Funktional Footwear Founders on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Susie Levitt and Katie Shea are partners and co-founders of Funktional Footwear, an up and coming women's lifestyle company that specializes in portable, rollable back up shoes.  Products include CitySlips, AfterSoles, and the company's newest product, CityFlips.

Levitt and Shea founded the company while still in their senior year at New York University.  Since the company's inception in September 2009, it has surpassed the $1 million sales mark with products sold in more than 2000 retail locations, including Neiman Marcus, Dillard's, Torrid, Mandee, and Bed Bath & Beyond.

Levitt's other work experience includes an internship at Smith Barney/CitiGroup in 2008.  In addition, she is actively involved with numerous organizations, including the Delta Phi Epsilon Mentoring Group and Gold Alumni Association as VP of Community Service.   She is also a member of the Entrepreneurial Exchange Group. A 2009 graduate of New York University's College of Arts and Science, Levitt holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics.

Prior to this, Shea had been a co-owner of (an e-commerce t-shirt company), the founder/owner of GadgetSleeves (an accessories company specializing in customizable cases for portable electronics), and a project manager at Mineola Signs & Awnings (

Actively involved in numerous business and industry groups on campus, Shea was Co-President of the Entrepreneurial Exchange Group. She was a founding member of the Kairos Society and a New York State Ambassador and partner for EntrepreneurshipWeekUSA.

Shea is a 2009 graduate of New York University's Stern School of Business where she received a Bachelor of Science in Finance & Marketing, with a specialization in Entrepreneurship.

Levitt and Shea also took fifth place out of 1,000 contestants for the 2009 Newpreneur of the Year - a business plan competition sponsored by Inc magazine and Alibaba on using the recession as a catalyst to launch a business.

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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