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Elevating Black Women: The Urgency for Diversity in the Beauty Industry

CEW’s Diversity & Inclusion Forum featured thought-leaders, visionaries and industry experts who shared best practices and insights to guide our collective journey towards a more inclusive industry.

Results from an industry-wide survey developed by our Task Force*, provided a first look at how we can all drive action towards representation and advancement of Black women in beauty, and steps we can take together to build a more equitable future for all.

In an effort to make the valuable information that was shared at this Forum accessible to all, you may watch the recorded event for FREE, thanks to the generous support of our Impact Partners.

The program content provided insights and action plans for the industry as we advance towards a more equitable future for Black women in beauty.

Topics At-A-Glance

Setting the Stage: Task Force Role

Erica Culpepper
General Manager - Carol's Daughter & SoftSheen-Carson
L’Oréal, Task Force Chair

Keynote

Rosalind Brewer
CEO
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.
In Conversation With
Esi Eggleston Bracey
Chief Operating Officer, EVP Beauty & Personal Care
Unilever North America

Research Results

Tiyale Hayes
SVP of Brand Strategy & Marketing, BET Networks
CEO, Modulize

Beyond the Business Case for Workplace Diversity

Creating a Pipeline for Workplace Diversity & Inclusion

Porter Braswell
CEO and co-founder
Jopwell
In Conversation With
Nancy Twine
Founder & CEO
Briogeo Hair Care

Black Women Leaders: Navigating the Intersection of Gender and Race

Stella M. Nkomo
Strategic Professor, Department of Human Resource Management
University of Pretoria
Ella Bell Smith
Professor
Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
Moderator
Stephanie J. Creary, PhD
Organizational Scholar
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Panel Discussion: Journeys in Corporate America

Susan Akkad
Senior Vice President, Local & Cultural Innovation
The Estée Lauder Companies
Karen Chambers
Executive VP
Impala, Inc./ IMAN Cosmetics
Erica Culpepper
General Manager - Carol's Daughter & SoftSheen-Carson
L’Oréal, Task Force Chair
Sarah Curtis Henry
SVP Sales and Omnichannel Retail
Parfums Christian Dior
Ajaa Long
Head of Global Beauty and Luxury
Facebook
Moderator
Kendra Speed
Principal
KNS Consulting, LLC

The Importance of Black CMOs

Jerri DeVard
Founder
Black Executive CMO Alliance (BECA),
In Conversation With
Karen Chambers
Executive VP
Impala, Inc./ IMAN Cosmetics

Closing

Esi Eggleston Bracey
Chief Operating Officer, EVP Beauty & Personal Care
Unilever North America

Keynote Speaker

Rosalind Brewer
CEO
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

Speakers

Porter Braswell
CEO and co-founder
Jopwell
Kendra Speed
Principal
KNS Consulting, LLC
Karen Chambers
Executive VP
Impala, Inc./ IMAN Cosmetics
Stephanie J. Creary, PhD
Organizational Scholar
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Erica Culpepper
General Manager - Carol's Daughter & SoftSheen-Carson
L’Oréal, Task Force Chair
Sarah Curtis Henry
SVP Sales and Omnichannel Retail
Parfums Christian Dior
Jerri DeVard
Founder
Black Executive CMO Alliance (BECA),
Esi Eggleston Bracey
Chief Operating Officer, EVP Beauty & Personal Care
Unilever North America
Tiyale Hayes
SVP of Brand Strategy & Marketing, BET Networks
CEO, Modulize
Ajaa Long
Head of Global Beauty and Luxury
Facebook
Stella M. Nkomo
Strategic Professor, Department of Human Resource Management
University of Pretoria
Nancy Twine
Founder & CEO
Briogeo Hair Care

IMPACT PARTNERS

*Task Force on Advancing Black Women
  • Susan Akkad, SVP, Local & Cultural Innovation, The Estée Lauder Companies
  • Esi Eggleston Bracey, COO, EVP, Beauty & Personal Care, Unilever North America
  • Karen Chambers, EVP, Impala, Inc./ IMAN Cosmetics
  • Erica Culpepper, General Manager, Carol’s Daughter – SoftSheen Carson, L’Oréal, Task Force Chair
  • Sarah Curtis Henry, SVP Sales and Omnichannel Retail, Parfums Christian Dior
  • Carlotta Jacobson, President, CEW, Inc
  • Liz Kaplow, Founder & CEO, Kaplow Communications
  • Ajaa Long, Head of Global Beauty & Luxury, Facebook
  • Stephanie Davis Michaelman
  • Jill Scalamandre, President, bareMinerals, Buxom (Shiseido), and Chairwoman, CEW
  • Nancy Twine, Founder and CEO, Briogeo Hair Care
  • Kelly Vanasse, VP, Communications, P&G Global Business Units, P&G Beauty
  • JuE Wong, CEO, Olaplex

*Statistic is from the 2021 CEW industry-wide survey on Diversity and Inclusion in Beauty.