CEW Female Founder Awards

Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW), the leading organization for beauty industry professionals, held its 2nd annual Female Founder Awards on Wednesday, January 22nd, recognizing six entrepreneurs for their passion, leadership and innovation.

The Female Founder Awards were created in 2019 to recognize leading beauty pathfinders who have served as industry inspiration, while successfully growing beauty brands. The success of the inaugural event, combined with the deluge of thriving women-led and female-founded companies, has prompted this year’s event.



The 2020 honorees included:

  • Amanda E Johnson and KJ Miller, Co-Founders, Mented;
  • Rea Ann Silva, Founder and CEO, Beautyblender;
  • Dr. Barbara Sturm, Founder and CEO, Molecular Cosmetics;
  • Rose Marie Swift, Founder and President, RMS Beauty; and
  • Charlotte Tilbury, Founder, Chairman, President and Chief Creative Officer, Charlotte Tilbury

“For nearly seven decades, CEW has helped women in beauty achieve, advance and inspire. This award program continues that mission,” says CEW President, Carlotta Jacobson. “We are honored to recognize these outstanding women, from both new and established brands, for their business accomplishments and industry disruption.”

CEW’s Lisa Klein with Symrise’s Achim Daub, Usha Vijay, Phlur’s Eric Korman and Goodkind Co’s Mary Berry and Ellen Lennon

CEW’s other programs to recognize achievement include the Achiever Awards, which honor outstanding female leaders in the beauty industry, and the Top Talent Awards, which recognize up-and-coming executives at mid-career. Like this award, the purpose is to inspire future leaders, as well as support the advancement of women in the industry.

The event was sponsored by Symrise, Arcade Beauty, The Sage Group, IPSY, Nordstrom, Sephora, 24 Seven, Afterpay, Beauty Inc, WWD, Moss and Kaplow Communications.


Christine Schott Ledes
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