The DreamBall Gala
The 32nd annual DreamBall was held on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Cipriani 42nd Street.
On Wednesday, September 28, 2016 the 32nd annual DreamBall recognized two outstanding leaders in beauty for their contribution to the industry, and for advancing the cancer dialogue: Marc Rey, President and CEO of Shiseido Americas, and Daniel M. Annese, Global Brand President, Aramis and Designer Fragrances, The Estée Lauder Companies.
Also honored were two “DreamGirls” and Look Good Feel Better participants: Tony and Grammy nominated Broadway star Valisia LeKae, and teen sensation and America’s Got Talent semi-finalist Calysta Bevier. The two inspiring ovarian cancer survivors and nationally renowned singers shared their stories on stage, and performed together at the event.
Daniel M. Annese, Global Brand President, Aramis and Designer Fragrances
Daniel M. Annese is the Global Brand President of Aramis and Designer Fragrances, the largest fragrance business in The Estée Lauder Companies, and is comprised of a portfolio of eight prestige fragrance brands – Donna Karan/DKNY, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Tory Burch, Ermenegildo Zegna, Kiton, Marni and Aramis.
He and his team work closely with these American and European Designers along with expert perfumers from leading fragrance companies like IFF, Firmenich and Givaudan. Together they transform each Designer’s unique vision and Brand DNA into evocative fragrances which are marketed and distributed around the world.
Prior to his appointment of Global Brand President of Aramis and Designer Fragrances in September of 2014, Mr. Annese was with Estée Lauder, the flagship Brand of the corporation, for over 20 years where he held numerous management roles. As the Senior Vice President/General Manager of Global Market Development, he is credited with significantly increasing the Estée Lauder division sales, doubling profits and growing global market share. Beginning in 2006, he recruited a new management team in China and orchestrated acceleration strategies which resulted in the Brand achieving the number one position in China and throughout Asia in four years.
Concurrently from 2007-2014, Mr. Annese and his team spearheaded the worldwide expansion of the ultraluxe Tom Ford Beauty Brand, establishing a premium-tier position in leading specialty retailers and markets of influence.
Mr. Annese has spent over 35 years in the beauty business and 22 years with The Estée Lauder Companies where he is credited with broad skills in portfolio management, strong team development, and strategic leadership to optimize Brands, Regions and Markets around the world.
Mr. Annese has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Bryant University and has also studied at Columbia University and the University of Berkeley.
Marc Rey, President & CEO of Shiseido Americas
Marc Rey is a seasoned professional who always brings a fresh, multi-dimensional perspective to his industry. With successes in entrepreneurial startups and global leaders, Marc is a change agent who challenges status quo and knows how to enable turnaround or growth acceleration momentum. He combines a unique mix of strategic, multi-industry, multi-channel and multi-country experience, as well as a solid track record in general management positions.
Rey serves as the President & CEO of Shiseido Americas ($1.7MM in sales, 5,000 employees) a division of Shiseido Co. Ltd., a leading global beauty company. He is responsible for overseeing and managing the Americas organization and Shiseido’s brands and businesses in the U.S., including Shiseido Cosmetics America, Beauté Prestige International USA, NARS Cosmetics, Bare Escentuals, Laura Mercier and RéVive, as well as the Company’s subsidiaries in Canada and Brazil. He oversees Shiseido’s Makeup Center of Excellence, which is responsible for growing the makeup category worldwide, as well as the Company’s Digital Center of Excellence, also based in New York City. Rey also serves as the Global Strategic Brand Holder for NARS and Bare Escentuals and is a member of the Company’s global executive committee.
Prior to joining Shiseido, Rey worked at Coty as the president of Coty USA and Regional Vice President North America. In this role he managed a rich portfolio of beauty brands including Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Bottega Veneta, Rimmel, O.P.I, and philosophy, which positioned Coty as the leader in fragrance. In addition to his regional responsibilities, Rey was in charge of the global expansion of O.P.I and philosophy beyond North America.
Prior to joining Coty, Rey served as the President of the International Designer Collection at L’Oréal USA, managing 16 beauty brands, including Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, and Flowerbomb. Notably, Rey first came to the U.S. to turn around the YSL Beauty business. Under his leadership, the business doubled in size in the following four years.
Earlier in his career, Rey held positions at Dannon food in Mexico, Johnson & Johnson in the division of ROC, and Neutrogena skincare in Europe. He also worked at McKinsey, managing projects in France, Spain and China.
Rey is a trustee of the French American School of New York and a board and executive committee member of the Personal Care Products Council.
He holds an MBA from ESCP Europe in Paris and an AMP from Harvard Business School.
Mistress of Ceremonies
Tamron Hall is a co-host of the third hour of NBC News’ “TODAY” show, called “TODAY’S Take.” She is also the anchor of “MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall,” which airs weekdays from 11am-noon ET on MSNBC.
