BEAUTY CONNECT 2020 | Kisaco Research

BEAUTY CONNECT USA

The leading digital summit connecting indie brands, multinationals, retailers and industry suppliers virtually.

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VIRTUAL SUMMIT | PDT & EDT Timezone
1-3 September, 2020

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Beauty Connect, is the leading digital summit connecting indie brands, multinationals, retailers and industry suppliers from across the US and beyond.

The beauty world has shifted immensely but one thing hasn't changed, the need to secure partnerships. The big question is... how has the beauty landscape changed and how can you stand out and emerge as a leading brand in a new age of beauty?

Building on the global success of the Beauty & Money Series, Beauty Connect will enable you to forge long-lasting and ever-present relationships with the customer. Brands that invest in customer engagement and experience can expect a 5.7 times increase in revenue.

Take away the latest insights, opportunities, and connections you need to strengthen your company, and come out of 2020 thriving. Learn what the 'new normal' is, connect with industry-experts in over 20 private 1-2-1 meetings, and showcase your brand in our exclusive Beauty & Money Spotlight Award.

You’re never too big to fail, you’re never too small to thriveBeauty Connect  USA is the virtual event for forging partnerships, acquiring the latest marketing intelligence and building a brand strategy that will ensure your relevancy and success.

A digital event will be a first for many...

Embracing the challenges of live events in these current times, brings new opportunity to connect online.

Taking place across 3 mornings that work for both PDT and EDT timezones, Beauty Connect promises to deliver the same high quality content sessions but with many more interactive elements including; panel discussions, polls, live Q&A and video conferencing networking opportunities - all from the comfort of your own home. 

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INDUSTRY LEADING SPEAKERS
12
BEAUTY SPOTLIGHT FINALISTS
1-2-1
DEDICATED MEETINGS
150+
INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES

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INDUSTRY LEADING SPEAKERS

 

Carla Ruiz

SVP of M&A
Shiseido Group

Carla Ruiz

SVP of M&A
Shiseido Group

Carla Ruiz

SVP of M&A
Shiseido Group
 

Jaqueleen Larson

Director, Global Digital & Social
Bobbi Brown

Jaqueleen Larson

Director, Global Digital & Social
Bobbi Brown

Jaqueleen Larson

Director, Global Digital & Social
Bobbi Brown
 

Somer Tejwani

VP, Global Marketing
Too Faced

Somer Tejwani

VP, Global Marketing
Too Faced

Somer Tejwani

VP, Global Marketing
Too Faced
 

Scott Sassa

Chairman
Milk Makeup

Scott M. Sassa is currently Chairman of MILK Makeup, a new millennial brand that is inspired by MILK Studios.  It was launched in January 2016.  MILK Makeup is available at Sephora, Urban Outfitters, Birchbox and MILK Makeup.com.

Scott Sassa

Chairman
Milk Makeup

Scott Sassa

Chairman
Milk Makeup

Scott M. Sassa is currently Chairman of MILK Makeup, a new millennial brand that is inspired by MILK Studios.  It was launched in January 2016.  MILK Makeup is available at Sephora, Urban Outfitters, Birchbox and MILK Makeup.com.

From 2008 to 2013, Scott served as President of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication.  Scott was on the ESPN Board, was Co-Chair of AETN which included Lifetime, A&E and History.  Mark Burnett Productions was acquired during Scott’s tenure.  Scott also has oversight of the venture-investing group, which has made investment in Netscape, Broadcast.com, Pandora and other Internet companies.

 

Rina Yashayeva

VP, Marketing Strategy
Stella Rising

Rina Yashayeva

VP, Marketing Strategy
Stella Rising

Rina Yashayeva

VP, Marketing Strategy
Stella Rising
 

Christopher Jones

Global Marketing Solutions
Facebook & Instagram

Christopher has spent the past decade as a leader in the digital and social marketing space. Christopher is a Solutions Manager at Facebook helping beauty companies, big and small, grow their businesses through mobile. Prior to Facebook, Christopher lead a Brand Strategy team at Twitter and spent a number of years agency side.

Christopher Jones

Global Marketing Solutions
Facebook & Instagram

Christopher Jones

Global Marketing Solutions
Facebook & Instagram

Christopher has spent the past decade as a leader in the digital and social marketing space. Christopher is a Solutions Manager at Facebook helping beauty companies, big and small, grow their businesses through mobile. Prior to Facebook, Christopher lead a Brand Strategy team at Twitter and spent a number of years agency side.

