Founder and CEO of B.A.I. Biosciences, Inc.

Sophie Bai was selected to enroll in the National Science Program at the age of 14 to compete in science internationally on behalf of China. She discovered an anti-aging compound at the age of 16, and a minor planet (Planet No.25045) was named after her by NASA and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory to recognize her scientific accomplishment. She studied chemical engineering with a focus on biomedical engineering at MIT where she worked with David H. Koch Institute Professor Robert Langer developing various drug delivery technologies to find cures for prostate cancer, lung cancer, and type I diabetes. Sophie has invented, co-invented, and patented multiple proprietary molecules to provide cures and treatment for atopic dermatitis (eczema), skin cancer, and skin aging.

Prior to founding B.A.I. Biosciences, Inc., Sophie was a healthcare and life sciences investor at Bain Capital Private Equity and a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group advising pharmaceutical and beauty companies. Sophie received her Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from MIT and her Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She was elected as the Blavatnik Fellow in Life Sciences Entrepreneurship at Harvard University shortly after founding B.A.I.. Sophie is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Deborah Benton
Founder and Managing Partner at Willow Growth Partners

Deborah is the founder and Managing Partner at Willow Growth Partners, an early growth investor in the next generation of transformative consumer brands and the disruptive technologies that power them. Having achieved a 10.6x MOIC, Deborah’s investment thesis is to leverage her 20+ years of operating experience by helping founders rationally, effectively, and optimally scale their businesses. From 2012 to 2014, she was President and Chief Operating Officer of Nasty Gal, an online women’s fashion brand where she led the team that grew annual revenues from $20MM to almost $100MM in two years. Prior to that, Deborah was the Chief Operating Officer at ShoeDazzle, an online women’s brand, growing annual revenues to approximately $85 MM in two-and-a-half years. Prior to that, she was the Executive Vice President of inside sales and operations at Teleflora.

Kendra Bracken-Ferguson
Founder and General Partner of BrainTrust Fund

Kendra Bracken-Ferguson is an internationally acclaimed thought leader. In demand for her strategic vision and attention to brands that want to grow to scale quickly and sustainably, she is a sought-after speaker and C-suite board advisor. Kendra's ecosystem of leadership is rooted in her global conglomerate BrainTrust—including a global brand marketing firm, BrainTrust Founders Studio, the largest membership-based platform for Black beauty and wellness founders, and the adjacent BrainTrust Fund. She hosts the Business of the Beat podcast, offering insights and behind-the-scenes stories from BIPOC senior executives and operators as they navigate the journey of building and exiting their companies. As one of the first 200 Black women to raise over $1MM in investment for her debut company, she is a trailblazing three-time founder with two exits. Her first book, The Beauty of Success: Start, Grow, and Accelerate Your Brand, launches on February 13, 2024, through Wiley Publishing.

André Branch
SVP, GM of MAC North America

André Branch is a general manager with a strong marketing core who is a passionate brand builder. André is currently Senior Vice President and General Manager, MAC North America at Estée Lauder Companies (ELC). Prior to joining ELC, André worked at several world class consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies. At L’Oréal, he ran Digital and Ecommerce Operations for the US. He also led some of the company’s most iconic luxury brands such as Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, Stella McCartney, and Ralph Lauren.

After L’Oréal, André joined The Nature’s Bounty Co. as part of the executive team put in place by private equity firm, The Carlyle Group. He was there in various roles: as the Chief Marketing Officer of the CPG division, a $2 billion entity and finally, as the President of E-Commerce. Before L’Oréal, André spent eight years at Diageo where he oversaw some of the world’s leading spirit brands, including Cuervo tequila, Smirnoff vodka, and Johnnie Walker scotch whisky. In his final role at Diageo, he was Global Marketing Head of the Diageo Reserve Portfolio, a $700 million collection of luxury spirits.

André holds a BA in economics from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Kristine Linnea Camarlinghi
COO of Dieux Skin

Kristine is a seasoned executive who assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer at Dieux Skin in 2022 after serving as an advisor to the company since 2018. In her capacity as COO, Kristine plays a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth day-to-day operations of the company while also leading the execution of its long-term strategic objectives. With two decades of diverse experience encompassing start-ups and large corporations, Kristine brings a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective to her role. Beyond her impressive career, she is deeply committed to criminal justice reform and cultivating a more just and equitable society.

Brad Farrell
CMO at Beekman 1802

Brad Farrell is the Chief Marketing Officer at Beekman 1802, an independently owned beauty company founded in 2008 by Dr. Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell. Brad joined the team in early 2020 to help lead overall brand strategy while managing creative, marketing, social media, product development, public relations, and beauty retailer sales and education.

After starting his professional career in San Francisco with apparel retailer Gap, Inc., Brad fell in love with the world of beauty during an internship with L'Oréal Paris during business school. After receiving his MBA from the University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business, Brad returned to L'Oréal full time, and spent the past 14 years building his career with the company holding positions across the consumer, luxury, and professional products divisions. His tenure at L'Oréal included roles such as Senior Vice President of Seed Phytonutrients, Vice President of Global Marketing for Pureology, and Global Brand Marketing Director for Kiehl’s Since 1851. Given Brad’s passion for skincare, clean beauty, and environmental sustainability—especially having grown up in the Catskill Mountains of New York State, he was more than excited to join Beekman 1802 during this period of anticipated growth for the brand.

Don Frey
President & CEO of Independent Beauty Association (IBA)

Don has over 35 years of experience in the personal care and cosmetics business and currently serves as President and CEO of the IBA. His experience has primarily been in R&D including formulation, package engineering, safety and toxicology, consumer insights, and regulatory and claims development/substantiation. His professional experience has spanned many companies and brands, both large and small, including Procter & Gamble (P&G), Cover Girl, Gillette, Jafra Cosmetics, Avon, Method, and The Honest Company. He also has experience both domestically as well as internationally including living and working in Japan for two years to help build out P&G’s Asian personal care business. Don has been active in industry organizations having served as Membership Chair and Supply Chain Sustainability Resource Chair for IBA, President of the board for Beauty Industry West, and currently serves on Cradle2Cradle’s Standards Steering Committee. 

