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born 1960

Angela Ahrendts' only access to fashion in her small Midwestern hometown was through magazines. But, she leaned into her passion to let her dreams + hard work carry her to the industry's cutting edge. From New York to London to Silicon Valley.

Angela's best known for transforming the iconic British brand, Burberry, into a 21st-century global fashion powerhouse. She turned heads by tripling the company's revenue over her tenure through her ambitious and deeply collaborative approach to management. Now Angela's taking her legendary leadership skills + serious design chops to the executive team at tech giant, Apple, where she'll no doubt keep inspiring chic innovation.

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her quotes

all quotes by Angela Ahrendts (14)

"Without the dark clouds you don't truly appreciate the bright day."

Ball State University commencement address | may 2010

"The universal language is not texted, emailed or spoken. It is felt."

Ball State University commencement address | may 2010

"We live by what we believe, not by what we see."

Ball State University commencement address | may 2010

"Dreams have no boundaries if you learn to read the signs of life."

Ball State University commencement address | may 2010

"I grew up in a physical world, and I speak English. The next generation is growing up in a digital world, and they speak social."

Burberry's Social Story | october 2012

"Think of energy almost like emotional electricity—it has a powerful way of uniting ordinary people, their collective spirit to do extraordinary things."

The Power of Human Energy | march 2013

"Emotive energy transcends normal communication and rational ways of working. It inspires people to do and give more."

The Power of Human Energy | march 2013

"Why is it that we value thinking over feeling? Why aren't we taught to follow our natural inclinations, to protect the possibilities instead of just accepting the probabilities."

The Power of Human Energy | march 2013

"I have always believed that my job was not only to create great brands but to create great companies. And I have believed that great companies could not only touch and transform lives but need to through the power of their performance."

The Power of Human Energy | march 2013

"Brands have the power—and I would argue the obligation—to guide and create a higher sense of purpose."

Reflections on the Wisdom of Teams | september 2013

"Only by uniting more closely than ever can we keep pace with as fast as society is moving, exploring the blurring of the physical and digital worlds to continually evolve how we connect consumers to our brand."

Reflections on the Wisdom of Teams | september 2013

"Shared passion can unite and align all teams, in any organization."

Reflections on the Wisdom of Teams | september 2013

"As leaders of families, households, businesses and communities, we all know the power of uniting people around strong, simple, positive messages."

Let Peace Begin With Me | december 2014

"A company’s success is predicated on you putting the right people in the right place at the right time."

How I Hire | august 2015
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