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The Power of Partnerships: Employees of The Estée Lauder Companies Making a Difference

By BCRF | December 7, 2017

Jami Albergo shares her story.

Over the last 25 years, The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign (The Campaign) has been a leading voice for breast cancer awareness, igniting a global movement that has helped fund innovative research and inspired meaningful action against the disease.

Evelyn H. Lauder founded The Campaign and co-created the pink ribbon in 1992, sparking this global movement to end breast cancer. Mrs. Lauder founded the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) the following year in 1993 and The Campaign has remained a critical partner since. The Campaign has raised $70 million dollars globally, of which $56 million dollars has funded 225 medical research grants through BCRF. Employees of The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) have played an integral role in The Campaign’s success in raising awareness and propelling research forward, faster.

We talked to several of the incredibly dedicated staff at The Estée Lauder Companies to learn what drives them, year after year, to support research.  

Jami Albergo serves as the Supervisor of Quality Assurance in North America, based out of Melville, Long Island. A 16-year veteran at The Estée Lauder Companies, she currently works on managing the Global Quality Assurance Capital program, as well as assisting various Vice Presidents. For the past 15 years, Jami has also volunteered to raise money for The Campaign.

How do you raise money for The Campaign?

I’ve run the annual golf outing to help raise money for The Campaign to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  The outing is hosted by The Estée Lauder Companies and held at the Old Westbury Country Club in Long Island.  Invitations are sent to The Estée Lauder Companies suppliers across all commodities who, in turn, will contribute to the fund through sponsorships, raffles, silent auction items and more.  To date, the event has helped raise approximately $1.5 million and growing.

What inspires you to raise money for breast cancer research?

What inspires me to raise money is just the desire to help people.  You hear so often that people are affected by breast cancer—we all know someone who’s been impacted by the disease whether it’s through a friend, loved one, or a friend of a friend.  Just by helping to raise money, I’m hoping to make a difference in ending breast cancer.

Research is important to me simply because I am a woman and have a daughter. I hope that one day this disease—breast cancer and all cancers—will be eradicated. Research is helping us find better treatments for people diagnosed and even discovering how we can prevent it from happening in the first place.

Any words of inspiration for others who are hoping to make a difference like you have?

Any help you can provide to a cause will be rewarding in more ways than you think.  Involvement in charity functions and events makes a huge impact to the cause no matter how big or small, and they make an even bigger impact on you. The incredible feeling of making a difference is worth the effort.