For the 2023 Summit, we curated unique content experiences throughout the day that will include keynotes, TED-like talks, intimate panel discussions and fireside chats.

Insights: Content that will tackle real-time topics on the mind of beauty leaders.

Innovation: Content to help make sense of big ideas related to the future of beauty.

Creative Copyright and IP in the Age of Wanting It All
When it comes to beauty, we currently live in a legal gray zone. The dilemma of creative copyright has plagued other disciplines such as music or artwork, but in an industry where a majority of ingredients—unless created as a captive or trademarked, are up for grabs—where is the line between a reference point and outright plagiarism? Couple that with the fact that counterfeit products make up more than 10% of the beauty—and that is just what is known. We will unpack the intricacies of legal protection for brand founders and creators, ethical considerations around dupe products, and whether, in 2023, the idea of an original product concept still exists.
JuE Wong, CEO of Olaplex
Christophe Laudamiel, Master Perfumer at Osmo PBC

Decoding Success in Professional Distribution Channels
As beauty retail gets increasingly competitive, emerging brands are looking for new channels of distribution to fuel growth. Spas, salons, and medical practices go above and beyond the experience a customer can get in a retail environment. They provide access to expertise and high-touch immersive experiences, but what it takes for a brand to be successful in a retail environment or a professional treatment room is not the same. Unlocking the potential requires understanding the ins and outs of the professional channel and the ability to earn the respect of the community of service providers who will make or break your success.
Suveen Sahib, Co-Founder & CEO of K18 Hair
Carrie Gross, President and CEO of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare
Richard Parker, Founder and Director of Research at RATIONALE

Getting Ready for MoCRA
On December 29, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act of 2022 (MoCRA) as part of the 2023 omnibus spending bill. This legislation is the first major update to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authority over cosmetic products since 1938. The Independent Beauty Association has had a seat at the table as the FDA has gone through the rulemaking process and will provide a download of what cosmetic manufacturers and brands need to know. 
Don Frey, President & CEO of Independent Beauty Association (IBA)
JCPenney X Thirteen Lune: Beauty Retail Reinvention
In the hypercompetitive beauty landscape, what are the building blocks of an authentic and innovative retail model? The strategic partnership between JCP and Thirteen Lune has ushered in a new age of beauty retail where representation surpasses mere percentages, and true indie brands have a retail partner that can provide national exposure and scale. Together they have reimagined the beauty experience—from the highly curated assortment to the seamless integration of technology—all in service of delivering a hyper-personalized experience to America's diverse beauty consumers.
Nyakio Grieco, Co-Founder of Thirteen Lune & Founder of Relevant: Your Skin Seen
Michelle Wlazlo, EVP, Chief Merchandising Officer at JCPenney
Web 2.5 Where the Metaverse Meets Commerce
The Metaverse was perhaps one of the most hotly debated topics of recent beauty years—a new digital frontier with infinite potential, a chance to reinvent the Web 2.0 as a more democratic and inclusive medium. However, claiming a spot in this new digital landscape has not been without its challenges, as brands attempted (and some failed) to adapt to this nascent infrastructure. Those who are harnessing its full potential are managing to bridge the worlds of Web 3.0 with its predecessor, connecting physical goods with digital equivalents to ensure optimal sell-through rates. We dive into how  brands can best merge these two online worlds with Web 2.5 strategies and tools to traverse this new digital territory. 
Bridey-Rae Lipscombe, CEO and Co-Founder of CULT
Agustina Sartori, Sr. Director of Digital Innovation at Ulta Beauty


The preliminary list of topics we’ll tackle are:
Track Topics
  • The premiumization of mass
  • How to balance taking a stand and cultural activism with commerce
  • Understanding the state of the beauty supply chain
  • The differing views on the clean beauty movement
  • The big opportunity of e-commerce marketplaces
  • Fundraising in the context of current market conditions and adapting to unpredictable times
  • The evolving role of DTC
Track Topics
  • Future strategies for brick + mortar retail
  • Making sense of the metaverse for beauty
  • The evolution of biotech for beauty
  • Trends and the commercialization of new materials for sustainability
  • Transparency gets transparent
  • Selfcare + wellness immersion experience for leaders
  • Web 3.0
8:30am - 9:15am
Registration, coffee, networking
9:15am – 9:30am
Welcome and kickoff
9:30am – 10:00am
Keynote (all attendees)
9:30am – 12:00pm
12:00pm – 12:45pm
12:45pm – 1:00pm
Keynote (all attendees)
1:30pm – 5:00pm
5:30pm – 6:00pm
Visionary Award Presentation (all attendees)
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Cocktails + networking
Intimate spaces for networking, interaction and unique immersive experiences will be available to all attendees throughout the day.