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10th Anniversary

On September 22, 2010, over 350 leaders in the beauty industry came together to celebrate this milestone, and to honor Marc Pritchard of Procter & Gamble and Linda Wells of Allure magazine. The event kicked off with a series of three videos, shot and produced by program graduate Douglas Bender, part of an archive project for the 10th Anniversary supported by the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC). The videos featured archival footage and photos of classroom interaction, overseas field studies, and testimonials from top industry executives, members of the faculty and graduates of the program.

The event was sponsored by the program’s corporate partners, including Coty, L’Oréal, LVMH Perfumes and Cosmetics, Procter & Gamble Beauty, Shiseido Cosmetics America, and Target. During his remarks, honoree Marc Pritchard expressed his sentiments about his long history with the program: “I know the future of our industry is in great hands because of FIT’s master’s program – it turns out the most brilliant, innovative and creative minds.” He went on to say, “I’m certain this industry will grow and prosper in the years to come because of this program.” For her turn at the podium, Linda Wells commented on the future of beauty, telling the assembled that “the bottom line is beauty is going to be very, very big.” In speaking about the FIT master’s program, Wells quipped “when you marry beauty and brains, it’s a killer combination.”

David Greenberg, President, Maybelline/Garnier and Chairperson of the program’s Industry Advisory Board, called the FIT master’s program “a place to nurture and challenge ideas; to confront weaknesses and uncertainty; to build know-how and confidence; and to foster passion for an industry that thrives on that very same trait.”

Founder of the program, Professor Stephan Kanlian presented a check for $10,000 to the co-chairs of the program’s new Alumni Association. He also reflected on the future and went on to stress the importance of good global brand citizenship. He also observed that “today’s multinational corporations have more power to influence society than national governments.” He emphasized the program’s role in training “empathic leaders for the future, so that we can bring beauty back to the center of our consumer’s mindset and conversation.”

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