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Leonard A. Lauder to be Honored with Women’s Leadership Award at Lincoln Center Gala

‘An Evening Honoring Leonard A. Lauder’ will Feature a Special Performance by Jennifer Hudson, and a Conversation with Mr. Lauder and Tom Ford

Event to take place Monday, November 18, 2019 at Alice Tully Hall

Leonard A. Lauder, Chairman Emeritus, The Estée Lauder Companies
Leonard A. Lauder, Chairman Emeritus, The Estée Lauder Companies

The Lincoln Center Corporate Fund will host An Evening Honoring Leonard A. Lauder on Monday, November 18, at Alice Tully Hall. Leonard A. Lauder, Chairman Emeritus, The Estée Lauder Companies, will receive the Women’s Leadership Award for his lifelong dedication to supporting women and his commitment to public and philanthropic service. The event will benefit the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, which supports Lincoln Center’s resident arts organizations.

The evening will feature an on-stage discussion between Mr. Lauder and Tom Ford—fashion designer, film director and Chairman of the Board of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The conversation will explore Mr. Lauder’s illustrious career, his role as a champion of women in the beauty industry and beyond, and the intersection of art, fashion, beauty, and culture. This will be followed with a tribute performance by Academy Award-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson on the magnificent Adrienne Arsht Stage. Modern elegance is the inspiration behind the evening, which will begin with a welcome champagne reception and conclude with a seated dinner in Alice Tully Hall.

“I’m deeply touched and honored to receive the Women’s Leadership Award and to celebrate the incredible programs supported by the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund that bring inspiration and creativity to this city we all love,” said Leonard A. Lauder. “I have been fortunate to have been mentored by, and to have worked with, some of the most brilliant women in the beauty industry, and because of them I’ve learned the lesson to never, ever make an important decision without a woman at the table.”

“Leonard A. Lauder is a legendary figure in the worlds of beauty, business, the arts and philanthropy,” said Steven Swartz, who is also chairman of the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund. “We are pleased to honor him and his achievements at this year’s gala, which raises important funds for the many performing arts organizations that make Lincoln Center a dynamic cultural hub, both for New York City and the world.”

“We are proud to celebrate Mr. Lauder, a phenomenal leader whose philanthropy and commitment to the arts has a tremendous impact here in his hometown of New York and beyond,” said Henry Timms, President & CEO of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. “If you’ve been moved in the Whitney or The Met, you’ve likely felt his influence. New Yorkers know him as a convener, collaborator, and mentor. And Lincoln Center knows him as a standout voice for the power of the performing arts, our constituent organizations, and their futures.”

“Mr. Lauder has spent his career celebrating women—through the products he develops and championing them to have a voice and seat at the table in his company,” said Glenda Bailey, editor-in-chief of Harper’s BAZAAR and member of the Women’s Leadership Council. “A visionary of a man, his lifelong achievements and support of women in business, beauty and beyond should be honored every day and it is why we chose him as this year’s recipient of the Women’s Leadership Award.”

The co-chairs of An Evening Honoring Leonard A. Lauder are Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz, Harper’s BAZAAR Editor-in-Chief Glenda Bailey and Stephen Sumner, Christina and Robert C. Baker, Anne and Joel S. Ehrenkranz, Katherine Farley and Jerry I. Speyer, Bill Ford and Marigay McKee, Kenneth C. Griffin, Tommy and Dee Hilfiger, Laura and Gary Lauder, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, William P. Lauder and Lori Kanter Tritsch.

The Host Committee for the gala includes Misty Copeland, John Demsey, Tom Ford, Fabrizio Freda, Jane Hertzmark Hudis, Jennifer Hudson, Elizabeth Hurley, Karlie Kloss, Jane Lauder, Sara Moss, Carolyn Murphy, Elizabeth Olsen, Hilary Rhoda, Tracey T. Travis and Aerin and Eric Zinterhofer.

The Lincoln Center Corporate Fund has previously honored Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Valentino Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, Carolina Herrera, Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière and Coach’s Stuart Vevers. In the past six years, more than $8.7 million has been raised for Lincoln Center’s resident arts organizations at this annual gala event.

