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Bobbi Brown, Serial Entrepreneur, and Bruce Teitelbaum, CEO of RPG, to Speak at LaunchPad
Bobbi Brown, beauty industry titan and serial entrepreneur, and her business colleague, Bruce Teitelbaum ’86, CEO of RPG, will be discussing “Creative Entrepreneurship and Building a Brand” at the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at Syracuse University Libraries (LaunchPad) on Tuesday, March 10, at 3 p.m. The conversation will be moderated by Linda Dickerson Hartsock, executive director of the LaunchPad.
“I absolutely love the enthusiasm and energy that young entrepreneurs bring to the table. As a mentor, all I have given has earned something new and exciting in return,” says Brown, who began her career as a professional makeup artist who created lipsticks that evolved into a global beauty empire.
Her company was eventually acquired by The Estée Lauder Companies in 1995, and she served as the company’s Chief Creative Officer until leaving the company in 2016. She has written nine beauty and wellness books and launched Beauty Evolution LLC, a line of lifestyle-inspired wellness products. Her other ventures include justBOBBI.com, a platform for Bobbi to share many of her life inspirations, and The George, a 32-room design-inspired boutique hotel in Montclair, New Jersey, that she reopened with her husband.
Born in Chicago and a graduate of Emerson College, Brown has received numerous awards and recognition, was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiation, and was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
Teitelbaum, a graduate of the Whitman School of Management, founded RPG with the vision of delivering excellence in the design, development and manufacturing of displays, fixtures and retail environments.
“I am extremely honored to address the students and faculty at the LaunchPad, as I believe education is the key to all that is good for our future. I hope to inspire ideas, energize spirits and help the students of Syracuse University create lives that are brimming with success, innovation and compassion for themselves and others,” Teitelbaum says.
For 29 years, Teitelbaum has defined and upheld the brand standard and vision of RPG through an innovative, hands-on, systematic and client-oriented process. Under his leadership, RPG is now a global resource with offices in New York, New Jersey, Hong Kong and China.