Natalie Byrne

natalie byrne
Head of Brand Purpose, Unilever Prestige

Currently serving as the head of Brand Purpose for Unilever’s Prestige division, Natalie Byrne oversees social impact and purpose-driven brand strategy for the prestige portfolio of beauty brands’ that includes Dermalogica, Kate Somerville, Murad, Living Proof and REN. This role works across the growing portfolio of founder-led brands, and continues to drive Dermalogica's ongoing commitment to empower women and support entrepreneurship through the FITE (Financial Independence through Entrepreneurship) initiative.

Natalie is a dynamic voice on women's leadership, brand activism, social impact in business and global development for women’s empowerment. Named one of MOGUL's 35 Under 35, Natalie is changing the way businesses look at strategic purpose-driven branding. Passionate about solutions that advance economic development for women and girls, she travels year-round as a speaker to empower and amplify the voices of the next generation of female business leaders and change agents. In 2015, she was honored to be a White House delegate, traveling with President Obama to the Global Entrepreneurs Summit as a featured speaker and mentor in Kenya. She recently keynoted at the United Nations on the future of innovative leadership to 50 of the UNDP’s global executive directors, and designed and led a day-long summit at the White House in 2016 with the Council on Women and Girls and SBA.

Under Natalie’s direction, FITE has funded more than 80,000 loans globally to start and grow their businesses, given scholarships to 40 girls who are the first in the family to attend school in over 10 emerging countries and   is currently developing the online Entrepreneur Accelerator to fill a critical business skills gap and help small, entrepreneurial businesses grow to scale. A women and girls advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative, she stewarded a large-scale coalition to drive purpose-driven education across multi-sector industries such as hospitality, fashion, salon, tech and manufacturing.  

Byrne’s expertise in social impact has been frequently sought out by the media, including The Guardian as one of world’s leading private sector experts in women-empowered social impact, and was featured as an innovative beauty executive in “The Guardian Lab’s,” for at-risk youth programs in “Glamour”, “The New York Times” for her award in girls’ education, “Elle Magazine South Africa” for supporting girls in Cape Town, as well as the “Irish Tatler”, “Career Contessa”, “Harvard University’s Kennedy School Report,” “Mogul”, “AOL’s 13 Millennials Changing the World for Women,” and was named 1 of 100 millennials transforming the world in 2015 by “Levo League.” The FITE work has also been featured on broadcast and editorial that includes Bloomberg, MSNBC, Town & Country, Entrepreneur magazine, People magazine, and NPR. Byrne serves on AOL’s MAKERS@ Board of Directors.

Passionate about the intersection of business and art for social change, she is launching a collective bringing artists voices to the center of global impact work and has performed spoken word inspired by her work in developing countries to thousands of people. Previously working in film, she was part of the team at Gold Glove Productions and Unison Films that developed 2013 Academy Award-Winning Documentary Short Inocente, the first Oscar-winning film funded through Kickstarter about a homeless, immigrant, teenage girl and her journey as an artist.   

Prior to joining Dermalogica®, Ms. Byrne worked at Lifetime Television, A+E Networks, where she helped develop award-winning broadcast and online programming that advocated for issues affecting women and their families. She stewarded the only bi-partisan 2012 Presidential election initiative to amplify women’s voices in the political process and as activists.

Natalie began her journey as a writer, poet and journalist working for various news organizations in Pennsylvania as well as overseas for the Irish Times in Dublin. Ms. Byrne graduated with National Honors from Pennsylvania State University with degrees in Communications, Integrative Arts and French. Traveling year-round to inspire activism and generate solutions through business, entrepreneurship and art, she relishes time at home in Los Angeles, where she frequents the stables riding horses.