 

Kory Marchisotto

Chief Marketing Officer
e.l.f.

Kory Marchisotto

Chief Marketing Officer
e.l.f.

Kory Marchisotto

Chief Marketing Officer
e.l.f.
 

Heather Connelly

Buying & Merchandising
CosBar

Heather Connelly

Buying & Merchandising
CosBar

Heather Connelly

Buying & Merchandising
CosBar
 

Muffy Clince

Director of Emerging Brands
Ulta Beauty

Muffy Clince

Director of Emerging Brands
Ulta Beauty

Muffy Clince

Director of Emerging Brands
Ulta Beauty
 

Marni Dexter

Applications Manager - Beauty Formulations
CRODA

Marni Dexter is an Applications Manager and coordinates Beauty Formulation activities within Croda’s R&T department. Marni joined Croda 13 years ago as a Graduate Trainee, where she rotated through various positions in Personal Care, including Applications, PVCS, and Sales.   Her current role involves managing all aspects of Personal Care Applications and the team, as well as the activities of the Croda Inc.

Marni Dexter

Applications Manager - Beauty Formulations
CRODA

Marni Dexter

Applications Manager - Beauty Formulations
CRODA

Marni Dexter is an Applications Manager and coordinates Beauty Formulation activities within Croda’s R&T department. Marni joined Croda 13 years ago as a Graduate Trainee, where she rotated through various positions in Personal Care, including Applications, PVCS, and Sales.   Her current role involves managing all aspects of Personal Care Applications and the team, as well as the activities of the Croda Inc. Salon.  Marni holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a focus in Marketing from the Rutgers Business School.

 

Donna Petretti

Head of NA Marketing - Personal Care
Croda

Donna Petretti

Head of NA Marketing - Personal Care
Croda

Donna Petretti

Head of NA Marketing - Personal Care
Croda
 

Gabriella Beckwith

Senior Research Analyst
Euromonitor International

Gabriella Beckwith

Senior Research Analyst
Euromonitor International

Gabriella Beckwith

Senior Research Analyst
Euromonitor International
 

Annie Jackson

Co-Founder and COO
Credo Beauty

Annie Jackson

Co-Founder and COO
Credo Beauty

Annie Jackson

Co-Founder and COO
Credo Beauty
 

Casey Georgeson

Founder & CEO
Saint Jane

Casey Georgeson

Founder & CEO
Saint Jane

Casey Georgeson

Founder & CEO
Saint Jane
 

Maxime Garcia-Janin

Founder & CEO
Sillages

Maxime Garcia-Janin

Founder & CEO
Sillages

Maxime Garcia-Janin

Founder & CEO
Sillages
 

Felix Strand

President
Pixi

Felix Strand

President
Pixi

Felix Strand

President
Pixi
 

Elana Drell-Sfyzer

CEO
Revive Skincare

Elana Drell-Sfyzer

CEO
Revive Skincare

Elana Drell-Sfyzer

CEO
Revive Skincare
 

Alicia Sontag

Co-Founder & Partner
Prelude Growth Partners

Alicia Sontag

Co-Founder & Partner
Prelude Growth Partners

Alicia Sontag

Co-Founder & Partner
Prelude Growth Partners
 

Conor Begley

CEO
Tribe Dynamics

Conor Begley

CEO
Tribe Dynamics

Conor Begley

CEO
Tribe Dynamics
 

Richard Kestenbaum

Partner
Triangle Capital, LLC and Forbes Contributor

Richard is a co-founder and Partner of Triangle Capital and has been an investment banker for over 35 years. Richard has a great deal of experience advising clients in merchandising businesses, particularly in the Retail & Consumer sector. Richard is an often-quoted expert on the retail and merchandising industries. He is a Contributor to Forbes.com where he writes a regular blog about trends in retail and consumer product businesses. He also appears regularly in print and other media as well as industry panels and speaking programs.

Richard Kestenbaum

Partner
Triangle Capital, LLC and Forbes Contributor

Richard Kestenbaum

Partner
Triangle Capital, LLC and Forbes Contributor

Richard is a co-founder and Partner of Triangle Capital and has been an investment banker for over 35 years. Richard has a great deal of experience advising clients in merchandising businesses, particularly in the Retail & Consumer sector. Richard is an often-quoted expert on the retail and merchandising industries. He is a Contributor to Forbes.com where he writes a regular blog about trends in retail and consumer product businesses. He also appears regularly in print and other media as well as industry panels and speaking programs.

