Gifting Brands was started by a group of retail leaders who found a creative way to solve the problem of excess inventory while also adding value to retailers, consumers, and nonprofits.
Gifting Brands serves as a catalyst for charities that improve the lives of women, children, and families through a unique consumer shopping experience combining the power of upscale retail brands, sustainable inventory solutions, and philanthropy.
Gifting Brands creates a fun-fulfilling place for you to shop for designer brands at great prices with the power to give back.
Through our select charity partners you are able to directly impact, empower, and support the lives of women, children, and families.
Through our inventory philanthropy model, we give retailers a sustainable, charitable method of managing their inventory, reducing environmental impacts and connecting them with consumers who care.
We are Better Together!
Jeannie Barsam, Founder & CEO
Jeannie is the Founder and CEO of Gifting Brands. Jeannie’s mission is to help solve excess inventory for private label and luxury brands, create a fun and fulfilling shopping experience for consumers while giving back to charities that are making a difference in the world.
Jeannie is the SVP of Merchandise Operations at Michaels and has held held leadership roles at Gap Inc, Talbot's, and Zales Jewelers. Barsam set out to create a business model that combined her passion for retail with the opportunity to give back to her community. Recalling her time at Zales, where there was excess inventory, but no nonprofit partners in which to donate fine jewelry, thus Gifting Brands was born.
Gifting Brands is focused on elevating the way luxury and upscale brands will make an impact in the world. Barsam is committed to helping nonprofits, retailers, and consumers make a difference through inventory philanthropy and shopping.
Kimberly Carney, Board Director
Phillip Hancock, Treasurer
3Sixity Duty Free
Stacee Johnson-Williams, Board Director
Vice President VP Merchandise Planning and Allocation
John B. R. Long III, Board Director
Russell Reynolds Associates
Mike Osorio, Board President
Tori Richard, Ltd.
Vice President of Retail & eCommerce
Heather Stevens, Board Vice President
Rise360 Consulting, Inc.
President & CEO
Our Advisory Council
Theo Killion - Chairman of the Board of Tailored Brands, Inc., Chairman of the Board for A Better Chance, Former CEO Zale Corporation.
Lizanne Kindler - CEO Talbot’s Corporation
Becky Mick - Former President of Retail at Global Brands Group, Prior President of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP
Gil Hollander - Retired Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Sourcing for Zale Corporation
John Legg - COO at Purple Innovation, Consulting Partner at Claris Retail Solutions Group, Former Executive Vice President Global Supply Chain, Global Brands Group
Christopher Lacy - Assistant Processor, Fashion Management, Parsons School of Design
Jordana Guimaraes - Co-Founder at Fashinnovation
Luisa Herrera-Garcia - Senior Vice President of Production, John Varvatos
Melissa Campanelli– Co Founder at Women in Retail Leadership Circle and Editor-in-Chief/Editorial Content Director at Total Retail
Clarisa Lindenmeyer – President at Proximity to Power, Head of Strategy & Partnerships at Launch DFW
Philip VanDusen – Principle + COO Verhal Brand Design, former ECD Landor Associates, prior VP of Graphic Design at Old Navy
Kim Koonce – Senior Human Resource Leader
Michele Chapa -Fowler – Former Senior Vice President of
Merchandising Signet Jewelers, on Board Susan G. Komen
Scott Davies – Chief Marketing Officer
Jody Austin - Retail Consultant, Former CMO Merchandising
Aaron Conant - Managing Director, BWG Connect
Tim Katz, Co-Founder, Dyode
George Mikhail, Co-Founder & Principal, Dyode