Explore the 2024 expert roster made up of industry innovators and thinkers. We invite you to come back in mid-January for the final listing.
Access Beauty Insiders
Daniela Ciocan is the Founder/ CEO of Access Beauty Insiders, a specialized firm with a proven 360-marketing approach for direct-to-consumer brands looking to scale quickly. Quoted in national media outlets such as VICE, Forbes, and NewBeauty, she most recently created UNFILTERED EXPERIENCE, a new beauty event, winner of BIZBASH BEST INFLUENCER EVENT 2019/2020. A two-time winner of Trade Show Executive’s “Marketing Genius Award”, Daniela is credited with growing Cosmoprof North America from infancy into one of the most awarded exhibitions in the country, continuously listed as one of America’s “50 Fastest Growing” and “Top 100 Gold Largest US Exhibitions” by Trade Show Executive and TSNN. Representatives from retailers like Amazon, Target, Neiman Marcus, QVC, and Nordstrom look to “Business Woman of the Year” and “Female Executive of the Year” (Women World Awards) winner Daniela to find “the next big thing” in beauty.
The Young Group
Before opening The Young Group in 1999, Karen was Vice President of Marketing, Advertising, Product Development and Sales Promotion for Lancôme. Prior to that, she spent seventeen years at Estée Lauder, where she held a variety of executive positions, including Executive Director of Color Cosmetics.
Karen is an active board member of Fashion Group International. She is a certified personal trainer and nutritionist. Karen divides her time between New York and Paris, where The Young Group also has an office.
Since opening The Young Group, Karen has worked extensively in all categories of the cosmetic industry. She has developed concepts and products for RoC, Bath and Body Works, Neutrogena, e.l.f, Vichy and Oribe. Karen has worked on numerous established brands in the beauty category, including Christian Dior Beauté, Shiseido, Bumble & bumble, Dove and Paula’s Choice.
Karen is an adjunct professor at The Fashion Institute of Technology, teaching Product Development in the Master’s program in Cosmetic & Fragrance Marketing and Management.
Senior Manager of Sustainability
Director of Sustainability
Senior Packaging Development Manager
Studio Ethur Ethur
Hal Ethridge is Partner & Creative Director of Studio Ethur Ethur, a multidisciplinary design agency focusing on the interaction of art & commerce. Since 2017, Studio Ethur Ethur has become a nimble team of 5 building brands nationwide in the CPG & hospitality space for clients such as Red Bull, Anheuser Busch, Venmo, Solento Organic Tequila, 805 Beer & more.
Director of Demand Supply Planning
Beach House Group (Brand Incubator behind Pattern, Florence by Mills, and Moon)
Inventor, Founder, & CEO
Sustainability Consultant & Carbon Specialist
VP Supply Chain and Sustainability
CEO & Chairman
CEO & Founder
CEO & Founder
Trend Localization & Business Development Director, North America
Founder, Technical Ingredient + Brand Consultant
Lam Phaure Beauty
Lumson North America
Allure Business Media
IBG North America
ID Brand Architect Lab
CEO & Co-Owner
Allta International, Inc.
VP of Sustainability & Impact
Boma Brown-West is an experienced sustainability leader, with expertise in environmental health, climate, packaging and product circularity, and water. She has advanced ESG solutions across a variety of sectors including food, cosmetics and personal care, household cleaning, apparel, buildings, electronics and household appliances. She currently serves as Credo Beauty’s VP of Sustainability and Impact.
Senior Manager, Sustainability
Danielle McWaters is the Creative Director, Strategist, Educator, Advisor and Founder of California-based branding and packaging studio, Designsake. She started her career in publishing as a photographer, then transitioned to a visual designer at Benefit Cosmetics where she developed brand and product strategy, created custom packaging, and executed global advertising campaigns for six years. In 2014, she broke off to start Designsake. Since launching her studio, Danielle has partnered with numerous startups and legacy brands in the beauty, health and wellness, food and beverage, lifestyle, climate and B2B categories.Her studio has won numerous design awards including The Dieline, Print, World Brand Design Society, and Pentawards. Some of Designsake’s most notable projects include Partake Brewing, Helpful Hens, nixit, and MATTER.
Co-Founder and Creative Director
Director of Product Design
Jimmy Tea is the Director of Product Design at VOLUSPA, a global luxury home fragrance brand based in California. He comes with over 15 years of experience in design and development and is responsible for the elegant, artful candle glass and alluring print packaging that the brand is loved for.
