A feeling of female empowerment swept through CEW’s Annual Achievers Awards Luncheon, which recognized seven leaders in the beauty industry including Birchbox’s Katia Beauchamp, Marla Malcolm Beck of Bluemercury, the Estée Lauder Cos.’ Beth DiNardo, Vapor Communication’s Rachel Field, J&J’s Michelle Freyre and L’Oréal’s Sarah Hibberson. Alex Keith of P&G kicked things off with her keynote, encouraging attendees to “Take smart risks, identify the worst-case scenario and mitigate it.” Presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, Karen Fondu of L’Oréal Paris, passed on some wisdom she’s garnered during her 37-year career. “Enjoy the moment, embrace the good times and the bad. I started as a young 25-year-old woman who had a dream and it came true. I wish that for everyone because you are all so very worth it.”
Notable quotes from the Luncheon:
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“[Karen Fondu] has what it takes to succeed in this business: passion, charisma, empathy, generosity, a great warrior spirit. In each role that she took on, she always stretched and pushed herself. She always rose to the occasion.” —Frédéric Rozé, president and ceo, L’Oréal USA
“Let’s look up at that ceiling, that’s no glass ceiling. Let’s hope that when you look up next time there is no ceiling at all so that everyone in this room will be able to be president of anything.” —Leonard Lauder, chairman emeritus, The Estée Lauder Cos.
“We have a favorite saying in the Beck family: if it is both terrifying and amazing, you should definitely pursue it. It’s been a terrifying and amazing journey over the past 17 years in this glorious industry. I look forward to continuing it.” —Marla Malcolm Beck, ceo and cofounder, Bluemercury