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CEW Achiever Awards recognizes brands that honor and support women

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Shopping for good is more appreciated now than ever. This holiday, help support hard working women and mothers by gifting products of brands that empower women. The majority of women, especially female leaders in the world of beauty start from the bottom up, and know how challenging it can be to maximize her work potential, all while supporting her family. So, this holiday, shop guilt-free and purchase from brands and companies that empower, mentor, respect and help women reach their full potential.

At CEW's 2013 Achiever Awards held at the Waldorf Astoria, achievements of industry leaders who raised the bar in beauty, cosmetics and personal care arena were recognized.

Sheri McCoy, CEO, Avon Products, Inc., emphasized the role the honorees play in paving the way for tomorrow’s leaders. Since the company was founded in 1886, Avon helps give women the opportunity to support themselves, their families and put food on the table. Avon offers women a flexible alternative to traditional employment, without set hours and a set workplace. Avon allows a working woman to set her own hours, goals and a schedule that compliments other priorities, such as family, education, or even another job. “Leadership is both a science and an art,” Ms. McCoy said, noting the importance of understanding what consumers want, knowing people, and knowing what motivates people. Leadership is not only about our achievements today, it’s about knowing what we’re doing now can impact those sitting in the room today so that they can be up here five years from today,” said Ms. McCoy. Here are some great gift and stockings stuffer ideas from Avon this holiday: Enchanted Sugar Plum Scented Candle; Holiday Themed Hand Creams; Holiday Fragrance Sets; Treasures Makeup Set; Mega Mix 'N Go Palette, which is loved by so many due to it's incredible value and great selection of colors to choose from.

CEW president Carlotta Jacobson introduced the Corporate Empowerment for Women Award to Unilever, a company that works to enable women’s development as female executives through mentoring, respecting career and family balance and by introducing such positive campaigns as the Dove initiative, empowering women to reach their full potential. Gina Boswell, EVP of Unilever, personal care NA, accepted the award on Unilever’s behalf, noting that Unilever continues to “recognize the importance of gender balance, with a 50/50 gender balance across all levels in the company.” Ashley Boyce, associate brand manager, Unilever personal care NA, acknowledged Unilever’s ability to make her “a more conscious global citizen,” as she worked with “a group of strong, smart professionals in a company that encourages individuals to bring their whole selves to work.”

Individual Winners include (in alphabetical order):

  • Karen Buglisi-Weiler, 2012 Achiever Award Honoree, global brand president of MAC, was honored by John Demsey, group president, The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., who crowned her “the ultimate glamazon.” Ms. Buglisi-Weiler acknowledged the challenges of raising three sons as a single mom and balancing a career with her family. She inspired women to live life with passion and inspire people simply by being yourself.
  • Julia Goldin, global chief marketing officer of Revlon, was introduced by Chris Elshaw, CEO of Revlon. Ms. Goldin was admired for being a great runner in the Revlon Walk-Run, a Kilimanjaro climber, a successful business woman with a challenging job, two children, and a great mentor to her team. Ms. Goldin inspired women to work with the team by setting the goal, joining them to reach for the stars (you can't do it alone), reminding women it's important to know what you want and work for it.
  • Carolyn Holba, SVP of Marketing Maybelline NY, Garnier USA and Essie Nail Polish was introduced by David Greenberg, President of Maybelline. Her sucess was a result of empathy, integrity and support for her colleagues. She learns from her failures, whic made her a better person. She advised that if you are true to who you are, you accomplish wonderful things in your career, and any obstacle can be overcome.
  • Agnes Landau, SVP, global marketing of Clinique, was presented the Achiever Award by Lynn Greene, Group President of Estee Lauder Companies. Landau was honored for being a collaborator combining humanity, spirit, style and elegance. Ms. Landau who pursued her MBA, praised The Estee Lauder Companies for enabling her to balance career and family.
  • The beautiful, talented and witty Mally Roncal, of Mally Beauty, introduced and "roasted" Claudia Lucas, director merchandising and beauty at QVC, in the most fun and inspirational way. Ms. Lucas was honored for being tough but also being honest and shows true love for her customers. Ms. Lucas always to focused on her customers, and thanked her team for her success at QVS.
  • Jill Scalamandre, Sr. VP, Philosophy, Coty Prestige Skin Care, Coty Inc., and chairwoman, CEW Board, introduced the Great Idea Award for Fragrance Innovation, and introduced Nicholas Mirzayantz, group president, IFF, Inc., who presented the award to Karen Dubin, founder and director of Sniffapalooza, whose mission is to make the world smell better, one person at a time. Ms. Dubin is a life long fragrance enthusiast who created Sniffapalooza for fragrance lovers to celebrate fragrance as an art. Today, Karen Dubin reached approximately half million people, from 8 to 92 years old, which is an impressive demographic.

At the end of the event, Jill Scalamandre announced CEW, QVC and Beauty with Benefits, raised $988,000 in just two hours to benefit CEW Foundation’s Cancer and Careers organization.

Event sponsors included InStyle, IFF, Arcade Marketing, BeautyInc, Poise, DSM, Laura Mercier, Ulta, Walgreens, Wells Fargo, Manpower Group, Beauty Gotham, Publicis Kaplan Theater, Philosophy, Laura Geller, Martin Kartin and Company, WWD, Digital Therapy, Suite K, Consultancy Media, and Kaplow Communications.

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