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Graduate Studies Symposium Series 2012-2013

Speakers Bios 

Ellen Byron, The Wall Street Journal
Ellen Byron is a staff reporter of The Wall Street Journal.  She writes for the Personal Journal section chronicling changing consumer behaviors, especially those pertaining to the home. This year, Ms. Byron's work won a New York Press Club award for best consumer reporting by a newspaper. During her 12 years at the Journal, Ms. Byron has also written about consumer-product makers including Procter & Gamble Co., retailers, technology firms and the advertising industry. Prior to the Journal, Ms. Byron worked for ABC News. She is a graduate of Carleton College.
 Mark Davis, Director, Community and Ethical Trade, The Body Shop International PLC
Mark Davs  Mark Davis is Community Fair Trade Director for the Body Shop, responsible for leadership of the company’s pioneering fair trade program, which sources high quality ingredients gifts and accessories from around the world. Mark’s experience combines time spent in the finance sector, NGO business support in Latin America and Africa and for the last 10 years integration of fair trade practices into the beauty industry. He passionately believes that sustainability can be a powerful driver for innovation, product performance and profitability.
Alexandra Fritsch-Gil, Marketing Manager, Bumble and Bumble

Alexandra Fritsch-Gil is currently the Marketing Manager on the Global Marketing team at Bumble and Bumble, a brand of the Estee Lauder Companies. Prior to joining Estee Lauder, Ms. Fritsch-Gil was the Associate Brand Manager for Neutrogena Cosmetics. In this role, Ms. Fritsch-Gil manages consumer advertising, sales promotion programs as well as product and package improvements. Prior to joining Neutrogena Cosmetics, Ms. Fritsch- Gil was part of the Worldwide Mergers & Acquisitions group with Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. In this role, she was responsible for supporting business development activities through competitive intelligence updates, research of potential licensing and acquisition targets, as well as the exploration of white space opportunities.

Prior to this position, Ms. Fritsch-Gil was the Marketing Manager for Longines, one of the Swatch Group’s luxury watch brands, where she was responsible for re-launching the brand in the US market. Ms. Fritsch-Gil began her career as the Global Business Development Manager for Viva International Group, the world’s third largest eyewear company, where she was responsible for developing marketing strategies for distributors in North America, South America & Central America, and Asia.

Ms. Fritsch-Gil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a member of the Dean’s List, and studied European business in Belgium and Germany. She also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Rutgers University. Ms. Fritsch-Gil is fluent in Portuguese and is a member of Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW).
Nicholas Gavrelis, VP, Global Product Development, MAC Cosmetics, The Estée Lauder Companies
Nicholas Gavrelis As soon as the conversation shifts to innovation, his voice quickens. Nick Gavrelis brings products full-circle with a pressed-shirt passion and eagerness that’s part Zen monk, part New Yorker. Something about skincare and its basicyet-big-picture appeal impassions him to the point of philosophizing. From his early days as a fine art photographer to his current role as Vice President of Global Product Development for M·A·C Face and PRO , Mr. Gavrelis has always delighted in wrestling with light and shadow. Only now, bulbs flash on the runway where his latest foundations, concealers and potions are put to the test, while shadows contour the faces he helps to transform.

It all began on a photo shoot one afternoon in Maryland. “I was assisting and amazingly, got into makeup by accident. A photographer asked me to put down the lighting equipment, step in and help out.” So naturally, Mr. Gavrelis picked up a blending brush and let his eye for shading take the lead. “It was really fun because it was the first time I put the understanding of lighting together with makeup; it was scary. I knew it had to be undetectable, but still enhance the model’s look. That was the first moment where I thought, ‘I get it now.’ That started things for me.”

Mr. Gavrelis quickly fell for skin – the challenge of shushing imperfections while enhancing its natural beauty –blending artistry with illusion, product with precision, big picture with picture perfect. He became a M·A·C Artist and soon managed an expansive region in Artist and Development as a Regional Training Director. It was only after taking a hiatus to launch his own line – a makeup collection called Pretty Pretty – that Mr. Gavrelis returned to M·A·C in 2001 and stepped into his most dynamic role yet.

