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Top Achievers

By Tom Branna, Editorial Director | September 27, 2010

Leading beauty industry executives impart words of wisdom.

The Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) honored five beauty industry executives at its 35th annual CEW Achiever Awards, held earlier this month at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel. The event attracted nearly 1,100 industry executives.

Recipients included:

• Alex Keith, vice president, Procter & Gamble;
• Janet Pardo, senior vice president of global product development, Clinique;
• Claudia Poccia, global president, Mark, Avon Products Inc.;
• Lisa Price, founder, Carol’s Daughter, and
• Lori Singer, group vice president, global marketing, Coty Prestige.

In addition, Susan Sweet, general manager, Neutrogena, accepted CEW’s first Corporate Empowerment for Women Award on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies Inc. The award was created to honor companies that have demonstrated a commitment to establishing and leveraging female talent, according to CEW.

Carlotta Jacobson, president, CEW; Janet Pardo, senior vice president, global product development, Clinique; Claudia Poccia, global president, mark., Avon Products, Inc.; Lori Singer, group vice president, global marketing, Coty Prestige; Alex Keith, vice president, P&G; Lisa Price, founder, Carol’s Daughter; Susan Sweet, general manager, Neutrogena, Johnson & Johnson; Jeannine Shao Collins, Chief Innovation Officer, Meredith 360.
All of the honorees offered words of wisdom, but Alex Keith offered five pieces of advice: One, Challenge accepted behaviors; after all, who knew women would pay $8 for underarm protection like Secret Clinical Strength? Two, You can’t do it alone. Whether you need a running partner or a solid team around you, find the right people! Three, Competition is good, but winning is better! Four, there is always somebody who can inspire you and Five, Pay it forward. For example, Keith, a marathon runner, supports Girls on the Run, an organization that gets teenage girls up and running.

Janet Pardo urged the audience to be passionate about their work—“Love is work made visible,” she observed, quoting author Kahlil Gibran. “If you don’t love what you do, find the things that ignite your passion.”

Claudia Poccia also said it was important to follow one’s passion, but she also suggested that CEW members be present in the moment, reach high and do their best.

Lisa Price said she was humbled to be honored with the award, “I’m a work in progress—it’s nice to be affirmed.” She also promised to continue to do the work necessary to make Carol’s Daughter bigger and better.

Finally, Lori Singer told attendees to embrace change, find a mentor, be curious and pay it forward.
Paying it forward is an ongoing theme at CEW. Carlotta Jacobson, president of CEW, said that the yearly awards support the advancement of women in the beauty industry by highlighting female executives’ achievements.

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