The event will benefit the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, which supports Lincoln Center’s resident arts organizations.
“I’m deeply touched and honored to receive the Women’s Leadership Award and to celebrate the incredible programs supported by the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund that bring inspiration and creativity to this city we all love,” said Lauder in a statement. “I have been fortunate to have been mentored by, and to have worked with, some of the most brilliant women in the beauty industry, and because of them I’ve learned the lesson to never, ever make an important decision without a woman at the table.”
“Leonard A. Lauder is a legendary figure in the worlds of beauty, business, the arts and philanthropy,” said Steven Swartz, who is also chairman of the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund. “We are pleased to honor him and his achievements at this year’s gala, which raises important funds for the many performing arts organizations that make Lincoln Center a dynamic cultural hub, both for New York City and the world.”
“We are proud to celebrate Mr. Lauder, a phenomenal leader whose philanthropy and commitment to the arts has a tremendous impact here in his hometown of New York and beyond,” said Henry Timms, president and CEO of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. “If you’ve been moved in the Whitney or The Met, you’ve likely felt his influence. New Yorkers know him as a convener, collaborator, and mentor. And Lincoln Center knows him as a standout voice for the power of the performing arts, our constituent organizations, and their futures.”
The evening will feature an on-stage discussion between Lauder and Tom Ford, fashion designer, film director and chairman of the board of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The conversation will explore Lauder’s career, his role as a champion of women in the beauty industry and beyond, and the intersection of art, fashion, beauty, and culture. This will be followed with a tribute performance by Academy Award-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson on the Adrienne Arsht Stage.