The 2021 expert roster will be announced in March 2021. We invite you to meet the 2019 industry innovators and thinkers below.
Counsel, LOCKE LORD
Ms. Blinkoff represents manufacturers, marketers, and distributors of cosmetics, dietary supplements, over the counter drugs, and medical devices as well as beauty appliances and other consumer products and luxury goods. Ms. Blinkoff regularly advises clients on compliance with the laws enforced by the FDA, CPSC, and the FTC, and obtaining FDA registrations and 510k premarket clearances. For many years Ms. Blinkoff has played a leadership role in the Cosmetics and Personal Care Industry serving on the Board of Directors and as Corporate Secretary for the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) Trade Association. Ms. Blinkoff on behalf of ICMAD has served as part of the industry negotiating team that met with representatives of the US FDA to develop a framework for new Cosmetic legislation. Ms Blinkoff has also been an active participant on behalf of the industry, by submitting comments on FDA’s proposed changes to the OTC Monograph proceedings and the proposal to require IND’s for cosmetic testing, as well as other regulatory proceedings both state and federal that impact on the Cosmetic and Personal Care industry. Having served as Division and Regulatory Counsel for Bristol-Myers Squibb/Fortis Clairol Division, as well as Senior Counsel for Revlon, Ms. Blinkoff brings considerable experience in representing regulated businesses on a broad range of regulatory and business matters. Ms. Blinkoff also served as General Counsel to Ethan Allen Inc. and was part of the management group that restructured the company and took it public. With her broad regulatory experience and business background, Ms. Blinkoff brings considerable knowledge and expertise to the challenges faced by her clients. Having spent her early career as a patent attorney for the National Institutes of Health, Ms. Blinkoff also brings a keen understanding of the technical side of the regulatory process and the interplay between regulatory issues and IP assets and how they relate to the client’s business strategy. Ms. Blinkoff has successfully defended clients in regulatory proceedings before the FDA and the FTC, and has instituted and defended clients in advertising challenges before the NAD, ERSP and the FTC as well as in Lanham Act litigations. She has also assisted in the structuring business transactions involving regulated products and industries, including corporate acquisitions and divestitures, public offerings, joint venture and distribution agreements.
Global Product Development Manager, BELVEDERE VODKA
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, 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.
Project Manager, BRIGHTWORKS SUSTAINABILITY
Leilanie Bruce is a Project Manager and Healthy Materials Specialist at Brightworks Sustainability, which uses deep subject matter expertise, advanced technical resources, creative problem solving, and a commitment to excellence to help her clients establish and implement operational sustainability programs that further their sustainability goals, reduce their environmental footprints, and continue to give meaning to their spaces while increasing their operational performance. Through her work across the United States and in Europe, Leilanie is uniquely experienced with helping design teams and product manufacturers investigate and mitigate the impacts of building products on human health and the natural environment through the pursuit of innovation and social impact. She translates rapid advancements in the field of material health and sustainability to Brightworks’ green building clients, from the artisans who outfit stores for GUCCI, to design teams choosing custom furniture and fixtures for global workplaces and advanced facilities. She is adept at helping craft long-term sustainable strategies that help build unique values for brands. Leilanie’s healthy materials clients include Facebook, Google, The National Park Service, Oregon Health and Science University, and others. “ You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S Lewis
Editor-in-Chief, BRAND EXPERIENCE MAGAZINE (BXP)
N - Founder, ACCESS BEAUTY INSIDER
Daniela specializes in the curation of initiatives and opportunities within the beauty industry that align retailers, distributors, influencers, and the media together for creative collaborations. Her accomplishments include receiving twice the “Marketing Genius” award by the Trade Show Executive and “Female Executive of the Year 2018” by the Women’s World Awards. In addition to being one of beauty industry’s most respected and sought after Marketing Expert, Daniela Ciocan is the Executive Producer of the TV series The Look All Stars airing on CW Sinclair Broadcasting Group and HULU. IG: @danielamciocan
Vice President of Global Strategic Accounts for Brand, PANTONE COLOR INSTITUTE
Cindy Cooperman, Vice President of Global Strategic Accounts for Brand, draws on 20 years of experience in different parts of the brand packaging value chain. Her core focus is in the areas of graphics, imaging, and color for packaging and other color-critical designs. She leads a team of Sales Executives, Solutions Architects, and Customer Engagement Managers who help brands get the right color and get color right. Prior to joining X-Rite in 2012, Cooperman worked at the Eastman Kodak Company for 13 years and is a graduate of Ryerson’s Graphics Communication Program.
