Annual Defining Moments Gala & Auction
October 24, 2012 Capitale | 130 Bowery Street | New York, NY
Linda Alvarado, President and CEO, Alvarado Construction, Inc
Armed with her mother's philosophy of empieza pequeño, pero piensa muy grande ("start small, but think big"), Linda Alvarado began her career as a laborer for a groundskeeper in college, moved into construction management, and formed her own company, Alvarado Construction. She started out pouring concrete for sidewalks and erecting small bus shelters. Now, with more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry, she builds high-rises, hotels, sports arenas, convention centers and more as a commercial general contractor, construction manager, developer, designer/builder, and property manager.
Gina Boswell, Executive Vice President, Personal Care North America Unilever
Gina Boswell has been Unilever’s Executive Vice President for Personal Care in North America since May 2011. Ms. Boswell is responsible for the $5 billion personal care portfolio, which is made up of hair care, deodorant, and skin businesses.
Formerly as President, Global Brands for Alberto Culver, Ms. Boswell oversaw all global brands, such as VO5, TRESemmé, NeXXus, St. Ives and Noxzema, as well as marketing, research & development, package design, and consumer insights for this $3.7B market cap company, which were acquired by Unilever in May 2011.
Prior to joining Alberto Culver, Ms. Boswell was SVP & Chief Operating Officer of Avon North America, where she was responsible for implementing overall business strategies and transformation for Avon’s largest region ($2.5B in sales). She was also a senior executive at Ford Motor Company and the Estée Lauder Companies, following several years as a consultant with Marakon Associates and Arthur Andersen.
Ms. Boswell currently serves on the Board of Directors for Manpower Inc. (NYSE: MAN) as well as the non-profits YMCA USA and Cosmetic Executive Women. She is a member of the Chicago Network, the Executives’ Club of Chicago, as well as the CMO Executive Summit’s Board of Governors. She also serves on the Yale University President’s Council.
In 2012, Ms. Boswell was identified by Advertising Age as one of their Women to Watch. In 2011, she was honored by Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) as an Achiever of the Year, the highest award bestowed in the beauty industry. Serving as Chair for Chicago’s American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon, Ms. Boswell helped raise $800,000 in 2009. In 2005, she was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and, in 2007, was recognized as one of the top 15 women in business by the Forte Foundation and Pink Magazine. Ms. Boswell is a summa cum laude graduate of Boston University and received her Master’s degree from the Yale School of Management. She and her husband live with their two daughters in Chicago’s Western Suburbs.
Mary Giuliani, Founder and CEO, Mary Giuliani Catering and Events
Mary and her husband Ryan launched Mary Giuliani Catering & Events in 2005, based on a shared love of entertaining, food and hospitality. The figurehead of the company, Mary creates parties and mingles with the absolute crème de la crème of the Hollywood and fashion sets. Her clients look to her to break traditional entertaining norms and instead offer and bring to life party ideas that are one of a kind, out of the box, playful experiences. Mary’s schedule is jam packed from morning to night when she’s on the party circuit: she is the exclusive caterer for J.Crew, Madewell, Christies and Tribeca Film Festival. Her client roster includes: The Rolling Stones, Bradley Cooper, Sheryl Crow, Nathalie Portman, Sephora, QVC, Conde Nast, Hearst, Time Inc, Stella McCartney, Fendi, Versace, Warner Brothers, HBO, Universal Pictures and many more.
Her company produces over 600 events a year and Biz Bash honored her as the 2011 “Caterer of the Year.”
Mary has appeared on The Today Show, The Nate Berkus Show and The Barefoot Contessa and has been featured in numerous fashion and entertainment publications. She is currently working on opening a flagship food boutique; The Cocktail Party while also working on her first book due out Spring of 2013.
Mary graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in English. When she is not busy working, Mary can be found throwing parties with her husband and their two dogs in either their NYC apartment or in their “Party Barn” located in Woodstock, New York.
Maureen Sullivan, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Women's Content and Lifestyle, AOL
As Senior Vice President & GM of Women’s Content and Lifestyle Brands, Maureen Sullivan is one of the key leaders at AOL, developing and launching brands that serve women by delivering captivating experiences across style, food, shelter, and lifestyle categories.In this role, Sullivan is engaged in building out a portfolio of women’s properties, including Stylelist, Stylelist Home and KitchenDaily. She also launched and oversees MAKERS, an unprecedented digital video and broadcast initiative that brings the stories of exceptional women to life for people everywhere, which is already one of AOL’s most successful brands. Sullivan is a proven expert at driving brands forward and is innovating in the women’s content space with our lifestyle brand portfolio.
Previously, Sullivan was Senior Vice President of Brand, Marketing and Communications at AOL. In this role, she oversaw the global brand development and the company's marketing and corporate communication initiatives. Sullivan served as head of the AOL Brand and integrated marketing and communications. She was also a member of AOL's executive leadership team.
Sullivan successfully led the global re-branding of AOL as well as defining AOL's consumer brand portfolio and marketing strategy. She oversaw all creative elements of the AOL Brand, including the AOL brand identity and developing the AOL Artists program. Sullivan managed all brand and consumer marketing initiatives, media investments, including sponsorships and brand partnerships, as well as corporate events. She also oversaw all elements of integrated communications including public relations and internal communications. Sullivan was responsible for the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility practices including the development of AOL Impact and the cause related initiatives that AOL supports.
Prior to AOL, Sullivan served as Chief of Staff for Tim Armstrong at Google, where she managed partnership development, and business planning. Sullivan also served as an external liaison to valued advertising customers and partners. She worked across Google's product and engineering organizations to drive business development and new initiatives as well as managed communication strategies for key customers and partners.
Previously, Sullivan was an Agency Sales Representative at Google, developing relationships with agency partners. In addition to her roles in the sales organization, she began her tenure at Google as an Associate within the Google New York Engineering organization.
Sullivan graduated magna cum laude from Stanford University where she was selected as a participant for the Stanford Business Leadership Program hosted by the Stanford Business School. She also serves on the board of the non-profit, Network For Good, an organization committed to unleashing generosity by providing a scaled digital platform for charities around the world to empower giving.
Mariana Gantus Joseph