Antonia Dean

Antonia grew up in Philadelphia and Delaware before leaving the cold northeast for sun and palm trees to attend Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.  Nearing graduation from FAMU with a bachelor’s degree in business and no clue what to do for a career, Antonia decided to do what many directionless grads do – go to law school.  About two-thirds of the way through Harvard Law School, she realizes that lawyering was just not for her.  After a few months of soul searching, Antonia decided to pursue a career in the beauty industry because that totally makes sense.  Starting out at Calvin Klein fragrances and ending at The Estee Lauder Companies, Antonia worked on 11 different brands and launched more products than she can count (or remember).  Now at VFA, Antonia combines her skill for crafting brand stories with her gift of gab to propel the VFA message farther and to create new partnerships for the organization.  She lives in Harlem with her husband, son and dog – a 5 pound Yorkshire Terrier named Furious Styles who in no way lives up to his name.  

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