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The 2013 CEW Achiever Award winners, from left, Carolyn Holba of Maybelline New York, Garnier USA & Essie Nail Polish; Claudia Lucas, director merchandising, beauty, QVC; Julia Goldin, global chief marketing officer, Revlon; Karen Dubin, founder and director, Sniffapalooza; Agnes Landau, senior vice president, global marketing, Clinique; and Karen Buglisi-Weiler, global brand president, MAC.
On Friday, October 18, 2013, CEW celebrated its annual tribute to beauty industry honorees, with its CEW Achiever Awards luncheon. Held at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria, the event recognizes the achievements of industry leaders who have raised the bar in beauty, cosmetics and personal care.
Sheri McCoy, CEO, Avon Products, Inc., gave the keynote presentation, emphasizing the role the honorees play in paving the way for tomorrow’s leaders. “Leadership is both a science and an art,” she said, noting the importance of understanding what consumers want, knowing people, and knowing what motivates people. “Leadership is not only about our achievements today, it’s about knowing that what we’re doing now can impact those sitting in the room today so that they can be up here five years from today.”
CEW president Carlotta Jacobson introduced the Corporate Empowerment for Women Award to Unilever, citing Unilever as a company that works to enable women’s development as female executives through mentoring, respecting career/family balance and by introducing such positive campaigns as the Dove initiative, empowering women to reach their full potential.
Gina Boswell, executive vice president Unilever, personal care NA, accepted the award on Unilever’s behalf, noting that Unilever continues to “recognize the importance of gender balance, with a 50/50 gender balance across all levels in the company.” Ashley Boyce, associate brand manager, Unilever personal care NA, acknowledged Unilever’s ability to make her “a more conscious global citizen,” as she worked with “a group of strong, smart professionals in a company that encourages individuals to bring their whole selves to work.”
Jill Scalamandre, senior vice president, Philosophy, Coty Prestige Skin Care, Coty Inc., and chairwoman, CEW Board, introduced the Great Idea Award for Fragrance Innovation, welcoming Nicholas Mirzayantz, group president, IFF, Inc., who presented the award to Karen Dubin, founder and director, Sniffapalooza. Mirzayantz noted Dubin is a lifelong fragrance lover who created Sniffapalooza for fragrance enthusiasts to celebrate fragrance as an art. “Today, Karen Dubin is reaching a half million people, from aged 8 to 92, a significant demographic,” he said.