Capital Summit 2018

August 20-21, 2018   |   New York City

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The Capital and Funding Landscape

Beauty has become a hotbed of investor activity in recent years, resulting in unprecedented innovation and growth across the industry...and leaving many brand founders hungry for information on how they can get in on the action. BeautyX Capital explores the current investment landscape, explains the range of funding options available to brands and provides beauty and wellness entrepreneurs with the tools they need to seize this opportunity.


Effectively financing and running a business is a challenge every beauty entrepreneur faces. Securing the right investment can allow founders to focus on selling their products and growing their brands. At BeautyX Capital Summit, you’ll discover the right strategy to fit your needs — whatever stage of business you're in.

During this immersive two-day educational experience, you'll learn about the different investor categories (from small to big), the language of valuation (so you and potential investors can speak the same terms) and the pros and cons of the different types of investment deal structures (including how investors value your business).

At BeautyX Capital Summit you'll learn from the investors cutting the biggest checks in independent beauty today and engage them and your peers in a dynamic networking environment.

Day One


Opening Remarks


Networking Lunch Break


IBMG Announcement & Networking Cocktail Reception

Day Two


Opening Remarks


Networking Lunch Break


Bader Alam

Senior Vice President

Cavu Venture Partners

Bader Alam has over ten years of private equity experience focused on growth equity and middle market transactions in the consumer sector. He holds a B.B.A. from Emory University and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Kendall Almerico



Named one of the “top crowdfunding and JOBS Act attorneys in the country” by Forbes. He is the CEO of Bankroll Ventures, an equity crowdfunding website focused on Regulation A+ equity crowdfunding and 506(c) and 506(b) private placements.

Karen Ballou


Lucas Brand Equity

Karen Ballou is Co-Founder and Partner at LB Equity, a private equity fund focused on emerging brands in skincare, haircare, and cosmetics. She is also Chief Executive and Founder of Immunocologie, a natural, luxury skincare brand. She has appeared on QVC and other related venues explaining the brand’s unique benefits.

Ashleigh Barker

Senior Advisor

Michel Dyens & Co.

Ms. Barker brings transactional and operational experience to her current role as an Advisor with Michel Dyens & Co where she’s focused on clients in the beauty, wellness, retail and premium branded consumer goods sectors. Ms. Barker joined Michel Dyens & Co from Estée Lauder where she was an Executive Director within the group’s New Business Development group. While at Estée Lauder, Ms. Barker led process management and the strategic review of acquisitions and investments in new brands, including the group’s acquisitions of Becca Cosmetics and Too Faced.  Prior to working at Estée Lauder, Ms. Barker was a Vice President within Deutsche Bank’s Global Consumer Retail division where she managed several buy and sell side transaction processes and provided financing advisory services for leading multinational firms.

Camille Bell

Founder and CEO

Pound Cake

Camille Bell is the Founder and CEO of Pound Cake — a pro-black, pro-fat, pro-trans, feminist cosmetics company. She and her partner set out to create a cosmetics line that encompasses all forms of beauty and empowerment.

Tina Bou-Saba


CXT Investments

Tina Bou-Saba is the founder of CXT Investments, a seed fund that stands at the intersection of consumer and technology. Tina has invested in over 30 early-stage companies, with a focus on the beauty, health and wellness, lifestyle, and consumer technology categories. Through CXT, she supports exceptional, diverse founders who are attacking high-potential opportunities in large but under-served markets, disrupting legacy brands and business models, and building passionate customer communities.

Rachel Brown

Editor In Chief

Beauty Independent

Rachel is Editor in Chief of IBMG’s digital publication, Beauty Independent. As the former West Coast beauty editor at WWD, Rachel has followed indie brands and founders, fueling her belief that indie brands warrant their own media platform.

Deepti Chauhan

Executive Director, Consumer Products Investment Banking


Deepti Chauhan is a director in consumer products investment banking at Citigroup, a broker-dealer with over 7,000 registered representatives nationwide and over 20 billion total assets under management.

