2024 Speakers

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.

Daniela CIOCAN


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.
Instagram @danielamciocan



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.

Alexandra LANPHIER

Senior Manager of Sustainability



Director of Sustainability


Krystina WILSON

Senior Packaging Development Manager


Krystina Wilson is a certified Packaging Expert with 10 years of experience in product development within the Beauty Space specializing in formula and fragrance development, package innovation, sustainability and engineering. Krystina has been involved in over 200 product launches in her career, drawing upon her interactions with in-market product and packaging as both a Beauty Consumer and a Professional to provide insight into innovations for the future. Currently, Krystina serves as the Senior Packaging Development Manager with Versed Skin working to create functional, safe, innovative and eco-conscious packaging from beginning to end. Prior to Versed Skin, Krystina began her career as Day Spa owner and Licensed Esthetician of Bella by Krys Day Spa before she transitioned into a development role with COOLA and Bare Republic Sunscreen as an Assistant to the PD Manager. After a lot of hard work and a passion for packaging, she was promoted to their Senior Packaging Engineer role spearheading and managing all aspects of packaging for both brands. Making good for you skincare with inclusive packaging is what we all want!!


Creative Director

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.


Dan LI



While previously working as the finance and operations lead at a DTC brand, Dan Li wrestled with clumsy spreadsheet-based supply chain planning. During business school, Dan was shocked to learn that the beauty and personal care industry holds more than double the ratio of excess inventory compared to other consumer goods, yet also faces high stockout rates. As a result, Dan incubated Shypyard at the Harvard Innovation Lab. Shypyard provides a software platform to help indie beauty brands with supply chain planning, thereby promoting cash-efficient growth and reducing environmental impacts of brands’ supply chain. Outside of his day job, Dan enjoys interviewing and learning from beauty entrepreneurs and executives on his podcast, Behind the Brand.


Director of Demand Supply Planning

Beach House Group (Brand Incubator behind Pattern, Florence by Mills, and Moon)

Mark Thomas is the Director of Demand and Supply Planning at Beach House Group, the incubator behind world-class brands like Pattern, Florence by Mills, and Moon. A proud graduate of UCLA and USC, Mark was inspired to pursue a career in Operations and Planning after taking a position at a start-up cosmetics brand and learning (on the job!) about the impact of supply chain operations. Prior to working at Beach House Group, Mark was the Purchasing Director at Milani and Jordana Cosmetics where he was responsible for all forecasting, inventory planning, and purchasing.


Program Director


Carly is Pact Collective’s Program Director. She’s passionate about moving the beauty industry toward circularity. She brings 5+ years of experience working with communities to maximize environmental and social impact, including a hard-to-recycle takeback program


Inventor, Founder, & CEO


Meet Joy Hoover, an unstoppable force of strategic innovation and powerful brand building. She’s not your average thought partner, consultant, and speaker – she’s the life of the digital, on-air, and in-person party! With 14 years of experience in safety activism, Joy is your go-to champion for social justice, creating systemic change while cultivating essential resources and safe spaces of belonging. Joy is the mastermind behind three nationally acclaimed social impact startups, was recently nominated for the Vegas Top Tech Awards, and won the Entrepreneur of the Year award at the 2022 Iconic Women of Distinction Awards. She’s a collector of accolades, having been celebrated as Vegas Inc’s Women Inspiring Nevada in 2021, the proud recipient of the Soroptimist International of Las Vegas 2020 Ruby Award, and honored with the Clark County Law Foundation’s 2019 Champion of Justice Through Service. Joy has also been turning heads globally with features in hundreds of print and media articles. NPR, LA Times, Huffington Post, Vice, Yahoo Finance, Cosmetics Design, and The Street have all shared parts of Joy’s inspiring message. And as an accomplished public speaker, Joy shares with audiences from cozy gatherings of 50 to stadium-sized crowds of 10,000. Her speaking engagements include some amazing companies like: Lululemon, Rimini Street, TEDx, Hard Rock, the City of Las Vegas, and Zappos. Joy’s personal life is as vibrant as her professional journey. Joy and her husband Phil just celebrated 18 years of marriage, 15 years of entrepreneurship, and 11 years of therapy (because, let’s face it, we all need it). Joy and Phil are on a mission to make the world a safer place and they’re not just talking about it, they’re linking arms with their community and knocking down barriers. Their latest endeavor, ‘Esōes Cosmetics,’ is gaining massive notoriety as the first-ever patented personal safety cosmetics line. These products combine beauty, science, and technology to fight the epidemic of drug-facilitated sexual assault and violence. So, whether she’s leading a movement of change, creating impact from the stage, or revolutionizing the cosmetics industry, Joy Hoover is the epitome of passion, purpose, and pure, unadulterated fun. She’s not only a trailblazer; she’s a human who gives a sh*t!




