Meeting the Moment for Mental Wellness: Taryn Bird, Senior Director of Social Impact, Kate Spade NY

Mental health and wellness has never been more top of mind. The global toll of the Covid-19 pandemic peeled back the layers on long-held stoicism, unearthing a growing crisis not only on a personal level, but one that permeates business and brands worldwide. Now, employers are asking themselves: What can we do to help? Taryn Bird is Senior Director of Social Impact at Kate Spade New York, a global fashion design company known for its colorful, playful designs and its commitment to creating high-quality products with personal style statements for each customer. In this episode, she shares how a company of any size can address a sensitive issue like mental health in ways that are deeply meaningful to employees and customers, while also delivering real value toa business at a time when it’s needed most.

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Taryn Bird

Taryn Bird is a corporate intrapreneur and women’s empowerment, mental health, and wellness advocate. Taryn leads social impact for Kate Spade New York. In this role, she oversees the company’s women and girls’ mental health and empowerment programs inclusive of corporate and philanthropic strategic partnerships, the company’s social enterprise initiative on purpose, brand product donation, and employee engagement. She is also the co-lead for Mind Body Soul, the brand’s internal community engagement group focused on bringing mental health initiatives to life for corporate and field teams. Prior to joining Kate Spade and Company in 2013, Taryn built and led the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s women’s economic empowerment and global corporate citizenship programs. Taryn has her master’s in social enterprise from the School of International Serviceat The America University in Washington, DC and her Bachelor of Sciences in Economics and Spanish from The Pennsylvania State University. She is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


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