Lori Bush, the President and CEO of a leading dermatologist skin care company recently pointed to businesswoman Estée Lauder as a prime example of work ethic and sales ability. In a Thanksgiving company email Bush quoted Lauder's statement "I never dreamed about success ... I worked for it."
Lauder, whose real name was Esther, learned how to work and how to sell in her family's hardware store. Eventually she joined her chemist uncle whose company sold beauty products such as creams, lotions, rouge, and fragrances. Lauder soon began selling the products to her friends, but her breakthrough was when a hair salon owner asked Lauder about her "perfect skin" and soon Estée Lauder was selling her products at the salon.
In 1930 she married Joseph Lauter (which later became Lauder), and in 1946 the Estée Lauder company was born.
According to Bush, Estée Lauder grew what she often called, "a nice little business" into one that today controls 45% of the cosmetics market in U.S. department stores.
In their obituary for Lauder, China Daily quoted her as saying, "Beauty is an attitude. There's no secret. Why are all brides beautiful? Because on their wedding day they care about how they look. There are no ugly women – only women who don't care or who don't believe they're attractive."
"This Thanksgiving, I'm grateful that Estée Lauder paved the way for skincare entrepreneurship," Bush stated. Bush has served in key leadership positions with Nu Skin, Johnson & Johnson, Neutrogena and Rodan+Fields Dermatologists.
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