Women’s Leadership Awards Digital Journal

Inspiring Stories from Beauty Leaders

The CEW Women’s Leadership Awards Platform celebrates women and achievement, disruption in the industry, and offers valuable insights on topics related to women’s empowerment, equality and excellence.

We are excited to share the next iteration of this program, The Women’s Leadership Awards Digital Journal, the most innovative content CEW has created in 2020. This is your exclusive access to hear insights and inspiration from Black female founders, leading beauty executives, the next wave of beauty talent and advice from women’s empowerment experts.

The 26 Black Female Beauty Entrepreneurs You Need to Know

CEW is proud to unveil this year’s Indie26, a report on the 26 Black female-founded beauty brands filling beauty’s gaps, and how they’re winning in a space that’s been challenging to navigate.

Melissa Butler
Founder and CEO
The Lip Bar
Mahisha Dellinger
Founder and CEO
Curls Beauty Brand
Taraji P. Henson
Founder and CEO
TPH by Taraji

To see the full Indie26 Report, 26 outstanding Black female-founded beauty companies disrupting the beauty industry, purchase the Digital Journal

5 Minutes with C-Suite Beauty Execs

Meet the women who are making tectonic shifts in beauty from companies including CVS Health, L’Oréal USA, First Aid Beauty, RéVive Skincare, Laura Mercier, The Esteé Lauder Companies and WWD.

Beauty Industry Champion

Ones to Watch

The next generation of C-Suite talent is making waves in beauty—and CEW is putting them in the spotlight.

Get insider access to the 2020 Achiever and Top Talent Honorees by purchasing the Women’s Leadership Awards Digital Journal.

Getting Personal with Women’s Empowerment Experts

How do women’s empowerment experts stay motivated? How are they navigating COVID-19, and the challenges it has brought? We enter their homes with this video feature, “CEW 26 Questions: Getting Personal.”

Kristy Click
Senior Client Officer
Fran Hauser
Startup Investor at Hauser Ventures, LLC.
Author of The Myth of the Nice Girl
Sarah Kunst
Managing Director
Cleo Capital
Shelley Zalis
The Female Quotient

Access to the Women’s Leadership Awards Event On-Demand



  • Carlotta Jacobson, PresidentCEW
  • Jill Scalamandre, President, bareMinerals, Buxom and CEW Chairwoman
  • Maya Allen, Beauty Director, InStyle

Fireside Chat

  • Sarah Kunsty, Managing DirectorCleo Capital
  • Interviewed by Jill Scalamandre, President, bareMinerals, Buxom and CEW Chairwoman 

Indie26 Honorees and Panel Discussion

  • Melissa Butler,Founder & CEOThe Lip Bar
  • Mahisha Dellinger, Founder & CEO, Curls Beauty Brand
  • Taraji P Henson, Founder & CEOTPH by Taraji
  • Moderated by Andrea Nagel,  Vice President of ContentCEW

Honor and Recognize Achiever Award Honorees

  • Maly Bernstein, Vice President, Beauty & Personal CareCVS
  • Erica Culpepper, General ManagerL’Oréal Multi-Cultural Beauty
  • Elana Drell-Szyfer, CEORéVive Skincare
  • Lilli Gordon, Founder & CEOFirst Aid Beauty

Thought Leader Talk – Fran Hauser

  • Fran Hauser, Startup Investor at Hauser Ventures, LLC.Author of The Myth of the Nice Girl


  • Jill Scalamandre, PresidentbareMinerals, Buxom and CEW Chairwoman
  • Jackie Fields, Senior Beauty Editor at People

Thought Leader Talk – Laura Gurski

  • Laura Gurski, Senior Managing Director Consumer Goods DivisionAccenture

Beauty Industry Champion 

  • Beauty Industry Champion: Jenny B. Fine, Executive Editor, BeautyWWD and Beauty Inc.
  • Interviewed by Carlotta Jacobson, PresidentCEW 

