TechWalk Speaker Bios

Fanny Hanono


Fanny believes being a female leader in today’s society is about one’s upbringing and values and the ability to balance life, work, family – and the commitments that each commands.

As Executive Vice President of Administration and head of Human Resources for Perry Ellis International,one of the world’s leading diversified brand lifestyle apparel companies, Ms. Hanono travels extensively both domestically and internationally overseeing the organization’s offices. Fanny prides herself in hard work, coupled with relentless energy, drive and passion. She is a “hands-on” manager and is involved in every aspect of human resources from personnel recruiting to training and benefits administration. Fanny manages various special projects including many negotiations and insures the business runs efficiently. In a challenging macro-economic environment, the company continues to flourish due to the constant attention to its’ people and infrastructure. As part of her ever-growing role in the company, she handles logistics and compliance. She also sits on the board’s Compensation & Investment Committees.

Ms. Hanono graduated with a B.A. from George Washington University and received an honorary Doctorate in International Business from Johnson & Wales University.

Her philanthropic efforts are evident through various sponsorships such as the International Women’s Forum, United Way, Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces and the Jewish Federation.  She has been recognized for her leadership in various publications such as the South Florida Business Leader Magazine in the 2008 Women Extraordinaire Issue and the 2010 Power Players issue. As well as the November/December 2011 Apples to Oranges, magazine insert in the Wall Street Journal and NY Post.

Luis Valenzuela – Creative Director The Creators Lab


Visual artist, fashion designer Luis Valenzuela is a native of Caracas, Venezuela from a family of four generations of artists. He has devoted his entire career to expressing art through creative and unique mediums, including fabric and paper manipulation to build up textures. Many of his extraordinary pieces have captured the eyes of interior designers and architects and included in corporate and individual art collections around the world.

Valenzuela is also regarded as a pioneer of green art and eco friendly fashion design. He is the founder of EarthDayMiami, EcoArtFashion© and created the first EcoArtFashion Week™ in 2010 as a forum to express the state of ethical and new sustainable fashion. In 2013 it became The Art of Fashion Show™, an experience that portrays the timelessness of fashion as art.

Luis’s “ART TO WEAR” collections have been showcased during Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, and have been featured in Vogue and Elle magazines, as well as other elite fashion publications. His latest innovative concept is The Creators Lab in Wynwood Miami, a platform dedicated to the exchange of creativity, arts, design and technology.

Valenzuela has successfully worked with distinguished institutions that include Miami Art Museum (now PAMM), Chelsea Art Museum NYC, Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, The Kennedy Center Washington DC, Holland-based Virtual Shoe Museum, and art fairs such as Art Miami and Art Wynwood. His most notable work as a curator was his collaboration with art champion and pioneer Bernice Stenbaum.

Ibis Arrastia – Chapter Leader of Girl Develop It


Ibis lives to inspire people through technology. She is tech community leader in the South Florida area, organizing over 100 events a year to increase the tech workforce. Her career as a software developer exceeds two decades and includes work done for Ryder.com, Lexis-Nexis, Cisco, Nokia, MovieTickets.com, Advantage Rent-a-Car, and vitacost.com, and other companies. She specializes in eCommerce solutions for high volume sites and is an expert at addressing the complications that exists in such environments, such as caching, optimization, conversion, tracking, and personalization.

Ms. Arrastia is currently a parallel entrepreneur with roles in multiple companies; a board member for Apretaste, founder of Avila Stores, founding partner at Strong Grip Gym; and as
an avid supporter of Women in Tech, she is Chapter Leader of Girl Develop It, a non-profit transforming women’s lives through technical education. Ibis is a neuroscience and brain-computer interface enthusiast, soon a published author, and frequent speaker on fashion technology.

Fabrice Tardieu – Founder Creative Director Fabrice Tardieu – Meticulously Handcrafted


Fabrice Tardieu has been involved in the fashion industry for over a decade. Beginning his career at Giorgio Armani in France, Tardieu rose through the ranks to hold the title of Head of Sales and Distribution for France and the French Caribbean, doubling sales in just two seasons. 

With countless years of international travel and work experience alongside the fashion industries top names and influencers, Fabrice learned the ins and outs of the business, design and management, driving him to move beyond sales and into creating a fashion brand that would reinvent the menswear market.

In 2004, Fabrice introduced and launched Bogosse, a shirt label that saw the likes of major retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. Following his tenure at Bogosse, Tardieu took the next step in an ever-changing market place and began developing the concept for a new menswear brand. In 2014, Fabrice Tardieu launched his first namesake collection of meticulously handcrafted luxury menswear with the Fall/Winter 2014 collection in Miami. 

Currently available at select Neiman Marcus locations across the U.S., the collection is inspired by the multi-cultural energy of Miami as well as New York City, Paris and London street-cultures. The brand fuses times, places and essences, relentlessly cutting, threading and intermixing materials that Fabrice brings to his workshop in Italy, where his visions are fashioned with European craftsmanship.

Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabrice attended school in the U.S. as well as in Paris, France where he studied international business management. Fabrice currently resides in Miami, Florida.

Kayra Yasa – Student at Design and Architecture Senior High School (DASH), Miami


Kayra Yasa immigrated from Istanbul, Turkey 6 years ago, and studies fashion at DASH in the Design District of Miami. She began working over a year ago at Design Lab Miami, a design studio supported by HP technology, where she teaches children and adults to sew. There she has learned textile design, 3D printing, laser cutting, and bio-couture.

Kayra grows vegan leather as part of her interest in sustainable fashion, and experiments with other fiber formula developments. She recently attended a week long conference in Barcelona, Spain with Angie Cohen, Director of Design Lab Miami, where Kayra learned more about sustainable textiles including bioplastics, and perfected her recipe for vegan leather. Her passion for the future of the environment has led to her interest in studying sustainability at Cornell University where she hopes to attend after graduating next year. She will also present garments at the new Glottman store in Wynwood next month. 

Megan Tierney – Founder of LOUISE & ELEANOR


A major competitive tennis player at the junior and college level, Megan has applied a similar commitment to entrepreneurship. She is the founder of LOUISE & ELEANOR a women’s luxury handbag company. It is an example of using on line outreach strategies to establish a market
presence. Ms. Tierney also was recently hired to run CASTINGS FASHION, a luxury women’s clothing company which produces their line in Paris. 

Her other entrepreneurial endeavors have included being a co-founder in 2008 of Bizcasts.com where she implemented its operational activities, advertising campaigns, marketing strategy and financing, and built affiliate relationships with corporate clients. In 2012, Megan sold her shares of Bizcasts.com to her co-founder and focused on investing in a real estate and a tech startup company. Ms. Tierney published her first book “Best Wishes” in 2014, and has authored articles about entrepreneurship published in South Florida papers.

A native of the San Francisco peninsula, and following graduation from the University of Oregon with a BA in Political Science, Megan joined the Penn Florida Companies as a commercial leasing agent in South Florida. She later joined Investments Limited, a large privately held Commercial Real Estate firm, where she worked as a commercial leasing agent and marketing associate in the leasing department, which oversaw more than a million sq. ft. of space.