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PEER TO PEER: "Ask Me Anything" with Stephanie Sarka, MBA 1990, Co-Founder and CEO, 1 Atelier

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.  Please email Sikeen Paroo at with any inquiries. 

For HBS alums only. 

In line with the September theme of women and diversity in entrepreneurship, come discuss everything from having a baby and starting a company at the same time, to building a diverse, high performing team with exceptional talents. 

Stephanie Sarka, 1 Atelier Co-Founder and CEO, is a seasoned entrepreneur with deep experience in building businesses and brands. Initially following the traditional path to Goldman Sachs, she quickly realized that she is a builder, not a banker. So she went to Paris to work for a year at International Flavors & Fragrances. After getting her MBA at Harvard, she worked for Lew Frankfort at Coach for seven years, where she earned her stripes as a “merchant” and an “operator” and held numerous leadership positions; she also led the successful re-launch of Mark Cross, the American luxury goods brand. Stephanie was subsequently a co-founder of Overture (formerly GoTo), one of the first hugely successful Internet companies; they invented the paid search business model, growing the business to almost $1 bn in revenue in 4 years and taking it public one year after launch. Since then, she has been actively engaged in China, Europe and New York City as an entrepreneur, investor and advisor.  She joined forces with Frank Zambrelli and Anthony Luciano to launch 1 Atelier, borne out of their desire to lift the curtain on luxury, celebrate the individual and empower self-expression.  1 Atelier was the 2016 Northeast Regional Winner of the HBS Alumni New Venture Competition and was selected by Fast Company as one of the “Most Innovative Companies” for Style in 2017.

1 Atelier is the premier custom luxury brand, born in New York City and founded by a team of design veterans and seasoned entrepreneurs. The idea for 1 Atelier is simple: to bring the joy and fun back into luxury, elevating and celebrating the individual. They are lifting the curtain on luxury, inviting you in to confidently create bespoke products that are truly one-of-a-kind and uniquely personalized to your life.