Before co-founding Triangle, Richard was a Managing Director at a boutique investment banking firm called Financo, Inc. While at Financo, Richard was responsible for a majority of the firm’s apparel industry transactions. Prior to joining Financo, Richard was a Partner and First Vice President at Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. At Drexel, Richard was responsible for a group of 14 professionals doing middle-market mergers and acquisitions around the world.

Richard is the co-author of three books on finance and computer programming. He is formerly an Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Business at the graduate program of the Stern School of Business at York University.

Richard received a BS in Accounting from New York University and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Harvard University. Richard is married and lives in New York.

Click here to read Richard’s blog and follow him on Forbes.com.

 

Jonny Grubin

Founder & CEO
SoPost

Jonny Grubin

Founder & CEO
SoPost

Jonny Grubin

Founder & CEO
SoPost
 

Stephanie Capuano

Founder & CEO
31st State

I am a qualified PR professional with over 15 years of experience in managing, developing and growing clients in pharma, fashion and beauty sectors across offices in New York, San Francisco and London. Most recently, I am the founder and CEO of Clean Beauty start up, 31st State for Gen Z guys, and a partner in &Three, a boutique travel company specialising in the ultimate African safari.

Stephanie Capuano

Founder & CEO
31st State

Stephanie Capuano

Founder & CEO
31st State

I am a qualified PR professional with over 15 years of experience in managing, developing and growing clients in pharma, fashion and beauty sectors across offices in New York, San Francisco and London. Most recently, I am the founder and CEO of Clean Beauty start up, 31st State for Gen Z guys, and a partner in &Three, a boutique travel company specialising in the ultimate African safari.

Being a mother of two teenage boys I created 31st State after being frustrated by the lack of available choices for my sons in the Personal Care market from all of the so called “big brands” and established companies. 31st State was borne out of a desire to recreate the feeling I experienced during my formative years growing up in California- clean, effortless and minimally fashionable. Drawing on my career in pharmaceutical PR and Brand Communications I identified and led a team of experts to deliver a brand with operational excellence while bringing some pretty brave new thinking into what is an uncharted category- teenage male grooming. Similarly, &Three – our boutique travel business, has been founded out of a lifelong love of adventure– and my belief it will be travel and discovery experiences rather than material objects that will drive the next frontier of value for consumers entering the workforce now.

Both of my business initiatives, &Three and 31st State, enable me to live my love of travel and passion for beautiful design by creating commercially successful yet authentic, branded products and experiences.

 

Samuel Cheney

Director
BEAST.

Samuel Cheney is Operations and Buying Director of BEAST. ‘The Men’s Beauty Store’ the British beauty brand and first men’s beauty store in the world.

Samuel Cheney

Director
BEAST.

Samuel Cheney

Director
BEAST.

Samuel Cheney is Operations and Buying Director of BEAST. ‘The Men’s Beauty Store’ the British beauty brand and first men’s beauty store in the world.

The only men's concept of its kind, BEAST. brings together over 80 premium brands spanning Body, Hair, Shave, Face and soon to launch, Wellness. The brand presents a unique mix of innovative newcomers and long-established cult classics within its unique way of shopping, built around a simple logic, whereby the store and website offer the same merchandised structure across the categories - Body, Hair, Shave, Face and Fragrance rather than the industry standard – by brand. 

Samuel is responsible for the Retail concept, Operations and Buying as well as Partnerships, most recently with AWAY travel and Esquire Magazine.

Growing from a stand-alone concept store in London’s Seven Dials with a mission to “Change the way men buy Beauty”, the BEAST. brands and retail concept are now available at shop-beast.com as well as Frasers and Flannels stores across the UK, making it the first Men’s focused beauty brand to have its own spaces within beauty halls Nationally.

Samuel is Founder and Director of New Order Cosmetics, proposing a dynamic consultancy solution for his portfolio of early stage, high-growth potential beauty brands and brings together an agile team of industry specialists across; Product; Sales; Operations; Marketing and Communications.

 

Lizzy Eisenberg

Director, Market Development
Afterpay

As Director of Market Development at Afterpay, the publicly traded technology-driven payments company, Lizzy Eisenberg leads strategic partner acquisition for the Australian-based company’s U.S. business, with special emphasis on Beauty. Prior to joining Afterpay, Eisenberg held several roles with POPSUGAR Inc.: She led business development at ShopStyle, focusing on emerging products and markets, and spearheaded business development and partnerships for POPSUGAR's e-commerce initiatives.

