Applauding Next-Wave Leaders
The Top Talent Awards celebrates the next wave of exceptional, innovative beauty leaders.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Top Talent Awards
2014 CEW's Beauty's Top Talent Awards
At the first annual Beauty's Top Talent Awards, CEW will honor four future leaders who are making their mark on the beauty industry. Selected by CEW Board Members, these Honorees will be recognized for their impressive performance, leadership potential, and the impact they're making on their companies and the industry.
Sales Director Perfumery,
Balvinder Adat (we know her as Bal) is a dedicated, passionate, and accomplished fragrance sales executive at Firmenich. Born in England as the eldest of 6 children, Bal graduated from Kingston University with a Bachelors Degree in Applied Chemistry.
Bal started her career as a Product Development Chemist at the SCJohnson Research & Development Center in Egham, UK. After 10 years, she joined Firmenich in London, as the very first Project Manager, leading the team responsible for coordinating all internal sales activities at the Firmenich London office.
In September 2003, Bal and her husband embraced an opportunity to move to the United States. After a 6-month sabbatical, helping her two young boys acclimate into their new environment, Bal returned to Firmenich as a Project Manager.
Bal’s previous successes in project management proved invaluable to the US Firmenich team. Bal was promoted to an Account Manager and now manages several key North American clients for the Body Home Care Perfumery Division.
Another noteworthy mention is Bal's involvement in SEEK (Summer Engineering Experience for Kids), a sister program of STEM. The SEEK Program utilizes a hands-on design curriculum supplied by various educational curriculum companies and Cooperate Sponsors for children in grades 3rd through 8th. Bal was pivotal in coordinating the Fragrance Experience Program for SEEK in Jackson, Mississippi, where over 300 teenage girls had the opportunity to learn about all aspects of the Fragrance industry. Many of these young women are now extremely interested in pursuing careers in the science of Chemistry, Technology, Perfumery and even Mathematics – for those who want to count the money!
Bal is married to Sevi Adat, and has two very handsome teenagers Rizwaan and Imraan. They are here celebrating with her today. Bal lives in Plainsboro, New Jersery, where she is an active member of the local community. Bal is the committee chair for the Plainsboro Scout Troop 168, a committee that facilitates events and activities for the Boys Scouts of America.
Last, but not least, Bal's hobbies include yoga and traveling with her family. On most weekends she is up bright and early and practicing downward dogs and sun salutations at her local fitness center.
Marketing Director, Unilever,
Jen Daly is Senior Brand Manager at Unilever responsible for the TRESemmé brand in the U.S., the country’s #1 Styling brand and #3 Hair Care brand. Prior to her role in the Hair Care category; Jen managed the Female Deodorants portfolio for Unilever, managing the Dove, Degree for Women and Suave brands; as well, she was responsible for launching the Dove Men Deodorant brand. Her first role in Personal Care was managing the Face Care category, with responsibility for Dove and Pond’s. Jen describes herself as hair-obsessed and uses approximately 10 hair products a day to tame her mane, which she describes as critical to managing her own personal brand – “the bigger, the better.”
Besides being a beauty professional, Jen is also a foodie. Prior to managing brands in Unilever’s Personal Care categories over the past 6 years, she worked on the company's Bertolli Frozen Dinners and Knorr Side Dishes brands for 2 years. Prior to joining Unilever in 2006, Jen was at Kraft Foods Inc., working on the iconic JELL-O brand.
Jen started her career at McCann-Erickson Worldwide in New York in Media Planning working on L’Oreal and Reckitt Benckiser brands, as well as brands in the fast food and financial services categories. Jen’s passion for media and pop culture continues to be one of her hallmarks. After leaving McCann-Erickson as a Media Planner, Jen joined New York-based agency Organic, Inc., working on Digital and E-commerce Strategy for established brands and Business Plan Development for start-ups.
Ms. Daly graduated from Cornell University where she earned a Bachelors Degree in English and Spanish; she was a four-time women’s soccer All-Ivy selection and was inducted into the Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing and International Business from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Vice President National Accounts,
Jennifer Harbin is an eighteen year veteran of the luxury cosmetic, skincare and fragrance industry. In June 1999, Ms. Harbin joined Christian Dior Perfumes LLC. as an Account Executive covering the New York Metro region. In 2006, she was promoted to Regional Sales Director Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. This past January she was promoted to Senior Regional Sales Director Northeast, broadening her current region and responsibilities.
Ms. Harbin first realized her passion for the Cosmetics and Fragrance industry after reading an article in Glamour Magazine during her first year in College, entitled Women of the Cosmetics Industry which introduced the new Bachelor of Science program dedicated to Cosmetics, Fragrances and Toiletries at The Fashion Institute of Technology. Ms. Harbin then decided to enroll and graduated from the program Cum Laude in 1994.
In 1991, while attending FIT, she worked part time at Macy*s on Long Island as a Beauty Advisor for Estee Lauder, learning the most important aspect of this industry ~ the customer.
Having found her passion in the Field Sales end of the Cosmetics and Fragrance Industry, Ms. Harbin continued her quest for growth by becoming a Counter Manager for Estee Lauder learning how to successfully grow and develop a team. This then led to her becoming an Account Coordinator for Estee Lauder and Macy*s in 1996. .
Jennifer Harbin resides in Long Island with her husband and two young children. Annalyn aged 10 and Samantha aged 6.
Executive Director of North America Advertising, Estée Lauder,
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
For the past eight years, Colleen has been the Executive Director of Advertising for Estée Lauder North America. She is responsible for all advertising initiatives for the brand including national and regional print, broadcast and, importantly, Colleen has led the brand into the digital age.
She has worked on all of Estee Lauder’s first digital advertising efforts and collaborated through internal and external agency resources to bring many first to market innovative programs to life including partnership with Apple to do the first ever Beauty iad campaign. This campaign was highlighted by L2 when awarding Estee Lauder Genius Rank for Digital IQ in 2012.
Colleen has led agency integration efforts for the Estée Lauder brand and become the resource for best practices across multiple disciplines under her areas of responsibility. She is a true team player and creative collaborator. She’s also a caring leader and mentor.
Colleen has been with Estee Lauder for over 15 years, promoted through the ranks beginning as an Assistant Manager in the retail store and spa division during the opening of the Estée Lauder flagship store in Manhasset. She ran operations and marketing development of spa programs for 11 locations in the U.S. and Canada. In 2002 She moved over to the Sales and Marketing Strategy team working on retailer specific co-op initiatives and then eventually folding in all national advertising efforts for the brand in North America.
Colleen also finds time to give back to the community. An inspiring example of strength after Hurricane Sandy where her neighborhood in Long beach was devastated, Colleen spearheaded efforts just a few months later for an initiative called Backpacks for Hope to collect goods for those people who had been fully displaced by the tornados in Oklahoma. She mobilized friends as well as the publishing community for support.
Colleen attended the prestigious Bronx High School of Science, and graduated from The State University of New York at Geneseo with a degree in Psychology and minor in Criminal Justice.
Often more comfortable in the water than on land, Colleen began swimming competitively at the age of 5 and swam throughout high school and college. In her athletic career she garnered multiple MVP titles, and set a NYC record.
Born and raised in Queens, Colleen now lives in Long Beach, NY with her husband Michael and their two young children, Ryan (3) and Cate (2). When she can find the time between work and family, she participates in short Triathlons and competitive races to stay in shape and fulfill her competitive spirit.
8:00AM: Networking Reception
8:30 – 9:30 AM: Seated Breakfast and Awards Program
300 West 57th Street 44th Floor
New York NY, 10019
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