Sheri is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategist of MSLK, a branding agency based in New York. MSLK specializes in helping beauty companies find their voice in today’s crowded marketplace through 360° positioning — from overall brand strategy to brand identity, packaging, websites and digital marketing campaigns. Sheri has worked with clients such as Aveda, Chanel, Joico, John Masters Organics, Maybelline, Ouidad, Redken, Sephora, in addition to many smaller brands. She frequently speaks about marketing and branding at conferences around the world. In 2002 Sheri co-founded the non-profit organization, Spark Design Professionals and in 2012 Evolve Symposium. Both produce events and workshops dedicated to best practices and business acumen for design agencies.

Alexandra URIBE

Sustainability Consultant & Carbon Specialist


Alexandra is a sustainability professional with a life-long passion for low environmental impact behavior. She holds a Master’s degree in Corporate Environmental Management and has 7+ years of experience in the field. Alexandra started her career in sustainability ratings then moved into sustainability consulting and carbon accounting. Most recently she has focused on sustainability communications helping to drive transparency in corporate communications through precise use of language and statistics, reducing the prevalence of greenwashing. Alexandra received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and M.S. from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Akemi OOKA

VP Supply Chain and Sustainability


With over 20 years of CPG experience, from Fortune 500 companies to small startups, Akemi’s experience ranges from product development to sourcing and supply chain transformation. Akemi has run chemical procurement at The Clorox Company, formulation and fragrance development at method, and was most recently VP of Product at J.R. Watkins, overseeing development, quality, regulatory compliance, claim support, and third-party manufacturing oversight for hand care, personal care, home care, and OTC remedies. She now heads up the Independent Beauty Association’s (IBA) global supply chain and sustainability programming, supporting small to medium-sized businesses in the beauty and personal care sector. Akemi holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles.



KKT Consultant

Entrepreneur and Cosmetic Chemist Krupa Koestline merges her background in biology, biochemistry, and biotechnology with her lifelong practice of Ayurveda to create new concepts and innovations in the beauty space. Starting her 10+ year career at Estee Lauder and Neutrogena, Krupa pivoted her focus to creating safer products after seeing firsthand the impact of potentially harmful ingredients used in personal care products. As the founder of KKT Consultants, Krupa understands the importance of innovation in today’s competitive and saturated beauty market. As an expert resource, Krupa strives to dispel myths and misinformation around clean beauty, to see through convenient marketing tactics and buzzwords, and forecast insights into the next trendy ingredient.


Christina ROSS

Senior Scientist

CREDO Beauty




Xin Shui, is a visionary Founder and CEO of Filterbaby, the pioneering dermatologist-approved water filtration device for skincare. With a rich background as a third-generation healthcare practitioner, Xin’s holistic approach aligns with Traditional Chinese Medicine, addressing root causes with natural remedies. Unveiling a groundbreaking correlation between tap water quality and skin health three years ago, Xin’s keen observation led to Filterbaby, a million-dollar brand transforming lives. Having treated over 10,000 patients, Xin seamlessly transitions from healer to transformative entrepreneur, merging ancient wisdom with contemporary insights. Join Xin on stage for an inspiring journey, embodying the fusion of tradition and entrepreneurial vision for a healthier future.


CEO & Chairman

Arnasi Group

Dan has over 30+ years in the bio pharma and consumer health industries with broad experience including corporate development, brand development, operations, sales and marketing, manufacturing, and global supply chain. Dan has helped launch over 20 products in his career, and has started several companies from scratch. In addition he has participated in taking three companies public and enjoys developing and launching unique companies and brands with fantastic teams.


CEO & Founder


Eva has over 15 years’ international experience in the Beauty Industry, in the innovation and product development area, on the events and media side. Eva is now helping beauty brand marketers to develop better products with sustainability at the core thanks to the re/sources intelligence platform dedicated to beauty & sustainability.. Forward thinker, Eva is always scouting the latest trends and innovations from brands and suppliers, hosting regular events to support beauty professionals to make informed decisions and build stronger brand portfolios and better “sustainable” marketing claims.


CEO & Founder

Anisa International

CEO & Founder of Anisa International and Anisa Beauty. Anisa is proud to lead the only female-owned brush manufacturer in the world. All of our brushes are clean, cruelty-free and ethically made.


