Presenting Distinguished Alumnae Award Recipient

Joan Hornig
CBS MBA '84, Owner and Creative Director, Philanthropy is Beautiful

Distinguished Alumnae Award Recipient: Joan Hornig

Joan Hornig Jewelry is designed to make a statement and a difference. From Wall Street executive to jewelry designer, in 2003 Joan Hornig merged her passion for jewelry and philanthropy. Since the company's inception, Joan Hornig has been donating 100% of the profits on each piece of jewelry sold to the charity of the purchaser's choice.

The Joan Hornig Philanthropy is Beautiful collection of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings uses 18k gold, sterling silver, and various precious and semi-precious stones such as diamonds, south sea pearls, topaz, and tourmalines. Joan draws inspiration from her travels around the world and through her art history background.

Joan holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Harvard and a MBA from Columbia Business School. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Fashion Institute of Technology. The National Jewelry Institute selected Joan Hornig Jewelry to be part of the first contemporary jewelry Designer Showcase at The Forbes Galleries in New York and to be showcased in the 2009 National Jewelry Institute's Paris Exhibition as part of Paris Fall Fashion Week.

To date, the Joan B. Hornig Foundation has donated to more than 700 worthy initiatives around the world addressing issues such as education, medical research, social services, the arts, animal rights, and environmental protection. Limited-edition pieces, which Joan designed exclusively for organizations such as UNICEF, Circle of Women, HELP USA, the New York Restoration Project, the New Orleans Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and Haiti relief, continue to make a lasting difference.

Joan has travelled across the country as a public speaker to address various non-profit organizations such as The Women's Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. She has been honored as a "Citizen of the World" at the Jennifer Muller-The Works Spring 2008 Gala, the "New Yorker of the Week" on NY1, and a "woman who is changing the world" by Women's Day Magazine. In 2008, HELP USA recognized Joan for supporting their work to combat domestic violence. In 2009, Joan was nominated by to be the recipient of the Butterfly Award for her philanthropic contributions. In recognition of Joan's social entrepreneurship, she was selected as Hallmark's featured speaker at their biannual Trends Week.

The Joan Hornig Philanthropy is Beautiful collection is sold at high-end stores throughout the U.S. such as Bergdorf Goodman (where the collection was launched) and is available online at

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