Georgette D. Mosbacher (BS '70)
Distinguished Entrepreneur 2006
Georgette Mosbacher has had an accomplished career in corporate, political, and non-profit environments, promoting and furthering a wide range of causes involving the empowerment of women and the treatment of children.
Selected in 2000 as President and CEO of Borghese, Inc., for her capabilities and expertise in revitalizing poor-performing companies, Mosbacher is responsible for the reorganization and refocusing of this prestige beauty company to bring it into profitability globally. As Owner and CEO of LaPrairie from 1987 to 1995, Mosbacher built the company into a leading world-class prestige beauty company with a full line of successful cosmetics through the innovation of highly effective product development, sales, and marketing programs at opening markets around the world. She launched Georgette Mosbacher Enterprises in 1995 and still manages this venture capital and marketing firm that specializes in business turnarounds.
Mosbacher's recognitions include the Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year Award from the American Women's Economic Development Corporation, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Entrepreneur of the Decade Award from the Touchdown Club of Washington, D.C., Woman of the World Award from Childhelp USA, Woman of the Year from the USO of Metropolitan New York, Outstanding Business Leader Award from Northwood Institute, Distinguished Humanitarian Award from Brandeis University, and a Key to the City of Chicago from Mayor Richard M. Daley in 1989.
In addition to earning a bachelor's degree from Indiana University, Mosbacher has been awarded honorary degrees from Bryant College and the International Fine Arts College. She is the founder of The Children's Advocacy Center of Manhattan, a privately financed tax-exempt charity which has served hundreds of abused children and their families, and is the author of It Takes Money, Honey, a get-smart guide to total financial freedom for women that was praised by Fortune magazine as one of the best books in its category, and The Feminine Force, a practical and motivational guide for women to achieve their greatest potential.
Mosbacher's vast affiliations include Republican National Committeewoman for the State of New York; General Finance Chairman of the Republican Governors Association; National Chairperson for Community Development for Childhelp USA; Honorary Co-Chairman of the New York Institute of Entrepreneurship, presidential appointment to the Advisory Board for Trade Policy and Negotiations; gubernatorial appointment to the Executive Advisory Cabinet for the Kellogg Family for Kids Crusade; gubernatorial appointment to the New York State Advisory Board of the William B. Hoyt Memorial Children and Family Trust; mayoral appointment to the Hudson River Park Trust; and service on the boards of the M.D. Anderson Hospital Cancer Center, United Negro College Fund, HealthScribe, Inc., Center for Democracy, National Realty Trust, USO, and Indiana University Foundation as well as the advisory boards of the Emerging Industries Fund, Harvard Center for Public Leadership, and Kelley School of Business.