100,000 Years of Beauty - Book Launch/Panel Discussion/Reception
February 3, 2010, 6-8pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
L'Oréal has undertaken the most comprehensive study of the history of beauty culture dating back to antiquity. Beatrice Dautresme, Global EVP Corporate Communications and External Affairs, and head of the L’Oréal Corporate Foundation, commissioned the book for L’Oréal's 100th Anniversary this year, and asked that the New York launch be done in conjunction with the FIT Master's Program's 10th Anniversary. Professor Kanlian moderated a panel discussion including Mme. Dautresme, Linda Wells (editor-in-chief, Allure), and Elizabeth Azoulay (editor of 100,000 Years of Beauty), which was followed by a reception, hosted by the CEO of L’Oréal USA. The event was covered in Women’s Wear Daily.
6th Annual Executive Mentor Luncheon
February 5, 2010, 11:45 - 1:00
LVMH Magic Room, 19 E. 57th
Mme. Dautresme of L’Oréal was also the keynote speaker at this year's Executive Mentor Luncheon, and as head of the L’Oréal Corporate Foundation, presented a $10,000 gift to commemorate the MPS Program's 10th Anniversary, at the luncheon.
FIT/Wharton Retail Conference
April 21, 2010, 8:00 - 12:00
FIT's Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Wharton's Jay Baker Retailing Initiative and FIT's graduate think tank for the beauty industry hosted a half day conference "Refocusing Retail: Back to Basics or Back to the Drawing Board?" The Keynote address by IDEO, focused on innovation and the building blocks of effective consumer engagement, and was followed by two panels. Wendy Liebmann, CEO of WSL Strategic Retail, moderated a panel on "Innovative Retail Formats," featuring key players at retail who are successfully evolving their businesses in a shifting consumer market. Marc Gobe, President of Emotional Branding, will moderated a panel on "The Youth Market," aimed at providing insight into this influential new consumer, and how businesses might harness this demographic in their own workforce to manage through change.
Fragrance Foundation FIFI Awards Breakfast
April 23, 2010, 8:30 - 10:30 am
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street
Rochelle Bloom, President of the Fragrance Foundation, paid tribute the FIT Master’s Program and 10 graduates who are making a difference in the fragrance sector. The lobby of the event room included a display for the MPS Program's 10th Anniversary, with posters profiling the 10 Alumni, and a booklet with their profiles was distributed to all attendees. The Fragrance Foundation also published a lengthy article, detailing the history and growth of the graduate program in the Spring issue of their newsletter, The Fragrance Forum.
WWD Beauty CEO Summit
May 10-12, 2010
The Breakers, Palm Beach, FL
In cooperation with WWD, the FIT Master’s Program worked with IDEO to structure a brainstorm with 12 alumni and current students, on the topic of Product Innovation. A video of the session was filmed and edited by program graduate Douglas Bender, and it was featured at the Summit. The students were credited in the program for the Summit, and the 10th Anniversary was highlighted by Pete Born, Executive Editor – Beauty, WWD, in his introduction letter in the Summit Program.
10th Anniversary MPS Capstone
May 19, 2010, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
FIT's Haft Auditorium
This year's Capstone, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, moved to larger space and attracted 700 attendees. The theme, “Beauty 2020: The Future of Beauty,” focused on retail innovation, leadership in the 21st century, the future of fragrance and the future image of the beauty sector. Projects were mentored by the major beauty trade associations (CEW, PCPC and the Fragrance Foundation) and the Wharton School’s Jay H. Baker Retailing Initiative. IDEO provided Innovation training in New York and in their Asian HQ in Shanghai. The event also featured a video, again produced by program graduate Douglas Bender, which looked back at past Capstone projects, many of which predicted important changes in the market.
10th Anniversary Breakfast - FIT Master's Program
September 22, 2010, 8:00 - 10:00 am
Guastavino's, 409 E. 59th Street
Working with the FIT Foundation Events office and a committee of our Industry Advisory Board for the past year, we have planned a breakfast at Guastavino's to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the beauty industry's think tank for leadership, preview a video of the program's history, honor our alumni, and allow everyone in the industry to mark this important milestone. The breakfast will honor two key leaders of the beauty sector over the past decade: Linda Wells, editor-in-chief of Allure, and Marc Pritchard, global brand building officer, Procter & Gamble. Sponsors for the event include: Coty, L’Oréal, LVMH, Procter & Gamble, Shiseido, and Target.