Building A Generation Of Emerging Leaders Who Redefine Leadership

"It's persistence. It's that certain little spirit that compels you to stick it out just when you're at your most tired. It's that quality that forces you to persevere, find the route around the stone wall."
– Estée Lauder

Our Mission

Our brand has been redefining leadership for more than 75 years. It started with our founder, Mrs. Estée Lauder, who disrupted the beauty industry at a time when few women worked outside the home, much less started a business. Estée always believed in the power of women and encouraged them to, as she said, “Be aware of your infinite possibilities.” Her legacy shows what one visionary woman can achieve.

Though our founder was one of those who paved the way for women leaders across the globe, stereotypes and biases in leadership still leave women at a distinct disadvantage, and the implications reach far beyond perception. Through a proprietary global research study of more than 5,700 women and men, we discovered that the top 3 qualities people around the world long for in a leader are integrity, dedication, and reliability—capabilities that span across genders. We see these as being modern-day equivalents to Estée’s own driving force, and they continue to serve as the heart of our brand.

Why is equality in leadership so important?

We know women have what it takes to be leaders—and global data shows us the same. That’s why, through the Estée Lauder Emerging Leaders Fund, we’re helping rewrite the narrative on leadership: not only through advocacy, but via dynamic partnerships across a variety of organizations aimed at helping women self-identify as leaders.

Vital Voices Global Partnership invests in women who are taking on the world’s greatest challenges. It provides connections, increased capacity, a peer network, financial support, skills training, and increased visibility for their work. Learn more about our partnership, the VV Visionaries program, below.

The mission of Black Girl Ventures is to accelerate Black and Brown women-identifying entrepreneurs by providing access to community, capital, and capacity building. Our partnership will help shape Black Girl Ventures’ programming over the next year, supporting activities like pitch competitions and executive mentorship.

The Center for Asian Pacific American Women strives to nurture the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities by expanding leadership capacity, creating a supportive network, and strengthening communities. Our grant will fund the creation of a life-cycle mentorship program that supports AAPI women throughout their leadership journeys.

What We're Doing

The Estée Lauder Emerging Leaders Fund mission is to redefine leadership by supporting a new generation of emerging leaders and challenging the gender stereotypes present in current expectations of leadership. The Fund's efforts focus on 3 pillars:

Immersive Leadership Experiences

To help women from all walks of
life self-identify as leaders

Mentorship & Community-Building

To cultivate supportive communities
that sustain women’s progress


To change the conversation about leadership and
challenge perceptions of what it means to be a leader

The Estée Lauder Emerging Leaders Fund is a charitable fund of the Estée Lauder Companies Charitable Foundation, a U.S. based charity incorporated and tax exempt in the United States of America.

Learn More About Our Partnership With Vital Voices

A More Beautiful Future


Our global community’s health and
safety is paramount.


We strive to meet the needs of women of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds.

Inclusion & Diversity

Beauty celebrates everything that makes us unique.