Lizzy Eisenberg

Director, Market Development
Afterpay

Lizzy Eisenberg

Director, Market Development
Afterpay

As Director of Market Development at Afterpay, the publicly traded technology-driven payments company, Lizzy Eisenberg leads strategic partner acquisition for the Australian-based company’s U.S. business, with special emphasis on Beauty. Prior to joining Afterpay, Eisenberg held several roles with POPSUGAR Inc.: She led business development at ShopStyle, focusing on emerging products and markets, and spearheaded business development and partnerships for POPSUGAR's e-commerce initiatives.

Eisenberg holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was named Most Valuable Player for the Division 1 women’s soccer program. She lives with her husband and dog in Portland, Oregon. 

 

Ju Rhyu

Co-Founder & CEO
Hero Cosmetics

Ju Rhyu

Co-Founder & CEO
Hero Cosmetics

Ju Rhyu

Co-Founder & CEO
Hero Cosmetics
 

Liz Scott

President
EC Scott Group

Liz is the President at EC Scott Group where she oversees Company Strategy, Finance, Trade Marketing, Sales & Education, Communications, and the development of the Beauty and Wellness categories.  

Liz attended Wharton with a concentration in retail & marketing.  From her time at Saks Fifth Avenue, she brings respect for traditional retail, and from Gilt Group, a passionate entrepreneurial mentality, which fuels her motivation to bring brands and retailers success within the changing beauty landscape.  

Liz Scott

President
EC Scott Group

Liz Scott

President
EC Scott Group

Liz is the President at EC Scott Group where she oversees Company Strategy, Finance, Trade Marketing, Sales & Education, Communications, and the development of the Beauty and Wellness categories.  

Liz attended Wharton with a concentration in retail & marketing.  From her time at Saks Fifth Avenue, she brings respect for traditional retail, and from Gilt Group, a passionate entrepreneurial mentality, which fuels her motivation to bring brands and retailers success within the changing beauty landscape.  

EC Scott Group, founded in 2004, is the premier Sales, Service, and Training company for prestige beauty companies in the specialty retail channel in North America.  EC Scott Group’s services include everything from behind the scenes (i.e. warehousing, pick & pack, retailer headquarter management, collections), to the support in-store that makes independent retail partners successful (i.e. in-store education & training, event planning & execution, sell-through support).

 

 

Katey Hassan

VP of Brand Marketing
TULA Skincare

Katey is the VP of Brand Marketing at TULA Skincare - the clean & effective skincare powered
by probiotics and superfoods to help you feel confident in your skin. At TULA, Katey leads the
creative, PR, social media, brand + retail marketing teams. She has driven rapid growth
through the brand’s influencer program and elevated the brand's creative voice. Katey has
worked in the beauty industry for over 15 years, passionately translating her background as a
consumer behavior research into marketing+ innovation.

Katey Hassan

VP of Brand Marketing
TULA Skincare

Katey Hassan

VP of Brand Marketing
TULA Skincare

Katey is the VP of Brand Marketing at TULA Skincare - the clean & effective skincare powered
by probiotics and superfoods to help you feel confident in your skin. At TULA, Katey leads the
creative, PR, social media, brand + retail marketing teams. She has driven rapid growth
through the brand’s influencer program and elevated the brand's creative voice. Katey has
worked in the beauty industry for over 15 years, passionately translating her background as a
consumer behavior research into marketing+ innovation.

 

Ashton Wall

Director of Performance Marketing
Colour Pop

Ashton Wall

Director of Performance Marketing
Colour Pop

Ashton Wall

Director of Performance Marketing
Colour Pop
 

Felix Strand

President
Pixi

Felix Strand

President
Pixi

Felix Strand

President
Pixi
 

Michel Brousset

Founder
Waldencast

Michel Brousset

Founder
Waldencast

Michel Brousset

Founder
Waldencast
 

Catherine Collins

CEO
Upfront Consultancy

Catherine Collins

CEO
Upfront Consultancy

Catherine Collins

CEO
Upfront Consultancy
 

Koh Kim

Founder
EvenPrime

Koh Kim

Founder
EvenPrime

Koh Kim

Founder
EvenPrime

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BEAUTY & MONEY SPOTLIGHT OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

12 Independent Beauty Brands, hand-picked by
the prestigious Selection Committee, showcase themselves and their products on the main stage, in a quick-fire round of presentations.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED 

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED: W.C AUGUST 3RD

WHY APPLY? 