Nyakio Grieco
Co-Founder of Thirteen Lune & Founder of Relevant: Your Skin Seen

Nyakio (pronounced Neh-Kay-Oh) Grieco is a beauty entrepreneur and advocate for clean, inclusive beauty that suits all skin types, tones, and needs. As a veteran beauty founder and trusted voice in the industry, Nyakio has launched two successful businesses: Her award-winning eponymous brand Nyakio, based on her family’s Kenyan beauty secrets and launched in 2002, and the inclusive beauty e-commerce destination, Thirteen Lune, launched with co-founder Patrick Herning in 2020.

It was during the racial reckoning of 2020 that Nyakio was inspired to launch Thirteen Lune. She observed the continued misconception that BIPOC beauty founders were only creating product for BIPOC consumers. Thus, Thirteen Lune launched as the first-of-its-kind, e-commerce destinationdesigned to inspire the discovery of beauty brands created by BIPOC founders that resonate with people of all colors.

Continuing her commitment to inclusive beauty and with a deep understanding of where the niche was in the market, Nyakio created Relevant: Your Skin Seen—a clean, science-led skincare brand that works for all skin tones and types.

As a dedicated activist and mentor, Nyakio sits on the boards of Girls Inc. Los Angeles, Legacy Youth Leadership, and BeautyUnited.

Carrie Gross
President and CEO of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare

Carrie Gross began her career in the fashion world as a merchandising director overseeing both domestic and international women’s fashion markets, tracking trends and analyzing consumer behaviors. After 12 years in the fashion industry, Carrie was inspired by the birth of the famed Alpha Beta Peel to change career paths. She left her position to co-found a cosmeceutical skincare line with her husband, Dr. Dennis Gross, that developed innovative products featuring clinical ingredients and offering in-office results. She continues to draw inspiration from her global travels and meeting people who are seeking answers to aging, confidence to show off their skin, and craving a regime designed for both preventative and corrective concerns. Carrie is an active member of the International Spa  Association (ISPA) and Cosmetic Executive Women and has spoken at national Sephora events and Women’s Wear Daily forums across the country. 

Leslie Ann Hall
Founder & CEO of Iced Media

Leslie Ann Hall is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Iced Media, the agency she made famous for helping to build, grow, and exit some of the most beloved beauty brands in the world. She has guided Iced Media to become peerless in its acumen using content, creators, and media in paid social. Leslie is the foremost expert on social media advertising in the beauty industry.

For two decades, brands ranging from L'Oréal, Walmart, Louis Vuitton, Paula’s Choice, Moroccanoil, SkinCeuticals, Kristin Ess, and so many more have relied on Leslie and Iced Media to compete and win in the increasingly saturated beauty, wellness, and lifestyle categories. 

Through Iced Media, Leslie supports organizations that align with her values as a BeautyUnited partner, Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) Small Business Advisor, and Andreessen Horowitz Talent x Opportunity (TxO) Initiative Mentor. Leslie is a mom of two boys, Jordan and Jude. She splits her time between suburban, NJ, and Cartagena, Colombia. She volunteers for social justice and is a devoted beauty junkie, jogger, and yogi.

Amy Elisa Jackson
VP of Global Marketing at PATTERN Beauty

Amy Elisa Jackson has worked in a variety of industries, but no matter the role, she is a storyteller first. She is currently the Vice President of Global Marketing for PATTERN Beauty by Tracee Ellis Ross. Amy Elisa leads the management, development, and implementation of operational and product marketing strategies, creative campaigns, retail expansion, and innovation for the award-winning haircare brand dedicated to exceeding the beauty needs of the curly, coily, and tight-texture community.

In previous roles at tech companies like Glassdoor and Facebook, to publishers including People Magazine, EBONY and MSN, she has overseen global editorial content and integrated marketing strategies across the platforms of podcast, digital media, television, and print.

Amy Elisa earned her bachelor of arts degree in communications and Middle Eastern studies from Stanford University. She lives in Los Angeles with her rescue dog, Shug Avery.

Maya Kosovalic
VP of Digital Innovation and E-Commerce at NYX Professional Makeup

Maya Kosovalic is the Vice President of Digital Innovation and E-Commerce for NYX Professional Makeup at L’Oréal USA. She is a seasoned executive with over 19 years of experience across international markets including Canada, China, Brazil, Argentina, and the US in brand management, digital marketing, e-commerce, precision advertising, content partnerships, and digital transformation leadership. Maya is now leading the innovation agenda for NYX Professional Makeup and connecting the dots between the beauty consumer, commerce, and technology as the brand continues to take a leadership role in beauty tech.

Daniel André Langer
CEO of Équité and Professor at Pepperdine University

Named one of the “Global Top Five Luxury Key Opinion Leaders to Watch,” Daniel Langer is the Chief Executive Officer of  global luxury and lifestyle brand strategy and activation firm Équité, the Executive Professor of Luxury Strategy, Disruption, and Pricing at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He is also a Professor of Luxury at NYU, New York. With his team at Équité, he supports many of the world’s most iconic luxury brands as well as mid-sized brands and start-ups in achieving a step change in brand-positioning, brand-messaging and activation, pricing power, revenue growth, and profitability. Daniel is the author of several best-selling luxury management books in English and Chinese, a sought-after global keynote speaker, and is frequently booked for master classes on the future of luxury, disruption, pricing, A.I., and the metaverse in Europe, the US, Middle East/Africa, and Asia. He is regularly featured as a luxury expert on TV and in the global media including Bloomberg TV, Forbes, The Economist, The New York Times, the Financial Times, South China Morning Post, Jing Daily, and The Wall Street Journal. The Economist calls him the “authority in luxury.” He holds a MBA and a PhD in luxury management, and his education includes Harvard Business School. 

