Women's Leadership Forum 2017 Speakers

Desiree Gruber

CEO, Full Picture and Executive Producer of Project Runway

Desiree Gruber’s multi-media agency, Full Picture, forms the heart of her professional network. She founded this one-of-a-kind firm offering brand management, public relations, content production, and consulting services to work collaboratively at the nexus of lifestyle and commerce.

Gruber has been instrumental in building some of the world’s most notable brands across fashion, entertainment, technology, and retail, including Victoria’s Secret, vitaminwater, and Living Proof, as well as guiding the careers of high-profile personalities such as Heidi Klum. She also helped create two of the most influential fashion properties of the last twenty years—the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and the hit television show Project Runway.

Gruber has won a Peabody Award, a GLAAD Media Award, and eleven Emmy nominations for executive producing Project Runway. She was selected as one of Harper’s Bazaar-Dolce & Gabbana’s Women to Watch of 2014, one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs of 2010, and has been honored with over twenty media industry awards.

Gruber serves on the Boards of the US Fund for UNICEF in New York, Tech:NYC, and God's Love We Deliver.