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    • 12 Nov 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • The Ayres Hotel, Matisse Restaurant, 14400 Hindry Avenue, Hawthorne, CA 90250
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    Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

    BIW Luncheon Meeting - 11:30 am to 2 pm

    The Beauty of Diversity & Inclusion:
    The Obagi SKINCLUSION Initiative

    Jaime Castle, President & General Manager


    NOTE: NEW LOCATION for the November Meeting

    The Ayres Hotel, Matisse Restaurant, 14400 Hindry Avenue, Hawthorne, CA 90250

    11:30 AM Registration & Networking

    12 Noon Luncheon & 1 pm Speaker Presentation

    By 2025, millennials will make up 75% of the workforce, and they are rapidly changing the culture where they work. And the evolution of equality in the workplace requires a new understanding of how diversity and inclusion affects not only our Customers, but also our employees. Companies now have to recognize and address a more diverse universe covering not only race and gender equality, religion, and sexual orientation, but also age, political beliefs, native language, and communication styles. Even choosing a gender on an employment application may soon offer more choices beyond simply male or female, and also include Binary and Non-Binary. In fact, when different minds and orientations come together to achieve a common goal for a company in an environment of mutual respect, the results can be monumental, however they can also present many new challenges. Process and product innovation results from having employees from a wide variety of demographics and backgrounds delivers to the bottom line, and it has been shown that those practicing diversity and inclusion in the workplace outperform other non-diverse companies by 15 percent. Our speaker, Jaime Castle, will share about her company’s transition and results achieved by honoring diversity and inclusion.

    Speaker: Jaime Castle, President & General Manager


    The Beauty of Diversity & Inclusion:  
    Obagi’s SKINCLUSION Initiative

    Biography - Jaime Castle -After successfully divesting Obagi from then-parent company Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Jaime Castle was named President and General Manager in November, 2017. As one of the few female presidents in the Medical Aesthetics Industry, and also one of the youngest, Jaime has guided Obagi to double digit, year-over-year revenue growth of 28 percent in a market that’s growing at a rate of only 5.6 percent. Jaime started her career as a Surgical First Assistant in the OR and quickly rose to establishing some of the top aesthetic products on the market. She’s held roles in Operations, Sales, R&D and Corporate Strategy, and her mission now is to drive a "future fearless" Obagi culture, where diversity and inclusion is a central principle. In addition to spearheading the SKINCLUSION initiative, Jaime is focused on increasing female leadership in the company, providing braille on their products and educational materials, developing educational assets for the hearing impaired, and ensuring that all employees receive diversity and inclusion training. Jaime is a member of the CEO Action! For Diversity and Inclusion, and is a mother of three, including a teenage daughter. She’s proud to empower women to use their voices to make change in the world.

    Early Registration:

    • Members - $50.00 (USD)- Up to 2 guests may be registered at the time of member registration.
    • Non BIW-Members - $70.00 (USD)

    Thursday, November 7th at Noon

    after which a $15 LATE REGISTRATION FEE will apply

    Reservations are Not Refundable

    Click here to REGISTER NOW


    Appetizer: Organic Baby Greens Salad with Candied Walnuts, Red Seedless Grapes, Citrus segments, Goat Cheese & Orange Vinaigrette

    MENU Entrées - Choose One:

    Chicken Breast with a Mustard & Herb Panko crust, with Poultry Au Jus, served with Boursin Cheese Risotto and Grilled Seasonal Vegetables


    Vegetarian - Vegetable Wellington with a variety of Roasted Vegetables& Boursin Cheese Risotto

    Dessert: Rustic Warm Apple Tart with creamy topping

    Beverages: Iced Tea, Fresh Roasted Coffee, plus Rolls & Butter


    Parking is FREE at The Ayres Hotel, 14400 Hindry Avenue, Manhattan Beach/Hawthorne, CA 90250 just minutes from the LAX Airport. Exit the 405 at Rosecrans Avenue.

    Click here to REGISTER NOW

    Space is Limited so Register Early.

    Refunds are not provided, however, a replacement attendee can be arranged.



    Vantage Specialty Ingredients, formerly Lipo Chemicals, is the personal care unit of Vantage Specialty Chemicals, offering a wide array of specialty, basic, and naturally- derived ingredient solutions including Jojoba & Derivatives, Acne Solution Actives, Encapsulation Technologies, and Innovative Green Chemistries. With a unique marketing approach, we provide real value and drive customer brand loyalty through formulation, technology and marketing expertise to our customers around the globe.

    Lipo Chemicals was founded in 1962 and acquired by Vantage Specialty Chemicals in 2010. Headquartered in Warren, NJ, the Personal Care unit has offices in 13 countries, as well as a distribution network covering five continents and over 60 countries.  Over the past 10 years, Vantage has emerged as one of the fastest growing and most reliable suppliers of Personal Care ingredients. With an international manufacturing presence and 15 laboratories around the world, we provide regional support to our customers and deliver essential ingredients for fast innovation.

    Key product offerings include: Actives, Specialty Ingredients, Encapsulants, Exfoliants, Powders, Sunscreens, Emollients, Emulsifiers, Silicone-alternatives, Sulfate-free Surfactants, and Sensory Ingredients.  We also customizable solutions with extensive R&D support.

    Contact Information:

    Vantage Specialty Ingredients
    150 Mount Bethel Road, Bldg. 2, Suite 2,
    Warren, NJ 07059
    (562) 559-5991

    Contact: Margarita Gomez-Nadin


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