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Building Diverse Teams at e.l.f. Beauty

Mentors and allies play a critical role in empowering womxn and breaking down barriers. In this panel, we will discuss how to build robust support systems, foster inclusive workplaces, and how mentors are nurturing the next generation of womxn leaders.

Sanyin Siang, MBA ’22, Executive Director, COLE Center at Duke Fuqua

Sanyin bleeds Duke blue. She is the Founding Executive Director of Duke University’s Coach K Leadership & Ethics Center (COLE) at the Fuqua School of Business, a professor at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering and a fellow with Duke Divinity School. Her mission in life is to enable greatness in others. She lives this out as a mentor, investor, executive coach, and author. A belief foundational to her work is that complex challenges require collaboration across public, private and social sectors. Sanyin helps leaders optimize their unique strengths and build super teams for next-level and enduring success. She works with CEOs, sports industry leaders, tech founders, and students. 

In 2023, she was inducted into by Thinkers50 (the premier global ranking of management thinkers), into its Coaching Hall of Fame and recognized as one of the top 50 management thinkers globally. With more than 1 million followers on LinkedIn, her thought leadership has been featured in New York Times, Economic Times of India, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, HBR, and Inc. She pens the Coaching for the Future Forward Leader Advice Column for MIT Sloan Management Review and The Last Word column for Dialogue Review and is the author of award-winning The Launch Book. Her newsletter, Leadership Playbook, helps readers discover their innate and instinctive strengths and build stronger teams. 

She serves on the Novartis Culture Leadership Advisory Board, and The US Congressional Award Board, and Duke Nasher Museum of Art. Her advisory work has included GV (Google Ventures), DRIVE by DraftKings, Ripcord, Privateer, Sports Leadership Institute, and Sports Innovation Lab. In 2021, she proudly invested in the DC Spirit women’s soccer team, which won the 2021 National Women’s Soccer League Championship. Sanyin lives in Durham, NC with the loves of her life – her husband Chad, and her children – Sophie, Charlotte and Oliver.

Tarang Amin, MBA ’91,  Chairman and CEO, e.l.f. Beauty

Tarang Amin is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of e.l.f. Beauty. A dynamic, passionate and purpose-driven leader, Tarang has been leading innovation and unleashing the superpowers of high performance teams to drive growth for world-class consumer brands for over 30 years.

Joining e.l.f. Beauty in 2014 with a mission to make the best of beauty accessible to every eye, lip and face, Tarang took the company public (NYSE:ELF) in 2016 in one of the most successful beauty IPOs. Tarang has grown the business over 7x, strategically expanded into a multi-brand portfolio that includes e.l.f. Cosmetics, e.l.f. SKIN, Well People and Keys Soulcare, and set records on new digital platforms. e.l.f. is known for its superpowers of delivering premium quality cosmetics and skincare at an extraordinary value with broad appeal, that are clean, vegan, cruelty free and earned beauty’s first Fair Trade Certification.

Tarang’s commitment to building teams that mirror the consumers they serve is reflected not only in e.l.f. Beauty’s employee base, but also in the Board of Directors. e.l.f. Beauty is 1 of only 4 public companies out of nearly 4,200 in the U.S. with a Board of Directors that has at least 2/3 women and at least 1/3 minority representation. He continues to lead the company with purpose, standing with every eye, lip, face and paw; encouraging self expression, empowering others and embodying ethics.

Previously, Tarang served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Schiff Nutrition where he grew enterprise value from $190 million to $1.5 billion with leading brands such as Airborne and MegaRed. Prior to Schiff, Tarang served as Vice President, General Manager of The Clorox Company’s $1.7 billion Litter, Food and Charcoal businesses. He also created the company’s Health & Wellness platform, doubling the size of the Clorox franchise from $750 million to $1.5 billion. He began his career at Procter & Gamble where he held various management positions, helping take Pantene from a $50 million brand to an over $2 billion global market leader and expanding share leadership for the $1.7 billion Bounty business.

Tarang earned both his bachelor’s degree in International Policy and his Master of Business Administration from Duke University. He is an Advisory Board Member of the Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and serves on the Board of Pharmavite, with Nature Made the leading nutritional supplements brand in the U.S. Tarang previously served as Chair of the Alameda County Community Food Bank and actively supports causes in education, conservation and social impact.

Mandy Fields, CFO, e.l.f. Beauty

Mandy is currently Chief Financial Officer at e.l.f. Beauty (NYSE: ELF).  e.l.f.’s mission is to bring the best of beauty to every eye, lip and face.  Under Mandy’s leadership, e.l.f. has seen 19 consecutive quarters of topline growth with the company’s market cap increasing nearly 10x over that time.

Driving the business forward through profitable top line growth is her main priority, while ensuring a scalable infrastructure is in place to support the long-term vision of building a different kind of beauty company. Progress has been made in that evolution with the acquisition of Well People, a plant-powered pioneer in clean beauty, and the 2021 launch of Keys Soulcare, a lifestyle beauty brand created with Alicia Keys.

Prior to e.l.f. Beauty, Mandy served as Chief Financial Officer at BevMo! the #1 specialty beverage retailer on the West Coast. In her time with BevMo! She sharpened her private equity expertise, transformed the supply chain and drove growth in a highly leveraged company. Prior to BevMo! Mandy was Vice President of Finance & Analytics for Albertsons Companies, managing the P&L of the company’s $13 billion-dollar multi-brand private label portfolio.

In addition to her CFO credentials, Mandy serves on the Board of Directors for Allbirds (NASDAQ: BIRD), a mission driven lifestyle brand focused on sustainable footwear. She’s held the role of Audit Committee Chair since 2020.   

Mandy started her career on Wall Street in Investment Banking with JPMorgan and she received her degree in Finance from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business.

A widely recognized leader, Mandy has recently been the recipient of the following awards and acknowledgments: 2020 Women Worth Watching by Diversity Journal, Diablo Magazine’s 40 under 40, 2018 CFO of the Year (Non Public company, San Francisco Business Times), and named a Top Woman in Bay Area Business.