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Join the Cornell Club of Northern New Jersey and the Cornell Asian Alumni Association for a reading and book discussion with Shaz Kahng ’85.

Shaz is the author of The Closer, a novel about the first female CEO of a sports company and the secret society of professional women, called The Ceiling Smashers, who help her succeed.

Shaz is a visionary leader and inventive thinker who is passionate about consumer- focused businesses. During her 30 years of industry expertise in apparel, retail, footwear, accessories, beauty, and consumer goods, she has held executive roles at Gymboree, Lucy Activewear, and Nike, and worked with brands including Staples, Carters, Sephora, Tiffany, Levi Strauss, Macy’s, Quaker Oats, Kraft, and P&G. Shaz is an experienced public speaker, having recently done a Talks At Google speech entitled “The Superpowers of Ceiling Smashers.”

Event Details:
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Location: Virtual

You can purchase The Closer on Amazon or Audible
Virtual event: Zoom details will be provided after registration
All attendees must register in advance

About the Author
Shaz Kahng is a visionary leader and inventive thinker who is passionate about consumer-focused businesses. She is adept at turning around and scaling businesses in retail, apparel, footwear, consumer goods, and consumer tech. A serial Board Director and CEO, Shaz excels at devising unique strategies, building brand equity, and delivering outstanding results. One of the most rewarding aspects of her career has been coaching and mentoring others.

Shaz brings a wealth of experience running companies and businesses such as Gymboree, Lucy Activewear, Nike and working with brands like Staples, Carters, Sephora, Tiffany, Levi Strauss, Macy’s, Quaker Oats, Kraft, and P&G.

She is currently an advisor to PE and VC backed businesses and is on the Investment Committee of Alumni Ventures Group. She is actively seeking both public and private board opportunities. She is also an experienced public speaker, having recently done a Talks At Google speech entitled “The Superpowers of Ceiling Smashers.”

As the first female to hold a global business P&L at Nike, Shaz led a turnaround of the Nike Cycling business making it profitable for the first time and accomplished this in record time. As CEO of Lucy Activewear, Shaz and her team
reinvented the company and achieved profitability in 13 months, nearly two years ahead of corporate expectations.

Driven by a lifelong desire to learn, Shaz has been a scientist, a consulting partner, an e-commerce expert, and a brand and marketing strategist. She is eager to embrace new ideas, experiences, and approaches. She is fueled by her desire to make a positive impact, lead with honor, work collaboratively, and have some fun.

Shaz is married and the mother of twin girls. She is the author of The Closer, a novel about the first female CEO of a sports company and the secret society of professional women, called the Ceiling Smashers, who help her succeed.

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