For the first time in its 100-year history, Prada has a Black woman seated among its Board members.
This month, the iconic fashion house's parent company tapped two new Independent Non-Executive Directors, Pamela Culpepper and Anna Maria Rugarli with Culpepper, becoming the first Black woman to be named to the brand's board.
Culpepper is coming to the brand with over 25 years in corporate human resources, diversity, inclusion, and more at some of the world's biggest companies. According to Essence, her experience in these areas will help move the brand forward in its people, environment and culture strategy.
"People who know me and know what Prada stands for, quickly see what connects us –– status quo is simply not an option," Culpepper told the publication.
"One of Prada's principles is to go where the risk is. Prada has stepped out front to lead the industry in ESG. It would be easier to fast follow, but that would be counter to both our instincts. Prada is at the intersection of authentically connecting their values and purpose with the needs and will of their key stakeholders."
"My role is to help strategically navigate that intersection," she added.
In addition to working on Prada's Board, Culpepper is also the founder of Have Her Back, a woman-led cultural consulting firm that is involved in promoting equity for all.