Nicholas Christensen (Brand Founder)

Co-Founder & COO


Cannabliss Organic co-founder and COO, Nicholas Christensen leaves no stone unturned a former combat medic serving two tours in Iraq to travelling the globe with a backpack and surfboard he is no stranger to adventure.  Settling in Colorado 5 years ago Nick and his wife worked on a farm certified to cultivate and extract CBD from hemp. Becoming intimate with CBD and its role in maintaining balance/homeostasis Cannabliss Organic was born.  


Nicholas Christensen is the Co-Founder and COO of Cannabliss Organic. He is a former combat medic, having served two tours in Iraq, and a global traveller. Him and his wife settled in Colorado 5 years ago to cultivate and extract CBD from hemp, which maintains balance and homeostasis.


Elena DiGiovanni

Strategy + Corporate Development

Indie Beauty Media Group

Elena DiGiovanni is a strategy and corporate development professional at Indie Beauty Media Group. She has experience from early and late-stage venture capital, growth equity, and private equity to public equity and derivatives.

Kelly Dill


Imaginary Ventures

Kelly Dill is Principal at Imaginary Ventures. She manages the diligence process for new investments and is a resource for portfolio companies after an investment is made. She previously held positions at Glossier, Uber, and Credit Suisse.

Sutian Dong


Female Founders Fund

Sutian Dong is a Partner at Female Founders Fund, an early-stage fund investing in the exponential power of exceptional female talent.  Founded in 2014, the fund has built the most recognized brand focused on leading female-run opportunities in internet and software startups. Select investments include ELOQUII, Tala, Maven, Zola, Rockets of Awesome, WayUp, and Thrive Global. Prior to F3, Sutian was an investor at FirstMark Capital, a leading early stage venture fund in New York City.

Erin O'Brien Edwards


North Castle Partners

Erin Edwards is a Principal with more than 10 years of investment and operations experience. She is involved in execution and diligence of new investments across a variety of healthy living sectors, personal care, nutrition, and fitness/sports equipment companies.

Nicole Fourgoux

SVP Business Development & Acquisitions

L'Oréal Luxe

Nicole is a beauty industry veteran with a 22 year international career at L’Oreal. As Senior Vice President of Business Development and Acquisitions, she is responsible for the strategic portfolio planning for L’Oreal Luxe with focus on M&A and brand incubation.

Julia G. French

Managing Director

Golden Seeds

Julia French is a strategic advisor, investor, and supporter of early-stage business. As Managing Director at Golden Seeds, she invests in founders, guiding them on strategic options, go-to-market, pricing, finance operations, and fundraising.

Rich Gersten


Tengram Capital Partners

Richard Gersten is a Partner of Tengram Capital Partners, a consumer private equity firm formed to invest in the consumer and retail sectors. Mr. Gersten has over 25 years of experience in the private equity industry and has spent the last 19 years focused exclusively on the consumer and retail sector, with an emphasis in the beauty and personal care industry. He currently sits on the board of directors of Algenist, Cos Bar, This Works and NEST Fragrances and formerly sat on the board of directors for Deva Curl and Laura Geller Beauty.

Tehmina Haider


L. Catterton

Tehmina Haider received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Her previous work includes Vice President of Castanea Partners, Strategy and New Business Development at The Estée Lauder Companies, and Management Consultant at Bain & Company.

Holly Harding (Brand Founder)


O'o Organics

Holly Harding is the Founder of O’o Hawaii and an expert specializing in wellness programs. Her brand is a non-GMO, crystal infused integrative skincare line featuring an oral beauty supplement and skincare with superfoods sourced from Hawaii.

Andrea Hippeau


Lerer Hippeau

Andrea Hippeau is a Principal at Lerer Hippeau. She has held management and business development roles at portfolio companies The Dodo and Bark & Co., after attaining her M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Carol Hamilton

Group President of Acquisitions

L'Oréal USA

Carol Hamilton is the Group President of Acquisitions, L’Oréal USA. During her 34-year career at L’Oréal, Carol has been integral to the development of brands worldwide and building both the L’Oréal Paris and L’Oréal Luxe portfolio businesses in the US. An active beauty dealmaker, Carol has been instrumental in landing such L’Oréal acquisitions as IT Cosmetics, Carol’s Daughter, Urban Decay and many others.

