Lema Khorshid, one of the founding partners of Fuksa Khorshid, LLC, was featured in the November 2013 issue of CS Modern Luxury as one of Chicago’s most inspiring people. Read on to learn more about Lema’s philanthropic contributions in Chicago and view the CS Modern Luxury article in its entirety here.
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To call Lema Khorshid’s résumé impressive would be an understatement. Highlights include nine years in the fashion industry producing fashion shows for Kenneth Cole, DKNY, Guess and Rebecca Taylor, which led to founding her own production company at age 22; six years consulting hospitality, fashion and entertainment clients on public relations and marketing strategies; and currently acting as one of the managing partners at Fuksa Khorshid LLC, where she handles corporate transactional and intellectual property legal matters for small to midsize businesses in Chicago and New York. And that’s just on the business side of things. She also sits on the board of directors of The Light Project and the University of Illinois Entrepreneurship Advisory Council, was honored by the Daily Herald Business Ledger in 2009 as one of 22 influential Chicago women in business and has chaired several large-scale fundraisers to support educational initiatives for underprivileged communities. Not surprisingly, her charitable marketing initiative, BizOver, highlights the two facets of being a successful woman in business: “It’s a networking platform for women entrepreneurs to grow their network, gaining mentors and contacts,” says Khorshid. “And the second part [focuses] on the things women entrepreneurs tend to forget about, like taking care of themselves—to do good in business, you still have to look good.” Through retail partners such as Neiman Marcus, BizOver’s events create a platform for fascinating women to interact over cocktails, usually with a beauty or fashion element to the evening, like makeup tips from the pros or a fashion show of the newest trends. “People always say, ‘When women become really successful, they don’t help other women,’” she says. “Finding these women who are really successful but also give back to the community—that is so important.” And connecting them with the next generation has become her passion. “If you’re a woman entrepreneur, and you have a small business idea, it’s sometimes such a far-reaching goal,” she says. “But if you’re in the room with a woman who’s also juggling a lot and has grown a really successful business, then you’ll leave the event saying, ‘Oh my god, I met a really great person, and she’s inspired me.’ That makes the goal so much more reachable.”
– The Editors with Gabriel Charles Tyler and Tanisha Wallis | Photo: Jordana Wright Photography, Lori Allen, Jim Newberry and Ron Chaille | Portraits by Sandro