The Achiever Awards recognise the accomplishments of women leaders in the cosmetic industry, and serve as an inspiration to future leaders and for companies to support executive women’s advancement.
The ceremony, held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, marked the 60th anniversary of CEW and in honour of this, the organisation created a new awards category: Trailblazing entrepreneurs who have changed the industry.
“We are excited to have Dermalogica recognised by the CEW in this first-time ever entrepreneurial category,” said Wurwand. “The cosmetic industry has given birth to incredible entrepreneurial brands, many founded by women with a singular passion and vision.
“The professional salon skin care industry puts more women into their own businesses than any other, and I am very proud to represent the hundreds of thousands of professional skin care therapists who make up our tribe worldwide.”
Wurwand, who is also founder of the International Dermal Institute (IDI) and Dermalogica’s social impact initiative, FITE, has focused her work over the last 30 years on creating professional opportunities and economic empowerment for women. To date, FITE – Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship – has helped more than 50,000 women entrepreneurs worldwide and has recently announced the launch of a new programme to support vocational training for young women and girls.
Also recognized at the CEW Achiever Award ceremony include the following Honorees: Laura Geller, founder, Laura Geller Beauty; Alli Webb, founder, Drybar; and Wende Zomnir, chief creative officer/founding partner, Urban Decay Cosmetics. Additionally, Leonard Lauder, chairman emeritus, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., received the Lifetime Achievement Award.