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CEW's 2013 Achiever Awards

By: Nancy Jeffries
Posted: October 23, 2013
CEW 2013 Achiever Award Winners

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.

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In remaining a good leader, Goldin advised, “Stay a little hungry and dissatisfied. Complacency can kill success; and, remember, you can’t do it alone. I’m lucky to have a fiercely intelligent and beautiful team at Revlon, and their focus and trust inspires me every day.”

Key characteristics emerged as a thread among this year’s honorees, with empathy and collegiality strong among them. David Greenberg, president, Maybelline, zeroed in on the essence of outstanding leadership in any industry, in his introduction of Carolyn Holba, senior vice president of marketing, Maybelline New York, Garnier USA and  Essie Nail Polish. “Achievers in any industry are those few who inspire the rest of us. They raise the bar high; they keep it there. After working in Ford Motor Company, Carolyn Holba found her way to beauty. Because she so deeply understands people, she developed razor sharp insights that—combined with empathy, integrity and support for her colleagues—have contributed to her success today,” he said.

Holba said, “I love getting up and going to work everyday. My failures have made me a better person. If you are true to who you are, you accomplish wonderful things in your career.” She also thanked her teams at Maybelline, Garnier and Essie, and thanked CEW, describing the organization as unique in its ability to foster the goals of women in the industry. “The journey is filled with thrills and chills, and I’m lucky to come from a very good place, with parents who taught me the power of dreams and working for what you want to be. My father told me I could be whatever I wanted to be and to never underestimate the power of possibilities.”

She concluded, saying, “Any obstacle can be overcome. What you say and do really matters to people, and your team has expectations of you. That giving and teaching is what I try to do every day. I have the privilege of working with and mentoring my team. It’s important to remember, it’s not the load that you carry along, it’s how you carry it. Never lose sight of what you can be.”

Lynn Greene, group president, The Estée Lauder Companies, presented the Achiever Award to Agnes Landau, senior vice president, global marketing, Clinique, citing Landau as a collaborator with a combination of “humanity, spirit, style and elegance.” In accepting the award, Landau noted the incredible support The Estée Lauder Companies had provided for her as she balanced career and family, and discussed the role of family in shaping her career.