2012 Professional Women’s Conference

More than 225 alumnae and friends came to campus to hear insights from female executives and build their professional networks. Attendees, who ranged from students to CEOs, were treated to a keynote address from Gina Drosos, one of Fortune's "50 Most Powerful Women in Business," and heard panel discussions on entrepreneurship, work-life balance and social media.

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Keynote Speaker

Gina Drosos

Virginia "Gina" Coleman Drosos, BBA 1985

Independent Director, Signet Jewelers Ltd. and Former Group President, Procter & Gamble

Ms. Gina Coleman Drosos serves on the Board of Directors of Signet Jewelers Ltd. ("Signet") (NYSE and LSE: SIG), the world's largest specialty retail jeweler. She is also on the on the Board of Directors of Cosmetic Executive Women, a leading industry board, and serves as Chair of the Foundation board where she helped develop a strategy to substantially increase CEW's Cancer and Careers program reach and funding. Gina is previous Group President, Global Beauty Care for Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG), a leading multinational manufacturer of consumer packaged goods. She recently announced her retirement from P&G effective September 1, 2012.

Gina held positions of increasing responsibility throughout her 25 year career at Procter & Gamble, becoming Group President of Global Female Beauty in 2010 before assuming her most recent Group President role in September 2011. As Group President for Global Beauty Care, a business unit with $6 billion in sales, Gina delivered consistently strong top and bottom line growth in the U.S. and globally. She led strategy, innovation, investment plans and P&L/operations for all geographic regions and over 20 brands, 22 manufacturing sites and 6000+ employees. She successfully globalized the business with expansions into international markets including over 100 brand/country combinations.

With a strong track record of developing businesses, brands and talent for long-term success, Gina:

  • Reinvented the Olay skin care brand, driving sales from $200MM to $2.5B, more than 10 fold, leading it to become the #1 facial moisturizer brand globally, #1 in anti-aging and undisputed market share leader in North America and China.
  • Delivered double-digit growth in Olay sales and profits on average each year for the past 15 years. Under her leadership, Olay has won more than 600 beauty awards and was just named the "World's Most Valuable Beauty Brand" by Brand Finance PLC, the world's leading independent brand valuation consultancy firm.
  • Transformed CoverGirl, delivering 7 consecutive years of market share growth, becoming the U.S. Cosmetics market leader through breakthrough innovations and brand building.
  • Developed Secret Clinical Strength, launching a new premium segment that transformed performance in the category and led Secret to 4 consecutive years of growth.
  • Reignited Old Spice, fueling a trajectory of growth with past 4 year sales, shares and brand image growing in the U.S. and internationally.
  • Restructured SK-II leading to doubling of sales. Reduced overheads by -25%, reinvested in superior innovation and relationship marketing (digital and counter devices), and led expansion into China, up over 300%.

Gina is recognized as one of the Fortune 50 Most Powerful Women in Business (2010, 2011). She is recipient of prestigious professional awards including YWCA Career Woman of Achievement and Cosmetic Executive Women Achiever Award. Gina is heralded for excellence in talent development, having received the P&G Diversity Award, and she was instrumental in P&G's receipt of the Cosmetic Executive Women Corporate Diversity Award in 2012.

She holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (1987) and Bachelor of Business Administration from the Terry School, University of Georgia (Magna Cum Laude, 1985).

Gina lives with her husband and two teenagers in Cincinnati, OH. She is an active sports enthusiast: running, tennis, basketball and skiing. Together with her family, she works with several philanthropies including Back2Back, an organization committed to helping improve the lives of orphans in developing countries.

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