Christophe Laudamiel
Master Perfumer at Osmo PBC

Christophe Laudamiel is a master perfumer in fine fragrances and molecular design at Osmo Labs, PBC, following positions at Procter & Gamble (EU, US) and International Flavors and Fragrances, Inc. (IFF) NYC. He composes for BélAir Lab Tokyo and The Zoo NYC and is the initiator of www.perfumeryethics.org. Christophe has created bestsellers for Abercrombie & Fitch, Béyoncé, Clinique, Thierry Mugler, Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford, and numerous niche brands. He is the recipient of perfumery and science awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Institute of Art and Olfaction and has been a vocal defender of olfactory art at institutions such as Harvard University, Cornell University, and Sorbonne University as well as The World Economic Forum.

Bridey-Rae Lipscombe
CEO and Co-Founder of CULT

Bridey-Rae Lipscombe, a seasoned and dynamic leader, co-founded the UK's pioneering social media agency, Rabbit Agency, embarking on her marketing journey at 23. In 2012, she co-established CULT with Cat Turner, merging strategy and creativity for groundbreaking solutions. With an unwavering commitment to innovation, Bridey spearheads culturally astute campaigns for global beauty, fashion, wellness, and luxury brands—including Shiseido Group, Marc Jacobs, Sally Hansen, Colgate Palmolive, Agent Provocateur, Nike, Amazon Fashion, and Milani, among others. Under Bridey's leadership, CULT is thriving in its 11th year, achieving remarkable sustainable production strides resulting in CULT becoming a certified B Corporation.

A standout in Bridey’s journey is her role as co-founder of Metaverse Beauty Week, an inaugural event spanning Spatial, Decentraland, Roblox, and IRL. It reached over two billion people through press coverage, featured in 240+ pieces from 22+ countries, and drew the attention of 30,000 attendees across 50+ countries, featuring brands like Neutrogena, LUSH, Glossy, IAMPROUD, and Lottie London, among others. The success of MBWeek led to Bridey’s latest endeavor—MBWorld—emerging as the voice of new realities for beauty brands.

Emily MacKinnon
Senior Strategic Account Manager at Dash Hudson

Emily MacKinnon is a Senior Strategic Account Manager at social media management platform Dash Hudson, where she’s been driving success since 2017. With a keen passion for the beauty industry, Emily works closely with some of the world’s largest beauty brands, helping them achieve their business goals through strategic support in today’s ever-evolving social media landscape.

Moj Mahdara
Managing Partner at Kinship Ventures

Moj Mahdara (they/them), is an entrepreneur and CEO. Currently a venture capitalist at two funds, they have been a partner at Intuition Capital for the past two years. Recently they co-founded a new fund, Kinship Ventures, focused on bringing more inclusion and diversity to the cap table. They have invested in over 100 companies, in high-tech growth, consumer packaged goods, and the future of health.

Formerly, they were CEO of Beautycon, a globally recognized community for content creators, celebrities, fans, and brands. Moj is an accomplished speaker and business figure with international recognition.

They are focused on bringing the industry together via BeautyUnited, a non-profit focused on bringing community, education, and access to support the next generation of beauty and wellness leaders. They recently co-founded The Iranian Diaspora Collective, a nonpartisan, multifaith group aiming to support the demands of Iranians in Iran who want a free secular democracy. 

Founder and Director of Research at RATIONALE

Since 1992, Cosmetic Chemist Richard Parker has dedicated his career to creating skincare formulations that are considered the platinum standard in protecting and restoring the skin’s natural luminosity and beauty. His pioneering research into the relationships between skin genetics and epigenetic environmental influences led to Parker’s development of the RATIONALE Essential Six Collections—a daily skincare ritual built on the six facets of skin vitality and radiance. In 2012, Parker pioneered a new skincare paradigm with the introduction of his revolutionary Skin Identical technology; formulations intuitively recognized and optimized by human skin. Based on Parker’s profound understanding of skin anatomy and physiology, the Essential Six Collections offer superlative resilience, vitality and brilliance by day, and rejuvenate the skin’s integrity, clarity, and renewal processes by night. Today, Parker remains dedicated to inspiring and directing the talented team of RATIONALE research scientists, distilling and expounding decades of definitive research and wisdom.

Carolina Reis
Co-Founder and CEO of OneSkin

Carolina Reis is the CEO and co-founder of OneSkin, a fast-growing longevity company developing products to target skin aging at the source with its proprietary peptide, OS-01. She holds a PhD in stem cell biology and tissue engineering and has spent the past seven years researching skin aging and cellular senescence. She is a co-inventor of five patents and co-author of numerous scientific publications. She relocated from Brazil to Silicon Valley in 2016 to found OneSkin. Carolina and her team of aging and skin biology experts are disrupting the outdated anti-aging skincare industry with the development of their groundbreaking research around skin age reversal and longevity.

Dr. Robb
Founder and CEO of OPULUS Beauty Labs

In addition to creating and managing his latest venture, Opulus Beauty Labs; Dr. Robb has had an exciting career. Co-founder of Clarisonic, Dr. Robb helped develop clinically proven sonic devices that make a clear difference in skin health and appearance. Dr. Robb held several Clarisonic positions: initially as VP of Clinical Research and later as Global Brand President and Global Brand Representative.

Robb obtained his BS in Biology (UT, Austin), MS in Botany/Mycology (Texas State), and his Ph.D. in Microbiology (Immunology and Infectious Disease, Texas A&M). With over 25 cumulative years in medical and global health, including 10+ years spent on HIV/AIDS research. He was also a senior scientist in oral healthcare during the early days of sonicare®. Robb is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, and the Independent Beauty Association (board member).

Suveen Sahib
Co-Founder & CEO of K18 Hair

Suveen Sahib has championed innovation in the biosciences space, with past experiences across technology and consumer products for over 20 years. In 2015, Suveen was introduced to the world of haircare by his business partner, Britta Cox, founder of AQUIS hair, only to realize haircare was a daily struggle that needed a hair routine and products.

