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Estée Lauder’s Aerin Lauder To Be Honored at FIT Annual Awards Gala

Will receive the Business and Entrepreneurship Award at the April 13 black-tie event.

Aerin Lauder of The Estée Lauder Companies is among those who will be honored the upcoming Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Annual Awards Gala, benefiting the FIT Foundation. This year’s group of visionaries whose achievements create purpose-driven, sustainable solutions for the new creative economy will also include TV and film producer Debra Martin Chase; FIT alumna Brandice Daniel (founder and CEO of Harlem's Fashion Row and an advisory council member of the Social Justice Center at FIT); and 23-time Grand Salm tennis champ Serena Williams, 23-time Grand Slam champion and entrepreneur.

Lauder is founder of the Aerin brand at ELC and the style and image director of Estée Lauder. She will be recognized with the Business and Entrepreneurship Award for the entrepreneurial spirit, business acumen, and creative vision that has helped build her eponymous brand into a globally recognized luxury lifestyle brand, said FIT.

The black-tie gala will take place on April 13, at The Shed in New York City and will be hosted by FIT alumni Nina Garcia, Elle editor-in-chief and Project Runway judge, and Michael Kors, chief creative officer of the Michael Kors brand.

“We are so proud to recognize these outstanding leaders—women who have made a profound impact in their respective industries spanning fashion, beauty, sports, and entertainment,” said Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT. “Each one—in her creativity, determination, drive, and self-confidence—serves as a role model for FIT's talented students who are inspired by their many achievements.”

The annual gala benefits the FIT Foundation, which helps nurture the next generation of the college's students. In addition to facilitating programs and developing new initiatives, the foundation provided scholarships totaling more than $3 million in 2021.

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