On Thursday, September 24, 2015 the 31st annual DreamBall will honor two outstanding leaders in beauty and publishing for their contributions to advancing women’s self-esteem and the cancer dialogue through support of the industry’s Look Good Feel Better program: Gina Boswell, executive vice president of personal care at Unilever USA, and Lesley Jane Seymour, editor-in-chief of MORE Magazine.
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2015 DreamBall Honorees
Since 2011, Gina Boswell has been leading the multi-billion dollar Personal Care portfolio for Unilever USA, which includes full profit and loss responsibility for the hair, skin cleansing, skin care and deodorant businesses.
Formerly as president, Global Brands for Alberto Culver, Boswell oversaw all global brands, such as TRESemmé, NeXXus, St. Ives and VO5, as well as marketing, package design and consumer insights for this $3.7B market cap company, until acquired by Unilever in May 2011.
Prior to Alberto Culver, she was chief operating officer at Avon North America, and previously held senior positions at Ford Motor Company and the Estee Lauder Companies.
Boswell serves on the boards of the Personal Care Products Council and the Council's Foundation, Manpower Inc., Wolverine and Cosmetic Executive Women. She was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute in 2005 and president of the Yale University Council in 2014.
In addition to being selected as the 2015 DreamBall honoree, Boswell has been recognized as a “Woman to Watch” by Advertising Age, “Marketer of the Year” and “50 Most Influential People in Beauty” by Women’s Wear Daily, “Top 50 2015 Brand Innovator” and “Achiever of the Year” by Cosmetic Executive Women.
Lesley Jane Seymour was named editor-in-chief of MORE in January 2008, and has led the magazine to a 2009 National Magazine Award nomination for personal service for an investigative piece titled “The Endangered Uterus” and to nominations for General Excellence in 2010 and 2012. Most recently, MORE received a 2015 Deadline Club award in the Magazine Personal Service category for the piece “How to Command a Room.”
Seymour also spearheaded a significant redesign of the magazine, which now offers a more luxurious look and feel that reflects the sophistication of its readers, in February 2015. Under her guidance, MORE made history with its July/August 2015 issue, which was guest edited by First Lady Michelle Obama—the first time MORE has welcomed a guest editor, and the first time that a First Lady of the United States has guest edited an entire issue of a magazine.
Seymour serves as the executive director of Meredith Corporation’s Beauty Center of Excellence, which helps luxury beauty brands reach Meredith’s audience of more than 100 million women through multiplatform content sharing partnerships.
Before joining Meredith, Seymour served as the editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, editor-in-chief of Redbook, editor-in-chief of YM, beauty director of Glamour and senior editor of Vogue.
Additionally, Seymour is the author of two books, On the Edge: Images from 100 Years of Vogue and I Wish My Parents Understood. She is the chair of Duke Magazine’s editorial advisory board and a global ambassador for Vital Voices, a non-governmental organization that identifies, trains and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe.
For the fifth year in a row, the DreamBall event will be followed by “DreamBall After Dark,” which is an after-hours event hosted by the Young Friends of DreamBall committee as a way to engage the next generation in the beauty industry and get them involved with the Look Good Feel Better program.
(Photo credit Takahiro Ogawa for MM.LaFleur)