With his belief that nature is the best designer and engineer in an industry desperate for innovation, Suveen saw an opportunity to bring biotech with simplicity and speed to the haircare space. He worked with top scientists to map and test the entire protein expression of the keratin genome. After several years of R&D, K18 Biomimetic Hairscience was born.  Launched during the pandemic, within two years, K18 has already expanded its footprint to over 100+ countries, fast gaining iconic status as the #1 haircare brand on social media and buzz from the pro community and at-home users alike—inspiring hair expression without compromise for all hair artists, hair types, generations, and genders across the globe. The venture has raised over $44MM from growth investors.

Ajay Salpekar
Head of Beauty at TikTok Shop

Ajay Salpekar is the Head of Beauty and Personal Care for TikTok Shop, where he has led the growth of the beauty category on the platform. In his role, he works with key national beauty brands to craft their TikTok Shop strategy, explore creator- and content-led e-commerce, and grow their TikTok Shop sales. Ajay is a longtime digital commerce leader with experience scaling brands on both the brand manufacturer and platform side. Prior to TikTok, he was Vice President of e-commerce and digital at Unilever, and prior to that, he held multiple positions within Amazon's retail organization and Microsoft's technology teams.

Agustina Sartori
Sr. Director of Digital Innovation at Ulta Beauty

Agustina Sartori is currently Senior Director of Digital Innovation at Ulta Beauty and Managing Director of Prisma Ventures. Agustina has experience in both start-up and corporate worlds driving innovation, having founded GlamST—an augmented reality company focused on virtual try-on—which ULTA Beauty acquired in 2018. In her current role, she leads a team of engineers, designers, and beauty enthusiasts who develop and experiment with emerging technologies to bring new guest experiences such as AR, Metaverse, robotics, and new ways of doing commerce to life. In addition to her responsibilities, Agustina is the Managing Director of Prisma Ventures, Ulta Beauty's venture fund focused on early-stage start-ups in the retail technology space— including AR, AI, Metaverse, and robotics. Agustina holds a telematics engineering degree from the University of Montevideo in Uruguay, where she grew up before relocating to San Francisco.


Charlotte Watson serves as the Chief Marketing Officer for OLAPLEX where she is responsible for leading a dynamic team across marketing, social media and communications in over 100 markets worldwide. She brings a unique global perspective to her role having led marketing departments at leading organizations across Europe and the Americas with a proven track record in both omnichannel and prestige. Prior to joining OLAPLEX, she served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Hourglass Cosmetics, part of the Unilever Prestige division, and held senior leadership roles in marketing at global CPG and retail brands including Pandora, Michael Kors, Kurt Geiger, Links of London and Louis Vuitton. She is a Fundraising Committee Member of Girls Inc. in Los Angeles and a member of Chief. She graduated with a master’s degree from The University of Edinburgh and undertook post-graduate studies at Columbia University in addition to an executive leadership education program at Harvard Business School.

Charlotte lives in in Los Angeles with her 2 dogs Honey and Minnie. In her free time, she likes to draw and paint. 

Michelle Wlazlo
EVP, Chief Merchandising Officer at JCPenney

Michelle Wlazlo is the Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer at JCPenney. Michelle joined JCPenney in February 2019. In this role, Michelle is responsible for leading all the company’s merchandise offerings, focused on building a balanced assortment of the best private, exclusive, and national brands including operations of the company’s Merchandising, Product Development and Design, Sourcing, and Planning and Allocation teams.

Before joining JCPenney Michelle spent nearly 22 years in various merchandising leadership roles, most recently as Senior Vice President (SVP), Merchandising-Apparel and Accessories at Target. In that role, Michelle led brand launches along with reimagining the in-store experience.

Prior to Target, Michelle spent 19 years at GAP Inc., in a variety of roles, most recently as SVP, Global Merchandising, GAP. Over the course of nearly two decades, she held multiple merchandising roles of increasing responsibility for GAP Inc., inclusive of Old Navy and Outlet. Michelle began her career at Saks Fifth Avenue as a Department Manager before assuming store leadership and buying roles at Bebe Stores Inc. She currently sits on the board for the National Association for the Education of Young Children, along with serving on the Fashion Institute Council and most recently joined the Fashion Scholarship Fund board.

CEO of Olaplex

JuE Wong, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Board Member of Olaplex Inc., has a robust track record of scaling emerging brands such as Murad Inc., NV Perricone MD Ltd., ZO Skin Health by Dr. Zein Obagi, Astral Health &Beauty, and StriVectin. She has also globalized established brands that include Cargill Inc., PepsiCo, and Dial Corp. JuE was the former President of Elizabeth Arden and most recently Global CEO of Moroccanoil.

In September 2021, Olaplex made history asthe largest consumer packaged goods company to IPO in 20 years. A proven global senior executive with experience and exposure in four continents and seven countries, JuE is considered one of the go-to progressive executives in driving intrinsic change to increase portfolio value in omnichannel, international, and digital transformation (DX)/Disruption.

JuE serves on the corporate boards of Mila Moursi Advanced Skin Care and Versicolor Technologies as well as on the trade board CEW. She is also a board member of C200, the world’s premier women’s business leadership organization where membership is by invitation only.

The 2022 Speakers
Darren Adams
Unilever, Managing Director, The Foundry
Darren Adams, Managing Director for The Foundry at Unilever, leads the team focused on partnering with start-ups and the external ecosystem. This global team of innovation and start-up engagement experts create collaborations and test and validate new solutions and technologies to accelerate roadmaps and explore new areas of focus for all the Business Groups across Unilever including Home Care, Beauty and Wellbeing, Personal Care, Nutrition, and Ice-cream.

