Verneda Adele White is the Founder and Creative Director of HUMAN INTONATION, the premium, charity-driven apparel brand dedicated to raising awareness while donating 20% of each sale to pertinent social & human rights issues.
Following her family’s personal experience with the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and the loss of her closest cousin and best friend to AIDS, Verneda began designing men and women’s graphic tees, tank tops, and dresses made from her own original patterns, using organic materials, to draw attention to re-building efforts in the Gulf Coast. Her national platform of using fashion for social change, related community events, and speaking engagements has since extended to education for children in Darfur, rebuilding Haiti, and the brand’s primary focus on HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, and treatment. Verneda has received support from the likes of Usher Raymond, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Wyclef Jean, and Hydeia Broadbent, in addition to lifestyle mogul B. Smith who wore her own Human Intonation tee during a cooking segment on The Wendy Williams Show. Human Intonation has been covered by VH1, the Black AIDS Institute, NV Magazine, Black Enterprise, AOL, and Uptown Magazine, while most recently Verneda was tapped by The AIDS Institute to co-lead Gov. Andrew Cuomo's state-wide initiative to end HIV/AIDS in the borough of Brooklyn. Verneda is also a contributing writer for the Huffington Post, and the recipient of the Daily Points of Light Award from President George H.W. Bush for her innovation in service.
In addition to her work as a Social Entrepreneur, Verneda continues to be on the pulse of the fashion marketing, events, and brand management industries as an independent Consultant, Event Director. Having graduated from EBS London, Verneda finished first in her International Business program earning a Masters of Business Administration with Distinction. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and an alumnus of Cornell University where she completed a B.S. Textile and Apparel Management, and was awarded the honor of College of Human Ecology Outstanding Student. Verneda has lived in London, UK, and Hong Kong, CH since graduating from Cornell and now resides in New York City.