NEW YORK — Parents were the accessories to have at the 2004 Cosmetic Executive Women Achiever Awards luncheon on Oct. 29. Though the eight women came from various backgrounds in the cosmetics industry, nearly all of them attributed at least some of their success to their parents.

The honorees included Dale (Cameron) Crichton, executive vice president of cosmetics for Nordstrom; Deborah Fine, president of Avon Future; Karen Fondu, president of Maybelline New York-Garnier, U.S.; Karyn Khoury, senior vice president of corporate fragrance development worldwide for The Estée Lauder Cos.; Laura Mercier, makeup artist and creator of Laura Mercier Cosmetics; Janet Gurwitch, founder and chief executive officer of Laura Mercier Cosmetics; Betsy Schmalz, executive vice president, creative, technical innovations at Bath & Body Works, and Essie Weingarten, president of Essie Cosmetics.

— Kristin Finn

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