Darren joined Unilever in 2021, and prior to Unilever spent several years with Philips in the Netherlands and US as the Managing Director – Strategy, Marketing, and Operations, within the Philips Ventures team.Prior to Philips, Darren has held numerous leadership roles across the globe in organizations spanning eCommerce, SaaS, Mobile Technology, Telecommunications, Banking, Insurance, and Health. Darren holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce (Economics and Marketing) from Deakin University and an MBA from the Australian Institute of Business.
Jasmina Aganovic
CEO of Arcaea
Jasmina is a cosmetics industry professional who is driving innovation in beauty. As the CEO of Arcaea, she leverages the power of expressive biology to create a new wave of beauty products that provide consumers with innovative and sustainably sourced ingredients. Prior to launching Arcaea, she was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Gingko Bioworks and the President of Mother Dirt, a skin microbiome brand that developed the first live probiotic and biome-friendly products for the skin. Jasmina has a degree in chemical and biological engineering from MIT.
Margarita Arriagada
Valdé Beauty, Founder and CEO
Margarita Arriagada is a first-generation Peruvian American with an extensive beauty resume. She has spent the last three decades discovering and cultivating many great founders in beauty and fashion and served as Chief Merchant of Sephora USA. She earned a reputation as an inspirational leader, mentor, and passionate talent developer. In 2020, she launched Valdé Beauty as an homage to her mother’s courage and became an artistic tribute to all women. In January 2022, Margarita led Valdé into the NFT space by hosting the first-ever beauty launch in the Metaverse in celebration of The Divine Collection, a phygital NFT featuring luxury refillable lipstick vessels carved out of pure crystals in Peru. Always with her community top of mind, all the net proceeds from the collection supported the Valdé Latinx Beauty Entrepreneur Grant, which provided a $10K award and over $200K in supporting services to Nopalera, an emerging Latinx-owned beauty brand.
Alyson Barker
K18 Hair, COO
Alyson is the Chief Operating Officer of K18 Hair, a biotechnology company that is changing the landscape of haircare through its patented technology that reverses and repairs hair damage in just four minutes. As COO, Alyson oversees K18’s strategic initiatives, operations, innovation and product development, human resources, regulatory, compliance, legal and corporate governance functions. Before joining K18, Alyson served as President of DB Holdings Shops LLC, the largest operator of Drybar shops, with 90 of the nearly 150 shops in the chain. Prior to that, Alyson served as COO and CLO of Drybar Holdings LLC, with oversight and responsibility for the Company’s Technology, Operations, Human Resources, Legal, Construction, Real Estate, Business Development and Franchise teams. At Drybar, Alyson led a series of M&A transactions that resulted in the sale of the product division and franchise rights and helped grow the fleet from 45 to 150 shops.
Patrick Benson
Prose, VP of Growth
Patrick Benson is a 20+ year veteran of Performance Marketing with comprehensive knowledge of customer acquisition, CRM, data enablement and monetization engines. He has managed cross-functional marketing teams of up to 90 people worldwide and annual DTC budgets north of $100 Million. He is currently leading all acquisition and CRM strategy for Prose where he is building a best-in-class Growth team with expertise in full funnel performance marketing and customer retention. Prior to Prose, Patrick was SVP of Growth Strategy for Fareportal, the largest independently owned OTA in North America and High 5 Games where he served as Vice President of Integrated Marketing for one of the fastest growing Mobile Gaming companies in the casual free-to-play market. Before making the leap to DTC, Patrick was EVP of Digital Media and Innovations at Deutsch Inc. for 12 years where he built a first-class digital media division at a full-service integrated Advertising Agency.
Amy Bi
DECIEM, VP of Brand
Amy Bi studied and received a Master of Business Administration at The University of Toronto. Amy has spent a large amount of her career at Nike within the brand department. Starting within the digital team as the Global Digital Brand Lead for dot com before moving to Direct the Global Nike Brand for Women's Lifestyle.  
Michelle Brett
REN Clean Skincare, CEO
Appointed REN Clean Skincare’s Chief Executive Officer in January 2022, Michelle Brett is focused on driving brand growth in global retail channels, emphasizing REN’s 20-year legacy using bioactive, high-performance ingredients, and evolving the brand’s ground-breaking sustainability initiatives.

With a career spanning more than 20 years, Brett has led sales strategy for beauty brands including L’Occitane and Caudalie. Prior to joining REN (a Unilever Prestige brand), Brett spent over thirteen years at Living Proof. In her most recent role as Chief Sales Officer at Living Proof, Brett delivered outstanding growth for the premium haircare brand. During her tenure, Brett launched the first scientist-founded, technology-led haircare brand in key retailers & salons globally; launching and growing to over 3,000 global points of distribution, spanning 26 countries, growing Living Proof to the #1 prestige haircare brand in the US, leading to the acquisition by Unilever Prestige in 2017.
Founder & CEO, Landing International
Sarah Chung is the founder and CEO of Landing International, a B2B technology platform unlocking retail success for emerging beauty brands. A beauty industry veteran since 2003, Sarah is a sought-after expert and trusted advisor to beauty retailers across North America. Since starting Landing in 2014, Sarah has launched over 200 emerging brands into retail doors, resulting in over $40 million in retail sales. Sarah founded Landing with the mission to make the beauty industry a more conscious and inclusive place. One of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in Beauty, Landing’s tools are designed to champion mission-driven brands and game-changing retailers committed  to creating greater innovation, representation, and responsibility in the beauty industry. Sarah was named one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Female Founders of 2021 for her work in utilizing technology to diversify the beauty industry.
Dean DeBiase
Revieve, Executive Chairman
Named a “Growth Guru” by Inc., Dean DeBiase has served in CEO roles of a dozen companies, accelerating them through market-making hyper-growth phases. He has also been the CEO of Fortune 500 subsidiaries, and a director on public, private, family-enterprise, CVC, PE and VC boards.  Dean is the Executive Chairman of Revieve, a personalized digital brand experience company, and Reboot Partners, which helps organizations tackle their most challenging issues, and seize emerging market opportunities.

