Speakers

The 2021 expert roster will be announced in January 2021.  We invite you to meet the 2020 industry innovators and thinkers below.

Ben BENNET

Founder & CEO, THE CENTER

Industry visionary and serial brand builder, Bennett is the CEO of The Center, an innovative beauty and wellness brand incubator and accelerator. Bennett and his team launch new brands and invest in emerging brands. Some current investments include KOSAS, Ellis Brooklyn, and Circumference to name a few. Bennett started his career as a retailer in creative executive roles for Limited Brands and Bath & Body Works. In 2000, he founded Bennett Kreative, an award- winning branding agency specializing in luxury product development, packaging and design. In 2010, he co-founded the brand incubator, HATCHBEAUTY. His clients included Dollar Shave Club, Unilever, Lancer, GoldfadenMD, and E-Salon. Ben is known for his ability to anticipate and set trends. His work is described as “highly inspired,” “boldly influential,” and “totally infectious” and is credited to have influenced a diverse roster of global beauty brands. Bennett has been featured in publications including WSJ, NYT, Allure, Elle, InStyle, Vogue, and New Beauty. In 2017, his company was selected as part of the INC 5000 Most Successful Companies in America, and in 2015, Bennett was identified by WWD/Beauty Inc as one of the top 25 Innovative People in Beauty.

Justin CASH

Founder, SOS BEAUTY

Dustin Cash is the founder of SOS Beauty, a Los Angeles-based brand incubation agency working with some of the newest and most exciting new brands in beauty. As an innovative product developer and go-to-market strategist, Dustin tailored the SOS business model to adapt to the ever-shifting landscape of the industry. He and his team specialize in working with passionate brand founders and investors to launch new prestige and luxury brands and product innovation. Cash founded SOS Beauty with Hourglass Cosmetics veteran, Charlene Valledor, with the goal of creating a full-service, boutique resource for all sectors of the luxury beauty space. SOS Beauty now services over 20 brands across hair, color, and skin internationally, supporting all stages of new brand development, from concepting brand identity, product experience, and launch assortment, to managing operations and retail relationships. Their current and past client roster in the US includes OUAI, Patrick Ta Beauty, Shani Darden Skincare, Summer Fridays, NatureLab Tokyo, and Rita Hazan. As a core tenant of any brand’s success in today’s crowded market, Cash and his team at SOS emphasize the importance of dedicating the time and resources to establishing a unique visual identity and distinct voice. “The customer forms an opinion about your brand and your product quality the second they see your imagery and logo. The most successful brands understand the importance of making this initial investment in branding. We guide our clients through this process, and ensure that there is consistency from end-to-end.” Cash holds a degree in Visual Communications from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, California, and is an active board member of BIW and PBA. He is also a judge and committee member for the North American Hair Stylists Awards.

Salome CHEMLA

Co-Founder, GENTLEHOMME

Stas CHIRKOV

CEO and Founder, BLUNT SKINCARE

Founder & CEO of BLUNT, a cannabis skincare brand that specializes in clean beauty and cannabinoids. Stas graduated from Moscow State University in 2009 with a Master’s degree in chemistry and, after moving to New York, started working as a chemist at L’Oreal. He then took different roles (engineering, product development, supply chain) within the beauty industry at major beauty brands and manufacturers, getting a look into the industry as a whole. He started BLUNT because he wanted a clean, effective skincare that uses cannabis in new and interesting ways. After extensively researching and testing each ingredient in the formulas, he created the cannabis face oil collection — each product features a cannabis-derived ingredient and targets a specific skin concern.”

Emma CHIU

Global Director, WUNDERMAN THOMPSON INTELLIGENCE

Emma is the Global Director for WUNDERMAN THOMPSON INTELLIGENCE. She curates all visual content, leads the creative consultancy and presents across all Innovation Group verticals. She leads creative execution of Innovation Lab products, designing and commissioning experts to create concepts for brands based on trends. Emma is the former Art Director of Monocle, leading the art direction and design for the international Monocle brand. She also led project collaborations with brands including, BMWi, Gap, Mackintosh, Santoni, and Switzerland Tourism Board. Emma frequently writes opinion pieces on design and visual culture, she has also lectured at the Milan Fashion Institute, the Media Summit New York, and is part of the Color Awards 2017 judging panel.

