The evening will feature a special performance by Jennifer Hudson, and an on-stage discussion between Mr. Lauder and Tom Ford—beauty mogul, fashion designer, film director and Chairman of the Board of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The conversation will explore Mr. Lauder’s illustrious career, his role as a champion of women in the beauty industry and beyond, and the intersection of art, fashion, beauty, and culture.
“I’m deeply touched and honored to receive the Women’s Leadership Award and to celebrate the incredible programs supported by the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund that bring inspiration and creativity to this city we all love,” said Leonard A. Lauder. “I have been fortunate to have been mentored by, and to have worked with, some of the most brilliant women in the beauty industry, and because of them I’ve learned the lesson to never, ever make an important decision without a woman at the table.”
The Lincoln Center Corporate Fund has previously honored Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Valentino Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, Carolina Herrera, Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière and Coach’s Stuart Vevers. In the past six years, more than $8.7 million has been raised for Lincoln Center’s resident arts organizations at this annual gala event.