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2010 CEW Achiever Award Honorees: left to right, Carlotta Jacobson, president, CEW; Janet Pardo, senior vice president, global product development, Clinique; Claudia Poccia, global president, Mark, Avon Products, Inc.; Lori Singer, group vice president, global marketing, Coty Prestige; Alex Keith, vice president, P&G; Lisa Price, founder, Carol’s Daughter; Susan Sweet, general manager, Neutrogena, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Group of Companies (who accepted the Corporate Empowerment for Women, C.E.W., Award, on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc.); and Jeannine Shao Collins, chief innovation officer, Meredith 360, at the CEW Achievers Award luncheon.
On Oct. 1, 2010, Carlotta Jacobson, president, Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW), welcomed attendees to celebrate industry excellence at CEW’s 35th Annual Achiever Awards luncheon at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria. Jacobson, referring to the gender equality fostered in today’s beauty industry, announced that the time was right to welcome men into its membership, emphasizing that the industry is poised to deal with the changes brought about by the current economic environment, and confirming that, despite changes, “We’re still CEW.”
In addition, Jacobson noted that CEW, while supporting the achievements of this year’s women leaders, also acknowledged the contributions of companies supporting women in the industry. “We are delighted to also recognize Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. for actively helping women advance and achieve,” said Jacobson.
Gina Drosos, president, global personal beauty, P&G, introduced Alex Keith, vice president, P&G, as the “engineering and analytical genius” who helped create the Olay business with Olay Complete. “She consistently builds strong, creative teams, which shows in the exceptional businesses she creates,” said Drosos. Keith, who acknowledged the esteemed list of previous winners, compared her business philosophy with her passion for running. “My journey was fueled by so many mentors, and my running is a source of inner strength and confidence. These two passions, beauty and running, are intertwined,” said Keith, citing the most important lessons she has learned in her career, beginning with, “Challenge accepted boundaries.”
Regarding the kickoff of P&G’s men’s category with Men’s Body Wash, and later, with Secret Clinical Strength, Keith acknowledged the importance of her team. “For me, running partners are critical,” she said. In addition, Keith added, “Competition makes you greater. There’s always someone out there that can inspire you in the world of beauty, and, finally, you’ve got to pay it forward,” noted Keith—who currently works with a teen running program in Cincinnati, which helps build girls’ confidence through sports.
Lynne Greene, global brand president, Clinique, The Estée Lauder Companies, presented the Achiever Award to Janet Pardo, senior vice president, global product development, Clinique, and characterized Pardo as creative, smart, collaborative, tenacious, tough and loyal to a family that anchors her. Pardo acknowledged her honor with a quote from Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, “When you work with love, you bind yourself to yourself,” she said, thanking William Lauder, Jane Lauder, Lynne Greene and Fabrizio Freda for their encouragement and guidance. “If you are not happy with what you do, find what nurtures your passion. Find what you love to do, and it will never feel like work,” she said.