Making the Connection

This conversation originally aired on March 2, 2021

About this Conversation

For the first Making it IN Fashion series conversation of 2021, we welcome CaSandra Diggs, President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Though newly appointed to the role of president in 2020, CaSandra has had a nearly 20-year tenure at the organization. In the conversation, she will speak with Elliot Carlyle about her career and life experiences and their connection to where she is now. We will hear a journey of tenacity and consistency that aided in building a dynamic career in the fashion industry.


CaSandra Diggs


Elliot Carlyle

About CaSandra Diggs

CaSandra Diggs is President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), a group of over 400 American womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. A native New Yorker, she has merged her CUNY education in law and political science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with accounting from the Baruch Zicklin School of Business to oversee CFDA’s multifunctional operations, including but not limited to finance and administrative roles. Under Digg’s leadership, the CFDA has experienced unprecedented expansion with the successful relocation of its corporate headquarters to NOHO NYC and acquisition of the Fashion Calendar – the official schedule of New York fashion shows and events. She has also helped launch many successful programs, including the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund to support emerging designers and IMPACT to provide employment opportunities to BIPOC creatives and professionals in the fashion industry. As part of the executive team working directly with CFDA Chairman Tom Ford and the Board of Directors, Diggs is a highly valued contributor to the organization’s strategic planning.
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