Bridgette Howard

Founder and CEO

Parlor West Ventures

Brdigette Howard is Founder and CEO of Parlor West Ventures, an incubator for early stage beauty brands. She provides growth capital and strategic guidance to formula development, manufacturing, customer acquisition, distribution, and financial strategy.

Larry Kahn

Partner & Managing Director

Beechwood Capital

Partner and Managing Director at Beechwood Capital, an investment group that identifies and invests in lower middle market growth stage companies. Kahn utilizes his over 20+ years of experience both as an operator and investor to help portfolio companies build value and competitive advantage. His investments in the beauty and personal care space include Japanese-inspired luxury brand Tatcha, prestige beauty content and commerce platform Violet Grey, and celebrity esthetician Shani Darden’s eponymous skincare line.

Margo Layton Cole


MLC Brands

Margo Cole is an investor in early stage branded consumer businesses through her fund, MLC Brands. She looks for businesses with dynamic founding teams, unique points of differentiation, and early proof of concept, and she has a particular passion for those brands facilitating the natural and better-for-you lifestyle. Recent investments include True Botanicals, Dirty Lemon, and Ursa Major.

Cindy Luken


lük beautifood

Cindy Luken is an award winning business owner, food scientists, sales and brand creative. She founded lük beautyfood in 2012 to serve as a 100% natural, toxin free lipstick made from food.

Nicole Massimi (Advisor)

Strategic Growth Advisor

Nicole Massimi is a strategic expert to beauty brands and their investors. She has held positions as Head of Global Sales for Birchbox and the Birchbox incubator for in-house brands. She serves as an advisor for start-up and growth stage beauty brands as well as an angel investor.

Claire McCormack

Education + Thought Leadership

Indie Beauty Media Group

As part of IBMG’s Education + Thought Leadership team, Claire helped launch BeautyX Summit and Beauty Independent. Today she directs strategy and creates on stage and on screen content for both properties. Prior to joining IBMG, Claire was a founding member and COO of luxury beauty e-commerce and content site Travel Beauty. She has an MBA from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business.

Roy Morejon

President and Co-Founder

Enventys Partners

Roy is the President and Co-Founder of Enventys Partners, a vertically-integrated product development, crowdfunding and digital marketing agency. He has helped entrepreneurs raise more than $160 million dollars using product-based and equity crowdfunding while advising hundreds of global startups on their digital marketing growth strategies.

KJ Miller

Co-Founder and CEO

Mented Cosmetics

KJ is Co-founder and Co-CEO of Mented Cosmetics, an upscale beauty line for women of color. She also launched the “Moguls in the Making” program in 2018 to help women and minorities develop their entrepreneurial visions.

Nader Naeymi-Rad


Indie Beauty Media Group

An entrepreneur and management expert, Nader brings a successful track record of building and launching highly scalable businesses. As Co-Founder of Indie Beauty Media Group, he believes in the success of indie beauty entrepreneurs.

Christopher Napolitano

Education + Thought Leadership

Indie Beauty Media Group

Chris is a member of the Education + Thought Leadership Team of the Indie Beauty Media Group. As a magazine and new media specialist, he develops business and content strategies for Beauty Independent and BeautyX Summits. He is keenly interested in consumer behavior, choice architecture and decision-making.

Luc-Henry Rousselle

Managing Director

William Hood & Company

Over the course of his 15-year career, Mr. Rousselle has been successful in both transactional and operating positions. His advisory experience includes roles at successful independent boutiques and larger firms prior to William Hood & Company, including Lehman Brothers, Barclays Capital and Moelis & Company in both London and New York. Mr. Rousselle’s operating experience consists of 5 years at The Estée Lauder Companies where he held leadership roles in the New Business Development / M&A team and in MAC Cosmetics’ Strategy and Finance team.

