NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The National Mother’s Day Committee today honored four exceptional leaders from The Estée Lauder Companies, Saks Fifth Avenue, HSNi, and Kendra Scott at the 39th Annual Outstanding Mother Awards. The event, which was held at The Pierre Hotel, raised nearly $600,000 with proceeds benefitting Save the Children’s U.S. Programs. The awards were presented by Mistress of Ceremonies and Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines, Joanna Coles, and beauty industry legend Leonard Lauder.
During the event, our 2017 honorees shared insights on mastering a healthy balance between work and family, and what helped them to achieve their success:
Jane Hertzmark Hudis, Group President, The Estée
“Motherhood is the best job I’ve ever had. It means focusing on the moment – work moments and family moments. While there may not be such a thing as balance, there is always giving 100% of yourself to the task at hand, and to the moment you’re in.”
Kate Oldham, SVP, GMM, Beauty, Lingerie and Swim, Saks
“My greatest role models as a mother have been my fellow working moms. I saw them supporting each other when things got tough—picking up loose ends here, or covering a meeting there. Those were the models for the behavior I wanted to emulate.”
Judy Schmeling, President of Cornerstone Brands &
Chief Operating Officer, HSN, Inc.
“Family comes first, no matter what – but you have to nourish the mind and soul with satisfying work as well...[My children] have learned to see the juggling act, and how it works for me as a mom and for our family. I like to think they are proud of their mom for having a successful career.”
Kendra Scott, CEO and Founder, Kendra Scott, LLC
“I was surrounded by a large, loving family and a kind, generous mom [growing up] who set an example of the mother I wanted to be someday. She taught me that being a mother may be the hardest job in the world, but it is by far the most rewarding… I always say that before my job as a designer and CEO, my most important job is being a mother to my three boys.”
As part of its continued support of meaningful philanthropies dealing with issues affecting mothers, fathers and children, the National Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Inc. has donated more than $30 million to date to deserving family-related charities nationwide.
About the National Mother’s Day Committee
The National Mother’s Day Committee is an entity of the Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council and exists for the sole purpose of conferring “Outstanding Mother” Honors on contemporary lifestyle leaders of our society. The Council, a non-profit, all volunteer, non-commercial, organization through its Committees, donates funds raised with presentations of its Annual Awards to meaningful family related philanthropies dealing with issues affecting mothers, fathers and family. Past honorees have included Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Meryl Streep, Katie Couric, Caroline Kennedy and Vera Wang. For more information, please visit www.mothersdaycouncil.org.
About Save the Children’s U.S. Programs
Nearly 1 in 5 children in the United States lives in poverty. Save the Children works to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children in this country by ensuring that they have the resources they need to succeed in school and life. With a grassroots network of more than 180,000 people across all 50 states, Save the Children also acts as a voice for kids by advocating for increased access to high-quality early childhood education at the federal, state and local levels. Early learning programs that begin during pregnancy and continue until the child reaches kindergarten are key to ensuring that children enter school ready for success. In 2016, Save the Children reached an estimated 317,000 children across the United States. For more information visit www.savethechildren.org/usa.