About Leonard A. Lauder
Leonard A. Lauder is Chairman Emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies and is currently the senior member of its Board of Directors. Founded in 1946, the company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of prestige skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products, with annual sales of over $14 billion.

Mr. Lauder currently serves as the Chairman Emeritus of the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he was a trustee from 1977 to 2011. He has been one of the museum’s most significant benefactors, giving a milestone gift of $131 million in 2008 to the museum’s endowment. In addition, he helped the Whitney acquire 948 works of art, 760 of which he gifted personally; another 188 pieces were brought in with the assistance of acquisition committees and other generous collectors.

In 2013, Mr. Lauder pledged his collection of 78 Cubist paintings, drawings, and sculptures to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and has since added five major works to that promised gift. In concert with the donation of his Cubist collection, he helped establish the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art, the first such center dedicated exclusively to modern art within an encyclopedic museum. The Center supports a robust program of fellowships, focused exhibitions and public lectures.

Mr. Lauder is the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation and the Honorary Chairman of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and is a major supporter of the University of Pennsylvania, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Among Mr. Lauder’s honors are the Légion d’Honneur, the “Lone Sailor” Award given by the United States Navy Supply Corps Foundation, and the Palazzo Strozzi Renaissance Man of the Year Award. From 1983 to 1987, he served on the Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations to President Reagan.

The Lauder Family received the esteemed 2011 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in recognition of its long-standing commitment to philanthropy and public service. And in 2014, Mr. Lauder was named a Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

Mr. Lauder was married to Evelyn H. Lauder (Founder, Breast Cancer Research Foundation) from 1959 until she passed away in 2011. They had two sons together, William (Executive Chairman, The Estée Lauder Companies) and Gary (Managing Director, Lauder Partners, LLC), and five grandchildren.

On January 1, 2015, Mr. Lauder married Judy Glickman Lauder, a philanthropist and internationally recognized photographer whose work is represented in more than 300 public and private collections, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Whitney, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the United States Holocaust Museum.

Together, Mr. Lauder and Ms. Glickman Lauder received the Gordon Parks Foundation Patron of the Arts Award in 2016.

About The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. The Company’s products are sold in approximately 150 countries and territories under brand names including: Estée Lauder, Aramis, Clinique, Prescriptives, Lab Series, Origins, Tommy Hilfiger, M·A·C, Kiton, La Mer, Bobbi Brown, Donna Karan New York, DKNY, Aveda, Jo Malone London, Bumble and bumble, Michael Kors, Darphin, Tom Ford, Smashbox, Ermenegildo Zegna, AERIN, Tory Burch, RODIN olio lusso, Le Labo, Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, GLAMGLOW, By Kilian, BECCA and Too Faced.

About Lincoln Center Corporate Fund
The Lincoln Center Corporate Fund is the sole vehicle that raises and distributes crucial, unrestricted corporate support among Lincoln Center’s resident arts organizations. With one gift, the Corporate Fund allows companies to support ten world-renowned arts organizations and play a part in supporting their artistic, educational, and community outreach programs that reach millions annually and make Lincoln Center a national treasure.

About Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community engagement, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of thousands of free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers a variety of festivals and programs, including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program, David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, LC Kids, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, the Emmy Award–winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS, and Lincoln Center Education, which is celebrating more than four decades enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

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About Harper’s BAZAAR
Sophisticated, elegant and provocative, Harper’s BAZAAR ( is the style resource for women who are the first to buy the best, from casual to couture. With authority and insider insight, Harper’s BAZAAR showcases the work of visionary stylists, expressive photographers and talented designers, covering what’s new to what’s next. Celebrating 152 Years as America’s first fashion magazine, BAZAAR reaches an audience of 35+ million across print, digital, social, and, and is available in 44 countries around the world. Harper’s BAZAAR is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst, a leading global, diversified media, information and services company. Follow Harper’s BAZAAR on Facebook,
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