Building A Generation Of Emerging Leaders Who Redefine Leadership

"It's persistence. It's that certain little spirit that compels you to stick it out just when you're at your most tired. It's that quality that forces you to persevere, find the route around the stone wall."
– Estée Lauder



Our Mission

Our brand has been redefining leadership for more than 75 years. It started with our founder, Mrs. Estée Lauder, who disrupted the beauty industry at a time when few women worked outside the home, much less started a business. Estée always believed in the power of women and encouraged them to, as she said, “Be aware of your infinite possibilities.” Her legacy shows what one visionary woman can achieve.

Though our founder was one of those who paved the way for women leaders across the globe, stereotypes and biases in leadership still leave women at a distinct disadvantage, and the implications reach far beyond perception. Through a proprietary global research study of more than 5,700 women and men, we discovered that the top 3 qualities people around the world long for in a leader are integrity, dedication, and reliability—capabilities that span across genders. We see these as being modern-day equivalents to Estée’s own driving force, and they continue to serve as the heart of our brand.

Why is equality in leadership so important?

We know women have what it takes to be leaders—and global data shows us the same. That’s why, through the Estée Lauder Emerging Leaders Fund, we’re helping rewrite the narrative on leadership: not only through advocacy, but via an immersive leadership training experience aimed at helping women self-identify as leaders.

What We're Doing

The Estée Lauder Emerging Leaders Fund mission is to redefine leadership by supporting a new generation of emerging leaders and challenging the gender stereotypes present in current expectations of leadership. The Fund's efforts focus on 3 pillars:

Immersive Leadership Experiences

To help women from all walks of
life self-identify as leaders

Mentorship & Community-Building

To cultivate supportive communities
that sustain women’s progress

Advocacy

To change the conversation about leadership and
challenge perceptions of what it means to be a leader

The Estée Lauder Emerging Leaders Fund is a charitable fund of the Estée Lauder Companies Charitable Foundation, a U.S. based charity incorporated and tax exempt in the United States of America.






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