Shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, a resident of Greenwich, will be the first entrepreneur featured in a new speaker series presented by the National Museum of American Jewish History. The series, “Dreamers and Doers,” will be launched on Wednesday, June 12 at the museum in Philadelphia, Penn.
In a live interview with Philadelphia’s WHYY innovation reporter Zack Seward, Weitzman will speak discuss the passion and vision that led him to create the Stuart Weitzman brand. In addition, replicas of some of his most famous designs, including the glass slippers used in Cinderella on Broadway, will be on display.
“I always enjoy sharing cherished moments and stories that helped shape where I am today in the fashion world. I hope my experiences can help educate and enlighten someone else’s path to entrepreneurial success, as it is my pleasure to pass on that wisdom,” said Weitzman.
A New York native, Weitzman grew up apprenticing under his father Seymour Weitzman at the family’s shoe factory in Haverhill, Mass. Weitzman had aspirations of a career on Wall Street and attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. However, after his father’s unexpected passing, Weitzman and his older brother Warren took over the family business in 1965.
Weitzman is also involved in the fight against ovarian cancer. The company held the annual “Bid for a Cure” Auction from 2001 – 2006, in which celebrities artfully decorated a shoe to be auctioned off for cancer research. In 2011, he created a “Young Hollywood Cares” collection, a design collaboration with celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Hough, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Olivia Palermo, which supports the pioneering ovarian cancer research of Dr. Marsha A. Moses, Director of the Folkman Institute and a professor at Harvard Medical School.