Profiting from next-gen business opportunities

Join the editors of WWD for a dynamic program focused on next-gen business opportunities across the beauty industry.  200+ executives from the most promising indie brands will come together with seasoned pros to share ideas that can move the market.

Topics will include:

  • Discovering category-defining ideas that address unmet needs
  • Identifying founders with the potential to bring innovative products and services to market
  • Perfecting the pitch so that financial investors, strategics – and consumers get it
  • Cultivating a passionate, loyal consumer following
  • Building the best team to support an emerging brand
  • Finding mentors to help navigate the startup terrain
  • Getting the right tools to scale the business
  • Raising the right capital at the right time

Spend one day – and benefit from years of beauty industry experience


7:30-8:30 am // Registration & Breakfast

8:30 -10:00 am // Session I

10:00 -10:30 am // Direct Connect Networking

10:30 am -12:30 pm // Session II

12:30 -1:45 pm // Meet a Mentor Lunch

1:45 – 3:30 pm // Session III

3:30 – 4:00 pm // Direct Connect Networking

4:00 – 5:15 pm Session IV

5:15 pm Direct Connect Networking

*Agenda subject to change

Detailed agenda will be available on the event app on Oct 15

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Who Is Speaking?

  • Courtney Adeleye The Mane Choice
  • Jose Alvarez Abbott NYC
  • Justin Boettcher Amazon Beauty
  • Lauren Bosworth Love Wellness
  • Marita Burke Mecca Brands
  • Francesco Clark Clark's Botanicals
  • Enrico Frezza Peace Out Inc.
  • Noella Gabriel Elemis
  • April Gargiulo Vintner's Daughter
  • Richard Gersten Tengram Capital Partners
  • Lilli Gordon First Aid Beauty
  • Janet Gurwitch Gurwitch Consulting Group
  • Carol Hamilton L’Oréal USA
  • Taylor Hamilton ReCommerce Brands
  • Loey Lane LoveAnyBody
  • Aaron Paas Wildist
  • Michael Pass Abbott NYC
  • Junior Scott Pence Peace Out Inc.
  • Artemis Patrick Sephora
  • Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton Chillhouse
  • Lauren Steinberg Queen V
  • Sheena Yaitanes Kosas



Sponsorship opportunities provide direct access to the most influential executives in the industry through high-profile brand visibility and interaction, plus targeted networking. Sponsorship opportunities are limited and can be highly customized to meet your marketing objectives.   For more information on sponsoring, please contact Amanda Smith at

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