Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) celebrated women and achievement at the first-ever 2020 Women’s Leadership Awards. Celebrating the brightest minds in beauty, the event brought together the 2020 Achiever Awards recipients and 2020 Top Talent honorees, in addition to revealing the Indie26, 26 outstanding Black female-founded beauty companies disrupting the beauty industry. 

Sponsored by Meredith, the two-day virtual event recognized 15 female leaders for their performance and mark on the beauty industry. Additionally, thought leaders, including shared valuable insights on topics related to women’s empowerment, equality, and excellence. 

2020 Achiever Awards Recipients

Maly Bernstein, Vice President, Beauty & Personal Care, CVS 

Erica Culpepper, General Manager, L’Oréal Multi-Cultural Beauty

Elana Drell-Szyfer, CEO, RéVive Skincare

Lilli Gordon, Founder & CEO, First Aid Beauty

Jane Lauder, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Marketing and Chief Data Officer, The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.

Alexandra Papazian, President, Laura Mercier

2020 Top Talent Honorees

Vivianna Blanch, Vice President, Integrated Consumer Communications, L’Oréal Paris

Ophelia Ceradini, Vice President, Digital Technology and Innovation, ELC Online, The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.

Erum Chaudhry, Vice President, Marketing Beauty & Skincare, Christian Dior

Maris Croswell, Senior Director, North America Pantene, P&G Beauty

Chopin Rabin, Vice President, Global Integrated Communications, Nars Cosmetics

Maria Salcedo, Vice President, Global Marketing, Consumer Fragrance, Symrise

Janet Chan, Vice President of Brand, nugg beauty *Members Choice

“For nearly 70 years, CEW has helped to inspire women in the beauty industry to achieve – and advance – themselves and others,” says CEW President, Carlotta Jacobson. “We are thrilled to have hosted this first-time event, honoring the amazing women who embody the importance of growth within the beauty industry for women of all ethnicities, levels and companies.”

The thought leaders included: Mika Brzezinski, Co-Host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Founder of Know Your Value; Kristy Click, Senior Client Officer, Ipsos; Laura Gurski, Senior Managing Director, Consumer Goods Division, Accenture; Fran Hauser, Startup Investor at Hauser Ventures, LLC., Author of The Myth of the Nice Girl; Sarah Kunst, Managing Director, Cleo Capital; Sarah Willersdorf, Managing Director and Partner, The Boston Consulting Group; Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient; Melissa Butler, Founder & CEO, The Lip Bar; Mahisha Dellinger, Founder & CEO, Curls Beauty Brand; and Taraji P. Henson, Founder & CEO, TPH by Taraji.

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