Christy COLEMAN

Chief Artistic Officer, BEAUTYCOUNTER

Christy Coleman launched her career at the early age of 17, when she obtained her aesthetician license. At 19, she opened a skin care boutique where she first experimented with making her own products, defining her path to safer beauty. Christy eventually landed in New York City and assisted the renowned makeup artist, Kevyn Aucoin before establishing herself as a leading fashion and celebrity makeup artist. In addition to working with clients like Alessandra Ambrosio, Connie Britton, and Miranda Kerr, she consulted with many industry leaders on color and formula development. In 2007, Christy made a groundbreaking commitment to use safer products- and in the process, became one of the first makeup artists to pioneer the space of clean beauty. After years of research and experimentation, Christy was ready to help set a new precedent in the industry when founder Gregg Renfrew tapped her to join Beautycounter in 2011. Currently, Christy informs product development and innovation by providing expert insights on industry practices and product performance.

Ken COLLINS

President, BEAUTY INDUSTRY WEST and Vice President, ADCRAFT LABELS

Ken Collins currently serves as President of Beauty Industry West and Vice President of Adcraft Labels. For the past 18 years, Ken has worked with brands from virtually every industry to help develop their look and story. His specialty is keeping brands relevant. Collins has worked in most roles of the production and supply chain process. His responsibilities have included product and packaging development along with sourcing, qualifying vendors, and acquisition of equipment. From purchasing and planning to top-level management of large manufacturing and distribution facilities, he knows how to help people improve, reinvent, and take a product from concept to the retail shelf. Assisting clients in overcoming challenges is where he finds his inspiration and success.

Bianca DE LA GARZA

CEO and Founder, BIANCA DE LA GARZA BEAUTY

Bianca de la Garza is a Mexican American beauty line founder and television personality with more than 20 years of tv experience across the globe. Bianca received an Emmy® nomination for her Royal Wedding coverage in London of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Her award-winning reporting exposed and closed an illegal sweatshop on the California/Mexico border. She created the Emmy® nominated late-night show “BIANCA », that beat SNL at times in the ratings, airing in 20 million U.S. homes and produced by SONY and de la Garza’s company Lucky Gal Productions in New York. De la Garza now brings her disruptor status to bridge media and beauty, founding her own skincare line Bianca de la Garza Beauty and announcing a deal with TVK24 (partially owned by Comcast NBCUniversal) to launch BEAUTY PLANET. A beauty focused programming block on the network airing in 2019, which she oversees all content. De la Garza’s first show, BEAUTY PLANET WITH BIANCA, is a talk-show with a live studio audience in Los Angeles airing in more than 12 million homes the U.S. and 35 countries overseas. Her line’s first collection “In GLO We Trust” is a fusion of skincare and makeup, hailed by Refinery 29 as a Latinx brand to support. De la Garza is a member of Cosmetic Executive Women, The International Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Forbes Impact. A graduate of Emerson College and a member of NYWFT.

Alissa DEMOREST

Editor-in-Chief, FORMES DE LUXE & LUXEPACKAGINGINSIGHT.COM

Alissa Demorest is a Paris-based French-American editor with extensive experience in the luxury-goods industry and specific expertise in the fragrance & cosmetics and wine & spirits markets. She has been Editor in chief of French luxury packaging magazine Formes de Luxe since 2015.

