Jeanne K. Allen is a veteran product designer and developer, Jeanne Allen graduated with honors from Syracuse University with a specialized 5-year degree in Industrial Design at a time when very few women entered the field. She then worked at major corporations such as the J.C.Penney Co., Clairol Inc., Playtex Inc., and the Singer Co., designing packaged consumer products. As Jeanne progressed in her career, she quickly moved into management positions and began to turn her interests to home furnishings and gifts. With her keen eye for design, color and trends, she conceived and produced exclusive products at the home and gift brand retailer, Dansk International Designs, Ltd., ultimately rising to Vice President of Product. Development and Merchandising. During her tenure, she teamed with internationally renowned artisans and designers and sourced production on three continents. She has also collaborated on programs with other retailers and brands such as Bloomingdales, Macy’s, the Metropolitan Museum, FIT, MoMA, Vera Bradley and Jonathan Adler. After a career collaborating and creating with world class artisans, designers and retailers, she continues to pursue her interests as a studio potter and in her current Artisan Shop and Gallery Manager for the Railyard Arts Studio. Her passion is further enriched through mentoring efforts with Nest, aiding and coaching others in developing sustainable products.