Honoree - Co-Founder of Dermalogica
Jane Wurwand is an innovative business visionary who opens doors for global women’s economic empowerment and professional development. She is the co-Founder and Chief Visionary of Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute, which are recognized as game-changing brands within the sphere of professional skin care education. Today, Dermalogica products are the number one choice of more than 100,000 professional skin therapists in more than 100 countries worldwide. In recognition of her accomplishments in revolutionizing the professional skin care industry, Jane was honored with a 2014 Achiever Award by CEW (Cosmetic Executive for Women), the largest industry organization in the United States. In 2016, President Obama appointed Wurwand a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship one of a prestigious group of America’s top entrepreneurs who work with the Federal Government to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs both at home and abroad. After three decades of work in the skin care industry where the vast majority of ownership and work-force is female, Wurwand established FITE (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship) in 2011 to help support women entrepreneurs around the world. A social impact initiative that creates pathways to entrepreneurship by providing access to small loans, business resources, education and leadership training, FITE has to-date assisted more than 75,000 women in gaining financial independence worldwide. In 2017, FITE announced its Entrepreneurship Accelerator program, a new model of online, purpose-driven education that fills critical business skills gaps to help small, entrepreneurial businesses grow to scale.In 2014, Wurwand was a keynote speaker at the United Nations Global Accelerator Conference, addressing the issue of women’s economic empowerment. She served as a special advisor to the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council, supporting their work to advance entrepreneurship among women and girls. Wurwand serves on the Board for the Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at The Anderson School of Business Management UCLA. Wurwand’s expertise on entrepreneurship has been frequently sought out by the media, including Bloomberg, MSNBC, Inc.’s “The Playbook” online video series, Entrepreneur magazine’s “Trep Talk”, People magazine, and NPR’s “How I Built This” podcast. In 2012, she was named CEO/Business Owner of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Wurwand is also a Huffington Post blog contributor where she writes on her passion for women in business and entrepreneurship. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Wurwand travels year-round as a speaker, and lives and works in Los Angeles, where Dermalogica’s global headquarters are located. She and her husband, Raymond are parents of two daughters.