Nov. 16: Dean’s Roundtable with Nancy Mahon ’89, SVP of Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability for The Esteé Lauder Companies, Inc., SVP for M·A·C Cosmetics, and global executive director of the M·A·C AIDS Fund

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Regularly during the school year, the Dean hosts roundtable discussions with prominent guests who have utilized their law degrees in a variety of nontraditional ways. Over lunch with a small group of students, guests speak autobiographically about their work experiences, sharing valuable insight about how they found their chosen path. Please note that the roundtables are informal and off-the-record.


Nancy Mahon ’89, who will be the Dean’s guest on Thursday, November 16, is senior vice president of Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability for The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., where she leads the company’s corporate citizenship, sustainability, and global philanthropy efforts. She is also senior vice president for M·A·C Cosmetics, and global executive director of the M·A·C AIDS Fund, which offers support to individuals in marginalized communities living with HIV/AIDS worldwide through preventative, treatment, and basic needs services. Under her leadership, the fund has further refined and enhanced its giving, taking on larger grant initiatives while at the same time continuing to fund the grassroots service-based charities that it has supported in the past. Currently, the fund donates over $35 million annually throughout the world.


Prior to her current roles, Ms. Mahon was appointed by President Obama in 2011 as chair of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, a position she served in for five years. She also served as executive director of God’s Love We Deliver; senior program executive with Open Society Foundations; private delegate to the UN Commission on Women; and was a founding member of the National Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Global Private Public Partnerships.
Ms. Mahon is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale University, and received her JD from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar and editor of the Law Review.


She is the author of numerous research, advocacy, and prevention articles that have been published in a wide range of periodicals, including the American Journal of Public Health and The New York Times. She has also made countless media appearances in an array of outlets, including National Public Radio, Vanity Fair, and PBS News Hour, among many others. Ms. Mahon has presented research papers and spoken at academic conferences at the International Conference on AIDS, RAND Corporation, the United Nations, NYU Center for Global Studies, Center to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy, Harvard Business School, the American Society of Law and Medicine, and the Council on Foundations.


The Dean’s roundtables are open to 18 interested NYU School of Law JD and graduate students. In order to achieve a representational mix of students, we will designate a proportionate number of seats to JD students and graduate students, respectively, to be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. The roundtables will begin at 12:30 P.M. in Snow Dining Room. If you would like to attend a roundtable, please sign up in advance by emailing Ken Seagreaves at Please indicate whether you are a JD or graduate student, and whether you have any dietary restrictions.