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Women’s Leadership Awards

Celebrating the Brightest Minds in Beauty

Live Event: October 21st and 22nd

On October 21st and 22nd, over 1,000 members of the beauty industry attended The Women’s Leadership Awards for a 2-day, afternoon celebration of women and achievement and to recognize the 2020 Achiever and Top Talent honorees. CEW also revealed the Indie26 – 26 outstanding Black female-founded beauty companies disrupting the beauty industry. In addition, the event featured thought leaders who shared valuable insights on topics related to women’s empowerment, equality, and excellence.

Attendees received access to all content, live sessions, networking, a virtual gift bag and access to the recorded event on-demand.  Plus, in November, attendees will receive the new Digital Journal that will contain  exclusive content on leadership, women’s achievement, a special section on WWD’s Jenny B. Fine and key learnings from the event.

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If you missed the event, a recorded version is available to purchase.

Achiever Awards Honorees

Maly Bernstein
Vice President, Beauty & Personal Care
Erica Culpepper
General Manager
L’Oréal Multi-Cultural Beauty
Elana Drell-Szyfer
RéVive Skincare
Lilli Gordon
Lilli Gordon
Founder & CEO
First Aid Beauty
Jane Lauder
Executive Vice President, Enterprise Marketing and Chief Data Officer
The Estée Lauder Companies
Alexandra Papazian
Laura Mercier

Beauty Industry Champion

Jenny B. Fine
Executive Editor, Beauty
WWD and Beauty Inc.

Top Talent Awards Honorees

Vivianna Blanch
Vice President, Integrated Consumer Communications
L’Oréal Paris
Ophelia Ceradini
Vice President, Digital Technology and Innovation
The Estée Lauder Companies
Erum Chaudhry
Vice President, Marketing Beauty & Skincare
Christian Dior
Maris Croswell
Senior Director, Pantene North America
P&G Beauty
Chopin Rabin
Vice President, Global Integrated Communications
Nars Cosmetics
Maria Salcedo
Vice President, Merchandising & Strategy
Ulta Beauty
Usha Vijay
Vice President, Global Marketing Head, Consumer Fragrance
Janet Chan
Vice President of Brand
nugg beauty

Thought Leaders

Featured thought leaders, from both within and outside the industry, addressed topics related to women’s empowerment, equality, and excellence.

Mika Brzezinski
Co-Host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe
Founder of “Know Your Value”
Kristy Click
Senior Client Officer
Laura Gurski
Senior Managing Director, Consumer Goods Division
Fran Hauser
Startup Investor at Hauser Ventures, LLC.
Author of The Myth of the Nice Girl
Sarah Kunst
Managing Director
Cleo Capital
Sarah Willersdorf
Managing Director and Partner
The Boston Consulting Group
Shelley Zalis
The Female Quotient

Additional Speakers

Maya Allen
Beauty Director
Melissa Butler
Founder and CEO
The Lip Bar
Anne Carullo
Former SVP Global Product Development
The Estée Lauder Companies
Norman de Greve
Chief Marketing Officer
CVS Health
Mahisha Dellinger
Founder and CEO
Curls Beauty Brand
Jackie Fields
Senior Beauty Editor
Helena Foulkes
Former CEO
Hudson’s Bay Company
Richard D. Gersten
Founder and Managing Partner
True Beauty Capital
Janet Gurwitch
Operating Partner
Advent International
Taraji P. Henson
Founder and CEO
TPH by Taraji
Aerin Lauder
Founder and Creative Director; Style and Image Director
AERIN; Estée Lauder
Karen G. Mills
Senior Fellow
Harvard Business School
Marc Rey
Former CEO and Chief Growth Officer
Shiseido Americas
Frédéric Rozé
Executive Vice President, Americas Zone
Jennifer Tejada
CEO and Chairperson



1:00PM – Opening

  • Carlotta Jacobson, President, CEW
  • Jill Scalamandre, President, bareMinerals, Buxom and CEW Chairwoman
  • Maya Allen, Beauty Director, InStyle

