A twenty year veteran of the fashion industry, Tara Ellef began her career as a dress buyer for Ann Taylor, where she learned the importance of aesthetic, tailoring and fit. She then moved on to become the Chief Merchandising and Design Officer for Lands’ End, where she was responsible for overseeing the merchandising and design organizations for a multi-billion dollar brand that serviced women, men, children, and home. At Lands’ End, she led the initiative to expand the brand into a multi-channel retailer, as well as launched a new brand concept geared towards a younger demographic. Last year, Tara returned to ANN INC. as the Senior Vice President of Merchandising at LOFT. She has had the honor of being a guest speaker at FIT and a mentor to the students. She loves seeing the creativity, passion and dedication the students have in pursuing their dreams.