Vice President of Sustainability, Product & Business Strategy, MARA HOFFMAN
Dana Davis graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in 2003, and immediately co-founded a design label and retail store in Brooklyn, NY. After several years, her passion in production and design led her to work across the apparel industries at various companies such as Urban Outfitters, Macy's, and Carlisle Group. In 2010, was recruited by Mara Hoffman to lead and grow the company’s Production Department, where she secured partnerships with facilities across the world while optimizing internal processes. In 2012, Davis became the Director of Production and Design and was integral in the company’s transformation into the recognizable and widely distributed brand that it is today. In 2015, Founder and President Mara Hoffman appointed Davis to spearhead the company’s transition towards sustainability. Since then, the Mara Hoffman brand has taken critical steps to mapping, evaluating, and reconfiguring its supply chain in order to make positive changes. Dana, now the Vice President of Sustainability, Product and Business Strategy is also an advisor for Fashion Revolution USA and is engaged with industry organizations, educators, and innovators such as Fashion Positive, Textile Exchange, CFDA, and the SAC.
Editor-in-Chief, FORME DE LUXE MAGAZINE
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 from both a brand and a supplier perspective. She has been Editor in Chief of French luxury packaging magazine Formes de Luxe since 2015.
Jonathan Eppers is the CEO & Founder of VYBES, a lifestyle beverage startup crafting organic drinks made with Hemp CBD (Cannabidiol). Prior to founding VYBES in 2018, Jonathan served as the CEO & Founder at RadPad, an end-to-end marketplace that made easier moving. Based in LA, VYBES was created to improve one's emotional well-being while reducing stress.
Planted in Beauty’s Co-Founders: Seasoned beauty executives and skincare mavens Lynne Florio and Renee Tavoularis. They have a long history together – 20+ years of working side by side at La Prairie, a luxury beauty company – and they had envisioned collaborating on their own beauty and wellness brand that spoke to their passion and pursuit of well-being and the healthiest versions of themselves. The natural, non-toxic, organic skincare collection, PLANTED IN BEAUTY, is the just that – created with the belief that wellness and beauty are inextricably linked. Lynne has over 35 years of proven success and brand expertise in product, package, and creative development in the prestige beauty business, La Prairie. Under her dynamic leadership as Global Brand President, La Prairie expanded to over 80 countries.
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.
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 to 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.
Founder and CEO, GRANDE COSMETICS
As CEO of Grande Cosmetics, Alicia Grande knows a thing or two about performance cosmetics. In fact, many consider her as the expert who started the category. Alicia is a lifelong beauty enthusiast, having worked in the industry since she was a teen because she “loved the way beauty can truly transform someone.” Passionate about beauty and wellness, she started a radio show called “The Health Buzz” in 2005 where she interviewed experts on anti-aging, skincare, vitamins and cosmetics. It’s here she interviewed a doctor and scientist who created a formula to promote longer, thicker lashes. As a woman who suffered from thinning lashes, she was thrilled when she used the product and experienced incredibly noticeable results. Amazed by the transformation, she was inspired to launch Grande Cosmetics with the hero product, GrandeLASH-MD. Today, Alicia has expanded her mission to not only provide bigger, better lashes to the masses but also bolder lips, brows and hair too. The Grande Cosmetics line is proof that result-driven products don’t have to feel boring or medical. 2018 also marked the brand’s 10th anniversary, a milestone that is a testament to where Alicia started and what she has grown to become. Grande Cosmetics is truly a beauty brand that empowers the customer to embrace their own unique beauty and make one’s natural features pop! For more information on Grande Cosmetics or to interview Alicia, please contact Alex Guida Watson ([email protected]), Sasha Collins ([email protected]) or Maggie Stout ([email protected]) at blue sky communications, 212-995-1777.
Executive Director Global Package Development for ESTEE LAUDER COMPANIES
Cindy Graney, Executive Director Global Package Development for Estee Lauder Companies, has over 30 years of experience in cosmetic packaging. Her passion stems from creating the best customer experience and interaction with the package. There is a never-ending drive for trends, new materials, sustainability as they relate to packaging and new offerings to the consumer.
ABA LOVE APOTHECARY
Aba Gyepi-Garbrah is the founder and creator of Aba Love Apothecary. The love of plant medicine led her to a discovery of exotic flowers, humble weeds, precious oils, sacred woods and resins that were rich in telling the stories of natures secrets and the history of the world. Professional training at New York Institute of Aromatics cultivated her skills in olfactory art and natural healing through the senses. Aba purposefully created The Apothecary to embrace the whole person, tailored for those who seek to harness the magic of plants in daily life.