Frederic DREUX

R&D Packaging Leader, UNILEVER PRESTIGE

Dr. Frederic Dreux holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry (Polymer Science) and a postgraduate in packaging technology from The University of Loughborough (UK). With more than 15 years of experience in packaging R&D, he has occupied different roles in different segments in Unilever. His packaging journey started in Unilever’s Miko ice cream factory as a packaging manager. He has then integrated the European packaging team for Spreads in Rotterdam where he completed his experience in tubs and lids with expertise in caps, closures, and bottles. He has then integrated the Cross-category packaging R&D team where he was leading the Rigid Plastic new materials and technologies program for Unilever R&D. Engaged to find disruptive solutions that contribute to more sustainable packaging, he and his team have been developing game-changing technologies and raw material innovation contribute to Unilever Sustainability and growth commitment while further delighting consumer. Achievements examples range from world star packaging award winner aero technology in Dove Shower gel bottle (Mucell foaming technology application to HDPE bottle) to more recent first market applications of new recycling technologies closing the plastic loop at the molecular level. For more than one year, combining technical expertise, passion for sustainability, and disruptive innovation, he is supporting Unilever Prestige Brands as senior packaging leader in a fast-growing environment requiring content packaging innovations contributing to Brands sustainability agenda.

Frederic FEKKAI

CEO, FEKKAI BRANDS AND BASTIDE

For almost three decades, Frédéric Fekkai has shaped the international beauty landscape. Born in Aix-en-Provence, France, Frédéric rapidly rose through the beauty ranks. Early on, his approach to hair was clear -instead of performing a “signature cut”, Frédéric became the master of customization. By 1989, Frédéric’s modern cuts caught the attention of Bergdorf Goodman and he was invited to design a salon within the celebrated department store. Frédéric Fekkai Beauty Center became an instant mecca. Frédéric’s vision extended beyond running a salon when he realized that women spared no expense on their complexions, but the majority of haircare products were purchased at the drugstore. With a nod to prestige skincare, Frédéric decided to extend the luxury hair experience from his salon into clients’ homes with a product collection. From packaging and texture to fragrance, the products have always asserted “luxury cues” for a sensorial experience. By 1995, Frédéric Fekkai evolved from a salon owner and stylist with an impressive roster of clients to a luxury lifestyle brand. By 2005, Frédéric redesigned his flagship and opened a 10,000 square foot salon on New York’s Fifth Avenue. The brand was acquired in 2008 by Procter & Gamble, and then in 2015 by Fekkai Brands LLC. During this time, Frédéric Fekkai served as consultant, participating in a strategic role as he worked to celebrate the equity of the brand. Always passionate about development and innovation, Frédéric and his wife Shirin launched Bastide in 2016. The line includes products for skin, body, and home using rich, potent, good-for-you ingredients from Provence and clean recipes nurtured by artisans with generations of savoir-faire. In 2018, Frédéric Fekkai reclaimed his namesake brand and looks forward to reinvigorating the Fekkai brand. Frédéric will be infusing his passion for mentoring and training back into the salon, updating the product line up, and looking ahead to exciting partnerships as he continues to innovate within the haircare space and beyond.

Jeb GLEASON-ALLURED

Editor-in-Chief, GLOBAL COSMETIC INDUSTRY MAGAZINE

Jeb Gleason-Allured is the editor in chief of Global Cosmetic Industry Magazine and Perfumer & Flavorist Magazine. Representing the fourth generation of the Allured family to work with the industry, he is a member of Cosmetic Executive Women, Women in Flavor & Fragrance Commerce, and oversees strategy for the BeautyAccelerate, World Perfumery Congress and Flavorcon events.

Lauren GOLIK

Art Director, BARTLETT BRANDS

With an extensive background in beauty and package design, Lauren started her corporate career at Bare Escentuals creating packaging for both the BareMinerals and Buxom brands. Then she moved right down the street to Sephora Kendo—where she was the Senior Designer responsible for developing innovative and eye-catching packaging for Marc Jacobs Beauty, Kat Von D and Formula X. In 2016, Lauren joined Bartlett Brands, an award-winning, boutique branding agency. She leverages brand strategy to create holistic visual brand narratives—identity, packaging, photography, video and marketing campaigns for clients ranging from cosmetics to consumables. She’s passionate about seeing all the pieces of a project come together in breakthrough brand experiences. Lauren lives in San Francisco with her husband and dog. She loves reading, hot tea and a good blind emboss.

