The CEW Achiever Awards is a huge inspirational event in the beauty industry. CEW annually honors successful women in the industry who have risen to executive positions at their respective companies in sales, marketing, and/or product development.
One of the most inspirational aspects of these events is hearing the stories of these women. We all know that success does not happen overnight. It takes hard work, dedication, determination, and ambition to climb each rung on the ladder of success.
CEW honored six women for their leadership and contributions to the beauty industry. The awards were presented on September 15, 2017, during a luncheon at the New York Hilton Midtown.
- Barbara Calcagni, President, NARS
- Maureen Kelly, CEO & Founder, Tarte
- Jamie Kern Lima, Co-Founder & CEO, IT Cosmetics
- Gemma Lionello, Executive Vice President, GMM, Accessories & Beauty, Nordstrom
- Loretta Miraglia, Corporate Senior Vice President, Global Brand Product Development & Innovation, La Mer
- Kelly Vanasse, Vice President, Communications, P&G Global Business Units
Maureen Kelly was described by her colleagues as being very nimble and flexible. Maureen says she is most proud of being able to give back. She also stated she wanted Tarte to be a family business.
Gemma Lionello was described by her colleagues as being smart, hardworking, competitive, and innovative.
Loretta Miraglia believes that success comes from having a good balance between work and personal life. Lorette left attendees with a quote from Maya Angelou, “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.”
Kelly Vanasse said she believes in people. She works hard to create environments where everyone can thrive. Additionally, Kelly believes in the 3 A’s: adventure, agility, and awareness. These are the keys to an awesome life.
Jamie Kern Lima took her acceptance speech as an opportunity to call for change within the beauty industry. Jamie challenged the industry with important questions about the images of beauty that are being put into the world today. She asked, “How will these images impact your mothers, and your sisters, and how will they impact your daughters?” In closing her speech, she asks, “What will you do with the power that is you?” You can watch Jamie’s speech here.
Judith Amores, PhD Student and Research Assistant, MIT Media Lab, was honored with the Scent Innovator Award, presented by IFF, for creating the first olfactory computational necklace, Essence. This award recognizes individuals whose innovations in scent research will impact the future of the fine fragrance category.
“Cosmetic Executive Women was the first-ever organization to commit to the advancement of women in our industry,” said CEW President, Carlotta Jacobson. “We established the Achiever Awards not only to recognize women’s accomplishments and contributions, but also to inspire and empower other women to pursue paths to leadership. The 2017 honorees represent a diverse range of talent and disciplines in our industry.”
Honorees are nominated by CEW’s Board of Governors and selected by a special Achiever Awards committee.
The 2017 CEW Achiever Awards were sponsored by Beauty at Time Inc., IFF, Arcade Beauty, 24 Seven, ULTA Beauty, Wells Fargo Securities, QVC, MANA, Beauty Inc, Marina Maher Communications, Array Marketing, Coty Inc., Capacity LLC, HCP, Clarins, Walgreens, LeFrak, WWD, Urban Warrior, Suite K, Consultancy Media, Badger & Winters, Kaplow Communications, MakeUp in New York, MSL Group, Cosmetica Laboratories, and Diptyque.
Cosmetic Executive Women, Inc. (CEW) is a global, nonprofit professional organization with 9,000 global members, both men and women, from over 2,250 companies in the beauty and related industries. CEW brings the beauty community together, at every stage of their careers, from every face of the industry. CEW leads the conversation in beauty, addressing topics that are shaping the future of the industry and provides unparalleled access to industry influencers and thought leaders. CEW provides the connections, tools, and leadership development resources to move careers forward. CEW recognizes professional achievement and innovation in the industry to inspire the next generation of leaders. CEW is based in New York City and also hosts events for the beauty community in Los Angeles. Additionally, CEW has associated organizations in France and the United Kingdom. The CEW Foundation supports Cancer and Careers, a comprehensive program for people balancing work and cancer.
For more information about CEW and leadership development opportunities in the beauty industry, visit www.CEW.org.
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