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There was barely a dry eye in the house at the 2010 CEW Achiever Awards, during which P&G’s Alex Keith, Clinique’s Janet Pardo, Mark’s Claudia Poccia, Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter and Coty’s Lori Singer were honored, along with Johnson & Johnson, which received the ﬁrst Corporate Empowerment for Women Award. Introduced by Gina Drosos as an “engineering genius who traded her pocket protector for a pair of stilettos,” Keith noted that her two passions in life—beauty and running—are quite similar. “Competition makes you better,” she said, “but winning is fun.” Pardo quoted from Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet during her speech, noting that “love is work made visible,” while Poccia, who was introduced by 22-year-old Mark rep Ashlee Thomas, advised attendees to follow their passions and to always be present in the moment. Price, who started her business in her kitchen, thanked her husband for his support, laughingly noting, “We’ve come a long way from you making deliveries on your Rollerblades.” Singer singled out her family, too, and her co-workers. “You must make your own destiny and embrace change,” she said. A few days later, the Fragrance Foundation bestowed its Circle of Champions Award on Estée Lauder’s Thia Breen. Rather than a traditional (read stuffy) awards bestowal, the Foundation roasted Breen, led by Don Loftus, president and ceo of P&G Prestige, and concluded with a specially written song he penned that was performed by Laurie Dowley. Breen sat off to the side of the stage, laughing as hard as the audience and noting as she accepted the award, “I am truly honored to be recognized by my peers in such a memorable and personal manner.”
This story first appeared in the November 12, 2010 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.