Charles-Emmanuel GOUNOD

CEO & Founder, BEAUTYWORLD CONNEXIONS

International business executive with global experience in B to B in the Beauty & Cosmetics industry, goal-driven with a passion for people and products. Charles-Emmanuel Gounod can grow business in existing and emerging markets through organic and external growth (M&A), manage cross-cultural and multidisciplinary teams to drive results, including pre and post-acquisition situations. He is a French and Swiss citizen and his international expertise is a result of over 40 years of living in Asia, Europe, and North America. He holds a business degree in Economy from Bocconi University, Milan, Italy as well as from INSEAD. He is fluent in English, Italian, and French. Beautyworld Connexions’ mission – a consulting company based in Brussels, Belgium, with also an office also in Paris, France – is to connect people & businesses throughout the world. Charles-Emmanuel Gounod, its CEO & Founder, brings over 40 years of B to B global business experience in the Beauty & Cosmetics industry in a multinational organizations (Rexam and Givaudan) as well as family-owned companies (Intercos). His expertise is particularly strong in areas such as fragrance creation, makeup design, and cosmetic packaging development.

Valèrie GRANDURY

Founder and CEO, ODACITE

Deanna KANGAS

Founder, NTV

As a C-level executive with more than 25 years of experience creating and building visionary brands, Deanna Kangas is a proven industry leader when it comes to turning around both growing and established businesses. Deanna works with top private equity firms to analyze the purchase potential of beauty companies, and is currently serving as the co-president of Ouai, the social media-driven, global haircare collection that's rapidly becoming one of the top-selling brands at Sephora in the U.S., Australia, Southeast Asia and the UK. A true expert in the industry, Deanna has lent her considerable skills in growing companies and her exceptional creativity to a number of corporations in various stages of growth. She spent five years as CEO at Stila Cosmetics where she was charged with (and succeeded at) getting the company back on track. Prior to her work at Stila, Deanna turned around the Barbie Collectors division of Mattel, founded online beauty retailer Gloss.com, launched Michael Jordan Cologne at XEL, Inc., and Bath & Body Works. Deanna is an active board member of Communities in Schools of Los Angeles (CIS), Cosmetics Executive Women (CEW), and Young Presidents' Organization (YPO).

Kelly KOVACK

CEO and Founder, BEAUTYMATTER

Kelly Kovack’s career bears the marks of a true iconoclast. The first signs of this are her beginnings in the fashion business where she simultaneously worked with prestige standard-bearers Bergdorf Goodman and the mavericks of Chrome Hearts. After spending time on the supply side of the fashion industry, Kelly made the dive into beauty. As a member of the original executive team of Bliss and the Managing Director of the seminal Bliss Out catalog and product division, Kelly took on the way women bought beauty. This venture fundamentally changed the way cosmetics and personal care were merchandised, developed and presented to consumers creating waves of change in the industry landscape that are still felt today and led to the successful acquisition of Bliss by luxury conglomerate, LVMH. As Vice President of Marketing for MD Skincare (Dennis Gross Skincare) Kelly was responsible for the marketing, product development and production activity related to the brand to over 200 retail doors and 600 spa accounts in the United States. In addition she launched Dr. Gross’ book Your Future Face which helped establish him as a leader in the field of dermatology. In her tenure with the company Kelly positioned MD Skincare as one of the premier cosmeceutical brands in both the retail and professional arena. It was with this combination of experiences that Kelly went on to co-found Chemistry, a consultancy aimed at advising emerging personal care brands on matters of branding and strategy, followed by Purpose-Built, a one-stop shop for all creative and strategic needs specializing in integrated vertical product and brand development and Brand Growth Managment an agency focused on business and brand strategy. As an advisor and creative strategist, Kelly has advised man eclectic array of clients ranging from multi-billion dollar brands like Old Navy and Mattel to notable independents like Zirh and SoCozy. Always entrepreneurial, Kelly has also created and built her own brands. Most recent among these ventures is the award-winning fragrance brand, Odin, co-founded in collaboration with the New York fashion brand. Odin New York fragrances can be found throughout the world at groundbreaking fashion stores, Barneys New York, Collette Paris, Liberty London and others. More recently she launched a content platform for the beauty industry called BeautyMatter.

