Senior Advisor to Estée Lauder’s Executive Management, the Board of Directors, and the Lauder family, powerhouse and Vice-Chairman Sara Moss still finds time to implement programs for female leadership development within the company. Sara is a pioneer in many ways – she was one of the first female litigators at a Wall Street law firm, part of a select few women federal prosecutors in the Criminal Division of the SDNY U.S. Attorney’s Office, and one of the first few women GC’s in the Fortune 500. Wife and mother of four, she is being honored a Distinguished Partner Award by the New York Common Pantry on March 3rd, 2020.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
The adventure of it all. Each day, there is a new, exciting challenge that needs to be met.
WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
You get what you give.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU IN THE WORKPLACE?
Young women who are smart, confident and determined.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?
Being part of a winning team (like The Estée Lauder Companies!).
Anna Karenina. It’s the perfect tragic love story.
WHAT IS ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND?
8 books stacked high. I have both fiction and non-fiction, including American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, Those Angry Days by Lynn Olson, and more.
WHAT GIVES YOU GOOSEBUMPS?
Looking at my grown children.
WHAT DO YOU WEAR THAT MAKES YOU FEEL STRONG?
A red jacket!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORD?
Glerious (not a real word). When I started my career at The Estée Lauder Companies, one of my sons described it perfectly as both glamourous and serious – “glerious.”
WHAT IS YOUR BAD DAY BACKUP PLAN?
Graeter’s chocolate chip ice cream. Evelyn Lauder introduced me to the brand many years ago, and I’ve never looked back.
BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER HEARD/ RECEIVED?
There is a quote from President Harry Truman that I often remember:
It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.
WHAT MAKES YOU FORGET TO EAT?
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST PET PEEVE?
When someone whines instead of addressing a problem.
WHAT DID YOUR 8-YEAR-OLD SELF LOVE DOING?
Reading and climbing trees. I also fell out of a lot of trees, but that’s a story for another time.
WHAT WOULD SURPRISE YOUR PARENTS ABOUT YOU?
That I have so many children! When I told my mother I was expecting my fourth child, she thought I was joking!