Dedicated To Changing The Industry We Love
Our Leadership Team
With 20+ years of experience in the industry, Jade Sykes combines her past experience as VP of Sales and Brand Development, Wholesale Operations Director, Private Label & Licensing Manager, Brand Development Manager and Executive Fashion Editor, Editorial Wardrobe Stylist and Business Consultant into her role as Founder at The GEM Agency and President of Diversify Retail Inc.
Jekennia (Jeke) is a dynamic, interpersonal and results-oriented professional with operations, leadership, and visual merchandising experience. Currently an Assistant Manager at Eloquii, she holds 10+ years of Store Operations and Merchandising Experience with major retailers such as Apple, G-III Apparel Group, and Calvin Klein. She brings great value to the Diversify Retail Board as Secretary.
DeAnna McIntosh is a trend-setting, results-driven Retail Consultant with 14+ years of experience helping brands drive sales, conversion, productivity, innovation, and engagement. With a strong eye for design and years of corporate merchandising experience, she has launched numerous products into retail and e-commerce platforms – with one of the most notable being the Chico’s No Iron Linen Collection, driving a $1M incremental sales increase and is now a multi-million dollar program.
DeAnna is the Founder and Global Retail Consultant at The Affinity Group International, where she is an International liaison facilitating profitable partnerships between indie brands and boutiques and the greater retail industry. Her work is instrumental in moving the retail industry forward through strategically building and elevating the indie retail economy in both developed and emerging markets.
After the senseless murder of George Floyd, and seeing the awakening of retail companies to their own lack of diversity, DeAnna launched the Diversify Initiative to connect two communities she loves – the retail community and the communities of color. She later decided to turn the initiative into a non-profit organization to create a larger, global impact.