Meet the Advisory Board
The board was thoughtfully curated to include experts from across all prestige sectors for a comprehensive view of the entire luxury industry. Their insights and expertise will facilitate the show’s continual goal of elevating visitor engagement and being the megaphone for educational content intended to inspire packaging breakthroughs.
Program Development & Execution
Nicole Bourdette-Kosmider serves as the Global Product Development Manager for Belvedere Vodka, part of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy. In her role, she manages Belvedere's product development initiatives including sourcing, sustainability, budgeting and ongoing category management. Additionally, Nicole plays a role in the organization’s strategic innovation and development of trend-forward projects.
Previously, she worked in product development roles for Ralph Lauren and Global Brands Group on Tommy Hilfiger, BCBGeneration and Jones New York. She has successfully launched products for these brands from the initial stages all the way through to market launch. Nicole enjoys the creativity of product development and sourcing as well as the ability to critically analyze the factors and costs associated with bringing a product to market.
Nicole is a results-oriented and highly analytical product development professional with a strong record of increasing efficiency. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University, in Romance Languages and Business Studies. She is fluent in French and Italian.
Director of Cosmetics PKG Americas
L'ORÉAL, URBAN DECAY
Nikia Brown has over 20 years of experience in
consumer goods packaging. Prior to joining L’Oreal in 2020, her diverse career experiences included key roles at global brands such as Johnson & Johnson, ConAgra Foods, Black & Decker, PepsiCo, and Murad. She is a transformational and inspirational leader who has a deep passion for innovation and developing others. Her accomplishments include numerous creative packaging solutions for which she holds several patents. Nikia earned a B.S. of Packaging Science from The Rochester Institute of Technology and holds a PMP Certification from The Project Management Institute. In her spare time, Nikia practices interior design and is an avid traveler. She enjoys exploring different countries, cultures, and cuisines with her husband Chadwick.
Senior Director of Packaging Design
Lauren leads the packaging design team at Forma Brands, a brand incubator and curator specializing in beauty and wellness.
Lauren is an expert in Sustainable Packaging Design, working closely with brands to help them lessen environmental impact through innovative design, packaging and materials. She’s passionate about educating brands and consumers on how to make more sustainable choices.
Founder & President
French born Laurent Hainaut is an Industrial Designer by training. Laurent is founder and President of force MAJEURE Design, an Independent Creative Agency based in Brooklyn, NY. Laurent has over 30 years of experience in Visual strategy, Brand Identity, Product Design, Packaging Design, Retail Environments & Experiences, Consumer Product Innovation, and Global Design Management. His knowledge of international markets and design has helped to make force MAJEURE design a leader in global Design. His creative vision and strategic counsel have been valued by clients across a broad range of industries, including Unilever, Diageo, Pepsico, Gallo, Penfolds, L’Oreal, and many others.
TATA HARPER SKINCARE
Tata Harper, Colombian beauty guru and industrial engineer, co-founded Tata Harper Skincare with her partner after her stepfather's cancer opened her eyes to the dangers of synthetic chemicals in personal care products. Tata Harper Skincare creates and manufactures 100% natural and nontoxic luxury skincare at Tata'sfamily farm in Vermont. Complex, advanced technology formulas give women age-defying results without a drop of synthetic chemicals, so no woman has to compromise her health for her beauty
Beauty innovator and seasoned entrepreneur Tina Hedges is a strategic marketing professional with the reputation of building successful corporate portfolios and startups in the USA, Europe, and Asia.
Her work has spanned the categories of lifestyle, personal care, consumer packaged goods, and tech and her career to date includes tenures at LVMH, The Estée Lauder Companies and L’Oréal, as well as consultancies with clients as varied as COTY and The Clorox Companies. Throughout her career Tina has significantly contributed to the global growth of both Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial ventures.
An accomplished trend-tracker, she has created and next-leveled disruptive, innovative brands. Tina uses key insights and new media platforms to cultivate an emotional connectivity with the consumer in order to drive sales in luxury, mass, direct-to-consumer and branded retail distribution. Tina has successfully launched brands in diverse segmentations, from wellness and beauty to beverage and digital. As a founder of a breakthrough vegan haircare brand in 2005, Tina delivered top-line sales of $28MM and a profit of $4MM in profit in just 18 months by pioneering the use of a reality TV show as the launch vehicle.
She also helped turn the functional beverage sector on its head with the creation of a new category of "hangover prevention" drinks. LOLI – short for Loving Organic Living Ingredients – came to her when she began resorting back to old holistic methods to treat personal health issues.
Her meals consisted of juices and foods made with fresh, raw ingredients that she was able to purchase at markets and health food stores around New York City.
It was the idea of being able to shop for beauty the same way she shopped for her food, coupled with Tina’s knowledge of how most beauty products are made (comprising 95% water and tiny doses of potent ingredients) – that led to the birth of LOLI.
The brand takes a blend it yourself approach to beauty, offering pre-made BASE products made up of organic, natural ingredients and MIX-INS (The Raw Collection) that can be added to a base product to enhance or personalize for each consumer.
Launching November 2017, LOLI will start with 10 BASES and 15-20 MIX-INS (The Raw Collection) that will work for both skin and hair.
Founder & CEO
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.
Global Brand Manager - Packaging
TIFFANY & CO.
Liz Morris is the Global Brand Manager-Packaging at Tiffany & Co and has been with Tiffany & Co since 2017. Before coming to Tiffany, she had her own company, Sanitation Creations, and holds multiple patents for a waterless toilet. She has focused her career for the past 10+ years on sustainable packaging solutions. She has a MBA and a Master of Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in Packaging Science.