Dana Hall School Reunion to Feature Jill Milan CEO on Entrepreneurship Panel

Jill Fraser, CEO & Founder of Jill Milan (Photo: Moanalani Jeffrey Photography)

Fraser, who holds degrees from Oxford University and is a member of Mensa, co-founded soft drink company Virgil’s Root Beer and developed the first-ever all-natural root beer, which won the “Outstanding Beverage” Award three times.

Jill Milan®, a provider of luxury fashion and accessories, announced that CEO Jill Fraser will speak on a panel at her alma mater, the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass., as part of the She Sails 2017 program during the institution’s reunion weekend events. Fraser is featured on a panel entitled “Fashion, Design and Entrepreneurship” scheduled for Saturday, April 29.

“I am delighted to have been asked to appear at Dana Hall, and to have the opportunity to offer insight into the realities of bringing a company to life,” Fraser said. “In my own experience I’ve found it invaluable to hear from trusted sources who can communicate real-life experiences starting companies – it can go a long way to avoiding problems. I hope I can help some current Dana students and alumnae by sharing my experiences.”

Fraser, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oxford University in England and is a member of Mensa, is no stranger to entrepreneurial ventures. Her family founded Worcester, Mass.-based Polar Beverages, which it continues to manage and where Fraser worked on the production line during summer vacations from school. She co-founded soft drink company Virgil’s Root Beer and developed the first-ever all-natural root beer, which won the “Outstanding Beverage” Award at the International Fancy Food and Confection Show three times.

She has also been active in animal welfare causes. A longtime vegan, Fraser served on the board of Citizens to End Animal Suffering and Exploitation (CEASE), a Boston-based non-profit group dedicated to ending animal cruelty and exploitation, with a particular focus on ending the use of fur in apparel. While in Hollywood she also served as a producer on “Free to a Good Home,” a feature film project conceived to provide insight into the plight of animals.

It was Fraser’s interest in animal causes that prompted her to found Jill Milan, which launched in 2011. “I couldn’t find luxury-quality handbags that were not made of leather or other animal-derived materials,” Fraser said. “I finally decided the best thing to do was start a company to fill that void in the market.” Jill Milan has subsequently expanded its product offerings to include other animal-friendly fashion and accessories, including winter coats, scarves and wallets. The company has contributed more than 10 percent of revenue to non-profit organizations working on behalf…

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