Deborah Koenigsberger worked extensively as a stylist in the fashion industry before opening Noir et Blanc, a women's clothing boutique in Manhattan featuring fashion-forward yet classic European collections. Deborah and her boutique have appeared on NBC News and in The New York Times, CNN, The New York Post, Time Out New York, Glamour, WWD, Modern Style, The Amsterdam News, Carib News and ABC’s talk show “Here and Now”.
In addition to being a successful businesswoman, Deborah has raised more than $2.5 million for New York City’s homeless mothers and children. Deb founded the non-profit organization Hearts of Gold in 1996 as a responsible way for her business to give back to the community. Hearts of Gold’s mission is to help the women and children at four city shelters by supporting them while they are in the shelter system as well as once they move into their own homes and are on their own. Over the past 19 years, Hearts of Gold has helped thousands of homeless families by providing everything from diapers, winter coats, and summer camps for the children; to mammograms, career counseling and landlord negotiations for the mothers.
Deb was nominated by Soledad O’Brien as her hero for Glamour Magazine’s June 2006 Hero Issue. She went on to receive special recognition for her work with Hearts of Gold, when Glamour magazine and sponsor Kwiat Diamonds presented her with a diamond ring in honor of her extraordinary work.
Deborah lives in Manhattan with her husband Thilo and sons Florian (20) and Stephan (18).
For more information, visit: www.heartsofgold.org