There was barely a dry eye in the house at the 2010 CEWAchiever Awards, during which P&G’s Alex Keith, Clinique’sJanet Pardo, Mark’s Claudia Poccia, Lisa Price of Carol’sDaughter and Coty’s Lori Singer were honored, along withJohnson & Johnson, which received the first Corporate Empowerment for Women Award. Introduced by Gina Drososas an “engineering genius who traded her pocket protector fora pair of stilettos,” Keith noted that her two passions in life—beauty and running—are quite similar. “Competition makesyou better,” she said, “but winning is fun.” Pardo quoted fromKahlil Gibran’s The Prophet during her speech, noting that“love is work made visible,” while Poccia, who was introducedby 22-year-old Mark rep Ashlee Thomas, advised attendees tofollow their passions and to always be present in the moment.Price, who started her business in her kitchen, thanked herhusband for his support, laughingly noting, “We’ve come along way from you making deliveries on your Rollerblades.”Singer singled out her family, too, and her co-workers. “Youmust make your own destiny and embrace change,” she said.A few days later, the Fragrance Foundationbestowed its Circle of Champions Awardon Estée Lauder’s Thia Breen. Rather thana traditional (read stuffy) awards bestowal,the Foundation roasted Breen, led by DonLoftus, president and ceo of P&G Prestige,and concluded with a specially writtensong he penned that was performedby Laurie Dowley. Breen sat off tothe side of the stage, laughingas hard as the audience andnoting as she accepted theaward, “I am truly honoredto be recognized by my peersin such a memorable andpersonal manner.”

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