Mr. Rousselle’s notable Consumer Beauty & Personal Care experience includes the carveout of RoC Skincare from Johnson & Johnson by Gryphon Investors, The Estée Lauder Companies’ acquisition of GLAMGLOW, Coty’s acquisition of OPI and the Estée Lauder Companies’ acquisition of Smashbox.

Sholayide Otugalu (Brand Founder)


Joséphine Cosmetics

Sholayide Otugalu is the Founder of Joséphine Cosmetics. Her organic cosmetics line stands out for its innovative approach and commitment to LBGTQ rights and domestic abuse. She was one of first recipients of the national GIRLBOSS foundation and grant.

Shana Randhava

Vice President of New Business Development

The Estée Lauder Companies

Lead on execution of the New Business Development strategy for The Estée Lauder Companies. She holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in finance and accounting.

Alison Ryu

Managing Director

CircleUp Growth Partners

Alison Ryu is Managing Director at CircleUp Growth Partners, an investment platform that provides resources to early-stage consumer brands. She leads investments with a date-driven, scalable approach, which leverages proprietary technologies to invest in visionary founders.

Jaime Schmidt


Schmidt's Naturals

With her brand,Schmidt’s Naturals, Jaime Schmidt is changing the way consumers think about natural products and making them more accessible. She provides effective, sustainably sourced, all-natural self-care products to all.

Kurt Seidensticker


Vital Proteins

Kurt Seidensticker has worked for NASA, developed cell phone networks, and helped to create an early-version of the internet. He decided to create Vital Proteins when he became intrigued by the potential benefits of supplemental collagen.

Julian Steinberg


Alliance Consumer Growth

As Managing Partner, Julian oversees investments for ACG and currently sits on the Boards of The Honest Kitchen, Tata Harper, NUDESTIX, Pacifica, Clio, Way Better Snacks, and Milk Makeup.In 2015, he was named to Fortune Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list, and also one of the top “40 Under 40” investors in growth equity.

Rebecca Story

Founder and CEO

The Bloomi

A women’s health advocate with more than a decade of experience leading sexual health research projects. In 2018, she launched The Bloomi, a trusted e-marketplace that provides the healthiest intimate care products on the market (hygiene, menstrual cycle, sexual wellness and pregnancy).

Brianne West



Brianne West is the founder of Ethique, the world’s first zero plastic, zero waste personal care brand. She is recognized as one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s 100 Global Thinkers of 2016 and is a current Finalist for New Zealander of the Year.

Alisa WIlliams

Senior Associate

VMG Partners

Alisa Williams, Senior Associate at VMG Partners, works with founders of consumer product companies to provide them with resources needed to grow brand value. She provides financial resources and strategic guidance to founders and operators of consumer product companies.

Jillian Wright


Indie Beauty Media Group

Celebrity esthetician, spa owner, and brand founder, Jillian has been in the beauty industry for over 17 years. She seeks to leverage her experience and knowledge to support the growth and success of beauty entrepreneurs.

Sheena Yaitanes


Kosås Cosmetics

Sheena is founder of clean color cosmetics brand, Kosås Cosmetics. She is an artist and painter by trade and studied biology, chemistry, and art at UC Irvine.

Nini Zhang

Vice President of Luxury, Beauty & Apparel

Credit Suisse

As part of the Consumer & Retail team, she has global coverage responsibility cross Beauty and Luxury. Within Beauty, Nini actively engages with emerging and digitally native brands, as well as established players. She has experience leading and executing transactions across M&A, equity, debt, and private fund raising.

Gail Zauder (Investment Committee)


Elixir Advisors

Gail is a seasoned finance and strategic development executive with expertise in the beauty, luxury goods, retail & apparel, and consumer products sectors. She holds over 25 years as an investment banker, Chairman, Director & CEO.

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Your Ticket to BeautyX Capital Summit Includes

  • Admission to two days of BeautyX Summit on August 20 and 21, 2018 in New York
  • Access to two full days of programming: panels, fireside chats, workshops and keynotes
  • Refreshment and coffee bar for both days
  • Networking lunch on Day 1
  • Branded BeautyX Tote Bag
  • Cocktail networking reception on the evening of August 20
  • One complimentary ticket to SHOP INDIE

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