With an international, industry-broad network and more than 15 years of marketing, fashion design, retail and management experience, Stacia Bedford specializes in launching and assisting others in launching and scaling start-ups in fashion, tech and creative industries by establishing operations, commercializing products/services, implementing audits and benchmarks to stimulate and accelerate growth.
What were your initial years of growing up like? Tell us about your life before the venture/ corporate journey?
I was an actress (in LA) turned marketing executive (in NYC) who launched several fashion businesses on the side before moving to London to earn an MA in Fashion Entrepreneurship at London College of Fashion and co-found Prim & Clover – a first-of-its-kind bridal tech brand. When Prim & Clover shut its digital doors, I came back to London College of Fashion as a coach for other fashion founders and am now the Course Leader.
Tell us something about your initiative or current role. What is it about, and what impact are you trying to make?
The Fashion Business School at London College of Fashion was recently ranked number one in the world by CEO World. We prepare the next generation of fashion business owners and executives by encouraging critical thinking and creative problem-solving whilst instilling ethical and sustainable practices.
Your journey and your vision are very inspiring, but are there any achievements or accomplishments you would like to mention?
Many of my student entrepreneurs tell me I have been instrumental in their professional and/or entrepreneurial journeys. I have also been nominated for an Outstanding Teaching award 2 years in a row.
Would you like to share with our young budding women entrepreneurs the change you would like to see in the world if given an opportunity?
Being a coach to student entrepreneurs has changed my life in more ways than I ever thought possible. I learn as much from them (maybe more!) than they do from me, and I am so proud of all the wonderful things they accomplish. Knowing I might have made a difference in their life has absolutely been the most rewarding feeling to date.
What would you want to say to our young women leaders/audience reading this?
Do not be afraid to fail, be afraid to not try. The disappointment felt from failing soon fades and when properly reflected on, is an enriching experience; but not trying will stay with you forever and will likely be something you deeply regret.