Executives at The Este Lauder Companies (ELC) shared career readiness and brand innovation insights with 170+ students.


ELC, in partnership with Global Talent, MAC, and the Spelman Pathways Program, hosted Spelman Colleges Convocationa lecture series for freshman students featuring prominent scholars and professionals across industries and sectors. This was the first time ELC hosted Spelman Colleges Convocation.

The Convocation consisted of on-campus events that brought Spelman alumnae within ELC together with more than 170 current students to discuss career readiness strategies and beauty industry insights, plus lead a makeup application masterclass.

The Convocation opened with remarks by Mallory Butts, a Spelman student who interned during the summer at ELC,followed by a panel discussion, Lets Talk Beauty Presents: Crafting Your Career in the Beauty Industry, featuring ELC Spelman alumnaeMonique Davis, Vice President, Local & Cultural Innovation; Jasmin Courtney, Vice President, Global Brand Growth Intelligence & Marketing Strategy, MAC; Asha Harris, Executive Director, Global Marketing, Aveda; and LaTranda Irons, Executive Director, Organizational Effectiveness, North America.

Panelists discussed their career journeys and how they drive industry transformation, champion inclusion and equity, and foster a sense of belonging within their teams. The importance of representation, owning your voice, and innovative product offerings for diverse consumer needs were key themes throughout the convocation.

The day concluded with a M.A.C Masterclass presented by Romero Jennings, Director, Makeup Artistry, at M.A.C.Romero demonstrated artistry techniques inspired by London Fashion Week for all skin types and tones. Featured products included MACs Locked Kiss Ink 24Hr Lipstick and Chestnut Lip Liner, which students can use at their next interview or professional event.

ELC is proud to partner with Spelman College to continue to help create opportunities for current students and alumnae.Visit the newsroom to learn more about ELCs partnership with Spelman College.

About Spelman Pathways
The Spelman Pathways Masterclass program is Spelman Colleges vibrant learning experience for current students, designed to bring exposure, insight, and a behind-the-scenes look into various career industries, professional skills, and aspects of overall wellness needed to succeed in todays world.