In addition to her roles at “TODAY” and MSNBC, Hall has also hosted several special reports for MSNBC and NBC News, including “Making the Grade,” “Debating the Black Agenda,” several “Dateline” and “Rock Center” pieces, the 2012 London Olympics and “Education Nation: Teacher Town Hall,” which was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2011. She also served as a correspondent for the NBC News special “The Inauguration of Barack Obama,” which won an Emmy for Outstanding Live Coverage in October 2010. An award-winning journalist, Hall was part of the NBC News team to receive a 2015 Edward R. Murrow Award for Reporting: Hard News in Network Television for her segment on domestic abuse as part of TODAY’s “Shine A Light” series.
Since September 2013, Hall has also been the host of “Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall” on Investigation Discovery. The series, now in its third season, takes an in-depth look at the crimes that shocked the nation.
Prior to joining MSNBC in July 2007, Hall spent 10 years at WFLD in Chicago, where she held a number of positions including general assignment reporter, consumer reporter and host of the three-hour “Fox News in the Morning” program. She also anchored the weekday mornings and served as a noon anchor. While at WFLD, she covered several breaking news stories including one of Amtrak’s most devastating accidents in Illinois, and she secured a one-on-one interview with Sen. Barack Obama shortly before he announced his run for the presidency. Hall was nominated for an Emmy for her consumer report segment, “The Bottom Line,” which she launched in 1999. Before joining WFLD, she spent four years as a general assignment reporter at KTVT in Dallas. She began her broadcasting career at KBTX in Bryan, Texas, as a general assignment reporter.
Hall was the recipient of Temple University’s prestigious Lew Klein Alumni in the Media award in 2010 and in 2015, was appointed to Temple’s Board of Trustees. She is involved with several charitable organizations that strive to end homelessness and illiteracy, as well as others that fight domestic abuse. She has been recognized by Day One, a New York-based advocacy group for victims of domestic violence, for her work and support of their efforts. She wrote a personal account of her sister’s death for theGrio.com in 2010, which garnered praise from several outlets for its honesty and attention to the often-overlooked issue of domestic and dating violence. In addition, Hall is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Hall is a native of Luling, Texas, and she holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Temple University.
We're excited to announce that Broadway star Valisia LeKae, and teen sensation and America’s Got Talent semi-finalist Calysta Bevier have been named 2016 Look Good Feel Better DreamGirls.
Valisia and Calysta inspire hope among millions through their music and their stories of strength, grace and survival in the face of cancer diagnosis and treatment. The two women will share their stories on stage, and perform together at the event.
Last year, Calysta Bevier could not have been a more typical teenager. With two younger brothers and a little sister, 15-year-old Calysta was enjoying high school in Ohio, and actively participating in sports, cheerleading and music. On a family trip to Orlando, Calysta’s mom, Missy, noticed a lump in her abdomen. Vacation cut short, the family drove back home to Ohio where a physician first incorrectly diagnosed Calysta as pregnant (she wasn’t) before an ultrasound revealed a large tumor on her ovary. Surgeons removed a large mass that revealed that Calysta had stage 3 ovarian cancer. Twenty-one rounds of chemotherapy followed after which, Calysta was declared cancer-free.
But that was just the start of Calysta’s story. Singing at a benefit dinner for a friend she made while in cancer treatment, a video of Calysta’s performance of the hit “Fight Song” went viral on Facebook. Soon after came a call and an appearance on Ellen. This summer, Calysta’s story has taken the country by storm as she took the stage on America’s Got Talent. Her inspired performance of “Fight Song” earned the “Golden Buzzer” from judge Simon Cowell, vaulting Calysta into the live semi-finals of the competition.
Music was always a part of Calysta’s life but through her treatment and recovery, it took on an even greater role. “Music can help build you up, whatever you are going through. Even sad music can make you feel better. There is music in everything,” she says. “Even when I was diagnosed with cancer, I always knew I was going to be OK. Today I am.” Through her stardom and platform on America’s Got Talent, Calysta is raising awareness for childhood cancer and her own Caly Cares Foundation, which creates care packages for kids going through cancer treatment and is designing a sweatshirt with removable patches to allow access to treatment ports and IV lines.
In 2013, Valisia LeKae was living a dream that millions share but few achieve: breaking through to Broadway stardom in her spectacular turn as Diana Ross in the smash hit Motown The Musical. Nominated for a Tony Award and a Grammy Award, Valisia was an emerging superstar when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Having performed eight shows a week with nearly 60 songs, rigorous dance routines and dozens of costume changes, Valisia had considered herself the picture of health. Still, surgery and rounds of chemotherapy changed her physically and challenged her emotionally and spiritually.
“I knew this was going to be a journey, and that it wasn’t going to be easy. There were times when I didn’t think I had the physical or emotional strength to go on,” says Valisia. “What I’ve come to learn is that while cancer changed my outward appearance, I have emerged stronger, more beautiful, more resilient, definitely wiser and more vulnerable – because I’ve allowed myself to be. That is where I finally found my greatest strength.
“Now I want to bring my story to as many people as I can, especially to young women who are about to go through a journey of their own. I had no idea how profoundly I would be challenged and tested and changed by this experience. I pray that anyone who hears my story can find inspiration and hope,” she continues.
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