He is a Faculty Member at Kellogg School of Management, a Technology Fellow at Northwestern University, a Board Leadership Fellow at NACD, and an Advisor to the NSF. A popular keynote speaker and best-selling author, Dean is a frequent media guest and commentator on CNBC, CNN and Fox, and contributor to Forbes and Fortune. Dean is the Executive Producer and Host of The Reboot Chronicles Podcast and is working on his next book, Dancing with Startups.
Shai Eisenman
Bubble Skincare, Founder and CEO
Bubble Skincare CEO and founder Shai Eisenman at 30 years old is already one of the world’s foremost Gen Z consumer experts.  Bubble was born when Shai saw a massive gap in the market for a modern skincare brand specifically targeted to Gen Z consumers’ needs. She was surprised to discover that the most digitally sophisticated and globally connected generation ever was still using the exact same traditional skincare products that their mothers had purchased in drugstores decades ago. Bubble’s passionate community of Gen Z consumers led Shai to develop formulations that are both accessibly priced and incredibly effective.  This winning combination has turned Bubble into one of the fastest growing skincare lines ever, evolving from a DTC-only brand at launch two years ago to disrupting the shelves of 3900 Walmart stores and 4100 CVS stores nationwide today.  
Executive Director, Consumer Retail Experience (CRX)
The Estee Lauder Companies
Kate Fannin is a strategic, omnichannel "Retail Realist" and consumer engagement trailblazer with over two decades in marketing, retail, fashion, and beauty, including 15 years in luxury. She currently leads the North America Consumer Retail Experience (CRX) Center of Excellence for the Estee Lauder Companies and has held a variety of marketing leadership roles for Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Gap, Inc. 

She has a track record of pioneering relevant, “phygital” engagement programs that leverage brand equity, maximize retail strengths, and always put the customer first. She is passionate about being “boots on the ground” and driving innovation that enhances the connected customer journey.

Kate has an MBA and a BBA, both in Marketing, and is an avid knitter, muscle car enthusiast, and “snail mail” letter-writer. 
Éva Goicochea
maude, Founder and CEO
Éva spent her early career as a legislative aide in healthcare then 10+ years in ecommerce, social media, and brand strategy working with Squarespace, adidas, and on the early team at Everlane. Converging her passion for healthcare and brand, she launched maude, a modern intimacy company, in 2018 which has since been featured in hundreds of publications including Vogue, The New York Times, WSJ and Forbes. To-date, she’s one of only 10 Latinx women to raise over $10 million in VC funding.
Nyakio Grieco
Founder, Relevant: Your Skin Seen and Co-Founder, Thirteen Lune
Nyakio (pronounced Neh-Kay-Oh) Grieco is a beauty entrepreneur and advocate for clean, inclusive beauty that suits all skin types, tones, and needs. As a veteran beauty founder and trusted industry voice, Nyakio has launched two successful businesses: her award-winning brand nyakio™, based on her family’s Kenyan beauty secrets that launched in 2002 and inclusive beauty e-commerce destination, thirteen lune, launched with cofounder Patrick Herning in 2020. Thirteen lune launched as the first of its kind, e-commerce destination designed to inspire the discovery of beauty brands created by BIPOC founders that resonate with people of all colors. Continuing her commitment to inclusive beauty, Nyakio created Relevant: Your Skin Seen, a clean, science-led skincare brand that works for all skin tones and types. Working with top labs to ensure a diverse mix of chemists, Nyakio formulated each product with superfruits and actives in efficacious percentages to create products that truly perform.
David Koo Hjalmarsson
CEO + Founder of Tiny Associates
David Koo Hjalmarsson is CEO and Founder of Tiny Associates, a brand offering a new generation of post-natural skincare products. He is also Chairman of the Board of Kind to Biome, the certification mark for skin microbiome-friendly cosmetics and personal care products. Prior to founding Tiny Associates and Kind to Biome, he worked as a management consultant out of Seoul, South Korea. David holds a MSc in Business Administration from Korea University.
Deven Hopp
Versed, Senior Brand Director
Deven has spent her career in beauty—from editorial to branded content to brand marketing and now serving as Versed's brand director. As part of the founding team, she played a crucial role in developing the brand, its voice, its key pillars, and its product assortment. Today, she leads the brand in content, education, and customer experience with a continued stake in product innovation. She's responsible for some of the uniquely Versed programs like its online, regimen-building Skin Decoder Quiz and its ever-popular branded merch, as well its clean and sustainability initiatives, working with partners like the Environmental Working Group and Climate Neutral. When she's not testing formulas and dreaming up product names with the team, you can find her watching sitcoms in her LED red light mask.
Mike Indursky
Founder and CEO, Hear Me Raw
After spending the last 30 years in the beauty and wellness business, Mike Indurskyfounded the new, indie skincare brand HEAR ME RAW – it’s what skincare needs to be today.

At the same time, Mike has launched a wellness practice called “Halving”, wherebymaking conscious everyday decisions about our consumption, you can improve your health,wealth and world around you – all at the same time - and essentially – Halve It All. Previous to this, Indursky served as President of Bliss, the leading global spa brand andhelped in the December 2015 sale of its parent company Steiner Leisure for $920 million. Previously, Mike was CMO of Burt’s Bees, the leading global natural personal carecompany, where he helped lead the growth of the brand, resulting in a sale to Clorox for $950 million – a $775 million increase in enterprise value in 4 years.

Prior to that Mike had leadership positions at L’Oréal where he was VP of Marketing forMaybelline and Garnier and before that over 11 years at Unilever where he was last SVP ofStrategic Planning and Marketing for all of the fragrance and cosmetics brands includingCalvin Klein, Vera Wang and others.

