Cosmetic Executive Women (UK) hosted its annual Achiever Awards last week, which celebrated not only the accomplishments of leading women and one gent in the beauty industry, but also the global organization’s 20th anniversary.
The 2012 event took place at the Hilton Hotel Park Lane in London and paid homage to the international reach of CEW by presenting Special Industry Awards to Carlotta Jacobson, president of U.S.-based CEW Inc., and Françoise Montenay, president of CEW France. Kenneth Green, chairman of Kenneth Green Associates, a major distributor of luxury fragrance and beauty brands, also received the Special Industry Award.
A poignant highlight of the evening was the presentation of a surprise Lifetime Achiever Award to CEW (UK) president Caroline Neville, founder of Neville McCarthy PR & Communications in 1962. The award was presented by her children: Dominic McCarthy, managing director of Neville McCarthy, and Louisa McCarthy, deputy managing director.
A Lifetime Achiever honor was awarded posthumously to Dame Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop, who was recognized as a human rights activist and environmental campaigner. A specially created CEW (UK) 20th Anniversary Award was given to Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton, who was honored as a role model and for her work with Pantene Pro-V.
With all these special awards, we must not forget the evening’s achievers. The 2012 CEW (UK) Achiever Awards were presented to Roisin Donnelly, corporate marketing director for P&G UK and Ireland and chairman of CEW (UK); Janet Saunders, general manager of Clinique UK and Ireland; Jo Walker, managing director of The Perfume Shop; and the wonderfully brilliant Alice Hart-Davis, beauty journalist, author and creator of Good Things Skincare who attended with her husband and beautiful daughter Beth.
Another anticipated award of the evening was the Members Achiever Award, recognizing up and coming talent. Voted for by CEW (UK) members, this year’s winner was Balance Me, co-founded by Clare and Rebecca Hopkins and director Sian Jones.
In addition to the awards, the crowd in the packed ballroom was treated to a fantasy conversation between industry legends Estée Lauder, Elizabeth Arden, Mary Kay and Helena Rubinstein artfully portrayed by professional actors. It was flawless!
It was a glamorous evening enjoyed by all of us who had the pleasure of being there. The takeaway message – the beauty industry recognizes talent and the opportunities for niche brands and entrepreneurs with a vision are plentiful. Don’t be afraid to follow your dream!