On Tuesday, September 23, 2014 the 30th annual DreamBall honored two outstanding leaders in beauty and wellness, Margarita Arriagada, Chief Merchant at Sephora, Inc. and Dr. Mehmet Oz, Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Emmy Winning Television Host, and celebrated an incredible 25 years of success for the Look Good Feel Better program.
Ms. Arriagada joined Sephora, the leading specialty beauty retailer, in April, 2004. Under her direction, Sephora continues to revolutionize the beauty industry with innovative merchandising strategies and product selection.
With more than 30 years of experience in the retail industry, Ms. Arriagada joined Sephora from LLADRO USA, where she held roles within executive management from 1994 to 2004, ranging from overseeing Wholesale to spearheading Global Product Development, and finally launching Global Retail. In her Global Retail role, Ms. Arriagada was responsible for all aspects of the business including sales development, operations, customer service, recruitment, training, merchandising, inventory procurement, public relations, and expense control. Under her leadership, the brand evolved its model and elevated its image.
Prior to joining LLADRO, Ms. Arriagada enjoyed an 18 year tenure at Bullocks/Macy’s West. She held Buyer positions over the course of her appointment within the Housewares, Decorative Accessories & Gifts departments, achieving 100% sales growth in the later. Her success was honored three years in a row as “Buyer of the Year.” In 1988, Ms. Arriagada become Vice President/DMM of Decorative Home, a position she held for six years, and was also an active member of the Federated Steering Committee in the development of Home Decorative products, traveling throughout the world to develop new markets and categories.
Ms. Arriagada is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Merchandising and Design, CA. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and children.
Dr. Mehmet Oz
The Dr. Oz Show debuted in 2009, and prior to the show’s launch, Dr. Oz appeared regularly as the health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show, sharing advice with viewers to help them live their best life from the inside out. He has also co-authored seven New York Times best-sellers, and in 2010 co-founded Sharecare, an online health and wellness engagement platform connecting consumers with resources to improve their health. Most recently Dr. Oz and Hearst Magazines introduced Dr. Oz The Good Life Magazine in February, which covers everything from physical and emotional well-being, to food, beauty, finances, diet and exercise.
Dr. Oz is vice-chair of the Department of Surgery and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. He also directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and has authored over 400 original publications and has received several patents.
For the fourth 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.