Mike is a two-time winner of Advertising Age’s Top Marketers of the Year, WWD’s MostInnovative Marketer, Beyond Beauty’s Honoree of the year and is a frequent publicspeaker.
Daniel Jacobs
Founder and CEO, Thrive Coin
Daniel is the founder of ThriveCoin, which leverages the blockchain to support communities of all types in forming more authentic, more equitable, more value-creating relationships. ThriveCoin is funded by more than a dozen venture leaders and will soon be announcing major partnerships with major web3 leaders. Daniel founded, scaled, and exited Avanoo, a non-blockchain based predecessor to ThriveCoin. Clients included many dozens of top brands across industries - from Google and Microsoft to Crocs and Chicos. Daniel also has a flair for the exotic and leaves no side of life untouched. He was a 3x wrestling national champion... and he produced and starred in a dating documentary that landed him one of People Magazine's 50 Hottest Bachelors. A sought-after speaker, Daniel has a talent for looking at complexity and finding the stories worth telling within it all. 
Gayatri Keskar, Ph.D.
Material ConneXion, VP of Research
Dr. Gayatri Keskar, VP of Research, earned her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Clemson University. She leads our team of material specialists and scientists to provide clients with out-of-the-box and eco-conscious solutions.

A regular speaker on product development and material innovation, Dr. Keskar played a key role in establishing Material ConneXion as an industry thought leader. She holds numerous patents, issued and pending, in next-generation materials for consumer products and has served as technical advisor to start-ups and Fortune 500s such as: NBCUniversal, Hunter Douglas, and Estée Lauder.

Through her work, Dr. Keskar identifies strategic opportunities and provides cross-industry insights to global brands, arming them with best practices from ideation to production.
Richard Kestenbaum
Triangle Capital, Partner
Richard is an investment banker focusing on mergers, acquisitions, and capital-raising for consumer-facing companies. He advises clients in merchandising businesses, particularly in the Retail and Consumer sector. Richard is an often-quoted expert on the retail and merchandising industries and a contributor to Forbes.com. He was previously a Managing Director at Financo, Inc. Before Financo, Richard was a partner and First Vice President at Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. where he ran a group of 14 professionals doing middle-market mergers and acquisitions. Richard is the co-author of three books on finance and computer programming and a former Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Business at New York University.
Alexandra Lanphier
Ulta Beauty, Senior Manager, Conscious Beauty
Senior manager of Conscious Beauty at Ulta Beauty, Alexandra Lanphier is responsible for shaping the initiative’s long-term strategy and spearheading its strategic programs. Conscious Beauty at Ulta Beauty™ aims to provide guests with greater transparency to inspire more informed, conscious product choices across five key pillars: clean ingredients, cruelty free, vegan, sustainable packaging, and positive impact. The leading effort incorporates an advisory council made of esteemed leaders in the clean and sustainable spaces for the beauty industry as well as a complex certification process behind the scenes to make guest-engagement approachable and reflective of individual needs and values. Prior to Ulta Beauty, Alex spent 5 years at Estee Lauder Companies working within the responsible sourcing and supply chain organization, working across supplier sustainability strategy, science-based target scope 3 engagement, guest-facing sustainable packaging initiatives, and retail sustainable best practices for brands, among other efforts. Alex is passionate about sustainability and moving the beauty industry forward.
William Lau
CEO of Bonnie&Clyde SVP at USHOPAL
Over 15 years of experience in brand strategy and entrepreneurship, working with fashion, beauty startups and Fortune 500 companies. As CEO of Bonnie&Clyde, China’s leading luxury omnichannel beauty and lifestyle retailer, and GM for Greater China for Juliette Has A Gun, William spearheaded investment in the iconic niche fragrance brand and drives investment strategy for the retailer. Other recent majority investments include Argentum Apothecary and Bulk Homme, a gen Z driven premium male skincare brand from Japan. Flush with capital following a $100M raise, William is actively eyeing global luxury beauty opportunities. William started his entrepreneurial career with his own brand agency, supporting clients such as GQ, Lululemon, Pepsi, and DreamWorks. Experienced in brand entry and development, leading new brand positioning and product launch for luxury brands into China. He currently is also the China Chapter Leader for FAB, the prestigious, global Fashion and BeautyTech startup community. 
Csaba Lucas
President, Modern Age Warrior
For the past three decades, Csaba has been a successful coach to world-class athletes and teams, business leaders and companies, severely injured individuals, and thousands of people aiming to better their lives. As a trained storyteller, he is a sought-after speaker on many subjects pertaining to the human condition. 

In addition to Csaba’s education in kinesthesiology, psychological counseling, nutrition and many different fields regarding the human condition, his coaching process is rooted in a very diverse background. His business advising process has greatly benefited from the education he received from the University of Economics in Budapest and Vienna. 

His storytelling prowess has stemmed from his successful artistic career as a lead performer in feature and documentary films, off-Broadway productions, TV and advertising campaigns. 
Perhaps most importantly, Csaba also “walks the walk” as a holistic coach by incorporating art, science, ancient traditions, and business into all of his endeavors. A loving father and husband, he resides in Los Angeles with his wife and five children. 
Moj Mahdara
Kinship Ventures, Co-Founder and Managing Partner and BeautyUnited, Co-Founder
The earliest of early adopters, Moj is an operating founder and entrepreneur with experience as a CEO and 100+ investments in CPG, tech, Web3, and more. As the co-founder and CEO of Beautycon, Moj built a globally recognized community for content creators, celebrities, fans, and brands, permanently altering the face of the beauty industry. Moj has built and successfully exited a branding and digital interactive studio. Self-taught and a perpetual disruptor, Moj has created opportunities for women and minorities in Web3, was ahead of the trends in social commerce and web 2.0 and is always looking to where the hockey puck is going next. Moj knows that inclusivity isn’t just good business, it’s big business, and has the track record to prove it.

She has been named to multiple lists over the years, including ones in Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire magazine; Fast Company’s “Most Creative People” list, The Hollywood Reporter’s “Top 25 Most Powerful Digital Players,” Women’s Wear Daily’s “Digital Power Posse” list and Variety’s “Digital Entertainment Execs to Watch.”
Rodney Manzo
Founder and CEO, Anvyl
Rodney Manzo is the founder and CEO at Anvyl Inc., a solution that digitizes the supply chain from procurement to delivery. Rodney is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and served as an Engineer Officer in the US Army.  During tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, he conducted route clearance and global operations missions. Rodney is a graduate of the Army Ranger and Sapper schools and earned a Bronze Star during his deployments.

