Mohr Than Meets the Eye
Stefanie Mohr, a Murrysville native and global communications executive for Origins, proves beauty is more than skin deep.
Photo by Alex Brazier
"My husband, Brandon, thinks I am the most beautiful woman in the world whether I’m at my absolute best or my absolute worst,” says Stefanie Mohr, manager of global communications for Origins. “We’re talking wedding-day best juxtaposed against having the flu.”
Mohr knows a thing or two about beauty: The 1999 Franklin Regional graduate’s first foray into the beauty and fashion world came after graduating college when she began working as a freelancer in Polo Ralph Lauren’s publishing department. “I loved that job,” Mohr says. “I was conducting research for the Ralph Lauren 40th anniversary book.”
After her time at Ralph Lauren ended, Mohr took on a freelance position as an assistant at The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. “I will never forget my first day at the Estee Lauder offices, when I stepped off the GM Building elevator and into the famous 40th-floor lobby,” she recalls. “It felt like a spark inside me ignited, and I knew this was the place I was going to grow my career.”
The freelance position turned into a permanent one, as Mohr took on the role of global communications associate on the Jo Malone brand (a luxury British fragrance house owned by Estee Lauder). Mohr’s boss at the time took her under her wing.
“She empowered me and pretty much taught me everything I know about PR. And she also recognized that our team could benefit from my theater and TV experience, so she had me professionally trained to become the broadcast spokesperson for the brand,” says Mohr, who performed in school musicals and then double-majored in music theatre and business at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.
Throughout her high school and college years, Mohr was involved in professional theater, including performances of On the Town with the Pittsburgh CLO and Anything Goes with the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Ohio. Those experiences gave her the ability to project enthusiasm, which sent her traveling all over the U.S. and the Bahamas to talk about beauty, fragrance and Jo Malone in various broadcast outlets.
“I was promoted a year later, and a year after that, I joined the Origins team as global communications manager,” says Mohr.
She also serves as a broadcast spokesperson for a number of other Estee Lauder companies, including Clinique, Ojon, Lab Series for Men and Calyx. Additionally, she manages Origins Rocks Earth Month, a free concert that the company hosts globally to benefit the brand’s global-Earth initiatives; part of this project requires members of the Origins team to work closely with world-renowned musicians (this year, Mohr worked with Train), major music labels and music managers. “When working on this project, I am completely in my element, and it is such great fun,” she says.
Outside of Origins, Mohr spends her time building on her foundation of knowledge: Currently, she’s pursuing an M.B.A. in communications at the Fordham University Graduate School of Business and will graduate in December. Residing in New York City, she recently took a trip to Pittsburgh. “I love it there,” says Mohr about her hometown. “There’s nothing more beautiful than home.”
What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I married my high-school sweetheart, Brandon. We first met when I was 14 years old, and we tied the knot 10 years later.
What’s always stocked in your fridge?
Our refrigerator is stocked with berries, bananas, apples, leafy greens, tomatoes, whole grains and protein. We stay away from junk food and processed food, but once in a while, we do love a sweet treat.
Provide one important tip for women to implement in their beauty regimen.
Use SPF every day—this is one of the most important things you can do to protect your skin’s health.
What’s your favorite Origins product?
I’m obsessed with Plantscription anti-aging serum; this product makes my skin look amazing and feel incredible. I also love VitaZing moisturizer because it hydrates my skin and is formulated with SPF. And nothing beats GinZing Refreshing eye cream; it brightens up my dark under-eye circles.
What’s your beauty secret?
Nothing showcases beauty like kindness, respect, a great sense of humor and a smile—lots of smiles.
For more information on Origins’ products and initiatives, visit origins.com.