Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) Hosts Annual Female Leadership Awards

Sponsored by Meredith, the virtual event will recognize fifteen leading women for their performance and brand in the beauty industry, as well as one man, honored for setting the best example in providing women with career advancement and opportunity. Past winners, honorees and executive leaders will participate in a networking and knowledge session, sharing valuable insights into their unique journeys to success with members and attendees during one-on-one sessions and networking roundtables. This year, the impactful and inspiring stories of the Achievers will also be told through a “mission” video, created in partnership with Linda Wells & Nathan Byrne from Moss Studios, which will be unveiled during the program.

The event will take place from 1pm-5pm EST today, with tickets available at

2021 participants include:

Empowering Women in Business (CEW) Award

  • Stéphane Rinderknech, President and CEO, L’Oreal UNITED STATES

Life Achievement Award

  • Madonna Badger, Founder & CEO, Badger & Winters

2021 Excellence Awards Winners

  • Monique Arnuado, CMO, Ultimate beauty
  • Gail Boye, SVP, Product Development, bareMinerals and Business Innovation and Commercialization, Shiseido
  • Lela Coffey, VP, NA Hair Care Multi-Cultural Beauty, P&G Beauty
  • cara sabine, CEO, Sundial brands
  • Lisa Sequino, Cosmetic Frame
  • Holly Thaggard, Founder, Super goof!
  • JuE Wong, CEO, Olaplex

2021 Emerging Leaders Laureates

  • Muffy Wink, Emerging Brands Director, Ultimate Beauty
    • Presented by Monica Arnaudocommercial director, Ultimate Beauty
  • Monique DavisVice President, Local and Cultural Innovation, Estee Lauder Companies
    • Presented by Susan AkkadSenior Vice President, Local & Cultural Innovation, Estee Lauder Companies
  • Erin Goldson, brand managerDove Masterbrand Commitment and hair innovation, Unilever
    • Presented by Esi Eggleston BraceyChief Operating Officer, EVP Beauty & Personal Care, Unilever North America
  • Cara Kamenev, Vice President of Brand Engagement, L’Oreal Paris
    • Presented by Ali Goldstein, Brand President, L’Oreal Paris UNITED STATES
  • Linette Kim, Vice President of Consumer Engagement, Happiness
    • Presented by Alicia YoonFounder, Peach & Lily
  • Ashley KuhnPhD, Director, Responsible Sourcing, Global Beauty Sourcing, P&G Beauty
    • Presented by Kelly Vanassefirst vice-president, P&G Beauty Communication
  • Jennifer Lucchese, VP, Haircare Merchandising, Sephora
    • Presented by JuE WongCEO, Olaplex

Additional participants include Laura Brown of In the style, Nora Tobin from Marriott International Luxury Brands, Julia Haart from Elite World Group and other beauty industry thought leaders.

“For more than 70 years, the CEW has helped inspire women in the beauty industry to succeed – while reinforcing the importance of recognition and opportunity for female leadership,” said CEW President, Carlotta Jacobson. “Without women, this company wouldn’t exist, and it’s now more important than ever to reinforce the valuable contributions of women leaders. We’re thrilled to host this event, honoring the incredible women who embody a passion for the industry. of beauty and its broader mission of empowering and improving people’s lives.

Event sponsors included Meredith, 24 Seven, P&G Beauty, Coty, Tula Skincare, Tarte, Unilever, Nordstrom, RéVive, Harris WilliamsDrunk Elephant, QVC, SuperOrdinary, Sephora, Colourpop, Target, Too Faced, Badgers & Winters, Advent International, Bluemercury, Cosmetica, Premium Beauty sur Amazon, Forma, Benefit, Deciem, Gotha Cosmetics, kdc/one, Peach & Lily, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health, Marina Maher Communications, Beauty Inc, Fairfield Media Group, Consultancy Media, RPG, Elite World Group, Kaplow Communications, MOSS.

About CEW:
CEW is an international organization of 10,000 individual members representing a cross section of beauty and related businesses. Membership includes leading brands, independents, retailers, media and suppliers. The main objective of CEW is to provide online and in-person programs to develop careers and knowledge about the beauty industry. CEW provides opportunities to connect and gain industry knowledge through networking events, trend reports, industry newsletters, interactive workshops and discussions with industry leaders. For more information, please visit


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Mara R. Wilmoth