Trend Localization & Business Development Director, North America


Eleonora is the Trend Localization & Business Development Director, North America at BEAUTYSTREAMS and has been spearheading business and partnership developments within the American and Canadian markets. After managing the U.K. market, Eleonora is now in charge of growing BEAUTYSTREAMS’ largest accounts and has attended and presented insightful conferences at many global beauty trade shows including MakeUp in New York 2022 with BEAUTYSTREAMS Founder and CEO, Lan Vu. Passionate about culture and travel, Eleonora earned a Master’s Degree in Languages, Society & Communications from the University of Bologna followed by a Master’s Degree in Digital Marketing & Communications at 24ORE Business School. Of Italian origin, Eleonora is fluent in four languages and has leaned on her collaborative and entrepreneurial nature to develop many successful collaborations for BEAUTYSTREAMS.



Guide Beauty


Founder, Technical Ingredient + Brand Consultant

Lam Phaure Beauty

Laura Lam-Phaure is the Founder behind Lam Phaure Beauty, a marketing and product development agency revolutionizing the beauty industry by combing scientific innovation with marketing for ingredient suppliers and brands. Laura is a cosmetic chemist, educator, and influential leader, Laura champions sustainability and transparency within the beauty landscape.With a background at a start-up contract manufacturer and a leading brand incubator, Laura brings a wealth of diverse experience to her role. Currently serving as a board member of Beauty Industry West and an member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. Recognized for her ‘Formulating on Trend’ column in Cosmetics and Toiletries Magazine, Laura’s technical knowledge is sought after by prominent media outlets such as Allure, Teen Vogue, Byrdie, and Beauty Independent.



Hello Biome

Dr. Elsa Jungman has made notable contributions to skin health and microbiome research. Holding a Ph.D. in skin barrier function, she has collaborated with companies like L’Oreal and AOBiome. Her realization of the widespread issue of sensitive skin among women inspired her to develop microbiome-focused skincare solutions. In late 2020, she launched a pioneering microbiome-friendly skincare line, followed by a unique direct-to-consumer microbiome test kit in retail outlets. By 2022, Dr. Jungman introduced HelloBiome, a B2B AI platform utilizing microbiome data for personal care innovation and customization. She has partnered with various brands, including True Botanicals, K18, and Nutrafol.

Emanuele MAZZEI


Lumson North America

Emanuele Mazzei has held the Chief Executive Officer & Executive Vice President of Global Business position at LUMSON’S USA since 2017, following a 30-plus year career in the primary packaging industry (previously CEO at Heinz Glass North America). With his global experience in strategic sales and marketing, Emanuele Mazzei is helping drive Lumson in its endeavour for global presence.


Content Director

Allure Business Media

Jeb Gleason-Allured is content director of Allured Business Media—comprising Skin Inc., Global Cosmetic Industry, Cosmetics & Toiletries, MedEsthetics, NailPro, Beauty Launchpad and DaySpa—spanning professional and B2B beauty, wellness, and flavor and fragrance innovation. He represents the fourth generation of the Allured family to serve at the company.

Jennifer RAPHAEL


IBG North America



ID Brand Architect Lab

Ana Allen, a renowned beauty guru and product developer, embarked on her extraordinary journey in the film and television industry before seamlessly transitioning into the cosmetics field. Her career includes valuable stints with the Chanel brand and the LVMH Group. With this wealth of experience under her belt, she ventured into entrepreneurship, founding a beauty school and successfully scaling her first cosmetic brand. Simultaneously, Ana began consulting for other cosmetic companies and introduced her skincare lines and additional brands, showcasing her versatility and innovation. In this transformative phase of her career, Ana discovered the convergence of her true passion, purpose, and skills—particularly her fervor for research and development (R&D) and brand building. Her unwavering dedication to both R&D and brand building became a driving force in her professional journey. Furthermore, Ana fostered a significant social media presence, where she passionately shared her knowledge and expertise. Through various platforms, she educated and empowered entrepreneurs in the art of brand building, further solidifying her role as an industry influencer and mentor. Her impact extended beyond her successful ventures, demonstrating her commitment to elevating the cosmetics industry and nurturing the aspirations of emerging brands.


CEO & Co-Owner

Allta International, Inc.

After spending 23 years in the apparel world David and his business Partner created Allta International Inc. Allta is a factory Owned Color / Skin Care Cosmetic Turn key company with factories in China. Allta Creates exciting, Innovative, beautiful and sustainable products for Brands all over the world.


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.

Alexandra LANPHIER

Senior Manager, Sustainability

Ulta Beauty



Designsake Studio

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


Jimmy TEA

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.


Jennessa DAVIS

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.


Sophia CHANG

Illustrator, Designer & Co-Founder

Common Ace

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.