Gregg Renfrew

Gregg Renfrew

Beautycounter founder and CEO Gregg Renfrew will speak at Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara’s 18th Annual Celebration Luncheon Friday, Sept. 27, at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort.

The event will also honor a fellow female entrepreneur Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) founder/CEO Marsha Bailey with the 2019 Strong, Smart, and Bold Award.

Beautycounter is not a beauty company. Beautycounter is a movement.

This year’s celebration luncheon theme, The Path of Most Resistance: Effecting Change Through Perseverance, honors the keynote speaker’s own path to founding Beautycounter in 2011 with the mission of getting safer personal care and beauty products into the hands of everyone.

Under Renfrew’s leadership, Beautycounter is contributing to the rise of a modern industry built by female entrepreneurs and advocates. Her push for strong cosmetic safety laws is providing more than 40,000 Beautycounter Independent Consultants — mostly women — with the opportunity to be business owners and activists.

“I am so honored to be speaking at the Girls Inc. Celebration Luncheon and look forward to discussing the importance of girls reaching their full potential, which will inevitably lead us to a better future,” said Renfrew.

“The most important gift we can give to girls is the gift of confidence, knowing they already have everything they need to lead very successful lives. As we all know, the world will always be a better place when there are more women in leadership roles,” Renfrew said.

As CEO of Beautycounter, Renfrew is also dedicated to setting a new health and safety standard for the beauty industry. Rare among business leaders, she is an advocate for more federal regulation, tirelessly lobbying in Washington. D.C., to pass a major federal law updating laws governing the beauty industry that have stood largely unchanged since 1938.

Renfrew established herself as a retail leader prior to launching Beautycounter. She sold her bridal registry company The Wedding List to Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in 2001. She then led new-concept, brand, marketing, merchandising and operational consulting engagements with high-profile corporate and entertainment clients including Bergdorf Goodman, Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson, Intermix, Sugar Paper, Lela Rose and Jessica Alba.

Renfrew has been a featured speaker at Vanity Fair’s Founders Fair and Fortune’s Most Powerful Women NextGen Summit.

Additional speaker and event sponsorship information is available at The luncheon event proceeds benefit Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara’s after-school, summer, teen, and outreach programs. Tickets are $150 each, and can be reserved online or by calling 805-963-4757.

Event media sponsors include Noozhawk and The Independent.

— Kristen Weaver for Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara.