Founded in New York City in 1954, Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) started out as a social club, but it quickly developed a larger mission: to unite women from the beauty, cosmetics, and fragrance industries. Today, the organization has over 5,000 industry heavyweights, making them the arbiters of taste for the beauty world. Every year, their hotly anticipated CEW Beauty Insiders’ Choice Awards whittles down the year’s best and brightest products to a selection of top winners. This year, Birchbox has teamed up with CEW to help you these top-notch products for yourself: We’ve created two limited edition boxes: one full of 2013’s best mass products, and the other packed with the best of the prestige category. See all of 2013’s winners here.
Power in numbers. CEW provides education and networking opportunities to industry pros at all levels, allowing them to share knowledge, mentorship, contacts, and the occasional venti latte.
Their philanthropic arm, the CEW Foundation, runs a program called Cancer and Careers, a resource for busy professionals coping with cancer.