Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) today honored six women for their leadership and contributions to the beauty industry. The Achiever Awards – now in its 42nd year – recognize the accomplishments of the honorees, serve as inspiration for future leaders, and support the advancement of women in the industry.
“Cosmetic Executive Women was the first-ever organization to commit to the advancement of women in our industry,” says CEW President, Carlotta Jacobson. “We established the Achiever Awards not only to recognize women’s accomplishments and contributions, but also to inspire and empower other women to pursue paths to leadership. The 2017 honorees represent a diverse range of talent and disciplines of our industry.”
The 2017 honorees are:
- Barbara Calcagni, President, NARS
- Maureen Kelly, CEO & Founder, Tarte
- Jamie Kern Lima, Co-founder and CEO, IT Cosmetics
- Gemma Lionello, Executive Vice President, GMM, Accessories & Beauty, Nordstrom
- Loretta Miraglia, Corporate Senior Vice President, Global Brand Product Development & Innovation, La Mer
- Kelly Vanasse, Vice President, Communications, P&G Global Business Units
In addition, CEW presented its first Philanthropic Achiever Award to Linda Marshall, Founder of the James E. Marshall OCD Foundation, which is the only organization dedicated to funding genetic research for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Through her philanthropic efforts Linda has helped raise nearly $3.5 million to support OCD research
Judith Amores, PhD Student and Research Assistant, MIT Media Lab, was honored with the Scent Innovator Award, presented by IFF, for creating the first olfactory computational necklace, Essence. This award recognizes individuals whose innovations in scent research will impact the future of the fine fragrance category.
Honorees are nominated by CEW’s Board of Governors and selected by a special Achiever Awards committee. The awards were presented during a luncheon at the New York Hilton Midtown.
For more about CEW and leadership development opportunities in the beauty industry, visit www.cew.org.
The 2017 CEW Achiever Awards were sponsored by Beauty at Time Inc., IFF, Arcade Beauty, 24 Seven, ULTA Beauty, Wells Fargo Securities, QVC, MANA, Beauty Inc, Marina Maher Communications, Array Marketing, Coty Inc., Capacity LLC, HCP, Clarins, Walgreens, LeFrak,WWD, Urban Warrior, Suite K, Consultancy Media, Badger & Winters, Kaplow Communications, MakeUp in New York, MSL Group, Cosmetica Laboratories, and Diptyque.
Achiever Award Honorees
Barbara Calcagni, President of NARS Cosmetics
A beauty industry leader who champions innovative, Calcagni has spent more than 24 years building iconic brands. She has doubled the size of the business twice since joining NARS in 2008. Working closely with Founder and Creative Director Francois Nars, she has made NARS a consumer cult-favorite by bringing high fashion, high style and forward thinking to beauty.
Prior to joining NARS, Calcagni was SVP of Brand Development Merchandising for Victoria’s Secret Beauty from 2003-2007, launched 750 products annually and growing sales by 25 percent. She led the successful re-launch of PINK and the Dream Angel Collections. Earlier, as VP of Global Marketing and New Business Planning and Development, she helped catapult Calvin Klein Cosmetics into a cultural icon, driving the CK One Fragrance brand to $250 Million dollars and developing a 13-brand portfolio.
A tri-athlete, Calcagni participates in Team NARS at the Olympic Distance Triathlon, raising nearly $1 million dollars for ALS over the past six years. She is an Advisory Board member of her alma mater, FIT.
Maureen Kelly, CEO & Founder, Tarte Cosmetics
When she founded Tarte out of her one-bedroom New York City apartment in 1999, Kelly was determined to prove that women don’t have to choose between makeup that works and makeup that is good for you. With its award-winning formulas and runway-inspired packaging, she has built Tarte into a global brand.
A self-described “makeup junkie,” Kelly could never find natural, wearable products that were chic and lasted through the day. She focused on developing cruelty-free, eco-chic options full of vitamins, minerals, and fruit and plant extracts — without parabens, phthalates or mineral oil.
Kelly pioneered the use of high performance naturals to create a line of easy-to-use, products in wearable shades that deliver results for everyday women.
Kelly has made it her mission to support Amazonian cooperatives as part of the #tartegivesback initiative and encourages customers to care for the world and each other. She used Tarte’s social platforms to launch the 2016 #kissandmakeup campaign to help stop cyber-bulling and make the internet a beautiful and safer place.
Jamie Kern Lima, Co-founder and CEO, IT Cosmetics.
Lima has made IT Cosmetics the top-selling make-up line on QVC and a top seller at ULTA Beauty and Sephora. She recently was named on of WWD’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Beauty. She received the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Woman Award and the Goldman Sachs 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2016 honor.
