Jaclyn Smith was awarded the Woman of the 21st Century Award at the annual Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai Spring Luncheon at Beverly Wilshire Hotel yesterday. Wendy Goldberg, long time Women’s Guild Executive and Vice President board member, presented the award to the designer, businesswoman, and breast cancer survivor. Smith joins the ranks of past recipient “Judge Judy” Sheindlin. Women’s Guild president Hella Hershson remarks, “I’m grateful for the far-reaching vision and passion of the women in Women’s Guild and the wide circle of supporters who prove, year after year, that advocacy and philanthropy is a powerful combination.”
Jaclyn Smith was leaning in long before it became a Silicon Valley buzzword. Years ahead of her time, Smith capitalized on her commercial success as an actress to become an internationally known brand. At a time when her peers simply lent their names to a product, Smith was the first actress who dared to take her future into her own hands by launching her own brand.
As the pioneer in celebrity brand development, Smith has become a global force and mentor for upcoming businesswomen boasting more than 100 million female consumers who have purchased her clothing and accessories. The epitome of someone who has managed her life and legendary career with style and grace, The Charlie’s Angels star stood before 500 attendees at the Women’s Guild Spring Luncheon and shared her story.
“When I was first diagnosed, I was in shock. Thinking…this is the end of my world. That was fourteen years ago, and I want to send a strong message to the patients who pass through the doors of the Women’s Guild, nothing could have been further from the truth. I am living life to the fullest. My family, my work, my friends, and it is because of all of you – women who care and women who make a difference.”
Television personality Vanna White, CBS Mom’s Beth Hall, and celebrity trainer Astrid Swan were among the many attendees at today’s luncheon. Emceed by Billy Bush, the event included a live fashion show showcasing Brooks Brothers x Zac Posen collection along with a raffle, and raised more than $250,000 for the Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills at Cedars-Sinai.