Sara Moss, General Counsel, The Estée Lauder Companies

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Between juggling a thriving career in law and raising her four children, Sara Moss has been a consummate woman on the move, stopping little to rest along the way over the past 30 years. Moss, executive vice president and general counsel of The Estée Lauder Companies, has a diverse background in the legal industry, from serving as a clerk for a U.S. District Judge to serving as senior litigation partner at Howard, Smith & Levin (now Covington & Burling), a New York City-based law firm, and later as GC of not one, but two, Fortune 500 companies. Before joining Estée Lauder in 2003, Moss served

as the general counsel of Pitney Bowes for five years. When the company’s then chief executive, Michael Critelli, recruited her, there were fewer than 10 female CEOs in the United States. Today, with just over 4 percent of CEO positions in the Fortune 500 currently held by women, Moss is part of a small but slowly growing faction of senior-level executive women.

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