The EmpowHERment Project | The Coterie
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The Coterie is the EmpowHERment Project’s first event to gather the beauty industry around a common goal: celebrating, supporting and equalizing the playing field for women in our industry.

What obstacles have you overcome and what wisdom can you share? How can we make mentorship meaningful? Who shaped and supported you along the way? What can you do to pay it forward?

In an intimate setting, you’ll hear the answers first-hand from some of our best, both behind and in front of the chair, who will reveal their successes, failures and journeys to get there.

We’ll honor three of our industry’s brightest with awards for Ceiling Crasher, Frontliner, and Radgal.

Speakers and Honorees

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Location: Metropolitan West – 639 W 46th Street (at 12th Ave), New York City


10:15am        Doors Open, Registration, Breakfast
10:45am        Welcome – Lyndsey Bardnell
11:00am        The Unwritten Rules: The role gender plays in who makes it to the top – Diane Fittipaldi
11:35am        Frontliners – Lisa Botts; Liz Coda and Jules Taus; Kris Sorbie; Barb Garcia-Grove interviewed by Marcia Cole
12:45pm        Lunch
1:45pm          Ceiling Crashers – Vivienne Mackinder; Giovanni & Francesco Gallo; Iris Kuo
2:50pm          Break
3:20pm          Rad Gals – Lena Piccininni; Alexis Thurston; Swivel Beauty and Coral Please interviewed by Reuben Carranza
4:40pm          EmpowHERment Toolkit
5:00pm          EmpowHERment Honors – Beth Minardi; Tanisha Akinloye; Nikki Lee and Riawna Capri of Nine Zero One
5:45pm          Closing Remarks
6:00pm          Reception
7:00pm          Event ends


All times are subject to change.

The Coterie will be preceded on September 24 + 25 by Idealogue: Social Currency This annual event explores how artists, entrepreneurs, brands and businesses stay relevant with constant disruption and invest in digital to drive economic and personal growth. Marketing mavens, social stars and experts from both inside and outside the beauty industry will offer their perspective, experiences, life and business hacks, and hard-earned lessons.

Join us as 18-time worldwide bestselling author Seth Godin opens Idealogue with a keynote, interactive Q&A, and a challenge to stand out, not fit in.

Find out more about Idealogue: Social Currency here.


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