While it may be turning 60, Cosmetic Executive Women is looking to get younger every year.
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In April, CEW started recognizing the cosmetics industry’s younger players by adding another annual leadership award. Called Beauty’s Top Talent Awards, the accolades spotlight emerging executives making their mark on the industry.
“We asked every board member to identify one person they felt should be recognized for their contributions to their company,” said Carlotta Jacobson, CEW’s president. “It exposed us to another level of people in the industry we weren’t aware of.”
For the debut awards ceremony, CEW selected 31-year-old Katia Beauchamp, cofounder and co-chief executive officer of Birchbox, as its keynote speaker.
“Get comfortable with uncertainty,’’ she advised. “We knew very little about the industry when we started and instead of trying to understand everything, we drove forward.”
Selected by the CEW board of governors, the four honorees included Bal Adat, account manager of perfumery at Firmenich; Jen Daly, senior brand manager at TRESemmé; Jennifer Harbin, senior regional sales director Northeast/Mid-Atlantic at Christian Dior Perfumes LLC, and Colleen Scanlon, executive director of North America advertising at the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. The award recipients, who all had a minimum of eight years of industry experience, received grants for the executive leadership training program from the American Association of University Women. They were chosen based on their business performance and expertise, leadership skills, drive for success and the impact they have on their companies.
Jacobson concluded, “The only way to keep [CEW] growing is by capturing young executives and entry-level professionals and let them know about what we do.”