of women who came before us, and the women who stand beside  us.”

The This is Ann video coincides with the launch of the HERlead Fellowship application period (formerly known as the ANNpower Vital Voices Initiative). For the past six years, Ann Taylor and its sister brands have collaborated with Vital Voices Global Partnership, a non-governmental organization, to continue the HERlead Fellowship, which uses mentorship and leadership training to inspire the next generation of female leaders. This is Ann calls for those watching to apply or nominate a rising high school junior or senior with the passion to create positive change in her community. The application process is open through March  18th.

Since 2011, over 250 high school girls from across the U.S. have been trained, mentored and inspired to become the next generation of female leaders and 165 social impact projects have been funded through the HERlead Fellowship. This experience is designed to empower young women and equip them with the leadership skills they need to affect global progress, invest in their communities and begin their journeys as the next generation of  leaders.

About Ann  Taylor
Ann Taylor began in 1954 with a dress and a dream. When Richard Liebeskind opened his first shop in New Haven, CT, he named it “Ann Taylor” after the best-selling dress style in his father’s own store. That dress represented his vision of the modern, stylish American woman. With that vision, Ann Taylor has grown to an iconic brand with over 200 stores across North America. As the American woman has evolved, so have we, staying one step ahead to bring her a wardrobe of possibilities. She lives a rich and varied life, and we strive to bring her thoughtful style options for big days and everydays. With a sophisticated, feminine approach to modern essentials, we promise to give her the inspiration and confidence she needs to do what she  loves.

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