Jennifer LIM

Executive Director of Packaging, HOURGLASS COSMETICS

Jenn Lim has developed some of the most innovative packagings in the cosmetics industry. Throughout her career, she has contributed to the innovation and growth of brands including Stila and Hourglass. Style, experience, and intention are at the forefront of every design with a focus on innovative and sustainable solutions in luxury packaging. She is currently the Executive Director of Package Development at Hourglass Cosmetics.

Kaley NICHOL

Co – Founder & COO, SAGELY NATURALS

Seeking a more approachable way to experience hemp CBD, Kaley co-founded Sagely, a wellness brand which offers accessible and premium CBD products that provide relief without the psychoactive effects. At Sagely, Kaley has strategically positioned a hemp product both within the medical industry as well as within the natural wellness marketplace (holistic health, acupuncture, physical therapy, natural grocery). Through UCLA Anderson School of Management, Kaley conducted market research through beta tests, focus groups and surveys which aided in developing the product, target customer and marketing strategies. As COO and CFO Kaley leads all Operations and Financing execution including sourcing, supply chain management, fulfillment, inventory management, budgeting, bookkeeping, and forecasting.

Cyo Ray NYSTROM

CEO and Co-Founder, QUIM

Cyo Ray Nystrom is CEO and co-founder of Quim, a self-care line for "humans with vaginas and humans without vaginas who love vaginas". After over a decade of enduring recurrent vaginal health issues, she left her role as the Head of Sales at Meadow and partnered with Rachel Washtien, to launch a plant-based intimate wellness company aimed towards empowering women to take charge of their vaginal health in sustainable ways. Quim makes THC and CBD infused products using all-natural ingredients that proactively support vaginal health and wellness, created with your daily self-care rituals in mind. Quim is based in San Francisco and aims to de-stigmatize conversations regarding vaginal health and sexual wellness, and see a happier yonic future for all. Since launching their first product, Intimate Oil, in April of 2017, they've expanded distribution throughout all of California, launched two new products, secured a temporary license to manufacturer cannabis products, closed over $250k in seed funding, and have garnered the attention of national media outlets such as Viceland TV, The Atlantic, and Conde Nast’s new LGBTQA publication, them.

Katherine & Caroline RAMOS

Co-Founders of Rituel de Fille

Founded by three sisters, Rituel de Fille has been a bond, a passion, an obsession. We’ve spent years perfecting our formulations by hand, through an alchemical process using expertise earned through years of study and experimentation. We produce all our products in-house to meet our exacting standards, making each color with the smallest number of ingredients possible. Katherine Ramos, Co-Founder of Rituel de Fille, is an accomplished writer, editor, and fine artist. She is passionate about craftsmanship and materials and merges intuitive creativity with obsessive research and study. Katherine uses her meticulous writing skills to craft our imagery while offering unique expertise on histories and symbolism. Caroline Ramos, Co-Founder of Rituel de Fille, is a makeup artist with a background in fashion editorial and has worked extensively on campaigns for major brands. She brings the same remarkable precision in her artistry to her work in our studio and to our aesthetic. She has developed an extraordinary gift as a formulator, with a deep intuitive understanding of how our ingredients interact to create the final product. Michelle Ramos, Co-Founder of Rituel de Fille, is a professional makeup artist who works with high profile talent in the entertainment industry. Her artistry inspires the signature makeup aesthetic that appears in our brand imagery. She is a creative force behind our palette, bringing invaluable product insight to ensure unique wearability in edgy colors.

