Tory Burch Was Told Not To Mention 'Social Responsibility' When Starting Her Company

The fashion designer faced gender bias.

Tory Burch arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in West Hollywood, Calif.
Designer Tory Burch was told by experts to never "use business and social responsibility in the same sentence" when starting her eponymous Tory Burch Foundation, which provides entrepreneurial support to women through loans, education and mentoring programs.

Designer and businesswoman Tory Burch is a well known and seen fashion face in Washington. She’s a strong supporter of Democratic political candidates and supports female entrepreneurs through her eponymous Tory Burch Foundation. On Friday, she returned to tell the women of Washington about her own story as a female CEO, at a luncheon co-sponsored by Politico and Google.

"There was a lot of bias," Burch told Judy Woodruff of PBS. "Part of the business plan when I started the company was that we wanted to start a foundation, and when I said that to people when I went to raise money, particularly men, they said don't ever use business and social responsibility in the same sentence," Burch revealed.

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Fast forward to 2013 and Burch's business is booming, in part because of the help she gives to women in business.

"What we realized is because of the foundation, it's affecting the bottom line, it's really amazing for our business," Burch said. "It's attracting incredible talent who want to work for our company [and] our consumer is loving the fact that we have this."

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