Senior supervisor - Package Development, GLOSSIER
With just under 10 years in the luxury cosmetic and beauty industry, Drew has a proven track record of developing high-quality packaging in a competitive environment. With experiences spanning Estee Lauder, L'Oreal and now Glossier, his skills hone in on marrying the gap between product development and internal design teams while delivering products that live up to the quality standards that are required to exceed in the beauty industry.
Vice President, Global Package Development, THE ESTEE LAUDER COMPANIES INC
Founder & CEO, FORCE MAJEURE
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.
CEO, LOLI 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.
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, retail experience, digital and social media campaigns. Sheri has worked with clients such as Aveda, Johnson & Johnson, 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. Sheri co-founded the non-profit organization, Spark Design Professionals in 2002, and Evolve Symposium in 2012. Both produce events and workshops dedicated to best practices and business acumen for design agencies.
Chief Brand Officer, CANNUKA
Stephen is leading the charge by directing Sanna Mundi’s Global Cannabis Brand Portfolio. Responsible for the ideation, creation and development of brand ethos, product development and leading the strategy surrounding the launching of and growth of the individual product lines. Aside from merchandising for brands like RH, JCrew and Kate Spade, his background in both Human Resources and Operations gives him the ability to connect and lead the right people for the growth of the brand; while maintaining an intimate knowledge of supply chain logistics to hit these targets on time. Excited for the opportunity to take this passion across multiple categories and build the first legitimate Cannabis lifestyle brand with product lines acutely focused on the Canna Curious discerning luxury Wellness consumer. As a thought leader in the space the Stephen has spoken at both intimate gatherings for press as well as with C Suite panels to discuss the global cannabis trend and how the different international market will embrace and amplify the space. Looking at each product with a focus on unique end user experience then reverse engineering that moment of engagement back down to the ideation that will fill that need. This new and emerging market is looking for leadership that isn't focused on the current landscape but for people that are looking towards what's happening 3-5-10 years from now and setting the foundation for a brands that will exceed those needs. Stephen is an avid endurance athlete having completed 4x 70.3 Half Ironman, and a combined total of more then 35 Full + Half marathons. His primary joys are traveling and spending time with his family and being the best uncle and godfather. "I find the harder I work, the 'luckier I am" "get the work done"
Editor-in-Chief, BEAUTY PACKAGING
Jamie Matusow is the Editor-in-Chief of Beauty Packaging magazine, where she writes about packaging suppliers, beauty brands, market trends and innovations in the global cosmetics packaging industry. She has held positions at a variety of magazines for more than 20 years, for the past 10, at Beauty Packaging.
VP Creative Director Package Design, VICTORIA SECRET
Sandra is an award winning creative director with 20+ years experience in the beauty, music and publishing industries. Her expertise is in delivering emotional product that connects with the consumer by capturing the essence of the brand she represents. In her current role as Vice President of Creative for Victoria’s Secret Beauty, Sandra is the driving force behind the design of all Victoria’s Secret Beauty packaging: fragrance, body care, cosmetics, seasonal gifting and more. Victoria’s Secret Beauty has the #1 fragrance in America, produces over 500 new products annually, and is on pace to exceed 1 billion dollars in sales in 2019.
U.S. Trend Reporter, STYLUS
Emilia researches and reports on US trends at Stylus, with a specific focus on how changing consumer lifestyle are driving innovation in sectors such as retail, food and beauty. Emilia previously worked in digital content marketing, supporting food and travel start-ups. In addition to tracking trends at Stylus, Emilia is a regular contributor to food design publication Mold and Califia Farms’ coffee magazine Pour Over.
Creative Technologist, GOOGLE
Rui Pereira is a Portuguese technologist, designer and educator based in NY. Passioned about people and technology Rui spends his time finding novel an unexpected ways to create interactive experiences that are expressive and delightful. Rui has worked as an Interaction Design consultant for IDEO, collaborated in low-cost open source eye-tracking devices and researched, designed and developed interactive experiences for brands like Coca-Cola, Heineken, HBO, Procter and Gamble among others. In other layers of this universe Rui has also created interactive sets for theater and developed live visuals interfaces to make shiny live graphics for music a little bit all over the world. Currently, Rui is a Creative Technologist at Google where he collaborates with brands to create innovative and unexpected branded experiences using Google’s insights and technology. Rui also teaches Magic Windows and Mixed-Up Realities: a course on thinking, sketching and designing Augmented and Mixed Reality experiences at ITP - a center for the recently possible at New York University and loves cooking and riding bikes with his family.
