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CEW's 2013 Achiever Awards
By: Nancy Jeffries
Posted: October 23, 2013
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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“Many careers are made not only because of talent but because of mentoring,” said Landau, adding that she pursued her MBA and her career with enthusiasm. Landau credited Lynn Greene and Fabrizio Freda, CEO, The Estéé Lauder Companies, who she acknowledged as “the ultimate teachers,” with providing guidance in her career. “Organizations that mentor, teach, inspire and care are truly unique; that is the spirit of the Lauder Companies and the Lauder family. Because I have been blessed with so many great mentors, it is my duty to be a mentor to my Clinique team.”
Mally Roncal, president, Mally Beauty, introduced Claudia Lucas, director merchandising, beauty, QVC, with an unbridled look at the honoree’s talent and humanity. “Claudia’s honesty comes from the love she has for her customers. She is a visionary, a leader and a soldier, and QVC is all the better to have her,” said Roncal. In a video tribute, Laura Geller, founder of Laura Geller Beauty, concurred, saying, “Claudia knows how to set you up for success.”
Lucas, acknowledging the honor philosophically, said, “I moved from London to New York 10 years ago, and I realized I had a big learning curve ahead of me. I learned the importance of always remembering to focus on your customer. A career is broken up into many chapters, and as your career includes a family, it also makes you a great multi-tasker, and ultimately made me a better leader.” Lucas acknowledged the contributions of her team, her daughter and the CEW organization, which she credited as “wonderful resource for women and men.”
At the conclusion of the luncheon, Jill Scalamandre announced the CEW and QVC collaboration, Beauty with Benefits, raised $988,000 in just two hours to benefit CEW Foundation’s Cancer and Careers organization. She thanked all the brands and QVC for the successful collaboration.
Event sponsors included InStyle, IFF, Arcade Marketing, BeautyInc, Poise, DSM, Laura Mercier, Ulta, Walgreens, Wells Fargo, Manpower Group, Beauty Gotham, Publicis Kaplan Theater, Philosophy, Laura Geller, Martin Kartin and Company, WWD, Digital Therapy, Suite K, Consultancy Media, and Kaplow Communications.