NYU Alumni & Friends Connect

March 15, 2022

This month, we’re celebrating the prolific alumnae of NYU and putting the spotlight on women-owned NYU alumni businesses. Hear from these entrepreneurs about what inspired them to start their businesses, from decadent Ghanian chocolate, to event planning and management, to imaginative children’s costumes and sustainable children’s clothing and more. Plus enjoy some exclusive discounts for NYU alumni!

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This is not an exhaustive list and only highlights a small number of NYU alumni businesses. Please visit the NYU Alumni-Owned Business Directory for a more comprehensive list or to submit your business. Please note inclusion does not indicate endorsement by NYU.


Alf-Phi is a sustainable, eco-friendly brand that creates one of a kind, timeless, handmade children's clothing crafted from preloved and vintage textiles. Their mission is to help reduce textile waste by up-cycling items such as shirts, dresses, skirts, trousers, etc. and breathing new life into them. No usable scrap of fabric is thrown away and all of their packing is either made from recycled materials or is recyclable/compostable.

“We wanted to create beautiful and timeless heritage clothing from preloved and vintage materials. That means that we go and save textiles and clothing items from being discarded in a landfill and turn them into handmade items for your children.”— Founders Tia Robinson (TSOA ’97) & Sarah Marie Parish

Exclusive Discount: use promo code NYUALUM10 for 10% off

Bailey & Ava

The Bailey & Ava line of costumes and accessories are handmade in Brooklyn, NY with a strong European influence. Says founder Laurena Allert (STERN ’91, ’97), “We have something for every occasion, whether a birthday or costume party, Halloween trick-or-treating, a Broadway play and more! You'll find everything from a fierce Amazonian warrior princess to the belle of the ball.

'57 Chocolate

'57 Chocolate is the pioneer bean to bar chocolate company in Ghana. '57 is short for 1957, the year of Ghana’s independence. Founded by two Pan-African sisters, one of them being NYU alumna Priscilla Addison (WAG ’13), '57 channels Ghana’s Independence Day spirit by manufacturing finished goods using the country's resources to create delicious treats in small batches.

“Our passion is to inspire the people of Ghana, especially the youth to not be satisfied at merely selling and trading the country’s natural resources or other items in their “natural” state, but to use their minds and creative geniuses to transform these resources by creating and manufacturing made in Ghana products of premium value.”—Priscilla Addison (WAG ’13) and Kimberly Addison

3 Cheers Team Events

Founded by Danielle Schulz (TSOA ’09), 3 Cheers Team Events is a boutique team-building events company specializing in culinary and wellness experiences.  

ALIVE Always Living In Victory Enterprises

Kesha Broady (CAS ’98) is the CEO and Founder of ALIVE Always Living In Victory Enterprises, LLC. a company committed to helping organizations fund their projects and teaching families to fund their dreams.

Exclusive Discount: use promo code NYUAlumni

African Symposium LLC.

African Symposium is a full-service event planning and management firm that produces socially responsible events in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Their mission is to catalyze social impact by raising the standard of Africa-focused events in business, development, film, philanthropy and the Arts. They are dedicated to producing high-level, targeted events that showcase the wealth of opportunities that the continent has to offer.

“African Symposium’s events are designed to bring together the African diaspora and those interested in Africa to network and drive investment to the continent.”—Adey Hailu (WAG ’01)

Exclusive Discount: NYU community members receive 15% off

High Heel 73 Hours

73 Hours is a shoe wear company. Beginning with the popular crystal slipper, the high-heeled 73-hour wedding shoe collection has gradually become the wedding shoe of choice for many brides. Says founder Ruohong Zhao (GSAS ’06), “Because each shoe goes through 103 processes and a full 73.3 hours of polishing before it is delivered to customers, it is named High Heel 73 Hours.”

Want to hear more from the women in our NYU community? Building from the work of NYUWomxn100, and in conjunction with the NYU BeTogether efforts, the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation embeds and escalates our intersectional, gender-centered strategic action through the NYU Women Lead: A Global Leadership Accelerator. Learn more about how this new NYU initiative celebrates and amplifies the prolific work of global women trailblazers—past and present—while centering intersectional gender equity and innovative leadership.