Donna Karan’s Felita Harris Wants The World To Know That Girl Scouts Are ‘In’ This Season

Felita Harris, one of The Girl Scouts of Greater New York's 2013 Women Of Distinction. Karriem Simmons

Each Week Cause Celeb highlights a celebrity's charity work. This week, we speak to Felita Harris about her involvement with The Girls Scouts of Greater New York.

For the past two decades, Felita Harris has worked with some of the most notable luxury brands in the world including Armani, St. John Knits and Piazza Sempione. In 2003, she joined Donna Karan International and in 2010, was made Senior Vice President of Global Sales.

This talented fashionista currently oversees the Donna Karan Collection wholesale and online businesses in 38 countries. Harris also serves as a mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation as well as Watch Her Work Mentors in association with Pynk Magazine.

The Girl Scouts of Greater New Yorkis entering its second century and is focusing on four leadership program areas for the nearly 27,000 girls the organization serves across the five boroughs: Business & Entrepreneurship; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); Environmental Leadership; and Personal Leadership Identity.

On Tuesday, October 29, 2013, the Girl Scouts of Greater New York will honor five amazing women who represent the four leadership program areas and who serve as role models for young girls. The 21st Annual Women of Distinction Breakfast will be held from 7:30 am - 9:00 am at Cipriani 42nd Street.

Interview Conducted Via Email By: Giacinta Pace

Q: What is the charity you support?

Felita: I'm a proud supporter of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York. They're doing an amazing job of preparing New York girls of all boroughs and backgrounds to become the city's leaders of tomorrow.

Q: How did you become involved?

Felita: This year, I was asked to be one of the Women of Distinction Honorees. 

I'm very excited to be recognized alongside these other four extraordinary women, and I hope all of us will inspire girls to see that they can reach any height of leadership with drive, talent, and ingenuity.

Q: Why is this organization important to you?

Felita: The Girl Scouts is important to me because their mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. I have a daughter, so this mission is very close to my heart. 

The role of women has changed dramatically. In the United States, women account for over 50% of the population, yet a major gender gap remains that increases as you go higher up the corporate ladder. Girls need positive role models from women who are leaders across all industries.

Q: What is the nicest thing someone has done for you?

Felita: When I reflect on the nicest thing someone has ever done for me, several memories come to mind. The most important is the unconditional love that I receive from my daughter, Kennedy.