Beauty Connect LA 2024

October 28-30 2024, Los Angeles

Your #1 beauty community for unveiling innovation secrets, igniting strategic partnerships, and empowering brands to thrive

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Step into beauty & wellness' inner circle

Unlock the secrets to explosive growth and level up your competitive edge by connecting with the who’s who of beauty brands, investors, retailers, and industry titans.

Glow Up Your Network

Link up with your future investors or the next big brands in your portfolio. Position yourself for game-changing strategic alliances with beauty giants

Skyrocket Your Brand

Steal the limelight at the Indie Brand Spotlight, scale your brand while staying true to your values, and nail those meaningful retailer connections to boost your distribution strategy.

Shape the Future of Beauty

Get the scoop on the hottest trends and future forecasts with cutting-edge interactive discussions. Ignite revolutionary ideas that shake up the industry.

Our iconic advisory board 

Author:

Rich Gersten

Co-Founder & Managing Partner
True Beauty Capital

Rich has spent the last 30 years investing and building great consumer brands at top private equity firms including Tengram Capital Partners, L Catterton, and North Castle Partners. Rich spent the last 9 years dedicated specifically to investing in the beauty industry, where he developed an extensive network of relationships that sourced many emerging growth brands with very limited access to institutional capital. Realizing the significant opportunity to address this underserved area of the market in beauty, Rich founded True Beauty Ventures.

Rich received a BS in Economics from Union College (N.Y.) and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Rich Gersten

Co-Founder & Managing Partner
True Beauty Capital

Rich has spent the last 30 years investing and building great consumer brands at top private equity firms including Tengram Capital Partners, L Catterton, and North Castle Partners. Rich spent the last 9 years dedicated specifically to investing in the beauty industry, where he developed an extensive network of relationships that sourced many emerging growth brands with very limited access to institutional capital. Realizing the significant opportunity to address this underserved area of the market in beauty, Rich founded True Beauty Ventures.

Rich received a BS in Economics from Union College (N.Y.) and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Author:

Presca Ahn

Investment Director
BOLD

Presca Ahn, Investment Director, BOLD – Business Opportunities for L’Oréal Development

As a global investment director at BOLD, the venture fund of L’Oréal, Presca oversees the fund’s brand & technology investments worldwide. Prior to joining BOLD, Presca was a private equity investor at Five Arrows Principal Investments following three years as an investment banker at Rothschild & Co in Paris. In her earlier career, she was an operator in the art market, notably representing artists & artist estates at an international gallery and serving as CEO of a major contemporary art museum in Beijing. Presca holds a BA from Yale College; an MSc from the London School of Economics, where she was a Fulbright Scholar; and an MBA from INSEAD.

Presca Ahn

Investment Director
BOLD

Presca Ahn, Investment Director, BOLD – Business Opportunities for L’Oréal Development

As a global investment director at BOLD, the venture fund of L’Oréal, Presca oversees the fund’s brand & technology investments worldwide. Prior to joining BOLD, Presca was a private equity investor at Five Arrows Principal Investments following three years as an investment banker at Rothschild & Co in Paris. In her earlier career, she was an operator in the art market, notably representing artists & artist estates at an international gallery and serving as CEO of a major contemporary art museum in Beijing. Presca holds a BA from Yale College; an MSc from the London School of Economics, where she was a Fulbright Scholar; and an MBA from INSEAD.

Author:

Akshay Talati

VP Product Development – Beauty & Wellness
Goop

Akshay Talati, a pharmacist, is an expert in cosmetic research and innovation, having championed hundreds of successful products at 22 multinational and indie brands at Estee Lauder, Unilever and L'Oreal over his 30 years career.  

Currently, as head of product development for Goop, a trending wellness and lifestyle brand, he leads expansion by launching a new brand for mass retail channels as well as growing beyond skincare into several other product categories in makeup, haircare, and wellness essentials.  

He also serves as Vice President on the board of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, is an executive advisor, speaker, and writer for several trade shows and publications, co-founded Skindie™, and actively engages in mentoring professionals seeking guidance in the beauty industry. 

Akshay Talati

VP Product Development – Beauty & Wellness
Goop

Akshay Talati, a pharmacist, is an expert in cosmetic research and innovation, having championed hundreds of successful products at 22 multinational and indie brands at Estee Lauder, Unilever and L'Oreal over his 30 years career.  

Currently, as head of product development for Goop, a trending wellness and lifestyle brand, he leads expansion by launching a new brand for mass retail channels as well as growing beyond skincare into several other product categories in makeup, haircare, and wellness essentials.  

He also serves as Vice President on the board of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, is an executive advisor, speaker, and writer for several trade shows and publications, co-founded Skindie™, and actively engages in mentoring professionals seeking guidance in the beauty industry. 

Author:

Ron Robinson

Founder & CEO
BeautyStat

Ron Robinson

Founder & CEO
BeautyStat

Author:

Ju Rhyu

Co-Founder & CEO
Hero Cosmetics

Ju Rhyu

Co-Founder & CEO
Hero Cosmetics

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