  • Present your brand in-front of the prestigious Selection Committee as well as a full room of 150+ beauty investors, M&A executives and beauty influencers on day one of the event. 
  • The Winner will deliver an extended 10-minute presentation of their brand to open day two.
  • Spotlight finalists will feature in marketing activity in the run up to the event and in the post-show report.

WHO SHOULD APPLY? 

Independent beauty brands from across the Beauty & Personal Care industry who are...

  • Seeking brand exposure, investment, acquisition or industry partnerships.
  • Driving innovation in the industry and see potential for the growth and scale of their business.

2020 SELECTION COMMITTEE

Author:

Carla Ruiz

SVP of M&A
Shiseido Group

Author:

Benedict Auld

Founder & CEO
Lapidarius

Benedict H. Auld is the founder and CEO of Lapidarius, a strategy consultancy in New York City. Ben has helped brands in health, wellness and beauty grow and change over the entirety of his career. 

Author:

Alicia Sontag

Co-Founder & Partner
Prelude Growth Partners

Author:

Richard Kestenbaum

Partner
Triangle Capital, LLC and Forbes Contributor

Richard is a co-founder and Partner of Triangle Capital and has been an investment banker for over 35 years. Richard has a great deal of experience advising clients in merchandising businesses, particularly in the Retail & Consumer sector. Richard is an often-quoted expert on the retail and merchandising industries. He is a Contributor to Forbes.com where he writes a regular blog about trends in retail and consumer product businesses. He also appears regularly in print and other media as well as industry panels and speaking programs.

Before co-founding Triangle, Richard was a Managing Director at a boutique investment banking firm called Financo, Inc. While at Financo, Richard was responsible for a majority of the firm’s apparel industry transactions. Prior to joining Financo, Richard was a Partner and First Vice President at Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. At Drexel, Richard was responsible for a group of 14 professionals doing middle-market mergers and acquisitions around the world.

Richard is the co-author of three books on finance and computer programming. He is formerly an Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Business at the graduate program of the Stern School of Business at York University.

Richard received a BS in Accounting from New York University and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Harvard University. Richard is married and lives in New York.

Click here to read Richard’s blog and follow him on Forbes.com.

Author:

Liz Scott

President
EC Scott Group

Liz is the President at EC Scott Group where she oversees Company Strategy, Finance, Trade Marketing, Sales & Education, Communications, and the development of the Beauty and Wellness categories.  

Liz attended Wharton with a concentration in retail & marketing.  From her time at Saks Fifth Avenue, she brings respect for traditional retail, and from Gilt Group, a passionate entrepreneurial mentality, which fuels her motivation to bring brands and retailers success within the changing beauty landscape.  

EC Scott Group, founded in 2004, is the premier Sales, Service, and Training company for prestige beauty companies in the specialty retail channel in North America.  EC Scott Group’s services include everything from behind the scenes (i.e. warehousing, pick & pack, retailer headquarter management, collections), to the support in-store that makes independent retail partners successful (i.e. in-store education & training, event planning & execution, sell-through support).

 

Author:

Bentley Eidsmo

Director of New Brand Development
Guthy Renker

Author:

Catherine Collins

CEO
Upfront Consultancy

Author:

Conor Begley

CEO
Tribe Dynamics

Author:

Rich Gersten

Partner
Tengram Capital

Mr. Richard Gersten is presently a Partner of Tengram Capital Partners, a consumer private equity firm formed to invest in the consumer and retail sectors. Mr. Gersten has over 25 years of experience in the private equity industry and has spent the last 19 years focused exclusively on the consumer and retail sector, with an emphasis in the beauty and personal care industry. He currently sits on the board of directors of Algenist, Cos Bar, This Works, Active Ride Shop, NEST Fragrances, Deva Curl, and formerly sat on the board of directors for Laura Geller Beauty.

Pulp Riot

Podcast with 2017 Spotlight Finalist - David Thurston, Co-Founder, Pulp Riot

Pulp Riot were one of 12 finalists in the 2017 Beauty & Money NY Brand Spotlight and went on to be sold to Beauty giant L'Oreal in a deal represented by Triangle Capital. In this podcast David speaks to Richard Kestenbaum, co-founder of Triangle Capital on his experiences growing his brand and going on to sell to L'Oreal. 

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