Previously an award-winning TV news anchor, she was motivated to start IT Cosmetics because she couldn’t find products that worked for her own beauty challenges. Lima works with plastic surgeons to develop innovative, clinically proven products that are life changing for the women who use them. When she launched Bye Bye Under Eye on QVC, it sold out in ten minutes. IT Cosmetics has received more than 30 QVC Customer Choice Beauty Awards and was honored as the 2016 WWD Beauty Inc. Prestige Brand of the Year.
Lima serves of the CEW Board of Governors. She works passionately with philanthropic partners to which IT Cosmetics had donated over $15 million in product.
Gemma Lionello, Executive Vice President, GMM, Accessories & Beauty, Nordstrom
As executive vice president and general merchandise manager of Nordstrom’s Accessories and Beauty divisions, Lionello leads all buying operations for cosmetics, fragrance, skin care, treatment, as well as accessories, jewelry, watches and handbags. She is also responsible for the 14 Spa Nordstrom locations.
She joined Nordstrom in 1988 and has risen through the ranks to her leadership position. Starting as a counter manger in the beauty department of the San Jose, CA store, she later served as Beauty department manager in a number of stores before becoming a buyer in Beauty, Fragrance and Spa. She went on to hold full-line store manager positions and later became a regional manager for Nordstrom Rack.
In 2013, she assumed the role of EVP and GMM for Beauty and launched a new beauty shopping experience developed to encourage customers to shop on their own terms. The concept is now in 31 stores and online. Lionello added responsibility for Accessories in 2016.
Loretta Miraglia, Corporate Senior Vice President, Global Brand Product Development & Innovation, La Mer
Miraglia is a cosmetics innovator who, since 1996, has been the visionary who has built the La Mer skincare brand into a high-performance product line with cult appeal.
Her diverse background – which includes experience in television, aerospace, textiles and product design as well as cosmetics – helps her spot “trends in the making” and technologies to create new products. Her education includes study in the arts, an undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry, a master’s degree in physics, and a postgraduate degree in business.
Her experience and education drive her to work with universities, design houses and global think tanks and across industries to innovate for the future. Her goal is to develop extraordinary, state-of-the-art products to the La Mer customer, while staying true to Founder Dr. Max Huber’s legacy. “Max is my inspiration – the sea, energy, material science, the wonder of physics, knowing that anything is possible brings the future that much closer.”
Kelly Vanasse, Vice President, Communications, P&G Global Business Units.
Vanasse leads the communications/public relations for P&G’s brand portfolio, including global beauty brands like Olay, SK-II, Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences and Vidal Sassoon, as well as such iconic brands as Tide, Pampers, Always and Oral-B.
Vanasse has led Global Brand Communications at P&G for the past five years. She is a champion for innovation, rigorous measurement and collaborative leadership, and sets a high bar for her team to exceed marketing and advertising program results. She joined P&G from Iams Company in 2000, and helped build P&G’s Beauty and Grooming business following the acquisition and integration of Gillette in 2005 as a senior communications leader.
She has more than 20 years of communications and public relations experience. She has a music degree from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and has a life-long passion for beauty.
Linda Marshall, Founder of the James E. Marshall OCD Foundation
Marshall is a successful cosmetics industry leader as well as a leader in philanthropy. The Chairman of Elysée Scientific Cosmetics founded the James E. Marshall OCD Foundation in 2003, in memory of her son who battled the condition, to raise awareness and funds for the serious illness. The Foundation has raised almost $3 Million for OCD research since its inception. OCD affects more than six million Americans, but the Marshall Foundation is the only organization dedicated to raising funds for education and research
Her philanthropic work extends beyond the Marshall Foundation. Because of her concern for abused women and children, a portion of Elysée sales go to shelters in support of this cause. Linda is also active on the board of the “Look Good, Feel Better” program for women recovering from breast cancer and ensures that Elysée contributes to the cause.
Marshall, who became president of Elysée in 1975, was the first woman to serve on the Board of Directors of the Cosmetics, Toiletry and Fragrance Association and the first woman elected to its Executive Committee.
Judith Amores, PhD Student and Research Assistant, MIT Media Lab
Amores is co-president of [email protected], a PhD Student and Research Assistant at Fluid Interfaces Group, MIT Media Lab. She graduated from MIT with a Masters in Media Arts and Sciences and holds a Multimedia Engineer degree.
She is currently working at Google Creative Lab as a creative technologist and was previously a human-computer interaction researcher at Microsoft Research and at R&D at URL Barcelona developing augmented and virtual reality experiences.
Her grants, awards and publications include 19 scientific papers, three patents, a 2016 Facebook Graduate Fellowship, 2015 Lego Foundation-sponsored research, and 2016 Finalist Innovative by Design Awards.