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Cocktails, Conversation, & Leadership with Janet Gurwitch
Thursday, September 21, 2023, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM CDT
Category: Alumni Association Events

The Texas Business Hall of Fame is pleased to invite you to a special celebration,
honoring 2023 Hall of Fame Inductee, Janet Gurwitch.

Join us for cocktails, conversation, and networking. The event will also feature a Q&A, moderated by Mimi Swartz, executive editor at
Texas Monthly.

3939 San Felipe Street, Houston, TX 77027
Complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres

Valet parking available for $5




Mimi Swartz
Executive Editor
Texas Monthly                         
  Please note, this event is by invitation only and an RSVP is required to attend.
This event is offered exclusively to Legends, Directors, and TBHF Alumni Association members.
If you need to renew or update your Alumni Association membership, please contact Patrice Bartlett at [email protected].


Janet Gurwitch is a highly successful corporate executive with over 25 years of experience in the beauty industry. She is currently an operating partner with Advent International, a Boston-based private equity firm, where she focuses on the beauty & wellness consumer sector.

Gurwitch is the founder and former CEO of Laura Mercier Cosmetics & Skincare, a global brand of high-end niche cosmetics. Gurwitch managed and oversaw Laura Mercier’s day-to-day business operations, strategy development and retail negotiations.

Gurwitch joined forces with famed makeup artist Laura Mercier in 1996 after realizing the imminent paradigm shift in the beauty industry that was propelling niche lines to the forefront of the cosmetics business. The combination of Gurwitch’s business savvy and foresight coupled with Mercier’s talent provided a solid foundation for a strong, growing business based on technique and a high-quality product. She sold Laura Mercier in 2008.

Prior to founding Laura Mercier, Janet Gurwitch was the Executive Vice President of Neiman Marcus, where she established the merchandising strategy from 1992-1995.

Today, Gurwitch is an investor in and on the Board of Directors of Olaplex (OLPX) and the Houston Astros baseball team. She formerly served on the boards of consumer brands Tatcha, Drybar, First Aid Beauty, Dollar Shave Club and Urban Decay Cosmetics as well as the public company La-Z-Boy.

Gurwitch’s personal community involvement includes the President’s Leadership Council for Houston Methodist Hospital; trustee for Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; chairing the Hermann Park Conservancy dinner event in 2018; and chairing the Community In Schools’ (CIS) annual event in 2015. She has also served as Underwriter for the Drawing Institute for the Menil Collection, and she’s an avid supporter of the Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera.  

Mimi Swartz is an executive editor at Texas Monthly and won a National Magazine Award in the public interest category in 1996. She has been a staff writer for The New Yorker and Talk, and has written for the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Esquire. She lives in Houston with her husband and son.

The objective for the Alumni Association is to connect TBHF scholars and veterans to each other as well as Directors and Legends. Our goal is to continue inspiring alumni members long after they have received their Future Texas Business Legend Award and enable the sharing of wisdom and advice.

As an Alumni Association member, you are part of a legacy of exceptional students, veterans and entrepreneurs. You are also now part of an exclusive network of business professionals and Legends throughout our state. Members enjoy a series of exclusive benefits, like invitations to our virtual programming and in-person events, including our annual Induction Ceremony.

For more information or to join today, please visit: https://texasbusiness.org/alumni-association/


Contact: Denise Cinadr - [email protected]