Review of SCC Suppliers Day in Texas

This is a guest post by Gavanne Davis.  You can follow her at @MissGavanne.

On Thursday, August 23, The Society of Cosmetic Chemists hosted their Educational Seminar and Supplier’s Day in Irving, Texas. I recently graduated from undergrad, gaining a Chemistry degree, and my passion all throughout college was to become a cosmetic chemist. I am proud to say that I have achieved that goal, and attended my first Supplier’s Day as an employed cosmetic chemist!

First Impressions

I was extremely excited, but had no idea what to expect. My main goal was to act as a human sponge, meeting as many people, and absorbing as much material as possible. Walking into the Irving convention center, I felt this nervousness that was very familiar to me. This feeling reminded me of the first day of school. Besides my two new bosses, I did not know anyone there, and they didn’t know me. This is a new world with faces (popular and new), and friendly competition for the recognition of being the best-selling cosmetic supplier or cosmetic company. Though, in general, everyone was very friendly and the workshops were enlightening.

Education Component

The Supplier’s Day is a great chance to meet cosmetic chemists with years of experience. The educational seminar was composed of five speakers, which included Dr. Beth Lange, Chief Scientist for Mary Kay, and one of my inspirations for becoming a cosmetic chemist. All five seminar speakers were extremely informative, and now I am motivated to develop innovative research and formulate cosmetic ideas.

SCC events are also known as a place to learn about new job opportunities, internships, and gaining mentors. The networking possibilities are endless. I plan on attending many other SCC events, as well as presenting new research at seminars. If you have questions about becoming a cosmetic chemist, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Hope to see you at the next SCC event!

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