The 2007 recipients of the award were: Pamela Baxter, president and CEO, LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics, North America; Thia Breen, president, Estée Lauder Worldwide; Virginia C. Drosos, president, global personal beauty, P&G Beauty; Helena Foulkes, senior vice president, marketing and operation services, CVS/pharmacy; and Candace Matthews, president, SoftSheen-Carson.
While each honoree had entered the industry in a different manner, bringing unique experiences and academic backgrounds, there was a common thread among them. Each cited the need to love the industry and to be passionate about what one does. Baxter, recently named president of Dior Couture, began her career at the counter, went to Charles of the Ritz and then Borghese. She said, “If someone offers you a scary job, take it and go for it.” This message was reiterated by each of the honorees. Drosos urged those on their career path to, “Stay curious. It’s all about building and moving ahead, and [rethinking] what you’re doing if you don’t feel passion for it.”
Achiever Award sponsors included Meredith Publishing, IFF, CareerPeeks, Arcade Marketing, CGroup, Mana, Wachovia, WWD Beauty Biz, The Royal Promotion Group, Ulta Beauty, Nielsen, Marina Maher Communications, L’Avion, Suite K, KMM-Kay Multimedia Inc., Vidicom and Digital Plus.