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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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Carol Hamilton, president, luxury products division, L’Oréal USA, presented the award to Leslie Marino, general manager, Kérastase & Shu Uemura Art of Hair, L’Oréal USA. Hamilton characterized Marino as “a woman who possesses incredible positive optimism and loves L’Oréal.” Hamilton said, “Leslie Marino has vision. Vision to identify the leadership potential of Acqua di Gio, vision to nurture Ralph Lauren’s American Dream, and vision to develop an outstanding team.” Marino, who now manages hair and nails, including Kérastase, Shu Uemura, and Essie, at L’Oréal, said, “The work/life balance for women is extremely challenging and emotional and I’m very happy to work for a company that has adopted extremely progressive views for working women. I am now in a position to work to enable women to work and not have to choose between work and family. It is our collective responsibility to close the gap and our work is not done.” Marino said she believes in honing in on the work that really matters and mentally shelving what doesn’t, saying, “You must always fight to concentrate on the important tasks at hand and forget the rest. That’s what I tell myself, and the people who work for me, every single day. What are the things that are going to change your business? What are the things that will move the needle? Ask yourself these key questions at the beginning of each day.”

Liz Rodbell, executive vice president, merchandising, Lord & Taylor, presented the award to Barbara Zinn-Moore, senior vice president, general merchandise manager, cosmetics & home, Lord & Taylor. Rodbell credited Zinn-Moore with the ability to motivate people with encouragement and support, and characterized her as a leader who always acts with the best interests of Lord & Taylor. “She oversaw the complete transformation of the cosmetics floor of Lord & Taylor,” said Rodbell, “and has the drive to make the business the best it can be.”

Zinn-Moore, whose career in retail began at A&S in Brooklyn, and later moved to Bamberger’s, Macy’s and for the past decade has been with Lord & Taylor, thanked the board and fellow honorees for the honor, and citing Confucius, said, “Choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”

Information about the CEW(UK) 2011 Achiever Award is available here.