The ability to step into the unknown and create a business from merely a vision is a key characteristic of an entrepreneur. Yet, there are critical factors of the entrepreneurial mindset that can help accelerate success. On March 20, CEW will assemble a panel of some of the most successful female entrepreneurs in the beauty industry to share their unique business journeys and insights into how they successfully grew their indie brands. Here, the prestigious founders on tap to share their stories, and a preview of their advice on building a thriving career or business. To register to attend the panel, click here.

Victoria Tsai, Tatcha

“Have a reason for being,” advises Victoria, the visionary founder, CEO and product developer for Tatcha. “I started my own company out of a need and frankly a desire to create a place where I wanted to be and do meaningful work.”

Nancy Twine, Briogeo Hair Care

“In 2014, I took a risk and quit my job to pursue my dream full time,” Nancy explains. “Now, in 2019, Briogeo is the fastest growing hair care brand at Sephora.”

Lauren Gores Ireland, Marianna Hewitt, Summer Fridays


“Lauren and I both came from non-traditional, new media backgrounds – so we hope that by sharing our journey we inspire other women to be the CEO of that thing they love to do—that thing they obsess about,” says Marianna, Co-Founder, Summer Fridays. “It’s okay to dream about face masks and makeup – because we are dreamers, and look what we accomplished.”

Amy Errett, Madison Reed


“There’s no magic to Madison Reed,” said Amy, the brand’s Co-founder and CEO. “It’s getting the customer that box perfectly on time, and then delivering on the promise we’ve made. That’s what’s most important.”

Gregg Renfew, Beautycounter

As CEO of Beautycounter, Gregg is dedicated to setting a new health and safety standard for the beauty industry. She actively helps mobilize her employees to advocate for more federal regulation, specifically for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the use of harmful ingredients in personal care products. Today, the company generates about $200 million in annual sales according to industry sources.

Join CEW to honor these pathfinders at the inaugural Female Founders Awards, which will include an awards ceremony to celebrate their accomplishments, followed by a moderated panel discussion with Jill Scalamandre, President, bareMinerals, Buxom, Shiseido Makeup and JWALK, Shiseido Americas. The event will take place at Harmonie Club in Midtown Manhattan and kicks off with a cocktail networking reception at 5:30pm, followed by the program at 6:30pm. To register to attend the event, click here.