Fragrance Notes Issue 3, 2018 - Page 32

MEMBER NEWS Modere’s Asma Ishaq Recognized by Rice University The CEO was awarded 2018 Rice Business Alumni Industry Excellence Award in Entrepreneurship In September 2018, Asma Ishaq, Modere’s Chief Executive Officer, was awarded the 2018 Rice Business Alumni Industry Excellence Award in Entrepreneurship. She received a dual M.B.A. in finance and marketing from Rice University in 2002 as a Ben F. Love scholar. “I wear my MBA from Rice like a badge of honor, so receiving this award couldn’t make me more proud,” said Ishaq. “I am so grateful for the close-knit community of students and professors at the Jones School who instilled my passion for business academia. Today, I insist that my educational background be inseparable from my personal brand – I believe in higher education and its incalculable value for entrepreneurs as they navigate the unknown and build their business.” A pioneer in oral collagen/hyaluronic acid nutritional supplements and skincare, Ishaq is widely recognized as having led the burgeoning growth in today’s collagen 32 | FRAGRANCENOTES.ORG | Issue 3, 2018 market. Since the launch of her first company, Jusuru International, her contribution to the nutrition industry, from research and development to intellectual property, manufacturing, regulations and policy, ingredient supply, and finished product marketing, has helped create a market surge of collagen and hyaluronic acid supplements, joint health products, and nutricosmetics. Now, as CEO of Modere, she has applied her entrepreneurial skills and business acumen to head a global enterprise that provides safe, innovative, high-performance nutritional, personal care and household products distinguished by their state-of-the-art technologies. Under her direction, Modere has exceeded growth projections and is in an unprecedented position for further growth. Ishaq has devoted her personal and individual efforts toward mentoring young women and minorities. She views the dissonance between female representation in the workforce and women in leadership roles to be unacceptable and believes accelerating women in leadership positions and creating systemic change requires building inclusive workplace cultures and a methodical process for mentoring young women. Ishaq has served as Committee Member for the Council of Responsible Nutrition and on the Board of Directors of the DSA and DSEF; spoken across industry stages, including the World Collagen Conference, NutriCosmetics Summit; and appeared on Fox, CBS, ABC, and NPR. Her work has earned recognition and awards from organizations, such as Supply Side West, NutraIngredients, New Hope, and DSA. Modere joined as a member of Fragrance Creators Association in early 2018. The company offers a category-leading portfolio of live clean lifestyle essentials, including beauty and personal care, health and wellness, and household products that are equal parts safe, high-performing, and scientifically designed. FN