October 12, 2016
Shannon Curtin: The Power of CEW Membership
As part of CEW’s campaign that features beauty
executives who are also members, Shannon Curtin is next in line. Here,
Shannon, Senior Vice President, Consumer Beauty, Coty Inc., talks with CEW
Beauty Insider about some of the things she’s learned during her vast career in
beauty, as well as how being a part of CEW has developed her career path.
Insider: When you joined CEW, do you recall your main motivation for joining?
Yes, absolutely. I heard about the organization through a
friend of mine. She shared the great networking opportunities at the events and
how the organization was focused on people in the beauty industry. Once I
become a member, I realized the benefit of networking and sharing immediately.
BI: How has being
a CEW member helped you with your career?
most explicit way was when I was in transition [after Walgreens] into the next phase of my
career. I received numerous calls, emails, texts and other forms of attention
from the organization. My network grew even stronger as I was exploring new
opportunities and creating my own beauty consulting firm. After I made the
decision to become a leader in the new Coty organization, my network grew
another 25 percent. I personally felt the power of the membership every step of
the best thing about being a CEW member that others probably don’t know about?
very fortunate to be a board member of CEW; enjoying a common purpose between
my peer set is very rewarding. We know how impactful CEW has been in our careers
and we want to ensure that every member has the opportunity to utilize the
offerings to enhance his or her career. We are competitors outside the walls of
the board room, however while in the board room we are focused on how we can
continue to enrich the organization for every member. We have a relentless
focus of making every connection better, the information shared more meaningful
and finding ways that will continue to build the benefits for our members.
talk about some of the key leadership strategies you learned while working at
two of the largest retailers, Walmart and Walgreens?
The first would be to stay focused, even throughout the
chaos. The second would be that insanely great people make the positive
difference on the P&L.
BI: How does your experience as a retailer lend itself to
being on the other end (the manufacturer side)?
I understand the challenges with execution, labor,
traffic, timelines and the power of partnership.
BI: What is one of your most proud work accomplishments?
Being able to balance! Balance between being a mom of
two small children, a wife to my wonderful husband, a caring family member and
friend to many. Let’s face it, we work A LOT so when I am not physically at
work, I fully enjoy the other part of my life. I have been so fortunate to have
received many awards and accolades throughout my career but nothing compares to
hearing, “Momma, you’re the best”. I tell my friends you can have it all, it may
not be all at the same time, stay focused on what matters most in life and
work, that way you can make the most of both.
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