Adesso  President and CEO Peggy Traub passed away on Jan. 13, 2014, after a long and valiant battle with cancer.
Traub started Adesso with business partner, Lee Schaak, in 1994, and built a successful company in lighting and ready-to-assemble furniture.
In addition to being a recognized industry leader, Traub was big believer in the power and benefits of networking. In 1997, she co-founded WithIt, Women in the Home Industries Today, a national trade organization that serves the needs of professional women in the home furnishings industry. She was also a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization, the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Committee of 200 and the advisory board of KIDS (Kids in Distressed Situations).
Traub earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard and resided in Brooklyn Heights with her partner Phyllis Dicker. Together Traub and Dicker have sponsored the Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship for several years, which annually awards scholarship funds to worthy college students.
Funeral services will be held Jan. 14, 2014, 2:00pm, Plaza Jewish Memorial Chapel, 630 Amsterdam Ave. (at 91st Street), NY, NY 10024.