Leila ROCHET-PODVIN

Founder, Cosmetics Inspiration & Creation

With over 20 years of experience working in the beauty industry, Leila Rochet-Podvin founded Cosmetics Inspiration & Creation in 2007, a Trends and Consulting Firm specializing in Beauty Innovations. Based in Paris with a network of international partners, her firm works with the top international beauty companies. She earned her MBA from Cornell University (USA) before heading various international positions in International Marketing and Development at Procter & Gamble and LVMH. Leïla is a “beauty trotter” with a passion for world cultural influences, changes in consumers’ lifestyle, innovations, and their influence on beauty. She contributes expert insight for Premium Beauty News and CosmetiqueMag and has been featured in various other magazines such as BW Confidential and CosmeticDesign. Leila frequently speaks at beauty industry events and has held various conferences all around the world including CEW Beauty Day Paris, Beyond Beauty Conferences in Paris, MakeUp in New York, Natural Beauty Summit NYC, MakeUp in Seoul, MakeUp in LA, and MakeUp in Sao Paulo. Leila also works as a consultant for the MakeUp organization as curator and moderator of the Trends/Prospective sessions of the conference program for the MakeUp in LA and New York. Company website: www.inspiration-creation.com Instagram: @cosmeticseeds

Ronie SCHMELZ

Legal Counsel, TUCKER ELLIS LLP

Ronie Schmelz is an experienced advertising and regulatory counselor and class action defense lawyer with particular expertise working with clients in the consumer products industry. Ronie spent the first 25 years of her career at an international law firm defending clients in complex litigation, including consumer class actions and disputes involving general commercial, real estate, and healthcare-related matters. During the second half of her career, she has committed herself to advise clients on litigation avoidance strategies, including implementing best practices for complying with regulations and standards enforced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), other Federal and state regulatory agencies, as well as the National Advertising Division (NAD), and ways to reduce exposure to consumer class actions. Ronie advises clients on a myriad of topics – including the implementation of recall procedures and responding to FDA Warning Letters, Notices of Action, and MedWatch Adverse Event Reports – and she defends clients in nationwide consumer class actions. Ronie has extensive experience advising clients in the consumer product industry, including those that manufacture cosmetic, skin and hair care, dietary supplement, and household goods. Along with her experienced team of Tucker Ellis attorneys, Ronnie counsels companies on compliance with the Federal Packaging and Labeling Act, California Proposition 65, the marketing of CBD and hemp products under the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (the Farm Bill), and other federal and state consumer protection, advertising, and unfair business practices laws. Ronie and her team also draft and negotiate vendor and corporate agreements and manage domestic and international intellectual property rights. A leader in the cosmetics industry, Ronie serves as legal counsel to the executive board of Beauty Industry West. She also frequently speaks at industry events, including Cosmoprof North America and Bologna, Natural Products Association (NPA), California and New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists Suppliers’ Day, and American Conference Institute, and she teaches at both UCLA Extension and the Fashion Institute of Design & Management (FIDM). Ronie also provides added value to client relationships by conducting educational in-house regulatory training sessions.

Lauren STEINBERG

Founder, QUEEN V

Lauren Steinberg, a Valley Girl at heart, was born and raised in Los Angeles. Growing up, she always had an entrepreneurial spirit and knew she was destined to start her own company, but never imagined it would be the first millennial-focused feminine wellness brand, Queen V. After graduating from The University of Southern California, Lauren landed her dream job, at the time, workingon amazing brands, such as: Skinnygirl and Fabletics. She was thriving at work, but quickly realized the "boys club" environment that Hollywood had to offer and the traditional 9-to-5 wasn’t for her. Lauren knew she was meant for more and wanted to create a company that would empower her fellow females to find their voices and speak out! As the daughter of a gynecologist and fertility specialist, you could say that feminine wellness was always a part of Lauren’s life. As she grew up she started to develop infections "down there," aka her Queen V. Lauren had no clue what was causing these problems, and after talking with her gynecologist and friends, she realized she wasn’t alone! After trying, and failing, to find healthy products to nourish her Queen V, Lauren noticed that nothing on the shelves was affordable, empowering or fun! So she set out to design a line of products that are natural, convenient, easy to understand, and beautifully designed. Lauren is determined to change the conversation around feminine health because she knows that women shouldn’t be afraid or embarrassed to talk about what's going on with their Queen V. Lauren created the Queen V brand in hopes to empower women to become educated about their health and inspire them to use their voice to pursue something they are passionate about because let's face it when women feel their best, they can take on the world.

