Full Name
Linda G. Levy
Job Title
The Fragrance Foundation
Speaker Bio
Linda G. Levy (pronounced LEE-vee) is the President of The Fragrance Foundation, the premier resource for industry expertise, innovation and education. The Fragrance Foundation is a non-profit organization united under the mission statement “to inspire the world to discover the artistry and passion of fragrance” and is devoted to nurturing talent, celebrating the creativity of perfumers, engaging consumers and expanding the industry as a leader in diversity, equity and inclusion.

Recognized as the “Fragrance Queen” for her extraordinary knowledge and expertise, Linda is also a champion and proponent of industry diversity, spearheading The Fragrance Foundation’s landmark initiative, #FragranceForwardTFF that provides mentorship, scholarships and career opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds. Since launching in October 2021, #FragranceForwardTFF has inspired the entire industry to take a pledge to increase diversity, create real-time opportunities and open doors through mentorship, scholarships, job opportunities, proactive recruitment and allyship for all.

As President of The Fragrance Foundation (TFF), Linda has redefined the goals, objectives and initiatives of this organization comprised of 200+ member companies representing Fragrance Houses, Brands, Retailers and related businesses. She is very proud to lead the industry with an expanded membership, as well as the engagement of the fragrance community in the USA and beyond.

Under Linda’s leadership, one of the first of many changes was bringing Perfumers front and center as the creative force in all creative discussions and with consistent recognition. In addition, the membership has expanded to include not only the large corporations in the industry, but indie entrepreneurs in early stages, who are provided with guidance and mentorship.

In the winter of 2023, Linda received the first-ever Catalyst Award from the New York Urban League in recognition of her unwavering commitment to advancing industry DEI. The occasion marked the beginning of an ongoing partnership between NYUL and The Fragrance Foundation. The Fragrance Foundation Catalyst Initiative will benefit NYUL’s Diversity Lab and provide training, career development, mentorship and other real-time opportunities for professionals of color interested in careers in the fragrance industry.

A highly regarded and impassioned retail, fragrance and beauty industry professional, Linda joined The Fragrance Foundation in 2017. Prior to this appointment, she held a variety of executive leadership roles at Macy’s Inc, The Estée Lauder Companies, L’Oréal, Wella/Procter & Gamble, as well as consulting roles at Shiseido/BPI, Coty and other hallmark companies and brands.

Linda is also an impassioned champion of the creative minds behind the industry and is regularly called upon to comment on and identify industry business trends and consumer demographics. A graduate of Lehigh University, Linda resides in New York City with her husband.
Linda G. Levy

Presenting at the following session(s):

Retail Realities: Tackling Racism and Other Isms