Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION AT PRADA GROUP

Diversity, an essential element of social sustainability, is a fundamental value for the Prada Group. The appreciation of everyone’s unique attributes is our foundation for creating an inclusive work environment that allows people to reach their full potential. Today, in an increasingly integrated and globalized society, one of our primary objectives is to understand and support everyone at Prada Group as they work to achieve their goals and aspirations.

Our global presence is made up of a multitude of cultures, nationalities, and ethnicities, with employees from over 104 different countries. 

Our focus on equal opportunities is also reflected in our Compensation & Benefits system.

MALIKA SAVELL
Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer for Prada North America
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MALIKA SAVELL

Before joining the Prada Group, Malika was the Director of Cultural Diversity, Partnerships & Engagement at Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH). She has been recognized for creating diversity, brand equity, and inclusion initiatives that help drive engagement and experiences for internal and external stakeholders, including  employees, consumers, and communities.

In 2018, she was named among Event Marketers’ 35 Under 35, a list of the top 35 experiential marketers in the U.S. under the age of 35. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from Hunter College in New York and obtained her certification in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.

CHIEF DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION OFFICER

In October 2020, the Prada Group announced the appointment of Malika Savell as Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer for Prada North America. Malika is responsible for developing policies, strategies, and programmes to help ensure that diverse perspectives and experiences are represented at all levels of Prada. With her extensive experience leading diversity initiatives at global luxury companies, Malika works closely with the Group’s global leadership to strengthen our inclusive culture and ensure equitable advancement opportunities for our employees. She also works closely with Prada Group’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council and the Group’s creative and design teams to keep us all informed of global movements and issues around race, culture, and politics.

“For over a century, Prada’s visionary work has shaped the course of the fashion industry and continues to connect individuals and creatives worldwide through a shared appreciation of innovation, style, and quality. I’m honored to be part of a strong leadership team that is committed to our mission to increase representation and enhance our company’s culture to ensure that the Prada Group continues to champion diversity as a global industry leader”.

Malika Savell, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer for Prada North America

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION ADVISORY COUNCIL

In February 2019, the Prada Group established its Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council, a group of leading minds in art, fashion, cultural institutions, academia, and activism, co-chaired by artist, social innovator, and Founder of Rebuild Foundation Theaster Gates and award-winning writer, director, and producer Ava DuVernay.

Other Council members include Fashion Institute of Technology President Joyce F. Brown, Humanitarian and Chief of Strategic Partnerships at UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, Mariarosa Cutillo, and Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies at Harvard University, Sarah Lewis.

Prada’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council, as a consultative, fully independent body, cultivates key initiatives and promotes cultural discussions while elevating people of colour within the company, the fashion industry and beyond.

CO-CHAIRS

Ava DuVernay
Director, writer, producer and film distributor
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Ava DuVernay

Winner of the Emmy, Bafta and Peabody Awards, Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay is a director, writer, producer and film distributor. Her directorial work includes the historical feature film Selma, the criminal justice documentary 13th, and Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, which made her the highest grossing black woman director in American box office history. Based on the infamous case of The Central Park Five, When They See Us recently garnered 16 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series and Outstanding Director and Writer for a Limited Series nominations for DuVernay. Currently, she oversees production on the fifth season of her critically-acclaimed TV series Queen Sugar and her upcoming romance anthology Cherish the Day. Winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival's Best Director Prize for her independent film Middle of Nowhere, DuVernay continues to amplify the work of people of color and women of all kinds through her multi-platform media company and arts collective Array, named one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies.” DuVernay sits on the advisory board of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and co-chairs the Prada Diversity Council. She is based in Los Angeles, California.

Theaster Gates
Artist, social innovator and Founder of Rebuild Foundation
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Theaster Gates

Theaster Gates is a living artist originally from Chicago. Working primarily as a sculptor and musician, Gates’ work contends with the notion of Black space as a formal exercise. Known for his recirculation of art-world capital, Gates upturns art values, land values, and human values. In 2010, Gates established the Rebuild Foundation to galvanize communities through neighbourhood regeneration and the development of educational and arts programming. Many of the foundation’s initiatives are centered around the revitalization of Chicago’s South Side, creating hubs and archives for Black culture, which serve as catalysts for discussions on race, equality, space, and history. Gates is a professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Visual Arts and the Harris School of Public Policy, and is Distinguished Visiting Artist and Director of Artist Initiatives at the Lunder Institute for American Art at Colby College. His work has been exhibited internationally, and he is the recipient of numerous distinctions including the Artes Mundi 6 Prize (2015), the Légion d’Honneur (2017), the Nasher Prize for Sculpture (2018), and the Urban Land Institute, J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development (2018).

OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS

Joyce F. Brown
President of Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
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Joyce F. Brown

Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president of Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) since 1998, is a highly  regarded educator and academic administrator with over 40 years of experience in public higher education.  Sustained strategic planning has been a hallmark of her leadership at FIT which has led to enhanced faculty ranks, increased technology, renovated facilities,  and an expanded curriculum with innovative new programs.  She has invigorated the college’s culture with ground-breaking initiatives in diversity and sustainability.  Prior to FIT,  Dr. Brown held a number of senior administrative posts at the City University of New York (CUNY) including acting president of Bernard Baruch College and vice chancellor of the university.  She was a professor of counseling psychology at the Graduate School and University Center at CUNY and is now professor emerita.  She also served as deputy mayor for public and community affairs during the David Dinkins administration. Dr. Brown serves as a director of the Ralph Lauren Corporation, the New York Economic Club and the New York Culinary Institute. She earned her BA from Marymount College and her MA and PhD from New York University.  She also received a certificate from the Harvard Institute for Educational Management.

MARIAROSA CUTILLO
Chief of the Strategic Partnerships Branch, within the Division of Communications and Strategic Partnerships of UNFPA
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Mariarosa Cutillo

Mariarosa Cutillo is Chief of the Strategic Partnerships Branch, within the Division of Communications and Strategic Partnerships of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Mariarosa brings with her more than 20 years of professional experience, working for the private sector. Before joining UNFPA, she was the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Benetton Group, as well as President and CEO of Benetton’s UNHATE Foundation. She has served as director of Valore Sociale per l’Impresa Responsabile (a multi stakeholder corporate social responsibility organization). On issues relating to corporate sustainability, she has served as a legal expert for various Institutions. She has extensively worked for non-governmental organizations including Mani Tese and the Global March against Child Labour. Mariarosa was also a professor in International Law Cases in the Faculty of Law of the University of Milan-Bicocca and senior lecturer at the Catholic University of Milan, Faculties of Law and Political and Social Sciences. Mariarosa obtained a degree in Advanced International Law from the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of Milan. She has post-graduate specializations in Human Rights and business administration, and is author of numerous scientific and wider dissemination publications on business and human rights, labor rights as well as on sustainable development issues.

Sarah Lewis
Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies at Harvard University
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Sarah Lewis

Sarah Lewis is an Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Lewis’s research interests focus on representations of race in contemporary art and nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America culture and across the Black Atlantic world. She is the author of The Caucasian War and the Los Angeles Times bestseller, The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery (2014). Lewis served as guest editor of the “Vision & Justice” issue of Aperture, which received the 2017 Infinity Award for Critical Writing and Research from the International Center of Photography, and her scholarship has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Milton Fund, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Hutchins Center at Harvard University, and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance & Abolition. Before joining the faculty at Harvard, she held curatorial positions at The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Tate Modern, London. She currently serves on the board of Creative Time and the Andy Warhol Foundation of the Visual Arts and has served on the board of The Brearley School and The CUNY Graduate Center.

RECENT INITIATIVES FOCUSED ON DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

“We are extremely proud of these programmes, which reflect Prada Group’s commitment to cultivating, recruiting and retaining diverse talent and to creating an inclusive culture. These initiatives mark real progress, and we look forward to building on this momentum to create more opportunities that increase diversity and representation both within Prada and in the fashion industry today and in the future”.  

Lorenzo Bertelli, Prada Group Head of Marketing & Head of Corporate Social Responsibility

Press releases
PRADA GROUP INVESTMENTS IN TALENT AND EDUCATIONAL ADVANCED PROGRAMMES
PRADA GROUP JOINS THE VALUABLE 500
PRADA GROUP APPOINTMENT OF MALIKA SAVELL
PRADA GROUP DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION ADVISORY COUNCIL