Founder, Head of Product Development
Holistic Beauty Group
Robyn Melissa Watkins is an award-winning product developer and founder of Holistic
Beauty Group. Somewhat of a beauty anthropologist, her visionary approach to product
development merges cutting-edge technology, healing modalities and strategic depth to
create products that align to missions. She has thoughtfully coined this approach as
mission-aligned product development, shifting the culture of beauty.
With a career spanning over 20 years, Watkins has demonstrated exceptional leadership
at industry giants Estee Lauder and Arbonne, where she spearheaded global product
development in all categories of beauty, lifestyle, and ingredient policy development.
At Holistic Beauty Group, Watkins and her team of product developers, strategists and
scientists are dedicated to developing culturally resonating products and formulations
that represent the modern era of beauty, sparking dialogues and empowering new
voices within the beauty space. In recent years, Robyn and her team launched products
at the intersection of beauty and psychodermatology, helping to define a new category
of beauty supporting the mind-body axis. Noteworthy clients include high profile
celebrities, Versed, Pattern, Rizos Curls, Selfmade, and Bread Beauty Supply.
Robyn has illuminated a path and left the door open for many to follow, paying it
forward by mentoring a long list of successful product developers along her journey.
Robyn’s visionary approach to beauty and wellness has gained significant recognition,
with features in major media outlets such as Essence Magazine, Byrdie, Beauty
Independent, and Well + Good Magazine.
Sam is a former machine learning and software engineer with a strong background in retail technology. He used to work at Facebook Marketplace, collaborating closely with major e-commerce platforms like Shopify and BigCommerce. Sam later started his own Shopify store and founded a successful Shopify app, which became one of the top 100 apps on the Shopify App store. Sam’s experiences in building retail systems and managing e-commerce stores have shown him how tedious and time-consuming a lot of retail operations are for a typical merchant, especially around managing inventories. These insights inspired him to co-found Shypyard, with the mission to become the next generation inventory planning and forecasting tool for independent beauty brands. Shypyard aims to merge the power of AI with client’s business acumen to unlock cash from excess inventory and increase gross margins.
VP Sales and Client Relations
Jaguar Freight Services
Paul Speakman is an accomplished executive with over 20 years of experience in commercial management and logistics. With a strong background in supply chain technology, international intermodal shipping and final mile delivery, Paul has delivered results for some of the world’s most demanding brands. Prior to joining Jaguar Freight Services, “The Freight ArchitectsTM,” Paul held various positions at DHL, overseeing initiatives for the Southeast US, Puerto Rico, and the Midwest region, including expanding DHL’s presence in international air freight and ecommerce final mile delivery services.
Global Chief Creative Officer
Kurt Kretten is Global Chief Creative Officer at Marks. A creative leader and curious soul with over 20 years of experience in everything from brand design to product development, advertising and film, Kurt is a multi-disciplined designer in a mad pursuit of experiences that connect people, culture, brands, and technology in meaningful ways.
Bill McCool is the Editor-in-Chief at Dieline, a leading online media platform for packaging design, branding, and sustainability. With a keen eye for innovation and a passion for connecting the design community, Bill has been instrumental in shaping Dieline into a must-read resource for creative professionals worldwide.
Before joining Dieline, Bill honed his editorial skills as a freelancer and ghostwriter, covering a wide range of topics. Not only have his words appeared in publications like The Muse and Branders, but he was also the Managing Editor at PRINT. Bill and his family call Massachusetts home, but he is still very much a Philadelphia Phillies fan, so don’t worry too much about where his allegiances are.
Senior Design Director
Chase Design Group
Jennessa Davis is a Senior Design Director in the LA office of Chase Design Group. With 13 years of experience in brand strategy, visual identity and packaging design, she prides herself on high-level strategic thinking and visionary creative solutions. Jennessa leads work for global clients including Starbucks, P&G and Frito Lay.
Illustrator, Designer & Co-Founder
Sophia Chang hails from the borough of Queens, New York and has championed a name for herself in the art, design and streetwear community world wide. With her BFA from Parsons School of Design coupled with a natural acumen for business she has collaborated with a-list names across multiple fields such as Samsung, Nike, Refinery29, Adidas, Apple, Footlocker, HBO, and the NBA to name a few. As a gifted multimedia storyteller with the ability to create lucid and inspirited imagery, she’s expanding market boundaries and defining a new vivid, visual vocabulary. She understands that presence has dimension. Online or in real life, Sophia inspires connection. Passionate about everyone’s story, she listens and interprets those stories to empower the community she loves and respects. Sophia is a creative engine that lives to propel her friends and clients to greatness.