It’s the ultimate party question: If you could invite one person, dead or alive, to your holiday dinner, who would it be? Here, industry influencers dish on their wish-worthy guest list.
Diane Sullivan, Brown Shoe Co.: “Abraham Lincoln, just because I think the obstacles he overcame in his life, then what he was made to do to transform our country. That commitment to being the best he could be. It was a pivot point for our country.”
Stan Smith: Mahatma Gandhi. “Most gracious person that ever lived, to do what he did to help South Africa.”
Joe Zee: Anthony Bourdain. “I want to hear all about his travels and food, and I feel like I could sit and listen to him all night even if we don’t eat.”
Stuart Weitzman: Bill Clinton. “That guy knows so much. He has so much to say. I’ve never noticed him being shy about what he wants to talk about.”
Melissa Costa, Zappos Couture: “I would absolutely take the great Maya Angelou. I love her teachings and beautiful positivity that she brought into the world.”
Nicole Richie: “If it was a holiday dinner, then I would choose somebody from ‘Home Alone,’ so I could get right back into the spirit. It’s kind of a staple, definitely a must.”
Carol Lim, Opening Ceremony: Oprah Winfrey. “She’s such an inspiration, I just feel like she’d have a lot of really good stories.”