2016 Honorees

Sandra Lee




Sandra Lee, a multi-Emmy® and Gracie award-winner, is an internationally acclaimed expert in all things lifestyle.  Sandra is the Editor-in-chief of Sandra Lee Magazine and sandralee.com.  As the host of multiple hit television shows on The Food Network, HGTV and The Cooking Channel, Sandra became a household name, and her user-friendly approach connected to broadcast audiences in 63 countries. She is also frequent guest on the nation’s highest rated morning, daytime and entertainment magazine programs.

In May of last year, at age 48, Sandra publically shared her breast cancer diagnosis and urged women to take charge of their health by getting screened. She took this message to all of her personal and professional platforms, which was recognized by Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program. Sandra was honored on Capitol Hill with the Excellence in Cancer Awareness Award in September. She is committed to continuing her advocacy through Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen, among others.*

Sandra is the recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. She is a founding member of UNICEF®’s Board of Directors, Los Angeles chapter. Sandra also served an extended term as the national spokesperson for the No Kid Hungry Campaign, and works nationally with Citymeals-on-Wheels and Food Banks across America. She works tirelessly with The Elton John Aids Foundation as well as God’s Love We Deliver and sister affiliate Project Angel Food. Her philanthropic passions also include work with The Central Park Conservancy.

Since 2002, Sandra has written 27 cookbooks including a memoir, Made From Scratch and a novel, The Recipe Box.

Essie Weingarten




Essie Weingarten, Founder and Global Creative Director of essie, is a modern-day beauty icon and is the official authority on color. She founded essie in New York City in 1981. Today, essie is the go-to nail brand for beauty professionals, industry insiders, celebrities and consumers and is known worldwide for its quality, cutting edge color and nail care.

Essie began her career as a buyer at the prestigious New York boutique department store, Henri Bendel, but held tightly to her dream of starting her own business. Armed with her chic fashion sense and knack for color, the savvy businesswoman saw a lack of innovation in nail polish and set out to develop a collection of polishes.

Equipped with her first collection of 12 stunning nail colors, witty names, and sheer determination, Essie set out for Las Vegas, the land of the glamorous and wealthy, to promote her polishes. Salons loved them, as did their high-end clientele, and the brand’s popularity grew over night.  Information about the brand spread by word of mouth and pretty soon salons and spas all over the world began requesting essie nail polish.

Essie has garnered numerous awards from magazines and industry organizations from around the world, including the Achiever Award from Cosmetic Executive Women, a US based organization which honors women that have had a major impact on the beauty industry. She is also regularly featured in A-list publications and has appeared on countless TV programs internationally.

essie cosmetics can be found in more than 101 countries and is loved by women everywhere. essie was acquired by L’Oreal in April 2010. 

Ramy Brook Sharp




Founded in 2010 and based in New York City, Ramy Brook is a contemporary women’s wear brand designed for a woman by a woman. Through its signature use of silk fabrics, lively colors, and sophisticated silhouettes, the collection is meant to be a day to night solution in a woman’s wardrobe. Ramy's designs are inspired by the alluring, strong women she has admired through her life who demand a timeless, elegant and versatile wardrobe. The designs evoke an uplifting, happy, and playful attitude, all while highlighting the sexiness and confidence of the woman who wears it.

After four years of designing the ready-to-wear collection and a successful collaboration with SoulCycle, Ramy introduced her first ath-leisure line, Après Ramy Brook, in 2015. Ramy’s vision of redefining everyday luxury to fit the needs of a woman’s active lifestyle has given the brand a sophisticated and urban edge.

The brand has a loyal following, with devotees from Julianna Marguiles, and Kate Beckinsale to Alyssa Milano and Lisa Edelstein. The collection has been featured in Glamour, Instyle, Allure, People Style Watch, Fitness, Women’s Health, and Women’s Wear Daily, and is available in major retail and high-end specialty stores worldwide, including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales, as well as the free-standing Ramy Brook boutique in Soho, New York City and RamyBrook.com.

Ramy lives in New York City with her husband Rob, sons Kyle and Dylan, daughter Stevie and Golden-Doodle, Baxter.