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2014 Socrates Program Dinner

This dinner, chaired by Laura and Gary Lauder, benefits the Socrates Program for Emerging Leaders and will honor Leonard A. Lauder, Chairman Emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. The dinner will feature a conversation entitled “Life Lessons on Leadership” with Leonard Lauder and the Aspen Institute CEO, Walter Isaacson.

Doerr-Hosier Center, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Registration for the Socrates Benefit Dinner is now full. Please contact Melanie Levine at 202-736-3503 or [email protected] for more information, or if you would like to be contacted if more seats become available. 

About Dinner Honoree Leonard Lauder

Chairman Emeritus 

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Leonard A. Lauder is Chairman Emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. 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 quality skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products, with annual sales of $10.2 billion. Its products are sold in over 150 countries and territories across 30 well-recognized brand names. 

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Mr. Lauder also studied at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He formally joined Estée Lauder in 1958, when it had annual sales of $800,000. Mr. Lauder consistently developed and implemented innovative sales and marketing programs and increased the Company’s sales and profits. He created its first research and development laboratory and brought in professional management on every level. He also initiated The Estée Lauder Companies’ international expansion, which began in 1960 with the opening of the Estée Lauder account at Harrods in London. 

Mr. Lauder served as President of The Estée Lauder Companies from 1972 to 1995 and as Chief Executive Officer from 1982 to 1999. He added the title of Chairman in 1995 and served as Chairman of The Estée Lauder Companies through June 2009. Under his leadership, the Company launched many brands, including Aramis, Clinique, Lab Series Skincare for Men and Origins. Beginning in the mid-1990s, the company also began expanding through acquisitions, including Aveda, Bobbi Brown, Jo Malone, La Mer and M·A·C.

In addition to his activities with The Estée Lauder Companies, Mr. Lauder is extremely involved in the worlds of education, art, politics and philanthropy. He is Emeritus Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and a founding member of the Board of Governors of its Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies. Mr. Lauder became a Trustee of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City in 1977 and currently serves as its Chairman Emeritus.  He is Co-Founder and Chairman of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation; a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; Chairman Emeritus and Lifetime Trustee of the Board of Directors of The Aspen Institute, as well as former Chairman of the Aspen Institute International Committee; and a member of the President’s Council of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital.  Mr. Lauder served on the Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations under President Ronald Reagan.  Among his honors, he has been named an Officier de la Légion d’Honneur by France, as well as recognized by The United States Navy Supply Corps Foundation with its Distinguished Alumni Award.  The Lauder Family received the esteemed 2011 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in recognition of its long-standing commitment to philanthropy and public service.  Most recently, Mr. Lauder was the 2013 recipient of the Palazzo Strozzi Renaissance Man of the Year Award, honoring his humanistic values of the Renaissance legacy.

Mr. Lauder has two sons, William (Executive Chairman, The Estée Lauder Companies) and Gary (Managing Partner, Lauder Partners LLC), and five grandchildren.

This dinner, chaired by Laura and Gary Lauder, benefits the Socrates Program for Emerging Leaders and will honor Leonard A. Lauder, Chairman Emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. The dinner will feature a conversation entitled “Life Lessons on Leadership” with Leonard Lauder and the Aspen Institute CEO, Walter Isaacson.

Event information
Date
Sat Jul 5, 2014
6:00pm - 9:00pm GMT+0000
Location
Aspen Meadows
Doerr-Hosier Center
Aspen, CO, United States