GIRL POWER: Thia Breen, president of North America for the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., was honored Monday night at the 27th annual Women’s Project Theater’s Women of Achievement Awards, hosted by Cindy Adams. The event, held at the Copacabana, also recognized Liz Duffy Adams, Barbara Goldsmith and Cornelia Guest. Adams, wearing a sequin-bedecked two-piece Valentino suit, opened the evening. “I’m delighted to be here,” she said. “As delighted as I can be without getting paid.”

Breen, who was presented with the award by Clinique’s global brand president, Lynne Greene, acknowledged “visionary force,” the late Mrs. Estée Lauder, as a constant source of inspiration throughout her career. “Women’s voices must be heard,” proclaimed Breen, who also saluted her company for supporting women’s rights.

This story first appeared in the March 7, 2012 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Among the night’s attendees were Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Nora Ephron and Julie Crosby, who were also presenters; former Gov. David Patterson; Mica Ertegun; Henry Buhl, and Muriel Gonzalez.

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