Fashion & Cosmetics Panel


Amy Markham

Demand Planner at New Balance

Amy works at New Balance as a Demand Planner which is part of the company’s Value Chain Organization. As a Demand Planner she manages the North American forecast for the Performance Running business unit division.  She supports the S&OP processes through coordination and consultation with sales, merchandising and marketing, and drives the integrated demand planning process to ensure cross-functional collaboration and execution of the business’ objectives.  Her SMG concentration was in Marketing, but as a more right brained thinker she found herself more attracted to operations planning, and has worked in the consumer product goods/retail industry for the past 6 years. Prior to New Balance she spent three years as a Global Demand Planner for Burton Snowboards in Burlington, VT.  Amy is a Massachusetts native having grown up in Berkshires in the western part of the state.  Outside of work Amy is a catalyst for movement.  She loves being outside no matter the season.  In the winter you will find her on the mountain snowboarding and in the summer she loves to run, bike along the Charles and enjoy all that Boston has to offer.  Last year she ran her first Boston Marathon, and hopefully not her last!


Andrea Wielgus

Director of Sales at Trunk Club

A Chicago native, Andrea attended Loyola University initially under an acting scholarship but graduated with a degree in Business Management and a focus in women’s studies. She found that her love for creative storytelling and working with people could be met with a more lucrative salary if she honed in on business. After school, she worked for various retailers moving her way up into management and eventually to the corporate level as a buyer. She found Trunk Club nearly three years ago and flourished under the entrepreneurship, growth, and development opportunities while working in Chicago and opening up both the NYC and Boston offices.


Courtney Barry

Merchandising Brand Manager at

Courtney Barry is a Director of Merchandising for She oversees one of three divisions of merchandising – the fashion and comfort footwear side of the Shoebuy business, inclusive of men’s and women’s. Courtney’s role involves planning and managing brand relationships, including such brands as Clarks, Sperry, Birkenstock, Frye, Lucky Brand, Bass and Dr. Marten’s. Her daily role can range from buying and planning seasonal businesses and categories to negotiating terms. A good amount of her role is spent in market, reviewing the latest trends in footwear. During her time at BU, she was a merchandising intern at Shoebuy and ended up being hired full time upon graduation. This coming June will be her tenth year with Shoebuy, always having a role within the merchandising team. Upon her start at Shoebuy in 2007, the company had three hundred brands. Today, Shoebuy has risen to become one of the major players in the pure play ecommerce footwear business. Courtney graduated from the BU School of Management in 2009 with a concentration in Information Systems. She lives in Beacon Hill and has never met a pair of shoes she didn’t like.


Jennifer Johnson

Assistant Marketing Manager at Talbots

Jennifer Johnson is the Assistant Marketing Manager of Social and Digital Media on the brand marketing team for Talbots Inc. Jennifer manages the development and implementation of the Brand’s social media strategies, including daily brand-building activities, maintaining and strengthening the brands social communities. In her role as Assistant Marketing Manager Jennifer collaborates with the Brand’s Public Relations, Creative, Project Management, Store Support, and Customer Care teams to execute initiatives across all social platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.  Recent projects include the launch of the brand’s shoppable Instagram function and social media gallery, where customers can submit content to be featured on Jennifer is a born and raised New Yorker, but moved to Boston to attend Emerson College where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Communications.


Bronwen Ambridge

Global Customer Experience at Kiehl’s Since 1851, L’Oreal


Ann Moenius

Director of Sales at Trunk Club