Michele SUPERCHI

Global Performance Executive, BEAUTYSTREAMS

Michele Superchi is the Global Performance Executive of BEAUTYSTREAMS, the global beauty industry reference. Beautystreams provides color forecasts and strategic consumer insights to companies worldwide. He is a business strategist with several years of experience in fashion and beauty. Together with the team of Beautystreams, he has helped companies over 6 continents develop new, innovative products and market them in the most effective way. Michele Superchi has been quoted in many international publications and university lectures worldwide.

Joan SUTTON

CEO and Founding Partner, 707 FLORA

Joan Sutton has been the driving force behind hundreds of product launches for multiple award winning brands and has held senior management positions in manufacturing, retail, marketing and product development in the fragrance, spa, cosmetic and personal care industries. Joan has a decade of experience as a beauty spokesperson on QVC, HSN, TVSN Australia and TSC Canada, and her expertise in global marketing has been a great asset in media events and retail distribution in the European, Australian, Asian, American and Canadian markets. She has a masters degree in organizational management and has taught global branding and marketing for the MBA program at Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School. Joan’s life long passion for product innovation continues it’s journey with the inception of 707 Flora CBD Skincare. Her time is now dedicated to her own brand and studying the marriage of skin care and cannabis—two industries, two sciences, two worlds in which there are so many possibilities

Jill TOMANDL

VP Product Development and Innovation, ESTEE LAUDER COMPANIES, SMASHBOX COSMETICS

Jill Tomandl is a cosmetic industry innovator, award-winning package designer, product developer and creative director. She is currently the Vice President of Product Development and Innovation for Smashbox Cosmetics. Thoughout her career, she has contributed to the growth of style driven brands including Smashbox, Stila, Prescriptives, and Hard Candy. Her artistic vision combined with her technical expertise have created first to market beauty industry innovations that initiated trends including the Smoky Eye Talking Palette, Color Wheel Eye Shadow Palette and matte long wear liquid lipstick. She is on the innovation team that launched the first 3D printed lipstick in the beauty business. She utilizes unique and unexpected materials in her package design including agate, bindis, a solar panel , and glowing neon colorant. Her fashion collaborations range from Marchesa couture to Betsey Johnson. Quality and performance are the top criteria for the products she develops. She initiated and developed a co-branded collection with E! Live from the Red Carpet. She previously designed and tailored custom leather pieces for concerts, fashion editorials, advertisements, commercials and film. She is a member of the Environmental Media Association and a mentor for ELC Gen Next milllennials.

Tess WICKSTEED

Strategy Partner, HERE DESIGN

Tess gets to the quick point. A natural problem solver she trades in originality, clarity and logic, delivering bold imaginative thinking. As Strategy Partner at Here she is dedicated to creating ideas with real cultural presence. For many years she has been a major force behind Pearlfisher strategy and strategy in New York and London and then as EVP, while she worked with a huge spectrum of brands of really big ones like Target, ABC, Disney, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, ABSOLUT, National Geographic, Blue Bottle Coffee, Therapy Apartment, Legit Organics and Help Remedies. A career in business, especially in the business of entrepreneurship, in the context of business and marketing, and in the context of business practices. Short and sharp in all things, with the scales reflecting bluntness with disarming humanity. Her presence on project breaks breakthroughs and guarantees results.