Becoming a lawyer wasn't a lifelong dream for Sara Moss. She certainly didn't envision one day holding the title of executive vice president and general counsel of The Estee Lauder Cos. In fact, growing up outside of New York City in Long Island, Moss knew she wanted to be a teacher. And that's exactly what she did.
When she graduated from college with a degree in history, she married her high school sweetheart and started teaching high school. But over time, she became more and more interested in the feminist movement. That, combined with a new husband attending law school full time, shifted her interest. "I wanted to make a contribution and that wasn't something I had thought of right out of school," she says.
Q: Would you tell me a little about Estee Lauder's commitment to the environment and how the legal department was involved in that effort?
A: It's exciting. We have a lot of global environmental initiatives. For the first time, we're tracking our results--the initiatives as well as the benchmarking. We have a whole array of successes.