The Company I Keep: My Life in Beauty


Virtual presentation in Johnson Hall

Featuring Leonard A. Lauder in conversation with George Ledes

In this special conversation, Leonard A. Lauder, chairman emeritus and former CEO of The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., discusses his much-anticipated memoir The Company I Keep: My Life in Beauty. He shares life lessons and adventures while helping transform the business his mother founded in 1946 in the family kitchen into the beloved brand and ultimately into the iconic global prestige beauty company it is today. For more about this captivating memoir, visit

George Ledes is a veteran in the prestige beauty industry. Having worked for his family’s BEAUTY FASHION & Cosmetic World magazines for more than 35 years, his clients have included Coty, CHANEL, Estée Lauder, L’Oreal, LVMH, and Revlon; fragrance houses including Firmenich, Givaudan, IFF, MANE, Robertet and Symrise; packaging and sampling companies from Verescence to Arcade Beauty; distributors; and retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue. The Ledes family owns the iconic fragrance, Fracas by Robert Piguet found at Bergdorf-Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Harrods. His experience in the prestige beauty and fragrance space is unparalleled and his digital newsletter, This Week with George Ledes, is read by industry leaders around the globe. Sign-up for it at

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