Many New Yorkers are still talking about Bill de Blasio’s January 1st inauguration. This was an event like no other that received rave reviews. Much of the credit is owed to Gabrielle Fialkoff, the new mayor’s inaugural chair.
Fialkoff is COO of Haskell Jewels and handled inauguration duties for the city’s new mayor. In a recent interview with Fashion Week Daily, she gave more details about the big event.
As a mayor whose aim is to be a man of the people and cater to all groups, she created and chaired an event that was all-inclusive in the same regard. One that accurately reflects his vision for the future of the city.
The event itself took place on January 1st, 2014. Tickets were available to all New Yorkers, a unique offering that hadn’t been done in many years. All of this took place on the steps of City Hall.
On January 5th, the festivities continued. Fialkoff planned an open house celebration at Gracie Mansion. While the traditional mayoral home had been passed up by former Mayor Bloomberg, de Blasio has chosen to live there and invited 7,000 New Yorkers into his home. The event sold out in just three hours.
If the idea of someone in the jewelry industry planning these festivities seems weird, it shouldn’t. Gabrielle Fialkoff worked in politics for many years before assuming her COO helm at Haskell. She helped the mayor campaign for a few races, including his run for City Council in 2001.
She also helped Hillary Clinton during her run for Senate before deciding to shift her focus to Haskell, a family business with great growth prospects.
This was a great experience for Haskell’s President and COO, as she had the opportunity to help a longtime friend plan a big event portraying a vision that she genuinely believes in.
It seems like New Yorkers agree too. The social media world was abuzz with praise about the unique opportunity to see everything in person.
Read the full interview here.