In her 22-year tenure at Bare Escentuals, Leslie Blodgett redefined the norm for a
beauty company, transforming a small West Coast bath and body retailer into a
global beauty brand. In 2006, Blodgett took the company public in one of the largest
cosmetic IPO’s in the last decade. Four years later, in one of the largest cosmetic
mergers in history, Shiseido acquired Bare Escentuals for $1.8 billion.
Leslie earned her position as a beauty industry pioneer by trailblazing a new age of
direct selling, innovating unconventional marketing tactics, and forging a bond with
women around the globe to create the first community brand.
Among her honors, Blodgett was named the first female recipient of the “Visionary of
the Year Award” and one of “Beauty’s Big Ten” by WWD Beauty Inc., one of the “Top
Entrepreneurs of the Decade: 2000-2009” by Inc. Magazine, and Honorary Doctor of
Humane Letters by Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).
Blodgett serves on the board of directors at Stella & Dot, Maternal Health
Organization, Every Mother Counts and SPANX Board of Advisors. She is an angel
investor, advisor and philanthropist.