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Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Licensing Product Manager Wins Rising Star Award

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation | May 23, 2018

Sally Russell, the licensing product manager of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, has been named a recipient of the 2018 Rising Stars Award for the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA).

Image: Russell, at far right in green dress, accepts Rising Stars Award.

LIMA is a licensing trade organization with a mission “to foster the growth and expansion of licensing around the world, raise the level of professionalism for licensing practitioners, and create greater awareness of the benefits of licensing to the business community at large.”

“The Rising Stars Awards recognize the next generation of leaders in the licensing business – those who show true tenacity and have impacted their companies and the industry right from the start,” said LIMA Executive Vice President Maura Regan.

Sally Russell.

Russell has worked with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation for five years. She began working with the Foundation as a volunteer in 2011, and began working as an administrative assistant in 2013. In August of 2017, Russell was named an associate manager of the licensing department and in May of 2018 she was named licensing product manager.

“Sally’s dedication to our licensees’ success is really evident in the quality of the products she stewards through the program,” said Frank Shorf, the Foundation’s director of licensing. “We’re grateful she is being recognized for her high quality work and we look forward to watching her continued success in the future.”

As the Foundation’s associate licensing manager, Russell is responsible for managing the business of 23 licensing programs, creating new licensing programs, and guiding current Foundation licensees on product development and use of the Foundation’s intellectual property.

“I’m thrilled that I was granted the Rising Star award from LIMA for my work in licensing at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation,” Russell said. “I’ve enjoyed finding applications for Frank Lloyd Wright’s timeless designs and prescient aesthetic on products that further the mission of the Foundation and Wright’s legacy.”





Frank Lloyd Wright licensed products embody the vision of America’s greatest architect.

Frank Lloyd Wright products represent refined style, through the expression of the integral relationships between the natural and the man-made, and between material and design. Whether a reproduction of his original work, or new works that are derived from Wright’s timeless ideas, designs, and architecture, all products licensed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation further the Foundation’s mission to make his work accessible to the public worldwide.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation licenses Wright’s intellectual property to make it more than just historical work. Our goal is to bring it to life through licensing partnerships that make his work accessible to all, to allow design enthusiasts to develop an intimate relationship with his designs and ideas; and to advance the way we build and live through those ideas.

Revenues from our licensing program are invested into the preservation of his two homes, Taliesin (WI) and Taliesin West (AZ), which are open to the public as cultural landmarks and centers for art and education. Revenues also support Foundation education programs that make Wright’s legacy available to K12 students around the U.S., educating students in science, technology, engineering, art, and math.