September 29, 2016
Voss Foundation is thrilled to introduce Monique Péan as one of our 2016 Women Helping Women New York Honorees. We look forward to hearing from Péan and co-honoree Amikaeyla Gaston on November 16, 2016. For more information and tickets, please click here.
Monique Péan launched her eponymous socially responsible and sustainable fine jewelry company in 2006. The MONIQUE PÉAN collection promotes positive environmental and social change through its exclusive use of sustainable materials, which are sourced globally through partnerships with local communities and artisans. Once a year, Péan travels to distant and remote locations where she works with indigenous artisans to learn their eco-friendly sourcing methods. MONIQUE PÉAN is a member of the No Dirty Gold campaign and a supporter of the Too Precious to Wear campaign.
Proceeds from MONIQUE PÉAN sales contribute to global philanthropic organizations. To date, MONIQUE PÉAN has built clean water projects and supported sanitation projects in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal and Haiti. She is currently funding clean water projects and water filtration projects in Mali. In honor of Earth Day, every April MONIQUE PÉAN donates a portion of the proceeds from jewelry sales to Trees for the Future, which helps communities alleviate poverty, affects positive social change, and improves both local and global environments by working with farming communities along environmentally degraded and highly traveled trade corridors.
Additionally, Péan founded The Vanessa Péan Foundation, to honor her sister who set up a foundation to fund scholarships at Centre D’Etudes Secondaires, a high school in Haiti, but was then tragically killed in a car accident in 2005. The Vanessa Péan Foundation continues to raise funds to provide scholarships to underprivileged students in Haiti. Péan is also a founding board member of Beespace, a nonprofit incubator that helps to identify and launch the next generation of innovative nonprofits.
In 2009, Péan was one of the recipients of the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award earning the opportunity to be mentored by Tiffany & Co.’s former CEO, Michael Kowalski. In addition, Forbes named her one of 40 Under 40 up-and-comers to watch in 2010.
Péan was raised in the Washington D.C. area and received her B.A. in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Following her graduation, she worked as an analyst at Goldman Sachs & Co. while simultaneously taking design classes. She has guest lectured at Harvard Business School, the University of Pennsylvania, The Smithsonian Museum, and Parsons The New School for Design.