The mission of CFF is to provide
academic scholarships to Chicago-
area college students majoring in
fashion related studies and to
coordinate educational programs
for Chicago’s fashion community.
CFF's goal is to maintain and develop the fashion industry in Chicago through an annual scholarship competition, yearly fundraiser, continuous professional network events, and mentoring programs.
CFF is comprised of professionals and students who are dedicated to developing and retaining local fashion talent in order to raise the caliber of the Chicago fashion industry.
Laura E. (Beth) Lambert is the founder, designer and owner of Scarlet Designs. She started her company in 2002 after becoming frustrated trying to find clothing that suited her needs, something timeless yet trendsetting, versatile but vibrant. She wanted clothing to mix and match with pieces she already owned and that would be appropriate in any situation whether a business meeting, out to lunch with friends, or a black-tie gala.
Prior to launching Scarlet Designs, Beth worked in the corporate world of commercial real estate where she held roles in corporate strategy and operations management. For three years she worked with Security Capital Group, a real estate capital management firm headquartered in New Mexico, and its affiliate companies. Before joining Security Capital, Beth was a commercial real estate consultant at the accounting firm of Ernst & Young Kenneth Leventhal in Chicago.
Originally a violin performance major in college, Beth changed her studies and received her B.S. in Finance from Indiana University in Bloomington. She later earned her Masters of Management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. A Kentucky native, she now makes her home in Chicago.
Beth is a founding board member and Treasurer of the Chicago Fashion Foundation that has the mission of fostering a fashion network in Chicago, while heightening the awareness of Chicago and its fashion resources. She also is an avid supporter of the arts and Chairs the Community Outreach and Development Programs for the Ravinia Festival Auxiliary Board which presents world class music and dance while promoting local arts education in Chicago area schools.