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:

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.

The VV Visionaries Program in Partnership With the Estée Lauder Emerging Leaders Fund

The first initiative for the Estée Lauder Emerging Leaders Fund is a program with Vital Voices, a nonprofit organization that identifies women with a daring vision for change and partners with them to make their visions a reality.

Participants will connect with fellow women leaders and changemakers from around the globe who are united by a bold idea, a desire to positively impact their respective communities, and who want the tools to advance their own leadership.

Do you have an unyielding vision of your own?

All applications are due by 11:59 PM EST on May 31, 2022. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Learn More About Our Partnership With Vital Voices

A More Beautiful Future