BBSA Benefit Gala Keynote
Lisa Price – Founder, Carol’s Daughter
While some bottom-to-the-top success stories start in the mailroom, Lisa Price’s journey begins in her kitchen. It was there in the early ’90s that she began mixing fragrances and selling them out of her home. What started out as a rewarding hobby has blossomed into Carol’s Daughter, a beauty-products business that counts some of the biggest names in entertainment — Halle Berry, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Jada Pinkett-Smith — as loyal customers.
Named after Ms. Price’s mother (who encouraged the former TV writing assistant to take the entrepreneurial leap), the company has expanded from small boutiques to plum placements in Macy’s and Sephora, and it’s also gained an impressive following on HSN, all feats that Ms. Price, 49, doesn’t take lightly.
Her advice for those interested in becoming their own boss? “Find your passion and develop your vision around that. Stick to it and make every decision to help you see your vision come true. Often times, we allow outside noise to change our vision — the more you change your goals, the more time it takes you to achieve them.”
BBSA Conference Keynote
Frederick Terrell – Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, Credit Suisse
Prior to rejoining Credit Suisse in June 2010, Mr. Terrell was Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Provender Capital Group, LLC, a private equity investment and advisory firm based in New York and focused on investments in financial services, consumer and retail products, business services and media. Prior to founding Provender in 1998, Mr. Terrell was a Managing Director with Credit Suisse First Boston, where he began his career as an Associate in 1983. In addition to serving as Head of the Mortgage Finance Department, he gained broad interdisciplinary experience at senior levels within investment banking and fixed income.
Mr. Terrell is a former member of the Board of Directors for the New York Life Insurance Company, where he served as Chairman of the Investment Committee and as a member of both the Compensation and Operations Committees. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of Wellchoice prior to its sale to Wellpoint in 2005 and Carver Bancorp, Inc. where he served as Chairman of the Board. He is currently a member of the University Council of Yale University, and is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Yale School of Management, at which he gave the commencement address in 2002. Mr. Terrell is a past Chairman of the Board of the Coro New York Leadership Center, a national leadership training institute. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Partnership for the City of New York, New York City Investment Fund and Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York.
Mr. Terrell earned his B.A. degree from La Verne College, an M.A. degree from Occidental College and his M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management. He was Coro Foundation Fellow in Public Affairs in 1977.