Kelly A. Burton, ALM

Chief Executive Officer, Kate Black & Co.
Kelly Burton has over ten years of experience in the world of sustainable fashion and beauty. At the Fashion Institute of Technology, she teaches courses on how the apparel industry can increase social responsibility, mitigate risk, and better engage consumers and employees. In 2013, Burton launched EcoSessions, a global event platform connecting industry, designers, and citizens to discuss change. Since its launch, EcoSessions have been held in Berlin, Boston, New York, Singapore, London, Montreal, Los Angeles, and Toronto on topics including: innovations in textiles, fashion and sustainability, nontoxic beauty, ethical retailing, and fashion in Africa. Burton's book Magnifeco: Your Head-to-Toe Guide to Ethical Fashion and Non-Toxic Beauty was published in 2015 and led Burton to produce and host the podcast "Magnifeco Radio." Burton is an adviser for and is part of the EPA's Trash Free Waters working group on microplastics and microfibers. She holds an ALM from Harvard Extension School in Sustainability and certificates in Corporate Responsibility and Innovation, and Environmental Policy and International Development.


  • ALM Harvard Extension School