“I didn’t apprentice under one of the great skin gurus or have a classical product development background, so launching my own company gave me the confidence I needed and allowed me to understand – with very little funding – how to produce a product true to vision, while becoming a part of real women’s lives. I learned how to start from the beginning, flesh a product out and make good business sense of it. Coming back to a company like M·A·C with its amazing resources, artists and, of course, scientists, was like coming home to the world’s most elaborate candy shop.”

Dreaming up the next high-performance product requires creativity, collaboration and time. It can take up to two years to develop show-stoppers like Studio Sculpt Foundation or Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15. The most critical time in a product’s early life cycle, however, is Fashion Week. “This backstage piece is where you truly understand how it’s going to behave in extreme situations, how it’s going to fit into trend.” Should a product save face or start trends, it’s given the green light. “Runways are our platform for introducing new concepts, textures and future products – so it could be years before something launches.”

Mr. Gavrelis is in the business of creating solutions makeup enthusiasts simply can’t live without. Artists backstage are so often inspired by a new formula that it’s not unusual for them to request him to bring it to market within weeks. “Nick is a backstage icon and a true visionary. He not only masterminds exquisite and revolutionary products, but eloquently elevates his creations into the fantasy world of beauty and fashion,” says longtime mentor and collaborator Jennifer Balbier, Senior Vice President of Global Product Development for Artist Brands at Estée Lauder.

As for his own must-haves, the elegant Mr. Gavrelis – famous for his clean shave and sharp tailoring – keeps it simple. Every morning is an homage to his work. After a meditative shower with his requisite Aveda Shampure and Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin elixir, he’s primed to devote his day to “the enhancement, protection and care of one our most precious assets – our gorgeous skin.”

Ildiko Juhasz, MPS Class of 2012, Marketing and Training Manager, Acqua di Parma, LVMH Fragrance Brands

Ms. Juhasz is currently Marketing and Training Manager for Acqua di Parma, part of the LVMH Fragrance Brands group. Prior to joining LVMH this year, Ms. Juhasz was Project Director and Qualitative Analyst for the US division of ScentAnalysis, an international consultancy dedicated exclusively to fragrance development, where she was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s consumer research projects worldwide. In addition, Ms. Juhasz has continued to focus on the pursuit of her passion for color cosmetics and has worked as a successful freelance makeup artist since 2003. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Elle, Brides, Ladies Home Journal as well as several international fashion publications.

Juhasz also served as a creative consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics, responsible for the creation of the Spring 2009 and Spring 2011 advertising concepts that showcase Mary Kay’s limited edition seasonal color cosmetics collections. Her work for the Spring 2009 catalog resulted in a complete sell out of the limited edition items. Ms. Juhasz received her Master's in Professional Studies in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management from FIT, and her Bachelor of Science degree in International Marketing from Kent State University, where she was on the Dean’s List. She is fluent in Hungarian. Ms. Juhasz is a member of Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW).
Tonie Leatherberry, Principal - Deloitte Consulting LLP
Tonie Leatherberry Antoinette (Tonie) Leatherberry is a Principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP and the Northeast Practice Leader for Information Management. She serves Fortune 500 Retail and Consumer Business clients.

Tonie formerly served as Deloitte Consulting’s Chief Inclusion Officer, driving a national initiative dedicated to improving organizational strength through diversity and providing equitable advancement opportunities for all. In 2008, the firm was recognized as a leader in the profession for Excellence in Diversity by Consulting Magazine. She recently served on Deloitte Consulting’s Board of Directors, Deloitte Foundation’s Board of Directors and currently serves on advisory boards for the League of Black Women and Network of Executive Women, a non-profit organization whose goal is to attract, retain and advance women in the retail and consumer products industry sectors. She has also previously served on the boards of the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition (GPUAC) and C.A.R.I.E. the Center for the Advocacy, Rights and Interests of the Elderly.

