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CEW Hosts 2011 Achiever Awards

By: Nancy Jeffries
Posted: October 24, 2011
CEW Achiever Award honorees Ouidad, Leslie Marino, Barbara Zinn-Moore, Gina Boswell and Lisa Hawkins

From left to right: Ouidad, Leslie Marino, Barbara Zinn-Moore, Gina Boswell and Lisa Hawkins

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Jacobson provided background for the Corporate Empowerment for Women (C.E.W.) Award saying, “Looking around the room, it doesn’t seem that women’s advancement is an issue, however, there is a big difference between knowing and doing something about women’s achievement and we can recognize those companies who contribute to advancement for women.” She cited P&G Beauty & Grooming, recipients of the award, as a company that has a long-standing commitment to celebrating women and all they bring to the workplace and the world, including leadership development opportunities, mentoring programs, flexible work/life options, and women’s employee resource groups.

Specifically, Jacobson acknowledged P&G for its Pantene Beautiful Lengths initiative, Clean Water programs, and Corporate Women’s Leadership Team, citing a 50% increase in women’s representation at the president level or above over the last 10 years, 46% of new management hires in the past five years have been women, and 42% of all P&G managers are women. Robert McDonald, president, CEO, P&G, accepted the award on behalf of the company, saying, “Our P&G beauty team is empowering women all over the world to look and feel their best while improving lives around the globe with programs and initiatives.”

Achievement Honorees

Jill Granoff, former CEO, Kenneth Cole Productions, presented the 2011 Achiever Award to Gina Boswell, executive vice president, Unilever Personal Care, North America. Prior to her current role, Boswell was president of global brands for Alberto Culver, until the company was acquired by Unilever earlier this year. In that position, she oversaw such global brands as Nexxus, VO5, Tresemmé, St. Ives and Noxzema, as well as marketing, research and development, package design and consumer insights. Her resume includes positions at Estée Lauder, Avon, and Ford Motor Company.

In her remarks, Boswell alluded to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s famous quote, saying, “‘There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women,’ and I’ve taken that advice and learned to pay it forward.” She emphasized the three P’s in her professional life, “Passion, polish, and patience,” saying they should be part of the cumulative set of experiences you have, adding that measuring your progress along the way helps you gain perspective, as well as a more appropriate respect for what it takes to cross the finish line.

Terry Darland, president, North America, Christian Dior Parfums, LLC, presented the award to Lisa Hawkins, senior vice president, marketing, education & events, North America, Christian Dior Beauty. Hawkins said that while working hard is key, “Success is a story of luck and love.” After 25 years in an industry that caters to women, she acknowledged the many people who encouraged, inspired and “sometimes dragged her down the road to success.” Hawkins affirmed, “Success is not about the individual, it’s about the outcome and the whole team.” With that, she thanked the “Dior divas (and divos)” for all their hard work. “Find your team and you will find success. I wish you all the luck and love in the world,” said Hawkins.