Thought Leader Talk – Mika Brzezinski

  • Mika Brzezinksi, Co-Host of MSNBC’s Morning JoeFounder of “Know Your Value”

Honor and Recognize Achiever Award Honorees

  • Jane Lauder, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Marketing and Chief Data OfficerThe Estée Lauder Companies, Inc
  • Alexandra Papazian, PresidentLaura Mercier

Thought Leader Talk – Sarah Willersdorf

  • Sarah Willersdorf, Managing Director and PartnerThe Boston Consulting Group

Thought Leader Talk – Shelly Zalis

  • Shelly Zalis, CEOThe Female Quotient 

Honor and Recognize Top Talent Award Honorees

  • Introduction by Jill Scalamandre, PresidentbareMinerals, Buxom and CEW Chairwoman 
  • Award Presentation by Carlotta Jacobson, PresidentCEW
  • Vivianna Blanch, Vice President, Integrated Consumer CommunicationsL’Oréal Paris
  • Ophelia Ceradini, Vice President, Digital Technology and Innovation, ELC OnlineEstée Lauder Companies
  • Erum Chaudhry, Vice President, Marketing Beauty & SkincareChristian Dior
  • Maris Croswell, Senior Director, Pantene North AmericaP&G Beauty
  • Chopin Rabin, VP, Global Integrated CommunicationsNars Cosmetics
  • Maria Salcedo, VP, Merchandising & StrategyUlta Beauty
  • Usha Vijay, VP, Global Marketing, Consumer FragranceSymrise
  • Janet Chan, VP of Brandnugg beauty (Member-Nominated Honoree)

Thought Leader Talk – Kristy Click

  • Kristy Click, Senior Client OfficerIpsos

Stepping Up To Advance Racial Equality: Learnings For Beauty Leaders

  • Kelly Vanasse, Chief Communications Officer, P&G Beauty
  • Anitra Marsh, Vice President, P&G Global Skin & Personal Care Communications
  • Lela Coffey, Vice President, P&G North America Hair Care Portfolio and Multicultural Consumers
  • Alissa Fitzgibbons, Senior Director, P&G North America Hair Care Portfolio Communications
  • Moderated by Jen Chamberlain, Senior Director, Industry Relations, P&G Beauty

Women Not Objects Case Study

  • Madonna Badger, Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Badger & Winters

Johnson & Johnson Leading With Company Purpose and Personal Passion: Diversity

  • Natasha Haubrich, Senior Director, Global Innovation, NEUTROGENA at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health

Johnson & Johnson Leading With Company Purpose and Personal Passion: R&D

  • Barbara Green, Senior Director, Research & Development at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health

Johnson & Johnson Leading With Company Purpose and Personal Passion: WELLNESS

  • Katie Decker, President, Essential Health, Global at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health

24 Seven’s Insite Scoop, Leading Ladies Edition

  • Celeste Gudas, CEO, 24 Seven

Get access to Empowerment Experts and all recorded content from the Women’s Leadership Awards Virtual Event when you purchase the Digital Journal.

Why Purchase the Digital Journal?

Hear insights and inspiration from Black female founders, leading beauty executives and the next wave of beauty talent 

Get advice from women’s empowerment experts

Support women’s achievement  

Celebrate and be inspired by cross generational leadership and rising talent in the industry 

A special section on WWD’s Jenny B. Fine

Access to the recorded version of the Women’s Leadership Awards Virtual Event on-demand

The Women’s Leadership Awards Digital Journal Rates

Member Rate: $50

Non- Member Rate*: $75

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CEW’s Women Leadership Awards is an event and content program supporting CEW’s mission of advancing all women, at all levels of the industry. It will incorporate the 2020 Achiever Award honorees, in addition to beauty’s rising talent: the Top Talent honorees. To align with this platform, and support CEW’s mission, become a sponsor.

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