Vice President, PANTONE COLOR INSTITUTE
Laurie Pressman is the vice president of the Pantone Color Institute, the world’s most comprehensive destination to gain intelligence, insight and implications on the science and emotions of color. With over 20 years of experience in product development and merchandising for the fashion and home furnishings markets, Laurie recognizes that color is the most powerful communication tool, and as an intrinsic part of people’s immediate visual experience plays a significant role in space design, consumer purchasing decisions and effective brand management. She is involved in the development of Pantone’s color research and color trend forecasting products and sits on the Home Products Board at Fashion Institute of Technology and the Fashion Advisory Board at Savannah College of Art and Design.
Environmental Manager, VIROSPACK
Born in Barcelona in 1994, Aida Rodriguez is the Environmental Manager in VIROSPACK SLU. since 2016. Among her achievements, it stands out the Implementation and Certification ISO 14001: 15. Today, the biggest of its challenges to date is the incorporation of the Circular Economy concept in all the company's production processes. As her responsibilities, they highlight the search for new materials and processes in order to ensure continuous improvement in the Sustainability field - reducing waste and air pollution, improving the company's energy efficiency and promoting ecodesign and optimization of resources. Graduated in ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES by the University of Girona - Specializing in Advanced Technology and Environmental Restoration module-, Aida is totally committed to sustainability. Her environmental awareness and her respect for our planet and the generation of zero waste goes beyond her work, is her way of life. A passion that she transmits every day to all employees of Virospack, increasingly their committed to the environment inside and outside the company. Awarded in 2010 with the SPECIAL PRIZE OF THE SUPERIOR COUNCIL OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH (CSIC) and with the second prize 'Asociacia premládez, vedu a tecnuku AMAVET "in the INTERNACIONAL SCIENTIFIC EXPO of BRATISLAVA, for her research work in the USE OF RAIN WATERS and the project: “Qualitative and quantitative study of water filtered through a permeable pavement”. It is an efficacy study that was also presented in an entitled conference in Salamanca, Spain, by the Institute of Scientific and Ecological Research. A project which was awarded again in 2011 in Barcelona by EIDEA, in the Concurso pel Foment de la Recerca.
President, MARC ROSEN ASSOCIATES
Internationally acclaimed designer, Marc Rosen is known for his award-winning (seven FiFi awards, the Oscars of the fragrance industry) fragrance, cosmetic, and fashion packaging. A creative entrepreneur, he has developed several unique businesses in addition to Marc Rosen Associates, over the past decade; ACCESSmr, Pret-a-Porter and MRA Studio. His foresight has established him as a leader in the fields of design, manufacturing, marketing and public relations. His vision has been inspired by working with famous beauty manufacturers and fashion names such as; Revlon, Estee Lauder, Nina Ricci, Perry Ellis, Oscar de la Renta, Avon, Halston, Chloe, Karl Lagerfeld, Fendi, Bath & Body Works, Victoria's Secret, Ellen Tracy and Burberrys, etc… Just prior to establishing his own firm in 1989, Mr. Rosen was Senior Vice President — Corporate Design and Communications for Elizabeth Arden Global for over a decade. In that role he was responsible for all corporate design, packaging, in-store merchandising and public relations. Mr. Marc Rosen has been involved in three highly acclaimed museum exhibitions: In 1979 he created "Cosmetic Packaging: A 20th Century Art Form" at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City and co-chaired the Fragrance Foundations "Scents of Time" exhibit (1986-87) that traveled nationwide. In September 2002 he created an exhibit entitled "Glass Houses" featuring his perfume bottle designs to celebrate the opening of Pratt Institute's new graduate center in Manhattan. This year (2017), he was invited to curate a retrospective of his own work at the Nassau County Museum of Art. His designs are represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Musee de La Mode, Paris. The author of two books, ‘Glamour Icons’ ACC Publishing and ‘Rubbing Shoulders’ for Glitterati, Mr. Rosen also writes a monthly column (On Design) for the influential trade magazines, Beauty Packaging., Esprit in London and Embalage Marca in Brazil. He is a Professor (Package Design Workshop) at Pratt Institute Graduate school, where in 1989 they presented him with the prestigious "Excellence by Design" award and established a scholarship in his name for young designers. The scholarship is supported by the Cosmetic Industry at a fundraiser held at New York's University Club annually. His Educational Fund holds an annual Symposium on design. He is Trustee. Emeritas at Pratt. Often quoted in the press (SMITHSONIAN, ELLE, ALLURE, WWD, THE NEW YORK TIMES) as a cosmetic and fragrance authority, he has contributed his time and talents to many charity organizations, including; Lighthouse Guild, the March of Dimes, The American Cancer Society, The City of Hope, The Fragrance Foundation and the Fashion Institute of Technology. A graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University where he received a BFA, and an MS and Honorary Doctorate degree from Pratt Institute. In 2015 Pratt established two $1, 000,000 Full Tuition Scholarships in his name.
