The September Issues

Piera Gelardi, best known as the co-founder and executive creative director of the trailblazing next-gen media and entertainment company Refinery29, is passionate about using storytelling and creativity to inspire and empower women.  Gelardi is an award-winning entrepreneur, creative director, and public speaker, motivated by her mission: to be a catalyst for women to claim their power and reach their infinite potential. She is a frequent public speaker—keynoting events such as SxSW, INBOUND Creative Mornings, and The Next Web—and has lead artist collaborations with numerous non-profits such as Planned Parenthood, the Women’s March, and GLAAD. Refinery29 has changed the way media and advertising represents women, and has won spots on both Inc. 500 and Fast Company’s lists of most innovative companies. As a visionary leader to a burgeoning generation of creatives, Gelardi brings empowerment, intersectionality, and inclusivity to everything she does—helping spark positive change.

photographed by MARY ROZZI in london on april 27, 2017

pioneer artwork by PIERA GELARDI featured in issue 0