Three decades ago, Bobbi Brown launched her namesake brand, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, while working as a makeup artist and raising three small children in Montclair, NJ. The brand took off, and became incredibly successful in just a few years and was acquired by Estee Lauder Companies in 1995. Brown stayed with the company for 22 years before deciding to do something new.
Last year, she started Jones Road Beauty, a “clean no-makeup makeup,” featuring products that are free from sulfates, parabens and phthalates.
“It’s incredible to be in my shoes right now, especially with COVID and everything that’s happening. I just realized, the rules are yours to make,” Brown observed at Fortune’s ‘Most Powerful Women Summit’ in Washington, DC, recently.
Launching the new company meant she could be her own boss and a new challenge that she could embrace. After a successful exit and years of experience, Brown is keenly aware of her strengths and weaknesses. At Jones Road, she is the chief creative officer.
“For me, power is being able to do what I love, what I believe in, give back, meet new people, experience new opportunities, and reach out to amazing connections I have,” Brown said. “Power is also being happy, because happiness is the best cosmetic for beauty in the world.”
With the stress of the pandemic now mostly in the rearview mirror and with more people returning to the workplace, the HBS Club of New York decided to invite Brown for an exclusive conversation. Brown will look back on her illustrious career, outline the challenges and opportunities of her new venture, and share life lessons that have served her well.
Participants must register by NOON on November 15th to receive details on joining the discussion. The Zoom link will be sent out 24 hours before the event.
Please note that no refunds will be issued.
Founder and CCO of Jones Road Beauty, EVOLUTION_18, justBOBBI.com, and The George
Bobbi Brown is a beauty industry titan, world-renowned makeup artist, best-selling author, sought-after speaker, and serial entrepreneur. As a professional makeup artist, Bobbi created the ten simple lipsticks that launched her billion-dollar brand, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Bobbi left her namesake brand in 2016 to return to her roots as an entrepreneur, launching her venture Beauty Evolution LLC with three innovative brands. EVOLUTION_18 is a line of wellness and beauty ingestibles inspired by Bobbi’s certification as a health coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. justBOBBI.com is an editorial content platform that offers a look into the world of Bobbi. With her husband she also reimagined The George, a design-minded boutique hotel in Montclair, NJ. She is the author of nine best-selling books and host of iHeart Radio’s ‘Beyond the Beauty’ podcast. Bobbi’s newest venture, Jones Road, is her collection of edited and indispensable products for all ages, skin types, and skin tones.
CNBC Retail Reporter
Courtney Reagan is CNBC’s Retail Reporter. In 2011, Reagan was named general assignment reporter for CNBC’s Business Day programming and regularly contributes to “Nightly Business Report” on public television and CNBC.com.
Reagan received the National Retail Federation’s Influencer Award on “The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2016.”
She holds bachelor’s degrees in finance and mass communication from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Reagan graduated with distinction from NYU’s Stern School of Business with a MBA with specializations in economics, luxury marketing and entertainment/media/technology. She was her class recipient of the “Excellence in Economics” for academic achievement in economics while at NYU.
Reagan is a member of the American Cancer Society Team DetermiNation Marathon Team 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2019.
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