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Rena Rowan Damone

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Phone: (215) ***-****  HQ Phone
Philadelphia University
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 19144
United States

Company Description: Philadelphia University founded in 1884, is a private university with 3200 full and part-time students enrolled in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs....   more

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Board of Directors, 6 June 2003 [cached]
Mrs. Rena Rowan :
One of the most successful businesswoman of our time, and one of the highest paid executive executive women in America, Rena Rowan is renowned as the fashion designer that introduced classic coordinated sportswear to the U.S. market.She is also a leading philanthropist, addressing some of the most important problems of our time.
Until early 2000, she was Executive Vice President of Jones New York, supervising design, patternmaking and production fittings for all Jones Apparel Group labels.Her classic style, insistence on high quality an superior fit continue to be the trademarks of Jones New York and have helped Jones become the multi-million dollar company that it is today.
Rena began design work as a student at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art in the early 1950's.Soon after, she entered the world of fashion as a model and designer for the eminent Philadelphia designer Gustave Tassell.
In 1958, Rena accepted a position as a sleepwear designer with Youtheme Lingerie in Wilmington, Delaware.Two years later, she joined Cinderella Dresses in Philadelphia and designed children's fashions from 1960 to 1966.In 1966, pursuing her interest in a more sophisticated market, Rena left to become a designer of women's sportswear at Villager, also in Philadelphia.
With headquarters in Bristol, PA, showrooms in New York, and manufacturing plants worldwide, Jones New York continues to prosper, reflecting the markets steady and enthusiastic responses to the classic career sportswear designed by Rena Rowan and her team.
While successful in business, Rena has never forgotten her difficult beginnings.Born in Uda, Poland, Rena was exiled to Siberia for three years during World War II with her mother and sister, separated from their father, who was also deported.After escaping to Teehkent, the family was reunited in Iran, but a tragic accident killed her father in early 1944.Rena's mother and sister went on to Lebanon and later to England.Rena married an American officer and came to the United States in 1945.Her four children were born here; after a divorce she began making clothes for her neighbors and friends to earn money to support her family.This necessity brought out her talent in design and led her to the fashion industry.
In 1988, Rena married Vic Damone, and today she is devoting her time and energy to help others who are oppressed by government forces or must overcome great difficulties to build a family life.In 1980, when Russia imposed martial law on Poland, she organized a drive throughout the apparel industry to collect warm clothing for the Catholic Relief Services.In 1993, she began a volunteer organization, Rena Rowan Foundation for the homeless and opened Rowan House and Rowan Home, to help mothers and their children become self-sufficient and independent.Rena currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society Foundation, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Philadelphia University, American Center for Polish Culture, American Red Cross, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work.She was the recipient of the 1998 Paradigm Award from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and the Elizabeth Dole "Glass Ceiling" Award from the American Red Cross.She was honored by the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation in their Salute to Philadelphia Super Achievers and she was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from Freedom Valley Girl Scouts.Rena is also an active supporter of the Shoah Foundation and the Holocaust Museum.The Rena Rowan Breast Center, for cancer treatment and research, opened October 2000 at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.
She often quotes her father, who told his young daughter to take "bold steps" in life and to always have dreams.
Advisory Boards, 8 Feb 2007 [cached]
Rena Rowan Damone, Retired Executive Vice President Jones Apparel Group
- ICMEC Board Members, 9 Oct 2008 [cached]
Rena Rowan DamoneCo-Founder, Jones Apparel Group
Personal Assistant to Rena Rowan DamoneRena Rowan Foundation for the Homeless
BCRF :: Governing and Lay Advisory Boards, 8 Feb 2014 [cached]
Rena Rowan Damone, Retired Executive Vice President, Jones Apparel Group
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