1:10PM – Fireside Chat

  • Sarah Kunsty, Managing Director, Cleo Capital
  • Interviewed by Jill Scalamandre, President, bareMinerals, Buxom and CEW Chairwoman 

1:30PM –  Indie26 Honorees and Panel Discussion

  • Melissa Butler, Founder & CEO, The Lip Bar
  • Mahisha Dellinger, Founder & CEO, Curls Beauty Brand
  • Taraji P Henson, Founder & CEO, TPH by Taraji
  • Moderated by Andrea Nagel,  Vice President of Content, CEW

2:00PM – Networking Icebreaker

2:30PM – Honor and Recognize Achiever Award Honorees

  • Maly Bernstein, Vice President, Beauty & Personal Care, CVS
  • Erica Culpepper, General Manager, L’Oréal Multi-Cultural Beauty
  • Elana Drell-Szyfer, CEO, RéVive Skincare
  • Lilli Gordon, Founder & CEO, First Aid Beauty

3:25PM – Thought Leader Talk – Fran Hauser

  • Fran Hauser, Startup Investor at Hauser Ventures, LLC., Author of The Myth of the Nice Girl

3:35PM – Closing Remarks

  • Jill Scalamandre, President, bareMinerals, Buxom and CEW Chairwoman 

4:00PM – 5:00PM – Live Networking


1:00PM – Opening Remarks

  • Jill Scalamandre, President, bareMinerals, Buxom and CEW Chairwoman
  • Jackie Fields, Senior Beauty Editor at People

1:05PM – Thought Leader Talk – Laura Gurski

  • Laura Gurski, Senior Managing Director Consumer Goods Division, Accenture

1:15PM – Beauty Industry Champion 

  • Beauty Industry Champion: Jenny B. Fine, Executive Editor, Beauty, WWD and Beauty Inc.
  • Interviewed by Carlotta Jacobson, President, CEW 

1:30PM – Networking Break

1:50PM – Thought Leader Talk – Mika Brzezinski

  • Mika Brzezinksi, Co-Host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Founder of “Know Your Value”

2:00PM – Honor and Recognize Achiever Award Honorees

  • Jane Lauder, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Marketing and Chief Data Officer, The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc
  • Alexandra Papazian, President, Laura Mercier

2:25PM – Thought Leader Talk – Sarah Willersdorf

  • Sarah Willersdorf, Managing Director and Partner, The Boston Consulting Group

2:40PM – Icebreaker Networking

3:00PM – Thought Leader Talk – Shelly Zalis

  • Shelly Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient 

3:10PM – Honor and Recognize Top Talent Award Honorees

  • Introduction by Jill Scalamandre, President, bareMinerals, Buxom and CEW Chairwoman 
  • Award Presentation by Carlotta Jacobson, President, CEW
  • Vivianna Blanch, Vice President, Integrated Consumer Communications, L’Oréal Paris
  • Ophelia Ceradini, Vice President, Digital Technology and Innovation, ELC Online, Estée Lauder Companies
  • Erum Chaudhry, Vice President, Marketing Beauty & Skincare, Christian Dior
  • Maris Croswell, Senior Director, Pantene North America, P&G Beauty
  • Chopin Rabin, VP, Global Integrated Communications, Nars Cosmetics
  • Maria Salcedo, VP, Merchandising & Strategy, Ulta Beauty
  • Usha Vijay, VP, Global Marketing, Consumer Fragrance, Symrise
  • Janet Chan, VP of Brand, nugg beauty (Member-Nominated Honoree)

3:45PM – Thought Leader Talk – Kristy Click

  • Kristy Click, Senior Client Officer, Ipsos

4:00PM – Closing Remarks

  • Carlotta Jacobson, President, CEW

4:00PM – 5:00PM – Live Networking

Sample On-Demand Content

Stepping Up to Advance Racial Equality: Learnings for Beauty Leaders

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CEW’s Women Leadership Awards is a multi-day program supporting CEW’s mission of advancing all women, at all levels of the industry. It will incorporate the 2020 Achiever Award honorees, in addition to beauty’s rising talent: the Top Talent honorees. To align with this event, and support CEW’s mission, become a sponsor.

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