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Wednesday, April 24th, Join USA Today Storytellers Project + Holy Name Medical Center for a night of unexpected stories from Bergen County!

I am thrilled to share the tough conversation that changed my life forever on Wednesday, April 24th in Ridgefield Park, NJ @ 7pm ET

As a part of the Story Tellers Project, part of the USA Today Network and my community Wednesday, April 24th at 7pm, join us as we share honest, funny, sad, happy, interesting and thought provoking conversations that changed our lives forever..

Join Holy Name Medical Center in partnership with Storytellers Brand Studio for a night of true, first-person storytelling from everyday people in Bergen, about the tough conversations that change our lives forever.

Together we will explore the power of having the right talks with the right people. This event will bring out stories from people in the greater Bergen community with compelling insights into the ways honest, vulnerable conversations changed their families, workplaces and communities. These are the unexpected stories – some charming, some surprising, some funny – from the men and women who make this community so singular.

Location: AMC Ridgefield Park 12, Ridgefield Park, NJ

Auditorium #2

AMC Ridgefield Park 12

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April 10, 2019

Sheriff Cureton, Emme to Share Personal Stories at Live Event

[NORTH JERSEY] — What do you get when you put a supermodel, doctor and sheriff in the room with two activists? You get "Conversations that Changed Everything: A night of storytelling presented by Holy Name Medical Center." The USA TODAY NETWORK, part of Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) and Storytellers Brand Studio, are pleased to announce a true, first-person storytelling event in partnership with Holy Name Medical Center.

Body-positive supermodel Emme will join Dr. Charles Vialotti, Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton, Garden State Equality Executive Director Christian Fuscarino and political activist Kaity Assaf for the live storytelling event which takes place at:

  • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

  • April 24, 2019

  • AMC Ridgefield Park 12, 75 Challenger Road, Ridgefield Park, N.J.

Featuring all-new stories never heard before on stage by storytellers from the North Jersey community, these are real people coached by USA TODAY NETWORK storytelling professionals.

Each teller will share a story about a tough conversation that changed their life. Emme will share a story from her early days in the modeling industry and how one negative experience could have put her on another path, but she had the fortitude to hold true to her dreams. Cureton had to go against his father's wishes to make the best call he knew for his family at the time.

Fuscarino will share a story of how he stood up and did what was right even though he was told not to by those in charge. Assaf will speak of an experience in high school where she fought for change and saw positive results. And Vialotti will share how what started as one conversation between two men are now thousands of conversations with hospice patients and their families offering comfort and peace.

General admission tickets are $10 and are available at The event is produced by the Storytellers Brand Studio in partnership with Holy Name Medical Center.

More on the Storytellers Project:

The Storytellers Project is a nationwide series of live storytelling nights in which neighbors and notables share true, first-person stories. These events combine oral storytelling and journalism to reflect and serve communities, as well as to develop connection and empathy in them. Journalists from USA TODAY NETWORK newsrooms manage and host these nights in front of audiences of 75 to 400. The series has 100+ nights in 2018 alone, at venues ranging from the Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs, to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines and the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville. In less than 10 minutes each, everyday Americans share coached and curated stories that celebrate universal values while reflecting on themes chosen by the newsroom’s staff to be broadly appealing, including food and family, love and dating, and growing up. The Storytellers Project celebrates the idea that when we share our stories, we become emotionally and financially invested in one another and in our community.


The USA TODAY NETWORK is the largest local to national media network in the country. Powered by integrated and award-winning news organizations with deep roots in 109 local communities, plus USA TODAY, the multiplatform news network informs and engages more than 110 million people every month through its diverse portfolio of digital, mobile, and publishing products.


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Mar 25, 2019

Ashley Stewart®, the leading lifestyle and social commerce brand, has launched the ME BY EMME® 2019 capsule dress collection in partnership with iconic supermodel Emme ’85.

The yearlong partnership consists of 12 new trend-forward dress styles that are perfect for the modern-day woman. Created by Emme and KBL Group International, the capsule spotlights two winning dresses from Fashion Without Limits (FWL) EMME Award™ winners at Syracuse University: Courtney Capazzi ’18 (2017 winner) and Kerry Phelan ’19 (2018 winner).



The College of Visual and Performing Arts’ School of Design and Emme co-founded FWL in an effort to teach young fashion designers over the course of their four-year college education about inclusive fashion design as a foundational solution for approximately 100 million women above a size 12 in the U.S. who cannot find trend-forward, well-fitting and fashionable clothing options.

“Going into our sixth year, we’ve helped shift the way young fashion designers conceptually think about the women and men they design for, by opening their aperture to size,” says Emme. “I am delighted that Ashley Stewart (now for a second year) wanted to include the FWL winning dress(es) along with my ME by EMME® dress collection. It’s a wonderful opportunity to applaud inclusive fashion within design schools that celebrate every woman’s body.”

Phelan, a senior majoring in fashion design with a minor in retail management, designed the 2018 lace peplum-winning dress in celebration of the female body and her powerful curves.

“I’m driven to find ways to use fashion as a vehicle to express my voice,” says Phelan. “This [FWL] program has given me the chance to put more meaning into my work and strive to make a change.”

Additionally, 2017 FWL EMME Award™ winner Courtney Capazzi’s sell-out, salmon-colored dress earned her another season online at Ashley Stewart in two color ways along with the ME by EMME® collection. ME by EMME® dresses are available for purchase online at and range in price from $59.50 – $69.50.

For more information about Emme and FWL, visit and follow @Supermodelemme on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and at For more fabulous ME by EMME® upcoming dress designs, visit Ashley Stewart. Follow @ByAshleyStewart and @ByAshleyTV on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


Ashley Stewart is a global fashion and lifestyle brand that has propelled itself to be on the vanguard of social commerce and purpose-driven business. Since its founding in 1991 in Brooklyn, New York, Ashley Stewart has always stood for uncompromising style, fashion confidence and empowerment for the woman who flaunts her curves. Today, Ashley Stewart offers the hottest looks with 88 stores across the United States, a leading and global e-commerce presence at, a powerful social media presence @byashleystewart and a growing multimedia and events arm at AshleyTV. Every year, through the Finding Ashley Stewart Tour, Ashley Stewart traverses the country looking to recognize women who embody the ideals of the Ashley Stewart women: kindness, resilience, confidence and community leadership. Through #ASGives, Ashley Stewart engages in programs such as the #AshleyCollegeTour to make long-term investments into the communities that have supported the brand for close to 30 years.


FWL is a global initiative where young designers in fashion design schools are taught an inclusive fashion education (pattern making, draping, illustration, design and grading) for women size 0-24 and above.

FWL’s mission is to strengthen the impact of fashion design in women's lives and the global economy. 

Categories: School of DesignFashion DesignYour First YearAlumni

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