Following his time in the Army, Rodney worked as a consultant at Booz Allen on multiple engagements before joining Apple as a Global Supply Manager and then transitioning to Harry’s Inc, to lead their Global Supply Chain group. Rodney graduated from the USMA with a BS in Business/System Engineering, and he has an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Margaret Mitchell
Space NK, Chief Commercial Officer
Margaret Mitchell is the Chief Commercial Officer at Space NK, leading the continued transformation of a traditional British high street retailer into a customer-led and innovative global leader in beauty. During her tenure she has worked to bring the world’s most exciting brands to Space NK and to the UK market, such as Tatcha, Rare Beauty, JVN, and Drunk Elephant. She has nurtured an organization that values building brand equity as well as creating unique customer experiences from the shop floor to online. Since 2016, she has held several roles within Space NK at a global level. Prior to joining Space NK, she was with Mecca Brands; before jumping into the beauty industry, she worked in strategy consulting for Boston Consulting Group for 7 years specializing in Retail Transformation.
Alberto Prado
Global Head of Digital & Partnerships, R&D, Unilever
Alberto is the Global Head of Digital and Partnerships at Unilever R&D. He leads the Digital Transformation of R&D to maximize the value of data and AI for scientific discovery, process engineering, and new business models. He also leads external ecosystem engagements to accelerate innovation through collaboration.

Prior to Unilever, Alberto set up and led the Digital Innovation Accelerator at Royal Philips to boost innovation and a culture of entrepreneurship. During that period, he chaired the AI Council, providing oversight and steer on company-wide AI-related investments in innovation. Previously, he led the innovation transformation program that delivered the first wave of Philips connected consumer products (IoT) and new business models.

Alberto started his professional career in management consulting, followed by executive roles at NEC, Symbian Software, and Nokia. He graduated in Engineering and Economics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany) and holds an MBA from INSEAD (France). 
Anton Ranchin
Peace Out Skincare, Vice President of Global Brand and Product Marketing 
Anton Ranchin is the Vice President of Global Brand and Product Marketing of Peace Out Skincare. In this role, Ranchin helps to expand the brand’s direct-to-consumer and e-commerce business channels. Before Peace Out, he served as the Vice President of Marketing and Global Business Development at Bellami Hair. He also worked at L’Oreal for 15 years climbing up the ranks to the Director of Global Marketing, Campaigns, and Brand Partnerships. During his time at Bellami Hair, Ranchin helped to launch its global expansion and grow the company from $50M to $125M in sales. Additionally, while at L’Oreal, Ranchin facilitated major product launches, campaigns and brand activations worldwide including the launches of the Matrix and Biolage hair care brands.
Noah Rosenblatt
Space NK, President of North America
Noah Rosenblatt is President of North America at Space NK. He joined Space NK in 2015, bringing more than eight years of beauty experience with prior roles at LVMH and 20 years of retail industry experience working with numerous emerging brands looking to expand their footprint in the US.  

Currently Noah oversees the North American Wholesale distribution with both the Space NK Luxury division and BEAUTYSPACENK Prestige division. He is responsible for developing strategies to increase brand awareness, expansion, deepen customer relationships and evolve the Space NK brand in-store and digital experience.   

From long term partners to newer developed relationships, under his leadership nearly 50 brands are part of the Space NK wholesale portfolio including By Terry, Chantecaille, Tata Harper, Natura Bisse, Vintners Daughter, Aesop, Diptyque and Boy Smells.
Luc-Henry Rousselle
Managing Director, William Hood & Company
Mr. Rousselle is a Managing Director at William Hood & Company, an investment banking firm covering the Consumer & Retail sectors with a specialization in Health & Wellness. Mr. Rousselle leads William Hood & Company’s Beauty & Personal Care practice.

Over the course of his 20-year career, Mr. Rousselle has been successful in both transactional and operating positions. His advisory experience includes advisory roles at leading Wall Street firms prior to William Hood & Company, including Lehman Brothers and Moelis & Company in London and New York. Mr. Rousselle’s operating experience consists of 5 years at The Estée Lauder Companies where he held leadership roles in the Corporate Development team and in MAC Cosmetics’ Strategy and Finance team.

Mr. Rousselle’s notable Beauty & Personal Care experience includes the sale of Beekman 1802 to Eurazeo, the strategic growth investment in Sky Organics by Nexus Capital, the sale of InstaNatural to an affiliate of Monogram Capital Partners, the sale of W3LL PEOPLE to e.l.f. Cosmetics, the carveout of RoC® Skincare from Johnson & Johnson by Gryphon Investors, The Estée Lauder Companies’ acquisition of GLAMGLOW, Coty’s acquisition of OPI and the Estée Lauder Companies’ acquisition of Smashbox.
Kimberly Shenk
Novi Connect, Co-Founder and CEO
Kimberly Shenk is Co-Founder and CEO of Novi Connect, a data-rich network of suppliers, manufacturers, and retailers for brands to easily formulate, discover, sample, and purchase innovative ingredients and sustainable packaging as they build new products. Novi is driving accessibility and transparency in the chemical industry, changing the way chemicals and materials are discovered and purchased for the entire consumer products industry – for the betterment of humans and the planet.
She served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force; is an MIT graduate; and launched a successful career in the tech industry. She is the former head of data science at Eventbrite and co-founded NakedPoppy in 2017. 
Stephanie Wissink
Managing Director, Jefferies
Stephanie Wissink joined Jefferies in May 2017 as Managing Director, Senior Research Analyst covering retail & consumer products companies. Steph has 20 years of Equity Research experience, previously with Piper Jaffray, authoring company & industry reports focused on broadlines & specialty retail, beauty products & services, entertainment, toys & games, pet, health & wellness. She collaborates with Jefferies global consumer, technology/media, and health care teams to provide insights on strategic evolution, demographics, demand dynamics, and globalization.