The professional accolades Tonie has received demonstrate her accomplishments. She was nominated for the 2008 Computerworld Magazine Premier 100 IT Leaders award. She has graced the cover of Consulting Magazine twice, once for being named one of the top 25 consultants in the world. She has been recognized as a Top 100 under 50 Leader by Diversity MBA Magazine in 2008, One of Pennsylvania’s Top 50 Women in Business, recognized as a Woman Worth Watching in the Diversity News Journal Magazine in 2009, named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine in the Spring of 2010, featured in the April 2010 Edition of Forbes Magazine and was the recipient of the League of Black Women’s Black Rose Award. Most recently, Tonie was named one of the 2012 Top Influential Women in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine.

Tonie serves Fortune 100 clients in retail and consumer business. She is responsible for developing business solutions that address Information Technology challenges, specializing in IT Strategy,
Business Analytics and Information Management. A recognized leader in the industry, she is well respected by her clients and is regularly tapped for her expertise.

As a member of The Executive Leadership Council’s (ELC) Institute for Leadership Development & Research, Tonie has facilitated Hurricane Katrina support to Historically Black Colleges and Universities
in New Orleans - namely Xavier University. She facilitated sessions and raised pertinent questions that lead to the university’s executive team to make needed decisions on disaster recovery and strategic
plans for technology improvements. Most recently, through the ELC’s Technology Transfer Project, she provided consulting expertise to Morehouse University, Tennessee State University, North Carolina

Tonie holds an MBA in Operations from Northeastern University and a B.S.M.E. with a concentration in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University.

Cheryl Wilson, Global Business Development-Ethnic Hair Care, Unilever 
Cheryl Wilson

Cheryl Wilson is a seasoned, results-oriented brand management executive with proven results in leading strategy, innovation, equity definition and integrated marketing plans for hair care, cosmetics, skin care, personal care and luxury retail. 

As Global BD Director for Ethnic Hair Care, her current responsibilities include building a global category strategy and portfolio of global, regional and national brands leveraging AC acquisition portfolio, driving category innovation, recommending business building strategies for local execution that are non innovation led, and identifying winning geographical expansion of portfolio with focus on Africa and Brazil.

Prior to joining Unilever in 2011, she cultivated her strong passion for the beauty industry with prestige retail buying/planning experience for four years at Saks Fifth Avenue, over a decade in mass and professional beauty brand management with Procter & Gamble and with three years of prestige ethnic cosmetics experience at Fashion Fair Cosmetics. She is most proud of developing and launching numerous strategies and innovative marketing programs including the award-winning CoverGirl LashExact Mascara and CoverGirl Queen Collection.

Cheryl received a BA degree in Foreign Affairs and African and African American studies from the University of Virginia in 1992 and an MBA degree from the University of Virginia (Darden) in 1998.

Ursula Wynhoven, General Counsel, United Nations Global Compact Office
  Ursula Wynhoven is the General Counsel of the United Nations Global Compact Office. She is a member of the office’s Senior Management Team. In addition to managing legal affairs and governance matters, Ursula leads the office's work programmes on the human rights and labour principles, including on women’s empowerment, business and children, indigenous peoples' rights and human trafficking. She began working with the office in 2002. Previous positions held within the office include Head, Legal & Policy, Special Assistant to the Executive Director, Human Rights Adviser, and Programme Manager, Learning Forum.

A lawyer by background, Ursula worked in private practice and government human rights agencies in both Australia and the United States before joining the UN. Ursula has also worked for the Secretariat of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development on the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the OECD’s corporate responsibility initiative. Among other academic qualifications, Ursula has two Masters of Law degrees - from Columbia Law School, where she was also a Human Rights Fellow, and from Monash University Law School in Australia. She is an Adjunct Professor in Business and Human Rights at Fordham Law School in New York. She is admitted to practice law in jurisdictions in Australia, United States (California), and England and Wales.


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