Founder & CEO, ROSEBUD CBD
Alexis Rosenbaum was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from Morehead State University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in social work and women’s studies. In 2017, Alexis’ sold her first entrepreneurial endeavor after generating over $500k in sales. While building her first business, Alexis began experimenting with cannabis and CBD to reduce stress and anxiety. She struggled to find a CBD product on the market that met her standards: oil extracted from hemp organically sun-grown in the U.S., consistent and transparent lab testing and, of course, compelling and relatable branding. Alexis developed a passion for CBD and soon began a mission to set the bar in the rapidly-growing industry. After discovering a small U.S. hemp farm whose values aligned with her own, Alexis founded Rosebud CBD. Launching in April 2018, Rosebud generated over six figures in the first year of business. Today, Rosebud is pioneering the CBD space with an elevated design that matches the integrity and sheer quality of its products.
Emily SAFIAN DEMERS
CREATIVE INNOVATION DIRECTOR, WUNDERMAN THOMPSON
Emily Safian-Demers is a Trends Analyst with Wunderman Thompson Intelligence (formerly J. Walter Thompson) where she identifies cultural trends, analyzes shifts in consumer behavior and translates these into actionable insight for brands and marketers. Prior to joining JWT, Emily was the Senior Project Manager for the Ipsos Neuro & Behavioral Science Center, a global task force spearheading innovative consumer neuroscience research to understand consumer emotion and motivation. Her work has taken her around the world, collaborating with colleagues and clients from a wide variety of sectors to implement research using EEG, facial coding and biometrics. She has a BA in Brain & Cognitive Science and French from the University of Rochester.
Executive Creative Director, STRANGER AND STRANGER
Kevin founded Stranger & Stranger in 1994 to specialize in alcoholic beverage packaging. Now one of the leading firms in the field with studios in London, New York and San Francisco, Stranger advises everyone from huge corporations like Bacardi and Constellation, on global brands like Jack Daniels and Absolut, all the way down to one man startups. Stranger labels up over a billion bottles and cans every year, winning hundreds of awards along the way, and has created brands worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Director of Open Innovation, Packaging Innovation - VP of Marketing and Partnerships, VIVABOX SOLUTIONS
VP of Marketing and Partnerships, VIVABOX SOLUTIONS Rachael Shayne is a Brand, Marketing, and Culture executive who helps companies drive innovation and growth. As the VP, Partnerships for Vivabox, Rachael develops trial, loyalty, and influencer box programs for retailers and brands. She has also served as the CEO for an early-stage technology startup, and the VP, Global Head of Marketing, Brand, and Culture at Zayo Group. Throughout her career, she has helped guide some of the world’s leading brands, including Procter & Gamble, Nestlé, Alibaba.com, The North Face, Colorado Tourism and more. She is a mentor at Techstars Sustainability Accelerator, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, Greenhouse Scholars, the YWCA, an Advisor for The Spiga Group (a blockchain startup), and a Board member of the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business. @rachaelshayne
Managing Partner, THE BENCHMARKING COMPANY
Co-Founder, WELL WITHIN
Planted in Beauty’s Co-Founders: Seasoned beauty executives and skincare mavens Lynne Florio and Renee Tavoularis. They have a long history together – 20+ years of working side by side at La Prairie, a luxury beauty company – and they had envisioned collaborating on their own beauty and wellness brand that spoke to their passion and pursuit of well-being and the healthiest versions of themselves. The natural, non-toxic, organic skincare collection, PLANTED IN BEAUTY, is the just that – created with the belief that wellness and beauty are inextricably linked. Renee has built a successful career over 23 years as a marketing and sales executive with La Prairie. She's praised for being an analytically insightful, digitally-savvy, omnichannel thinker. Renee is a certified Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and has a dedicated commitment to educate and share how the choices we make about our beauty products, what we eat, and how we live, can lead to a life of vibrancy, vitality and vigor.
Deanna Utroske covers daily beauty business news in the Americas region for the online trade publication Cosmetics Design and publishes the weekly Indie Beauty Profile column, showcasing the inspiring work of entrepreneurs and innovative brands. Deanna is a globally sought-after speaker and industry commentator, sharing insights with market research firms and consumer beauty magazines, and speaking on industry podcasts and at cosmetics, personal care, and packaging events around the world. Beyond Cosmetics Design, you can find Deanna Utroske on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.